This precious family are the Carmanys. They are dear friends of mine. I met Laura in a Mom’s group, which we still attend together, at our church four years ago. We instantly connected because my Liam and her Josiah were close to the same ages. Then, we both got pregnant again at the same time with Charlotte and Nate. Josiah just started Kindergarten as did Liam. It is so cute watching the kiddos grow up together. I count myself lucky to have such a sweet friend who is going through life at the same stage as I am.
Matt and Laura are also the proud owners of The Wholesome Hive. Matt is in charge of the beekeeping part of the business. And Laura has developed a line of high-quality, body and home care products. She has created these products from their honey, beeswax and other all natural ingredients. I love their products! Especially the lip balm. Check it out via the link above.
For the Carmanys session I wanted to use their love of honey making as a part of telling their family’s personal story. All the “props” used in the session are personal items from the family. I wanted to let their family’s personality shine. And by capturing the genuine love and affection they have for each other I think I have.
This all American boy has an obsession with french fries. I’m not sure how this has come about since he has only had them less than a dozen times in this three years. But for his birthday celebration we took him out for dinner and to Chucky Cheese. He had a fun night.
Liam received this mower for his birthday and now likes to mow the dead grass like it’s his job!
I was excited to catch this moment with Charlotte trying to touch her shadow. She does the same thing with laser pointers. Sometimes she reminds me of a kitten.
Charlotte can make this walker go pretty good in reverse. We are still working on the forward motion.
Aunt Michaiah and Aunt Louisa are playing with Charlotte at Grandma and Grandpa Griffith’s house.
It is so nice living in town where you can easily walk to three different playgrounds and parks. This one is at the elementary school where Liam will some day attend.
“Hello Mommy!” This little girl lights up when I take her picture. I do believe she will be like her brother who has unintentionally been conditioned to smile every time I bring out my camera.
I spied this scene from the top of a six foot ladder. 😉
We sure love when Mema and Popa Hughes comes to visit us from Indianapolis!
Liam is so blessed to have such an amazing extended family that love him just as much as his Mommy and Daddy. This special gift that he is opening is a book of photos of every member in his family including their names. With four grandparents, eleven aunts and uncles, and five cousins across three states, it’s hard to keep everyone straight (not including his six great-grandparents!). So I put together this book for him to remember. Happy 3rd Birthday Liam!
The best part of birthdays are the days after where non stop play occurs with all the new toys! I found it amusing that Liam knew exactly what to do with the scalpel knife. He tried to cut the bear’s ear and arm. Thank goodness it’s plastic. Also, I think we will be restricting his choice of patients to only include stuffed animals (and not his sister).
Liam in his favorite room in the house: the bathroom. So much mischief to be had!
This is my sweet friend Laura. We met a year and a half ago and discovered we had so many things in common. The biggest being our children are the same ages and love to play together. She is also the owner of the Wholesome Hive which features handmade all natural body and home care products and raw honey. If you’d like to check it out the website: http://www.thewholesomehive.com/
This day was usually foggy and cold. But we needed an opportunity to try out Liam’s new rain boots.
I went to go kiss Liam good night and found these two. Note the convenient little peep holes Liam created for himself in his shade.
Fun in the sunshine with Aunt Marissa!
Liam and I have a Saturday morning ritual of making waffles together. He starts requesting waffles midweek and then every morning until finally Saturday arrives. Not pancakes, not french toast, not crepes, just waffles. He is a boy after his mother’s heart!
Charlotte and Zane were conceived two weeks apart, but were born two months apart. You can barely tell now they are about the same size!
This is one of Liam’s rare, gentler moments with his Aunt Michaiah’s hamster Guinevere.
This incredible structure is the tree house we always hoped for as children but did not come about until there were grandchildren. Inside this impressive Swiss Family Robinson styled tree house are two levels, a main floor and a loft. Plans have already been made for Adam, Liam and my brother Isaac to camp out sometime this summer. Liam sure is blessed to have such a talented Grandpa!
This little one has a newly discovered love for books. This one in particular, which was also a favorite of her brother’s at that age.
I was outside taking pictures of the house lit up after yet another snow storm when I saw this scene. They were watching their crazy Mommy outside!
Somehow the cold does not affect Liam. He would sled ride all day if we would let him!
This lovely group of ladies are part of our Tuesday morning Mom’s Group. It is so refreshing to connect and study together every week.
I was going to attempt to replace a piece of hardware in our computer tower. But my brother-in-law advised against it and offered to do it for me in return for dinner (no argument there). He is so patient and kind to his niece and nephews. Liam loves his “Uncle Annew (Andrew)”.
This bearded stud and I had the privilege of attending a marriage retreat together this past weekend. We had a wonderful time hanging out without the kiddos and also with our friends. And we even learned a little ballroom dancing!
Daddy’s idea of an igloo developed into an awesome tunnel! Hurrah for a combined 10″ of snow this week!
That night Daddy was working overnight and Liam swore he saw an elephant out his window. So he ended up in bed with Mommy.
The Elmo trance. Affecting two year olds everywhere!
Liam was standing on his bed looking out his window after naptime. So many imaginative things take place outside that window.
Charlotte has a special attachment for her Grandpa Griffith. I think the feeling is mutual.
Charlotte turns seven months old this week. She no longer likes to be held or contained. She insists on scooting and crawling looking for anything to chew. I think her first tooth is on it’s way!
My dad made this little kitchen set for my sisters and me. We loved it! Now that Liam has shown so much interest in cooking and pretend play, we asked to borrow it. He enjoys it so much! He puts on his little apron and says, “I makin’!”
We made a trip to Indianapolis this week to visit Mema and Popa Hughes. Liam is so blessed to have such a nice Popa that loves playing with him.
“The Monster at the End of this Book”
I normally have the advantage of grocery shopping alone. But I decided to bring Liam along to practice his “store manners”. I love individual, quality time with this little dude.
Charlotte loves making noise! Liam was also enjoying this moment with us until he realized that I had my camera remote in my hand. So of course he had to take the picture.
I really enjoy my work space in our great room. I wish I didn’t have to spend as much time as I do on the computer, but it’s nice to be with the family while I work.
I bought Liam a brand new stash of craft supplies this week. So of course we had to make Valentines! We sure enjoy Daddy being home more now that he is working the night shift.
Nearly every Sunday we make a trip to see my parents and younger bother and sister. Throughout the week Liam is always asking if it’s the day we are going to see “Gampa and Uncle Isaac.” I love that he enjoys playing outside there. It bring back so many memories of my childhood.