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As the final days of our sabbatical wind down and reality is soon upon us, I’d just like to say that I wouldn’t have had the past 4 weeks any other way.  Spending quality time with Marvin (especially our alone time in Hawaii) and playing with my happy little 10 month old and seeing him interact with all of his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins has made my heart soo full.  It’s the little moments like Austin crawling towards me and using my legs to help him stand up, or snuggling up to his face and watching his eyes close, or holding him as he falls asleep during plane takeoff, or sneaking him into our bed when he wakes up in the middle of the night because he is in unfamiliar place, or making him giggle until his belly hurts (or mine hurts) or smelling his stinky tiny baby feet after being wrapped up in socks inside of his onesie all day (go ahead, gag) that I wish I could bottle up and keep forever.  I feel so amazingly blessed to be the Mama of such a stylish, cute, happy, sweet baby boy.

Off to soak up the last few moments with my two boys (and family) before heading back to work on Monday… We probably won’t get another chance to take this much time off work until, well, our next sabbatical in 6 more years!  :/

What’s the longest vacation you’ve ever taken?

41 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Dancing Branflake
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

    I have always loved your photography. Thank you for sharing these sweet moments with us. Beautiful.

  2. Cindi
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 2:15 am

    Awww! I love the photos… How precious!

  3. Daenel T
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    Wow! Such a great vacation and in a beautiful place. We have never gone on a real vacation but we’re planning one.

  4. Kayla
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    How amazing is his hat? Seriously!

    Memoirs & Mochas

  5. School Gate Style
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 8:09 am

    What precious photos – your little boy is just gorgeous! Lovely that you had this time together, nothing more important than family time, Avril x

  6. bre dale
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    Adorbs!!! Longest vacay is probably one week, I don’t recall ever going over that amount of time. And truthfully, I’m usually exhausted and ready to get back to my bed by then.

  7. Ellen Christian
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    How absolutely adorable!

  8. katherien
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    aawww!! these are so cute and it must be nice to be able to take some time to focus on the boys and not be bogged down by work stress – you look so happy in these photos.
    <3 katherineof corgis and cocktails

  9. Always Maylee
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    Oh my word… A’s hat is so cute. He looks like he’s having so much fun. Adorable!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  10. Lena - @elenka29
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    Such cuties – adorable

  11. Katy
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    These pictures are adorable! I love the little monkey hat your son has on. I need to find one of those from my nephew. – Katy

  12. alyson
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    you are the cutest family!! I am dying over that adorable hat.

  13. lisacng @ expandng.com
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    Your lil monkey is so cute! I can’t believe your sabbatical is over already! So fast! It’s great you get to take them though. The longest vacation I’ve taken is a 7-day at the beach this past summer with hubs and J. So much great family time!

  14. Jenna Wood
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    I just love getting a glimpse behind the blogger, your son is adorable- what a handsome family!

  15. Lauren
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 11:14 am

    Your little boy is soooo cute! Love his monkey hat :)


  16. Jennifer
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    Aaaand the most adorable family award goes to you! ;)

    xo Jennifer


  17. Felissa (Two Little Cavaliers)
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    What amazing pictures of you and your boys. Sounds like you had the most amazing time together and have created so many memories.

    BTW I love that little monkey hat! Perfect accessory for a little boy to wear to the park

  18. maria
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    adorable! Hes such a little cutie

  19. Tiffany
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    Your son is absolutely precious! These are such great “frame” worthy photos! Also, loving his hat- who doesn’t love a monkey hat? :)

  20. yvonne
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

    aw how fun! i love his little hat, enjoy putting stuff on his head now because months down the road..he wont want anything on his head :D

  21. Greta
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

    What great family photos! You guys are all so cute!

  22. Shea Sayers
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

    Aww, Austin is too cute in that hat!! That’s so nice that you had some nice, quality family time during your vacation :) I think the longest vacation I’ve taken was a week in Vegas for my honeymoon (6 and a half years ago, I think I’m due for another, right?!).

  23. Emily
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

    Seriously beyond precious. Your family is just too beautiful!!

  24. Krysten
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

    Sounds amazing Sandy!

  25. Jenny
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

    You seriously have the most amazing family photos! You have such a gorgeous family. You look beautiful!

    xo Jenny

  26. helen
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

    sandy! these are ADORABLE family pictures. super super precious :)

  27. Jadey Sam
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 7:43 pm

    Beautiful pictures!! I am glad you guys had a wonderful time!

  28. Mimi
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 12:47 am

    awwwww, austin is soooooooo cute!!! :D

    p.s. the longest vacation i’ve ever taken was probably 2-3 weeks. :)

    <3, Mimi
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  29. Georgianna
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 12:59 am

    Hi Sandy! Aww, I love these so much! Can’t get enough of photos with you and your guys. A is amazing, what a special person he is. I can’t believe he’s almost a year old!

    And wonderful that you got this incredible time together that I’m sure you’ll always remember.

    Sending a big hug! xox xo – g

  30. Marie McGrath
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    OMG, these photos are beyond adorable!! I’m glad to hear you had such a nice time with special loved ones ;)


  31. Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    Glad to hear your time off has been so good. :) that second pic of Austin is adorable!

  32. Rach
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    I can’t get over how cute he is in that monkey hat!!!
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    xo Rach

  33. Evani
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

    He is really SUCH a cute boy Sandy! :)

  34. Jessica
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

    Awww…what a great family! Your boy is so cute!

  35. Marlene @ chocolatecookiesandcandies
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

    Sandy, thank you for the sweet comment you’d left on my blog. Awww…..I just adore the second photo. That’s a true Kodak moment right there!

  36. steph
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

    AWWWWWWWW Austin is such a cutie :) Love the bear hoodie. Glad you had a restful sabbatical!!!

  37. Meanz
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 11:59 pm

    You have the cutest family!! Austin is growing up so fast! I love his little animal hoodie :D

  38. Ashley
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    Your family is just too adorable!

  39. Katrina
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 11:31 pm

    Gah! Those red socks and rolled up pants kill me.
    Austin is the cutest darn baby on the block!
    I can’t believe he’s 10 months old!!!


  40. Adin U. Blankenship
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

    Oh dear! He is so adorable. Love the outfit and that cute monkey hat. Oh! I love it. :)

  41. Susan
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

    Oy! That little hat is too much Sandy!
    Longest vacation ever…hmmm. I did do Europe for a couple of months every summer growing up B.C. {before children}. Those were the days!

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