Happy Holidays!

I will be taking a break from this little space of mine to soak up my last days on maternity leave. I hope you all have an amazing holiday with your friends and family. See you in 2015!
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Lifestyle Shoot

I don't have enough gracious words to describe Meg and her amazing photography. She came into our home feeling like an old friend and left our home as a new one. The talent she possesses behind the lens has me wanting to pick up my DSLR and shoot only in manual!

Thank you so much for capturing our little family so perfectly. 


All images are copyright of Meg Sexton Photography.


Friday Musings

It's 11am on a Thursday night and I am watching Hills reruns. True life, Presley was screaming her head off for no apparent reason for over an hour. Pair this with her "up every two hours" last night and I am one exhausted mama.

I have not been up to much around these parts aside from playing around with my DSLR trying to self teach myself how to shoot in manual. For you photographer's I have a question: How do you focus sharply on the eyes?

For the most part I am using autofocus and today I was playing around with manual focus but I feel like my photos are never super sharp! I have a Canon Rebel t4i and any tips would be appreciated!
(But then I see this photo and think I am being too hard on myself :)

I hope you all have a lovely Friday - as for me I am hoping my weekend involves some serious sleep!




Five on Friday

So tonight I am headed to my first cookie exchange so naturally I turned to Pinterest for a recipe. Well let's just say I made these yesterday morning at 10am and had to make another batch last night at 8pm due to not meeting the 3 dozen minimum anymore! (One too many trips to the cookie jar.) They are delicious and I highly recommend you make some gingerdoodles!
My husband treated me to an early Christmas gift of an eyefi mobi card. This allows me to take photos on my DSLR and then they transfer via wifi to my cell phone. So no more excuses for crappy pictures on here! It's super easy to use and so far I love it! I took this gem yesterday.
 (I have ordered so many different things off Etsy in this scallop fabric. I absolutely love it!)

Thank you for all your advice on the dreaded four month sleep regression. Sounds like a resounding "growth spurt" and just got to wait it out. Funny enough is that night Presley went down around 9ish and didn't wake up until 4:45 which is the longest she has ever slept! So I guess there was a small silver lining to her not going to bed at her usual time.

So I bought David three things at REI for his birthday and Christmas. Two were supposed to be for his birthday and one for Christmas. Tell me why I gave him all three yesterday? I am so bad about holding onto gifts! Now I have no idea what to get him for Christmas! Anyone else do this?

On Monday I am going with some friends to take photos with Santa. I can't wait to see how Presley handles it. Part of me really wants her to cry - so mean.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Sleep Problems

The last two nights have been a mess with Presley. We had a pretty good routine going but I fear we have hit the dreaded "four month sleep regression"
She used to go down between 7-7:30 and lately she's been fighting it. On top of that I need to get this lady sleeping through the night as I go back to work so soon. Any advice to drop the night feedings?

All I want for Christmas is...
8 hours of sleep!!


Happy Birthday

Happiest 32nd Birthday to my main squeeze!!
We love you lots!


Holiday Photos

We just received our holiday photos and they turned out pretty cute! Hope you guys had a great weekend I am SERIOUSLY going to do all my Christmas shopping today - because I haven't done an iota of it yet!!


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Thoughts for Thursday

+ Thank you all for the support on my "I don't want to go back to work" post. Lots of good reminders and support in those comments. Made me feel a lot better and also that I am not alone in the struggle.

+ Speaking of going back to work, my original return date was December 31st. I originally had wanted to collect on the New Years holiday but changed my mind. I asked my boss if I could return January 5th instead and he said yes! This makes me SO happy. Technically my maternity leave was up November 18th but I have an awesome boss who said I could stay home until the new year without losing my job. Granted I am not getting paid but hey...that's what my husband is for ;).

+ Pretty stoked I was able to purchase some heirloom moccasins from Freshly Picked when they had a Cyber Monday promo. 20% off and the price still made me want to gag but I pulled the trigger. Hey, it's from Santa.
+ We are getting pictures taken tomorrow by Meg Sexton. I am pretty excited because not only does she take insanely gorgeous photos, but she needed local people with a newborn for an industry magazine shoot. I am excited to take some sweet photos in our home with such talent behind the lens!

+ And lastly our Christmas photos came back and I love them! So hard to choose just one but if you follow me on Instagram you already saw my favorite!
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