If 2020 has taught me anything, it’s that despite all of the negativity, hurt, and sickness, there are still so many beautiful moments going on all around us and it is so important to remember to celebrate all of the good coming out of this year!
After moving into our new neighborhood, I quickly had the opportunity to start meeting some of the amazing people living around me, including these two cutie’s, Connor & Shelby.
They moved in a few weeks after us and found me via the local neighborhood Facebook group with a request to have photos taken to capture them and their handsome pup, Lincoln, as they became first time homeowners!
But there was one more announcement to make in addition to building their first home together…
A baby boy is on the way! After taking some shots outside, the two lead me inside and I was shocked to see how put together their home was after just one week of moving in. #goals. We have been in our new home for three months and it still doesn’t look as complete as theirs!
I couldn’t be happier for Shelby & Connor as they embark on this next chapter of parenthood, congrats you two!
What things have you celebrated this year? Drop a note in the comments ❤
When I was pregnant I was very hesitant on getting maternity photos taken. Luckily, my friend Tammy offered to take some for me and now in hindsight I couldn’t be happier to have her beautiful photos to reflect back on that very special time. A few months after Lucy was born, Tammy announced she was expecting a little sweetie pie of her own and I was absolutely over-the-moon thrilled to hear this news! This time, it was my turn to offer to capture HER special maternity moments. The Corduroy book that you see pictured was significant to her as it was given to her by her husband on their first wedding anniversary (aka the paper anniversary). Please enjoy these photos of this gorgeous mommy-to-be!
Bring on the perfect weather, pumpkin spice everything, and autumnal decor. As you can see below, the house is slowly but surely making its way to the orange spectrum. Even Rooney is getting into the spirit with his pumpkin sweater!
It’s hard to believe that this time last year, I was sporting a little pumpkin growing in my belly, and this year that little pumpkin is sitting up all on her own and calling me Mama! Another perk of fall is the constant reminder to stop and think about what you are thankful for, and this year my thankful meter is going off through the roof! Lucy is our absolute JOY and I hope these sweet little pumpkin pictures below bring you some joy as well! Happy fall, ya’ll!
One unsuspecting day in October, we invited our parents, Bryan’s grandma, and my brother to come to a “Fall Party” at our home. It just so happened to coincide directly with when we would be finding out the gender of our little one! I couldn’t let the surprise factor go to waste so this post will highlight our “Fall Party” turned SURPRISE “Gender Reveal Party”.
One unsuspecting day in October, we invited our parents, Bryan’s grandma, and my brother to come to a “Fall Party” at our home. We had been wanting to have all of our parents over for quite some time to show them our gratitude and thanks for everything they do for us. It just so happened to coincide directly with when we would be finding out the gender of our little one! I couldn’t let the surprise factor go to waste so this post will highlight our “Fall Party” turned SURPRISE “Gender Reveal Party”.
To start, Bryan and I prepared a ton of home-cooked food for our family. I was able to bust out my fall decor and pretty dishes and light all my fall scented candles. Bryan was the master chef of the day, and prepared pretty much all of the food. We had an assortment of amazing appetizers which included antipasto kabobs, shrimp, buffalo chicken dip, veggies, and deviled pumpkin eggs. For the main course Bryan made an amazing apple cider pulled pork with apple coleslaw, homemade crab mac & cheese, and salad.
Between appetizers and the main course, we decided to use that time to surprise our parents. We had originally told them all that we were unable to get an appointment to find out the gender until the following week. This little white lie seemed to work. I then set up a “Guess the Gender” station where I instructed everyone to pour champagne into a pink or blue flute and whichever color they chose would represent their guess as to what baby’s gender would be. To aid in their decision, I also made an “Old Wives Tale: Gender Predictor” chart that showed some of the symptoms I was experiencing where the underlined word represented what the old wives tale said about the symptom.
Once everyone casted their votes (about 20 minutes later…it was a tough choice!) we took group photos so that we would have “evidence” of who was right and wrong. Bryan and I casted our votes too. On the morning before the appointment we made sure to each cast our OFFICIAL guess so that we would be able to participate in the fun.
After all of the guesses were made, we had another part of the plan in order to surprise the family. Bryan took Rooney downstairs to the basement to go outside to take care of his business…and when Rooney came upstairs he delivered the news with a balloon that was tied to his collar! Here is a video of exactly what happened!
The party was a great success and we enjoyed spending time with our family! After the party was over we made sure to call Bryan’s dad in Florida to let him in on our big news! To our family near and far: we love you all so much & are so grateful to have you in our lives! Here are a few more pictures from the party:
A few days later we announced the gender on social media to the rest of our family and friends. Since Rooney had already done so well announcing at the party, we let him do the honors on Facebook too!
Having a birthday in October has meant that birthday’s past have been full of seasonal fun – from Halloween themed parties, Oktoberfests, Renaissance Festivals, and oh yea… those have all included celebratory seasonal pumpkin beer! This year, with the new little addition on the way, I had to find a way to celebrate that was a little more low key.
This past weekend I celebrated my birthday! Having a birthday in October has meant that birthday’s past have been full of seasonal fun – from Halloween themed parties, Oktoberfests, Renaissance Festivals, and oh yea… those have all included celebratory seasonal pumpkin beer! This year, with the new little addition on the way, I had to find a way to celebrate that was a little more low key.
The perfect solution was a trip to the pumpkin patch to enjoy hayrides, feeding the piglets, and enjoying the crisp fall day. Here are a few photos we took while trying to find our perfect pumpkins.