Trip to Ireland

After wedding season was over we headed to Ireland for a family vacation with my Dad & Annie and Uncle Jon. My Dad emigrated in the early 70s so I am half Irish. I hadn’t been back since 2000 and Jeff had never been so we were excited for the opportunity to travel. For the first week we rented my great Grandparents old house with the whole family and then Jeff, Norah and I struck out on our own to explore the south western coast for a few days. It was a really nice mix of catching up with family, seeing beautiful sights, and having fun adventures. Traveling with Norah at almost 3 was mostly easy as we’ve learned to just let go of routine and trust that it will come back upon our return. Most days we’d push her nap an hour or so past so we could have a late lunch and then do some (driving) site seeing in the car while she slept – it worked pretty well. It has been nice as she’s gotten older to know that the world won’t fall apart // she won’t be a total disaster if she skips a nap – now we’re back at square 1 with Julia! Enjoy the photos.

She requested Uncle Jon push her on the way into the airport

My Great Grandparent’s house (which hasn’t been in our family for decades) had the most magical gardens perfect for exploring and running around!

Carrying ALL the things!

My cousin’s boyfriend is an amazing fiddle player (nationally known in Ireland!) so one night we had a jam session in the living room. Norah was supposed to be in bed but heard the music so we let her come down (see above re. letting go of schedules) – she still talks about it!

Exploring the Rock of Cashel

An amazing abandoned church – Athassel Abby

And an abandoned castle overgrown and awash with blackberries and roaming cows – magical!

The crew!

Fota Wildlife Park was a total hit with Norah – a great destination for little kids!

She literally spent at least an hour playing pretend with the tea setup in our hotel!

Glorious scenery

One of my favorites from the trip….patiently waiting for lunch!

Car nap!

A frigid and windy run

Reunited with Bapa and Grannie for lunch!

The Cliffs of Moher – gorgeous

She waited the whole vacation to have this lollipop and was tickled when it was finally time!

Fall Sister Photos

These sisters were spunky! The younger one really just wanted to wander around and explore and it was fun watching her big sister try to corral her – it worked for short bursts of time! Louis the dog provided some giggles as well and was very happy to be part of the crew. Enjoy the photos!

Recipe :: Slow Cooker Chicken, Bacon, and Potato Soup

This recipe is yummy and quite easy – a win win in my book!

Slow Cooker Chicken, Bacon & Potato Soup from Cooking Light

We didn’t have leeks so used onions and also threw in some frozen peas to give it more green. Yum!

Norah Fall Photos

My love of photography started as a child looking through old family photos. Now I take pleasure in documenting Norah’s life and creating the albums that she’ll look back at for years to come. I find the volume of photos I take ebbs and flows but at least a few times each month I try to pick up my real camera instead of the ever present Iphone and take some photos of what her life is like. They’re so much fun to look back on and already bring me back and help me remember little details I have forgotten.

Smoothies in the morning. Berry picking with Beama. Her first trip to the Shelburne Museum. A stage of maximum hair accessories.

In mid September we met up with my best friend Sarah in NYC and took a few days to enjoy the city. We didn’t get too much further than exploring the playgrounds of Central Park but we had a ball.

New York sure does playgrounds well – there were about 5 within a 10-15 minute walk and the girls loved it.

Little monkeys at the Central Park zoo

Playing in the fountains at the playground on E. 72nd street

Loving tackle hugs

A trip to Dylan’s candy bar

Back in Vermont picking apples with cousins

Still sleeping on the floor with Baby Sammy tucked in close by

Stretching out summer with popsicles on the porch

Learning that her new sibling would be a sister!

The hand me down dress from her cousin Fia that she wouldn’t take off until mid October when the Switch Witch came and swapped her summer clothes for fall

Bathtime giggles

Falling asleep with her baby carrier attached (and baby inside!)

Pushing babies everywhere and visiting Wally

An Indian summer day which we soaked in

Learning to pour milk all by herself

A visit from Grandma & Grandpa and a trip to Shelburne Farms for tractor day

Dinnertime antics with Dad

Another beloved hand me down dress

Playdate with her cousin Juna (wearing all of Norah’s old clothes – so fun to see them again!)

Mamma’s growing belly

The night that Strider got skunked (love to my Husband who took care of it)

Spectacular foliage

The perfect autumn day visiting Dad at High Acres

And a trip to Nana’s beach with the doggies

Driving home!!!

Going a little overboard with applesauce!!

A trip down to the lake for a few days of recharging and business planning with friends

Pumpkin carving with Dad

And her first time trick or treating dressed up as a ladybug

Life is so very sweet these days!

Vermont Landvest Properties

For the past few years I’ve worked with the Vermont Landvest team to photograph most of their properties. They truly offer the best of the best in Vermont so I’ve been privileged to see some truly stunning properties. Most of what I photograph is within an hour or so of Charlotte but occasionally I go further afield which is also fun. Some of these properties have already sold (Ave & Wade are VERY good at what they do!) but more information on the remaining ones can be found by visiting their site. Winter is always a quiet time for real estate photography but I know as soon as those leaves pop out I’ll have a long list!