baby Hazel, 11 days old

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See, the thing is, babies change. Fast. I met Hazel at the hospital and just days later, I nearly didn't recognize her. The growth that happens in a baby's first year, especially the first few weeks, is incredible! It's hard to imagine that she'll be upright and quite possibly walking by her first birthday! Sigh. Slow down, little lady, is what I'm sure we'll be saying all the year through.

What an honor to spend the afternoon with this family as they adjust to life with a little one, less sleep and hearts overflowing with love. Parenthood looks so, so good on you. xo

Autumn DIY inspiration with Pencil Events at Hardy Farm

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Denise and I were able to tag-team an adorable inspiration shoot organized by Megan Lord from Pencil EventsHardy Farm was the backdrop and such a great venue for this fall-inspired theme.  It was my first time there and I loved the feel of the place.  The wood barn is finished, but the rustic appeal still stands.  The open yet private wooded ceremony area is nestled amongst the trees behind the barn.  Ample lawn surrounds the farm, enough for a dinner reception tent and plenty of lawn games.  Rustic rock walls, white farm fences, and pretty gardens decorate the property.  The iconic Hardy Farm horseshoe (filled with luck!) hangs above the barn doors.

Megan put her stylist skills to work, her creativity and thoughtfulness evident in each little vignette she designed around the property.  The mouthwatering edibles brought each vignette to life.  Heather from The Good Food Store and Catering Company in Bethel cooked up some delectable delights that were oh-so-photogenic as well as delicious (she sent Denise and I home with huge boxes of goodies, that became my lunch and dinner!).

These three together -- Megan, Heather, and Hardy Farm -- made for a wonderful inspiration shoot filled with ease, playfulness, whimsy, warmth, and that feeling of cozy familiarity.  It was a pleasure working with you ladies!  Denise and I thoroughly enjoyed our time with you and hope we can all do it again soon!

See this inspiration shoot on Wedding Chicks here and see it in print in the upcoming issue of WellWed Maine and New Hampshire magazine soon!

life is short, go to Disney

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For Will's first Christmas, his Cincinnati cousins gave him a stuffed animal Piglet. A longtime fan of (classic) Winnie the Pooh (there is an actual Hundred Acre Woods in England and I've been!), I was delighted when he took so quickly to his new little friend, an instant security blanket.

Piglet is a daily fixture (and a popular guest on my personal Instagram feed), accompanying us everywhere and snuggled under Will's arm every night. When I was pregnant with Clara, Piglet was the fill-in for practicing what life as a big brother would be like... swaddling, feeding, buckling the carseat, going for walks in the stroller. When making decisions, we often ask Piglet for input and Will replies on his behalf: "he doesn't talk yet," like we say about little sister Clara. Will refers to him as his "best buddy" and once even threw him a birthday party (and again for about six times a day on repeat for a week or so). I blame Toy Story for the melty soft chocolate chip cookie mess I turn into watching Will with his 10" BFF. It's truly the "good stuff" of parenting.

This most recent Christmas night, once the kids were tucked in and with our hearts still exploding with joy, J and I spontaneously booked tickets to Disney for March (as did many others on the same holiday high, we gathered, as we watched flights selling out in between mouse clicks). We couldn't wait for Will to meet Piglet, and just like Disney promises, the moment was pure magic.

Disney is expensive. Our kids are young. We know. We aren't Mickey Mouseheads (is that a term?), but DisneyWorld is freakin' fun no matter your age and hey, life is short. We took Will when he was 14 months, so obviously we needed to take little Clara now, too, to be fair. :) Jumping on hotel beds, popsicles every day, character meals and meeting up with family were just a few of the highlights (message me if you plan to go with a toddler and/or a baby and I'll be happy to share more). Escaping the everyday for a little fantasy was so so good for all of us.

My hands were mostly full with a baby, a tired toddler, leftover lunch, a stroller handle, sunscreen, a dripping popsicle, a diaper bag and/or some combination of the above, but I fortunately did bring my "big" camera with one lens (35mm) on vacation, too. Can't get these images into a Pinhole Press book fast enough (fyi, use code MOMFAB for 25% off photo books ordered before 4/21)!

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