FAMILY CHRISTMAS PICTURES


Oh man, I love my little family! It always takes a little convincing to get Eric to agree to family pictures. In his mind he would rather just get a tripod and do it all on our own. But after seeing these pictures and working with Erica I think he'll sing a different tune. There's something more special and more formal about taking pictures with a photographer and Erica was amazing! She had great direction but also was able to get candid shots of our little family. She played Disney music for Zoe to keep her occupied and she made us feel right at ease. Make sure to look her up if you are in the Seattle area! Also, how dreamy is this location? I sent Erica a picture of what I had in mind for a backdrop and she delivered!

*Also take note of the millions of different facial expressions Zoe makes throughout this shoot. I'm dying!!

HELLO FROM ICELAND!


Hello world, it's me again! Nothing too exciting to talk about over here on my little space of the Internet, except announce this little bump that has taken over my body for the last 5 1/2 months. Surprise!! More on that later, but for now just wanted to do a little update on what else has been happening in my life. Eric and I just got back from a week long vacation in London and Iceland. It was SO hard leaving Zoe behind (it was my first time ever being away from her), but it's so fun to have Eric all to myself for once. I'm doing things a little backwards because we visited Iceland second, but I have too many pictures to rifle through from London (and by the time we got to Iceland my camera had died so you'll have to suffice with iPhone shots - but seriously, who forgets their camera charger when they are going to Iceland!!! UGH!).

Iceland was absolutely incredible, and extremely cold. We only had a 24 hour layover here but I already know I want to head back as soon as possible (and preferably in the Summer time). In just 24 hours we were able to swim in the Blue Lagoon and road trip to see craters, waterfalls, geysers, and lots and lots of Icelandic horses (the cutest). It's hard to take pictures of everything, they have a pretty strict rule about pulling over on the side of the roads to take pictures (probably because no one would get anywhere). But don't take my word for it, check out the rest of my pictures to see for yourself!

IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, ZOE JEAN


ZOE'S GROWING NURSERY

FOURTH OF JULY


A little behind, but wanted to share these little gems from our Fourth of July! Every year we always head off to the mountains in Idaho at Eric's family vacation home. It's in the cutest little mining town where we go ATVing and dirt biking. Lots of walking and thrifting. I'd share a link to our past times in Wallace, but something is going haywire with photobucket at the moment so just believe me when I tell you how magical it all is!

LOVE WINNIE JAMES

RASPBERRIES FOR ZOE


Do you know the book, "Blueberries for Sal"? I read it to Zoe every so often and when we were going raspberry picking I just kept thinking of this book. More berries were consumed than picked (whoops), and luckily we didn't loose Zoe to any bears. However, we did lose her to some horses. It felt like we were in Tuscany out in the middle of no where in the blazing sun and then we turn down another vine path and standing right there are the prettiest horses! We had this little hidden pathway and horses all to ourselves. So magical! Here's to a magical summer!

LET'S BE HONEST MAMAS: Technology with Kids


Life update! I feel like Zoe has hit the terrible two's early. She's still the funniest, craziest, happiest, talkative, little bundle of joy ever, but homegirl has got a sassy side. Welcome those throwing, hitting, kicking, rolling on the floor screaming tantrums. Luckily nothing out in public (like the grocery store) just yet, but man those toddler tantrums are real! So much of her tantrums come from her not being able to express herself just yet. Because she's so independent she wants to be able to do things all on her own and when she can't she just gets so frustrated with herself. And I don't blame her, I'm the same way! Another trigger for her tantrums is the phone. As soon as she sees a cellphone she wants to play with it immediately. If we let her she could watch videos of herself alllllll day long! I basically hide my phone until Zoe goes down for her naps or when she goes down for the night. Which brings me to today's post!

It's another Let's Be Honest Mamas post (you can read all about that and how it started here). A big shout out to our girl Hannah for bringing us together! And today we are talking all about technology with little ones. Of course the use of technology with kids is such a personal opinion, so please when you read on know that what I have chosen to do is what works for me and my family! Okay, now that that is out of the way let's get to it.

MADLY WISH


I wish that you could hear her laugh through these photos. She has the best laugh!! My baby girl is a full blown toddler now and I have to say I love it! As much as I miss little baby snuggles, seeing her personality blossom is just the greatest! Just a little bit about 19 month old Zoe. She is obsessed with wrestling, being chased, tickles, throwing balls, everything about being outside and playing with rocks and dirt. We bought her her own little baby doll and stroller and now she's all over that too. I even came downstairs to find her pretending to change her baby's diaper. It's amazing just seeing how Zoe observes and absorbs everything around her. She loves to say "dadadadadadadada" alllllll day. She also says "baby", "daddy", "puppy", "go away" (not sure where she learned that from, ha), "what's this?", "ball", "mama" (only when she's really sad), ummmm, I know she says a few more things but I'm drawing a blank right now. She's a dream baby going down for naps and bed time. She just gabs and gabs to herself until she falls asleep.

Speaking of sleep, isn't this the cutest crib sheet you have ever seen? They are from Madly Wish! They are so soft, vibrant and stretch to fit all sizes for crib mattresses. Make sure to check out their other pieces here, because they are seriously the greatest! Also their customer service is the bees knees!

Make sure to "read more" to see more pictures of Zoe rolling around!

WE'RE GOING ON A PICNIC









This has definitely been the rainiest year in the PNW that I can remember. Bursts of sunshine have been few and far between, but any sign of good weather you can bet we are out the door. Zoe is such an outdoor girl, rain or shine she's happy. The other week we hit the low 70's (which felt like heaven), so we took our little family on a picnic to the park. Apples are on constant repeat at our place so apples it was. Love my little family!

LET'S BE HONEST MAMAS & AN aden + anais GIVEAWAY


MEET ME IN THE TULIPS

'HOPPY' EASTER!


LET'S BE HONEST MAMAS


FEBRUARY FLORAL SHOOT

LET'S BE HONEST MAMAS



Moments to myself are non-existent these days. Whether it's working out, folding laundry, taking a shower, or running to the grocery store, sticky little fingers are always tightly wrapped around my legs (which makes for an interesting time when going to the bathroom). Having Zoe these past 16 months have been some of the hardest, happiest, trying, and reward times of my life. Patience is a skill I pray to keep throughout the day, because babies know how to push your buttons. To other mommies out there, do you ever feel like your babes don't like you sometimes? I swear when we are at home Zoe will scream and cry, and then as soon as I meet up with friends she's happy as a clam. No one ever believes me when I tell them how hard she is at home. Is it just me? Please say no, or just lie and make me feel better. 

Something I've quickly learned after having a baby is the importance of forming a tribe around you. You need other mommies to let you know you are not alone in this. Introducing the "Let's Be Honest Mamas" group. Because let's be honest, it's so easy to check out your Instagram or Snapchat feed each day and see all these pretty squares and cute videos of happy smiley babies. Yes, babies are stinkin' cute, but they can also be stinkin' hard. I love the "Let's Be Honest Mamas" group because it allows you to share true facts about your life without feeling shame or guilt. So make sure to read through our posts, and play along if you want by sharing the hashtag #letsbehonestmamas and tagging me and all of these fun ladies found down below. Because let's be honest, we all need to stick together!

ZOE CHILD

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