Sunday, October 20, 2013

an extended weekend

We had three glorious days together.  The extra day off from work was exactly what I needed...especially after two 12 hour conference days with parents. 

I love when Everdeen and I can have some time alone together.  When I can finally feel like a mama...where my sole responsibility is taking care of her.  I realized this weekend that it was exactly a year ago that I cried my way back to school after my maternity leave.  I'll admit that it has gotten a little easier, but oh man.  Somedays it feels like my heart is literally breaking as I say goodbye to my little girl.  Somedays I feel resentful and angry that I'm spending eight hours a day with other people's children when my own baby needs me.  Somedays it just feels so unfair.  But then there are the days where I get up out of bed and it doesn't hurt as much and I can kiss her goodbye without my eyes filling with tears.  I'd say I'm making progress :)

We woke up Friday morning to our first real snowfall of the season. The bright leaves were still poking through the blanket of snow and by late afternoon the snow had begun to melt. 
We slept in a little later than normal and Everdeen peeked out the door to see what the snow bears had brought last night :)
We ventured off to the library and got a new card for our neighborhood library and toddled in and out of the stacks until we got hungry for lunch.  We spent the rest of the day napping, playing, and doing some much needed chores around the house. It felt so good to finally get caught up on some things.  
On Saturday, we enjoyed hanging out at the coffee shop with Nana and some good friends and then waited anxiously for Martin to get home from work so we could head off to a little pumpkin patch at the local nursery. They had a toddler corn maze, petting zoo, and we got to take Everdeen on her first hayride.  
 And that brings us to today...a cold and rainy autumn day. We snuggled inside most of the day, being silly, and laying on the warm laundry fresh from the dryer.  We headed outside for a little walk before dinner to finally get some fresh air.  Everdeen found some puddles and thought it was awfully fun to have leaves thrown at her.  My little family just makes my heart melt.

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  1. So many sweet photos. Glad you all had time together.

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  2. Perfect fall weekend! send some snow to me ;)

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  3. can't believe you guys already got snow! wow!!! it looks so refreshing and beautiful there, and what a weekend. it's nice to take the time to document it all like you did...you really are a talented photographer. i love the family pictures too! i know firsthand how hard it is to capture a really good one, and yours are darling. i love the one where you're laughing and snuggling everdeen. she is such a precious little peach.

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    1. I know! I'm not quite ready for snow...although it makes it start to feel like Christmas isn't too far off ;)

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  4. Gorgeous photos, as always! I can't believe how grownup Everdeen is getting... She's just precious!! I'm glad your work transition is getting a little easier, you're doing a great job, mama <3

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    1. Thank you!! I know- she looks like such a little girl in these pictures :)

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  5. I love these pictures, especially the ones of the snow - you always take such gorgeous photos!

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  6. Beautiful beautiful pictures. I know you both cherished your time together!

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    1. Thanks Candace! Yes! Every moment!!

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  7. These pictures are unbelievably gorgeous! I can't get over how big Everdeen is! So adorable!!!

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