It’s been crazy in our house lately. Aside from working 40 hours a week, I’ve been working on Avery’s first birthday décor, creating custom save-the-dates, and creating wedding invites for close friends of mine. I have several friends who are tying the knot this year and it’s a joy to be a part of their special day. It’s definitely wedding season – that busy but joyful time of year! It’s difficult, though, because the second I step foot through the door, all I want to do is snuggle with my little one.
This past weekend we had zero plans. I try to take advantage of these gloriously empty days and spend plenty of time being lazy in our pajamas. I can’t get enough of her snuggles and chubby thighs. And apparently, neither can the dogs. Our dog Molly photobombed every single picture during our quick little photo session. I decided to capture the pure joy because it won’t be long enough until Molly is running in the other direction – away from a speedy toddler! I can’t wait to see their relationship blossom.
One day, the dogs will be following her around the house, hoping she drops a piece of food. It’s definitely going to be a love-hate relationship.
Happy International Women’s Day! I think Patrick Swayze said it best when he said, “Nobody puts baby in the corner.” There is no force more powerful than woman determined to rise.
Avery and I had fun during our little photo shoot. It was the perfect time to break out her leg warmers and relive a classic line from the best movie- Dirty Dancing! Enjoy 🙂
It’s happening. The woman who is my cousin, my friend, and Avery’s godmother is getting hitched next year. She was the person behind the dessert bar for Avery’s dedication and baby shower. She is incredibly talented and is one of the most hardworking people I know. Avery and I happily joined her wedding venue shopping in Augora Hills.
When you drive into the hills, it’s like you’ve entered Santa Barbara wine country. It’s luscious, green, and wonderfully breezy. I strapped Avery into her favorite carrier and we started to walk around the premises. It didn’t take long for her to say, “This is the one!” We were escorted to the bridal suite, where we sat down and begin to work through our somewhat absurd list of 100 questions.
The amateur photographer in me checked out every window in the bridal suite. The gorgeous sunlight peeking through was blissful – now I just need to lose 25lbs before this wedding!
After touring the venue, we decided to head to Los Agaves Mexican Grill for a quick bite to eat. When we arrived at the table, I was greeted by a large wine box with a wine colored ribbon tied around it. After ordering delicious fajitas and a margarita, I sat down with Avery and caved in to my curiosity of what was in the box. I soon discovered a gorgeous bottle of wine with a custom-made tag that said, “Yvette, will you be my bridesmaid?” Of course I said yes! Next to the wine was a lovely nail polish, a custom stemless glass with my name on it, and paint chips in the colors of the wedding.
Ladies, there is no better way than to say, “Will you be bridesmaid?” than with a bottle of wine. Am I right?! These wine boxes are the perfect gift to add some love and uniqueness to your request for bridesmaids! Next on my list is to start planning the most epic bridal shower EVER. More details to come, of course!
Avery’s friend Nixon came over for a playdate, and it was the first time Avery’s ever been around another baby. She was absolutely infatuated with him. It was like she was realizing that humans who are the same size as her actually exist – not only the giants that are her parents! She examined his every move, couldn’t stop touching his hand, and was mesmerized by his hair. I couldn’t even get her to look up at the camera for a picture! Can you say “boy crazy”? Lord help me one day.
I wish these two would stay this small forever. This picture was taken over a month ago and it seems like Avery has doubled in size. She is now able to sit up on her own (with the occasional fall), hold her bottle by herself, and she loves meeting new people. I will continue to capture every single moment with Avery and her new friends. I know it seems obnoxious when you’re not a parent, but what they say is true – it goes so fast!
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