Photos by Erica Schneider
Wearing: Sweater c/o Free People / Leggings – Afends / Boots – ASOS / HatUrban Outfitters / Sunglasses c/o 80’s Purple

We are finally home from our trip and settling back into life as we know it.  Minnesota was amazing and luckily had plenty of snow for us to frolic in.  There was a storm that dumped 15 inches two days before we arrived, so even though it wasn’t as cold as it usually is this time of year….it really felt like a true midwest winter. I’ll share a lot more, complete with pics, in the next few days….but TODAY, it’s my birthday.  Woo wee, 28! You’ve arrived.  And I’m not so sure how I feel about you.  I think i’ll forever be 23 in my mind.  But when I sit and think about all that has happened in my life since that magical age….I realize that 28 is about right where I should be.  Marriage, a baby, a job change…..my life does not look even remotely close to what it used to look like.  I’m thankful for where I’ve ended up, I just never thought it would all come so quickly.  Sometimes I catch myself doing little things like cutting off the crust of Rylee’s sandwich or getting over anxious about a rash on her leg….and I think, when did I turn into my mother!? The older I get, the more I appreciate her and all the sacrifices she has made for me.  I think becoming a mother myself has a lot to do with my growing appreciation….but now, more than ever, I understand the depths of her love.  I hear it all the time from older people who say “enjoy this time, because it will be gone before you know it”.  And I think this has been the first year that I actually believe it.  Sometimes I fast forward to 10 years from now and imagine my kids in high school and it freaks me out!  Because at my current pace of life, it really doesn’t seem all that far off.

I guess the point is to enjoy the present. And i’m learning what that means daily.  To soak up the little moments that make everyday special.  Because “before I know it”… it will be December 19th, 2013 and i’ll be 29 and thinking “where did the time go”!?  I want to be sure my pockets are full of great memories!

Cheers to another year & dreaming big.


  1. Crystal

    Happy Birthday Kelli! Those zebra leggings are awesome! Have a Merry Christmas Love and I just received the print in the mail. Will look smashing above our bed.


  2. in dots

    1st of all: Happy Birthday!!! A lot of sun, smile and inspiration around you :)
    2nd – love this sweater!
    3rd – merry chrismas!


  3. Kastles

    Love how magical these photos are! Those pants are also super wicked! Happy Birthday! You always seem to writing inspiring words that hit close to how I am feeling! Enjoy the rest of your week!
    <3 Kastles
    p.s- Hope you guys had fun with all the snow :)

  4. Dom

    Aw, I love your sentimental ramblings about motherhood. I can’t particularly relate because I’m still 22 and finishing up my last year of college but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve also come to appreciate my mother a lot more. She does so much for me to make through the day to day and I’m glad that I have the ability to reflect on everything she’s done for me. I won’t be able to truly, truly realize that until I have a family of my own I suppose.

    Anyway, happy birthday! Love your outfit. Those leggings are OUTRAGEOUS! Not many people can pull off that print but you do it famously. :]



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