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A Day in Our Life with Jessica Davis Photography Part 2

Here is the second half of our day that we spent with Jessica Davis that runs from mid afternoon until the boys went to sleep.  If you didn’t see the previous post, we spent an entire day with Jessica who followed us around with a camera from the time the boys woke up in the morning around 8 AM until the time they went to sleep around 8 PM.  Jessica just recently launched the Honest Hours project and we were lucky enough to be one of her first clients for the project. The Honest Hours project documents the daily life of a family from sun up to sun down and all of the familiar moments in between.


^^^After the beach, we usually change and then head to the grass area that sits directly above the ocean for a picnic, painting, and coloring for a little bit of down time after all of the running around and splashing down at the beach.^^^I usually bring a tent for Grayson to play in since there isn’t any shade.

^^^After we’ve finished our picnic and played on the grass and at the playground for a little while, we walk over to get smoothies.

hh2^^^Finally, we are back home around dinnertime and taking a few minutes to unwind from the day.^^^Gray fell asleep for a mini nap when we got home so Holden had the bath to himself tonight.^^^He’s totally ready for bed, right 😉  Not energetic at all….^^^He loves board games.  We are playing Bingo before stories and bedtime.


Sakura Bloom Sling Diaries: Laughter









Photos by Chrissy Powers Photography


That deep belly laugh that Grayson emits when I accidentally touch his arm pits in that sweet spot when I’m changing his clothes.  That uncontrollable giggle that escapes Holden when he finds something funny.  That chuckle I share with my husband as I share the days events and the things Holden said and Grayson did.  These are the moments that are currently on repeat in our household day in and day out.

Laughter is the cure for almost anything and something that I’ve never had so much of since two children entered my lives.  Whether it’s a case of the giggles, tickle shrieks, light chuckles, deep belly laughs, the laugh until you cry, even the I’m deliriously tired cry that turns into a laugh, life with children is full of laughter.  Having children seems to have awakened in me a pure joy that I never knew could have existed and the way that they live their life with unabandoned happiness is completely infectious.



Get the Look :: 

Inspiration Images

Pheasant Wing Feathers // Guinea Fowl Feathers // mismatched candelabras // Chocolate Cosmos Plant // Purple Viola Flowers // Fern Leaves // White Vase // Gold Wishbone // Reindeer Moss // White and Gold China // Gold Flatware // Gold Hurricane Candle Holder // Lace Table Runner //Gold Table Runner

I fell in love with this Jose Villa rustic glam wedding and felt like it would make a stunning and chic Thanksgiving tablescape.  We spend Thanksgiving with our large extended families so I won’t have the opportunity to create a Thanksgiving table setting, but if I did, this is exactly what it would look like.


this monthly post is one of the best things i have participated in, in that it reminds me on a daily basis to pick up my camera and document the little moments.  last month was a busy one and i feel like i wasn’t able to take out the camera as much as i would have liked, but this month, i took so many pictures i had a hard time deciding just which ones to post.

this month, it feels like summer weather has officially arrived and we have found ourselves on a wide variety of adventures.  when the weather is nice, we spend every waking minute outdoors and this outdoor life brings us all such joy.  it seems that each and every day, we are exploring new places and traveling all over the san francisco area to discover all that our city has to offer.  i’m not quite sure if it’s the weather thats brought on this sense of adventure or if perhaps it’s the fact that holden is finally at the point where he doesn’t mind being the car as much which makes me more comfortable to venture out further than before – but whatever the reason, i am thankful.  holden is such a sponge these days that not only are all of these field trips fun, but they are also such wonderful learning experiences.

and i must note that looking at our month of april, holden seems more like a toddler than ever before.  i can’t believe that in a short four months, this little guy will be 2.  where did the time go?



















make sure and head over to the beautiful lyndsay’s blog and see what her adorable family has been up to this month.  once you get back here, you know you have made it full circle.



here’s the second month of this photo project that i’m working on with the above wonderful ladies.  each month we share a behind the scenes peek into a day in our lives.  we will be making a complete blog circle, so when you’re done here, be sure to check out gloriously ruined and then make your way through the circle until you find your place back here, along the way getting a glimpse into the lives of different mamas across the country.

this is my february…..

after our very first post, i was so inspired to photograph more of the every little moments of our lives.  i picked up the camera more during january to the point that holden has become somewhat obsessed with them himself.  but then february hit, i got incredibly busy, i lost my lens cap, and i feel like it’s been a rare occasion that i’ve brought out the camera.  this month, i’m piecing together a few different days in february to give you an idea of what our february looks like.


we walk our dog every morning and it’s not complete without a stop to say hello to these little bunnies who are holden’s absolute favorite things in the entire world (we have to pick grass and feed them for at least five minutes every single morning).  holden also loves carrying his own plastic bag so that he can squat down and pretend to pick up dog poop.



the weather has been really beautiful, so we have been spending the majority of our time outside these days.


i haven’t really made a big announcement, but i’m the new digital editor for babiekins magazine.  i generally do my work while holden’s sleeping or after he’s down for the night, but sometimes i need to spend a few minutes on my computer when holden’s awake.  this is usually what it looks like.


since it’s been cold (and i’ve been working late), i’ve been having a hard time getting dressed in the morning, not to mention the opportunity is rare these days that i get a chance to dress up.  so i’ve made a goal to try and dress up (like really dress up) at least once a week, even if i don’t have anywhere fancy to go.  after my experience of grocery shopping in a tulle skirt, i’m officially hooked.


after being inseparable for 17 1/2 months (i can literally count the number of hours i’ve been apart from holden in his entire life on one hand), i’m trying to get out a little more on my own and give holden the opportunity to spend more one-on-one time with his daddy and his grandma which is hard, but important for both of us.


holden truly loves art and we spend some part of every day doing an art project.


we have started potty training around here.  holden has been going to the bathroom in the potty since 15 months.  he’s always been interested in it, but i never pushed him to do it until he was ready.  we use cloth diapers on holden, but when travelling we use disposables and our last trip to san diego resulted in a bad diaper rash.  so when we returned home, he wore diapers as little as possible to get rid of the rash and that was kind of the start of our potty training.  holden is doing really well and has had barely any accidents.  we are so proud of him.