Family Pictures in DC {Cherish Pennington Photography}

I may be biased since I have known the photographer for literally all my life. The fact that we ended up on the same coast again is pretty awesome to me. So when I decided to scramble to put together family pictures I called on Cherish Pennington Photography. I wanted to some quintessential DC photographs. We haven’t done that in our six years here and my kids love going into the city. These pictures are so amazing and everything I could have ever wanted. After you scroll through you’ll find out how to contact Cherish. Do it now, you won’t be sorry!!


If you are looking for amazing family pictures reach out to Cherish for yours soon!!!

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A Christmas Recap – In Sickness and In Health

Adjusting to a Christmas alone is rough. And I realize that I’m not alone alone, and for that I’m grateful. But when you are used to have lots of family around and a busy, crazy house, having only five people around can seem so quiet. All those years of bouncing between my parents and my in-laws was just storing up for the long winter, aka: Christmases without them. It has been magical in its own right. We are a little family, doing our own traditions and having Christmas our own way. I both love it and hate it. Another big thing for Christmas this year is that my two oldest know the truth about Santa. You can read all about our “truth” of Christmas here. They were, however, very excited about making sure the magic continue. We went into the week of Christmas ready and excited, seeing that our baby Jesus’ were’t in their mangers, watching gifts from our family come in and wrapping. We picked out our Happy Birthday Jesus cake mix and frosting, decorated cookies and I took the littles for their first “shopping for their siblings” shopping trips. We even started a new tradition of donuts and hot chocolate at Krispy Kreme on Christmas Eve day! Quickly though the sickness swept through the house – me with strep throat, the littlest little with some sort of virus and colds all around! Although it put a slight damper on our holiday spirit we still had a magical Christmas. I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.

May you have many blessings into the new year! From our family to yours ~

Happy New Year! Welcome 2016!!!

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Family Portraits

I love family pictures.  It might just look like just the same picture year after year, but its so much more than that.  When I look at the family pictures that we’ve taken over the years it speaks to people we were, the people we’ve become…how our kids have grown, and how they change so much in just one little year.  It happens so fast, in the blink of an eye.  You can’t stop it no matter how much you try.  The giggles, the faces smooshed between two chubbie little hands.  Little voices calling, “mommy” and warm snuggly bodies in my bed when daddy isn’t home.  Every year I will take a family picture and every year I will take a picture of my kids on their birthday.  I might be the only one that keeps them, but I know when I’m old my hands will probably still finger those sweet faces on paper and be glad I decided to do it.



Here’s a sneak peak of this year’s, although I don’t want to give it all away because these are for our Christmas cards this year 

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Preparing for a Little One: How to stay connected to your partner

Preparing For A Little One

Welcome to another installment of Preparing For a Little One.  It hasn’t been that long that I’ve been a follower of Kaitlyn over at Wifesessionals, and I was super happy to find her little corner of the web.  When she discovered she was pregnant it wasn’t long before she created this weekly link-up with topics relevant to pregnancy and having a newborn.  It is such a great idea.  Anything in a weekly format is great.  I haven’t been able to do it every week but I’ve participated in a few of the topics:

This week’s topic is all about staying connected to your partner.  After three kids, 14 years of being together and 9 years of being married, we’re still finding the balance in that.  It’s ever changing, and develops over time.  It can fit the needs of wherever you are in your life.  It can be easy and it can be hard.  For me I think its gotten harder with each kid we’ve had, with each move and with each career path.  But there are things that we’ve done that have remained consistent over the years.
1. make time in the hospital special
With our first one, I’m going to honest, it was a very difficult delivery and I was so tired I just don’t remember a whole lot about the time in the hospital.  However, I do remember that my husband was with me and we spent time together alone, looking at our cute little bundle of joy.  With our last little man we decided to not have anyone at the hospital waiting to come in right away.  While I think that would have been a difficult decision had it been our first one, especially since I’m so close to my mom, with our last one it was important.  We didn’t feel rushed or overwhelmed.  Hubby helped with the first bath in our room, we ate a meal together and snuggled with our little man.  Then we brought our older two in the next morning.  If you start off right, making connection of vital importance right out the gate, it will go a long way to preserve that.
2. Don’t rush the romance
I guess I mean in a physical way.  With our first born it was a fairly painful and long-term recovery.  I had an emergency episiotomy and the recovery from that was extremely painful and much longer than the six weeks.  My poor sweet hubby was a freaking saint.  I think I fell more in love with him then.  We took the time to hang out with other, we starting reading more together at night, and building the communication romance.  It’s easy to get swept away in the stress of the baby and adjusting but if you stay focused on each other, even from the beginning, it will do wonders for your marriage.  
3. You have a life separate from your kids (and that’s okay!!)
One thing I have always tried to maintain is my own interests, not just for me, but my husband.  Maintaining a healthy life without our kids, separate or together, has done wonders for us and will continue to do wonders as our children grow older and are around less and less.  I know you must have heard stories of couples that don’t know what to do when their kids leave the home.  They don’t know each other and they have nothing in common.  They’ve been so wrapped up in their kids that everything else is a mystery.  Yes, your life must change when you have kids, but letting go of everything else will not keep you connected to your partner or yourself.
Those are the first things that come to my mind, and its always a learning experience, and each child has been a different experience.  But if you keep these things in mind and think of your family as equal parts to a whole pie, you will be a success!  
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