Scarborough Faire

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Our annual trip to Scarborough Faire was this weekend and as usual, it was so much fun!

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James strummed on this kind woman’s guitar and sang and acted out the itsy bitsy spider with her! My little performer!

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Our trip also provided the perfect excuse to get him fist first sword! And he was so pleased 🙂

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James was also very interested in this dragon, but wasn’t quite brave enough to give him a hug without Daddy nearby.

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We had so much fun this year at the Renaissance Faire, and I am sure that we will be back before the season is over!

Bluebonnets in March

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Bluebonnets are a characteristic sign of spring in Texas, and luckily for us there is a field of them not far from where we live!

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Of course, it was also a great opportunity to snap a few mama and son photos while we wandered among the beautiful flowers. James was very intrigued and kept asking to pick them!

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And I couldn’t help but get a few photos of him with the Easter bunnies I recently made for him. 🙂 He usually doesn’t take to stuffed animals but he’s given them names and clutched them the whole ride to the bluebonnets!

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetI hope you all are having a wonderful start to spring and if you are in Texas, be sure to see the bluebonnets! 🙂

Cooper & Family

If you saw my last photography session with this beautiful family several months ago, then you might recall that Trisitn was pregnant with little Cooper. But he finally arrived!

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Cooper is so loved already, especially by his big sister!

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I had the best time taking these! The love that this family has for one another was so apparent when I walked in, and it was such a privilege to capture it through photographs. Congratulations, Coston family!

Focus on the Good

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The blooming season has begun here in North Texas and with it a renewed sense of hope in my soul. For lent this year, I decided not to go with my usual giving up chocolate or meat for forty days but rather to overcome negativity with positivity. To focus on the good.

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I have found that using positive affirmations, such as the one above have assisted in maintaining a positive mindset. This one is particular is from the wonderful Louise Hay, who has written countless books on mindfulness and incorporating positive affirmation into your life. If you are struggling with overcoming negative thoughts or simply want to clear your head and genuinely appreciate yourself for all that you are, I really recommend browsing through some of her affirmations or searching her videos on YouTube for guided meditation or for a full reading of positive affirmations.

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Favorite Books of February

Reading was always an integral part of my family growing up, and books were something that my husband and I initially bonded on. So, it was no surprise to us when James began showing an early interest in reading.

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I thought I would compile a list of ten books that we are loving for this month. It will be nice to look back on and might give some other book worm mamas some ideas! My son is nearly two and a half, so some books are appropriate for younger children and some are perfect for older readers as well.

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1) Monster Trucks by Dennis R. Shealy- This is literally James’s favorite book and he will request multiple people to read it to him every night. He has memorized the words on each page and usually completes the sentences for me when I read to him. Something about monster trucks is so appealing for boys! 🙂


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2) Lama Lama I Love You by Anna Dewdney- Honestly, any Lama Lama story is an instant hit with my son but we read this one right before Valentine’s Day and it helped get us in the holiday spirit.


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3) Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel- I recently weaned James and have had to find an alternative to putting him to sleep. He loves the Frog and Toad stories and asks to read them daily, and the collection I have is enough to entertain him, then lull him to sleep.


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4) Peppa Plays Soccer by Scholastic- I think Peppa Pig is an instant winner with most kids, and my son is certainly no exception. He said to me just the other night “I want to have tea and a chat,” something I believe Daddy Pig said in an episode. 😉


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5) King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently- This has been one of James’s favorites for nearly a year… Or as long as we have had it honestly. The story of three brave boys who face dragons and terrible beasts, and make it home in time for bedtime really resonates with us. Full of imagination and adventure, this is one of my favorites.


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6) Snuggle Bunnies by Lisa McCue- Such a cute story about three little bunnies and their mama. Short but sweet and beautifully illustrated.


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7) Goodnight Dragons by Judith Roth-Ah, the tale of the boy who ventures out with his dog to tame dragons with blankets and hot chocolate. Such a sweet story about bravery, friendship, and dragons of course.


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8) We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen- I believe I got this when James was 15 months old and have been reading it to him ever since. Recently on our daily walks he will recite the song, “We’re going on a bear hunt, we’re going to catch a big one…”


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9) Ten on the Sled  by Kim Norman- Is anyone else’s child still obsessed with reading Christmas books? Because mine is! He loves all things Christmas and this book is certainly no exception.


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10) Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson (not pictured)- This was actually a book we discovered from our local library and fell in love with. It’s a story about a bear who just can’t stop eating! James finds it so funny and the rhymes in the book make it easy for little readers to anticipate what is going to happen next.

I hope that you all liked this post and found some new books to read to your children!

Valentine’s Day

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Our Valentine’s Day this year was well intended, but due to the random cold weather and rain we couldn’t have our idyllic picnic in the park.

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But despite all that, doing some fun crafts at home and watching movies with loved ones more than makes up for it. After all, the sun will come out another day and there will be plenty of parks to picnic in.

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! I hope you all had a beautiful day filled with love and joy.

Little Sister Love

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This is my beautiful younger sister, Caroline.

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It is so surreal to see her grow up so quickly and to think that she will soon be graduating from high school. As the youngest of my sisters I have often caught myself trying to look after her, but she has matured into this beautiful young lady who is fully independent and ready to take on the world.

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Love you always, Caro. Happy Valentine’s Day!