“Today is gone. Today was fun.
Tomorrow is another one.”
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These past few months have been a different experience to us all but if there is a positive that has seemed shared among most it is that simplicity is appreciated. Moments of calm with loved ones and unplugging from technology to take in the beauty of the world around us has been a comfort.
The sudden halt of what felt like the world slowly spinning and days no longer flying by has allowed our family to take a breath and enjoy playing games indoors together. It was during this time of us using our imaginations when we grew a love for Candylab Toys uniquely beautiful products.
Our son has always been fond of planes, trains, and automobiles. The fascination of how they work, where they can take you, and their different models + sizes seems to add a certain sparkle to his eyes as he contemplates these thoughts. Candylab takes a different approach than other brands when creating their products to add whimsical details and bright colors that only fuel a child’s imagination in the most beautiful way. Practically any car model that one could hope for they have created using natural materials with a midcentury aesthetic. The sizes vary but are easy to play with and as a parent who does enjoy a well styled space they go along with any home style perfectly. As if the race cars , drifters ( toy trucks ) , food trucks, really the selections seem endless of vehicles to choose from was not in itself wonderful they also have created stackable buildings. A day at the beach can be dreamt up with their Malibu Beach Tower and their Woodie Redux which has a magnetic top for a Waimea Surfboard to sit on top. From the coastline to the desert with Motels, a Toll Booth , and Drive In for stops along the way Candylab has created a little wooden world for littles to enjoy.
Wooden Toys // Candylab Toys
Summer is coming to an end. Wait, Spring and Summer and all that was in between is coming to an end. The little ones had their year turned upside down but they didn’t miss a beat. It was difficult, to say the least, for many of us. I’ve always dreamed of being the ultimate home-school Mom. It was a must, top of my to-do list as a Mother – ABSOLUTELY. This year gave me the opportunity – maybe not gave but dropped in my lap. While my dreams weren’t exactly met and I realized my limits, there was so much more. I grew with my children. We bloomed. I really dove into their learning habits and their hearts. The “forced” time was a flowering of their personalities. I will never get these days back. Similar to a flower in all it’s beauty, it only lasts so long, never to be seen again. I am grateful for this hardship and blessed to have these 7 little ones to nurture through this rugged life. Also like a flower, it can withstand harsh and sunny weather, so withstood these little ones.
In honor of our blooming, a fun shoot that called for floral headpieces and beautiful designs.
Swim/Clothing Little Creative Factory
Floral Headpieces Julie James Floral Design
Venue The Venue
Days spent soaking up the sun’s rays. Salt dried on the skin from early morning surf sessions. Forests full of tall trees that have seen much now are blanketed in vines that hang from their branches covering the earth. Deep midnight blues turn to shades of turquoise into translucent as the ocean comes to kiss the sand. This is island time where the Tradewinds fill the air with the sweet fragrance of plumeria blooms. The days are warm and end in a dramatic watercolor like painting in the sky of bright pinks, oranges, and purples to say , ” Aloha “, to another day.
Photography + Styling | DesertSea Photography
Apparel | SeaestaSurf
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
‘Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost
An adventure doesn’t have to be a grand scheme of events carefully thought out. Simply, minds cultivating personal initiative and creativity one day on a farm. Ending summer with some ram herding and cattle lowing. These are the days that we will remember.
On rare occasions, my daughters and I, enjoy a day out on the town. An afternoon at The Milkshake Factory is nothing short of sweet and joyous. Amidst so much grumbling in the world, we found gratitude. Gratitude for the time together, the simple things in life and the taste buds at the very tips of our tongues. This “sweet” gratitude is contagious – we hope you catch it 🙂
“Swift gratitude is the sweetest.” Greek Proverb
Even down here in Texas, winters can turn gray, gloomy, and cold for long spells. Most of this February has passed beneath leaden skies, so when the sunshine finally came out we went to a nearby amusement park to enjoy the beautiful day.
However, without the rain there would never be rainbows.
Photographer: Amy Carson
Model: Molly Carson
Designers// Pleiades, Chapter2, Gap kids, Van Nus Co.
Location// Kemah, TX // Kemah Boardwalk