1. When I was a kid, we built forts rarely but now in our home, this is at least a once per week occurrence.  Especially on rainy days.
2. Got a new camera lens.  Major love.  Major.
3. Our little sleepy head, still waking up at breakfast time.
4. I love watching her play.
5. My brother bought me this foot bath years ago and though I almost never use it (sorry, Steve), Andrew loves it.  Last month we realized it’s not the smartest idea to add bubble bath…though it is a lot of fun :)
6. Caroline’s class has splash day once a week, which means once a week she comes running into the bathroom in her swimsuit while I get ready for work and I have to not explode from the cuteness.  It’s tough.
7. The birthday boy, post party. If there is one iron clad birthday tradition in our family, it’s completely passing out from so much fun as soon as everyone leaves.
8. Father’s Day cuddles.
9. Father-daughter smoothie date.
10. Like many gardeners, I flipped with excitement over our first baby tomato.  And the next day I realized there were about 10 more hiding in the other plants.  Ha!
11. Weekend birthday parties mean you get cake again on your real birthday.  Score!
12. Family dinner out at one of our favorite restaurants.
13. On the way to the airport for someone’s first trip to Disney World.  He was so PUMPED!
14. It is so magical to see Disney through the eyes of your child!  I think I welled up almost every time we were near the castle in Magic Kingdom.
15. We took our Disney trip with Josie, her husband and her sweet daughter Caroline.  I let Caroline drive me around in one of the bumper race cars and even though it was totally safe, I was still a tiny bit scared.  Ha!
16. It’s been a while since our last trip to Disney, so this was the first time for Ben and I to ride Expedition Everest.  I screamed my throat hoarse… I can’t control myself on roller coasters.  But, it was a fun one.  (Side note – fast passes and child swap are the greatest.)
17. In an amazing stroke of luck, we arrived to our gate  at the airport early and they let us hop on the flight leaving that very moment.  And, Andrew and I got first class!  (Sorry Ben!)  It was so nice to get home an hour and a half early.
18. The trip was a blast, but I was so ready to come home and see this sassy girl.
19. A nice surprise on arriving home was a box of my preview copies of my cupcake calendar for 2014.  It is waaay the best one yet.
20. Making the most of our neighborhood pool.

Most of these images are from my personal (private) Instagram account.  You can follow my public stream here: user annieseats.

  • Michele Ross

    Is that the 24L I see? That is my most recent purchase too and my latest favorite.

  • Liz Johnson

    My daughter has that same swimsuit – I die of cute every time I see it!

  • Lauren Ochoa

    Reminds me of our first time taking my niece to Disney when she was about 5 (she’s, like, 15 now). We took her to the princess and Minnie show on the stage in front of the castle and she was so excited, waving and calling out to the princesses like they were her best friends. I was crying like a baby it was so cute! Now I have 2 little girls and they have the same response whenever we go.

  • HalfBakedHarvest

    Such a fun month!

  • Caroline L.

    Awesome month! Disney is so magical, especially when you’re a kid :) What lens did you end up getting?

  • Jamie Stone

    Gorgeous, Annie! Your kids as so adorable :)

  • Angela

    Oh man. June was packed with awesomeness. Great pictures and your kids are so adorable!

  • E Harlow

    New lenses are the BEST! Which one did you get?

  • Karen

    So what lens did you get?

  • annieseats

    It’s a 24-70mm/f 2.8 zoom. I love it!

  • annieseats

    It’s a 24-70mm/f 2.8 zoom.

  • Karen


  • nessa

    I always love seeing your pitures :)

  • Vanessa

    When will the new calander be available for purchase?

  • annieseats

    Vanessa, I’m not 100% sure. I believe last year it was available in late summer/early fall, I think late August. I would expect some time similar this year. If you email the publisher (TF Publishing), I’m sure they could give you a more accurate estimate. Glad you are excited :)

  • LJ Vega

    Just curious, will you do a recap of your trip to Disney?

  • annieseats

    No, I’m not planning on it. We only ate one place that was worth mentioning (one of the Mexican restaurants in Epcot) so the food aspect was generally unexciting. And as for other Disney tips/strategies, I’m a pretty go-with-the-flow person on vacation and don’t do a lot of the heavy planning activities some people seem drawn to with Disney. We just did whatever we felt like doing at the time, so I guess I just don’t have much useful to say on the topic :)

  • Kensey Gosch

    Your little girl reminds me so much of mine (who turned 2 in June). The blond
    hair, thumb sucking, and the cute suit from Target :)