Florida 2014

Back in February we took a little trip to sunny Florida for the week. Corey’s parents were kind enough to host us (we did bring their grand-kids, after all) and we had an amazing time soaking up the sun and having fun together.

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We took a little day trip to this giant power plant where the water near it is so warm, manatees flock to it by the hundreds. It was a really cool sight!florida_BLOG

Then, we went to The Clearwater Marine Aquarium to meet Winter the dolphin. Our girls have been dying to meet Winter for years! florida_BLOG1Processed with VSCOcam with 5 presetflorida_BLOG2

Little man did great hanging all day without a nap…but he was a little tired…. :) florida14-14

Cool bridge.  (By the way, all of the pics here are all iphone and our little point and shoot…super happy with the results and I didn’t have to lug my big camera everywhere!)Processed with VSCOcam with lv01 preset

We spent PLENTY of time just relaxing at the pool. florida_BLOG3

Caught a chilly sunset one evening.

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And, had a few beach days…florida_BLOG5florida_BLOG7florida14-27floridaDONEflorida14-29

We also spent an afternoon at the Mote Aquarium. florida_BLOG6Processed with VSCOcam with se3 presetflorida14-34Processed with VSCOcam with 5 preset

We had a WONDERFUL trip and thought about all of our friends and family in cold Ohio a ton…wish we could have taken everyone with us!  Thanks so much to Nana and Papa for being wonderful hosts, amazing in-laws and the best grandparents ever!  We love you!!florida14-4

March 2014::iPhone

Can I just say that this March has been the longest month ever? Not in a totally bad way, just in like a wow-we-did-a-lot-this-month-way.

Up first…Will’s 4th Birthday celebration! Complete with Ninja costumes, transformers, donuts,

play time with his daddy, a new bike and celebrating at school.

Next, Anna teaching her baby and being Cindy-Lou-Who for school.

Will and I enjoyed lunch outside (one the ONE warm day this month) and Anna and her bestie Sofie had their first sleepover.

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Next…mani’s with my girlies before St. Baldrick’s.

St. Baldrick’s Event!  We raised around $100,000 this year and despite the COLD, had a great turnout!

We ‘won’ a craft kit at the St. B’s Silent Auction that has entertained our kids for hours. Will and I get a much needed date and I got to do a gorgeous styled photo

shoot! We enjoyed a pizza night with our friends and the girls and I had a “Spa Day’.

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This past week was Spring Break!  We went to the movies, played with our friends Eva and Henry, met Daddy at work for lunch and swam at the Y! Then…Thursday last week BOTH girls had DOUBLE hernia repair surgery!  We had wonderful care and everything went very well. We could not have been more proud of our brave little girls. They have been on the couch since then and have had an amazing recovery, thank you to the many people who sent us some love over the past few days. Yesterday, Corey finished Will’s loft bed (he’s the best), the girls needed their own space (it only lasted about an hour…not too shabby for being cooped up with each other for the last 5 days!) and today we got outside for a minute to see some signs of Spring and the girls walked their babies.

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See? Lots going on in March!  We are feeling all kinds of grateful for all that this month brought!  Now…maybe April could bring us some Spring?

{Chris + Brigitte}::Styled Engagement

What a GORGEOUS engagement shoot this was!  I was so excited to have had the opportunity to work some amazing vendors to help create these images.  My friend Melanie, event planner and owner of Oak & Honey Events had the beautiful vision for this shoot, and invited me to come along to take some photographs. I had SO MUCH FUN!  If you’re a bride-to-be or just a really fun person planning an epic party, you should call Melanie.  She offers a variety of event planning services, all that  “honor your style with a locally sourced approach”.

The wonderful folks at Graf Growers Garden Center, were kind enough to let us use their beautiful greenhouse.  The flowers were done by the sweet Bronwen of Twig Florals. The props were from Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals.  Our “models”, Chris and Brigitte, were sweet, gorgeous, fun and a total dream to work with.

I know you’ll enjoy these images as much as we enjoyed making them!  And…oooohhhhh….all that green and color….Spring is around the corner, my friends!

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Meet Chris and Brigitte!

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These two are crazy in love. They met while training for a marathon to qualify them to the Boston Marathon.  Their engagement story (keep scrolling!) is amazing. They love seeing new cities…by running through them…they have run Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Cleveland, New York City, and Tampa. They plan to run the San Fransisco marathon on their honeymoon.  Chris works as a finance manager and Brigitte is a Kindergarten teacher, both are from the Canton area. chrisbrigitte_blog-6chris_brigitte_BLOGchrisbrigitte_blog-7

These two are my favorites.  ♥chris_brigitte_BLOG1

The details of this shoot were spectacular!  I love pretty things! chrisbrigitte_blog-1chrisbrigitte_blog-12

Okay, their engagement story…in Chris’ words…”Well the plan was to propose at the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon. Since our relationship began with us training to qualify for this race I figured what better place to ask.  I carried the ring in my key pocket of my running shorts as I ran in the race.  Every so many steps I would reach my hand down to make sure it was still there. As the mile markers came and went I rehearsed what I was going to say. Once I crossed the finish line I was forced to keep moving away from the finish area.  As I kept moving further away I knew my plan was not going to happen the way I had envisioned it.  A few minutes later I was able to locate Brigitte and her father Ray in the crowd.  I was frantic and wasn’t sure what to do.  I didn’t want to ask in the middle of the crowd as we were getting pushed around by the sea of runners who had just finished.  I told her I wanted to walk around and get a picture of the two of us by the finish line.  We waddled gingerly through thousands of people to get there.  Once there is was so crowded and there was no room so I decided to wait. We took a picture and headed back to find our families.  About 20 minutes later we heard two very loud booms coming from behind us.  That sound we heard was the explosions that occurred at the finish line.  Several hours later at our hotel in Cambridge I was faced with the dilemma of what to do.  I wasn’t sure if I could still ask her after what had just occurred at the race.  I thought of other places and times that I could ask in the future.  I knew this was where it needed to happen. So I asked her to go for a walk along the Charles River that night. We walked for a short time in silence looking at the flashing police lights and helicopters circling downtown Boston.  After running a marathon and the events that had occurred that day even a short walk was tiresome.  We decided to head back to the hotel.  As we walked back I faked as if my leg had cramped and went to one knee. She was concerned and asked if I was ok.  I looked up and handed her the ring which was tied to a flower and ask her if she would like to take on the next marathon of our life together.”

GAH!!!

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We popped outside for a few more shots of Chris and Brigitte in their Boston Marathon gear. I’m a teeny bit obsessed with this shot…it’s sooooo them! chrisbrigitte_blog-15

A HUGE THANK YOU to the many people who made this shoot happen! Melanie, your vision was amazing!  Chris and Brigitte, you were delightful to work with and I am so excited to hear all about your wedding and see your future as marathon-running love birds!  Much love to ALL!

 

 

Cindy Lou Who

It’s Dr. Seuss week in Kindergarten. (God bless kindergarteners and their teachers.)  Anna picked to dress up like Cindy Lou Who today.  She was so freaking cute I could hardly stand it.  And, I have to say, so courageous! I’m not sure I would have been as brave to wear this crazy hair style to school when I was her age!

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I love every single strand of hair on this beautiful little head. cindylou-1

She could also totally be a SNL Conehead…:D

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“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
-Dr. Seuss Happy Birthday to You

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March 7, 2014 - 10:23 am

Aunt CL - A.dor.a.ble
xoxoxo

March 7, 2014 - 11:27 am

Momma Dar - Winner… for best picture, hair do, and Momma of the day! She looks like you!