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If you couldn’t tell already, spring time is the time for Birthdays in my home. First comes Marcus’ then Thom’s followed by Molly’s and rounding out with Thomas’. This week was Thom’s turn. His birthday was this past Thursday. The kids love parties, so we use birthdays to really do it up.

Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Thomas even learned how to play “Happy Birthday” on the piano and played along {which was quite appropriate, considering this week’s life photo theme just happened to be play} while we brought out the cake.
11/52/Life - Playing "Happy Birthday" to Daddy.

Which means that since Friday, it’s Molly’s birthday prep time. Which also means that I’ve been sewing. She wanted a doll this year for her present.
Planning out Molly's birthday doll. She wants her to have a matching knitted dress to wear. <3
Yes, I know. Creepy if you are not a doll maker. Lol.
Day 1; progress.
Doll progress!!
Body sewn. She needs clothes, but I'm not sure Molly will give her back to me to finish!
Which is also coincidentally perfect for this week’s portrait photo theme of anticipation.

11/52/Portrait - She's Almost Ready!She is so excited about her new doll that she hardly will put her down long enough for me to finish her, as evidenced by her having to hold her last night, sans her matching knitted dress. Oh yeah, remember that rainbow dress that I’m making for Molly? Her doll is getting one too.
Knitting away!

Better get back to it! T-minus 6 days until her birthday party!

Marcus’ Third Birthday [aka 10/52/2013}

Truck Cake!

Happy Birthday To Marcus!

Well, it’s finally happened. My baby boy is THREE! Eeks. At least this week’s theme is “Change” because the idea of Marcus being 3 will take a bit of getting used to.
10/52/Life - Blowing out the candles.

One thing that certainly hasn’t changed is this boy’s love of trucks.
It's always time for trucks.

Or this boy’s love of cake.
10/52/Portrait - Get in my belly!
I took some artistic liberty with the theme of “entrance” for my portrait photo this week. That food certainly cannot enter his belly fast enough.

Happy Birthday, Marcus. I wish you happy truck dreams tonight, and every night.
Woah! 30th Anniversary Grave Digger!


Some weeks things just seem to fall into place.

When I first found out the theme for Week 9’s portrait photo was “Yummy and Squared”, I wasn’t so sure this would have been one of those weeks. One day, Marcus walked up to me with what looked like a frosting goatee. Only it wasn’t frosting; it was lotion. Albeit vanilla scented lotion, it was certainly not all that yummy, as this week’s theme would suggest, but Marcus seemed to think it tasted just fine.
9/52/Portrait - Yummy?9/52/Portrait – Yummy?

Next up was my life photo. The theme was “Out of The Shadows”, and I just happened to catch this shot of Thomas and Molly watching a little movie after dinner. So unexpected. So sweet.
9/52/Life - Snuggling Siblings.9/52/Life – Snuggling Siblings.

So, I suppose this week? Totally one of those kinds of weeks.

President’s Week {aka 8/52/2013}

Presidents' Week Trays
We had lots of fun with presidents’ week, and it gave us an opportunity to work on our coin skills, since they happen to feature many of them.

Branches of the US Government.The kids made a tree featuring the three branches of our government and sorted who’s involved in and the responsibilities of each branch.

While we were talking about our country, I thought it was a great time to introduce the nesting geography blocks I made up.

They started out life as these. I spray painted them and drew up silhouettes on my computer and used my vinyl cutter to make the geography decals.
Geography Nesting Blocks

Molly played with them for hours on end all week, building and stacking and nesting.
Nesting Geography

While we are on the topic of building, we learned about simple structures and Molly decided to demonstrate a load bearing post and lintel construction that she came up with.
Post and Lintel

Followed by some excellent presidential poetry. {disclaimer: Thomas doesn’t think that the president is a snake or an egg, they are just words that he thought of that started with those letters and that he could spell on his own. ;)}
Presidential Poetry

I made up these US Currency Nomenclature Cards to help the kids conceptualize some features of our coins. They actually had a great time working these together, which was unexpected and lovely. {psst, download them for yourself below!}
US Currency Nomenclature Cards
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US Currency Nomenclature Cards

We also conducted the “Many Penny Experiments“. We discussed what solution would make a penny look the newest. I even threw in ketchup, which they thought was hyesterical, which also turned out to work smashingly well. 😉
The Many Penny Experiments.

We baked cupcakes and sang happy birthday to George Washington on Friday. He would have been 281 years old.
Singing Happy Birthday and blowing out the candles.
8/52/Portrait - Happy Birthday, Mr. President!
Happy Birthday, Mr. President. {We are not only home free, but we are full of surprises with our reigniting candles.}


This week was a challenging one.

My most cooperative model was really sick this week {it was her turn, first Marcus was sick, then me, then Thom, then Thomas and well, she was the final holdout. It’s been over a month of sickness around here, eeks, it’s really been tough.} Although she’s been a real trooper about it, every time the shutter went click Molly went *cough*. Not a pretty picture does that make. 😉

Fortunately, Thomas has been on the mend, so he has been most smiley.
Immersed in schoolwork
The theme for this week’s life photo is “Negative Space”. I had an unusually hard time choosing. I almost went with the photo above, because the negative space around Thomas really tells the story. I felt like it wasn’t enough negative though, as it had A LOT going on around him, so out that went.

Then came this shot…Bench Hiding
Thomas was hiding from me to take his photo, and was laughing and giggling under his hood, but well… remember how I said the last one didn’t have enough negative going on? Yeah, not a problem here… lol… but not the “negative space” I was going for exactly.

Park Magic
Finally, enter this weeks 52 – “Negative Space”. The sun was in just the right position behind him and it really captures Thomas.

7/52/Portrait - ¿Tienes naranjas?
This week’s portrait photo, brought to you by SpeekeeTV. No, no… they didn’t sponsor it or anything, lol, but they did make it all possible.

Indirectly, of course.

The kids have been LOVING SpeekeeTV and are currently obsessed with the song ¿Tienes manzanas? {Do you have apples?}. They like to bring out their play food when they watch it, and offer up the different fruits as Lupi and Dino ask for them. The theme for this week’s portrait 52 is “connected”, and they most certainly are.



This week’s life photo theme was “Good Morning” caused me to break out my camera when I first awoke. On Saturday morning, that meant ipod time.
Morning iPod fun.
I even got caught taking a shot by Marcus, who was cooperating nicely.
I was caught with my camera!
While all that fun was going on in my room, Thomas was sound asleep in the boys’ room.
6/52/Life - He quietly sleeps. {or at least he's pretending to quite quietly}6/52/Life – He quietly sleeps. {or at least he’s pretending to quite quietly} – Theme: Good Morning!

Well, more accurately… Thomas pretend slept and giggled the entire time I snapped shots.

I suppose my portrait shot this week is more about life than I would like it to be, and more specifically about getting older.
6/52/Portrait - Bionic Woman6/52/Portrait – Bionic Woman – Theme: Strength.

My knee has been bugging me for months now, and seeing how it’s really not possible for me to stay off of it all that much and take it easy, Thom bought me this lovely brace to help along the healing.

Nothing says I love you quite like an old lady arthritic knee brace. 😉


Life, sometimes, is about the process. I was trying to capture Molly with her newly all-mommy handspun and knitted sweater on {afeat that I wasn’t actually sure I’d be able to pull off} and she was just on a silly fit. Which, is all good and well. It totally fits her personality and gave me an excuse to upload multiple pictures as this week’s portrait 52 theme; repetition.5/52/Portrait - Sequencing Silliness.

After that she must have shook all her sillies out {a’la Raffi style} because then she was all serious on her computer, and I snuck in this shot as the light was totally perfect for “Finding the Light”, this week’s life theme.
5/52/Life - Serious Girl.

There you have it. Week 5? Done.


It was a sleepy kind of week, apparently. Marcus always likes to stretch out in the oddest of positions during his naps, and since this weeks’ theme was “A Different Perspective” I couldn’t help but capture his comfort in his own unique perspective.
4/52/Life - Nap time.4/52/Life – Nap time.
Theme: A Different Perspective

On Friday night the kids had a sleepover party in our bedroom, complete with storytelling and sleeping bags, it was certainly a rejuvinating experience for all of us.
4/52/Portrait - Sleepover!4/52/Portrait – Sleepover!
Theme: Renewal


This week, we’re in the process of painting Thomas’ room… which involves painting over the animals… that we painted over 8 years ago… when I was pregnant with him.

It was an emotional day for me, but Thomas was so excited that I decided to let it all go and live in the moment. The theme for the life photo was “This Makes Me Wish I Could Freeze Time”. 3/52/Life - Painting his own story.3/52/Life – Painting his own story.

Marcus was an easy capture in my portrait theme this week; “Dream”. Love those little piggies of his.
3/52/Portrait - Little Piggies.3/52/Portrait – Little Piggies.


The sillies were extra silly this week, singing and dancing was certainly the theme.
Which, as it would, totally makes me us all laugh.
2/52/Life - Do-si-do.
2/52/Life – Do-si-do.
Theme: This Makes Me Laugh

We went to the park on Wednesday. The rocks always remind us of Stonehenge, which I thought worked perfectly for the theme of “all lined up” 🙂
2/52/Portrait - Rocky day.2/52/Portrait – Rocky day.
Theme: All Lined Up/Imperfection.