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a flower girl for my baby sister


oh, yea, everyone knows that. and probably have all seen the photos so these aren’t really needed. but hey, just thought i’d share a few of the flower girl from the big day.

the day was a little crazy. first we had to decorate the venue at 0-dark hundred.

then we got our hair done and got ready: wedding prep sophie stealing headband little miss Sophia was enthralled with Aunt Mimi’s (Amy’s)hair and headband. i’m pretty sure she thought she was a real life princess the entire day. wedding flower girl checking herself and we all did lots of primping. flower girl included.

wedding -sisters ack! my baby sister! so grown up and beautiful!    wedding -me and flower girl

my baby is pretty grown up too. but was already exhausted…

flower girl down2

then we walked down the aisle.

wedding - flower girl walking

where she *blew* me away with how well she dropped leaves. i mean, in all the “practices” we did at home she just dumped the basket. but nope, that day, in front of everyone, she showed off that she knew what to do. LOL. wedding flower girl aisle

wedding - flower girl walking2 i LOVE this shot!

wedding - dad and amy wedding flower girl laying down then we proceeded to act like the 21 month old we are… and lie in the dirt. wedding - flower girl distracted  and then get up and play with sticks and leaves while daddy was talking…{he did the ceremony}    wedding - flower girl being distracting but since we’re just so darn cute, we got away with it.

wedding - cousins silly2 then more photos were taken. like this crazy one with all the cousins. lauffenburgers are a crazy silly bunch. and we love them.

wedding family photo2

hey! family photo! so fun! the little flower girl is laughing because she’s about to cause trouble be as cute as can be.

wedding - papa and sophia good thing Papa was there. Papa is her favorite person ever. well, before Aunt Mimi became a princess. {sorry Papa, i think you may have gotten moved to second place on her daily talking points} 

wedding -dancing is her fav she LOVED dancing. ALL NIGHT LONG. wedding cupcake mother daughter but cupcakes were a favorite too, not to fear. {doh. how embarrassing!} wedding - with gparents

and going through GiGi’s purse was pretty entertaining too.Great Grandma enjoyed it too i think.

wedding- sisters it was a beautiful day, perfect weather, perfectly perfect.  a gorgeous celebration of a new adventure for My sweet Miss A. we’re all so excited for you.

wedding - 4 girls

{in no way is this an exhaustive pile of photos from the wedding… i’m trying not to overdo it. just some favorites. note: some photos taken by my uncle and cousins.}

xoxo-kimberly renee
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missing Nana

we are missing Nana around here so i thought i’d share a few photos i took on her last day with us.

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one of my goals is to have the camera out and available to catch more of the “every day moments” like these… every day.

granted, i don’t do it every day, but when i do, i’m so glad i took the time to take out the camera and just catch life.

like baby snuggles with her Nana.

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like little sweet kisses that are treasured.

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last day with nana

and sweet moments.


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one day, little Sweet Pea is going to look back on these photos of her and her Nana. she’s going to see the love in these photos. and she is going to know how much Nana loves her.

and that’s just because i took an “every day moment” kind of shot.

i hope i remember to do it often.

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we miss you, Nana!

xoxo-kimberly renee
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alright, well, it’s been a few weeks since i posted this post and i’ve had some requests for some updates on the bump that is growing at a ridiculous pace. unfortunately, week 16 went by without a picture. things kept happening to get in the way! doh!


and well, let’s just say that i’ve been pretty self conscious of the little baby bump. it’s still could sometimes be mistaken for a beer belly or something so i was shy to get these past two weeks up on the blog. i feel huge for only being 18 weeks but not pregnant-looking enough yet to feel confident about it. ha!  so i feel “in-between” because i can still wear some pre-maternity clothes (like explained below) but don’t really fit into maternity yet without it feeling loose.


when we took our 17 week photo we were on the way to the beach. yay for wearing pre-maternity swimsuits with such a big belly!  i felt a little indecent, like i was falling out in random places… but not enough yet to go spend money on a real maternity swimsuit. we’ll see if i actually get to that.
17 weeks this week’s belly shot. oh man, you guys! i’m starting to accidentally bump the belly randomly. i don’t realize how far it sticks out until i hit it!  18 weeks

speaking of being self conscious and being “in-between”… where are all the donations of maternity clothes from all my friends…hmm?? i mean, i believe there was a time when it felt like everyone was prego except me…so when are y’all going to help a girlfriend out and lend me some clothes?!

hee hee.

xo-kimberly renee

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just to show that it took about a million photos to get the cute one for this post:

imagine Puppycakes thinking, “what the heck are they making me wear?” or “look, there’s a bunny over there” or “this thing around my neck is too big” or “this is SOooooo boring” or “please, daddy, are we done yet?” outtakes_edited-1 yup. we’re dog torturers over here. if you have any doubts, check out what we did to him that one christmas

he’s got to be so relieved that there will be another little thing around here to torture with photographs in the future! hee hee.



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the move

ok, so during the CRAZY of getting unpacked, settled, finding the grocery store, husbuddy starting a new job, i’ve neglected the blog. excuses excuses. i know! i’ll try to get better 🙂

so, last week we moved from Gloucester MA to our new home; Lancaster, PA. ah! crazy! this is our new home!

on the drive down we stopped to visit our dear friends in Princeton. they now only live 2 hours away, so we are super excited! one morning during our visit we went to Hopewell. there is a new market there that has delicious pasteries and meats and cheeses. it  was so refreshing to catch up with the Estes. {for those of you who have been following Owen’s progress, he is doing really well! he was super happy and smily the whole time we were there. he is such a sweet two year old! go check out his blog for more!}


after our little treat we took Owen to a nearby park. Owen now enjoys being pushed in the swing and going for buddy rides down the slide. Husbuddy LOVED taking him down the slide. giggles abounded. 🙂 i’m not sure who had more fun.  owen on slide_small

after our quick visit we continued on our way.

we are now residents of Pennsylvania:
JT at PA sign

{ps, in the photo above Husbuddy is pointing to the sign…not doing anything inappropriate like some people might think! lol}

now we’ve traded the ocean for farmland. this is the view as we pull out of the parking lot. crazy! these days, passing horse and buggies and stopping at road side farm stands for amish-grown strawberries are daily occurrences.

farm view


there have been a lot of walks. it feels like summer and we are so excited to be here.

and for those of you who have worried about how puppycakes is doing:

puppycakes life he loves all the new walks and laying in the shade. he is still a little anxious as we continue to unpack boxes, but he is super cuddly with his new squeaky toy. i think it’s his way of coping with all the changes. 🙂

now at our house, when he isn’t snuggling with it, you can go crazy from all the squeak, squeak, squeaking…



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sunshine and grass stains

last weekend we did a little bit of “touristy-ness” with some dear friends from Gloucester. we went to Woodmans for fried fish because we just found out they had a gluten free version. {Husbuddy was super excited!}

it was a beautiful day {finally!} to be out enjoying the sunshine. 
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we are thankful for friends to share life with, even if just for a year. these two have two more years of seminary at Gordon Conwell… so we’ll be praying for strength to endure as they prepare to receive a call to be a pastor.   IMG_2064_dad and girl-vintage

while we finished eating, Finley, the adorable 10 month old, was having a blast sitting in and crawling through the grass.  this was a new experience for her.  so of course i had to pull out my camera to capture her cuteness.

i love her single bottom tooth… so adorable.

and this face looks like, ‘hey ma, watch me…’ IMG_2052_look of trouble-vintage


as she takes off to get her first grass stains on her knees.  IMG_2060_there she goes-vintage


so sweet.

gotta admit, i love sunshine and grass stains. 🙂 warm weather is finally here and i’m enjoying every minute!

what about you? had a chance to enjoy the sunshine recently?





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Japan adventures {part 2}

i think it’s kind of fitting that as we walked to the second half of our first day, we came across this sign for the zoo:  IMG_1230_osaka zoo sign

because let me tell you. it felt like we walked into the zoo! well, more like NYC Times Square meets China Town. it was sensory OVER LOAD. it was a shopping district that was totally over the top.

are you ready for this? we were not warned. i’m warning you… there were so many people, so many things to look at, so many signs and so many…everything.

Tinsekai:  IMG_1232_tinsekai

that little gold budda idol thing is a “happy god” aparently though his arms are too short to reach his feet so as you walk by you’re supposed to itch and tickle his toes for him. hilarious. IMG_1235_osaka shopping district

kind of a helpless god if you ask me… lol

the abundance of materialism was amazing.  IMG_1236_osaka shopping district you could go up in this tower to get a view of the city. but since we already had done that this morning we opted out. it reminded me of the space needle in Seattle though. i think it was built around the same time.
IMG_1238_osaka tower and signs

they had large figures above all the shops. i think this was a donut guy or something: IMG_1239_store sign

and i don’t know what that was: IMG_1241_tinsekai

but this is a crab obviously. the legs moved. ha! apparently you need to see a giant sculpture-moving no less- of what you are about to go order at a little window… to eat: IMG_1254_osaka crab

you can see Becca laughing at my parents puzzled faces. i WISH i had caught dad’s look! his eyebrows are sofocused! haha.  IMG_1256_family

can you see why we were totally overwhelmed? this went on for street after street! it felt like there was no end!  IMG_1258_osaka

and of course, octopus. the japanese like to eat octopus, in SO many different ways{as i will show you another day}. this shop though was for octopus in fried-donut-like balls. at every place like this there was always a long line. we opted to pass and not stand in line to wait for these little delicacy’s. i don’t know, maybe we missed out… but i think we were ok with that. IMG_1260_octopus phew! exhausted and over-stimulated, our guide took us down a couple of alley ways to this shrine. it was just in some back corner behind all the shops, but it was still highly frequented: IMG_1261_osaka shrine

i love that there is moss growing on their idol. they toss water on it when they pray so the moss just grew over time! IMG_1264_osaka shrine

i think the lanterns lined up in a row are rather pretty though: IMG_1265_osaka shrine

so after that, totally, exhausting day, we actually ended up at starbucks. Becca was so excited because there are only a couple of places “close” to her where she can get a starbucks coffee! {granted, i think we hit EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. …and my family doesn’t even drink coffee normally!! lol} this picture was from a different day, but you can see her affection:

Becca and starbucks

then we found dinner in the basement of a department store. yes. that’s a real thing. the whole basements of department stores are near the underground subway/shopping areas so they are filled with food vendors! think of the makeup/perfume counters X 1,000 and put food prettily displayed behind the counters and you’ll understand what i’m saying. 🙂

in the department store there was a little french shop where we bought a couple of rolls and bagels for our breakfast the next morning… we needed a little break from all the strange food… what can i say? hee hee.

{to be continued}

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