OCTOBER 1-11 | PHOTO-A-DAY 2015 | Arcadian Photography

OCTOBER 1-11 | PHOTO-A-DAY 2015

October 14, 2015

2015_October_PhotoAday_KAP01October 1, 2015 | Amity

October is here!  I live in a house full of October birthdays.  Verity’s is on the 2nd, Greg’s is on the 22nd, and Amity’s is on the 30th.  Mine?  The lone January birthday.  I’ve been taking a Photo-A-Day of the girls each October.  This will be our fourth year.  I can’t believe we are already 11 days in.

2015_October_PhotoAday_KAP02October 1, 2015 | Verity

Just getting home from school.  They typically get nice and comfortable on the car ride home by taking their shoes off and chucking them onto the floor.  I used to store their shoes in a bin in the closet but it was so hard to find what we were looking for and they just dumped the whole bin out each day and only drove me crazy.  So I got this clear door shoe organizer, and it has been life changing. Okay, not life changing but it’s awesome.  The girls like it too.

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October 2, 2015 | Amity

It’s Verity Janey’s birthday!  She picked out this toy set from Toys’R Us, and Amity was huffing and puffing that she didn’t get one too.  It’s a lesson in patience (only one more month until it’s her turn) and sharing.  Isn’t it so great to have a sibling?! ; )

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October 2, 2015 | Verity

Happy THIRD birthday to our baby cakes!!  I wrote more about her birthday over here in this post.

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October 3, 2015 | Amity

Starting to gather goodies for the big 3rd/5th birthday partay!!  Verity told me she wants a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle birthday party, and Amity still loves Batman and other super heroes, so I did get these themed plates and hopefully that will suffice.  Because what they are really getting is a birthday at the pumpkin patch!

2015_October_PhotoAday_KAP06October 3, 2015 | Amity

Mothering these two is the greatest joy and privilege but it is also bone-tiring.  But these are the moments that I will not tire of.  Wanting to be picked up.  Wanting to be held.  Wanting to be snuggled.  Her skin is so soft and smooth. I’m thankful for these photos that will remind me of her squishy soft 3 year old self.

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October 4, 2015 | Amity

I usually do the grocery shopping by myself on Sunday afternoons while they nap.  But we were trying to squeeze in as much together time as possible since I’ve been gone so much for work and was about to leave on a business trip.  Thankfully all of the Trader Joe’s patrons made it out unscathed by this wild shopping cart driver.

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October 4, 2015 | Verity

I usually get most of my groceries at Trader Joes then finish up at Fred Meyer.  The girls had wanted to go into the kids’ club, so after they did that we picked them up and enjoyed soy steamers and coffee in the furniture section.

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October 5, 2015 | Amity

I mean what’s not to love about this photo?  Cute smiles, matching t-shirts, and pumpkins!  The girls actually directed this photo.  I was trying to load them up into the car, but they are so distractible!!  They were almost to the car when Amity said, “Mom!!  Take a photo of us with the pumpkins!”

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October 5, 2015 | Verity

Ver’s perma-3-year-old-smile.  I love it so much.

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October 6, 2015 | Amity

We are still at gymnastics on Tuesday mornings!  I’m trying to remember when we started this.  I think it was this spring or early summer.  The girls always look forward to it.  We aren’t too serious about it, just in it for the fun of it.

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October 6, 2015 | Verity

She is so cute on the bar!  She can hold herself up for a few seconds too.  Amity recently moved up to a more “advanced” kinder-gym (before, they were in the same class) and Verity has been doing so great on her own.

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October 7, 2015 | Amity and Verity

Daddy’s taking over for mommy for the next four days!  I went to San Antonio for a photography conference, so he was in charge of taking their photos each day.  He had permission to use his cell phone ; )

I’m telling you.  They love to do this.  Greg did now know that I had done the same photo a few days earlier.

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October 8, 2015 | Amity

So what’s a guy to do when his wife leaves town for days on end?  Take the kids to his parents’ house for reinforcements!  They were busy with so many fun things!  Fishing was up first.

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October 8, 2015 | Verity

I love the curiosity written all over their faces.

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October 9, 2015 | Amity

I think the number 1 thing that Greg dreads the most when I’m gone?  Doing the girls’ hair.  He had texted this photo to me while I was gone with the caption, “Saved!”  lol  Thanks to Grandma they had some stylish up-dos while I was away.

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October 9, 2015 | Verity

They rode the ferry into Seattle to go to the Aquarium.  Greg reported back to me that the Seattle Aquarium is top notch!  He also said they were so well behaved on this outing.

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October 10, 2015 | Amity

Visiting the bug museum in Port Orchard.

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October 10, 2015 | Verity

This freaks me out so much just looking at it.  I can’t believe they were holding that snake!!

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October 11, 2015 | Amity

Mama’s home!!  Man was it so good to be home.  I had such a great trip.  I learned a lot, was very inspired, saw a new city, and bonded with my dear friend.  Then it was time to come home, and the girls were SO happy to see me when they woke up Sunday morning.  I felt like a superstar celebrity.  I had fun giving them a few little goodies: Nikon notebooks, fairy dust, fairy wands, and unicorn bandaids.  You know how they love bandaids.

2015_October_PhotoAday_KAP21October 11, 2015 | Verity

While Amity’s nap is getting noticeably shorter (1 – 1.5 hours) Verity regularly takes 2-3 hour naps.  I usually have to wake her up so she doesn’t go too late past 4:00pm.  This was one such case!  I had just opened the blinds in her room and caught her waking up.

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