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The Nelson’s are such a sweet and fun family.  Drew and Henry are 18 months apart and are such sweet brothers.  We had a great time at this session 🙂  I can’t wait to watch them grow up together, I just know they will be the best of friends.  Here are a few!!


I had a very special session announcing that this beautiful Mommy is pregnant with another baby girl!  Taryn was my big sister in my sorority in College, and wow, I am so thankful for that…to have been blessed with such a friendship.  She has always been a special friend since the first time we met.  Madison and her first daughter Harper were born just one day apart.  This family is the sweetest and most loving family you will ever meet and I am so thrilled for them to be adding another baby girl to their family.  This was such a happy photo session! 🙂


The more I look at the next picture it is becoming one of my favorites.  Often you see and feel the joy and happiness in photos, but this one has just as much emotion, but it is filled with love, trust, and pain.  Harper got hurt and was crying and you can see Mommy taking all the pain away from her baby girl and giving her every ounce of love she has.  As a mom of a 2 year old, I am also learning that when your child is hurt, it hurts us as well, and I know this will never change!!


I loved meeting Cooper!  He was almost walking and such a happy one year old, even though we were all sweating on this hot evening!  He is blessed with such a loving mommy and daddy.


In April 2013, I cut back to part time and was fortunate enough to be allowed to take Fridays off.  My Fridays are spent with my baby girl and I know for sure it was the best decision for me.  Fridays I have fun with her, catch up on everything she has learned during the week, catch up on laundry, it’s my official vacuum day and get the house in order as much as possible during nap time day.  Things that I may learn on Fridays that she has learned: Example:  She leaned on my shoulder and caught my hair and said “I sorry Mommy, I didn’t mean to”…Me…speechless.  Madison is officially in the copy everything anyone says phase.  I asked her last weekend if she wanted something…”Yes, I do.”  “You do???” “Yes, I do.”  I was cracking up and told Tim to listen to her, then said she even says it with a little southern accent (must be from her teacher at school).  She says “my accent” with an accent.  Haha!   Yes, she is saying full sentences all the time, and making sense and listening to EVERYTHING!

I must say, I loved the newborn phase, and the infant phase and now in the toddler phase, being able to communicate with her is so special and fun and amazing!  We literally can spend hours laughing at each other.  She makes me so incredibly happy and fills our life with so much joy and laughter.

On a more serious note…Last night she got stung by a gigantic wasp!  I felt so bad for her and she was screaming for almost an hour.  Luckily, she loves having ice (frozen peas!) on her whenever she is hurt.  She was strong.  It did get very swollen, but looks like she isn’t allergic, so we feel good knowing that we have gotten through that!  As first time parents, it is very scary though!

As you may have seen I bought a new camera!!!  So I had fun last Friday with that!  and OMG…it is an awesome camera!  Good thing she doesn’t mind!

Eating some leftover smoothie I made, and trying to offer some to Kali!

_DSC4860_ws_DSC4866_ws_DSC4872_wsPlaying in Kali’s water!!_DSC4876_wsJust like her Mommy…if we are baking cookies we have to have a bite of the cookie dough.  (Although she tried to have WAY too much!)  She was working on rolling it into a ball.
_DSC4880_ws_DSC4882_wsSomehow washing her hands turned into her feet and legs and arms too!_DSC4887_ws_DSC4889_wsDancing and singing in the kitchen while patiently waiting on her cookies._DSC4898_ws

We had a wonderful week at Topsail Beach this summer with Tim’s parents and brother and his Aunt and 3 young children.  Madison thought she was one of the big kids!  They built “forts” on the bunk beds and Madison would hang out with the big kids in there for hours some nights.  Although I loved seeing her have such a good time and be a bit independent, I did not like when I told her she needed to come downstairs and her response was “Mommy, Madison’s busy right now.”  WHAT??? Did my 2 year old just say that to me??? Yes.  She did.  and OH Boy…I was not happy…(okay, I kinda was laughing inside…but not on the outside!)

We went to the beach for a weekend back in March and we couldn’t keep Madison out of the water.  For some reason, this week was very different.  She LOVES the pool, but something about the waves was very scary to her this summer.  It took us until Thursday to finally get her comfortable, and then of course Thursday and Friday she wanted us taking her out to the “big ones” all day. (Big waves.)  We really had a wonderful week.

DSC_0400DSC_0374DSC_0421DSC_0426DSC_0428DSC_0465DSC_0469DSC_0488DSC_0579DSC_0586DSC_0838DSC_0671DSC_0639DSC_0689DSC_0691DSC_0818DSC_0816DSC_0696-2DSC_0758DSC_0814DSC_0811DSC_0856DSC_0830After that beach week, and much to our surprise…Madison was ready for a Big Girl Bed!  Mommy…was thinking she would be in her crib for much longer…but Madison had other plans!  Ever since 7.5 months old she slept wonderfully in her crib, so I was in no hurry to change that.  For a few weeks she was randomly getting up and would SCREAM for me and it was tough getting her to go back to sleep.  Monday night after the beach week we were up from 1:30am until 4am and finally I got her to sleep in our guest room bed.  That morning I asked if she liked it…”Yea, Madison big girl bed!”  Hold on little one…we have never even talked about this before, how do you know what that is?  Was it the big kids at the beach?  Was it someone at school who has recently moved into a bed?  I have no idea.  I then asked “you don’t want to sleep in your crib anymore??”  “No, Madison no crib.”…and there it was…clear as day.  It took me all day to swallow that conversation, but she told me she was ready to move, and yet again…I learn that I my plans don’t always work out!  And I’m becoming more and more okay with that.  The next week we had the guest room bed mattress on the floor in her room and she slept wonderfully again!  and so…here we go!! SOOOO excited about her new Big Girl Bed.  No bedding yet or anything…but she doesn’t care and is back to sleeping well.