As a Mother's Day gift to myself, I am going through my photographs of my family from the last year. I wish I could say I take millions of photographs of my kids. But the truth is, for a variety of reasons (you don't need to hear my sob story, we are all busy), I take surprisingly few photos of them. But like any parent, I really cherish the photos I have of them. I did a blog post about Dane when he turned four. Recently my "baby" turned two, so I wanted to share some of my favorite shots of sweet Nellie from her second year. I especially love these first two photos, as I feel like they sum up so much about this year for her.
Our family, along with my husband's family, recently got back from a Disney trip extravaganza. I wasn't sure what to expect, but ended up so impressed by the way Disney thinks of everything. Our kids were the youngest and they actually ended up each getting pretty (really) sick throughout the week. But despite the ups and downs, we made some super awesome memories. I realized the same survival rules apply at home or on vacation with toddlers. When they are fussy, put them in some form of water. Ice cream makes everyone feel better. A stroller can save the day (this little "shark" was hands down the MVP of the trip).
Today my little buddy turned 4. I can't begin to sum up how fantastic (I think) he is. Here is a glimpse of his story from the past year.
This is a scenario that makes sense to any parent... but appears so wrong :)
This is what happens when you have a sister. That one might come back to haunt him.
Ist day of Preschool. (Sniff)
(Wall-E when he is "shut down")
It has been a busy year at the Sewell house, I wanted to share the latest project that we've been working on.
I posted a long time ago about our 80's fabulous house that we bought and have been renovating since we took it over. We are always working on something for the house, but most of the time the projects are not very fun (tearing down wallpaper, replacing toilets etc). Finally we have been able to work on a project that we have had "vision" about since the beginning. We have this weird room under our garage that had lots of potential but needed TONS of work. Let me back up to give you a real visual, check out the space when we first saw it.... (yikes.) Not only did we have to "clean it up," we also wanted to make it more structural and open it up. All my husband could see was a basketball court. That is all he wanted, a basketball hoop. Nothing else. So there was about to be some compromise, but I could see the potential as well. First we needed to get these GIGANTIC beams into our room, and the fact that we got them into the house was a minor miracle.
Once they were in, we had to hand it over to the pros to get them in place. Then we (Brad) started the painting/cleanup process. Around this time I showed the room to my son and told him we were "fixing up the new playroom". He took one look at it and frowned and said "mommy, I thought it was going to be "rainbow colors". I knew I need to liven it up, so I came up with an idea that was inspired by a room I had been in at The Bachelor Farmer (an awesome restaurant in Minneapolis). The have a room called the Afghan room where they basically wallpapered the room entirely in afghan blankets. My husband thought I was crazy, so I knew I had to try it. First I arranged the blankets. Then I made friends with something called Super77 spray glue.
I wanted to dedicate this blog post to someone who is inspiring me
today, as she has done for my entire life. She has taught me so much
about life and hard work and fun. When we were little she taught me
about being a girl who can do anything the boys can do. She truly is
the hardest working person I know (and always has been, she's had a job
since she was 14) and she does it all with such grace.
Jackie's floral company Just Bloomed was recently nominated again by MN Bride Magazine as one of the top Florists in the Minnesota (an award she has won the last two years). I can attest that owning your own business is an honor and privilege, but it takes an extraordinary amount of time and sacrifice. She inspires me to put the same passion towards my work, my kids, my marriage, my home, my health and trying to find balance along the way. Although we are different in many ways, and we look nothing alike (refer to photo evidence... maybe with the matching poodle perms we got close), we are both addicted to fun, and make each other laugh in a way no one else really understands. And they don't really understand (ask our husbands) but we've never cared, because we know.