just some this and that {p,h,f,r}

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

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Just jumping in here to share a few photos from the past week.

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I really get tired of hearing things and things and more things about the weather… but that is pretty much a huge part of what we’re doing right now.

It was a little melty yesterday, and I’m kinda a sucker for reflection photos, so while the kids climbed on the piles of snow I took this shot.

In continuing good news on the weather front, it looks like the highs for the next few days will get out of the teens, so yay! Spring will come. Although we jokingly brought up the idea of spending next winter in Georgia (that was just before the first blizzard that was weeks ago).. the continued snowstorms made it much less joke-like.


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Last Friday I let the kids stand on the window so I could take some pictures for my Black and White weekend post (this post over on the photography blog)

To say they had fun, and were happy about that was an understatement. And as usually happens when I start taking pictures of them, I relax, become happier too and good times are had by all 🙂


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On account of the weather the kids have been inside way more often then they like (I would and do honestly let them play outdoors in the cold, but really have to draw the line when the temperature or windchill is in the single digits…) Anyways, they’re rally, REALLY into crafting. Like markers, scissors, paper and tape. All day. Every day. All over the place.

While I totally love their desire to create, it’s quite a process to get them to clean it up. And we’ve been working on the “clean up your projects” thing for…. months…. So, as soon as it warms up slightly I’m thinking about putting all the things away and making them a “special treat”.

On the plus side of this, Katherine’s writing skills have improved by leaps and bounds!


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in-home-non-TV-entertainment ~ making trains out of dining room chairs.

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so glad these finally disappeared yesterday 🙂 again… spring is coming, eventually (I will ignore the snowfall that just “showed up” this AM)


And shameless plug for my photography blog:

I have been doing a 365 Project (just passed the 70 day mark!!! only 295 days to go) and posting at least a photo daily on my other blog (Ruth Anne Holloway Photography ~ there’s also a button on the side bar). If you’d like more photographic daily life/randomness feel free to click over.

I decided not to put it on this blog because… so many posts….


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winter day {p,h,f,r}

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

Every Thursday, at Like Mother, Like Daughter!

It’s been a little while since I joined in with a {p,h,f,r} post, and I wanted to do a little more, but….. computer is acting up. And it’s almost 10:30PM and I fully intended to get off over an hour ago…. so.

I headed outside for a little while today to snap a few pictures of the kids playing. It’s been a few snowfalls since I took any, and they’ve been going out usually twice a day to play. They since have their own little games and obstacles they like to do.



I’m so, so, so, trying to find some beauty in what feels like continuous snow.

This little flower hanger is on our front porch and has been featured in other photos (mostly sunsets… in the summer…). I’m not sure where we acquired it, would love to have more decorative hangers like these 🙂



If there are any people who are totally loving this weather it’s these little ones.

I love the absolute joy on her face as she was jumping.

She told me while we were outside “I just love the snow, mama”



I suppose this could just be in the “real” category as well. But we have pretty much just run out of places to put the snow.

Again, the kiddos have totally been enjoying being able to look into the dining room. And jumping and sliding down that pile. (I did get a few pictures, but like I said before, computer problems this evening that I just couldn’t bear to deal with.)



honestly though, I think their favorite part of the snowy outside, is coming inside and having hot chocolate (or “I just want some plain coffee with sugar, mom” ~ Katherine….)


Sweet sleeping little baby slept through all the afternoon’s adventures outside.


That’s it for me for tonight. Heading off to read a little before bed.

Karl is 3! {p,h,f,r}

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Every Thursday, at Like Mother, Like Daughter!


This post here is going to celebrate Karl’s third birthday party.
Sometimes I feel like he gets a little lost in the shuffle of things, seeing as how he’s the youngest of the older kids, but not actually the baby anymore. And I think he feels it, even if he can’t articulate it. He’s definitely been acting out WAY more. I’ve been trying to show him a little extra attention, but I don’t feel that it helps with the meltdowns and acting out. I mean, he definitely seems to appreciate the extra attention, but he still has more *moments* than I know what to do with.

Anyways, here’s hoping to a better 4th year 🙂





Honestly, I can’t tell you how happy this little guy was to finally have a birthday. He waited through about five actual birthday parties, plus the excitement/celebrations of New Baby, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years (none of which were specially his). The low point came at my niece’s birthday where he was sitting right in front of the cupcakes, they were lit, and he was told they weren’t his. The disappointment at that point quite literally broke my heart. He didn’t cry, but he was just about to. And if he had it would have been those huge crocodile super sad tears.

I was crying as I looked through these pictures again.



When we went to the store last week, I had him pick out which sprinkles he would like to use. He picked the patriotic ones. I also made sure to let him put them on the cupcakes however he wanted.


He was so excited to get the candles lit. He was pointing out to Uncle Simon to “get the light thing” (lighter). Then he proceeded to stick his face mere inches from the candles… I guess to make sure they were properly lit (?).

And then he blew them out, at one point he was taken aback because he caught a backdraft of smoke in his face 🙂


And then did he eat!

I’m not sure, but I think he managed four before we stopped him. He has the best eating faces. He is so intense and so focused!


I think I’m just totally in love with this picture ❤


Here’s to you little man! I hope this year brings us closer together and helps you find your place in our family. I’ll try to keep getting you some more intentional “mommy and me” time. I Love You!

Zachary’s baptism

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All the photos here can definitely fall under the categories of {pretty, happy, fun, real}.

I am so so so happy this day finally came! I really cannot tell you how excited I’ve been that we get to have another baptism!

It was basically a normal baptism. Our parish normally does baptisms on a specific Sunday of the month, but I really wanted my sister to be able to attend and she wasn’t going to be home yet on that specific Sunday. So today was our other available option. 🙂

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It was in the chapel area of our church which is just a beautiful space. If I hadn’t been there for a specific reason, trying to keep three super active kids from climbing all over the altar, while at the same time hoping my mom would find her way into that room through the funeral procession that was finishing up in the main sanctuary I would have tried to take a few more pictures. But, as it was this is what we have.








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After the ceremony we headed out for a late lunch, which was so good, maybe just because I hadn’t eaten lunch, but still.. yum.






Special thanks to Simon and Yasie for the baptism “gown”, Abby for taking pictures at the ceremony, Dad for paying for the meal after, John and Claudia for taking on the role of godparents and thank you Jesus for allowing us this little soul to raise for your glory!


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P.S. I did some reorganizing of the blog. There’s still a few things I’d like to tweak, but I like the simplicity of this layout much more. So, yes, things look different, but don’t worry, you’re still in the right place 🙂

{p, h, f, r} ~ Advent week 2 {attempt #2 at posting}

{2nd try to get this posted as before I guess it didn’t work? ~ so sorry if you tried and didn’t get anywhere}

Welcome to this week’s edition of {p, h, f, r} where we:

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

Every Thursday, at Like Mother, Like Daughter!



My parents tree and wall cross. I love this cross. I was playing with some photos I had taken last weekend and found one of the photo editors on my phone had some textures… so this is one result 🙂



I finished this Nativity Project I started! Yay a completed project!!!!! I used the silhouettes from this site and transferred them to wood. They turned out OK, not spectacular, but they’re OK, and I like them. (And I finished a project, did I say that already?)




When we first brought home the tree and got the lights on, Karl came downstairs and admired it. Then he piped up “look, I’m hugging the tree!”. (This is apparently something they do often when they take walks with my mom – hug trees) 🙂



Happy to unwrap and rediscover ornaments!




so, yeah, I walked into the living room the other day after a few minutes of tending to dinner, and I found this!



Katherine’s ornaments



Sometimes we take measures to occupy the baby


{in the category of all of the above}


Just love ❤

(that’s my parent’s tree skirt. I assume someone made it for them at some point, they’ve had it for as long as I can remember)


all photos taken with and edited with my iPhone