Nineteen weeks has come and gone! It went a little something like this… It was an average, acceptably eventful week with downtime and fun time and regular life in between. I’ve felt physically out of shape, but mentally motivated and in tune with life. Earlier in the week I tackled the stored up baby clothes in the basement and managed to take out about 30% of the boy clothes that Finn has outgrown and pass them on to a couple other moms who have or…Continue Reading “Belly Day // Nineteen Weeks”

This week we experienced the next big, excited stage of this pregnancy! Steven and I got to see our little bebe during our anatomy ultrasound. It was surreal and beautiful and I loved the whole experience. The next couple days were spent prepping, shooting, and editing a gender reveal video for friends and family. I think I drove myself insane because I tried to get it all done as soon as we could. We didn’t want to keep everyone waiting too long (plus I could…Continue Reading “Belly Day // Eighteen Weeks”

Week 17, people! I said that like it was an exciting week… but pregnancy-wise it wasn’t really. Life-wise it was special, though! We had visitors! The awesome Chantel and her also awesome friend, Kez were in the states and came to see us. My heart grew a few sizes when we recorded the progress video for this week. Few things are better than being surrounded by my peeps. <3 Week seventeen wasn’t so bad pregnancy-wise, just uneventful. Everything is basically the same as last week….Continue Reading “Belly Day // Seventeen Weeks”

Oh man, here we go again! I looked back at my last pregnancy just now and realized I started documenting at 17 weeks. I thought I was behind, so that made me feel better about myself. Starting this process near the start of the 2nd trimester is most definitely due to the fact that I’ve finally started to emerge from the fog of the last three months. It has nothing to do with the presence of a belly, considering my body got the memo right…Continue Reading “Belly Day // Sixteen Weeks”

Several weeks ago I posted this video to Facebook, trying to be all tricky and mysterious. For the sake of documentation and consistency, I felt like it needed to be posted on my blog, too! So here you go. :) As this new adventure progresses I plan to document all the weekly updates the way I did with the first two. Check them all out here.

As my life meanders along, I occasionally am struck by the significance of some relationships, the way they’ve somehow become a huge part of how you became the person you are. My friendship with Sammy is like that. As great as those early days of friendship were in college, I had no idea the way our lives would grow together and the ways we would end up encouraging each other. I’m deeply grateful for the chance to share these life moments with Sammy and I…Continue Reading “Samantha // Expecting”

Ben is the last of my siblings to graduate high school. That makes me feel seriously OLD. I’ve photographed senior photos for every single one of my six siblings (I just now realized that and as I write it out I can barely accept it). As my youngest brother, he is the last of the siblings but never the least (honestly, they’re all equal in my eyes). Even though there are 13 years between us (and though he claims that almost all his memories of me are after I…Continue Reading “Ben // Senior”

I love the way photographs freeze moments so I can cherish them forever. Within the last few years, I’ve realized that video also holds a special power. It can preserve those memories in a different way, one that saves the experience of those moments so they’re rich and alive. I had already been capturing video along with photos during the more outstanding moments in this life, but it was around the time we took our first big family road trip in 2015 that I decided to start capturing more video…Continue Reading “2016 // A Year of Growing, Loving, and Sparking Adventure”

If you’re from around the KC area, you’ve probably began to notice this mural popping up in your Facebook feeds and friends’ photos lately. The moment I saw it in a photo by a fellow Kansas City photographer, I was like “Whah??? Where is it?!” Then, a week or so later, my sister, Bethany, came to visit. She’s a traveler, an adventurer of cities. She is truly in love with Kansas City, so I thought it would be perfect. When I told her about the…Continue Reading “Bethany // Kansas City I’m So in Love”

A wide shot of the cake table including the banners and garlands above and the gold star balloons on either end

My thoughts about planning “second kid” birthdays Planning birthday parties for your second child can be challenging. I sat trying to think of what theme we should use for Finn’s first and was at a loss. I’d already done robots, dinosaurs, and monsters for Miles’ parties and Finn was too young to really have any preferences. So what did I do? I went to Pinterest. There I found a cute cake that inspired me to do gold stars. It wasn’t much of a theme but I…Continue Reading “Finn’s First Birthday Party”