a day out.

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We celebrated Chris’ dad’s birthday this past weekend and snagged a few pics on our day out! 

It’s been rainy here today. We had candles going, twinkle lights flickering, worship music playing and lots of blocks, puzzles & paint going non-stop over here today. When I taught art for 4 years I was always a big believer of setting the tone with little ones. Teaching 30 kids in an art room to prek-5th grade with spills and excitement can be a bit chaotic to say the least ;).  So I always spoke softly, I had twinkle lights and lamps instead of the harsh overhead lights, soft music and a set routine. It worked like clockwork! A few simple things set such a nice, peaceful tone for our environment. And I have tried to do this as a mama as well! Especially on rainy days when we are inside all day.

I just sat down to look through some of these pictures and was so overcome with how big Aiden and Ains seem lately! They are growing so much. And the way they play together and love each other and interact is so beautiful.

There was a moment that I was sitting on the floor today and we were all in deep conversation and I couldn’t help but think how much I wished that I could just capture their personalities now and save them for me to watch and see and delight in as they grow and change. 

I want to remember now. 

I want to remember the softness of Ainsleigh’s voice and the way she swaddles her little baby dolls. I want to bottle up Aiden & I’s convos of lizards and dinosaurs. I want to save the questions like, “why do you think God made water slides?” and their little prayers at bedtime.

I want every bit of it stuffed away…. so that as it begins to fade, I still hold the key. 

 A piece of the “then” with me forever.


April 24, 2013


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  1. Megan Clark

    April 24th, 2013 at 1:07 am

    (Sigh) I was just listening to my oldest read aloud (first time ever), it's making my heart melt (a mix of breaking and skipping a beat), I'm with you, I want it to sloooow down and they want to wriggle out of my arms and run… Thanks for your post, as always, a beautiful peek into your life.

  2. Kate Shapiro

    April 24th, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Aiden looks so grown up in the second to last picture! Little ones are so precious. Sometimes I wish I could back pedal and think like a little kid again. As we get older it seems like all the wonder just disappears.

  3. Leah

    April 24th, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Beautiful pictures, words, people… 🙂 Just beautiful! If only they could be little forever! I love the way you set the tone for the day. We need some twinkle lights! 🙂 Casey, you are too sweet! Is that possible? 🙂

  4. bloem family

    April 24th, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Ahh, I needed this tonight. I've been having the same thoughts with our 2 & 3yr olds. Time flies too fast. And love the tip on setting the mood for rainy days like today… I'll be trying that out with my kiddos soon! Thanks for the post. I'm a pretty new follower, and love it all!

  5. kaylee@life chasers

    April 24th, 2013 at 1:51 am

    These photos are stunning. It's so amazing how those daily moments are the most precious.

  6. The Not Quite Military Wife

    April 24th, 2013 at 1:58 am

    What a wonderful idea for art time! Thanks for sharing with us.

  7. Lotus Blossom

    April 24th, 2013 at 2:09 am

    I hear ya! I have a 2 year old girl and a 4 year old boy and there are moments that I just want to freeze.
    Love the pictures. XX

  8. Chelsea Oliver

    April 24th, 2013 at 2:35 am

    What a precious post! (And, of course, precious time in their lives.) The first thing I thought of when seeing these pictures was how big Aiden looks…even in just a couple days since you last posted a picture of him! Too bad they cannot stay little, but at least you are really cherishing this time!


  9. Ladies in Navy

    April 24th, 2013 at 2:42 am

    gorgeous summery photos!
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  10. brenda o

    April 24th, 2013 at 3:03 am

    guess what it is really easy to capture the children of now in the tomorrows. there are glances, gestures, manners of dealing with blessings, challenges etc that are evident. and they bring memories of the steps that helped us get here. it is so wonderful to see their Savior working in their lives. you will see this as you go thru the different stages. He is so merciful in helping us preserve these.

  11. aiyana jane

    April 24th, 2013 at 3:39 am

    i love the lighting i these photographs, you have such a lovely smile, i love the photo of you holding those flowers
    xo, aiyanajane ||

  12. April

    April 24th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Such stunning pictures, i agree they seem to grow so fast, its special that you capture sic beautiful photos for memories x

  13. Jennifer Worthington Lower

    April 24th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    I have said on more than one occasion that I would love to have a recording of my children's entire lives so that I can re-watch all of it when they are grown. I can't capture enough! I don't get to frame or even print many of my pics often, but I HAVE them. And that is so important to me.

  14. Jennifer Worthington Lower

    April 24th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I have said on more than one occasion that I would love to record my children's entire lives so that when they are grown I can relive it all. I don't frame or even print my pictures often, but I HAVE them. That is so important to me!

  15. Tara

    April 24th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Awww I'm not a Momma yet but I can't wait for the "whys".

  16. Lindsay Dickerson

    April 24th, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Beautiful post. I admire you in so many ways and hope to be the kind of mother you are someday! I am expecting and due very soon and the other day I was wondering as I looked at a photo on your instagram.. do your children ever throw tantrums? They seem so happy and well behaved. What is your discipline style? I'm assuming you teach with love, but there has to be some hard moments. As adorable as they are, I'm sure they have moments just like every child. I would love to read a post on that! Thanks for writing.

  17. CaseyWiegand

    April 24th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    email me friend!! id love to talk !! xoxox

  18. Agnes Mayer

    April 24th, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Love the pictures!!!! I do my best to take as many pictures of my son as I can and write things down, but i can't believe how much we forget and how quickly they grow.

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  19. Tiff Ima

    April 24th, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    how adorable!

    Tiff Ima
    Style Honestly

  20. Heather @ Finding Beauty in the Ordinary

    April 24th, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    beautiful!!!! love the pics! xo

  21. Rachel

    April 24th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    gorgeous photos.
    I love your idea of twinkle lights & soft music–for a classroom, or for home!

  22. WhatJeanLikes

    April 24th, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Beautiful as always, beautiful words and photos. It's so important to set the tone with kids, I totally agree!! Doesn't it go by in a wink? Kids grow up too fast!!


    Jean //What Jean Likes

  23. Yolennie

    April 25th, 2013 at 12:56 am

    Those are some beautiful photos! So lovely and the kids are so preciously adorable!

  24. 17 Perth

    April 25th, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Absolutely beautiful….Love love love the photos.

  25. SuzanneDavis

    April 25th, 2013 at 3:51 am

    Such a gorgeous mama! Love those bracelets. Visiting your site from the Pleated Poppy, happy Wednesday 🙂

    -Suzanne,, a community for empowering women

  26. Rachael

    April 30th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I feel like I express these sentiments often when I comment on your posts but your children are so precious! That first photo of you is gorgeous too:) I love your thoughts on "setting the tone" with the kids. I've always worked on speaking softly, but I like your other ideas as well! Oh and don't get me started on wanting to remember everything about when the kids are little. I'm a nanny and my current job is ending soon, so I find myself taking way more photos of our everyday activities and writing down the funny things that they say. It all goes by WAY too fast!

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