Happy 6 months, Chunkamunk!

“‘If I am thinking correctly,’ said Pooh, ‘a new baby is probably, undoubtedly the grandest gift that could ever be.'” 

 

This week, Jude turns 6 months old. Where has the time gone?!? I remember my water breaking and hoping out of bed with the speed of lightening just a few months ago. I know there will come a time, when his brattiness will have me venting up a storm but for now he is the light of my world. I am absolutely smitten and in love with our little man. 

For his half birthday, we wanted to do something special. So we took our little munchkin outdoors for the evening, in his little car and watched him fall in love with his ride. He even figured out how to honk the horn!

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“Where shall I go?”

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Happy Anniversary!

“Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably.” -James Dean

I can’t believe we’ve been married for five years already. The memories we shared with friends and family at our wedding are still so fresh in my mind. In the years since we said our, “I do’s” we’ve grown a lot as individuals and as a couple. We’ve had our share of crazy ups and downs, sprinkled with a whole a lot of fights about how to do dishes correctly, and some how ended up with a sweet marriage that has us feeling grateful from our fingers to our toes. It amazes me how powerful love can be, it strengthens, nourishes, and produced the most amazing gift of all…our chunkamunk. I’m so thankful for the person that Ken is and the life that we have. Here’s to many, many more years! 

Thanks, love for taking me away on a whim to my favorite place on earth! It was one incredible meal, topped by amazing treats from Bouchon, and delicious wine. It was a perfect day. 

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The Best Journey of All

“A happy marriage is not based on the number of days, months, or years you’ve been together. A happy marriage is about how much you love each other.” 

Yesterday we celebrated Val’s Bridal Shower with friends from her past and present. It was a gorgeous day, filled with laughter. We had treats to eat and sweet babies to play with. It was a reunion for both adults and babes. I was able to put my craft closet to use this summer, bringing all my pintastic ideas to life. See everyone in just three weeks! 

p.s. Check out them thighs on Baby Liam & Baby Jude.

P.p.s. Yes, we had an impromptu maternity shoot in my backyard. All in a days work. 

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Fifteen Magical Sandy Years

“It’s strange indeed how memories lie dormant in a man’s mind for so many years. Yet those memories can be awakened and brought forth fresh and new, just by something you’ve seen, or something you’ve heard, or the sight of an old familiar face.” -Wilson Rawls 

 

I’ve been going to Pajaro once a year since 1998, except for one summer when I got myself into a lot of trouble. Thank goodness I didn’t miss more than one year. This year my little Jude got to join in on all the fun. It was seriously the cutest thing watching him explore the warm sand between his cute little toes and baby palms. The first day he didn’t mind the cold water, but by today he wanted to stay where it was warm. Cheri and I have taken the same two photos since forever ago and this year we let my little man join us. One of these days, I swear her and I will create a time lapse of our beach and loft photos dating back to our dorky days. I simply can’t wait to go back next year. This mini 24 hour vacay was seriously magical. 

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Sparks & Sparkles

“You can’t recognize good times if you don’t have bad ones.” -Anonymous

Last weekend was exceptionally fun for us. We spent July 4th with friends and had a blast lighting our very own fireworks. Ken and I scored an amazing deal on our new picnic tables at Target, along with our brightly colored umbrellas. I’m thankful to Ken and Brandon who woke up early on Friday to build them! Without these two, we would’ve been sitting on cardboard boxes during our fireworks show. Looking through our photos that Al took, while I cuddled up with my besties made me realize how lucky I am. It’s not that life has been perfect for those I sat next to or myself last weekend, but that I’ve sat by these same people for so many years already. Through the good and the bad we’ve shared life’s tragedies and wins together. That’s why I love the quote above so much, the good really is that good in the company of good friends.

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