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Happy Fourth!



Wait, WHAT?! It’s July 21st? Anyone else wondering where the weeks are going?

I thought this would be a cute tradition following last year’s pictures, but I didn’t even get around to taking these until about a week ago. It was much more difficult this year with Lucas letting me know he is a full blown toddler.

Me: Hey Lucas, sit right here. (sounding really excited, dangling juicy watermelon)

Lucas: NNOOO! (running away laughing)

In the end, I captured a few good ones. And Lucas did a pretty good job on that slice of watermelon.

watermelon montage

lucas watermelon


Daddy’s Little Man




We’re Still Here



We have been spending the last few weeks doing a lot of cleaning, slowly rolling over little bumps in the road, and walking to local eateries and shops. We have not been doing as much unpacking as we hoped would happen in the first few weeks. Many things are still in boxes waiting for a home in our new home. Lucas has been growing like a weed in height, personality, and vocabulary. And we are trying to soak up every minute of this fun age. A few photos to make you smile…





Comparing Baby Photos (Part 2)


Are you bursting with anticipation for this post? As promised, here are some comparison photos of Lucas with some of my own baby photos. While most people comment on how much he looks like Scott, I can see a few of my features, too, namely the brown eyes. When Lucas was about 5 months old someone pointed out to me that he had my dark eyes and I had to take a closer look. They changed so gradually from the newborn, steely-blue color that I didn’t even notice.

I must apologize for the sparse updates. Many of you know we are moving in about a month (more on that later) and the blog is one of many things that have taken a back seat in life lately. Thanks for continuing on this journey with us!


Comparing Baby Photos (Part 1)


With a new baby often comes the question, “Who does he look like?”  Or people will offer their opinions. With Lucas, I think the majority of people have commented that they think he looks like Scott. I love to think that I have a mini-Scott running around the house. I thought it would be fun to compare baby photos of Scott and Lucas. Since this post is heavy on the pictures, I will compare my own baby photos with Lucas’ in another post.  Stay tuned!

As I’ve searched through many baby photos, I think that Lucas is a good mix of both of his parents while being uniquely him!

This post is made possible by the generous support of: my Linux-loyal husband who so graciously worked his keyboard-clicking skills on my Mac to find and undelete all of these photo compositions that I unknowingly erased. I owe him big time!

Look Familiar?


A quick glance may leave you thinking you have seen this photo before, but upon closer inspection some things are a little odd. One night while we were in Illinois for Christmas, my brother Kacey (who is a graphic designer) started playing around with this photo. The evening ended with all of us huddled around his computer, oohing and awing as we watched his mad Photoshop skills. I will re-post the original in case you want to play a game of “Find the 7 differences.” 


Nelson Atkins Silhouettes – part II


Nelson Atkins at Night

In August of 2011, Lindsay and I shot some pictures in front of the white illuminated walls of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She was nine months pregnant at the time. We had intended to return around Lucas’ first birthday to take some more shots… we finally did last month.

Nelson Atkins at Night



Here is an older video I uploaded about a month ago but forgot to post. Merry Christmas!

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End Result…Success


We had a wonderful time back in Illinois for Thanksgiving and enjoyed seeing many of you. It’s hard to believe Lucas’ second Christmas is just around the corner. He just turned fifteen months and is still small for his age. Some of his favorite things to do in the park recently: swing, pick up garbage, and carry around a stick or pinecone. Some of Lindsay’s favorite things recently: leg hugs (from Lucas, of course) and looking down to a little boy requesting, “up.” Some of Scott’s favorite things recently: spring weather in December (so he can go mountain biking) and rooting for a winning team.

If you aren’t already singing it, what are a few of your favorite things?


Halloween Costume


As you may have guessed from this sneak peek, Lucas was a chicken for Halloween. I got the idea from this year’s October issue of Parents Magazine. It seemed easy enough to make/assemble. (And this little guy has the cutest chicken legs.) I purchased the long-sleeved onesie which he can wear this winter as a layer under t-shirts. I cut out a “comb” from red felt leftover from last year and sewed it on a plain white hat I bought at Hobby Lobby. The yellow leggings I made by tracing around some slim fitting pajama pants he had. Lucas wore the hat for the Halloween party in the park, but on Halloween he was not interested in wearing any of it, so we didn’t take him to any neighbors’ houses. Maybe next year. Scott took these pictures a few days later.

A few of you have asked about pictures from the Mustache Dash. My friend Valerie and I had fun with it. Another friend, Chelsey, came to cheer us on and take pictures. Unusual for a 5k, we even received mustache-shaped finisher’s medals. Lucas even tried on a mustache for about an eighth of a second.