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Day 9 of #aseasontocelebrate :
our sicilian tradition of making guccidata (that’s how it’s pronounced, it really is spelled cuccidata) .

we gather at my aunt’s house every year and roll, bake, and frost these beautiful dried fruit-filled cookies. it’s one of my favorite cookies on the planet, made even more special by the fact that we only tend to make them during the holiday season. it’s truly not christmas to me without a gucci for dessert and one with coffee for breakfast the next day.

it feels so special to have such strong traditions with my sicilian family, and i love that we are passing it on to my children.

do you have any traditions that link you to your culture?
#traditions #christmastraditions #cuccidata #christmas

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Sunday feels as we head into our final full week in bend 😊

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When the tree doesn’t fit in the pic for ig, that’s when it’s a good one 🎄❤️💚 #christmastime #itsthemostwonderfultimeoftheyear #christmastree

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We said good bye to the baby tub and hello to the big girl tub today! 🛁

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Views.. ejs hair has a life of its own now lol 😭😩

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✨giveaway✨ it’s snowwwwing! ❄️ this kid isn’t too thrilled about it but he is thrilled about this new contraption we’ve started using and i’m not even mad about it. where has this ring sling been all of my life?! wellll, it’s so goood that i wanted to giveaway a single layer linen sling, so here goes!
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Becoming “mom mom” (that’s what joey calls me) is the best gift ever give to me.

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Bonnets will be 50% off for 9 more hours! snag one while you can. 😘

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My christmas angel 👼🏼 any excuse to get into the christmas spirit through photos even if it is to take down the top in the tree just to get this photo but it was so worth it!! (definitely won’t be saying this when i have to put the lights and baubles back up 😅) i feel like i’m done for christmas still need a few gifts left so today i’ll be shopping up a storm online! •

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I really want to approach some of my favourite brands and start working with them! i’m too scared to reach out though 😂 i don’t think i can deal with rejection but i really want to be doing more photos with my boy and help business with professional photos 🙌🏻 any tips appreciated 😘

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Day 9 was “gingerbread house!” and just when i thought i was going to start posting on the actual day it’s meant to be posted on i forget again 🤦🏼‍♀️😂

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A year ago today i was laying in a hospital bed not sure i would be home for the holidays. 365 days later, i am holding my “soon to be” one year old in my arms surrounded by the people i love more than anything in the world dedicating her to the lord.

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Bath time was such a mixed emotion at first... now he loves them. 🛁

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One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is their time to be wild, naive, curious, trusting, magical & free... all babies are born with such innocence & openness, boundless & unbounded to the world. we are the edges that define our babes, keeping them warm, dry & safe. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
the unconditional presence we hold for them gives them the security they need to freely explore. and seeing how boldly little tahvy walks into the world is totally eye-opening to me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
she is so, so secure, that at ten months old, she’ll walk on her own amidst crowds of adults. i’ve nannied & been with babies my whole entire life, & i’ve never seen a baby navigating spaces like this — acutely aware of her surroundings, steps aside as others come through, acknowledges & interacts with the people around her, & comes back to me when she is ready to be close. she is mindful of her presence & relation to me, & i have a feeling i will never have to chase her. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
i bring her predominately to “real life” spaces instead of kids-oriented places. because of this, she’s developing an accurate understanding of how people behave in this world. i can bring her anywhere with me — restaurants, markets, trails, etc — & she’ll stay grounded through me. she will also touch lightly the things around her, handle glass & delicate objects carefully, & put back what doesn’t belong to her. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
when i bring tahvy with me to teach yoga, photograph clients, or just out & about, people always remark on how calm she is. she’ll sit on my back, for hours at a time, without making a single peep. her eyes are wide open & she simply absorbs the world with passive receptivity. for she is still an extension of me, the way babies are evolutionarily designed to be. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀
i am her strong so she can be soft. the walls that hold her freedom to be. and how happy i am to be this for baby on this extra-ordinarily blessed journey. ✨

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