More Family Photos… (A little late)

Looking through my “Draft” posts last night, I realized I put this one together back in October and never actually published it! Since I LOVE these photos so much, I figured I may as well share it now. :)


To say I love our family photos is an understatement. If I had the time to sit and stare at them all day, trust me, I would. They turned out so amazingly, and they just capture Blaire’s little personality so perfectly. I just had to share a few more.

Blaire Golf Balls

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Hopefully she doesn’t want to kill us for those last two someday. Her baby rolls are just the cutest, how could we not document them?!? I actually went in to this shoot with the mindset that I was against “naked” baby pictures. But then our photographer found the amazing spot with the long grass and asked if we wanted to try some with just the crown. Seeing how happy she was and how adorable she looked in the crown made me change my mind and I was down to do whatever we could to document our adorable little girl. The floral crown was custom-made to match the little dress she was wearing. My friend Tiff at Tied in Twine  did an amazing job and she had such a fast turn around time. With Blaire growing and changing every day (or so it seems), I wish we could get them taken every month. I know that’s extreme. So, how often do you get family photos taken? I’d love to hear which milestones you schedule your photos for. xo

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Christmas Festivities

I can’t believe it… Christmas has come and gone! We spent so much time preparing and it was over in the blink of an eye. Between our families, we spent three days celebrating four Christmases. Talk about craziness. While I’m sad that it’s all over, I’m so happy to be able to get Blaire back into her regular routine. Traveling means either shorter naps at odd times, late bed times and less sleep for everyone. And no one likes less sleep!

We spend Christmas Eve celebrating with my family and my mom’s dad (at their house, an hour away) with a huge lunch! Blaire was sooo excited about the first gift she opened, a stuffed Elmo. I am SO excited about Jason & I’s gift… a new Canon T3i. I’m so excited to learn how to use it and start taking some amazing photos! Later that night, we changed gears to celebrate my birthday with my family and friends at my parent’s house with pizza and cake. We tried something new this year and rushed back to town so we could go to mass at 10PM. Blaire made it through until communion, and we had to leave right after to avoid a giant meltdown.

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Christmas morning, Blaire was SO excited about the stuffed pig Santa brought her. In her stocking was the “holiday version” of her beloved dolly. She actually screamed when Jason pulled it out of her stocking for her. I’m SO glad we got it on camera because it was so sweet. We spent the morning and early afternoon with Jason’s parents and brother, before heading an hour away to my grandparent’s house to celebrate with my dad’s side of the family. My cousin has a daughter, Elaine, who is almost two months old. She is so cute. We were able to get a photo of Elaine, Blaire and our Grandpa (their Great Grandpa) together on the couch and it’s so cute. We also got a group photo of the great grandkids. It was so fun to see them all together. We played lots of games, and stayed there pretty late. We got lucky and Blaire slept the whole way home!

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We had a Christmas party with some friends on Friday night. Their son is just two months older than Blaire (his name is James and he is Blaire’s boyfriend), so it makes it much easier for us to stay there past Blaire’s bedtime. It’s usually as easy and putting her in his swing, somewhere away from the crowd and she’ll sleep until we’re ready to go! ;)

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Saturday we drove a few hours to Jason’s Aunt & Uncle’s house to celebrate with his dad’s family. Blaire got to meet lots of cousins! She loved making the rounds with everyone and provided quite the entertainment all day! This is usually the only time of the year when all of the family is together with some of them in Florida and some 3-4 hours away from where we live in Iowa. It was nice to get a picture of Blaire with all of her second cousins. While we were out of town, we finished off our night with a trip to the mall and dinner. I was SO excited because we stopped to eat at the same place we ate two years ago when we were there for our marriage prep class! And it was just as good as it was then. ;) Blaire partied so hard that she slept the entire way home.

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Blaire is now a pro at opening gifts! got SO many toys, so now we’ll spend the new few days getting everything organized and put away. …Like I said, I’m sad it’s over, but I feel so much less stressed knowing that we made it through and that Blaire can get back to her regular routine. It’s rough when she only gets an hour nap at a random time. How were your holidays? Are they crazy and hectic, or easy and relaxing? xo

Brunch with Santa

Last Sunday we had brunch with Santa! It was my MIL’s birthday, so it was the perfect excuse to have both sets of our parents come along. Jason, Blaire and I decorated cookies and made Blaire a Christmas stocking. Blaire was okay with Santa when he was standing a few feet away while offering her a candy cane, which she did NOT want to give up. Santa had a gift for each child there and Blaire was excited to help rip off the wrapping paper and then play with her new Elmo bath toy.

BUT… when it came time to sit on Santa’s lap for a picture, Blaire was not a fan. However, it was past her nap time. She was grumpy and hungry, and just not having it. Poor girl! I thought she might calm down if I held her, and as you can see in the photo below, it didn’t help. We still plan to take Blaire to the mall to see Santa. I’m hoping if there are less people around and she’s not hangry, then it might go better. PLUS, she has the cutest outfit to wear to see him. If you follow me on Instagram, which you should DEFINITELY be doing, then you already have seen a sneak peek! ;)

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Chritmas Stocking

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I just had to wrap up with a family picture! Blaire is looking down at our dog Mocha, in case you’re wondering. HA! How was your little one’s visit to Santa? What traditions are your favorite for the holidays? I’d love to hear them! xo

Pumpkin Patch Trip 2

This past weekend was so beautiful! It was in the low 70s and sunny, which made for perfect pumpkin pickin’ weather. We spent a few hours at a giant pumpkin patch about 45 minutes away. Jason and I actually went there when we first started dating because they have a giant corn maze (and I feel like every couple feels like they have to go to the pumpkin patch together). So it was fun to go back! We went on a hay-rack ride, walked around the pumpkin patch and watched a pumpkin canon shoot pumpkins almost a mile! Blaire wasn’t such a fan of the loud noise at first, but got used to it pretty quickly. Blaire loved the petting zoo and seeing all of the kids running around everywhere. Have I mentioned that she loves kids? Anytime she spots one she gets a giant smile. I think it has to do with the kids at daycare. It’s like she knows these people do funny things, so she better pay attention! Anyways, we all had a lot of fun and Blaire was asleep minutes after I buckled her into her seat.

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She just loves her tiny pumpkin.

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She’s adorable even with a mean mug.

Last week our country club had pumpkin decorating at family night. Here’s some photos of our pumpkin with her pumpkin. ;)

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Can you believe Halloween is only two days away? I am SO excited to put Blaire in her bunny costume. What is your little one going to dress up as?

Fall Family Photo Sneak Peek

We just received our Fall Family Photos back from our photographer and I am absolutely in love with each and every one of them! I just had to share a few here on the blog. A little back story… these photos were taken at the country club where my husband and I met three years ago. We also took our engagement pictures here (two years ago!). We are so lucky to have met on such a beautiful golf course. It makes for amazing photos every time.

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First Post!

I’m so excited to begin my blog! I am a first-time mom who’s also a full-time working girl. I am obsessed with taking photos (mostly of my adorable 6-month-old), online shopping and reality TV! I’m from Illinois, attended college in Arizona (Wildcat for Life!) and currently reside in Iowa with my husband, Jason and our daughter, Blaire. Blaire was born in February and is 6 1/2 months old. My, how time flies!

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Having your first baby can be quite overwhelming! Let’s be honest. You’ve never done any of this before, so you don’t even know what you need and what you don’t. I spent hours combing through the internet, reading product reviews and baby blogs. Six months in, I already have so many insights as to what has worked for me and what hasn’t.

I’m one of those girls who has at least 20 half-used bottles of hair products in her bathroom at one time. I have drawers of nail polish and cabinets of cosmetics. I have multiple closets of things I haven’t worn in years (although due to my recent obsession with Poshmark, they’re finally under control), yet I’m always looking to buy more. I’m basically a hoarder.

I’ve been wanting to start up this blog for awhile, but I’ve just felt so busy. I’ve realized I’m never going to be less busy than I am now. I have my degree in Journalism and wrote a blog in college (soooo different from this one! Haha). I believe that you can balance being a mom and still have it all. I’m here to document how I do it. But don’t get me wrong, this blog is for myself. I can’t wait to look back, watch Blaire grow and relive all of the fun we had together!