Simple Days

by Erica Lea

8/16/15

We're Expecting!

Pregnancy Announcement

I'm super excited to finally be able to tell you guys: We're expecting!
I'm 14 weeks along and my due date is February 11.
Prayers for a safe pregnancy would be much appreciated. 
I'll write another post soon with updates about how I've been feeling and all that.

xoxo
Erica

6/6/15

Spring Portraits

Spring Portraits
Spring Portraits
Spring Portraits
Spring Portraits
Spring Portraits

My lovely sister asked me to take some new portraits of her. When I saw that my family's crabapple trees were in bloom, I suggested that we take the opportunity as soon as possible. It was worth it, because her photos turned out just stunning. I love all the blossoms in the background (the white flowers are from apple trees). We waited until an hour or so before sunset for optimal lighting.

Processed using Lightroom + VSCO Free Film Pack (third photo).

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5/28/15

Little Butterfly

Little Butterfly
Little Butterfly
Little Butterfly
Little Butterfly
Little Butterfly

For Christmas, Reuben's sister gave all the little girls butterfly wings and wands. I knew that I needed to put Helen's away for a spring photo shoot.

Last week I went to my family's house to take some portraits for my sister (post with those photos coming soonish). I figured I might as well snap some photos of Helen at the same time. The lighting was just beautiful that evening.

Looking at these photos, I realize how much Helen is growing up. I love to see her new discoveries every day!

5/7/15

Splish Splash!

Splash!
Splash!
Splash!
Splash!
Splash
Splash

This morning we woke to gloomy skies and rain. I didn't mind, because I thought for sure it meant that Reuben could stay home from work. Unfortunately he had inside work, so we didn't get to spend the morning together. At least he got off early.

Anyway, I decided to let Helen go outside and play with her cousins (after donning her mud boots and rain coat). Then I realized that splashing in muddy puddles would make great photos. So, like a good mom, I aimed my camera at the kids and told them to jump! They of course loved it. Judah got a bit excited and splashed my camera (it's no worse for wear).


5/2/15

Growing Things!

Chives
Spring is such a tease in northern Minnesota. This year it started to get warm in March. But the weather fluctuated greatly, and we even had a few snow storms (through which my chives happily grew).

Now I think we are finally (fingers crossed) on the other side. Everything is starting to grow and green up. The high is 80 today! And there are thunderstorms in the forecast.



Kitchen Garden
My kitchen garden. I'm hoping to be better about keeping the weeds down this year. I'd like to grow some herbs and a few flowers.



Nest
This is a rather unconventional nest!



Hepatica Growing Through Leaf
When I saw that Breanna had found some hepaticas, I knew I needed to hunt them up. On Tuesday I took Helen out for a walk in the woods in the stroller and we gathered a bouquet.

I thought it was funny how this hepatica grew through a leaf.



So Happy!
Helen was happy to be able to hold a few flowers.



Hepaticas in an Espresso Cup
Hepaticas in an Espresso Cup
I decided to display the blooms in a light-blue espresso cup that I got from IKEA a few years ago.



Evening Light
Evening light!


Dandelion Headband
Dandelions were actually the first flowers that I found this spring. For some reason I was having a really hard time braiding a complete crown from them, so I just made a dandelion "headband" instead. 

As a side note, I've been enjoying the new VSCO free starter pack (VSCO Film 00) for Lightroom. I still have a lot of playing around to do, but it's fun experimenting with presets.

Also, it's been a tradition here on Simple Days to write a post when the hepaticas are blooming. Here are the ones from the past:

2009: Spring Day and My first post here on Simple Days!
2010: Part of my Photo-a-Day challenge.
2012: Spring is Here
2013: Not a blog post, just a photo on Instagram.
2014: Spring at Last!


What are the first flowers to bloom where you live?

4/30/15

Things Helen Says...

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In the above photo Helen was sipping her "Carob Milk" (milk mixed with a bit of carob powder). It was a bit warm, thus the grimace. Shirt from Carter's. Leggings from threUP.

Our little munchkin is starting to say some pretty funny things. Here are a few that gave me a laugh:


She calls chickpeas "chicken peas."

While I was playing Pat-a-Cake with her, I sang, "And throw it waaaay up into the oven for -" and waited for her to fill in the blank. "Jesus!" she said.

"There's a muddy puddle in my foon (spoon)!" -- When her spoon got dirt on it.

"What's a woodpepper?" -- After I told her there was a woodpecker outside.

"Happy Birthday to you. And many more for you, Mommy!"

To her teddy bear: "You were in Mommy's belly, remember that?"

"Daddy's big girl undies!" -- When she saw Reuben's underwear.

After I pretended to leave for work with Reuben: "Don't go with Daddy. It's cold. Where's your mittens?"

"Happy Birthday to you and many more. Where's my cake?"

Once morning when I went to get her our of bed she said, "Susanna!" We had seen a picture of a little girl by that name at some friends' house and she talks about her every once in a while. After I picked her up she said, "Ho-Susanna. In the highest. Sing it, Mommy!"

"I can't say it any-gain."

"I can do it all by my selfie."

"That is icky. I don't want to see it." -- After seeing me clip my fingernails.



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4/28/15

Rascal Robin

Rascal Robin
Rascal Robin

For about a week, a robin has been pestering us. He sits on our trash can and then flies into our picture window. He must see his reflection and thinks it's another bird. I hope he gives up soon because he leaves his "presents" on our trashcan and smears up our window.


You can see a short clip of him below:




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