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winter break

we've been laying low these past few days...celebrating the new year with dinner and friends at home...taking cat nap afternoons after sleepless teething baby nights...and soaking up every last bit of having both boys home for winter break. we're slowly getting back into the regular. i put christmas away yesterday and the house seems as bare as the trees outside. but there is something really spectacular in a blank canvas of a room...or how the new year brings new eyes to the place and something is bound to get painted or bangs might regrettably get cut. january does it to me every year!

this is my last week of my 20's. i turn 30 on wednesday and feel the itch to do something wild and reckless. pass the black hair dye and the open road, please! but more realistically, it has me in a state of reflection and dreaming. who does 30 year old katie want to be? what does she want to do and see? 

anyways, there's something really amazing about being on the cusp of a scary birthday. where it seems to light a fire under you all while quietly urging you into bed with a bakers dozen of donuts. it's a funny time...with beautiful weather and snowy trees and sweetest babies and happiest life.

just please don't let me cut bangs...

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  1. I dont know...I think you would look pretty cute with bangs. do it! do it! do it! haha

    xx Ashleigh
    www.ashflynn.blogspot.com

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  2. Oh man, bangs always seem like a good idea, then a week later I hate them! So stay strong and don't do it!

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  3. Happy birthday! :)
    Phoebe has the most amazing skin color, pale as fairy. She is a fairy!
    no bangs, no black hair, please :)))
    everyone tells me bangs make me look much younger (i'm 35) but i wore them long enough... takes patience to grow them back...

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  4. I will be turning 30 this year too. Maybe you could ombre your hair? I've been thinking about doing that... Either way Happy early Bday!

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    1. i've been going back and forth about the ombre too! i've never dyed my hair though so i'm so hesitant....

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  5. Don't cut the BANGS! Unless you change your mind, avoid the urge. I'll keep you accountable ; )

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  6. "where it seems to light a fire under you all while quietly urging you into bed with a bakers dozen of donuts." poetry in words & photos :) Go for the black I say!

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  7. Buy some clip-on bangs to diminish the urge ;)

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  8. you know, i felt so scared and nervous to enter into my thirties. i felt like i was losing a part of me and entering a stage of the unknown. boy was i wrong. my thirties have turned out to hold the best moments of my life. i have become a confident adult who has finally grown into herself.

    embrace thiry, you will love it! and as for the bangs, i think you would look gorgeous with or without ;)

    man, does max look like your little clone.

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  9. Wow, 30? I would have never guessed! Happy birthday. All I ever hear is people saying how their 30s was when they finally found peace with themselves, so wishing you a very peaceful birthday. :)

    -Lindsey

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  10. Happy Almost Birthday!! I would totally do something crazy like go in a shop you've always wanted to, get a tattoo you've always wanted, or go on a spontaneous day trip with a gal pal that you've always wanted to!! =)

    Ergo - Blog

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  11. Love this! Bee is a dream and your little man is as handsome as ever! I think you would look beautiful no matter what you decide to do :) I will be excited to see what you choose!

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  12. Less than 2 weeks till 30 for me, happy early birthday to us :). January ( in Ohio) is rough for a birthday, I've always wanted a warmer birthday month where I could celebrate with a bike ride or bbq. I feel the itch to do something big too, you're not alone.

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  13. happy early birthday! I turn 30 next month and had the same urge. i was going to either chop off my hair, dye it or get bangs. I went with bangs (though I know its trite) I really do like them. They'd look cute on you!

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  14. Happy Birthday, gorgeous girl! And with the bangs issue, I say get your bangs cut and have the shortest part be around your cheekbones. Then have them swoop to the side, with layers blending in to your face. You have crazy awesome hair, and I think that kind of cut would be beautiful.

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  15. Just please.. Please don't color your hair! Us reds need to stick together and keep the love for redheads alive!

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  16. keep your pretty hair color too, but I say other than that & bangs, have a great 30th birthday! can't wait to see what you decide to do!

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  17. 30th Birthday in California?? Follow Amy's footsteps... Miss you dear.

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  18. Beautiful pictures!

    Oooh how fun! You should definitely do something drastic! Your bangs will always grow back :) I always cut my hair or dye my hair when I feel the need for something different. It's fun!

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  19. I remember how scary the 30th birthday was! Hope you have a lovely one. And I happen to love bangs by the way :) On a completely unrelated note, I so wish you'd share some photography tips on here lady. Your photos are my favorite!

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  20. 30 is not scary. 30 is amazing! The older I get the happier with life I am. Embrace your age and go on an adventure. But then I am heavily influenced by my Grandmother. Who began painting in her 60s. Started a local art gallery at 65, and rode a moped around Bali for her 70th. Ebrace life and every age.

    http://iliska-dreams.blogspot.com.au/

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  21. I already shaved part of my head today so I am going to be the bad girl and encourage you to cut away!

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  22. I just turned 32, and get the whole jump from the 20's to 30's thing...but not to sound cheesy, but I really feel more confident and that I'm getting to know and love myself even better now than before...guess that's just time and life for you, maybe not the 30's(?). BUT on a hair note....Hahaha about the bangs. Either way, bangs or no bangs, it'll look cute! After having none for a while, (I also have long red hair - but dyed) I went for it the other day and I love it!!!! I say cut away too :D

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  23. Seems like a whole slue of us are turning 30. Feels like last week we were running round the play ground and yesterday graduating. Now we are all grown with babies. Time does fly! The thought of turning 30 was a little sad. I didn't want to say good by to the 20's, made me feel old. But in the last six months I have found a little wisdom I think. Being a Mom has made me grow more this year, I feel that even though crazy, crappy things happend my last year of being 20 I feel I have more wisdom to handle the 30's and beyond. The best part is I know I have fabulous friends to grow old with! So here is to 30 and I hope you have a WONDERFUL Birthday!

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  24. Ha, I totally want to cut my bangs too! IT happens every year, at least once. For what it's worth, I think you'd look good with bangs :)

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  25. I will turn 30 in September as well. It is interesting to think of age as being the opening gate to a new chapter of your life. I definitely foresee the 30-year-old me developing into something far different than the 20-year-old me, and often find myself boggled by what that might mean. Interestingly, I am also thinking about cutting my bangs... hah hah!

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  26. phoebe's eyes are so much like max's. very soulful!
    can't believe you're turning 30 you definitely look 25 anyway happy advanced birthday! xxxx

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  27. i've almost convinced myself to cut my hair about 8 inches shorter. new years definitely does these kinds of things to a girl. glad others can relate..;)

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  28. You will love your 30's. Almost 34 now. It actually gets really good.

    Here are some bits of our weeks off with my 3 girls.

    http://oururbanplayground.com/?p=1060

    Keep your hair just as it is... so lovely

    Jen

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  29. Your 30's will be wonderful. I know they can look scary from the other side, but they really are a magical time. Take a deep breathe, hold it for a second, and release. Know you are exactly where you are supposed to be and every moment is beautiful. Happy (almost) birthday!

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  30. y'all are so cute :) and hey, you're gonna rock those thirties!

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  31. I turned 30 in October and I have to say that other than the occasional "Ugh, I'm OLD now!" it's been fantastic. I feel so motivated and confident, it's weird how it shifted in just a few days. Happy birthday!

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  32. Happy almost birthday Katie! I've been reading your blog for about a year now and always enjoy your sweet perspective and beautiful photos. Here's to a great # 30! Cheers!

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  33. Happy almost birthday Katie! I've been reading your blog for about a year now and always enjoy your sweet perspective and beautiful photos. Here's to a great # 30! Cheers!

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  34. I turn 30 Thursday! Its been a very reflective week for me as well. Happy Birthday!

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  35. first of all, that ring looks mighty fine on you!
    second, i know what you mean about scary birthdays. this month i turn 29 and it's really making me aware of how quickly my 20's flew by. hope you enjoy your last year (i hear 30 is the new 20. here's hoping!)

    xo,
    andrea >>hecallsmewifey

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  36. happy birthday! may it be an awfully good one : )

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