cut your own christmas tree family adventure!

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Hey buddies, happy Friday! My favorite part of our Thanksgiving holiday weekend was definitely getting our Christmas tree! I love the holidays and decorating our tree, and I find this time of year even more magical now that I have a little one to share it with. This year instead of just selecting a tree, I wanted to actually cut one down! My parents came with us (hence the rare photo of all three of us together) and we had a blast selecting and cutting our tree. You’ll see even more photographic proof of this after the jump…

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the 52 project: week 42/52 (apple picking!)

pennsylvania apple picking from www.blog.cleanlinestudio.com It’s been so long since I’ve posted an Eva portrait, I even had to visit Jodi’s blog to see what week we’re on. The truth is, I haven’t been taking as many photos lately. It’s hard to find the time during the week, and sometimes I just don’t think the bring the camera when we’re out and about over the weekend. But, apple picking is different. It’s the one family tradition we’ve had since Eva’s first apple picking trip as a 4 month old babe. You’ll see a whole bunch of good old fashioned Pennsylvania apple picking after the jump, and if you’d like to see apple picking photos since the dawn of this tradition you can do so right here!

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the 52 Project: Week 34/52

the 52 Project: Week 34/52

It’s been a week of changes. As I type this, Eva is participating in her first day at her new school. We’ve been there a few times this week for various meetings and introductions, but this is the first time I haven’t been right there with her. Yesterday was her first ballet class. She’s been asking to do ballet ever since we saw the Nutcracker last December, and now we’ve finally takien the plunge. She loved her first class and I’m (not so secretly) adoring the way she looks in her little tutu!

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the 52 project: week 33/52

the 52 project: week 33/52

This is Eva’s last week of half-day preschool. I have such mixed emotions about this change. Shes so much bigger, more capable, more independent, and more social than she was when we started her half-day program. She’s gotten a lot of good out of it, and we will miss seeing the kids, parents and teachers several times a week whom we’ve come to know as friends. I have been talking with her a lot about the new school. I ask her on a regular basis what she’s worried about, and what makes her feel excited. It’s hard to know how she’ll react to all the changes of next week, but for now, we’re enjoying one last week of the routine that’s grown so comfortable and familiar.

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the 52 project: week 32/52

the 52 project: week 32/52 from www.blog.cleanlinestudio.com Remember yesterday when I talked about soaking up every last bit of summer? Here’s evidence of Eva doing just that. The weather was not especially cooperative, but we decided to embrace our last chance to go to the beach, as a family, in summer 2014.

I’m sharing a few more photos of the trip (sans family) on steller.

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The 52 project: Week 31/52

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I told you about our camping trip yesterday, but I failed to mention the part that I found absolutely most enjoyable. The woods where our camping adventure took place are very dear to me. I have many memories of time spent on this property, memories of my grandmother, memories of singing around a campfire and enjoying the baffling awesomeness of nature. I didn’t even realize until we got to the Pocono property how important it was to me that I share these things with my own daughter. Despite a few rough patches in our trip, she soaked it all up with all the childlike wonder and enthusiasm she could muster. I’m so grateful to have these images to remember my newest Pocono memories by. Many more photos after the jump…

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the 52 project: week 30/52

the 52 project: week 30/52

After our recent visit to Spruce Street Harbor Park, we had the brilliant idea to set up our own hammock in the backyard! Monday evening, the girl and her daddy took it for a test swing. We’ve been enjoying it ever since, and wondering why the idea didn’t occur to us sooner. The backyard is slowly becoming our favorite place, as you can clearly tell my the expression on this kid’s face.

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the 52 project: week 29/52

the 52 project: week 29/52

I’ve mentioned before how special my childhood home is to my own little family. Whenever we need a break from city life, my parents farm is just an hour away. It’s a respite we’ve been grateful to have on many occasions, this past weekend included. Sean loves my parents property for all of it’s hunting and foraging possibilities. It was heart-warming to see Eva join him for some berry picking on Sunday. Far more went in her little belly than her bucket, but we had a nice time being together and enjoying the outdoors nevertheless.

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the 52 project: week 28/52

the 52 project: week 28/52 Last weekend when Sean’s parents were in town, we made a quick stop at Spruce Street Harbor Park. If you are in Philadelphia and haven’t been, I’d highly recommend a visit! It’s a “pop up” park for the summer, with lots of activities, food and drink. The day we were there the mood was super calm and relaxing. Eva’s favorite part was the hammock area. We each took a turn relaxing in the shade, and enjoying all that SSHP has to offer.

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the 52 project: week 27/52

eva_week27 There’s nothing more classically American than sparklers and backyard BBQs on the 4th of July. We did both, and Eva loved it. You can actually see evidence of the burger on her shirt. If she ever complains about her life not being awesome, I will show her this picture.

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