family of three

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

we recently did a mini photoshoot with orange anchor photography to wrap up 2014 and document life with our little one year old, lorelai mabel. it was so cold this day though and lorelai was not super happy to be outside, but she made it with a lot of stops inside to warm up. life is so good with our little buttercup.















i'm so grateful for this perfect little session and photographs that we will treasure!

farewell 2014! we are looking forward to big things in 2015, such big things.

Xxx chelsea

christmas 2014!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


I hope that you all had a very merry christmas! things were so much fun around here and even though we missed guinness a ton (our first christmas without him) we felt him all around us as we celebrated. unfortunately we didn't have any snow (nope, not even here in the midwest) and that was a bummer. but there was plenty of food and love and gifts to exchange just as well. 


christmas eve was exactly what I expected, and then better. brian and I stayed up late to finish wrapping for santa and setting up all of lorelai's gifts just right under the tree. santa knew that she would love a play kitchen because it is her favorite thing ever at daycare! and along with a ton of books, he also brought her first baby doll and a doll cradle, some vintage toys that were our favorites as kids and other special things too. but perhaps my favorite of her gifts this year, is the red wagon that was mine as a child. she hasn't really enjoyed it a lot quite yet, but I think that she will love it this spring when the weather gets warm.

we started many new traditions this year, including baking christmas cookies and a gingerbread house. honestly, lorelai did not contribute in the making of the gingerbread house, however she did confiscate a couple of gumdrops.


I loved our christmas cards so much this year, thanks to the brilliant designs at artifact uprising and our photo session with orange anchor photography. they are so special to me. and christmas jammies are another tradition that we started this year, lorelai got several new pairs of christmas pajamas leading up to christmas day.


we did a lot of dancing this christmas season. both at home and at events. lorelai loved dancing to the christmas orchestra downtown. she ran around that place like crazy dancing and clapping and laughing. and our favorite record to dance to at home was she & him's christmas album of course...


I have watched this video ten thousand billion jillion times, i love it so.


^^ just look at those treasures that lorelai made at daycare. I am still not over how sweet these are, absolute gems, GEMS. and perhaps my two favorite things in the house this season (except the tree of course) are the fireplace that brian and I scored on a whim on black friday and the ohjoy for target "fa la la la la" gold banner. so simple and sweet. we have lived in our home for nearly eight years and for all eight of those years we have longed for a fireplace. we finally have a tiny, little fake fireplace and it is the greatest thing money could buy this winter. we love to huddle around it under blankets and watch christmas movies.

christmas is always a magical time, but experiencing it through new, curious eyes is so special. the wonder in her eyes fills my whole heart.


visiting santa was an absolute delight for lorelai. we weren't sure how she would like it since she has started to play shy now, but she loved santa!! she stared at his face for a couple of minutes before she was satisfied enough to smile for a photo, but gosh it was a priceless moment. santa said "merry christmas lorelai, ho ho ho" and she giggled so loud.


^^brown paper packages tied up with string and our favorite christmas jammies ever.


picking out our christmas tree was a riot. we had planned to let lorelai run around and whichever tree she ran to would be our tree for the year. well... she was so excited that she was running everywhere and didn't stop! so we had to settle for one of the trees that she kept running laps around. it was a moment to remember.


^she loved picking ornaments off of the tree just as much. this is her face after I yelled "no no". classic deer in headlights, isn't it? plus a little snippet from our family photo shoot. more to come later!


christmas morning, just the three of us, was really the most special. I didn't take many photos then because I just wanted to be in that moment. it was special, but in all honesty, it wasn't perfect. lorelai was tired from being up late the night before and we had to wake her up early to start our day.. so she was cranky. brian has a hilarious video of her coming around the corner into the living room, looking at the presents, then running to brian with her arms up, tripping, falling and crying oh so dramatically. it sounds mean to say, but it's actually quite funny. after a bit she woke up more and had a blast exploring her kitchen and reading her new books to us. but all this to say, that even though so many things look picture perfect.. they most certainly are not. but isn't that the beauty of it? we can't wait to show lorelai that video years from now. then we got all dressed up and visited family for the rest of the day.


a splendid holiday with my dear little family... one for the books that I will always remember. I can't wait to carry on our traditions in the years to come.

Xxxx chelsea

five little things

hi friends! if you haven't already noticed the blog is slowly, but surely coming back to life. I am on vacation from my day job (not the mama one) for two whole weeks. can i get a HALLELUJAH?! it is incredible just how different everything feels when work is no longer on my plate. I feel like I have time to breath, cuddle, write, create, exercise (body and mind) and most of all relax. I can catch up on everything. I can do laundry. I can take photos you guys! I can stay up late just watching lorelai sleep. I can do whatever I want without the expectation of waking up at 4 the next day, working a 10 hour day and maintaining a household/being a mother/paying the bills/etc/etc. it is a miracle and only reaffirms how badly I wish to stay at home with my baby (and hopeful future plural babies) permanently. while this is no where near in our future plans, it is still my dream.

so yea... having this time at home lately with my family has been everything to me. and I'm feeling so grateful and so good that we still have many more days to enjoy, no obligations. which brings me to some little things worth sharing:



1// the blog got a little face lift and i'm thoroughly enjoying the fresh and simple affect. something I am striving for in the new year.

2// Serial. Serial. Serial. tell me, you're as addicted as I am, right? what are your theories, please feed my addiction! and if you haven't been hooked in yet, what are you waiting for? find the podcasts here.

3// even though I have not been as present in the blog world as I would like, instagram saves the day. you can usually find me over there daily, addicted to the photo-centric, mini blogging platform it provides.

4// Joy's new EP, get back to gold, dropped right before Christmas and all laundry folding, baby dancing and power cleaning sessions have been very properly soundtracked ever since. I love the eighties inspired, power house tracks. call of the wild is my favorite.

5// christmas as a parent. wow. last year was lorelai's first christmas, but since was only days old we didn't really get it yet. this christmas was so good. sooo good. it is magical in ways that cannot properly be explained, but if I had to try: a consecutive string of tear worthy moments that are both nostalgic and unknown at the same time. it was everything.

*i've gotten tons of questions on my phone case above! it's from the one and only rifle paper co and you can find it here. I particularly love it with the gold iphone.

happy tuesday friends! Xx chelsea

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Sunday, December 28, 2014



"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Week 51: Christmas is ten thousand bajillion times better as a parent. Wow... my heart is so full.

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"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Week 50: Lorelai Mabel is one year old. She has flowers in her hair, grace in her heart and all the love in the world.

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"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Week 49: Our idea was to let lorelai run around and whatever tree she ran to would be our Christmas tree. Only she kept running and running and gigling and giggling and since we couldn't buy all the trees, we settled on one of the many that she ran laps around. Merry Christmas!

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"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Week 48: Of all of the lovely adventures we go on together, lounging in the big bed together is by far my favorite. I hope that it is hers too.

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"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Week 47: She loves to be outside so much that I'm not sure how we will make it through the impending winter.

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"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Week 46: Leaves everywhere PLUS a swing... unbeatable combination.

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"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Week 45: Her sleeping face fills me with peace.

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"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Week 44: Everything makes her laugh, but pumpkins are still very high on that list. When we found her a lola-sized pumpkin.. it easily took the number two slot for giggles. Following closely behind papa's peekaboo.

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"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Week 43: I defintely can't pinpoint my favorite thing about this photo. 

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"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Week 42: I never want to forget how precious these moments are.

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"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Week 41: My little chicken at the chicken coop.

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"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Week 40: I'm not sure if it was the bright orange, the abundance of them or the fact that she could toddle around holding onto them quite well, but baby girl loved (and I mean LOVED) her first adventure with pumpkins. Even if it was just outside of the grocery store.

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"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Week 39: The chill is in the air so the hats are on the heads. And hers is a pretty cute head.

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"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Week 38: Enjoying the beginning of mama's favorite season with our farmer's market mums.

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"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Week 37: My life flashed before my eyes when I captured lorelai sprawled out on our bed, her favorite spot, like this. I'm not sure when she grew so big, but it is an honor to watch it happen.

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"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Week 36: We took our baby to a blues bar and she loved it. Groupie in the making.

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"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Week 35: Stepping outside with her for some fresh air and adventure after a long day at the office is honestly undescribable. Everything starts new... fresh. The whole world just waiting for us.

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"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Week 34: Our adventurous little crawler as evidenced by her rug burned knees.

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"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Week 33: Her face literally lights up like 10000x daily. And nothing makes me happier.

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"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Week 32: I forgot how enchanting swinging was before her.

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"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Week 31: There are small moments when her curiousity is so evident all across her face. This is one of them.

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"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Week 30: Her first summer as an Iowan involved a lot of corn shucking.
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