Project 52

This last year I came across a fabulous Mommy-photographer-DIYer-and all around great person that opened my eyes to the Project 52 idea. Thank you Shawna from styleberryblog. What a beautiful way to chronicle the year and share the feelings that only motherhood can open your soul to. I want my daughter to know what joy she brings into our lives and the lessons she teaches us. I don't want to miss one minute of it or let these sweet memories fade. This is for you Aubrey... My daughter, my joy, and my life.

StyleberryBlog , Paint the Moon, Lucas and Mahina

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

52:20 | fun in the pool

She loves to get naked (thank goodness we live in the country!) and she loves to be in the water. Sometimes in one of her cute little bathing suits and other times just wearing her sunblock. Our recent afternoons have involved a lot of pool time. She's such a water baby. It's now warm enough to enjoy but still cool enough to be refreshing... For now. Pool noodles are always part of the fun. That is unless Bailey gets to them first. Then it's all about cleaning up the gazillion pieces of what used to be a pool noodle.

Two days left in this work week, a three day weekend, then only four days before my vacation. I am SOOO looking forward to all the time I'll have with my sweet baby girl. I have her third birthday party to start planning for in July. WHERE DID THE LAST THREE YEARS GO??? Seriously. My "baby" is going to be three in less than two months! Please slow down. I miss my newborn in my arms but age two has been a pure JOY. Yes, I said joy. No terrible two's here. Not sure what "three's" are going to bring us. It's been fun watching her become more independent and adventurous. Listening to the words that aren't pronounced quite right but that are perfect. Watching her apply what we've taught her. The lessons she's learning and now teaching others. Proud mama moment when my little one explained to another toddler why sharing is important! Wow!
P.S. She wants a princess party and a purple jumping castle. Well Mama found a PURPLE PRINCESS JUMPING CASTLE... Shhh!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

52:19 | simple

I come home from work to find this in the middle of my kitchen floor! Oma got her all set up and she played for a good hour and a half. I had to refill her warm water three times. All the toys in the world and this is all it takes to make her happy. Keep it simple.

We're on the home stretch at work right now. Three more weeks then two and a half months off. I CAN'T WAIT! We have a wedding in June, Mommy will have surgery on her leg late June, family coming to visit, and other than that... Who knows. And I like that. Last summer was so busy-cross country trip, Daddy's surgery, Aubrey's birthday, Unka Bob in the hospital then passing away. This summer I want easy and mellow. I'm sure I'll find something to get into. Maybe some house painting? Maybe not? We'll see...

Saturday, May 5, 2012

52:18 | bumpy

She's going to get hurt. It's a fact of life... Period... I know this but it still hurts me every time.
 Big hurts or little hurts they all cut through me like a knife.
She's a trooper though. She shakes it off and moves on to her next adventure. This boo boo was the result of little miss priss dropping the lid to the ice chest on her nose. Ouch.

Aside from all the wonderful things motherhood has taught me, I've also learned just how dangerous every day life can be. It's amazing how you look at your surroundings differently when you have this precious little person to keep safe. I get crazy looks sometimes from people that aren't yet parents and I think to myself "just wait, you'll see".