At some point, in between the lunches and diapers

the music performances and little league games

nursing and wooden puzzles

searching for lost doll shoes

and cleaning up piles of glitter

I’ll stop and breathe them in and hold them tight.

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I won’t let the glory of their years flying by suffocate me with with the pride and tempered aching for their fleeting childhoods.

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He’s doing math on a level far, far advanced for his 7 years.

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She loves creating and singing, dancing and nail polish.

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He’s counting to five.

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She’s found her feet.

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They are one and their own, but so much a part of each other.

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and all of me.

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all of us.

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My sun, my moon, my stars, my earth. Parenting is so much about absorbing them, and sometimes I need the reminder to just be.

Some photos above taken at a Kid & Coe property.

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Momma's Gone City

One of my favorite parts of the holidays aside from the fun traditions; the tree trimming, cookie decorating and waiting for that Elf to make an appearance, is time with all of the kids while they’re home from school. I love that our schedules aren’t overly packed and there is minimal rushing around from one activity to the next, even if last minute shopping tends to fill some of our days before Christmas actually arrives.

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I cherish our mornings together. Getting breakfast together while Jack, Zoe and Beau play in the living room or at the kitchen table is one of my favorite things. With the back to back rainy days this past week, we’ve really had to get creative with our time inside, something we were fairly used to doing when we lived in Manhattan, but not since moving to paradise, Santa Cruz. Inevitably, we’ll do art projects from paintings to greeting cards to full blown hand-crafted and decorated board games. Zoe is probably our most creatively inclined child, but Jack and Beau also love to make things and draw. When came across the new Kix boxes at Target, I snatched a few up knowing that not only do my kids like Kix, but any kind of art project is welcome in our book. The new boxes have cut-outs in the cardboard with instructions online that match with a story line on the web, or the kids can create their own. My kids loved the built-in characters aspect of these new boxes, but most of all they loved crafting with them and creating story lines to play with each other as well.

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The uncomplicated time together when we do art projects is not only easy, but fun and often humorous as well. There’s usually a huge mess to clean up, but the memories I have of all of us listening to music and being creative together is enough to make me wish for rainy days all the time.

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Sometimes finding a craft that they all agree on can be tricky, and the preparation can be daunting and time consuming, but it’s always worth it in the end. The Kix interactive packaging and the Kix Adventure stories that go with them are available online or on your mobile devices. They are fun, engaging, and really just an easy and inexpensive way to create time together, whether it’s making Christmas cookies, hanging ornaments on the tree, or simply eating breakfast together and making up fun crafts and stories to go along with them.

Thank you to Kix for sponsoring this post, and thank you for reading!

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Treasuring New Experiences

December 13, 2014

The beauty of childhood is essentially living in the moment, rejoicing in the immediate and riding the chariot of spontaneity right on into the sunset. I’ve learned over the years that I cannot control new situations or how my children respond to them, but I can try to keep the basics consistent and predictable-something they […]

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Momma Loves: Travel Edition

December 11, 2014

I’ve been traveling with my babies for years now, as hard as it is for me to believe that. Taking the family to New York City was the first time we’ve traveled with all four, all together though-something that felt like an incredibly monumental feat. There are a few products that I love that we […]

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The Essence of Giving is in The Little Things

December 11, 2014

Although considerably privileged, neither my husband nor I were raised amongst affluence. We were taught the value of a dollar through circumstance; Our parents have held full time jobs our entire lives for the most part, working hard and earning enough to provide for us without much extra. I never wanted for much, but I […]

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Total Immersion Parenting

December 9, 2014

It didn’t take long after we returned from our family vacation in New York City for us to be completely thrown back into our normal life. The kids have taken turns getting colds and staying home from school, we celebrated Beau’s birthday over the weekend, Justin’s back in the office and I just got home […]

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The Gift of Giving: An Advent Giveaway with Restoration Hardware Baby & Child

December 9, 2014

Tradition plays a pretty large role in our family. From ceremoniously cutting down our Christmas tree, stringing popcorn and cranberries for garlands on it’s branches, taking turns with surprises on the daily advent calendar to attending our local hometown Christmas Parade, the holiday season is packed with memory making moments. I can remember doing each […]

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Three

December 7, 2014

Sometimes words just don’t cut it. Happy birthday, baby. You are my whole heart and I am so lucky to be your momma.

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Baking for Happiness

December 6, 2014

Truth be told, I don’t exercise much. Ideally, I’d like to swim more and I’m working hard to incorporate an hour into my day to be able to get to the pool and swim laps, but realistically I just haven’t been able make it happen. Baby Evvie is nursing exclusively around the clock, and I’m […]

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My Heart in New York City

December 4, 2014

The family and I took a boat ride to Liberty and Ellis Islands before our flight home, and it couldn’t have been a more perfect closure to a truly full circle experience for all of us in the city that we all grew up in one way or another. We got home really late to […]

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