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River and Ansel: February 2017
River and Ansel: February 2017
Ansel: One year
Ansel: One year

Dear little Ansel.  My last baby.  My sweet baby. All of a sudden you are one.  When did that happen?  How did that happen?  Truly I know.  It just did.  Time passes. I live the day-to-day with you.  The laughs.  The kisses.  The hugs.  The first rolls.  The first attempts at crawling.  The first hesitant […]

River and Ansel: September 2016
River and Ansel: September 2016

I just love these photos of my daughter. Most of the time these days that I pull out my camera (or my phone camera) I’m getting her posed smile.  But on this day in these pictures I got lucky.  I captured the spirit inside.

Welcome: Ansel Sky
Welcome: Ansel Sky

Already we love you to the moon and back (and beyond).

River: Twenty-Seven Months
River: Twenty-Seven Months

Just a little cuteness from my little bear. 🙂

River: Eighteen Months
River: Eighteen Months

Dearest River, My how much you have grown!  Well, not size wise really, with that you are just slowly inching along.  But in every other way.  You talk and run and spin.  And you bring joy to every day with your beautiful smile and lightheartedness. Recently you learned how to spin and the first time […]

River: Fourteen Months
River: Fourteen Months

Dearest River, It’s amazing how much you’ve changed since I last wrote.  Back when you turned a year you were just starting to take steps.  You’d managed to piece together several steps but only did so inside and so we didn’t consider you a walker.  Now you run.  It’s the cutest run with a little […]

River: Twelve Months
River: Twelve Months

Dearest, River Moon, You’re one!!!  Happy birthday to our little baby!  We are ever so proud of you and ever so grateful to be your parents. Leading up to your birthday we couldn’t help but think back on a year ago and the weeks leading up to your birth.  As opposed to most parents who […]

River: Eleven Months
River: Eleven Months

Dearest River, Eleven months!  That means you’re almost one.  Craziness! This month you’ve continued to work on your standing skills and can now stand unassisted for many minutes.  The other night we were out at dinner and one table was convinced you would take your first steps right there as they cheered you on.  Sadly […]

River: Ten Months
River: Ten Months

Dearest little River, My goodness are you growing up! It’s incredible to think of how much you’ve grown and changed over these last ten months and even more recently these last few weeks.  Gone are the days of the toothless grin and the contentedly sitting baby. At the moment I could probably best describe you […]

River: Nine Months
River: Nine Months

This month was huge.  In the way that suddenly everything has changed and yet it’s so very wonderful.  You’re officially a crawler!  And now we better start baby-proofing. 🙂 At the start of the month you figured out how to go from being on your belly to sitting up and that seems to have opened […]

River: Eight months
River: Eight months

This month your biggest accomplishment was moving to really truly eating.  At six months you started eating solid foods but it wasn’t until recently that you really truly started to enjoy them and reliably doing more than bang your spoon or sippy cup during meals.  Mealtimes are really fun now and you get very very […]

River: Seven Months
River: Seven Months

Dear River, This past month has been a blur.  You’ve changed so much so quickly that we can hardly keep up.* Right after you turned six months we started introducing you to solid foods.  At first you had a few favorites and weren’t so sure of the rest.  The first food to make it to […]

River: Six Months
River: Six Months

Dear River, This month the hands have really started grabbing.   Grabbing mommy’s hair.  Grabbing our fingers.  Grabbing toys.  Grabbing plates.  Grabbing toes.  All with one objective, to get it in your mouth, whatever it is.  You’re exploring your world with the help of mouth and hands.  When we lay you down to change a […]

River: Five Months
River: Five Months

Dear River, Happy five month birthday! It’s crazy that you’ve been here on the outside for five whole months already.  That’s nearly half a year.  When you first came out it was Fall and shortly thereafter it turned into Winter with some snow your first week and now the bulbs are coming up in the […]

River: Four Months
River: Four Months

Dear River, This month was a lot of fun!! At the begining of the month you let out your first giggles and now you giggle some nearly every day.  Your daddy and I go to extreme lengths to get those joyous belly laughs out of you.  You started the month trying really hard to roll […]

River: Three Months
River: Three Months

Dear River, You are truly an amazing little baby.  Your daddy and I still look at each other when you’re sleeping peacefully between us and ask; how did we get soo soo lucky?  We get to keep you, this insanely beautiful and awesome little being, forever.  Thank you for trusting us. You’ve taught us so […]

River: Two Months
River: Two Months

Dear River, You continued to grow like a weed this month.  At your two month appointment you weighed in at 9 lbs 2 oz and we can hardly believe how tiny you used to be.  Sadly at that appointment you also got your first shots and you did not like that very much at all […]

River: One Month
River: One Month

We’ve started a new family tradition.  A tradition to make sure we document River as she grows, as the seasons pass, as she connects more and more with the world.  A tradition to treasure these moments as they pass both slowly and quickly. Each month we’re going to take one roll to commemorate that day. […]

Welcome: River Moon Merges
Welcome: River Moon Merges

On October 18th life changed completely in the span of about sixty minutes. And it’ll never be the same again. We love you, little River Moon and we’re sure glad you’re here.

A Season’s Beginning
A Season's Beginning

As I head off to Portland (Oregon, of course) for my first wedding of the season it seems a perfect time to reflect on the fact that I have a wedding season. And on the fact that I am insanely and happily busy from now until early September. I am so grateful for the gift […]

Vulnerable
Vulnerable

I’m currently in a spot where I feel pretty vulnerable.  I’ve offered my services up for FREE.  Yup, for FREE and I acted on the faith that someone would want them. Luckily I won’t have to face my worst nightmare related to this contest and have to publicly admit no one wanted me.  But there […]

Seven Years
Seven Years

Sweetie, Seven years ago today we met for appetizers and dessert.  Over hummus, tea, and rice pudding we smiled for hours across the table. As we parted we shared one brief kiss. It was a night that changed our lives and I’m so grateful.  So grateful to have you by my side all these years […]

End of Another Day
End of Another Day

Contax 645, 80mm lens, Kodak Portra 400