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September 19, 2013

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I didn't expect to put these pictures with this post but it just so happens that it works together perfectly. I have had such an emotional few weeks in motherhood. Lots of growing and changing happening with these sweet babies and I found myself torn between being overjoyed that they are spreading their wings and sadness that times are changing. Such new seasons. 

We changed their rooms this week. We are always rearranging and now that the Texas heat will slowly start to creep away it gave Chris the opportunity to move his office back up into our attic space. We moved Apple into our room and separated Aiden and Ains into their own rooms. We have co-slept with each of them at one time or another for almost 5 years now. Different kids in different seasons and as of recently everyone seems to be sleeping in their own spaces. Aiden started tennis and soccer recently, we have been doing pre-k at home and Aiden hit a few huge milestones that were a really big deal for him. And Apple has moved onto just eating solids and cow's milk. 

It's all been so beautiful.

And as much as I rejoice in this season, these new unchartered waters and territories that we are venturing towards...my heart aches a bit. The growing pains are truly beautiful yet a piece of motherhood that I never expected to hurt the way that it does. So many moments about being a mama are feelings that I never expected. To love something so deeply and feel so fiercely for it, it's the most wild, amazing thing that I have ever had the privilege of experiencing.

Here are a few peeks into their new little spaces.

xoxo

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Apple hat & shorts c/o: Fawn Shoppe
 Apple shoes c/o: Freshly Picked Moccs 
Ainsleigh dress c/o: Fawn Shoppe

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52 comments:

  1. Oh the changes always leave me a little anxious. It seems that each kids grows a little faster than the last. Afton, the eldest, at age 4 is in Pre-K, her first year of school. Delaney, at 3, is obsessed with all things music and dance. Vivienne, at 2, is interested only in building her imaginary meals and feeding everyone. Charlotte, at 3 months, is rolling all over the floor and chewing on her hands nonstop. I swear babies didn't start rolling all over the place until six months or something! They are all growing too fast, too soon.

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    1. OH FRIEND, I know! Make it stop!! You wrote it beautifully about your sweet ones, xoxo

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  2. I love their little rooms. You have such a talent for capturing the most beautiful photos of your babies! That last one is my favorite.

    Alia

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    1. aw thank you so so much love, you are always so sweet to me friend

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  3. Well if you're pictures aren't adorable, then i dont know whose is... goodness, I love your simple talent of finding the perfect moment and style for everyday photos... xoxo

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  4. simply gorgeous.

    if i ever start to feel aches with my girl growing up, i stop, take a deep breath and remind myself i'm so lucky to be alive to witness it and that it is such a privilege to grow up, so many kids are denied the insane beauty of that blessing.

    love&light.

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  5. You are such an artist. I love the spaces you've made for them. I'm no where near that talented. And my place is too cluttered. So I'll just live through you. :)

    xoxo,
    Ronni
    anywhere-is.net

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    1. Oh my goodness friend, you are too too sweet to me!

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  6. Beautiful--in every way. I totally relate to those emotions. My sweet first-born is literally becoming a MAN right before my eyes. Growing inches over months, and sounding/looking/acting like a man, and it is both wonderful and the saddest thing ever. Hold them tight--people weren't kidding when they said they'll grow up so fast!
    :) Aloha

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    1. Oh my goodness friend, this is how I feel about Aiden!!!!

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  7. love following your blog....may I ask how you make your photos seem so warm .. hope you know what I mean? thank you Janine

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    1. Aw that is so so sweet!!!! I edit them all with photoshop actions! Here is an awesome free action that I use alll the time!!!! Hope this helps! http://blog.hannahrosebeasley.com/2013/01/how-to-get-vsco-look-in-photoshop.html

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  8. Your babes are so beautiful! Glad you're all growing and taking on new adventures and challenges.

    -Chelsea
    chelsandthecity.blogspot.com

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  9. I've had a hard time with this the past few weeks also. My first daughter will be three in a few months and I have an almost 3 month old daughter as well. I feel like through my pregnancy and now having two, my first daughter has changed so rapidly... it's hard to let go even though it is beautiful to watch. I also can't believe my second daughter is already 3 months...time is flying.

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    1. oh my goodness I can so understand and relate to this friend!!!

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  10. Love it, Casey. We are doing the same thing here. OUr oldest left for college and we need to split the twins (age 2) up...which is giving me heart palpitations. Anyways, moving and refreshing rooms is a great way for me to deal with the transitions all five of my children are going through right now. As always, thank for sharing!

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  12. Thank you for sharing about doing Pre-K at home. We chose to do the same thing with our daughter, and really, have received mixed reviews, but less support, than support. I guess really, a lack of "open conversation" about it, and just silence. It's weird. We had her enrolled and days before putting her in, we made the last minute decision not to put her in. I'm just glad, and encouraged, to read someone else doing the same :) So, thanks for sharing.

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    1. oh my goodness of course!!! I actually have been going back and forth about doing a post just on this itself!!! You might have given me the push!

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    2. oh, please do! I would greatly appreciate it. It's been an interesting endeavor (I also have a 2 year old). What's helped is a supportive husband and being able to still do what I love on the side (Art). Fridays are field trip day, so I look forward to a little less structure and free form learning!

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    4. I would love to read that post too!! Your children's rooms are amazing. So beautiful to the adult eye but also look like a magical place to be a kid :) May I ask where Aiden's red blanket is from? I am so happy I stumbled across your blog this morning :)

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    6. aw thank you so so much!!! and here is the link for that blanket love! http://www.storynorth.com/Pia-Wallen-Cross-Blanket-p/piawallenlargecrossblanket.htm

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  13. More often than not I read your blog and wish I had written your words... beautiful. Your babies are beautiful!

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  14. it is hard to watch your kids grow up. and as much pride as i have in them, i have as much pain at watching them. bc the more they grow, the less they need me for things. they will always need me, but they gain their independance. and i think about when they were smaller, and i miss it so much!!! when their life was simple and not corrupted by the ugliness in the world. when all was sparkles in their eyes and wonder. my kids are 16 and 8 and they are still the best part of my life- by far! its hard watching them learn real life lessons. i guess that's why you get baby fever, right?! lol

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    1. this made me tear up, so so beautifully said my friend

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    1. DREA!!!!! I MISS YOU, We need a text date this week!!!

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  16. I love your daughter's room. It is so sweet and full of joy!
    http://liveitinerantly.com

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  17. Love the spaces. I can see all the love in the details. growing up is bittersweet.

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  18. I feel ya, Mama. My big girl up and decided she was done with diapers today, and we're moving our baby out of her cradle into her crib this weekend. All of this excitement in 48 hours is too much for this mama to handle. Lots of love and hugs your way!!!

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  19. You have such a beautiful family. On a side note, where is that orange cross blanket from?

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    1. Thank you love!!!! It is from here!! http://www.storynorth.com

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  20. What beautiful spaces! I wish I could write as gracefully like you about how i feel about my children. Such beautiful words.

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  21. is one terrarium for anoles and the other for aiden's little beardie? so fun!

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    1. one for our beardie and the other for a corn snake, ahhh!!!! how is your sweet little cutie?! Elfie is getting HUGE!!!!

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  22. I cry almost every night when I lay down thinking about my kiddos growing up... I wish that I had a time machine that I could use at anytime I choose... I'm very thankful that they are growing up healthy and strong, but it's still hard to watch. :-/

    I love the kiddos room. So much of their little personalities shining through.

    You are a beautiful Momma, Casey, inside and out, and your babies are very blessed to have you. Hugs, sweet friend. xoxo

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  23. Aww, Casey, I feel ya on this one. It seems that each night as I look over on my baby (who is not so much a baby anymore) sleeping, he has grown just a teeny bit more and it aches. I know that ache. It is a happy ache though. We are so lucky to be able to spend night and day with our little ones, watching them grow.

    And I love all of Aiden's creatures! He is such a sweet, loving spirit!

    xo!

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  24. These pictures are so beautiful! It's time that we update my son's room, now that he's 3, and I am struggling with these emotions as he grows so quickly. It's all too fast.

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  25. your home seems so warm and loving. this was beautify written and i'm totally feeling those pains this weekend. it's nice to know i'm not alone. the change of seasons gets me every time. you are such a good role model for new mamas :)

    xo, beth-ann

    campanywhere.blogspot.com

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  26. love these heartfelt posts. it seems to be the season of change, even moreso than ushering in a new year each january. just wrote a post about this, and it was hard but so good. i'm happy to be back reading your blog once again, miss casey! xo

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