Friday, October 31, 2014

mini minnie (squared)

halloween 2014

what i learned from halloween with two toddlers:
1. even at 2 and 1 years old, the girls don't really want to match #sorrynotsorry
2. trying to keep mouse ears on a 2 and 1 year old was next to impossible
3. trick-or-treating with two toddlers = lots of candy for mommy and daddy (guilt free this year!)
4. charley ADORED being "princess minnie." kate... not so much.
5. next year, i will not be above bribing my girls with chocolate for a cute picture together

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

surprise, baby no. 5

our closest friends here in florida (and kate's godparents) are expecting a new little girl come february. in the next four months this sweet family will be moving back home, selling their house in florida, buying a new one in ohio, homeschooling, and on top of expecting a new bundle of joy, they found out that baby girl has down syndrome. it has been incredible to witness how their family has taken the news, especially their four children. i have not seen a better example of unconditional love for a baby that not only has not been born yet, but does not have a name yet. we can't wait to meet you baby girl! you are already loved more than you'll ever know...

and how could i forget the adorable announcement?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

the cates brothers

for the next year or so, these two boys will be embarking on quite the adventure with their parents. sailing around the world.  jealous yet?  i am! one of the benefits of your dad retiring and your mom homeschooling. before they left, we were able to grab a couple "back to school" pictures for the grandparents. enjoy!

Monday, September 22, 2014

le petit bebe


this sweet little blue-eyed girl is nine months: crawling all over the place, giving kisses to her mama, and starting to give big brother a run for his money. i can't get enough of her curls and contagious smile.

happy 9 months little maggie!

Friday, September 19, 2014

chelsea & matt

she is a navy pilot. he is a marine artillery officer turned seminary student. beautiful couple both inside and out. they met at the naval academy, sang in gee club together, and have been married just shy of 8 years. oh, and they are dear friends of ours. so when the opportunity arose to take new pictures for them, i could not wait.

happy 8th anniversary chelsea & matt, here's to the next 80 years!

Monday, August 25, 2014

no 1 goes to preschool

the first day of school.
the day moms cry, and kids say "bye!"
at least that was the case in our family today.
(i managed to hold back the tears, but i was about two seconds away from being a blubbering mess.)
this little ham was too excited to see her friends to worry about not seeing mommy. she is in a class of four girls, two of which are already friends. i think a nice bottle of wine might be in order for the teacher at christmas time...
happy first day of school!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

livin the dream - four girls five and under

when my dear friend, autumn, asked me to take newborn & family pictures with her brand new twins, i jumped at the opportunity. i mean, to start (as i have been telling her for the last 7 months) she is living my dream. 4 girls, 5 and under, including a set of twins. does it get better? (fly boy might disagree, but really. what could go wrong with 4 little girls/teenagers in one house?!) i digress. we started off at the beach, but with the summer florida sun beating down on us, even at 730am, we moved back to the house to finish some shots inside. thanks for letting me be apart of this special time, autumn! welcome to the world, penelope & olive!