Christmas 2017

So many great things happened this year. We moved out of our rental and into our first home in Florida this past June. We have been so blessed to share it with family who has visited us-- and we welcome visitors! Brynn is flourishing in her classroom, which is such a blessing for our entire family. Luc and I have been busy with preschool at home, and we have finally figured out how to maintain our sensory diets enough that we were actually able to stop doing our weekly occupational therapy. We also have some very exciting news-- we are adding to our family! 

....We're getting our very first family cat for Christmas. Brynn has been asking for her own kitty for over a year. I still don't know how I finally convinced Allen to sign on, but "Santa" is bringing us the future baby "Lily Belle" on Christmas morning.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Brynn and Luc were so excited to "take photos" today... Not so much the part about being IN them, but actually taking them. My sweet little photographers have had a camera in their faces from the moment they could see...

Brynn took this photo....

... and Lucas took this one. A special thank you to the inventor of tripods.

Happy Holidays!


Brynn Goes to First Grade

Our Brynnie Bear is officially a First Grader.

We're back at Hammond this year. She is excited to be a Wolf Cub again!
We moved to our new house during summer break and took some time to settle in, and we are looking forward to a much shorter commute to and from school.

Oh, boy.... Hold on tight, First Grade! 
 *she requested we play "Boom Clap" during our photo session.

Wishing you all a great school year. Cheers *with glass of wine & a fidget! :)

Sensory TheraPlay Subscription Box Review

    In our recent Back-To-School quest for fidgets, I ran across the Sensory TheraPlay Box. It was founded by an occupational therapist and it seemed to be much more cost-efficient than buying individual fidgets from other websites, so I was excited to give it a try + give an honest review as a mom of two kids with sensory processing issues.

I shared with you all that I would do one review, but we ended up doing two... Luc accidentally interrupted the first one, and Brynn wanted to be able to participate in her own, hence the reason for two different videos. I do love that it gives the perspectives based on their ages.

And here is Brynn, hosting her own review.

If you are in search for great fidgets or sensory tools to meet your child's sensory needs in situations where you are at home, in the classroom, or on-the-go, this is a great subscription box!


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.