Happy Monday friends! ( Or Tuesday if you are on the opposite side of the world ;)) Brent and I have been crazy over here lately, but we are alive and excited to have some down time after a 3 wedding weekend! This is definitely our busy season, and although I don’t have a ton of time to blog in between working and spending time with my family, today I spent the day outside with my little ones and doing a mini shoot for jbhandmades.  Rebecca, the mama behind one of our favorite handmade shops, ( just had a baby !!)  and has added some new inventory to her etsy shop.  In honor of the 4th, which is this Saturday, I did a little holiday inspiration for you. Here are a few of my favorite images from the shoot of Lyla and Lucca.  We love love all of our bows from JBhandmades. But, this one takes the cake, which you can see here.  We have been wearing her bows for a long time and it is so fun to have our collection grow. And don’t worry, If you have little boys in your life, she also makes the cutest bow ties!! Feel free to follow along on her instagram…You don’t want to miss out on any sales and one of a kind items!!  DSCF6993Pin It DSCF7001Pin It DSCF7089-2Pin It
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I took these a few weeks ago on a walk with Lucca.  Just me and her while Brent was hangin with Lyla. I can’t believe she is two and I feel like she is growing so fast.  I am definitely craving another little baby. It is funny how that happens. Two of my girl friends just had babies and another friend is expecting. Now that I am getting ready for number three…I am starting to notice all the pregnant bellies out there.  It is time I’m once again that leaning on the Lord and trusting in HIS perfect timing has to stay in the forefront of my thoughts.  I realize that I am so incredibly blessed by my two girls. I love being a mom. I love being their mom. I sometimes think I love them too much, my heart can’t take it… can you love too much?   It is funny how motherhood works. The process of becoming a mom, and all that goes with it.  Brent and I are thinking and talking a lot about our future, their future… schools, life, adventure, experiences.  We want them to have it all and more.  Brent and I had two very different upbringings… thankfully we both grew up knowing Jesus. Our parents taught us to trust in the Lord and that HE comes first. So now, we are seeking HIS guidance for our future.  Our decisions matter, and we know they will affect our girls lives and our own families.   Thankfully we know HE will direct our paths.   My word and mantra for 2015 is Brave.  I am still working on this.  What this means in my life and how it will shine through.   To be brave in giving, to be brave in communicating, vulnerable in friendships, taking risks, loving hard and living in the fullest.   Life is great. I pray that today we all know our true identities, who God made us to be.  Our time is definitely pulled in a 1000 directions,  especially as a wife and mom.  Thankfully there is grace and today is a new day.  I am truly blessed. xo

 

 

 

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I love Summer. It is definitely my favorite season and it has been 90 degrees and glorious. Despite our drought, we have a pool and it is the best way to keep us cool and entertained.  I can’t believe its June 1st and well… we are 6 months into 2015. I’m still here,  missing not blogging as often as before, but yet enjoying the time with the girls, traveling with Brent and not adding extra to-do’s on my plate. It is definitely bitter sweet, but I am being brave by saying, turning off social media and the computer is actually refreshing. There are moments of feeling like I could be missing out but, I know that I’m gaining more time with my girls. Which in this season with my little babes being so young, I want to soak them all up.  We are in full force wedding season, which means 4-5 weddings per month.  It is a blessing to know that our business is thriving, and we have a full year ahead of us. We enjoy our Monday- Friday at home and really love the freedom our jobs give us.

I recently bought these popsicle molds and it may have been the best idea I ever had.  As you know, I love smoothies and make green smoothies almost daily for my girls. Now with the leftovers they have popsicles (aka ice cream )!!! Seriously, I can’t believe I just found these.
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I took these pictures last week as we were playing outside.  I haven’t taken “portraits” of my girls in a while.. so here are a few of Lyla at three and a half. She actually does not love the camera, but atleast she understands that I’m trying to capture memories of her and Lucca. Lyla, you are such a blessing and full of joy. You are so fun to be with and you love life.  I often look at you and am in awe that you are ours.  You are one of a kind and such a gift.  Maybe one day it will soak in.

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My favorite month. So many things we got to celebrate. Brent and I celebrate our 5 year anniversary. It was my birthday and my baby turned two!
We spent the morning of our anniversary together at a cute little breakfast place here in Redding called From the Hearth. They have the best pastries and I love their homemade granola. Going out for breakfast is one of my favorite things to do, and such a treat since I don’t do it often enough with kids around. It was just the two of us and really nice to spend that time together. I didn’t do any traveling this month and spent lots of time at home. This is what seems to make my heart so full these days as I am relishing and savoring my littles ones being the ages they are. Lucca turned two and I can’t hardly believe it. Talking and laughing and becoming another silly little girl. We threw a mini party for her with some girls friends and tried to not make too big of deal about it for her sake. She doesn’t love too much attention on herself and I didn’t want to overwhelm her. Her life is precious and it was really fun to celebrate her.  It was my birthday on the 17th and I got to spend the afternoon with friends at one of my favorite lunch places. It is weird turning another year older, although I feel the same,  I don’t love saying I’m another year older. My family &  friends spoiled me with gifts in the mail, flowers and some wonderful presents. It was truly an amazing month and of course I’ve been wishing for time to slow down.

I hope you all day a great month too. Here are a few of our favorite days and memories captured…
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A week late, but I’m here.  March, a {unpredicted} personal month for me. No blogging (except for on photography site which you can see here at bvaphoto) and not a lot of social media action happened from me. My mom came to Redding for 6 days. After lots of painting and shopping, we drove to L.A together & I got to spend 10 days at home;  my childhood home; my home away from my home. I spent everyday with either my mom, or one of my sisters and everyday my kids in tow. It was beautiful and a much needed thing. I missed blogging, but it was a nice break. Days go by fast and I’m not about to miss precious moments when it is daylight and when the sun is shinning bright. I’ve finally reached a point with being okay with the lack of silence on social media when my time is well spent away from the computer and my phone.

Some other recent things in March, I spent a day with the girls who started the KICKcancER Movement. My college friend Season started this non profit, and I’ve learned so much from them and how not to take my life, health and relationships for granted. Because, it can easily happen and we need to be aware that all those things are what truly matter.
Lucca is 16 days shy of turning 2!!! I can not believe that. My baby… 2?! Lyla (3.5) asks to go to school or ballet daily. She is growing and learning new words and how to express herself. She told me that ‘she was nervous’ about saying hi to someone and I honestly couldn’t believe that she knew what she meant and how to explain her emotions. My babies are growing and like every mama out there, I wish I could freeze time.  I carry their little hearts in mine and I never knew how much I would cherish being a mom. I’m looking forward to hopefully having another one and have began to pray for that and trusting the Lord on His perfect timing.

My parents celebrated 40 years of marriage and the end of March and Brent & I just celebrated 5 years on April 3rd!! I’m falling more in love with my husband each day. I love walking beside him and learning to enjoy and live our dreams together.
Here are some recent pictures from March.

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