Tuesday, July 22, 2014

// s w i m //

I remember discovering Leigh's blog when Asher was only a few months old.  I tried out for The Sling Diaries then, but it wasn't until the next round (volume III)  that I received that treasured email from Leigh.  ;)  I'm so glad I did and through my involvement with The Sling Diaries I've only come to admire her more.  Her beliefs as a feminist and her devotion to gentle parenting has been such an inspiration!  Sure, she helps run one of my favorite companies ever, but it's so obvious that what makes her so wonderful is way more than that!  <3  

Anyways, she approached me about group swim lessons and I'm so glad she did!  The boys had such a blast and learned a lot!  (even if it was mainly by watching.  they weren't totally into the whole "following directions" part. haha)  Now, Asher has learned to put his head in the water and blow bubbles and he swims around the whole pool!  (with his swimmies, of course)  And Elliot is kicking and doggie paddling like a pro.  Leigh's boys are doing so well and Hazel sure knows how to rock those swim goggles. ;)  I think my favorite part was that Asher calls them all "friend."  <3

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Friday, July 18, 2014

// w h e r e w e w a n d e r - l a m b e r t v i l l e //

I am in love with Lambertville.  It's a darling town with a bridge that leads over to New Hope, PA.  We usually start out on the Jersey side, where we park and then walk over the bridge to the other side.  I got engaged in New Hope, on a tiny bench overlooking the river.  It's so special to bring my kids here, even if they are too young to fully enjoy it's charm.  But they enjoy it the way they know how: they point out flowers and throw rocks into the canal. They run and jump; drawing out a few "be careful"'s from us.  This is a "where we wander" but we really just needed to grab some coffee from our favorite roaster.  We couldn't wait and drove over.  However, we couldn't resist a quick stroll.  There are lots of sling photos in this post.  I feel as if baby wearing will soon be put away until the next little babe.  I feel sentimental about it, so I've been wearing Ash as often as I can.  So has Jimmy, as the pictures show.  <3

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

// w i l d f l o w e r , w i l d f l o w e r //

At 8 am this morning I told my husband we would be going on an adventure today.  It would include exploring a little, as I wasn't sure exactly where we would be going.  He told me we had a family party at 2, so I said "we better get going now, then."  I'm so happy we did.  I'm so grateful Jimmy didn't tell me be quiet and go back to sleep.  He is the best husband, really.  Honestly, we just share a love of the great outdoors and it makes it easy to plan our days.  Jimmy is the kind of dad that "oohs and ahhs" over the "little" things with our kids.  He will point out every little detail on our walks and it's not just for them:  he's always been that way.  A true lover of awe and wonder and I adore that about him.

So, Bowman's Hill Wildflower Reserve is wonderful and worth the little entrance fee.  There are so many trails; and most were toddler friendly.  Some of the plants were marked and it was neat to spot all the different plants.  We needed this time and we all feel recharged- full of miraculous energy. <3

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