January 28, 2019 | E has been having these Valentine’s Day minis done since she was a baby…so what an amazing treat to add M to the mix! They both were obsessed with the necklaces, and Leigh had a “girl-power” balloon for them to play with too. We were done in about 15-minutes, and I loved seeing how thrilled E was to share the spotlight…and even happier to see Captain the Cat again… 😉 M even rocked the wings I had for E at that age!
January 27, 2019 | We suddenly realized that M was several months old, and Baptism hadn’t happened yet…knowing that we have this specially-made gown (from Grandma’s wedding dress) we had to take quick action! Luckily once the holidays wound down we had a date to host a celebration and ceremony in our wedding church! Thanks to my Mom and Aunt Susan for grabbing my camera for ceremony/family images…and seeing that sweet little baby in a baptism cap just melts my heart!
January 25, 2019 | I have this hat from Anthropologie that was briefly used for my business. When E was a tot, I placed this hat on her and snapped some of my fave pics of her EVER in my room. I found it when I was cleaning out a bunch of clothing, and realized I wanted to somewhat recreate the image with M at the approx the same age. And just like her big sister, she delivered some amazing faces for it!
January 11, 2019 | We had a TON of snow this month, and it was so peaceful to have M look out the window and watch. It was coming down super thick on this particular night…which made me spring into action with a ziploc bag over my flash on a stand! M was already in bed, but I asked E if she wanted to put on all of her snow-gear and play outside for a few minutes. My parents were over, and watched us from the front window…it probably looked crazy. But the photos feel like they are from another world!
December 31, 2018 | No big shin-digs or staying out late for this crew! Just a small photo-shoot with the traditional year-accurate sunglasses… 🙂
December 25, 2018 | After a morning with our own family, it was time to prep for the mass-chaos of Dave’s family! Grandma arrived first, and E couldn’t wait to show her the ornament maker we bought. It spins a blank sphere and you hold a marker to it…which is actually really fun/relaxing! People started trickling-in with all kinds of food, and then I let them all know about the BOOTH…which was a major hit. A group this size (and personality) means a ton of great images! <full disclosure, I’m editing/posting this in 8/2019>. Great food, followed by Grandma giving the littles their stockings, and ending with the annual White Elephant exchange. It’s always hilarious, but D & I took turns taking care of M (missing some of the festivities). There are people in every possible space in the house, and of course the basement was an extreme kid-zone! When the event was over, I think we were a new-level of tired. A baby who doesn’t like to sleep, hosting two family Christmases in a row, and having our OWN holiday celebration…phew! But how amazing was the season spending it with those we love. Cheesy I know, but true 🙂
December 24, 2018 | When it was determined that we would be hosting Dave’s side for Christmas, I immediately thought it would make sense to host MY family as well. Especially since I had the idea to setup a photo-booth for both gatherings! So I set it up, tested in on E, and we were ready to go. First E was able to help make the time-honored lasagna in my Grandma’s dish (+ others). It was so sweet seeing her participate in the steps, and she is in the phase of loving to HELP! M woke from her nap and managed to stick her hand in the dish too… 🙂 We enjoyed an amazing dinner, snapped a ton of photos (the focus failed on me for a chunk), and then opened gifts in the living room. The kids were so darn excited, and M was happy to munch on wrapping paper! Christmas is the best!