Friday, February 2, 2018

All Lovey Dovey

Welp, it's February folks!

The month of LOVE!  

If you caught my Late Night Mom Chat last night, you know I'm actually not a huge fan of Valentine's Day.  I take heart eyed pics of my kids, give them a book and a pat on the back and call it a day.  Call me scrooge, but I don't need a day set aside to tell my people I love them- I try to do that everyday.  So, ya.  Also, going out to dinner with the hubs on the one day of the year that every other couple in America is going out just isn't my jam.  I don't like lines.  I don't like obligatory I love you's.  I like real life, in the moment sentiments.

With that being said, I saw a Valentine's tribute I loved the other day.  One blogger I follow posted her and her husband's love story, in honor of the month of love.

Ok, I feel ya... I can get behind that kind of celebration.

So, here it is folks- the moment that created a lifetime:

It was the year 2002 (YIKES)- Jessica Simpson was still relevant as a musician, cell phones were bulky and shatterproof, and teenagers still fell in love.

I was working at the California Midstate Fair- the biggest little fair anywhere- if you will.  I wasn't a carny, but I did wear overalls and sell kettle corn to the masses attending concerts in the grand stand.  Not a bad job for a 16 year old, as it paid cash at the end of 2 weeks.  My brother was also working the fair, but in the livestock division, so we were straight up fair classy livin' in an RV.  Good Times.

At the end of my shifts, I would walk from the Grand Stand, go hang out with friends, and then go back to the super fancy RV park at the back of the fair- passing right by a certain security guard post on the way.

We knew of each other, but Jeff and I had never actually met, so our casual smiles and hi's finally turned to conversations.  Before I knew it, I was cashing out early from work, skipping hang out sessions, grabbing his favorite treats and surprising him at his security post every night.  

We would talk until fair closing each night, about everything, and nothing.  For the first time in my life, I felt seen.  And heard.  

The fair nights slipped away, and suddenly, we were back to the realities of life.  And, at 16, I was officially dating at 19 year old boy ready to head out to Mexico on his 2  year mission in 2 months.  As any level-headed 16-year-old does, I fell hard and fast.  I loved the way he saw me, the way he made me feel like I was worth more than anything, that I was smarter than anyone, that my heart was the biggest.  I loved the way he took the time to get to know me.  And I loved him for his kind heart, patience, and smile.  He could smile in any situation- any.

Then, as life does, it went by, no matter how much we begged it to stand still.  He went off to Mexico, and I finished my Junior and Senior year, and headed off to college.  With so much time and distance between us, the spark faded and we spent the next 5 years apart.

I don't think you can ever really appreciate how much impact one person in 2 months can have in your life, until you see it unfold.  As I look back, I see how much I needed him to be there right then.  In the years that came, I battled such great depression, at times wanting to end my life.  I held onto the person he made me believe that I was.  It was enough to keep me going, through all the trials that came.

I'll never forget the moment I saw him again, after all that time.  I was sitting at the very back of church.  I had spent the last year becoming actively involved in church and was by no standard a front pew girl, yet.  From my very back view, I noticed him at the front.  Could it be?  I was sure he'd be happily married by now.  Off on some grand life adventure.  My heart skipped a beat, the whole world stood still.

After church, we talked for a few minutes, catching up.  We decided to hang out the next night.  Then the next night.  Then the next night.  5 months later we were married, and all was right with the world again.  He helped me pick up the pieces that had fallen apart in his absence and reminded me who I was, again.  

Happy Valentine's Day, to the love of my life!

All because two people fell in love on the warm summer nights of the Midstate Fair:

It's amazing what a whole lotta love can build!

Happy Love Month y'all!!!



Monday, February 27, 2017

3 Magical Months

You guys already know I'm not the "post at each month" mom.  I want to be, so bad, but I'm not.

And that's ok.

So, here's Monroe.  I'm calling this her 3 month post, although she is 2 days from being 4 months.  Sigh.

I didn't really get in a newborn shoot, my 1 month post was only to instagram and was 2 weeks from her being 2 months, and her 2 month post also only hit insta and was a few days after she turned 2 months.

I thought I was headed in the right direction, getting better.  But then 3 months hit.  She decided she disliked being 3 months and reverted back to newborn: no sleep.

So, I sleepily made my way from 3 months to now.  

All well, such is life with 6 kids.

However, I'm counting it, because technically she's still 3 months.  And because I am determined to be the monthiversary mom!

So, here is Monroe in all her 3 month glory:

At 3 months, Monroe LOVES to be in jammies, I mean LOVES it!
She gets cranky if you put her in anything else and lights up the minute she's back in them.

So, obviously, we have dubbed them "Rosie's Cozies." 

She loves to chat and is very social.  We love our Rosie girl!!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed a peek at our precious little girl!

What kind of mom are you?  What silly things do you do to try and be a different kind of mom?  What's your favorite wardrobe essential?


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Love is in the air!

With Valentine's Day behind us and the ultimate candy shopping experience (2/15) gone, one would think the days of love are over until next year.

Not so.

SO not so!

My sweet friends, Gabby and Rodney are extended the love- why not spend the WHOLE WEEK in love, after all?!

I am officially OFF my maternity leave and headed to the beautiful Falls Event Center to capture their wedding, TOMORROW!!


Why, you ask, would I be so excited to capture the love between two people I've only met once??

Well, I'll just let the pictures do the explaining:

I know, RIGHT?!

They are adorable, and sweet!  I can't wait to spend their special day with them!

Amidst the less-than-ideal weather, I just know their love will shine!

Favorite moment from this shoot- when Rodney turned to Gabby and asked, "are you smiling like you REALLY love me?!"

I'm sure you can tell by these pictures the answer to that!  Their love is almost tangible.

Happy Wedding Eve, you two!

I'm off to pack!

Thank you for stopping by!

Be sure and let me know in the comments below what you think of this lovely Fresno engagement session!