PSA: Moms and dads of 3- and 4-year-olds, you are going to blink and wake up to a pre-teen. It happened to me. Today is Maddox's 11th birthday and I am seriously wondering where the last decade + 1 year has gone. At 11, I observe more of my daughter as an adult than I do as a child. Sure, there are still the moments of playfulness and whimsy, but more often than not, I see a young lady trying to navigate and understand her emerging adolescence. That girl is quiet on the drive to school, stays in . . .
Who's counting, but Christmas is only 17 days away! There's no place like home for the holidays, but I am getting excited for a little trip we are going to be taking just before Christmas and am seriously considering using Flytographer to hire a destination photographer for my crew. Lorae may be using the same site for some updated family photos in her still-new city. Whether we go profesh or home photo, let's be sure to capture the beauty of the season with our families these next few weeks! . . .
It seems impossible to categorize the important work that Kari Miller is doing with International Neighbors, a non-profit organization taking Charlottesville's refugee population from survive to thrive. Is this Her Business because International Neighbors is Kari's job and life work? Or is it her Her Heart because Kari's passion to see the refugee community feel welcomed is her driving force? Or is it Her Town because Charlottesville is made better because of organizations like Kari's. One thing . . .
Does anybody else feel a little crazy with their December calendars this year? I'm telling you, I've planned for us to attend so many holiday events, my head is spinning. Graham came down with strep throat this week, which brought last night's plan of a Messiah singalong at UVA to a hard stop. Honestly, I was grateful for the night off. As you scope out your month of merriment, here are ten ways to enjoy the holidays without breaking the bank. Just don't be like me and do all ten! 1. Make a . . .
A few weeks ago, I got in the holiday spirit and temporarily lost my mind. Maybe it was because last December was so very quiet with a newborn in the house. Maybe it was because the older three kids are at such fabulous ages for attending Christmas events. Maybe I just wanted to go all out, I don't know. But I bought tickets to, and RSVP'd for, just about every holiday outing Charlottesville has to offer (stay tuned for my post tomorrow about tried and true Christmas activities for the whole . . .