34 (& Our Family Photos from Banff)

Note: All the photos in this post are from our family photo shoot in Banff last August with Crista Lee Photography.  We were thrilled with her flexibility and ideas and these are just a few of many lovely shots she captured of our family.  In case you missed it, I posted here about choosing our outfits and you can see more of our own trip photos are in this post.

Well, here I am in my mid-30's and I think I officially feel like a real adult and not just some impostor in grown-up clothes.  I think I'm finally feeling more confident in motherhood and life has been good to us this year.

Last year in my birthday post, I speculated that the year to come would allow us to do more work on the house and that we wouldn't be adding to our family.  Well, it actually wasn't a huge year for renovations (we needed an easier year) but we did adopt Cricket.  Isn't it a testament to the unpredictability of life that we can't even seem to predict one year in advance?  In fact, this post is actually late and my 34th birthday was September 27th.  At the time, we had NO IDEA that we'd be buying a house the next week.

When I look around at our crazy hectic lives with lots of pets and a tornado toddler in a little house, I can't even imagine what the next year has in store for us... But I sure am grateful for everything we've been dealt!  Here are some photos from our August trip to Banff.  I think the happiness we felt that day perfectly encapsulates the way we feel at this moment in our lives.

This is a good reminder to me, since life is so busy right now that sometimes we forget to slow down and enjoy it.  I'll admit that there are times when we are so busy and tired that we just need a break... and then we go and add another project.  At 34, the days are long, we are always busy, our home is chaotic... and I am lucky!

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