my sweet reality.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

have a good weekend.

hope you're having a good weekend.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

4 years today.

4 years ago today.
the day we said, "i do".
the day we promised forever.
to my dear husband,
i love you more today than yesterday.
i will love you more tomorrow than i did today.
happy anniversary.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

love him.

just in case you haven't laughed yet today.

Monday, July 26, 2010

the days of michigan summer.

i took ella up north over the weekend.
we captured the essence of michigan summer...
a tomato from my dad's garden.
(with a little bit of salt).

and raspberries from my mom's garden.
one in the bucket, two in your mouth.

my girls.

these are my michigan girls.
my best friends since first grade.
(and in leah's case, since birth).
we had the best time this weekend.
no matter how long we are apart,
we can always pick up right where we left off.
i love these girls.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

friends at the beach.

ella has been traveling all summer.
she has been begging to have her school friends over to play.
so today, we had them all over.
we played at the house.
took them to the beach for sunset.
they had a blast.
all of them.
bella, emmi, ella, vinny, & ryan.
ryan especially loved it.
not only does he get to hang with older kids,
but he gets to hang with older girls.
he doesn't know how lucky he is...
judging by the look on his face,
he knows exactly how lucky he is.

Monday, July 19, 2010

our little girl is growing up.

today was a big day for this little girl.
her first day of "school".
she was all smiles this morning.
until it came time for actual drop off.
let's just say,
she didn't get kicked out her first day like her brother,
but i don't think she spent any time out of the teacher's arms either.
why couldn't they all have been as easy going as ella??

Saturday, July 17, 2010

on 6 & 7.

savoring our last two days of vacation.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

on 5.

today was perfect.
we took a real train ride.
got off at one of the stops.
had a picnic.
wchich included picking wild raspberies.
walked to a small, simple, park for kids.
got back on the train.
and returned to the station.

it was a throwback in time.
it was so sweet.
it was so relaxing.
no worries.
just fun.
all aboard.

on 4.

the day tripping continues.
this time to Indian Echo Caverns.
these underground caverns were amazing.
beautiful. natural. overwhelming.
the pictures do not do them justice.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

on 3.

this is what they've been waiting for.
the horses.
oh, how they love to ride.
they love everything about them.
and i love to sit back and watch.
watch their faces light up as they trot around.
watch their smiles brighten as they hold the reins.
oh, how we love the horses.

and there's just something about an old red barn.
i just couldn't pass up this photo op.

on 2

we went to Dutch Wonderland.
an amusement park for for younger kids.
they had a blast.
the big kids and the little kids.

too much excitement for one day.

Monday, July 12, 2010

on 1.

we are in pennsylvania.
visiting nana, papa, and aunt kim.
ryan and ella have found a new love...

race cars.

and the feeling you get
as you're flying over a huge pennsylvania hill
with the wind in your hair
and your stomach in your throat.

we're all lovin' it.