Christmas Tree Farm Photos | 2016

Just sharing a few photos from our time at Lazy Lay Acres in Dade City, Florida. This was our second time visiting, and we loved every second of our experience at this authentic Florida Christmas tree farm.

I- literally- had to wipe all of the dust off of my camera to take it with us this year, so I'm a little rusty with my PicMonkey usage. It has been so long since I have taken photos of the kids, and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to do it. We decided that the self timer was the easiest way to capture a few family photos for our Christmas card... Enjoy!

I do apologize for the flagrant "overgramming" of these photos of me and the kids, but I gave Allen a few brief photography lessons, and my sweet and positively gorgeous hubby totally nailed it. *heart eyes emoji*
I do love that man.

Wishing you all a very merry holiday season!


Brynnie Ballerina Goes to Kindergarten

We read the books. We talked and prepared for all that was going to happen. We met the teacher. She just knew that she was ready for it.
But I can't say that I was all that surprised this morning when she tip-toed into our bedroom to find me. She hugged herself and quietly said, "Mommy, I just don't think I'm ready for Kindergarten. My tummy hurts too much." She was a bundle of nerves.
So, we climbed into bed to snuggle up, take a few deep breaths, and try to find our calm. We talked about how first days are always a little scary because you don't always know what to expect, but that they were usually about making new friends and learning new things. We talked about her first day of preschool and how she ended up with so many friends and great teachers who were once strangers. That was all it took to get her back on track. She still didn't eat much breakfast, but she was more than ready to put on her uniform and pack everything into the car.
I thought I was ready too. I read all of the books to her. I prepared the school supplies. I pulled out my dusty DSLR and readied it for the big day. We were listening to all of her favorite songs on the way, when I realized that I was full-blown sobbing (silently) behind the wheel to the beat of Shakira's "Try Everything".... Luckily, I pulled myself together before we were in the throes of car line.

Luc was so excited for Sissy to go to "Sindagarden"

Of course, most of my cathartic moments went into making a video of all of the wonderful memories we have with our first baby girl. Here is a glimpse of our little apple's journey from bump to Kindergarten.

Wishing all of the other mommies and daddies and babies a great first day of school.


Splash | the last of the Florida pool days

We so enjoyed our rental on Anna Maria. We were directly across the street from the beach, but we actually spent the majority of time in the pool area. We all fell in love with the large wading area, which was extremely kid-friendly.

   Like father, like son: Sunscreen application edition.
   Daddy is pretty much his hero.

 We have developed a love/hate relationship with the puddle jumpers.
Great for Luc... a total crutch for Brynn.

Love this sweet girl.


He's "guk"... aka stuck. 

Upside down goggles are all the rage, apparently. I am so uncool.

Can't even handle that dimple! 

{shot with iPhone and Lifeproof Nuud}

  So happy to have his "Bamba" -- happy and healthy. Bamba = Lucas' word for Grammy

Pool time can wear a boy out. 

I think it's safe to say that we miss the autumn in Indiana- the colors and the ambiance -
... but October in Florida is tough to beat.


Anna Maria Island | Seashells by the Seashore

New blog, new material. While I have enjoyed blogging over at ourbabyberry.com over the past five years, we decided that it was time for a fresh start. This blog will relate more to our aging family, and it will highlight mostly photography and special recipes for family-friendly dinners for our picky eaters (recipe post coming very soon...). We hope that you enjoy all of the experiences that we share with you on this blog.

As far as this post goes, we had such a blast in Anna Maria Island this past week... We enjoyed the food, the beautiful atmosphere, and of course, the beach and pool at our temporary beach house. Mostly, our babes enjoyed sharing it all with Grammy and PawPaw. I will have to split up the many photos into a few separate posts, but I wanted to start out this series with our morning walks on the beach. Grammy and PawPaw really wanted to bait the beach for Brynn and Lucas, and we were so excited to see all of the magic that came with the experience...

Lucas learned to throw "gagocks" (aka rocks) into the waves, which took up much of his time.

We can't wait for our next trip to Anna Maria.