ten

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ten.

double digits.

how did that happen so quickly?!

in the blink of an eye, he is ten.

the one who made me a mom.

my how time flies.

he is one amazing boy and my heart bursts with pride....

sometimes i just stare at him in awe....

awe of who he is becoming....

how beautiful he is to me...

a great big brother...

kind & sincere....

a good friend...

smart...

goofy and fun loving....

lover of sports & the outdoors....

with a thirst for knowledge....

full of wonder....

and all with a smile that melts my heart....

happy birthday sweet boy of mine....

we are so proud of you....

you are so loved....

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Owen's birthday weekend continued with a party with a few friends...

He planned the whole thing out down to the cake details....

His party consisted of rock climbing (so we crammed the car as full as we could get), coming back to our house for some flag football and grilling hot dogs.  His cake was his concoction....vanilla cake, chocolate mousse filling, chocolate frosting, and an oreo crumble on top.  We surprised him with relighting candles which made every one laugh hysterically.  It was pretty cute. 

They had a blast....

Somehow they also managed to squeeze in a cake fight....

Boys... ;)

When I was editing these photos, I couldn't help feel a little emotional....

He has known all of these boys since kindergarten...

Good friends and growing up....

Not a good combo for this mama....

Definitely makes my heart happy....

All in all, I believe it was a successful birthday weekend!

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captiva island

we returned to captiva for a little spring break get away.....

it is hard not to go back once you've been there....

our happy place when the weather is still cold and dreary here...

a place to soak up the sun and warmth...

hunt for sea shells...

feel the sea breeze and salt air....

dig in the sand and splash in the waves....

fish and watch the manatees and dolphins....

walking the beach while we stare at the gorgeous sunsets....

a little slice of heaven...

so grateful for this place and thankful for the time spent here with my lovely little family...

we had such a wonderful time and i'm already looking forward to the day we can return...

(and if you are dying for more pics...i have a few more over on my instagram....;) )

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ice castles

hello blog world....

it has been a while...

It has been a while since I've even picked up my camera. I'm in that typical winter slump. In a way, the slump isn't such a bad thing.  Sometimes a welcome break.  I have had more time to read, volunteer, meet up with friends, take boys to swimming lessons, watch Owen play basketball etc.... We've been battling two weeks of non stop sickness...croup, ear infections, influenza like illness....ready for a break from that.  41 days until spring break.....not that I'm counting.... ;)

Amidst the sickness, we were able to squeeze in a little visit to the ice castles here in town....

I managed to snap a few before my fingers froze off. 

They are quite beautiful.  

A frozen wonder....

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december

press play..... (if you're on your desktop or laptop....i'm not savvy enough to figure out how to get it to work on a smartphone.....)

scroll on through....

our days of december....

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first snow

just a few snapshots of the first snow....

the boys just loved the fresh flakes....

we are all longing for more as the weird Christmas rain has turned it all crunchy....

let it snow....

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our little family

it was our turn behind the camera this fall....

i must say...photographing my own family is far more stressful and difficult than capturing other people!

but, we had a nice little walk in the woods and got the job done....

and the boys survived.... :)

without further ado....

our little family....

they make me smile...

they have my heart....

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