Saturday, December 3, 2016

Professional Photos, Spring 2016

Every year, I try to have professional photos taken of the children around their birthdays. One of the many reasons I appreciate that their birthdays are all in the same month is that it makes this task a bit easier because I can schedule one session for all of them and be done with it. I have been trying to have a family session done in the fall time, so that leaves the spring session for us to concentrate on getting individual shots of the kiddos.

This year, the birthday session proved to be pretty challenging, but not for the reason I expected it to be. The photographer that we have used for nearly six years is no longer doing photography, and I had a really difficult time finding a new photographer! I know I'm in the minority when I say this, but I like indoor sessions for the kids' birthday pics, and I just couldn't find anyone that had an indoor studio, was taking new clients, and was at the price point I needed. 

However, it all worked out just fine in the end. My friend, Tia, recommended her friend, Tonya as a photog and also talked me into giving outdoor photos a chance. I have to say that I LOVE the results! Because of the trouble I had finding a new photographer, this session ended up being on April 1st instead of in February. As you can see from the gorgeous flowers, the later session also worked to our advantage. 

1 (Brooke was so sweet to just sit and smile for us!)

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8 (Brecklyn was much busier, but Tonya still got some great shots!)

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13 (I adore the colors in these photos of Brianna!)

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19 (This is a favorite, for sure!)

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23 (The lighting was so pretty, and Tonya knew how to work it, for sure!)

24 (Haha . . . classic Bren)

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29 (Oh, my sweet girls!)

30 (Sweet Brecklyn)

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39 (Brooke was seriously just so smiley and happy!)

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I'm so thankful for these beautiful photos, and that I gave an outdoor session a chance. They are perfect!



Friday, December 2, 2016

Instagram Dump 2016 (January - June)

This post includes my Instagram posts from January 2016 through June 2016. I may have posted several of these photos before, but I like having record of what I posted on other social media sites. Plus, I kind of like the day-to-day life overview that I get from Instagram. Enjoy!

01/01 - It was three years ago today that one of my biggest fears became a reality when we lost our precious unborn baby to miscarriage. I was privileged to carry that baby for 13 weeks in my womb, and I will carry him forever in my heart. #babyloss #miscarriage #foreverinmyheart

01/05 - I'm taking some time to fill out our family calendar for the next few months. (Yes, I'm old school and still like a paper calendar hanging on my fridge :-). February is my favorite! #birthdaymonth #3ofthebestdaysofmylife #themonthmydreamscametrue #onefourandsix

 01/13 - As seen in Brianna's backpack :-) {heart} :-) #BriannaElisabethJo #adventuresinkindergarten

 01/16 - We helped cheer the Hillcats to victory tonight and had a great time! Being at the basketball game brought back a flood of good memories from the days when we were season tickets holders and never missed a home game. #gohillcats #rsuhillcats #memories #BriannahasalwayslovedHunter

01/19 - Brooke is normally my smiley, happy baby, but today she has a couple teeth cutting through that are giving her the blues :-(. #teethingisofthedevil #teethingtimestwoisworse #BrookeElianaMae #sadbabygirl

01/21 - Sometimes I wonder how a day can go downhill so fast. We had a great play date this morning, and the kids behaved so well. But this afternoon? It's been tough. The babies are teething and SO fussy, the 3 year old is whiny and defiant, and the 5 year old came home from school bouncing off the walls and refusing to do homework. We've had several moments when 3 of 4 have been crying at the same time, and I've had to tell myself to just breathe. Through it all, I just keep reminding myself that I have a solo trip to the grocery store tonight to look forward to, haha! #lotsoflittles #weareallcranky #teethingisofthedevil

01/23 - I enjoyed a Freezer Meal Workshop with my beautiful friend, Kendall. With 4 littles 5 years old and under, freezer meals make my life SO much easier, and now we have 8 new ones to try! #freezermealworkshop #lotsoflittles #busymom #friendtime

01/25 - Ummmmmm . . . I think I have a problem. #ilovepersonalizedthings #Brensonscollectionisjustasbad #shegotanewoneyesterday

01/26 - My little love bugs! {heart}{heart}{heart} #twins #twingirls #twoistwiceasnice #babyB #BrecklynSarahFaith #babyA #BrookeElianaMae #doubleblessing #almostone #hashtagoverload

01/29 - I'm doing some birthday month prep while the babies nap today! #birthdaymonthbeginsMonday #giftsforfour #Februarybabies #ILoveFebruary #partyallmonthlong

02/01 - Watching these two never gets old. {heart}{heart}{heart} #twins #twingirls #twinbies #twoistwiceasnice #doubletrouble

02/02 - This was me, one year ago and a little over 24 hours from giving birth to our precious twinbies. My entire body ached - and I felt stretched to the MAX - but I was in awe that God created my body with the ability to morph in such a way as to accommodate TWO growing babies. Also, we were incredibly thankful that I was able to carry them full term, and were anxiously anticipating the moment that we would finally hold them in our arms! #twins #twinpregnancy #twinbies #hugebabybelly

02/03 - One year ago today, we welcomed two incredible baby girls into the world and our family. The beauty and blessing of those moments are indescribable. Happy first birthday, Brooke and Brecklyn! We thank God every day for the love He has poured upon us by blessing us with you! #twinbies #twins #firstbirthday

02/07 - "Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart." #Sunday #praiseGod #lotsoflittles

02/08 - Grocery shopping just got more exciting :-). #twins #twinbies #twingirls #twoistwiceasnice

02/09 - On this little boy's LAST day being 3 years old, I'm soaking him up even more than usual. So far, he's been fairly unimpressed with Momma being in denial about his birthday tomorrow, telling him I'm going to hold him allllll day long, and THEN requesting he take a photo with me :-). Please, my boy, stop growing so fast. #tomorrowheisfour #mylittleman #mommasboy #BrensonCharlesJacob

02/10 - Happy 4th birthday, my sweet boy! #happybirthday #BrensonCharlesJacob #fouryearsoldtoday

02/10 - My favorite boys! #favorites #blueeyedboys

02/12 - We're spending the day at the Children's Discovery Zone learning about burps, toots, barf, urine, and poop! Eeeeep!

02/14 - Happy Valentine's Day from the N six!

02/17 - This was me six years ago today. We were incredibly anxious to meet our first baby girl. It, too, was a Wednesday, and I wasn't scheduled to check into the hospital until 6:00pm. At this point in the afternoon, I was pacing the floors wishing I had SOMETHING to do to keep my hands and head busy. One of the longest afternoons of my life! Haha.

02/18 - Happy 6th birthday to my big girl today! May your light always shine bright!

02/23 - This boy has my heart! {heart}{heart}{heart}

02/27 - What a wild rumpus we had today at our Where the Wild Things Are themed birthday party! Thanks to friends and family who came to show their love to our four wild things! #WTWTA

02/29 - The reason I'm not getting anything done today . . . {heart} #BrookeElianaMae

03/01 - When Momma gets hit with a toy on the nose square between the eyes . . . There was blood and a short discussion regarding the need for a stitch or two. Safe to say, I'm done for today!

03/03 - Two babies who are congested and coughing AND teething means NO sleep for this exhausted Momma. Of course, big brother was up and ready to go bright and early this morning. Life doesn't stop just because I'm tired, so here's to a good day!

03/06 - I'm so glad I documented this information! Who else has meaningful name stories?

03/08 - Some coveted one-on-one time today was just what Miss Spunk and I needed! Love this little mess! {heart}{heart}{heart}

03/09 - While Momma folded laundry . . . 

03/11 - Miss Brooke was having some serious conversations :-).

03/14 - We are NOT Tennessee fans, but the girls look so cute in these outfits (that were a gift from my brother's family who ARE fans) that I had to share! 

03/15 - On the road again . . . 

03/15 - It was the perfect day for a picnic dinner and some park play!

03/17 - Happy Saint Patrick's Day from my little crew!

03/20 - "He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved." #praiseGod #Sunday #lotsoflittles

03/21 - We're outdoors enjoying this beautiful, blustery day. Since we're playing in the front yard and the twins are faster than me, I brought the pack n play out to contain them. Bren said, "Oh! You're going to trap them? Great idea, Mom!" Hahaha. It feels so good to soak up the sun!

03/22 - Brecklyn decided she needed to get in a little snuggle time with Bren while watching TV this morning. These two {heart}{heart}{heart}.

03/22 - Bahaha! Some days this is spot on!

03/23 - Although I cook dinner most days, cooking - and especially baking - are not things I enjoy much. I'm not very efficient, and in the kitchen just isn't where my talents lie. However, when your son comes to you for the third day in a row asking if you can pleeeeeeeease bake cookies with him when the babies are out of the way (napping, that is), then you bake the cookies with the boy. And, you might just enjoy yourself along the way :-).

03/25 - Pjs, a sippy cup of milk, and Daddy snuggles. Ahhhh . . . Bedtime. 

03/26 - Getting ready to have some fun! #easter2016

03/27 - "Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer, No His mercy from me." #praiseGod #Sunday #lotsoflittles

04/01 - This little lady is our daily ray of sunshine. How is it possible that she is winding down her year in kindergarten?!?

04/02 - So, dinner was good :-).

04/05 - Build-a-superhero-hideout day at Lego Club!

04/12 - Brooke always thinks I'm hilarious, but Brecklyn is harder to convince. #twinbies #bedtimeshenanigans

04/14 - This.

04/16 - These four bring me so much joy. Thank you, God, for each of their little lives!

04/18 - Daily heart attack brought to you by Brooke Ellie. 

04/19 - My daily dose of sweetness {heart}{heart}{heart}. #BrecklynSarahFaith #BrookeElianaMae #twinbies

04/20 - Brooke is at it again! She's sneaky, super fast, and scares me to death!

04/23 - Zoo fun today!

04/25 - Riding double! #twinbies #BrookeElianaMae #BrecklynSarahFaith #builtinBFF

04/26 - We're in our tornado "safe" spot. Some of us think this is more fun than others :-(. 

05/01 - We're actually all ready for church a little early this morning (this RARELY happens), so I had a little time to enjoy my oldest girl and my beautiful roses! #BriannaElisabethJo #Sunday #springinOklahoma

05/04 - Twin toddlers can be pure craziness sometimes, but these sweet moments are the best! #BrecklynSarahFaith #BrookeElianaMae #twinbies

05/05 - Y'all. It's been a day around here. My babies are miserable from teething, they barely napped, AND they got immunizations today. It's the worst feeling as a Momma when you can't make it all better. #twinbies #BrookeElianaMae #BrecklynSarahFaith

5/11 - Brianna lost her first tooth at church, so of course she would lose her second tooth at school! She was so excited because she got to go to the office AND pick out a little treasure box for her tooth. #adventuresinkindergarten #BriannaElisabethJo

05/13 - At Brianna's school, they have a program where students can run during recess and earn rewards. Brianna received a medal today for running a total of 25 miles during recesses! We are proud of her for setting a goal and working toward it until she reached it! PS - she doesn't get her love of running from me, unfortunately ;-). #BriannaElisabethJo

05/14 - I wouldn't want to do life without these favorites. Thank God for the beautiful blessing of friendship! #besties

05/20 - Silly little loves {heart}{heart}{heart} #BrookeElianaMae #BrecklynSarahFaith #twinbies

05/20 - When you have twin toddlers who are into EVERYTHING and they're recently learned to open your craft closet, you resort to things like tying the doors together to keep them out. #twinbies #toddlersarenojoke #busybusybabies #fasterthanMomma

05/23 - This one keeps us on our toes, but she sure looks sweet modeling her brother's hat. #BrecklynSarahFaith

05/24 - I'm getting my hair done today by the three cutest stylists I know :-) {heart}{heart}{heart}

06/06 - It's VBS week for us . . . Always one of our favorite weeks of the summer. We're on an adventure through Bible lands and would love to have any of my local friends join us! 

06/09 - It's a sprinkler ball kind of day!

06/10 - Having fun in the water and sun! #twinbies #summerinoklahoma

06/15 - #twinbies

06/21 - Toddlerhood. Because refolding laundry is just what I want to do ;-). #BrookeElianaMae

06/23 - I hear comment ALL the time about how I "have my hands full". The comments get old, but the full hands sure don't. Besides, a full heart far outweighs full hands any day! 

06/27 - Big cousin is here!


It's been a good first half of 2016!