Today is my first day in a new decade. HELLO THIRTY! I’m embracing the new age and feeling good that I’m on the young side of a decade rather than being on the older side. 😉
When I reflect back on my 20s, my heart feels overwhelmingly grateful. It was such a sweet experience writing up this blog post and finding old photos on our hard drive. It was difficult to summarize ten years of life… so much happened! I am thankful for photos and big life events that help organize time!
In 2009, I turned 20. I was two years into college at UCF and spent the year learning, student teaching, meeting new friends, serving in my sorority and dating my high school boyfriend long distance. Later that same year, David got down on one knee and proposed to me in front of the Disney fireworks. Best surprise ever!
In 2010, I turned 21 and had too much fun drinking my first martinis that night. David and I spent one last year at different schools until our crazy exciting May of 2011. He graduated with his EE degree (electrical engineering) at UF the first weekend in May, I graduated the next weekend with my EE degree (elementary education) at UCF, and then we got married at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market on Friday the 13th. I was 21 and David was 22. We jumped on a cruise ship for our honeymoon and then road tripped out to Fort Collins, Colorado for David’s summer internship. It was a wonderful summer of hiking, exploring, and enjoying being newlyweds.
Welcome to the world, beautiful Josephine Madeline! I have known Julie since the beginning of high school and it has been so SO fun to watch her fall in love, get married, and now become a mama to Josie Lynn! Julie and Chandler are now parents to a precious little lady. I had an awesome solo adventure day in July and flew to Raleigh, NC to see and photograph this new family of three. So thankful for the opportunity to capture such sweet memories for my friends!! Julie and Chandler, I love your family and am so excited to watch Josie Lynn grow up. Can’t wait to see you guys again soon!!
I loved photographing Catrina and Paul’s maternity session at Philippe Park a few weeks ago and now baby JD is here! Ellie is the sweetest big sister and I know she’s going to take great care of her little brother! JD was a model baby during his newborn session. We got so many great photos!
We are so excited to share that our family will be welcoming a precious new baby in January! James is going to be a big brother and we are going to be parents to two!! You probably made your way here through one of our announcement posts. Thank you for sharing in our excitement! Here are more details about our journey so far!
Do you follow @busytoddler on Instagram? The sweet mama behind that account has started a movement called #proofofmom with the whole purpose of getting moms in front of the camera! It doesn’t matter if you’re in a fancy outfit with makeup on or in workout clothes and three day old hair. The goal is to capture moments and memories with your kids. I love it. For Mother’s Day, I did a Mommy & Me photo session giveaway on Instagram to help further the proof of mom movement. I had so many wonderful women enter the contest and I was so excited when Kate, my new friend from our local children’s gym, won! She has an adorable son named Jude that’s just a little younger than my James. I joined Kate and Jude at their house for a lifestyle family session. These two played with blocks, cars, toys, and read books in the rocking chair. We did all of Jude’s favorite things in his room and we created such sweet memories! We got proof of mom!! I loved this session and hope to do many more just like it in the future!!