52 Weeks / Week 42, Light and Dark

10/22/2014 — 5 Comments

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The boys are really starting to enjoy the early sundown. For his camping trip to the desert, Steve bought a little portable LED lantern that they’ve been having a blast with. We’re still playing musical rooms, but they seem to enjoy their new space regardless of the messy transition we’re in. Progress feels so slow right now, but most of it is tedious organization and cleaning. I hope to have everything done by Aiden’s 11th birthday in a few short weeks!

A portrait of my child once a week, every week in 2014. To see the whole series, click here.

How do you feel about the earlier sunset?

Little Explorer, Los Altos / Redwood Grove Nature Preserve

10/21/2014 — 23 Comments

Little Explorer at  Redwood Grove Nature Preserve in Los Altos, California

Little Explorer is a new series I’ve been thinking about for some time. With Aiden back in school I’ve been finding different ways to fill Søren and I’s time together. He’s getting older and a little easier to handle, so I want to take him out on little mommy and son adventures. He’s such a little explorer, always learning and absorbing everything he can, hence the name, “Little Explorer“.

For this adventure, we headed to the Redwood Grove Nature Preserve in Los Altos, California. It’s a place I’ve wanted to visit, and he was so excited about the “bridge” that we got to walk (run) on. I was a proud mama when he didn’t try to run off the side of it, though he did trip over his own feet a few times. My hope is that over time he will learn to slow down and be able to better focus his energy on seeing one thing at a time.

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A big thanks to Nancy for snapping the photo of Søren and I together, and for coming along for the first adventure.

Redwood Grove Nature Preserve
482 University Avenue
Los Altos, CA 94022

Do you do any exploring with your littles? What is your favorite thing to do? When you were little did your parents ever take you to explore?

Minimalism / Lead A Quiet Life

10/20/2014 — 29 Comments

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I am, and have always been a very quiet person except around those I’m very close to. To most who know me, it’s very clear that I’m an introvert. Since I’ve been doing more with the blog I’ve had to be more social, and it’s something I have to work hard at. Our house is usually quiet aside from obvious noise, or the occasional music. In day-to-day conversation I strive to listen more than I speak, especially when it comes to Aiden. Volume aside, I do prefer to lead a quiet life as well.

As a photographer, I’m a natural observer. I search for little clues that tell me more about my subject, and I find that it often spreads to other areas of my life. It helps me to be more intuitive when meeting people, having conversations, or even when dealing with my own children. You would be amazed at the amount of information people give away without saying a single word.

Keep a quiet home. It’s very rare that I am drawn to bright colors or flashy things. While I do enjoy a nice print from time to time, I feel more relaxed and at home in a neutral color palette. I prefer texture over color. Most of our furnishings have clean lines, and I try to keep spaces clutter-free (haha!). I generally follow the same rules with my closet as well, but I’ll save that for a later post this week.

I notice that so many people rush in life. We’re guilty of getting caught up in the hustle and bustle too, but try not to. Except for our travels during school breaks, our schedules are flexible. We don’t enroll the kids in many seasonal activities and try not to attempt more than one task per day. We make it a point to eat dinner together every night. Most of the work I do on this blog are at night when the kids are asleep. While some of these things I feel like we need to work on, we really do enjoy our down time and ability to decide what to do.

I find that we are all more happy when we are intentional with our time and sincere in our conversation with others.

Do you do anything to live a more slow or quiet life? Do you have any tips or advice to add?

From our trip to Seacliff Beach in Aptos, California.

52 Weeks / Week 41, Changing Spaces

10/16/2014 — 27 Comments

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This last week has been a complete blur of time and space, literally. I’m mixing days up and we are playing musical rooms in our house. Aiden will turn 11 soon and has been having a hard time getting time to himself. Søren loves Aiden so much and lives to be in his shadow. It’s the most beautiful thing to see them bond and to watch Søren look up to Aiden as a role model and big brother. At the same time they are 8.5 years apart and it’s not allowing Aiden his own personal space to grow up. For his birthday we are giving him his own room, which will also function as the guest room when we have visitors (Hi Mom!).

We are about halfway through this transition:
The boy’s shared room becomes our master bedroom again. 
Our current bedroom becomes Aiden and Søren’s room.
The current office moves to the master bedroom closet to become the closet office, or cloffice.
We will share closets with the boys or utilize the hall closet better.
The old office space becomes Søren’s room.
Aiden’s room becomes his own.

Got it? I’m hoping this will be a better use of space for us, something I’m always evaluating in our not-so-large space.

A portrait of my child once a week, every week in 2014. To see the whole series, click here.

Did you share a room with your sibling(s) growing up? Do your kids share? How did/does it work out for your family?