Life in Photos

LIFE IN PHOTOS :: Mornings

May 2014 - Mornings May 2014 - Aveline on Bjorn step stool and Hanna Andersson pajamas

Life in Photos, Poetry & Words

LIFE IN PHOTOS :: You will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall…

August 2013 - Rain on a window pane - White curtain and greenery
August 2013 - Aveline plays iPod games in bed

It’s been a week of sick days here, and not a restful one, either. It’s been a week of maintenance repair people traipsing in and out, of interrupted sleep, of cancellations, of Josiah working very late, a week of rain and a week of exhaustion.

But this one’s always happy. Even at 3am, even with a fever, she’s full of joy.

I can learn a lot from her.

This morning wasn’t anything special, not to me anyway. It was another in a string of long, tired, days. But to Aveline, this morning was, “SUNNY DAY!”

To Aveline, this morning was “Blue hair wears (barrettes)! G’een hair wears! FLOWERS on pants! Sit he-ah! Hold dis! TAKE PIH-UH!! Drink kefir! Eat beh-uss (breakfast)! WEAR BIB WITH DOTS! PWAY GAMES!”

August 2013 - Aveline poses with duster

To Aveline, every day is a reason to be “gankful”. Every day is a reason to jump with joy (and pose with a duster, apparently.)

“But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings ; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall.” -Malachi 4:2

“Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and sound of a melody.” -Isaiah 51:3b

“So the ransomed of the Lord will return, and come with joyful shouting to Zion, and everlasting joy will be on their heads. They will obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” -Isaiah 51:11

Thank you, Lord, for this reminder.

Life in Photos, Poetry & Words, Travel/Moving

LIFE IN PHOTOS :: My Miniature Flying Companion

 July 2013 - Aveline in Naartjie hoodie

 July 2013 - Aveline in Naartjie hoodie with waist ruffle and lace front

Aveline and I are packing this morning, for a little jaunt a couple (thousand) miles over to cooler weather for a bit. This means I write lists and try to collect what I need to pack, and she follows me around immediately removing said items from bags while asking for (even more) kefir and shrieking happily, “Baby help! Baby help with pieces!”

Not a whole lot gets done this way.

This won’t be the first time she’s flown — she’s taken close to a half-dozen trips already  — but it will be the first time she has her own ticket and own carry-on. If you happen to be in the airport on Friday, she’ll be the only kid under three feet tall to have a entire twin-size fleece Mario blanket in tow. (My “purse” will be overflowing with snacks and coloring books.)

Oh, and we’ll be traveling with Mr. Fox, too.

As it just so happens, this fox is on newsstands right now. Well, not Mr. Fox himself, but a tale of his adventures as The Flying Fox, Aveline’s traveling companion. He ends up in a stranger’s lap, and witnesses a pair of airline headphones reduced to rubble courtesy of a rogue beverage cart. (You can read more in Babiekins Magazine, Print Issue 2.)

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to tend to a toddler eruption of tears over a small issue in which a plastic figure of Mario is lodged headfirst in the Tinker Toys container.

Little Style :: Aveline is wearing a Naartjie hoodie.

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June 2013 - Aveline in headband and icecream shirt

This kid is pretty great.

Even if she DID moo — loudly! — through the entire dairy aisle last time I was at Target.

She’s been extra interested in “taking pih-uhs” lately, so of course we did the only logical thing. We gave her a blog.

Introducing…Aveline {and a } Camera, a website of photographs taken by a two-year-old.

Life in Photos, Little Style

LIFE IN PHOTOS :: Clouds, Mud, and Florida in the Spring

Upside down puddle reflection via Oaxacaborn
Front stoop after a Florida rain via Oaxacaborn
Rain boots in puddle - reflection - via Oaxacaborn
Portrait toddler and palm tree puddle reflection - via Oaxacaborn
May 2013 - Poco Nido and Puddles
Toddler with muddy hair via Oaxacaborn
Poco Nido wellies reflection in puddle via Oaxacaborn

Today, we decided this was the best way to handle the clouds and the humidity and the mud and the rain.

Today, we decided this is how you embrace what you’re given.

Today, we made the Fed Ex man look at us sideways and made our retired snowbird neighbor burst out laughing.

These are the things which fill a muggy, dark afternoon spring to overflowing.

Boots: c/o Poco Nido | Tank & Leggings: Thrifted

Babiekins Magazine, Life in Photos

LIFE IN PHOTOS :: The Brasilian Supermarket

A tour of a Brazilian Supermarket with a toddler by Priscilla Barbosa Photography for the Babiekins Magazine blog

Earlier, I had all sorts of things I was going to say, but I think the sun fried all my brain cells. Priscilla and Aveline and I were off exploring this morning, and I am pretty sure all of us are now completely melted — it was HOT today!

But don’t miss her very cool (heh) photo tour of Aveline’s time in a Brasilian supermarket, from our outing to Silva’s last week!