Happy Thanksgiving!

In celebration of Thanksgiving and the end of fall… as all things Christmas will start this weekend (we started this morning with some Kidz Bop Christmas music), I thought I would share our fall/Christmas card pictures. I took them with my tripod and camera on the Monon Trail by our house. I just love walking on the trail with the boys. It is so pretty and they love it too. Sadly I was unable to get Emma in the picture this year. She was very sick and it was something that couldn’t wait too much longer to do. (She is doing much better and back to 100% now) I promise we don’t forget about her.IMG_8865-2IMG_8867-2IMG_8876-2IMG_8878-2IMG_8880IMG_8889IMG_8892IMG_8903IMG_8926IMG_8937IMG_8941I am hoping to play around/ experiment with photoshop to add in a bit of snow. I would just love to have a snowy Christmas card picture sometime. I’ll let you know how it goes if I get a chance to try. If you guys have any suggestions, tips, or advice on a tutorial for snow in photoshop, please comment! Every year I have done a picture Christmas card, I have used Shutterfly or Tiny Prints (which is shutterfly too) and I have always been very happy with how they turn out. They have a 40% off sale right now so its a good time to order your Christmas cards!

Until next week, XOXO!

Pass-a-Grille Beach Family Photo Shoot

One of the last things I wanted to do before we left Florida was do some family photos on the beach. I wanted to have at least one fun beach session and I just love family pictures. We got a very talented friend of ours to help me out. I love to take pictures but rarely end up in my own. I end up doing alot of tripod set up sessions which has resulted in some really good pictures but is hard to capture cute non-posed pictures.

The sunset cooperated perfectly. (even though we were nervous it was going to keep raining)  It was super hot and we were pretty sweaty out there haha. It ended up more than just perfect, it was just what we all needed to put the busyness of life in perspective. Nature and the outdoors of all types has always been my personal sanctuary. IMG_8688IMG_8691-2IMG_8692-2IMG_8702-2

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The sky was just on fire at the end! We could not believe how beautiful it was. Such an awesome amazing sight. I love the picture of our good friends. I can’t decide if I like the silhouette style or the lightened one where I can see their faces better so I posted both of them.

We are busy with home renovations here. I can’t wait to have our floors done. They should be just in time for Thanksgiving which I am hosting. I’ve ordered our turkey and put up decorations but thats about it. I have got to get working on everything else now. Yay for Turkey Day! 🙂 I hope you all are getting into all the Holiday spirit too. Until next week, XOXO.

 

Family Pictures: Spring 2017

A couple weeks ago I got all my boys and Emma organized to take some family pictures. I did similar pictures when Jake was 6 months old and wanted to do some now that Liam turned 6 months. Our Azalea bushes were in full bloom and made a gorgeous photo background. They turned out so nice… it is not an easy job to get 2 little boys and my doggy baby to all look nice at the same time!IMG_8200

This is my absolute favorite. Already printed it on Shutterfly and is hanging on my photo gallery wall! I just love Jakes little smirk and how Liam is just watching Jake. That’s pretty much how they always are anymore.IMG_8203IMG_8217IMG_8236IMG_8240IMG_8245

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My crazy bunch of boys clean up pretty well. I know they already are annoyed by my picture taking but I love taking these pictures. My ever changing photo gallery wall makes me smile every time I come down the stairs in my house.

I’ve been working on redoing 2 of our bathrooms and organizing my office better. Mostly redecorating and throwing away stuff we don’t need. Operation get rid of our clutter!! It’s a slow process but it’s going.

Until next week, XOXO!

Family Christmas Card Pictures

A few weeks ago we all traveled up to Indiana for a wedding and visited my parents. My mom and dad own a Christmas tree farm which was super fun to grow up there. Over the past 3 years, I have been pretty sad not to get any Christmas tree farm Christmas card pictures, so I was pretty excited when it worked out that we got to take some family pics. Since it was quite an Indian summer this year a bunch of tree still had fall leaves on them. I loved being able to get some of the beautiful orange leaves in the background too. Everyone cooperated fairly well too… well we bribed with cookies. 🙂 The Christmas season is hard for me living in Florida. I really miss snow, and sweaters and boots and family. It just never feels like its Christmas and the holidays just sneak up on me. added-emma-2

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This little Santa helper has gotten all the Christmas shopping done, THANK YOU ONLINE SHOPPING! But I have been busy the past couple weeks with visitors and a sick baby. My little office is just a mess of amazon boxes. Lets hope Santa finds a way to get them all wrapped… hopefully during some good nap times!

Until next week, XOXO. Keep spreading holiday cheer to all! ❤

Liam’s Newborn Photos

Last weekend we traveled up to Indianapolis, then drove up to Kokomo Indiana where I grew up for my best friend since middle school’s wedding. I was so excited for her big day. She is such a good person and deserves to be treated well. I am so glad she found that person that loves her unconditionally. I cannot wait to see the rest of their wedding pictures! Congratulations again Mrs. & Mrs. Bishop!14907652_794485324424_5405432835814487398_n2016-11-05-16-02-402016-11-05-16-06-17We had a great time, but traveling with two boys under 3 is hard. My little guys did awesome but the rest of the traveling was a nightmare… missed connection, TSA and the general large amount of stuff we have for just a weekend. To top it all off, Jake seems to have picked up a cold (not too bad but annoying) during our travels. I was hoping Liam and I would escape it but last night/ this morning it seems to have gotten us. Poor baby has trouble sleeping with a stuffy nose so we were back to getting up every couple hours. He’s lucky I love him so much! On the plus side, at least it waited to hit Liam and I when the hubby got back from his business trip this week.

I wanted to finally share the newborn pictures I took of baby Liam back when he was just a week old. Let me know which ones you like best!

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And then the family pictures…

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Time to get working on my next photography project…Christmas Cards! Until next week, XOXO.

Hospital Newborn Pictures

I am finally getting to go through and edit the newborn photographs I took for baby Liam. I always seem to take like a million pictures and end up loving most all of them. Picking photos for the family wall is starting to get hard. I will have to get a bigger family picture wall soon!

Now that Liam is starting to get on a bit of a schedule, I have been able to get a bit more sleep and have a teeny bit of time to work on my own stuff. Mostly going through and trying new editing techniques on photos. I am learning new things all the time. Always looking for new ideas, techniques and advice if you all have any for me. Meanwhile, I wanted to share the first set of newborn photos I took. This set is all from the hospital.

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Taking care of my two little men is something like a circus now. If I knew while playing beer pong when I first met my husband, that 10 years later I would be sitting on the bathroom floor in front of the toilet breastfeeding my baby while waiting for my toddler to poop in said toilet, I would have ran away. Now, I wouldn’t trade my chaos for anything.

I hope you all enjoyed these pictures and my boy life tales! Until next week, XOXO.

Maternity Pictures for Baby Number 2

I am so happy to say we made it to week 37! Full term! I have been so nervous the whole past weekend. Started timing contractions several times but they are always still irregular. I know its because of all the help from my sister and all the thoughts and prayers from my best friends and family. They are all such a wonderful support for each other. I couldn’t ask for better friends and family. I decided to post early this week to celebrate our 37 week milestone! haha. Now I will have to work on baking that cake I promised my family.

With a little help from my sister (who by the way is a lifesaver, coming all the way from Indiana to stay with us and help out for a while) and my trusty camera tripod; I took some super cute maternity pictures. I am really proud how they turned out.

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Just had to include this picture… It looks like Jake is a prize winning fish. haha family6-1family7-1family-9^His hair is so funny and he looks just so terrified.^

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I am so happy to be able to get back to a more active activity level now! Off for a morning walk! Hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week. Until next week, XOXO!

Merry Christmas 2015

Hope everyone is having a Wonderful Merry Christmas today and woke up to a visit from Santa. It is so nice to see all the love every year on Christmas morning.

I thought I would share some pictures from our Christmas card this year. Some cute outtakes and the ones we ended up using. 2015-12-07 16.46.012015-12-07 16.47.052015-12-07 16.50.14-12015-12-07 16.50.35-12015-12-07 16.51.592015-12-07 16.55.18-12015-12-07 16.55.18-22015-12-07 17.05.27-12015-12-07 17.05.36-12015-12-07 17.06.302015-12-11 17.28.14

^Jake was into helping wrap presents. Glitter on baby toes…soooo cute!^

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Merry Wonderful Christmas from us to you!

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Enjoy the end of 2015. Until next week! XOXO.

Family Pictures 2015

Since purchasing my DSL camera this past spring, I am amazed how much I love taking photos with it now. I did some 6 month pictures of Jake man and some family pictures when I first got the camera. You can see them here; Six months old baby and family pictures from several months ago on my blog, if you have not seen them. I thought they turned out nice. I wanted to do some new ones around Jake’s one year birthday. This first year he has just changed so much so quickly! I am planning on doing a family photo session every year. I think that would be so cool to see how our little family changes.

Across the street from our house is a really neat old barn that I wanted to use as a back drop for our family pictures this time. For the whole family shots, I used the timer and a tripod. Unfortunately. we could not bring Emma with us across the street to be in the pictures. It would have been to complicated worrying about her running toward the street while keeping Jake under control and setting up the picture. I think next family picture will be easier to get her in with us.

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I wanted Jake to take a cute kissing mommy picture, but he was having none of it! We got some hilarious outtakes though. 2015-10-20 15.45.42 2015-10-20 15.46.28 2015-10-20 15.46.37^Close enough!^2015-10-20 15.49.40-1 2015-10-20 15.49.42-1 2015-10-20 15.57.17 2015-10-20 15.59.252 2015-10-20 16.01.03 2015-10-20 16.07.06 2015-10-20 17.38.04

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I tried a few different editing techniques this time and think they look pretty cool. Let me know what you think and if any photographers out there have any advice for me. Thanks! Until next week, XOXO.

Six Months Old Baby and Family Pictures

I wanted to get some cute 6 month pictures of Jake man to add to my picture collection along with some family pictures. I figured family pictures would be hard, but I busted out the tripod and thought I would give it a try anyway. I was really happy with what I got. I love pictures!

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^The love between a boy and his dog! <3^

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^It wouldn’t be a realistic representation of him at 6 months without some drool running down his face.^

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At six months old he enjoys eating every food we have tried so far. Bananas and zucchini are by far his favorite. He sticks EVERYTHING in his mouth. Loves his bouncer and walker. Is sitting on his own and likes to try to suck on his own toes. Loves to laugh at Emma dog and explore toys. Drools like crazy; bibs are required most all the time. Sleeps through the night and takes a morning nap and afternoon nap. He loves bath time and story time.

He hates being away from mommy and wearing shoes. He only gets grumpy when he gets sleepy, can’t see mommy or can’t make himself move around like the other kids who are walking or crawling.

We love our little Jake man with all our hearts!

Until next week, XOXO