Happy Fourth Of July 2017

IMG_8605IMG_8607IMG_8608IMG_8617IMG_8620IMG_8621Anndd there goes the hat…IMG_8623IMG_8625There it goes again…IMG_8626IMG_8627^Caught him standing by himself!^IMG_8629IMG_8630IMG_8631Since I have been enjoying photography, I have liked to have little mini holiday photo shoots. I staged this little 4th of July mini shoot with the boys on the front porch. I realized that I didn’t get Jake a patriot t-shirt for the 4th this year when I was changing their clothes right before the pictures. I could have sworn I did too! But I figured what is more American than Cubs baseball anyway. So perfect. I had found some cute little decorations at Target and thought it would be fitting to have the little rocking chair on the front porch. This holiday photo shoot was a bit challenging with wiggly and moving Liam but I think I got some cute pictures.

Since we are finally in a nice schedule and sleeping all night regularly now, I have challenged myself to learn something new. I have decided to try my hand at editing some Go Pro videos. I have been interested in learning how to work with videos and recording some fun video memories with my family. So if anyone has and advice or suggestions on what software to use or which works best or some books or tutorials that are informative, feel free to leave any comments for me.

Hope you all get to watch some fireworks and celebrate our country’s Independence this weekend. Until next week, XOXO.

Happy Father’s Day

Since we could not make the trip back to my parent’s house for Father’s Day, I wanted to dedicate a special post to my own dad. He has always been there for me and is a great dad. I hope I can be there for him when he needs me as much as he has always been for me. Good dads always do so much for their families and work hard for them. He always has for us all. He is such a kind and joyful person and has set a great example for us all. And not to forget many words of wisdom he has imparted on me throughout the years… “To much is better than not enough.” (I def live by that one almost daily. haha) I love you so much daddy!

My boys tried their best to hold still and wish their Grandpappy a Happy Father’s Day. (Holding still is not one of their strong suits.)IMG_8581IMG_8595IMG_8589

WE LOVE GRANDPAPPY!!

I hope you know how much we really do love you! Happy Father’s Day daddy!

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!

6 Months

I remember the first year going by as fast as a blink of an eye… and I think its going even faster this time, if thats even possible! How is this little man already 6 months old?? This week I was going through pictures to print and hang on my picture wall as well as trying to get my millions of pictures more organized in files. So many memories to look back on. I am sure there are people who think I post way to many photos but I know one day my little boys will have a wonderful time looking back through this blog. Its a prefect little glimpse into the past. Anyway looking back at Liam’s first 6 months pictures and I cannot believe how much he’s already grown and changed. Little guys just change and grow sooo much the first year that its hard to believe. I am so glad I have taken the time to take these pictures and can’t wait to see what the next 6 months bring.

I have to remember that he is just little for a very short time, that way I don’t feel guilty that he doesn’t know how to drink out of any bottle or training cup. I feel like sometimes let myself feel bad when we go do things and I have to stop to breastfeed him. But 99% of the time it works best for us and I do enjoy our little bonding time. Soon little Liam will be like his big brother and just want to do whatever Dad is doing and I won’t be as important.

Until next week…XOXO…DON’T BLINK!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I just wanted to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year by sharing some cute pics we took for Valentine’s Day with my little boys. We had a little fun with a mini photo shoot in my mini studio. I did not get organized enough to print up some of the pictures and send them out but hopefully everyone can enjoy them here on my blog. 2017-02-05-08-32-322017-02-05-08-32-352017-02-05-08-33-14-22017-02-05-08-34-44-22017-02-05-08-37-29-32017-02-05-08-37-32-32017-02-05-08-37-38-22017-02-05-08-37-50-3

The next set, I tried to use a new background but it did not turn out how I had hoped. At least the boys still look cute.

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I made this super cute breakfast from some pinterest inspiration I had seen the past few weeks. I think it was a huge hit even though Jake did not appreciate the artistic presentation. He picked out the donuts because his special stuffed animal is Doughie Dog from the book “If You Give a Dog a Donut”. He woke up this morning asking for the Doughie Donuts. Annndd you know… If you give a dog a donut, he ask for a cup of Starbucks to go with it. 🙂2017-02-14-07-24-212017-02-14-07-25-31

I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day filled with lots of love with everyone you see today and everyday.

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!

34 Weeks

Baby bump at 34 weeks just seems GIANT to me this time around!!

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Definitely craving mostly things I cannot have yet… CHAMPANGE!! I cannot wait to have a glass of wine either. Little man #2 is still just rolling around in there. He is always quite active. Heartburn and back pain are pretty much the worst symptoms I am having now. Sadly, the worst heartburn seems to happen at night when I am trying to sleep. My sister has come to stay with us for a while to help me with Jake. She has been already a ton of help too. I am still feeling quite overwhelmed with all the stuff that still needs to be done. Working on getting my hospital bag ready to go and the boys’ room all done. Right now my office is baby stuff central until we get the wall and closet put into the boy’s room. I got alot of baby stuff out of storage and I am just waiting to get it all organized. Meanwhile my office is sort of a disaster.

Yes, that is a giant stack of stuff for #2. Thankfully Emma is nearby to always “help”.

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I have gotten a chance to start a few maternity pictures that I am doing myself. I am quite excited how they are turning out. Here is a little sneak at one of my favorites so far.

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I cannot wait to share the rest soon. Until next week, XOXO.