Photo 32/52: Quiet time

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A sleepy boy and a new Minnie Mouse puzzle game mean one magical moment of quiet.

XO,
Katrina

This post is part of The 52 Project: One photo of Beany and Bear every week of the year.

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Photo 31/52: Early morning snuggles

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Having a toddler is wonderful. Having a baby is awesome. Having a toddler who regularly requests to hold her baby brother and then sits there whispering things like, “I know, I know, it’s OK,” and, “Oh, I love you, cute boy,” is about as much as my mommy heart can take.

XO,
Katrina

This post is part of The 52 Project: One photo of Beany and Bear every week of the year.

Photo 30/52: Baby blues and growing girls

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Bear: Big blues eyes, taking in the world.

Beany: Is it just me, or does she suddenly look like a kindergartener? It makes me proud and weepy all at the same time.

Happy weekend, pals!

XO,
Katrina

This post is part of The 52 Project: One photo of Beany and Bear every week of the year.

Photo 29/52: Niagara Falls

29-52-C29-52-BWe made a stop at Niagara Falls on our way home from Missouri, and that “big, big waterfall,” as Beany still refers to it, was well worth the few miles out of our way. We only stayed a couple of hours, but it’s one of our favorite memories from the whole trip.

Beany: Watching the falls from her perch in Jared’s arms. There’s just something about a dad and daughter that makes me feel all mushy.

Bear: Years from now, when I think back on Bear’s early months, this is how I’ll picture him. Thumb in his mouth, eyes wide open, sweet facing peeking out from behind that choo choo hat. This photo is such a perfect capturing of exactly who he is right now. (Thank you to Mommio for taking it!)

And just because I think a trip to Niagara Falls warrants some extra photos, here are a few more.

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Katrina

This post is part of The 52 Project: One photo of Beany and Bear every week of the year.

Photo 28/52: Let’s go exploring

28-52-C28-52-BBeany: “Let’s look, Mommy. Let’s go looking.” A week at the farm turned her into an explorer.

Bear: Teething in the sunshine. Oh, what a face.

XO,
Katrina

This post is part of The 52 Project: One photo of Beany and Bear every week of the year.

 

Photo 27/52: Family, farms and the big open road

27-52-B27-52-CI’m back! After one long month, 3,300 miles of open road and a flurry of family visits, life is finally feeling reasonably back to normal around here. We knew for months that we were heading to Wisconsin this summer for my grandma’s 90th birthday party (heeeey!), and after going back and forth about whether we’d prefer to fly or “enjoy the easy breezy pace of a care-free road trip,” we decided to take the car. Yes, we packed two parents, two teeny kids and an even teenier poodle into the trusty Jetta for a trek halfway across the country. Yes, it was long.

On the way there, we stopped in Pennsylvania to see my brother’s family, and once the Wisconsin leg was over, we figured we might as well swing through Missouri, too, to see more family. So it really was a roundabout way of seeing everyone we could in a few weeks time. It was wonderful in so many ways, but we are so, so glad to be home. And off the roads. And out of the car. Beany and Bear were great troopers throughout, but it’s safe to say that our longing for a road trip has been satisfied for a good many moons to come.

With all of the back and forth, I’ve fallen super behind on posting my weekly photo project, so I’m going to play a bit of catch-up over the next few days. I just finished sifting through my 1,400 (!!!) photos from the journey and have plenty of favorites to share. There are some favorite new recipes to work in, too, so the blog will be hoppin’ again. Woo hoo to that! And now, for the photos:

Bear: This is what vacation looks like. Calm, relaxed, not a care in the world and happily resting on my dad’s chest. Our boy is living the good life.

Beany: This girl loved spending time on Grandma’s farm, and it was so great to see her running around, getting dirty and enjoying the kind of wide open spaces that we just don’t get here.

Hope your summers have been full and fun, too! What have you been up to? I’d love to hear about it!

XO,
Katrina

This post is part of The 52 Project: One photo of Beany and Bear every week of the year.

Top 5 strawberry recipes for summer

Top 5 Strawberry Recipes

We eat strawberries nearly every day of the year in our house because Beany and I can’t get enough of them, but summer strawberries are by far the best of the bunch. They are amazingly juicy, amazingly sweet and amazingly not $5 a quart right now. So strike while those fields are hot!

In honor of this grand strawberry season, here are five of my favorite strawberry-filled desserts, perfect for your Fourth of July cookout.

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Strawberry tarts with lemon zest

Strawberry Sorbet

Three-ingredient strawberry sorbet

Strawberry Banana Muffins

Strawberry banana muffins

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10-minute strawberry jam

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Angel food cake with strawberries and whipped cream

Happy Fourth of July, pals!

XO,
Katrina

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