Hattie | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Hattie | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

It was such a treat to have this sweet pea in the studio for her newborn session, she was such a sleepy little darling!  Hattie's family are life-long friends of the Bennett family, so during her session we spent a lot of time reminiscing of summer's gone by at the beach cabin ... and talking about future friendships of this next generation.  I could not be happier that my own kiddos get to grow up alongside Hattie and her cousins at the beach cabin, it makes my mama heart so happy! .

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Lane and Quinn | Bellingham Child Photographer

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Lane and Quinn | Bellingham Child Photographer

Oh how I adore these two kiddos ... I have known Lane and Quinn their whole lives, and much like I feel with my own kids - these two are growing WAY too fast!  We met up one morning for a quick photo session at a local park and we had so much fun playing in the water!  Thankfully their mama thought to bring several changes of clothes, because they both took a plunge or two during our time together.  The session was full of giggles, splashing, and great conversation! .

I can't wait to see these cuties again to see what kind of mischief we can make during our next session :)

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xo, Jessie

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Dante | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Dante | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

Dante's session was such a special one for me (broken record alert ... I think I say that at every session!) Not only was Dante's big sister one of my very first newborn sessions just two short years ago in which I collaborated with two of my favorites Kamriell Welty and Jennifer Morrow; but also do you remember the little darling Presley that I blogged about here?  Well, Dante and Presley are cousins, born only 3 days apart!  So naturally, I begged asked Presley's parents to bring her by the studio at the beginning of the session so I could get a few cousin pictures (I may or may not have pretended they were twins :) but that is neither here nor there).  Dante was such a sweet boy for his session and was happy as a clam snuggling with his big sister Giana.  I know for certain that those two will be the best of friends growing up! .

I am so excited that my little business is now in a place where I am beginning to see 2nd children being born to the families in which I photograph.  It is wonderful watching families grow right alongside Jessie Bennett Photography.  I am so happy with the growth that I have seen in my work over the last couple of years, and I look forward to continuing to challenge myself with each new and returning client.

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Thank you Caitlin and Rory for giving me the opportunity to capture your sweet little family of four!

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xo, Jessie

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Eli | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Eli | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

Little Eli came to visit me just shy of his 3 week birthday, and was as sweet as can be during his session!  Not often do I get newborns over the 2 week mark, as that is generally their most sleepy time in life (well ... maybe until the teenage years) but Eli was as good as gold and slept like a champ through the entire 3 hours we were together.  I had such a wonderful time getting to know Eli's parents and was so touched when his mama fought back tears while I posed him ... the pride in her eyes was so, so endearing.  Seeing and interacting with new parents and their newborns is such a gift, and I feel blessed every day to call this my job.  Capturing these moments for these new families and giving them photographic memories to last a lifetime is truly the most amazing thing! .

xo, Jessie

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Presley | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Presley | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

Oh sweet Presley ... the newest addition to second generation friendships for my kiddos :) .

This little snuggly thing was an absolute dream to have in the studio for her newborn session.  She was so sleepy, so relaxed, and that hair ... a photographer's dream!  Presley's daddy is one of my husband's oldest friends, and his new little family of three has just moved back to Bellingham.  We are so excited to have them close by for play dates, birthday parties, and bbq's ... to watch our kids grow up together, just like their daddy's did so many years ago.  As a photographer I get so, SO excited to book a newborn session ... they are easily one of my favorites, and getting to spend the day with friends makes it even better!

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Miles and Aimee, I could not be happier for you two.  Your sweet Presley is such a little blessing in so many people's lives, and I am so, so grateful that I get to be part of her life.

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Isak | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Isak | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

I had such a wonderful time getting to know Isak and his family during his newborn session.  He was such a sweet and calm little baby, and was happiest curled up into a tight little ball ... I'm guessing it was his favorite position inside his mama's belly.  Having the opportunity to snuggle these newborns, and document their first days is such a blessing.  As a parent I've heard it a million times, and I think I've probably said it a billion times ... time goes way too fast, and capturing these first days for a new family is truly amazing.  Each newborn session is so unique, but the love shared between parents and child is a constant reminder of how beautiful life, in all it's stages, really is!  I feel so fortunate to give these families the gift of photography ... and am so grateful to them for allowing me to be a part of this very precious time in their lives. .

xo, Jessie

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Nora | Bellingham Newborn Photography

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  Nora was such a darling during her photo session; and it was so much fun snuggling her just 4 short days after she was born.  I was blessed to be able to photograph Nora's birth store, which you can read about here, and having her in the studio for newborn photos was so special.  I have been so blessed to get to know this family over the past couple months, as Megan and I were in constant contact in the weeks and days leading up to little Nora's birth.  I am so glad that they asked me to capture this very exciting time as they grew from a family of three to four.  Big brother Henry was just as cute as can be, and I have no doubt that he and Nora will share a very special sibling bond.

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xo, Jessie

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Hello Nora! | Bellingham Birth Photographer

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Hello Nora! | Bellingham Birth Photographer

This little lady had me on pins and needles in the weeks leading up to her birth day, however as the old adage goes 'baby comes when baby's ready' ... and when she was ready, she was ready!  I got the text at about 11:30pm Monday night that Megan and Adam were headed to the hospital.  I waited it out for a bit, thinking that I could get a few hours of sleep before going in myself ... ha.  I didn't get a wink of sleep, I felt like the little boy in the old Disneyland commercials 'I'm too excited to sleep!' After a few progress updates, I decided to gather my gear and drive in to the hospital at about 1:00am. .

I got to the hospital soon after Megan received her epidural and she was settling in to try and get some rest.  I promptly made new friends, as Megan's mom and godparents were also just arriving to wait things out.  I think one thing that is so special about documenting births is what happens during this very special time outside of the actual laboring and delivery.  It was heart warming to see the soon-to-be grandma and grand-godmom (yes, I think I just made that up) sharing stories of days gone by and bursting with pride as they waited to meet the newest addition to the family.

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Sweet Nora was born just a little after 5:00am on Tuesday and was absolutely perfect.  I stuck around just long enough to capture her being weighed, measured, and get her footprints and then slipped away to let Megan and Adam get to know their little girl.

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Had you asked me 5 years ago about birth photography, I probably would have turned an unflattering shade of red and tried to change the subject ... but then I had children, and everything changed.  If you asked me today what my #1 goal is as a photographer, I would without a doubt whole-heartedly say to focus on birth photography.  Birth stories are beautiful, they are unique, and they should be celebrated.  I look back on my own birth experiences with such joy, and although I can easily remember the major things that happened during labor, the small details that make each child's birth date so special begin to fade into distant memories.  It is my hope as a birth photographer that I am able to capture these little moments, so they can be remembered as the days, weeks, and years drift on all too quickly.

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Thank you Megan and Adam for giving me the opportunity to capture Nora's birth, it was a very special day that I will not soon forget.

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xo, Jessie

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Right as I was about to leave, Megan's mom said 'Jessie, you need a picture with Megan!' which I just thought was the sweetest gesture ... here we are (and yes, Megan who just gave birth definitely looks better than I do)

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Addie | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Addie | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

This session was a special one for me, as I have known Addie's mama since the first day I hopped on the school bus in kindergarten.  There is just something so amazing about watching childhood friends become parents for the first time; although part of me feels like we aren't old enough to be entering into this new phase in our lives ... shouldn't we all still be playing on the playground at recess?!  Parenthood is such a beautiful thing, and spending a few hours with these families after they have welcomed a new baby into the world is such a gift.  Addie was an absolute dream to photograph, so sleepy, so curly, and that hair ... so, so darling. .

Thank you Stephanie and Greg for the opportunity to snuggle your sweet little Addie; I look forward to watching her grow and cannot wait for our paths to cross again soon!

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xo, Jessie

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Dash | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Dash | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Oh sweet little Dash, you stole a piece of my heart during your newborn session! .

I was so excited to photograph a newborn boy, as lately it seemed that I was on a serious girl streak ... and Dash didn't disappoint.  Before his session, Dash's mom had mentioned to me what an alert and expressive newborn he was; and she hoped to capture some of his sweet little facial expressions.  As a newborn photographer, generally I strive for a sleep-filled session ... so this was a welcome change.  Little Dash was wide awake to start the session, and instead of shushing, swaddling, and swaying we got straight to work!  I had so much fun getting to know this sweet family, it was like I'd known them for ages ... the conversation was so easy, and the photographic subjects beautiful inside and out.

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Thank you Stephanie and Kevin for sharing your darling Dash with me, I was so blessed to have spent the afternoon with you, and truly cannot wait to see you all again soon :)

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xo, Jessie

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Remi | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Remi | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Having Remi in the studio for her newborn session was such a treat!  It never ceases to amaze me how quickly newborns change, and getting to document Remi's time in the hospital at just a few hours old (which can be seen here) and then again 11 days later at her newborn session really reminded me of how quickly it all goes!  This little gal didn't want to close her eyes at the beginning of the session ... I think she already knows that as the youngest of three girls, there's no time to sleep for fear of missing out on something :)  However as the session went on, she decided to cave to a good ol' nap and was the perfect little model! .

Thank you again to Rory and Tricia for sharing your beautiful family with me.  I look forward to seeing you all again very soon!

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xo, Jessie

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Penelope | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Penelope | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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I think I have been dreaming about this session since the moment I found out that Daniel and Jessica were expecting their first child, and the anticipation only grew as they neared their due date.  There was just one very small detail that needed to be ironed out before I could get this little gal in front of my camera ... you see, they live in southern California.  With an early May due date, I decided that a quick trip over the Memorial Day long weekend would work out perfectly.  However little Penelope had us biting our nails as her due date came and went ... I was starting to think that my quick newborn session trip was going to end up as a quick maternity session trip.  Alas, Penelope decided she was ready for the world and was born 9 days past her due date and just 3 days before my trip! .

When I walked into Daniel and Jessica's house and saw Penelope sleeping peacefully in her crib, I was overcome with gratitude.  For Daniel and Jessica who welcomed me into their lives the moment I met them many years ago (not to mention their home just 4 days after their daughter was born), for this 'job' that allows me to capture these important moments in life, for my husband who graciously encouraged me to make the trip south, and for friendships ... old and new.  I have mentioned before how lucky I got in the friend in-law department (you know, my husband's friends that through marriage I acquired) and this trip just made me even more grateful for these amazing people that my life has been blessed with.

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Daniel and Jessica, thank you for a wonderful visit.  Luke and I are so happy to share the amazing ride that is parenting with you two.

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xo, Jessie

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Hello Remi! | Skagit Newborn Photographer

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Hello Remi! | Skagit Newborn Photographer

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I have always loved visiting new babies, so it is no wonder that Hello World sessions are some of my absolute favorites!  Those first few hours with a new baby are so beautiful; love is palpable as new parents quietly study every tiny detail of their child, and new bonds are forged as siblings meet for the first time.  My session with Remi in the hospital just 10 short hours after she was born was all of these things and more, and I was honored to capture these firsts for this beautiful family.  With two amazing parents and two darling big sisters, this little girl is so blessed.  Thank you Tricia and Jory for sharing this very special day with me, this is a session I won't soon forget. .

xo, Jessie

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The Pulley Family | Bellingham Family Photographer

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The Pulley Family | Bellingham Family Photographer

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When these three sisters contacted me about doing a family session as a gift to their parents, I was so excited!  Not only was I lucky enough to capture this beautiful, growing family; I was able to catch up with old friends.  I have known this group since grade school, and many of the memories I have of school musicals and bus rides include the girls. .

We decided to do an extended family session at their property and I had to chuckle when I received the driving directions which read 'You'll turn down a gravel road that you think leads to no where ... just keep going, I promise we'll be out there'.  And I must admit, about a mile into the winding gravel road I thought I had taken a wrong turn.  Shortly thereafter the trees parted and I caught a glimpse of the most darling little cabin sitting at the edge of a beautiful lake complete with docks and diving board!  Yes folks, I do believe I have been introduced to a new little slice of Pacific Northwest heaven.

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The conversation was wonderful, the weather was perfect, and the scenery gorgeous ... I didn't want the session to end!  I could have stayed all day, snapping away as I watched this beautiful family interact with each other.  I am so grateful for the gift of photography, and feel blessed that it allows me to connect (and reconnect) with amazing people like the Pulleys (and Stevens, Pendergrast, and Parrett families).  Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to share in the joy that is your family!

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... and I was only half kidding about randomly showing up at the cabin with my family this summer, consider this your warning ;)

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xo, Jessie

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Maui Mini Sessions

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Maui Mini Sessions

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A few weeks ago I found myself in paradise, Maui to be exact ... on a #mauimommytimeout (for those of you who follow me on Instagram) I spent a glorious week in Hawaii with my sister and dad on a once in a lifetime trip, surfing, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, pooling, water-sliding, eating, drinking, sunning ... SO MUCH FUN.  I kept having to pinch myself and kept asking 'how did I get so lucky?' well, I actually knew the answer to that ... my rockstar sister qualified for the trip through work and when her husband couldn't go along (poor guy) she extended an invitation to me and our dad!  I could go on and on about how wonderful it all was, and spending quality time just the three of us was truly a gift!  .

I schlepped along my camera with every intention of bringing it along everywhere we went ... however it ended up not leaving the hotel room until our last evening when I offered to do some beach sessions for some of the families we were vacationing with.  I was so glad when the Crabtree and Shapiro families took me up on my offer, and had a blast with each group.  There is something to be said for taking family pictures while on vacation ... everyone was so laid back, really enjoying each others company, and it didn't hurt that we had the most beautiful location as our canvas. 

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Thank you Tim and Mo for sharing your darling family with me, I had so much fun playing with your kiddos and capturing their tight-knit bond.  Thank you Mark and Susan for giving me the chance to teach Ben a little about photography, I am so glad to have a new little buddy to take pictures with :)  I treasured my time with each one of you and look forward to seeing you again!

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xo, Jessie

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Ramona | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Ramona | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Little Ramona came to visit me in the studio when she was 9 days old, and was an alert little beauty!  Usually newborns sleep for the majority of their sessions, however Ramona was much too interested in the crazy lady with the camera to give in to sleep :)  I had so much fun capturing this wakeful time, something that can be so hard to come by in those first few days of life. .

During the session I was reminded of the changed family dynamic when going from one child to two ... a new normal of four instead of three.  As I was taking pictures of Ramona and big brother Strummer, I heard their mama say 'look at our children ... this is our family!' and it moved me to tears!  You could hear the pride in her voice as she spoke to her husband and they both looked lovingly at their boy cradling his little sister in his arms.  It is these moments that fill my heart with so much gratitude ... I LOVE what I do, I will say it a million times and it won't ever be adequate.  It is such a gift to spend my days with families, capturing the love ... the fun ... the real life moments that are part of their story.

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Thank you Blake and Jessie for sharing your family with me ... I look forward to seeing Strummer and Ramona grow!  (Doesn't this family have the best names?!  I might be slightly biased, but being a Jessie Rose, and meeting another Jessie Rose was pretty fantastic)

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xo, Jessie

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Deacon's Masters Par-Tee

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Deacon's Masters Par-Tee

Well, it's official ... the golfers err, guests  have gone, the living room has been converted back to a space for living as opposed to a Par 3 course, and we have a 1 year old!  As reality sets in, I am slowly coming to terms with the fact that our little man is ONE ... however I am giving myself a little more time to be nostalgic about it, maybe until the last of the party balloons lose their air ... someday I'll get a grip, maybe :) .

As the big day approached, I was met with a mix of emotions - the mama in me was struggling, and the party planner in me was thrilled.  Those who know me, know I love to plan a party, and may or may not spend months brainstorming party ideas for upcoming events (lol, I use the word 'events' loosely ... my event planning these days is limited to my kids' birthdays).  You can find blog posts of Farah's birthdays here, here, and here.  And I will neither confirm nor deny that ideas are already swirling in my brain for her next birthday ... but I digress.

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Deacon's first birthday party theme was a foregone conclusion the day he was born.  Um, hello ... Luke is in the golf industry, Deacon was born on the 'Superbowl weekend' of golf, and his middle name (though not decided on until the day he was born) is a direct link to Augusta National Golf Course.  A Masters Par-Tee of course, for our little pro :)  I had so much fun planning this special day, and couldn't think of a better way to celebrate our little man.  We hosted a very small gathering for close friends and family to thank them for playing (pun intended) such a huge role in Deacon's first round I mean, year!

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I hope you enjoy the par-tee ...

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'Next up on the tee, with the 5:30 tee time -  Deacon Butler from Bellingham, Washington' (I think I hear a faint golf clap)

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Because the party was in the evening, we wanted to make sure there were plenty of activities for children of all ages (adults included of course), so we created a putt putt course out of an artificial grass carpet I picked up at Home Depot ... I definitely caught Luke 'testing the roll' a time or two, and won't be surprised if the holes make an appearance before his tournaments :)  I created little score cards for the indoor course and found plastic clubs at our local party store which doubled as party favors.

Post 2Post 4We also created a Caddy Shack where party-goers found golf themed cartoon illustrations to color.  Of course a birthday party isn't complete without some variation of pin the tail ... and Pin the Flag in Augusta was a definite hit ... maybe more so for the adults than the kids :)

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Dinner was served shortly after guests arrived and included BBQ Chicken 'Sand Wedges' (sandwiches), Fruit 'Slice' Salad, Fresh 'Greens', and 'Chip Shots' ... a SUPER easy menu that made it possible for Luke and I to really enjoy the party without having to worry about food prep.

Post 5And of course, no golf course is complete without a well-stocked bar.  Guests could belly up to the 19th Hole and enjoy a refreshing Arnold Palmer after their round on the Par 3 course.

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The cake was something I just threw together (lol, don't you hate it when people say that ... it's like the equivalent of complimenting someone's outfit and in return they say 'oh, this old thing?!')  I decided that I was going to brave making Deacon's 'smash cake' and found the perfect idea on Pinterest (of course) to try.  I was pretty happy with how it turned out ... aside from being gigantic, and turning my hands and Deacon's hands, face, shirt, shorts, and high chair semi-permanently green.  I also made cupcakes, but completely lost interest in the grass effect ... so guests enjoyed cupcakes (and as my 4 year old nephew said) 'with snakes on top ... but don't worry, they're not real snakes' :) I also would like to take a moment to clarify the statement 'I made' when referring to anything baked in my house ... it definitely comes out of a box, Duncan Hines to be exact ... and the frosting is ALWAYS Duncan Hines cream cheese.

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Deacon wasn't too sure about the whole singing bit, but he powered through without a tear and enjoyed his cake (or actually, he enjoyed the frosting ... it was layered so thick, I don't think he ever actually made it to the cake), of course it took less than a second for the ball to come off ... which he promptly threw (green icing and all) on the floor and clapped his hands proudly :)

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I hope you have enjoyed this little peek into Deacon's first birthday, I think it was a hit (lol, the puns just keep coming).

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I had so much fun planning this little par-tee and even more fun celebrating our sweet boy.

xo, Jessie

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Happy Birthday Deacon! | Whatcom Baby Photographer

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Happy Birthday Deacon! | Whatcom Baby Photographer

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Deacon is a year old today ... a YEAR people.  He is basically about to pack up and move away to college (cue the melodrama ... and the waterworks).

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In all seriousness though, I'm not sure how we got here.  I can honestly say that I feel like he was born yesterday ... I was tracking my contractions on my nifty little app, alerting family and friends that 'it's go time!', and  getting my last minute Masters picks submitted for the office pool (no joke).  I think it was a mid-contraction frantic pick that cemented my place at the bottom of the leaderboard (no hard feelings though, I got the best prize that Masters weekend had to offer).  I have contemplated this blog post for awhile now, not really sure which direction to go ... so forgive me if I wander.

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As we come to the end of Deacon's 1st chapter, part of me feels like we haven't been here before - like we are moving into uncharted territory.  But of course we have, with Farah just 2 and a half years ago (a mere 952 days, but who's counting).  The day that you look forward to with excitement and anticipation, but hope and pray will stay off in the distance for awhile because it is also bittersweet.  The day your baby turns one.

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Time is such a puzzling thing.  How can it feel as though this tiny human was born yesterday, yet at the same time seem as though they have been a part of your life forever?  I keep going back to the definition of a year ... 'the period of 365 days, used for reckoning time in ordinary affairs' and can only come to one conclusion ... Google is obviously not a mother :)  A year is so much more than that!  It is 365 days of self discovery, 365 days of a 'new normal' that occasionally borders on pure insanity (that you wouldn't trade for anything), 365 days filled with laughter as well as tears, 365 days of experiencing the world through the eyes of a child, and 365 amazing days of unadulterated joy and unconditional love.  Days that will never repeat themselves, except in the spirit of memories; locked tight and held safe in your heart for a lifetime.

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It is inexplicable how fast it goes, and with each passing day I feel like it goes a little faster.  However I take comfort in knowing that we have tomorrow.  Another day of discovery, another day of laughter (and most likely some tears), another day experiencing the world through the eyes of our children, and another amazing day of unadulterated joy and unconditional love.  As for yesterday?  Well, we have the memories - a blessing for which I am forever grateful!  I am so thankful for this little life of ours, for our beautiful and awe-inspiring children, and for a chance to share our joy with each and every person who is a part of our children's stories.  So thank you ... all of you.  You have watched our family grow, supporting and loving us along the way ... truly, thank you.

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Happy, Happy 1st Birthday to our 'Mister Man', 'Buster Boy', 'Deaky Deaky Deaky'.  Our darling boy whose belly laugh is infectious, loves his sissy the most, is happiest with any sort of ball in his hand, runs and climbs stairs like he's been doing it for years (I have recently pulled 4 grey hairs out of my head, coincidence?  I don't think so ... ), and whose smile is almost too big for the 6-9 month clothes he currently wears :)

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Thank you Deacon, for the last 365 days, thank you for the next 365, and the next, and the next 366 (I know there is a Leap Year in there somewhere), and thank you sweet boy, for a lifetime of memories!  We love you Deacon Butler!

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Farah's Garden Retreat

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Farah's Garden Retreat

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When we moved to our new house (cough, 15 months ago) I was SO excited to decorate Farah's room.  I had found the most amazing wallpaper at Anthropologie and HAD to have it, it was absolutely perfect for a little girl's room!  If you've read my post about Deacon's room here then you already know about my inability to stay motivated to finish a project in any respectable amount of time ... it's a problem.  However, in my own defense, I was 6 months pregnant when we moved, 8 months pregnant when we hung the wallpaper, and then was charged with keeping two small humans alive for the last year - I say that's an okay excuse for taking so long to finish this sweet little bedroom.  All excuses aside, I think now that it is finished it was 100% worth the wait :) .

Welcome to Farah's garden retreat ...

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I think that without a doubt, my favorite thing about Farah's room is how much she adores her little space.  It makes my mama heart happy knowing that we have created a room where she feels so 'at home', and a place that she is proud to call hers.  Just like with Deacon's room, many of the items have a bit of a history and have been in the family for many years.

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'The mirror', this is seriously what we call it in our family.  It's sort of like Cher or Madonna, no last name or additional description required ;).  All joking aside, I feel SO lucky to be boarding this piece temporarily.  It is one of those items that doesn't have a forever home, it seems to move from place to place for unspecified amounts of time ... just long enough for the current foster family to marvel at it's beauty and daydream about it's history.  It came from the ranch, however it's exact story is unknown.  It is very old, quite heavy, and amazingly beautiful; the cracking paint and weathered glass surface makes it all the more special.  I just adore this mirror, and couldn't imagine anything else complimenting the wallpaper and hanging above Farah's headboard!  Speaking of headboard ... I found this little gem on Craigslist for $15 (well, actually I got TWO matching headboards, the other is in our attic for now ... total score!) a quick gold paint job, and tada - a sweet little bed fit for a Farah :)  The chenille bedspread is a vintage item from, you guessed it ... the ranch!  I am now dreaming about an official 'ranch' blog post - I promise it will come as soon as we plan (and execute) our next family vacation!

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Just about the time that we were moving to our new home, I received a text from Luke's mom who was visiting her own mother for the day.  Included in the text was a picture of this beautiful dresser, and the simple message 'Gigi wants you to have this, if you'd like it?' ... UM, YES PLEASE!!  At that point, I had no idea what we were going to do with Farah's clothes once we moved the dresser/changing table into Deacon's room - and this was the perfect solution!  Originally it belonged to Luke's uncle, Michael who passed away several years ago.  Although I didn't have the chance to meet him, I know that I would have absolutely loved him (and his passion for antiquing).  The glassybabies ... oh, the glassybabies.  I am fairly certain that when envisioning my future children's rooms (before I had kids ... because that's normal, right?) that glassybaby was always in the mental picture.  I mean, if handblown glass votive holders don't scream 'baby room' I don't know what does?! Haha.  But seriously, they are amazing ... and as those who know me can attest, I love my glassybaby ... every.single.one (and yes, I refuse to count how many I have).  These babies are some of my favorites; the lightest pink is named 'Baby' and was given to me when I was pregnant with Farah, and the medium pink is 'First Kiss' which was given to me at a wedding shower ... the others are a few that I picked up at some 'seconds' sales I've attended over the years.  If you don't know the story behind these magical little vessels, you can read about them here ... but be careful, the addiction is real.  In fact, I was just texting with a cousin about a new glassybaby called 'Tulip'.  I'm going to need that one too,  it will actually go quite nicely in Farah's room! (Hint, hint, Mother's Day is approaching).

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The collage wall has been the biggest work in progress, and I kept getting hung up on the fact that 'it wasn't complete'; but it dawned on me recently why I was feeling this way.  While enjoying a rainy morning at the local children's museum, Farah created a sweet little art piece.  She was SO proud of herself, and literally couldn't wait to get home to hang it on her wall.  That was it!  The items that were missing from Farah's wall were nothing that I could create in Photoshop, or buy at a design store ... it was HER art that was needed to finish the room!  I hit up our local office supply store and grabbed some cheapy clip boards, spray painted them and hung them up.  I envision artwork getting swapped out for newer pieces, especially as Farah is slated to start preschool in the fall (excuse me while I catch my breath), it will be a revolving masterpiece - I am really excited about it!

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Of course, the room wouldn't have been complete without a reference to Farah's namesake, her Great Granddad Jim Ferrigan.  A little picture taken in the 20s of my grandfather Jim and his sister Norinne is hung on the wall of Farah's room, a very special momento that I know she will cherish forever.

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Our sweeet Ferrigan Christine's room is a special place in our home, and I am excited to watch this little garden room change as our darling girl grows.

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xo, Jessie

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Bloggers Note: Another fun treat in Farah's room is a very large storage space that lies just behind a narrow door in the corner of the room. Just like with the rest of our house, I have BIG PLANS for this space ... stay tuned for future posts about a kiddo-retreat (play space, reading nook, etc.). I'm typing this out as a way to hold myself accountable ... however, if you are interested in remaining conscious, I would refrain from holding your breath :) It will get done ... in due time (let's just hope it's before we are empty-nesters).

 

 

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