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Before this sweet squishy face is 2 months old he will have traveled to one of my all time bucket list destinations. I would be jealous, if I didn’t know he is going to be with a whole mess of family members that cannot wait to meet and love all over him. Safe travels little man. Enjoy Peru to the fullest.
Just to mix things up I thought I’d try my hand at making my own holi powder and adding a little flair to a shoot. I’ll need to add a little more color next time to make the powder more vibrant, but all in all I’d say it was a success. I mean, there really wasn’t an unhappy (or clean) face to be found. I used this recipe but you can find a ton of ideas on pinterest. Enjoy!
Addison’s 7th Birthday celebration was a huge success! Every year I try to talk her into ice skating, bowling, gymnastics or some other location that takes the chaos far away from our home. And every year she talks me into transforming our rooms into a party place. She likes to be home and wants to celebrate with friends in her space. It’s hard to say no. The carnival theme is such a fun one to explore! The color, activities and really just the carnival crazy.
For a craft (who doesn’t love a good craft?!!) the kids decorated their own party hats. Easy and so much fun.
I’m not usually a big vintage buyer, but those little clowns from Penny Lane Vintage just make me happy. I kind of want to leave them out all year long. They were definitely the perfect compliment to the fabulous desserts by Jenny Cookies. The popcorn box cookies were my absolute favorite! Baking is not something I excel at so I am always delighted to see her wonderful creations. What’s a carnival without a clown? I think she makes the cutest clown on the block. Big giant, huge thanks to my mom who made a custom clown costume for the birthday girl.
So excited to greet her guests!
Clown nose cake pops made for a really terrific Photo Booth prop. And the backdrop from Drop it Modern almost makes me want to paint red & white stripes on the wall it was so perfect.
I am often in awe of the talents of others. My cousin is an incredible artist and when I asked her to use her talents for face painting she completely rocked it! I was thinking hearts and flowers and she was thinking fabulous elaborate works of art. Love her.
We’ll get to baby Graham, but first we can’t ignore the super cute 2 year old who is working out this new role of big sister with a little sass and a whole lot of cowgirl cute. I love this. For me it sort of wraps up that whole ‘new baby really isn’t as much fun as I thought it was going to be’ reaction. Like animals circling in the wild trying to understand each other. Those are some seriously lovely lips. Sweet dreams little man. Newborn photos offer the chance to give a gift to parents. The telling of the beginning of a story that is theirs. I truly love the sweet relationship in the early days where sleep and hygiene are luxuries, but you can take a moment and just play with fingers & toes and marvel that your family has grown.
This airplane nursery has so many special touches. Flight gear, maps & flight book from Great Grandpa, an authentic propeller and handmade with love by mom. My favorite.
I am now officially jealous of a 7 year old. Addison’s best buddy has her birthday in October and therefore could celebrate her day EVERY year at the pumpkin patch! All that fall deliciousness wrapped up in golden sun, scarecrows, gourds galore and corn mazes? My favorite. I’m seriously thinking of moving my birthday so that I too can live the dream. It is technically my half birthday so maybe I should just amp up that trend a bit. Here’s hoping they don’t check my license when I show up with balloons and cake.
What could possibly make the pumpkin patch any more incredibly fun that it naturally is?? Three best girlfriends in glitter party hats exploring every inch. Shannon may actually un-invite me from next year’s festivities for this one, but it just makes me smile. I can hear her laughing from here. We ended with a day at the races. Duck races. Who knew?
Happy, happy Birthday sweet girl.
I clearly overestimated my ability to get things done on my birthday. I enjoyed a wonderful day with family and away from the computer and so the winner had to wait a day to be announced. Through the wonderful mystery of the random number generator online I’ll be sending a shiny new copy of Eat More Dessert to Sarah Morris. I’m sure she will be baking up some fabulous creations in the next few weeks. It’s hard to resist the tempting pages once you start flipping. Trust me on this one. To grab a copy for yourself head on over to Amazon. You will not be disappointed.
Celebrating our winner with some happy flips and fancy fun!
As I sit here Easter Sunday more aware of the enormous gift Jesus gave each of us, it is reinforced tenfold in the beauty of a newborn baby. Perfection, hope, joy, love all wrapped up in a bundle that asks for nothing except your willingness to accept, take hold and keep close to your heart. I know this might simplify the enormity of what Christ accomplished for us this day, but it’s the simplicity that makes it the more amazing. Take hold, accept and keep His promises close to your heart. Happy Easter
I have set a goal for my kids. By summer’s end Landon & Addison will be ready and enthusiastic (because attitude counts!) about summiting Mt Pilchuck with me. I’ve always enjoyed hiking and have decided that they have finally reached the ages to tackle the dream alongside me. We started our super fun outdoor training over spring break taking on Mt. Erie, Ice Caves (a bit premature for the season), and Peshastin Pinnacles. I am so proud of them and their tenacity. I’m pretty sure they are completely done with mom’s catch phrases, triggered by any form of discontent, and so climb upward with smiles on their faces to humor me. Who knows, maybe they’ll come to love it as much as I do. If I look hard enough, I think I might see Rainier in our future… Unfortunately I didn’t bring a camera to Mt. Erie. Epic fail, I know. Just means we have to do it again. Ice Caves with the Duncs was quite the adventure. Turns out, the trail isn’t exactly ready for adventures. At least not adventurers in tennis shoes & shorts. We didn’t let a little (or a lot) of snow & wet feet stand in the way of fun. Road trip to Leavenworth! There is something pretty special about watching your kids play with your childhood friend’s kids. Next generation and all that. I’ve been friends with Carrie since friendship bracelets and New Kids on the Block singing about The Right Stuff.
Birthdays are celebrated in a myriad of ways. Some people want to hide or keep quiet in hopes they can skip this annual inevitable jump to another year, while others enjoy the full band-grand banner waving-balloon flying joyous celebration. I’m a much bigger fan of the latter. The Mesnick’s definitely chose to embrace the merriment for Riley’s 1st birthday celebration. In the company of friends and family they delighted in their sweetly grinning one year old.
Delicious and unique food catered by Blue Ribbon, a simply incredible ice cream dessert table by the amazing Jenny Cookies and you have a recipe for a fantastic party. It was such a treat to capture and enjoy this family. The cake smash was filled with the parental enthusiasm and lackluster interest by the birthday girl herself. Riley finally did realize the golden opportunity presented to her but it is such fun watching the revelation happen. Photo Booth pictures allowed guests to take a walk on the goofy side and strike a pose with some creative props.
Overall it was truly a successful afternoon filled with love & birthday wishes.
This little guy has done some serious growing in the year I have been photographing him. And by growing I most definitely mean in both body and personality. He is a riot! He can go from happy to sad to happy at the speed of a hummingbird wing. It’s a talent, that if harnessed correctly, could really be the driving force behind his dramatic career. Loves to you my little man.