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Monday, May 19, 2014

Letters to Our Daughters - May 2014

Dear Isabella,
We've all heard of the "terrible twos" but no one ever warns you that the age of three is far worse than two. We sailed right through the so-called "terrible twos" and I thought we were home free, that is until you hit three!
You have developed such a strong-willed personality, which one day will be a great attribute to have, but at this stage in your life, your strong-willed personality is really testing Mommy's patience!
I think at this stage, "NO" is your favorite word, and it's my least favorite! I've been doing my best to teach you right from wrong and how to do things for yourself, but sometimes there is just no reasoning with you and I'm learning I just have to let you work it out for yourself.
While I feel like I am rapidly losing my mind during this stage of your childhood, there is also this side of you that I just adore. You can go from screaming and throwing a tantrum one minute, to this loving, caring little girl the next.
I know you probably just need to get outside and burn some energy and while the weather has been improving, it has still been rather chilly. We did manage to get outside quite a bit these past few weeks. I love how you get such joy in the simplest things.
You got so excited to see the flowers blooming in our backyard. You especially loved the dandelions, probably because they are the only "flowers" I would let you pick. You walked all around our little yard and picked every one until you had a bouquet!


There were a few days the weather went up into the 80s and we took advantage and went to the park. I just love seeing you run and play on the playground. It's amazing how much you have grown since last summer. Last year you would only go down the small slide and you were even a little skittish about that. This year, on our first trip to the park, I think you tried every slide there and had a ball! You also crawled through the tunnel, which is something else you wouldn't do last year.





The rain has gotten the best of us the past few weeks so you have been spending a lot of time playing with Play-Doh, which is your newest obsession lately. You have been having so much fun creating all kinds of different things. You are developing quite a little collection of Play-Doh sets. Your favorites are your bakery set and your new princess sets your dad bought for you.





I can't believe how fast you are growing up and how in just a few short months you are going to be 4 years old and starting Prekindergarten. We got the official "Welcome to the Prekindergarten Class of 2028" letter. It made me cry! Slow down little one...you're growing up too fast.

I love you most Monkey!

Love,
Mommy

I have joined a very talented group of photographers, and more importantly, mothers, for this very personal Letters to Our Daughters project. Please continue around our circle and visit my friend Yazmin Wickham of Yazmin Wickham Photography and read her letter to her daughter.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Letters to Our Daughters - April 2014


Dear Bella,

It has certainly been a long winter. I feel like we have been cooped up in the house forever. Thankfully, the weather is finally starting to improve and we were even able to get outside for a walk and made our first trip to the park.



It was so nice to be outside in the fresh air and see you running and playing. It always surprises me how much joy you get out of the little things. When we walked to the park, you spent the whole time running around and picking up sticks. 






This is the first year I didn't take you to a studio to get your pictures taken in your Easter dress. This year I decided to do it myself. We had a fun little photo session and you even cooperated, for the most part! I think you were just happy to be outside and in a fancy dress.








The holidays are always so much fun with you. We've had such a great time over the past few weeks having breakfast with the Easter Bunny and going on Easter egg hunts and eating your fill of candy (much to Mommy's dismay!).

The warm weather will be here soon and we are going to have a summer filled with lots of fun activities for sure!



I love you most Monkey!

Love,

Mommy

I have joined a very talented group of photographers, and more importantly, mothers, for this very personal Letters to Our Daughters project. Please continue around our circle and visit my friend Bianca deVries of Bianca deVries Photography and read her letter to her daughter.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Letters to Our Daughters - March 2014

Dear Bella,

You woke up this morning and told me I was the most amazing mom in the world, but the truth is, if I'm the most amazing mom in the world, it's only because you are the most amazing daughter in the world.

I don't know how I got so lucky, but I thank God every day that he chose me to be your mommy.

I was so excited for our vacation to Disney World this year and so sad that it's over. We had such a fun time last year, I couldn't wait to see what was in store for us this year.

We certainly got off to a rocky start with our horrible road trip, but our days in the parks were so much fun. There were a lot of challenges on our vacation this year, to say the least, but I'm pretty sure you won't remember the difficulties and only remember the fun things.

The best part of my vacation was seeing your eyes light up every day. Whether it was meeting your favorite characters,






or riding the Ariel ride three times or the teacups,


or watching the parade or getting a princess makeover,




or having lunch at Cinderella's castle,



there wasn't really much that you didn't enjoy.





I hope going to Disney is something we can do together every year for many years to come. I'm sure there will come a day when you will want to take a vacation somewhere other than Disney, but until that day comes, I look forward to the fun memories we will create with each trip. (But I promise, from now on we will fly!)



I'm so happy we got to share our vacation with Nana again this year and it was so great to have Papa, TeeTee, Uncle Matt, Emma and Baby Cousin with us too this year.

Most of all, I'm so grateful that I was able to take you on this magical vacation. I have wonderful memories of vacations we took when I was little and I want to make sure you have those memories too. I can't wait to make more memories of our own.



I love you most Monkey!

Love,
Mommy

I am joining a group of very talented photographers, and more importantly, mothers, for this very personal "Letters to Our Daughters" project. Please continue around our circle and visit Lila James and read her letter to her daughters.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Letters to Our Daughters - February 2014

Dear Bella,

The greatest joy in my life is being your mommy. This isn't exactly the way I imagined I would be raising you, but I want you to know how very much I love you and that I will always be here for you no matter what. Please know I am doing the very best I can to give you the life you deserve. Even though I have to work a lot, know that you are with me every moment of every day. Everything I do is for you, baby girl, and I wouldn't have it any other way. These past three years have been the best, and most difficult of my life and even though it's hard being just the two of us, I know the relationship we have is because of that. I am enjoying every minute of watching you grow into this beautiful little girl. You amaze me every single day. I love your silly little songs you sing and hearing you laugh. I could sit for hours just watching you play. You are mommy's whole world and I cherish the bond we have. You are the smartest three-year-old I know and while I wish time could stand still, I cannot wait to see the brilliant things you do as you grow up.

I love you most Monkey!

Love,
Mommy

 




 
I am joining a group of very talented photographers for this very personal "Letters to Our Daughters" project. Please continue through our circle and visit Laura Shachmut of Shachmut Photography and read her letter to her daughters.

Monday, February 10, 2014

My Handsome Nephew

I had the pleasure of babysitting my nephew today. He will be one next month. Since he is a more cooperative subject than my daughter, I decided to take advantage and snap a few quick photos. I love how his eyes sparkle in the light.






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