just wanted to share a few pictures from easter and holden's very first easter egg hunt that he got to participate in with his cousins.  he ran around the yard saying egg, egg and was surprisingly really good at finding them, making out with an easter basket full of eggs.  he had such a good time, i'm thinking that hunting for different things around our yard or at parks is something i should start doing for fun with him.

also, stop over to mom's best network today to see our favorite winter to spring transition piece in holden's closet and a few different styling options for little boys.











on mama: dress;  on holden: similar blazer // tee // similar pants

it was st. patrick's day and we didn't wear a single piece of green.  it wasn't until friday that dustin and i were reminded that it saint patrick's day was a mere two days away, instantly reminding me of my thoughts from last year.  we attended a parade on saturday morning (holden's very first parade ever), but when the actual holiday rolled around we ended up steering clear of the usual st. patty's day festivities and instead headed to the nearly desolate beaches at half moon bay.  we started the morning at the tide pools, finding sea anemones, starfish, hermit crabs, and mussels.  we then stopped by a local taco shack for lunch and napped on blankets in the sand into the late afternoon, the crashing waves replacing the need for any sort of sound machine.  before heading home, we stopped at the harbor for a quick dinner and one more hour on the beach where holden and our puppy chased one another underneath the pier.

a simple and unusual st. patty's day, but an absolutely perfect sunday.





we had grand plans for this little young love valentine's photo shoot.  we thought we'd capture holden blowing kisses to his friend, addie, who would be reaching up to grab them.  ha!  the little ones had plans of their own, none of which included any of ours.  so instead of the shoot we had initially envisioned, we just captured them as they were, picking hearts off the wall and climbing boxes and this is what we got instead.



you know when you envision the way that your holiday card will look, but then it turns out nothing like that.  like when your "O" balloon flys away the minute you step out of the car, but you think you can still salvage something (because you spent $30 on the balloons) so you attempt the photo anyways except that you're so focused on not letting the wind take the other two balloons out of your hands that it's not until you get home and look at the photos that you realize that the "J" was backwards.  oh well.  this isn't the card we ended up sending out (mostly because dustin wouldn't let me since he's the one holding the backwards "J"), but the whole experience was too funny not to share.

hope you all had a merry christmas.  this was probably one of the best christmas' of my life.  watching the delight and excitement in holden's eyes upon stepping into the living room this morning to see all of his new gifts that santa had left for him was something that i will never forget.  he was a little overwhelmed by all of his new toys, but we couldn't help ourselves from spoiling him.  we made a lot of his presents ourselves this year and it was that much more rewarding to see him enjoy them.  i wonder if he thinks that new toys will be waiting for him again tomorrow morning.


over the weekend, we finally got around to cutting down our christmas tree.  sadly, i have failed in the christmas preparations this year, still not quite believing that we only have about a week left before it arrives.  we have still not made our travel plans, still not started christmas shopping, and only just got around to decorating the house.  i think this just means that we will be leaving our tree up until the end of january, extending our christmas well into 2013 in an effort to savor what we missed for most of december.

cutting down our tree is a tradition that we started last year with holden, something neither of us did when we were younger, but something that we want to do with holden each and every year.  although we cut it down on a christmas tree lot, a vast lot filled with identical trees that are growing only to be cut down each and every december, there is still something special about picking out your tree and chopping it down yourself.  this year, we arrived at the lot to find mostly stumps, an eerie christmas tree graveyard.  luckily, there were still a handful of trees to pick from and after finding the very best one, dustin took the saw to it, creating yet another barren stump.

now that we finally have a tree in the house, it feels a lot more like christmas.  holden is mesmerized by the lights and ornaments on the tree, reminding me of christmas as a child....pure magic.