Keith & Katie

posted on: Thursday, March 26, 2015

Every so often, you come across someone with whom you make a connection so immediately that you know you will be friends for life. One such someone is Katie. A dear friend, an amazing midwife, and an incredible first-time mommy, herself! Yes, you read that right - midwife. My midwife. And my friend. She was my rock (besides Aaron) throughout my pregnancy and the day I went into labor. She stayed with me the whole time she was on her shift, and then stayed past her shift when Gracie was trying hard to come into this world but needed a bit of extra help, and we finally had to have a c-section to put an end to a long, 29-hour labor, and to welcome the most beautiful baby (yes, I am biased) into this world! 

Cecily & Ky

posted on: Monday, March 23, 2015

One of the sweetest friends I know decided she was going to spontaneously visit me and then proceeded to give me fair warning that she was going to visit me on Monday :) Cecily is one of those women who just glow. She is beautiful both inside and out, and it shines through like no other. I love spending time with her, listening to her comments in Relief Society (our women's group at church), and admiring her hairstyling skills! She thinks deep thoughts, expresses her emotions articulately, and is simply a beautiful person. 

Spring is on its way!

posted on: Friday, March 20, 2015

A Frozen Morning.

posted on: Monday, March 2, 2015

I walked out this morning (a rare thing for me to do in the winter) to check the mail and I came across these beauties right on my front porch. I don't remember Virginia ever getting so cold in the last five years that it would warrant front porch icicles! Of course, I forgot that I was on my way to the mailbox and ran inside to grab my camera and snap a few quick shots. Thank goodness I did, because no sooner had I taken these pictures, than the sun popped out in all its glory, and everything started to melt. 

You are welcome :) Enjoy a few more of these FROZEN beauties! 

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea {Florida Vacation}

posted on: Thursday, February 19, 2015

“My soul is full of longing
for the secret of the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse through me.” 
                                                      ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There is nothing that quite calms my soul as the crashing waves of the deep blue sea. I instantly lose myself in the view of the vast expanse of ocean and its tidal lullaby. A much-needed escape from the brutal winter and a celebration of our fifth wedding anniversary this month found us walking the shores of a lovely beach town called Lauderdale-by-the-sea. Florida was calling our name and we dutifully responded. 

Despite the fact that it appeared we brought a bit of the winter with us that day, we were dying to see the ocean. It was sixty degrees - cold and windy by Florida standards - and yet, the ocean was beckoning and it was too hard to resist. Our delightful friend and tour guide extraordinaire, Kirsten Perkins, drove us to the beach, where it took Aaron all of two seconds to leap out of the car, throw off his sandals, and run headlong into the ocean, arms flung out. Pure joy! 

365 Project - Gracie & The Lone Cheerio

posted on: Friday, January 16, 2015

This adorable little one with those unmistakably gorgeous eyes (am I a biased parent, or what?) is now eating Cheerios and other foods that we usually eat for dinner. She seems to prefer that to her boring formula. I mean, who wouldn't? She loves it when I put her in that high chair—she gets giddy with excitement because she knows she is going to get some Cheerios and a couple of bites off Mommy's plate, as well.  Meal times are becoming more fun around here!

365 Project - Leaf in Snow

posted on: Thursday, January 15, 2015

I didn't intend for the title of this blog post to come out sounding like an abstract or a Native American name but really, what would you call it? My brain is fried today and that is all you are going to get. It snowed a week ago, and I stepped out into my backyard (which rarely happens in the winter) and came upon this guy just hanging out on my patio table, begging to be photographed. So, what the heck? I took a picture. The next day, the wind blew it away and most of the snow off the table. Glad I caught this. I love the expanse of white snow that contrasts with the color of the leaf.

365 Project - Stars & Stripes

posted on: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Gracie looked adorable in her stars onesie and her striped, frilly pants that I just had to take a picture. It so happened that the look of pure joy on her face was due to the fact that she was about to grab the cord to her heater and gnaw on it.  Don't worry, she stops in her tracks as soon I say, "No!".

365 Project - Gracie & The Guitar

posted on: Tuesday, January 13, 2015

She sat like this for what seemed like hours, but was only a few minutes, and then reached out and started playing the guitar. Okay, strumming, or something similar. 

365 Project - Laundry Day

posted on: Monday, January 12, 2015

Isn't that the cutest laundry day helper ever? Well, I think so, despite the fact that right after I took this picture, said laundry was all over the floor as Gracie tipped over the basket onto her head. So fun!

365 Project - Gracie: Circus Performer

posted on: Sunday, January 11, 2015

When you are pulling an elephant's trunk right out of his head (he's turning green) and you have a bear wrapped around your thigh, you are a force to be reckoned with!

365 Project - Gracie & The Sound Machine

posted on: Saturday, January 10, 2015

That post title just made me think of Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine.  Yep, that's right. I am that old. Anyway, I digress. The picture you see above you is of an adorable baby with a proclivity to gravitate towards or be distracted by anything that produces a sound, especially so that it interferes with naps or feedings. Many a time have I found this little person, standing up on her toes, reaching up as far as her arms would allow, to see if she can grab the sound machine. After several times of entering her room to find her in this position and not asleep, I have moved the object to a location far from her reach (although, this does not prevent her from trying.) Ah, but look at those eyes! Further scrutiny of this photograph reveals that she is multi-tasking: standing up, biting her crib, holding on with one hand, looking at the fan (her best friend), and reaching out for her sound machine. Folks, I give you—Grace Taylor. 

365 Project - Daddy-Daughter Time

posted on: Friday, January 9, 2015

What is better than watching Curious George? Why, cuddling up on Daddy's lap while watching Curious George, of course! These two are adorable! Gracie's face lights up if she hears Aaron's voice and Aaron, in turn, gets quite animated to see his little baby girl. They greet each other every day as if they had been away too long and their reunion is always a joyous one. 

Granted, Gracie's attention span is all of ten seconds, so Aaron has to make it count :) But, there are moments like this when I walk in on the two of them just enjoying each other's quiet company. Blessed to spend each day with this little angel. 

365 Project - Gracie's First Snow

posted on: Thursday, January 8, 2015

It has been a thrill to experience many "firsts" with Gracie and this moment was equally thrilling—her first snow day! It happened a couple of days ago and she was in awe! I propped her up at the front door and she could not take her eyes off the white, fluffy stuff. It is fascinating to watch this little person experience the world for the first time in such a visual and tactile way. I am grateful for the opportunity to see things through her eyes and love the world around me.

Chicken Piccata

 Pan-seared chicken, rich lemon-caper sauce, fresh parsley on a bed of penne pasta. This could not be a more simple yet honestly, delicious meal to make! I stumbled upon this recipe in my never-ending Pinterest searches for dinner ideas, and boy, am I glad?! Priscilla of Red Shallot Kitchen made my day! This was my first time attempting something so fancy and I was a bit anxious to see how it all turned out. Keep reading to see how quickly you can put this meal together! 
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