Best Buds

“Friends are family you choose.”

To have found lifelong friends is one thing, to have made friends that have become family is another. Moments like today, remind me how lucky I am. If anything ever happened to me, I know that Juju would still thrive and spread joy in this world because I have surrounded myself with incredible people that bring out the very best in me. These same people continue to bring out the best in Jude, every time they come over to spend time with us. Wherever life may lead us, we can count ourselves blessed. I mean, seriously how cute are they together?!?

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Stomp on that Stump

“Today was good, today was fun, tomorrow is another one.” -Dr. Suess

About a month ago, our corner neighbor cut down their large tree and put up a sign letting people know they could take the remaining logs and stumps for free. I of course, jumped at the opportunity to bring home a stump for future photo shoots. When I said, “I” I actually meant Ken. Poor Ken had to roll the largest stump home on his own because that was all that was left. So today, I thought it would be fun to do a practice shoot with Juju before my next gig. Plus, I bought his entire outfit from head to toe so I had to commemorate it.

p.s. Where did the time go? Juju looks like he’s ready for Kindergarten.

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The Merriest of Holidays

“It’s not what we have in life, but who we have in our life that matters.”

This past weekend, Joan and Long helped our family capture our favorite photos thus far. It’s crazy to think, just ten years ago these were my youth group kids. They have become such talented, generous people. I cannot imagine my life without them and I’m glad that I always have the holidays to be reunited with them. Long, for your directing and Joan for the hours and hours of shooting and editing. Thank you for this incredible gift you two! xoxo

Usually, I’m the one behind the camera trying to make Jude laugh but this time I got to be by his side. I know we’ll look to these photos for years and years to come. Here’s to our first Christmas together as a family.

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#allaboutthatface

“Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” -C.S. Lewis

I woke up this morning and looked out the window to see these beautiful colors calling my name. I didn’t want to miss the chance to take some photos of Jude experiencing fall for the first time. We spent some time playing outside in his car, before it started sprinkling. Seriously, these are the moments I hope he’ll always cherish, just hanging out with his ma on a chilly day. I am looking forward to his first Thanksgiving, followed by his first Christmas! So much excitement comes with these mini monumental moments. My heart is filled with gratitude for the chance to raise this little goofball. You’ll see he’s suddenly added an entire new list of smiles to his repertoire. 😉

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Dinos Just Wanna Have Fun

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” -Plato

Yesterday was so much fun! We started off the day with a visit to my school to see the kids show of their costumes. Juju started off as a little skeleton and ended the day as a Dinosaur. As you can see in the photos, taking his monthly photos is getting harder and harder. He’s clearly not into staying on the glider anymore. To finish off the afternoon, while Juju took his afternoon, I quickly assembled my decorations for the toddler room area I was helping out with last night at the church. Once more, what would I do without Pinterest?!?

Let’s just say he was not happy when I woke him up from his nap to leave early and ended up peeing on both of us. Yay! The joys of motherhood.

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