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around here

i’m currently sitting at our dining room table, drinking some hot tea, looking out the window while Lily plays with the neighborhood girls at a neighbor’s house

it’s a school day and she would normally be at school at this hour but what started out as a delayed opening, turned into a full on snow day from school today

mind you, there is no snow on the ground and when it was snowing, it was very light

this will be our fourth winter here and their call on snow days still blows my mind

i don’t understand and i probably never will

anyway, i decided since i never posted around here last week and pictures keep piling up on my folder, i’d share a post of very recent happenings

hope you are all enjoying this day

snow or not

this snowy morning (that’s a sarcastic joke)

at least she got to sleep in until almost 9am

yesterday at ballet

Lily turned ten and we have had the most time celebrating her

owning ten on the morning of turning ten

surprised her with a visit to the nail salon after school. her first time getting her nails professionally done. my fourth

we took her to her favorite restaurant where she had her traditional birthday dinner

we stayed with friends in belmont friday-sunday and went to the renaissance festival on saturday

tired and sleeping kitties from a super fun weekend

our camellia bush is loaded with buds and it makes me so happy

fall has fallen

beginning of fourth grade school picture when she was nine. because she is ten now

and then she turned ten

yesterday she was nine and today she is ten

i am trying to grasp how we got here so quickly

too quickly

ten seemed like such a far away number and here we are today

a whole decade

two full hands

double digits

too quickly

yesterday afternoon i dusted off my nikon and documented this girl on her last day of being nine

may she continue to shine brighter with every year as she grows

44/52. twenty nineteen

“a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2019”

Lilian

on halloween dressed up as Mal from the descendants with some of her besties before heading out to go trick or treating

when i first began this 52 project in twenty thirteen (here), i wanted it to be all about Lily (of course) but i also wanted it to be about photography

i made it a point to only post pictures taken with my nikon or canon

Lily was so small then

she wasn’t in school and we would spend the days together going on adventures or just playing at home and in the yard

there was time for photography with the nikon then

at the end of every week i would have so many pictures of Lily to try to choose from (it was always so hard)

throughout the years, as she has grown and has started school and after school activities full time, it has been more challenging to keep this project going with the same photography quality

there are weeks when i go through my phone (shameful) looking for a picture of Lily for this project

like this past week

there were none

life is busy

Lilian is busy

so here she is this week with a group of friends

and this is who she is these days

a busy almost ten year old who is fun, creative, loving, honest, active and who enjoys spending time with her friends

it’s a hard transition for this mama heart but this is who she is and who she will be more and more as time goes on

this is her last week as a nine year old (she turns ten on thursday) and i am trying to figure out how the past decade went as fast as it did

happy monday friends

around here. halloween

this year halloween was celebrated for a week

it started last friday when Lily got dressed up to go to her halloween lock in at her gymnastics

then on saturday we had our neighborhood halloween party

and finally yesterday on the rainiest and coldest day of the season we finally went trick or treating on actual halloween

phew!

all fun but, dare i say that i am a little halloweened out???

happy friday and happy november friends

it is currently thirty degrees

temperatures have really dropped and will continue doing so for the weekend

we are staying in!

all dressed up for her halloween lock in

getting ready for our neighborhood halloween party

some of the neighborhood

with her bestie since first grade all ready to go trick or treating on halloween

around here

and just like that the end of october and halloween are here

this saturday we have our neighborhood halloween party and it feels like it was talked about forever and now here it is

i know i have said this before but i really do feel like this time of year goes by way too fast

there just seems to be one thing after another and before i know it, it’s a whole new year

anyway, we had ourselves a pretty easy week keeping busy with our regular every day routine

William has actually been in nyc since wednesday morning so it’s been just Lilian and i

happy friday friends!

autumn is absolutely glorious this year. outside

and inside

a selfie

all the portuguese memories that sit on our kitchen window sill

and in my phone

our kitchen is by far the most used room in our home

weekends are for sleeping in

weekends are also for finding new delicious places to eat at

i painted eight faces

Katya was already sent to her new home in seattle washington

and Bella was sent to her new home in st. paul minnesota

hat weather

leaf love

rebel girl

ARTsy wednesday

well, i bought a pack of eight small canvases and i said i was going to paint a small collection of acrylic portraits and i did it!

i know it may not seem like a lot but as most of you must know yourselves, time is a luxury these days

i compromised my morning walk/run in order to paint but it was totally worth it!

it felt wonderful to paint every day and to be able to fill a canvas with something

i may buy another pack of eight canvases and keep going….

happy ARTsy wednesday friends!