Everything all at once

It has been a crazy year. There is so much happening in my life that my emotions are riding a continuous set of waves, striking me with constant pangs of sea-like sickness and nervousness. I've been neglecting all the extras, like this blog, my 52 project, time with friends, date nights, emails and social media in general to focus on both the good and bad going on ....more


"A portrait of Avienne once a week, every week, in 2013" Six :: Playing princess Last week was insane, and remembering to bring my camera with me to photograph Avienne for her portrait of the week was pretty much an impossible goal. Luckily, just before the week ended, I snapped this picture iPhone of my gal helping with decorations for my best friend's bachelorette party. You can probably guess the theme from this picture, and Avienne was especially digging all the "royal" photobooth props ....more


"A portrait of Avienne once a week, every week, in 2014" Cinq :: Living the café life We were in Paris last week (more on that later, I promise!) which flew by so, so quickly. There were lots of meetups with friends and family squeezed into each day, and Avienne adapted quickly to city life in a stroller and on the métro. She also had no problem adapting to all the pastries and desserts in pretty much every corner of the city ....more


"A portrait of Avienne once a week, every week, in 2014" Quatre :: My little monkey Avienne has hit the climbing stage, which has been stopping my mama heart on the regular. Her favorite things to climb are chairs, of course, which means we have to be extra careful not to leave anything sharp or breakable on counters and tables. She also enjoys using her toys (especially her cash register) as step-stools, and every time she stands up and unsteadily jumps on the edge of our bed, I'm pretty sure my heart skips a handful of beats ....more


"A portrait of Avienne once a week, every week, in 2014" Trois :: Back in the swing of things Ever since Avienne really started walking, she hasn't been much interested in swinging as she has been in sliding and climbing and running and jumping. A couple of weeks ago, though, Gui set her in the swing and she was happy as a clam to just sit there and be pushed for a good 20 minutes. The weather's been so nice that I've been taking her out to swing for a bit each day, and she just smiles so big, stares into the blue sky or points at a rustling branch in the tree ....more


"A portrait of Avienne once a week, every week, in 2014" Deux :: Mama's little model We have so many new, exciting and stressful projects brewing chez nous, including the recent opening of my little Etsy shop of hand-knit goods. I have a few new items to add to it, so this past week, we took advantage of the perfect weather and staged a little photoshoot. Avienne has a pretty good grasp of how the camera works (she better, since she has me for a mama!), and her favorite thing is to have her picture taken and then run up to the camera to see it displayed while she points and says "ça!" We have a little Sardinia that she also loves to play with, and for Christmas, we got her a wooden camera of her own, but she seems to prefer the real deal (of course) ....more


"A portrait once a week, every week, in 2014." Un :: In the backyard with a handful of friends on the first day of a new year It was so hard to choose between this picture and another (both taken by Gui) to start off a new year of Project 52. Eventually, I chose this one because it so curiously caught Avienne mid-expression, perhaps in the middle of a conversation with her papa. I also chose it because it shows her face so clearly (the other contending photo was a full-body shot from further away), and I think I'll appreciate looking back at this at the end of the year to see how much my girl will have changed in these next 12 months ....more

52 Project 2013 recap

"A portrait of Avienne once a week, every week, in 2013" Project 52 was such a fun and motivating goal to have for the year. Initially, I hoped to have 52 pictures to look back on at the end of the year that kind of told a story of a week in the life of Avienne. I had also hoped that having a bit of pressure to deliver a photograph each week might encourage me to pull out my real camera more often and be a little more present on this blog ....more

A few Christmas highlights

So, at Christmas, I came down with an annoying virus that I guiltily passed on to Avienne, which we then passed on to my sister's two youngest boys and then my brother-in-law. It was absolutely no fun, and honestly stole a lot of joy out of our Christmas plans and celebrations. All the scrumptious food my mom and sister whipped up for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day was wasted on my useless tastebuds ....more


"A portrait of Avienne once a week, every week in 2013" Cinquante-deux :: Sledding in a sea of snow. Lots of firsts happeend last week for this little girl. We were in Kansas during a couple of days of snowfall, and Avienne had the pleasure of experiencing the cold powder for the first time ....more