Friday, November 1, 2013

Pumpkins and Halloween

Yesterday, on Halloween, we set out for a pumpkin patch to get some pics of Lola frolicking amongst the pumpkins. You know, the typical pumpkin/baby pics. Well, turns out, all pumpkin patches close on the 30th. Like, all of them. So, we decided to improvise and go to the store, buy our own pumpkins and have a photo shoot in the yard. After visiting three stores, all who had NO pumpkins, we finally found a Lowe's that was selling small pie pumpkins for $1 a piece. Done.

We got home, set up our photo shoot area and snapped some pics of Lola and her pumpkins!
 This is her new 'smile' face. When we tell her to smile, this is what she does! 

 Embracing no makeup. At least I washed my hair, though. 

After the pumpkin photo shoot, we quickly moved on to a costume photo shoot! This year, Lola was a lady bug -- the cutest lady bug ever! And she didn't even mind the costume...she actually reached for it and seemed to enjoy having it on. 

Hope you all had a very Happy Halloween!!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Catching Up: Lola's First Birthday Party!

Your child's first birthday party is a little intimidating - or at least it was for me. You are inviting all your friends and family over to witness a big milestone in your child's life and things should be...well, perfect. Also, the photos taken at this event will be looked at forever. FOREVER. So, again, it must be perfect.

I started planning Lola's party almost two months in advance, however, I was still scurrying to do things the morning of. I'm not quite sure how this happens...I think I just subconsciously enjoy it.

I wanted the theme to be 'shabby chic' with a very pastel, happy color pallet. I wanted to keep the budget small so I made a lot of stuff myself. But, I wouldn't have been able to do any of it without my amazing mom who helped take care of Lola, helped me clean, made her smash cake AND cupcake, etc., etc., etc.! Thanks, Wandawg!

Oh, I also planned for the party to be outside but it, of course, decided to rain so those plans were botched. And all the yard work that Shane worked on the two weeks prior was all for not. Ha!

Here are the results of our efforts and the celebration of Lola's first year!

 Our garage drink station...not my vision but we made the best of it!

We had a great time and Lola ate a LOT of cake. She was definitely a fan. Thanks to all who came and helped us celebrate!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Catching Up: My Baby is One Year Old!

Technically, Lola is now 13 months but, geez, I've been so bad with this let's back up. Let's take a look at my girl's journey over the past 12 months:

The past year has been great, crazy, emotional, trying, full of learning -- so many emotions and so many lessons. Lola is our biggest blessing and our biggest adventure. Love this girl so so so much!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Lola's 11 Months Old - Actually Almost 1 Year Old!

I'm a little late posting the 11 month old pic...oops.

 The ONLY shot I was able to get on the calendar. She is ALL OVER THE PLACE!

Aaaannnnndddd we're done.