School IS cool!

After a busy but awesome summer, we look forward to the next exciting thing just around corner…SCHOOL!

Check out their  little photoshoot to mark the occasion.

ARA: my passionate dreamer with big brains and sweet beauty who inspires me to be a better version of me. 

AYNA: my little social maverick of sass and class who reminds me it’s okay to top everything off with cuteness [overload]. 

Here’s to NERD POWER!



happy 8th birthday, ara reese!

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i just cannot believe it. it really has gone by super fast, and i can’t keep up. my heart is so proud of her, but it hurts all the same. i keep obsessing on catching these moments…they are fleeting. and I think she felt Mama needed a little something special this time because she didn’t complain one bit.

so this Thanksgiving she turns 8. ❤


Can we say FIRST-GRADER??

I can not believe this just happened!

Kindergarten…been there, done that.


From learning new things (the odder, the better), reading like a champ, science experiments (the messier, the merrier), to endless mathematical questions (directed to me or daddy while we’re driving, NO calculators allowed)…she can’t wait to ROCK first-grade already.

And I can’t applaud her private school, Cascade Christian, enough. They have encouraged this little lady to succeed, not just for educational reasons. But when you hear her recite verses, understand Christian concepts, and then apply them into her life, my heart swells. ❤

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(And maybe I may be more excited about all this, she still puts up with all the mammarazzi moments.

Bless her heart. )