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Chico, CA Lifestyle Newborn:: Baby M

I’m back!! And I thought there was no better way to come back to blogging than with a sweet little baby girl’s Lifestyle Newborn session!

I loved getting to finally meet little miss M. We had scheduled the Maternity Session, Birth Photography and Newborn Session…but baby girl decided to come early and we didn’t even get to photograph her in her mommy’s belly! But truly, she is healthy now and that is what is important. Congratulations Niehues family and welcome home, Mabel!

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Disneyland 2016


Thank you to Oma and Opa for this trip of a lifetime!! We never would have made this a priority so we are very grateful that Travis’ parents did! The kids were surely spoiled and so were we!

Brody and Brinley both did a great job throughout the busy day at Disneyland–we didn’t realize how packed it would be due to the Holiday. Brody had a rough start with some of the creepy “kids” rides. I’m not sure why Disney has so many creepy things! Witches, werewolves, creepy bunnies, etc. But, once we found the Dumbo ride, teacups, and Buzz Lightyear stuff we were good to go!

2016-02-24_00032016-02-24_00042016-02-24_0005Brinley was really just along for the ride! She wanted to explore and would walk around, clapping and dancing to the music that was playing. 2016-02-24_00062016-02-24_00072016-02-24_00082016-02-24_00092016-02-24_0010

Brody’s favorite ride was the Buzz Lightyear one. We could have guessed this since it was basically going through a maze on a spinning car while you shoot targets! A boy’s DREAM!

We waited in line for about 25 minutes for the StarWars 3-D ride. Brody was crying as we had him sit down but once it started, he LOVED it and wanted to do it again.

Brody was a bit bummed that the Storm Troopers who walked by him wouldn’t reach out and give him a high five. They were too busy “patrolling” as the lady told me when I asked if he could get a high five. Give me a break. Aren’t these characters there to make little kid’s days?? They had a very important job to do! 😉

Brody was in HEAVEN as he got a personal meet and greet with Spiderman! He was just jumping up and down and wasn’t even talking. It was so cute! He told Spiderman that he loved the Buzz Lightyear game and he got the high five he’d been dying for! He even gave Spidey a hug when he left.

2016-02-24_00112016-02-24_00122016-02-24_00132016-02-24_00142016-02-24_00152016-02-24_00162016-02-24_0017This is a day that we will never forget! It was so much fun, great weather, and full of memories made! Brody literally fell asleep in his carseat before the car was put in drive.:)2016-02-24_0018Thank you, Oma and Opa!!!



As I look back on this past year, for one reason, or a few, I am seeing 2015 as our toughest year yet. Scattered in the tough is, of course, so many great memories. Or more accurately–the tough is scattered amongst so many great blessings. 2015 was very full–full of great joy and deep sadness, many many laughs and a fair share of tears. BUT, there was more triumph than defeat and for that I am grateful. 2016-01-01_0001

2016-01-01_0002Ultimately, I am grateful for God’s promises and how He gets us through it all. Because, really, I can’t do this alone. That has never been more clear to me.

How can 2016 look different? I want it to and I think that it can…with intentionality. So, that is my word for this coming year.


I am going to be more intentional.2016-01-01_00082016-01-01_0005I had to let go of a few things in 2015–some of the things were healthy to let go of, although still difficult. Letting go of these things has given me space to be intentional where it is needed and where being intentional matters.

So often I find myself daydreaming about doing little things for people–Making something that would bring them joy, buying and giving that coffee mug that reminds me of them, praying for friends who cross my mind throughout the day, inviting that new family over for dinner, writing the letter to a long-distance pal, making a double batch of whatever we are having for dinner and dropping it off to that friend who could use the help, hugging my husband more, etc. 2016-01-01_00032016-01-01_0006A few nights ago my husband walked in the door from work and our son ran up to him to greet him screeching, “DADDY!!!”. Then I noticed that our son turned to look at me for my reaction. When I noticed this, I chimed in on the excitement and joined the hugs. I don’t know anything more motivational than knowing that my kids are watching me–more closely than I realize. 2016-01-01_0007So although I am not a New Years resolution kinda girl, this year I am going to have a word. Do you have a word, phrase, verse, etc for your year? How are you consistent and reminded of it throughout the year? Please share! I am thinking of writing it in different places throughout our home but I would love to hear how you’ve been successful.:)Thanks!

Happy New Year, friends!


Chico, CA Fresh 48:: Baby Girl M

Baby fever is real and it is strong, my friends! Congratulations to these beautiful friends of mine. Their daughter is so perfect and she is very loved. It was so sweet seeing Lauren and Kevin as parents. Baby M was so alert and relaxed, just taking everything in.

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