Bucket by Bucket, all the way to China

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The Last Thing

He’s three and a half today. He’s successfully potty trained now, but he still takes a bottle and insists I sit with him. I tend to greet every maturity milestone with excitement and pride, rather than sadness, which is pretty unusual if my facebook feed is to be believed.  I don’t sniff sniff when the baby weans, or loses a tooth.  But I think this bottle is his last tie to babyhood. As he told me himself when resisting the potty, “When I grow UP I’m going to do it.” So, I’m not rushing it. He’ll grow up eventually. And doesn’t he look sweet?

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Eight on the First – May 2015

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tried something new to prevent squishing:)

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Brooklyn April 2016 – Day 4 – Botanical Gardens

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Brooklyn April 2016 – Day 3

Monday morning, Merja and I met up at the Court St station in Brooklyn for one last photography walk – shooting landscapes for the class we’re in together right now. It was a beautiful sunny day.

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Outside St Ann Trinity church

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Back at my mom’s, I caught Levi walking through a gorgeous patch of afternoon light.20160418-_MG_2176-2

We enjoyed a very large extended family dinner at L&B Spumoni Gardens.

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And then off for a good night’s sleep!

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Brooklyn April 2016 – Day 2 – with the family

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Preparing a lovely caprese salad while the babies snack20160417-_MG_1942

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As a child they called her Sarah Bernhardt20160417-_MG_1967

Photobombing Mommy20160417-_MG_1983-2 20160417-_MG_1987

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**SCREECH* Let’s just stop this and zoom in here for a moment.

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My parents with all their girls (Missing my brother)20160417-IMG_2006-2

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Brooklyn April 2016 – Day 2 – photography meetup

Merja and her family were kind enough to meet me on my own stomping grounds of Sheepshead Bay. We stopped at a little restaurant off Emmons for some sustenance.

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Then we took a photo walk by Sheepshead Bay and across to the Manhattan Beach Park.

A mini-photographer and a very accustomed model:)

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We said our goodbyes – with Merja and I planning to meet the following morning again – and went our separate ways after a lovely afternoon.

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Jireh and I stopped for coffee on the way back and then headed to my mom’s… where my ever-vigilant sister had locked all the doors.:) We hung out and rested for a bit and then I went to meet them and retrieve a set of keys.

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stay tuned for the photos of our evening with family.

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