I know where the summer goes…

Reed+YVR.3Just like that, summer has come to a close and we are officially hard at work, and back-to-school here in Austin, TX. Our trip to the PNW was a time to unplug and to visit with loved ones; while vacation never does feel quite sufficient, we were pleased for some time away just the same, if only to refresh our perspectives. We are looking forward to this autumn and to tucking into new adventures and challenges on the horizon. Hoping this finds you happy and well, dear readers, wherever you are…

XO,

N&N

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13 months…

Reed_13mos// Reed Anders at 13 months – August 8, 2013

Such a lot of light and laughter in this house, with a few healthy spoonfuls of mischief mixed in. Thirteen month-old Reed is a wizened, old soul who watches everyone and everything around him with great intensity. He has something to say nearly all of the time, and it has been wonderful fun to have ‘chats’ with him while nursing or even watching tv. He stares up with those big hazel eyes, grabs your hair, and then yammers “Mama, Mama, Mama…”  on and on, followed by a string of other words he has now committed to memory. He is loving and sweet, and always wants to be included in whatever activity is happening in the house. Most of the time, he is happy to be a bystander while Alina and Finnlagh dress up and play super heroes; at others, he likes to show us just what a climbing, hurdling, chaotic life he leads. Toddlerhood is certainly off to a running start…

XO,

N&N

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It’s a little boy’s world…

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When attention and affection has to be divided between three children, it is a real pleasure for us to do something special together one-on-one. Finnlagh chose to do a photo shoot with me presenting some of his favourite toys. He wanted to share his Skylanders — and if you are a fan of video games these days, you’ll know exactly who they are. Skylander Giants is particularly fun for an imaginative little boy like Finn, because you get to dictate the game by the characters you use. To have a character enter the game, you place them on the ‘portal of power’; to take them out, you simply remove them. This actually creates quite a bit of game play and makes it even more entertaining to play with a friend. Finnlagh was extremely cooperative and really enjoyed capturing his favourite figures on film. We’re looking forward to getting him made a poster version of the collage pictured above. Nothing quite beats a four year-old’s genuine enthusiasm when completely taken by surprise. Next up, it will be Alina’s turn as we plan the shoot featuring gorgeous designs she won from Tutu du Monde.

As far as the N&N shop, just a couple of orders to finish up and then I’ll be putting it on vacation this week as we prepare for a long holiday away. We are desperately in need of getting out of the heat, and we’ll be retreating somewhere cooler to visit with loved ones and friends. I don’t know where this summer has gotten to, and August is already marching on…

XO,

N&N

Introducing…AGAVE MAGAZINE

Hello Readers!

Working on my latest project, AGAVE MAGAZINE,  has kept me quite busy for the last few months and weeks, curating works and pouring over layout for days (and sleepless nights) on end. So, it is with great pleasure that I present … our inaugural issue. In it you will find a collection of writers and artists whose collective voices and visions illuminate our pages with vibrant narratives. Enjoy! —

XO,

N&N

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