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Dinner at Tutti Frutti

Sometimes we take the kids for a little treat.  Dinner at Tutti Frutti.  I mean, it’s yogurt right?  That’s healthy.  And you add fruit to it, so that’s like getting vitamins in a bowl, right?  :)tutti001

Lazy Sunday

Lazy Sunday as we wait for spring to arrive.  Staying in our PJs all day, coloring and eating peanut butter sandwiches.

April 8, 2013 - 10:27 pm

Sylvia P - What a beautiful picture. I love how intense he looks in the top Right photo. I haven’t seen him so interested in drawing before. It’s so adorable the way they share so well together. Thanks for sharing.

Project 52 – Week Seven – ‘Motion’

This week’s project was ‘motion’ and I had this one planned out for a long time!

I had been wanting to get a good picture of the play kitchen my dad made for the kids.  But I wanted to convey active play and not frozen action.  So I had this vision below.  And it happened to work perfectly for this week’s theme!


Letter to My Son – March 2013

Dear Son,

This month you moved up to the next class at pre-school.  You love being with the older kids and as a result you are talking a lot more!  The Teachers love having you and said you really enjoy playing outside and working on pre-school activities.  You also are counting to 10 this month!  (Sometimes you skip #4 😉 )

You and your sister have been really bonding.  I can tell you two will always be close.  You absolutely love being around her and playing with her.  It’s truly a joy to watch you both together.  Always take care of each other:)

This month we had a mommy and me date night.  You and I went out for supper and then a little bit of shopping. 😉  Of course you were more interested in playing “catch me” among the isles and racks of clothes, but as soon as we hit the toy section, you were more than happy to pick out a toy car and leave the store so you could open it.:)

You are really into reading books and you still enjoy playing games on the iPad:)

You have also requested a change to our nightly lullaby.  You have asked that I replace any word I can with ‘lion’.  So I have complied:)

Lullaby….and goodnight….lullaby little Lion….mommy’s here, mommy’s here….mommy’s here to say good night….



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I am excited to be a part of “letters to our children” blog circle with other photographers and moms. We write monthly letters in honor of our children and hope you enjoy reading them with us. Please head over to my friend, Katie Gardner‘s blog for her monthly letter to her daughter.

March 30, 2013 - 11:22 am

jennburnett - Great letter Nicole! Love the car image :)

Letter to My Daughter – March 2013

Dear Daughter,

It’s clear you are going to be a caregiver in some part of your life.  You are so intuitive to your brother’s needs.  Often anticipating in advance that he needs (water or a snack or his blanket).  It’s amazing to watch you comfort him when he’s upset and use some of the techniques that we used on you when you were that little:) You have a special bond with each other, that is becoming clear.

When your brother was home sick this month, I kept you home as well.  It seemed to comfort him knowing you were there with him.

This month daddy went on a trip for a few days and you really missed him.  But when he returned, he took you out for dinner and you got to spend some quality time with him.  You talked and told him about school.

Some of your favorites this month:

Painting, Casper the Friendly Ghost and Horseland cartoons and mini corn dogs (for about 15 minutes):)

Best friends are we, my brother and me…






I am excited to be a part of “letters to our children” blog circle with other photographers and moms. We write monthly letters in honor of our children and hope you enjoy reading them with us. Please head over to my friend, Jacqueline Mix‘s blog for her monthly letter to her sons:

March 30, 2013 - 11:13 am

jennburnett - Beautiful letter! I love the clarity on your first image and the wall painting in the second!!

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