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Avery’s First Birthday

April 16, 2012

It’s always so much fun to watch a family grow… But then I get to be a part of their baby’s first birthday?! How lucky am I!

Avery’s friends and family celebrated her first birthday out at Legacy Play Village, and we all got to watch that little cutie patootie eat cake, open presents, and be a little chatter box.

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She took a break from eating the cake (aka raking the icing with her fingers) to welcome some newcomers to her party.

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Guys! This is crazy. A few years ago, I shot Abby & Jon’s wedding, and here is Jon with their sweet Olyvia. It was such a fun surprise to see them!

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Avery and Olivia didn’t waste any time.. they got to playing right away.

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Adalyn & Anslee

April 12, 2012

I have just LOVED watching these sweet girls grow! Adalyn is such a sweetheart and such a little social butterfly. When I was leaving, she gave me a hug and said, “we should do it again sometime!” SO funny. And little Anslee is two months older than Cooper – so she always gives me a little preview of what is to come for us. So much fun.

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Casa Grande – 2012

April 8, 2012

Casa Grande lives on. But we’re about to embark upon some sadness. Chris is taking a job in Midland,  and this was his last weekend in Lubbock. So the Booths came to visit so we could all hang out before Chris peaces out.

It was a weekend full of laughs, eating, smoking A LOT of meat (I mean, seriously. The guys smoked a brisket, two pork shoulders, a turkey, and a salmon), playing games, and celebrating Easter together. Such a good weekend. We are so blessed to have friends like the Booths and Amy and Chris, and we are so undeserving of Jesus and his love for us, and the fact that he gives us friendships that are so stinking awesome.

So here was our weekend in a nutshell. A large nutshell, because I took A LOT of pictures. Here are Ella and Deuce… BFF.

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Coop & his girls. I think he loooved having some his-size peeps to play with.

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Us girls might look a little sweaty… It’s because Allison inspired us to do Insanity with her. We (me and Amy) kind of died, but I kind of loved it, too.

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Silly boys.

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They be strikin’ poses.

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Ella has always talked about getting a pie in the face… Well, we had some leftover cakes in the freezer from Coop’s birthday, so it was Amy’s amazing idea to ice those bad boys and have a cake smashing party. Allison got Ella first. SO FUNNY.

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Then Ella got Amy.

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Chris had the littles and I had the camera, so we were both safe from the cake :)

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Coop is sure going to miss his Chris.

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sweet Bob and Kenna pics

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The Booth Familia

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Us.

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The Igos. (Amy’s sister’s family)

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Casa Grande

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Patricia, Raul & Ziggy

April 4, 2012

I had the privilege of taking these beautiful people’s pictures because Patricia won a 30-minute portrait session at a charity event a while back. Who knew that in 30 minutes (okay, maybe it was 45) you could cuddle on the couch, kiss a lot, show off your awesome dancing skills, and hang out at the park. Oh, and look awesome while doing so. Well, Patricia and Raul did all of those things very well.

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I love this sequence.

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Where oh where to begin! The past few days have been filled with so much fun, sweet family time, and eating, of course. And lots of picture taking, as you’ll come to find out :)

First off… man, we just have the best family ever. My parents and sister flew in for the party (FLEW IN! they are so sweet), and Jordan’s parents came, and they all just helped so so much. And thanks to Selena and Casey, and (whoever else stole my camera and took pictures when I would get sidetracked) for taking so many pictures. It was so fun to celebrate Cooper with everyone, but also, so fun to be reminded of how much love we’re surrounded by. So thankful.

I’ll start from the beginning… So when Cooper was an itty bitty baby, Allison showed me a few fun ideas on Pinterest for monthly photos of babies throughout the first year. I saw one that had fun, colorful patterns the baby was laying on each month, and someone gave us a onesie with a tie on it, so that kind of became our monthly photo, in a last-minute round about way. It was fun to do – and it made me bust out the sewing machine at least once a month to sew a tie onto a onesie. Plus, Jordan is a tie man – he wears one every day – so that made it even more fun.

It’s so fun to see how much our little guy has grown. Here’s what the final product looked like.

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So then a few months ago, I started thinking about this whole first birthday party thing. Why not do ties?! It’s been the theme of every month so far, why not make it the theme of his first birthday? Haha. So ties it was. For the invites, I got the text part of the card printed, cut out the ties out of scrapbook paper, and then sewed those bad boys on.

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Jordan’s mom (Selena) is a cake-baking master, and has made her boys birthday cakes a bajillion times. We’re talking Ninja Turtle and Superman cakes, people! So the tie cake probably seemed super simple and easy to her :) I baked the cakes earlier in the week, froze them, and then put it all together and iced it the night before the party.

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Then I started playing with the leftover icing and Amy had the bright idea to farkle and see who had to eat a handful of icing. She lost. Muah ah ah!

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I saw this fabric garland on pinterest and thought it would be fun for the cake table. It’s a good way to use extra fabric!

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My friend from church, LeAnne, made these AWESOME cookies! How perfect and adorable are they?? If anyone is interested in her beautiful work, let me know and I’ll shoot you her e-mail.

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I sewed ties for all the little boys who came to the party, and I used this tutorial. And guys, I’m like MEGA beginner on the sewing machine, so if anyone out there is looking for a fun, easy project, check it out. And then with the extra fabric I had, I made some fabric rosettes for the girls (and me… haha).

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It was Amy’s idea to put a tie on Deuce. She does not love dogs. That makes this even better!

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Happy Birthday to Coop!

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I was inspired by my friend Janae, who told guests of her little boy’s party to bring certain food items to benefit a local ministry. So, that, along with the fact that we’re moving to Boston in three months (oh my gosh, three months?!?) and trying to get rid of our stuff, made me think this would be the greatest thing to do! I’m so excited to take it to the Dream Center.

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And now, onto all the peeps who made Cooper’s birthday so so special!

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Jordan grilled up a storm!

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how about Cooper’s cheeser face??

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