golden years

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

xoxo, nielsy.

nicolaus and i went on a baby-free date for valentine's day over the weekend. we ate at one of our favorite restaurants, communal, and saw la la land. it's crazy to think that this is our 7th valentine's we've spent with each other. and i still get butterflies when i find sweet little notes from him. :) it was so nice to have an evening just the two of us, but it is fun to have a second smaller, squishier valentine as well. :)
in south africa, the valentine's tradition is to only celebrate it with your significant other, so my parents always thought it was a bit bizarre how love-happy americans go with the kids making valentine's for all the kids in their class. haha, but i happen to love the all-inclusive american way! i like a good excuse to celebrate all the loved ones in your life. so hope you have a happy, love-filled day with all the ones you love!

Friday, February 3, 2017


"a portrait of niels once a week, every week, in 2016."
niels is very proud of his trick where he finds his belly. :)

christmas card 2016

so i'm not sure whyyy i chose this last christmas to start sending out christmas cards...since i was running around addressing/sending out cards, the day before we left for africa, when i definitely should have been packing/cleaning. ha, buuut i am glad i finally made time to design and send out a family christmas card! and hopefully it's a tradition that i keep up with for years to come.


"a portrait of niels once a week, every week, in 2016."
in his christmas jams on christmas eve.

south africa | elephants always look like they're smiling

nielsy loooved driving around addo elephant park. when we were parked watching a herd of elephants, i thought niels might scare them away, because he wouldn't stop pointing and yelling "DOG. DOG. DOG." haha, nicolaus and i had to grab niels' feet a few times, to keep him from crawling out the car window.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

south africa feat. albion fit

i love these photos that nicolaus snapped of me and nielsy on the beach. it's sometimes overwhelming how much i love that not-so-little nugglet. and every now and then, when i get bummed about my stretch marks and wrinkly belly button from pregnancy, i look at that mischievous, adorable little face and remember that it was all worth it. plus, it helps that there are awesome companies like albion that make high-waisted swimsuit bottoms that perfectly cover up my granny belly button. ;)


"a portrait of niels once a week, every week, in 2016."
niels' called all the seashells "rocks" and loved throwing them in the water and seeing them splash.