portraits of my children {14/52} + enchanted April



The 52 Project: A portrait of my children once a week & every week in 2014.

Lena: She turned three last week! We celebrated quietly at home on April 3rd, and then the next day we had a little party at a playground nearby. She had requested a raspberry cake, so together we pureed raspberries, dyed the cake pink with them, whipped up frosting, topped it with more raspberries, and finally stuck the candles in and sang “Happy Birthday”!

(Unfortunately, as with Gil’s birthday cake, I’m pretty much the only one eating the leftovers. I know this will not be a problem in another couple of years, but for now… anyone want some cake?)

Gil: On Lena’s birthday, the kids and I took a walk to the playground in our town, where I captured this shot of Gil right by some Italian graffiti that says, “I love you.” He refused to make eye contact despite all my antics to get him to look at me and grin.


Elliott had a four-day weekend, and it’s been so restful for all of us. (That’s unusual when I spend more time inside with two little kids, but this time it’s true!) Today we packed a picnic lunch and headed down into the valley to enjoy our enchanted April in Italy.



Lena said she was hot and wanted to take off her shirt (“like Daddy does”). It’s amazing how quickly she transformed from a cute little girl at a picnic into a total babe of the woods.


See what I mean? Viewer discretion advised: “On guard!”


And finally… I’m completely smitten with this little guy. Gil Garber, I’m so lucky to be the woman you love most!

What did you do this weekend?

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5 Responses to portraits of my children {14/52} + enchanted April

  1. Eden April 7, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    Look at those overalls!

    You have to look up a song by Dar Williams, “When I was a boy.” Girls want to do things like daddies, and boys like mommies sometimes too!

    • Becca April 8, 2014 at 7:25 pm #

      I love those overalls too, Eden. :) We’ll look up the song… thanks for the recommendation!

  2. Shelby April 7, 2014 at 7:53 pm #

    That drawn-in swim suit is quite possibly the funniest thing I have seen! It’s quite amazing how they can turn into tiny adults so quickly and unexpectedly :)

    • Becca April 8, 2014 at 7:25 pm #

      It was Elliott’s idea, Shelby, and I enthusiastically took it and ran with it. And amen to little adults!


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