Thursday, November 16, 2017

My little Mario Luca

Some days he wants to be a fireman when he gets bigger. Then he'll ask when he can get bigger.

He pouts when it's time to clean up. Why do I have to do this ALL the time? he'll ask me. Then once he's finished cleaning, he'll run to tell me he did and that he's getting bigger.

He likes to ask for 10 hugs. He likes to give hugs. And nose kisses.

He smiles so much. I love his smile. It's contagious and you can't but help smiling back. I bet you're smiling right now that I wrote I right?

He pretends he doesn't know how to put on his own socks and shoes but I think it's because he likes when I do it, I tickle his feet. He still has those sweet little feet and the sound of them running through the house is a sound I want to remember for a very long time.

He is getting so big, but at the same time still my baby. He sits on my lap when watching a show with me, he leans his head on my shoulder when we're reading together and he likes to reach over and place his hand on my arm when we're seated next to one another at the table.

He still holds my hand, runs out to me at school pick up and hugs my leg when I'm washing dishes at the sink. My little man.

Monday, October 30, 2017


Friday, October 27, 2017

A perfect Fall morning with my boy

On a perfectly crisp, Fall morning, my little man and I headed out to a favorite spot of mine for some time with Mother Nature. A little walk, some pictures and naturally a snack. I couldn't have asked for better picture-taking weather and hearing the leaves crunch beneath my little man's feet was the icing on the cake. 

This is a spot I take families for annual photos and so I wanted to head back with Mario because the lighting was just so spot-on, I couldn't contain my excitement. My boy heard we were going to the woods and what does he grab from the house? His saw. Smartest kid. 

The leaves created some beautiful bokeh in some of my pictures and I was through the roof happy. I'm bringing a family back to this same spot in a couple weeks and just hope for similar lighting and effects.

Doesn't take much to keep this guy smiling. A walk through the trees, crunching the leaves, finding sticks and a snack on a cool bench. One lucky little guy. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Highland Orchards

Mario and I met friends at Highland Orchards yesterday morning for some perfect Fall fun. Park, feeding the goats, playing with rocks and of course, the delicious goodies in the store. 

An apple a day...thankful my kids love apples as much as I do so I don't have to force-feed them healthy food. Also, thankful for how close we live to orchards to get the apples straight from the farm.

These two are too cute together. Born 3 weeks apart and with moms that are dear, dear friends, they have to love spending time together! I love their silliness.

Fall ties with summer as my favorite time of year. I love everything about it and love sharing in my love of the season with my kids. Taking them to the orchards, picking pumpkins, fresh apples, baking and enjoying the cool autumn air outdoors. Truly a perfect time of year to be outdoors enjoying Mother Nature. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A day among the vineyards

Visiting local vineyards gives someone the opportunity to basically taste the land. Sounds odd to word it that way but that is essentially what you're doing. You're sipping in the air and the dirt through the wines. The hard work of the vineyard staff, the lengthy amount of time and the process from which a seed turns into a glass of wine is so impressive. Hopefully you're touring a vineyard with a knowledgeable staff member and you hear a little about all that goes into the method. It's so impressive and kept me in awe.

A particular cantina we visited had such an effect on me. Claudio Quarta near Lizzano, Puglia. From the turn into the vineyards to walking through the stone walls and seeing the natural beauty all around, I was utterly amazed. Jaw-dropping kind of amazed at the sheer beauty of the place. Our tour guide was very well informed, spoke of the process, the wines and the land with such heart. The wines were also very delicious, always helps out with a wine tasting too.

But what I loved the most. Almost more than the wines, the herbs. When you entered through the stone entrance, you passed first through a massive and aromatic herb garden. You could smell the basil, the rosemary and the lavender from still steps away and it swept me up. I could have spent such more time just in that impressive herb garden alone. Taking pictures of course, but just running my hands through the various herb selections and taking in each and every beautiful perfume.

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