4th of July Photo Shoot

If there’s one thing you should know about me, I do not pass up opportunities for cute family photos. I LOVE me a good photo shoot. (I am also incapable of passing up a Gilmore Girls quiz should I happen to scroll upon it on Facebook or Pinterest. But that’s neither here nor there.)

My good friend Hannah of Hannah Grimmet Photography is always taking the cutest seasonal/holiday photos of her three girls. I am in a perpetual state of jealousy (seriously check out her blog!) Anyway, a week or so ago we were hanging out and she was telling me about this barn that has a huge American flag painted on the back. She’s driven past a million times and always wanted to take photos there but has been too nervous to waltz up to the front door and ask.

Lucky for her, I have no such fear. And in return she offered to take pictures for me too! I found outfits for the kids at Kid to Kid. Going there saved me the trouble of searching Children’s Place or Gymboree but still letting me get something non-Walmart at a good price. Win!

My outfit on the other hand was a little harder to decide on. Oh a whim I grabbed a romper from Old Navy (me, a romper, what?!). I was certain that the dressing room mirror was deceiving me when I put it on and it not only looked ‘meh okay’ but it actually looked awesome. What?! That’s right you guys..I bought a romper. I actually kept the tag on it in preparation to return it cause really would I every wear it again?

But then I wore it for the photos and decided that it was so comfortable that I needed to keep it.

My contribution to the photo shoot was sparklers that honestly didn’t look as awesome as I was hoping. The early morning light probably had something to do with that. Hannah, on the other hand, brought these awesome huge bubbles which made for some amazing photos. And now I have to go buy some because my kids are officially obsessed, and I am too if we’re being totally honest.

We took the photos at 7am-ish and then I brought everyone home and fell into a coma while the kids watched TV. It was all totally worth it. Check it out for yourself.

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Vacation Part 1: Arizona

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^^New hair, fresh spray tan, ready for vacay

Mmm Vacation. I was looking forward to this for like a month. So ready for the warmth of Arizona, so ready to just chill and relax and let family play with my babies.

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^^What a good husband!

Our flight left in the afternoon and it was only like an hour so there was really no chance of either kid sleeping. But Chris was an angel and let me sit all by myself in the back of the plane while he took care of BOTH kids. I think it was the most relaxing flight I’ve ever had in my whole life. Seriously magical.

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^^Look how relaxed I am on the flight all by myself!

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^^Babies require a lot of crap

We flew in with Chris’ little sister Caitlin who Evelyn is seriously in love with so that was nice too. The whole reason for the trip was for Chris’ brother’s wedding. So once in town, Caitlin and I headed out to get a gift for the bridal shower that night. We picked something super boring off the registry: sheets, and then something that we thought would make a nice companion gift, lingerie. Obvs.

The funny thing is that since their registry was at Target, everyone who decided to also get the bride lingerie ended up getting her the exact same thing. Dumb Target, only having one bridal worthy type of lingerie. At least that way she can make returns and pick out exactly what she wants.

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The next day I went for a brisk 5 mile run (half marathon here I come) and in return got a massive blister just in time for the wedding on Saturday. So..that was great.

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^^Hugest blister EVER!

I set up a party with all the bridesmaids to do matching Jamberry nails for the wedding so we did that on Friday afternoon. Then Friday evening, the boys went out for a “bachelor party” (dinner and laser tag) and I went out with the bride and a couple of Chris’ sisters  for dinner. It was a lot of fun. We spent the whole time making the bride feel super awkward by talking about sex. But I mean really…what else were we gonna talk about the night before the wedding??

The morning of the wedding, Chris’ stepmom set up a little easter egg hunt for the kids. Evelyn LOVED getting two Easters.

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The wedding was just beautiful. Evelyn loved running around outside the temple while everyone was waiting for the bride and groom to emerge. But she was not about to let the bride steal the show.

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^^Waiting for the bride and groom is hard.

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^^”Why is everyone looking at the bride…Can’t they see I’m right here?”

At one point I lost track of her and saw her little shoes peeking out from behind a pillar. She was playing doctor with Chris’ sister and having surgery done on her knee. Naturally.

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I even managed to hobble around in my heels with my blister becoming more and more painful. Pain is beauty my friend.

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I take too many selfies, true or false? Trick Question! There’s no such thing.

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^^I seriously love this picture. Chris with his baby brother, newly married and ready to take on life.

Evelyn spent the reception shoving cupcakes into her face and dancing like a maniac. She is seriously so hilarious.

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Sunday, we skipped church and went to visit my Grandma and Aunt where Evelyn got yet another Easter surprise. I guess it’s understandable that people want to spoil such a cute little girl. By now she’s a pro at opening gifts.

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^^Great Grammy’s house is the best!

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^^Everyone loves goldfish right

On Monday we grabbed a rental car and made the trek to California for our Disneyland Adventure….

 

To be continued.

Summer reading list

I love it when Spring slowly warms into Summer. It’s such a nice change after the breeze and rain that comes with Spring. I love to step out into the warmth and be instantly engulfed in a warm blanket of comfort. Not that I don’t love Spring, it’s a great relief after the Winter chill, but there’s something about the feel and smell and look of Summer that reminds me of vacation from school as a kid. It screams freedom.

Read about my perfect Summer day here.

One of my favorite parts of lazy Summer days is basking under the sun, working on my tan and reading a good book. For a book to qualify as a good Summer read, it has to meet some very specific qualifications.

  1. Entertainment. First and foremost it needs to be primarily entertainment. I am not looking for a book to tickle my brain and make me contemplate life. I don’t want any heavy content.That’s what Winter vacation reads are for (don’t ask me why..I don’t make the rules).  I want something light and funny.
  2. Easy Read. It needs to be an easy read. By that I mean, super easy to comprehend. So not only do I need the content to be easy, breezy I need the writing style to be so comprehensible that my attention can wander and I can still understand what’s going on.
  3. Short. I’m not talking short story length, but short enough that I can easily read it before I have to return it to the library. Or even short enough that I can read 2 or 3 books before I need to take them back.

So if these qualifications sound like your type of Summer read, keep scrolling and make your list for books to get this Summer for a perfect relaxing tanning session.

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Between Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson

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Summary- “Nonny Frett understands the meaning of the phrase “in between a rock and a hard place” better than any woman alive. She’s got two mothers, “one deaf-blind and the other four baby steps from flat crazy.” She’s got two men: a husband who’s easing out the back door; and a best friend, who’s laying siege to her heart in her front yard. And she has two families: the Fretts, who stole her and raised her right; and the Crabtrees, who won’t forget how they were done wrong. Now, in Between, Georgia, a feud that began the night Nonny was born is escalating and threatening to expose family secrets. Ironically, it might be just what the town needs…if only Nonny weren’t stuck in between.”

– From Goodreads

This book already hold a special place in my heart because I met the author when I was in high school, her name is also Jocelyn (although spelled differently) and she signed my book, “To the other Jocelyn.” Plus it’s about a state that is very near and dear to my heart.

All that aside it’s a great story that has enough dimension to make it interesting as more than just a romance, but not too much dimension that you have to contemplate every sentence you read and the possible symbolism and meaning behind it.

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