So I’m a little late compiling this gallery of images from 2017, but for the last few years I have made a real effort to start doing more with my photos. Better late than never, I say. Today my baby is 11 months old and it’s insane to look back at his first year and appreciate all the changes we have been through in that time.
What are ways you look back in gratitude on your past year?
A very Happy New Year! Cheers 2018 and to making some excellent resolutions and goals for the year ahead!
We went to Hodges Farm in Charlotte to pick out our tree again this year. They are so kind and we always have the best time walking around the Farm with a hot cup of cocoa. Merry Christmas!
Last year I set out to create a Love Advent calendar to bring some service and meaning into the excitement of the season. But, being 7 months pregnant, tiredness and procrastination took over and I never cocmpleted it. Which works out becuase I was struggling with a simple, classy way to actually display the 25 days. So hurray for Chip and Joanna Gaines of Magnolia taking over the world this year—their holiday line at Target is so enticing! I grabbed this advent calandar as soon as I saw it in person, knowing the quaint pockets and galvanized metal were exactly what I was looking for. I filled the pockets with tags of fun/love for the day. A lot of the activities put someone else first, but there are some fun ones too like celebrating Braxton’s birthday on the 8th!
What service-minded traditions do you do with your kids at this time of year or any other time of year (I still have some blanks to fill in)?
Oh Snap! My awesome little cousin—who gives my kids the best toys—just gifted Royce my new favorite baby tee!
There is something about maps that I absolutely love—perhaps the allure of places I’ve never been or navigating the way to get there. Maybe I love the art of cartography and the many ways maps can be depicted. Whatever the reason, I know one of the few wishes I had for children was for them to have a curious love for travel and learning about new places like my own. So I had purchased this incredible atlas called Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski the year Braxton was born. It’s a modern, kid-friendly, engrossing education on geography and places that we now keep in our living room for constant reference.
This App called Stack The States is a game I’ve had on my iPad for years, designed to teach State memorization and trivia. My three-year-old started playing it this past year without knowing what he was doing. I started playing with him and before I knew it he had memorized all 50 states and their locations. We have since moved on to Stack The Countries.
It has been so fun engaging his sponge-like mind with every possible source of information on the states and countries. It’s unbelievable how much he has picked up and how many references we find in our everyday lives. Whatever his fascination with geography right now, I am capitalizing on it as much as possible.
Perhaps we should all learn geography at this young age when our minds are so ripe and pliable?
Braxton’s loves right now are cars (as always) and the states and countries. Well yesterday, his little mind wondered an obvious three-year-old question, “how will the countries sit and watch my cars race? And how will they wave their flags?” (Thinking about the Cars movies and how fans watch from the stands). And somehow my tired mom-brain came up with the answer. So here we are, setting up our countries for race day.
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Hi. I'm Suzanna.
I like running outside, eating real food and crafting beautiful images. I am captivated by authenticity, adventurers and life-lovers. I call myself a biohacker-wannabe pursuing the unconventional.
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