May Days

I used to be better about snapping candid photos of the kids throughout the week, capturing the beautiful ordinary parts of our days. Over the past year, I kind of got bogged down with the busyness of homeschooling and preparing to move, and forgot to pick up my real camera as much as I should have. Now that we have moved, I am purposefully leaving my camera on a little side table in the dining room so I am reminded to pick it up and capture these moments I don’t want to forget.

Like the kids playing “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?”



My Mother’s Day cinnamon toast, cards, and Lego heart.


And my big Mother’s Day surprise…porch furniture!

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This photo was taken right before we left for church. Kate loves our new church! The kids stay in the sanctuary for Praise & Worship and Kate won’t leave for church without her “hambourine.” While this would probably make most worship leaders cringe, I am thankful that ours doesn’t mind Kate’s 2-year old expression of worship.

Phillip tried to get a Mother’s Day picture of me and the kids, but Kate was not feeling it.


We were at the store the other day and Kate spotted a Minnie Mouse cash register and begged me to buy it for her. We already have a small toy cash register and I do not like having an excessive amount of toys around the house, so  I didn’t buy it for her. Well, she didn’t forget about it and for the rest of the day sweetly begged me to go back and buy it for her.

“Mom, here’s two dollars. Go buy my cash register.”

So later that night, I ran out and got it for her and I have never seen a little girl more excited about a toy. She let the boys have her other cash register and this has inspired lots creative store play.

Kate opened a “go-cee” store.

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Aidan opened a Target and took the setting up of his home department quite seriously. He loves to fold blankets and towels and arrange pillows. A boy after my own heart.

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Jack opened a Home Depot, which was quite fitting since we have cans of paint and tools in every corner of the house.

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Yesterday, Phillip’s parents, Grams and Papa, drove up and surprised the kids. We gave them a tour of our new community and they took us out to dinner. We ended the night with a ferry boat ride and ice cream. It was so much fun!


Tonight they are going to keep the kids so Phillip and I can go out on a date! It will be our first time out and about in Virginia without the kids and I’m really looking forward to it.

Hope you are having a great weekend too!



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  1. Hannah Reid says:

    This is all so great! Love the children playing store! Hope you enjoyed your night on the town!

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