Doll baby is 1 month old today!! And it’s been a busy one! In her very first month, Claire experienced (slept through) the magic of Christmas, rang in in the year as a 2 week old on her due date, has been doted on by her coo coo bananas big brother, adored by her big sissys, had a front row seat for my crazy hormones 😂, and had her first cold. . Our family finally feels complete and we love her so! . PS: see that boxwood wreath? That’s one of 2 that will hang in her room so it seemed like a sweet little memento for her monthly pics! 💗 Swipe for a few cute shots of a big smile, cross eyes, and the newborn version from @sarahdipityphotos 🎉🌈
Poppin in to one of my top fave client sites this week to whip up a few snazzy details for the @creativeatheart Round TEN launch! . It’s been 4 years since I internet messaged @katschmoyer asking if there was a way I could plug in to the
community and serve. Little did I know that Creative would be such a precious part of my business journey and life. Kat has become one of my dearest friends and the countless other friendships that have formed since are such a gift! My oldest girls are obsessed with it, too and beg me every year to be a “Creative Heart” attendee (as they call it!)! 💗😭 I can’t WAIT to see what Kat has in store for you for R10! It’s gonna be a celebration that’s for sure! 🎉 . Are you marking your calendar with me for Jan 30th to snag a spot for the fun? Who do you hope to see there? #creativeatheartround10
Baby Claire was born into a big family of built in besties. All 10 of these cousins live within 5 minutes of each other (3 just right across the street!) and it is the sweetest little blessing to watch them grow and see how much they really love each other! You’d think they never see each other by the way they hug goodbye 😂 . It’s just their normal, but it is such a precious gift to be able to truly call your family your best friends 💗💙 I can’t wait to see how Claire grows and fits into this crazy, silly, fun cousin crew!
When Crew was born, I didn’t do newborn photos. I didn’t have the energy to get dolled up and manage all the things to make a shoot happen. But I regret it. I wish I had more shots from those little days to look back on. So I knew I wanted to get them done for Claire. I just had to do things a little differently. . Instead of feeling like we had to look our best for photos, I tried to keep things as relaxed as possible and wanted the pictures to just be a reflection of what our real life looks like in this season. We stayed in jammies for the session and in true toddler fashion, Crew was not having any of it. I wasn’t mad one bit about it and the pictures we got back with him in them are just plain hilarious 😂 I love them way more than the usual posed pic! . While Sarah was capturing some sweet images of Claire by herself, the kids went wild and threw off every cushion on the couch to jump on. Which is SO FITTING because while it rained almost daily on break, this is what would go down in our circus house 🤪🙈 . I’m so so glad we did pictures this time and even more glad that they are a true peek at what our life looks like in this season! Thank you @sarahdipityphotos for being the best ever!
Christmas has passed and has been packed up - minus the outside lights. Can we keep those up year round? 🎄 But even though the season has come and gone, I’m not ready to move on. Tomorrow marks 3 weeks since the birth of my sweet Claire and I’m in no hurry to conquer 2020. . Back in December, everywhere I looked on social was filled with messages of “Set your goals NOW or you’ll be behind in business come January!” Heck, it started in November. . Well, I’m just your little reminder that if you didn’t get around to it because you were enjoying your life in December, you’re not behind. Your business shall not fail. Small biz is FUN because you get to make up the rules and decide when you’re gonna do what. And I’m not just saying that because I’m in your boat right now. I saw it first hand play out in 2019. . I made big cool revenue generating idea goals in late 2018. I covered my white board in goals and vision statements and team building plans and deadlines. . Then I burned it all down after feeling completely overwhelmed in January and literally halted my business through February of last year. Screeching stop kinda halt. I went from team building to a one woman show in 2019 and stopped a TON of stuff I thought I “had to do” for years. And without goals... without big plans... without deadlines mapped out... I doubled my revenue from 2018 and my little crazy biz fully took care of our family financially for the first time ever. . This year I’m walking into 2020 still very much enjoying 2019 😉 And I’m not ashamed of having zero goals. There’s plenty of time in 2020. We’re not behind one bit! 💗🌈
Signing off social to enjoy the last week of break with these FOUR 💗💗💙💗 and our Christmas tree for a few more days 🎄🎅 I Hope y’all have the sweetest New Years celebration whether big and fancy or small and sweet. . See ya next decade! (Couldn’t resist 😉🎉) - 📸 @sarahdipityphotos
I interrupt your perfectly styled and manicured scroll of photos to show you what real life as a newborn Mama actually looks like 😉 Yesterday’s jammies. Yesterday’s bun. Chipped nails. Piles of laundry. And lunch = 2nd cup of coffee and kettle corn. At least that is fresh 😂 . I’ve been sharing glimpses of the real real in stories and keep getting DMs sliding in my inbox about how new Mamas and Mamas to be feel SO MUCH BETTER seeing someone actually share and talk about the realities of motherhood. . Y’all know I love a pretty picture. But goodness we need more of the real and actual moments we can relate to on social media. I’m here for it! What do you think? Do you crave a trend back to more of the real on social, too?
Kennedy asked last night if we could leave the tree up for a few more days after Christmas. 🎄🎅😍🎀 You got it babe! . I’d much rather spend my time this week snuggling this new doll baby and enjoying family time while everyone is on break than tearing down the twinkle lights and organizing anyway! 👌 . Are you team tear it down right now or let the magic linger a little longer? There’s no right answer! You do you 😉
Merry Christmas sweet friend from our rainbow world to yours 🎄💗🌈 Even if it is a neutral world 😉 We still love you! . I hope you feel joy and love and hope and wonder no matter what your Christmas looks like. What a precious day to remember how the Lord provides for us even in ways we would have never imagined or thought possible. He is good when things are merry and bright and even when all feels lost and broken 💗 What a gift 🎁 (captured by @sarahdipityphotos)
Our sweet baby Claire. 💗🎀🎄 She didn’t want to miss Christmas after all! Fitting since her name means bright 🌈 . She arrived yesterday at 7:51pm and we are so so in love with our baby of the fam! I can’t wait for her big siblings to meet her here soon!