12.10.14 | 49/52

"a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

landon: for our advent calendar this year, i've incorporated holiday-themed activities, small gifts, a bit of candy, and scripture. one of the activities we've done so far is make cinnamon-dough ornaments. landon's favorite part was rolling it all out. i'm ashamed to admit they're still sitting in my now cold oven, waiting to be finished. hah! i'm also a little worried they aren't going to hold up. they didn't look like the ones i found online. oh well, we'll see. maybe later today.

claire: my mini-me. christmas is proving to be difficult this year, what with claire being obsessed with the tree and everything else. my rudolph that i've had since i was a little girl has lost his holly on his collar twice already, and my sleigh bell that hangs on the front door handle is now in three pieces next to me. 

**linking up with jodi.

12.09.14 | 48/52

 "a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

landon: he's pretty obsessed with just about anything claire does these days. it's kind of annoying, as he likes to do whatever i just told claire to stop doing. but there are the few moments like the one above, where he is just genuinely happy to be helping his little sis do something, especially if he gets to partake in it, too.

claire: eating a hot dog at costco. that's her little napkin all wadded up in a ball. she's demanding a napkin at every meal now.

12.04.14 | 47/52

"a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

landon: eating his pumpkin pie and ice cream while watching the duck game at grandpa dave's. he ate all of the ice cream but left the majority of the pie. he's my kid, for sure.

claire: looking like such a big girl lately, all adorable and everything. time, slow down a bit, won't you?

**a week behind, i know.
i'll post this week's soon.

11.24.14 | 46/52

"a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

landon: with the crummy weather finally upon us, we've been stuck indoors more than we'd like. if i would have known i would get a couple hours of free time just by pulling out a couple of my purses for the kids to play with, i would have done it a long time ago. c; anyway, this was landon's choice, and he used it to carry lady and kitty. 

claire: always putting on everyone else's shoes, this one is. even if one is on backwards. luckily daddy has big feet. c:

**late to the party for this last week
and was unable to link up with jodi.

11.17.14 | WINTER BLUES

my sweet little one-year-old

the last couple of weeks have been pretty hard for us over here. justin has what his doctor thinks is walking pneumonia (although, she's not 100% certain) and he has been on antibiotics for it now for five days, and he's still feeling awful. i am on the tail end of a cold which just seems to keep lingering. claire's acting like she's teething a bit and landon, well, landon is three. so there's that. we've all been getting on each other's nerves a little bit (or a lot, depending on who you ask) and we're tired of the inside of our house (at least i am). this winter season is not starting out the way i wanted it to.

but there was one moment this weekend, when landon woke up from a bad dream and asked me to lay with him. and so i snuggled up next to him in his cozy bed, my arm draped over his little body, and held him close. and even though i couldn't breathe through my nose and my head was pounding and i was just ready to go to bed in my own bed, i was so happy to just lay with him. it was such a good reminder that no matter how awful things seem, they're really not that bad. not when you've got the ones you love to hold close.