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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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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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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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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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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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A Modern Vintage Cowboy ... Is that a thing?!

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A Modern Vintage Cowboy ... Is that a thing?!

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Here we are, closing in on Deacon's first birthday (I might have just blinked back serious tears typing that) and I am finally getting around to sharing the little mister's nursery ... is it still a nursery when the sleeping babe is one?! .

Before I give you the tour, I have a bit of a confession. The reason I am just now getting around to sharing this room is because, well ... we just finished it :) I always have the best of intentions to finish something that I have started within an acceptable time frame, however somewhere between starting and finishing, life gets in the way, and I lose all motivation ... ha!

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So now that you know one of my deepest, darkest secrets ... without further adieu, I give you Master Deacon's room, and a little (ok, long) back story to accompany the pictures!

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First off, we found out that we were having a BOY right before Christmas 2013 (lol ... that seems like 12 lifetimes ago) and while shopping, I found a JellyCat stuffed animal that was the most adorable white and brown pinto horse. PSA: if you ever need to find a 'lovey' for a baby, get a JellyCat! They are THE BEST ... so soft and cuddly, and are the most darling animal characters, many of which have matching children's books. I knew the instant that I found the horse that he was the perfect lovey for our baby boy; and he also would serve as the inspiration for the nursery! I tried to play it cool when I handed Luke the gift from under the tree with a tag that read 'To: Baby Boy Bennett Love: Santa' ... but as soon as he opened it, all my ideas for a 'modern vintage cowboy' room came pouring out. My poor husband, he's such a good sport ... he just smiled and nodded and when I finally stopped talking, quietly said 'I think that's perfect!'. Chances are he didn't really know if 'modern vintage cowboy' was a thing, or if a 12 inch plush toy could be the inspiration for an entire room ... but he kindly went with it.

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Here he is! Doesn't he just scream modern vintage cowboy?!

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Haha, in my now non-pregnant brain, I can catch a glimmer of how crazy my original ideas may have sounded ... but just a very slight glimmer ;) Farah has named him 'Deacon' (she's so original) but I think we'll give the cowboy a some more time before the horse gets an official name (in hopes that Deacon learns to say something besides 'dadadadadadadada').

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As far as decorating the room, I didn't have to go far to find some key design pieces ... my parent’s house was a treasure trove of 'vintage cowboy'! My mom's family has been in the ranching business since the early 1900s when her maternal grandparents settled in northern Nevada as sheep ranchers. As a child I spent my summers at the ranch, and often found 'ranch artifacts' as we called them (an old rusted can of sardines with the original rollback tin top still intact is not junk or trash people ... it's a 'ranch artifact'). Many of the more unique artifacts that came home with us from the Nevada desert eventually found a place as art in our home, serving as a daily reminder of our ranching heritage. I look back on my childhood summers with such fondness, the ranch being such a huge part of my story - I literally CANNOT wait to take our children there, to give them similar memories of their own to cherish for a lifetime. Bringing a little bit of the ranch into Deacon's room was so much fun, and more than a little nostalgic!

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The skull (lol, it makes me laugh talking about a skull in a nursery, but stylistically, it fits ... right?!) was a must-have, there's not much back story to it, other than my dad found it while walking the range and brought it home ... I kind of love it! The wreath came from the fence of a temporary coral; when cowboys would set up short-term fencing to complete cowboy duties like branding cattle, they would often string barbed wire and then leave the remaining coil hanging on a fencepost. After forty or fifty years exposed to the harsh elements of high desert weather, these rusted coils become the neatest looking wreaths. My mom found this one (and kindly let Deacon borrow it for 'awhile'). As for the small picture of the open range ... if you look closely, you'll see a wild mustang running through the brush. My mom took this picture with her camera phone (pre iPhone, haha) several years ago - so I edited the image to look a bit more like a painting than a photograph.

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Once I had stolen from my parents house, ahem ... procured the vintage items, it was time to figure out the 'modern' side to this cowboy's bunkhouse. After an unsuccessful search for navy striped curtains I had to get creative (seriously folks, something like navy striped curtains should be easy to find ... especially when they existed so clearly in my brain)! I found just what I was looking on SALE at Target in the form of duvet covers, and figured that cutting them in half, sewing up the edges and throwing them on a curtain rod would be easy! So I enlisted my seamstress (also known as my mom) to make my vision a reality. It turns out the process was a bit more involved than just 'cutting, sewing, and throwing them on a curtain rod', however the finished product was worth the hassle (I think ... right, mom?!) and they are perfect! We added a few more contemporary details in the patterned crib sheet and graphic wall art ... and voila, modern was officially a part of the room :)

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I would be remiss if I didn't mention a few more special details, starting with the rocking chair. My parents bought this sweet little wooden rocker before they had my sister 30-something years ago. Hearing the soft creaks in the wood as I rock Deacon at night is so comforting to me; it's as if the chair is sharing some of its own secrets of all the little babies it has lulled throughout the years. The rug ... one day while daydreaming about the room, I texted my dad asking if they had a cowhide that we could use as a rug (that's a normal text, right?! haha), I remember his response clearly, and it still makes me giggle ... 'Jessie, don't ask silly questions!' A few months later we received the perfect little rug from my parents, and every time I look at it I can't help but be reminded to not ask silly questions :) And finally, a little image of a small white building flanked by large trees and bushes ... not so vintage, definitely not modern, and about the farthest thing from cowboy you could find! It's the Butler cabin at Augusta National Golf Course, a little ode to Deacon's middle name ... this sweet little afterthought in the room might be one of my most favorite pieces. The print is just a placeholder for now; someday we will take Deacon to the Masters and get a proper picture of the cabin :)

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I love, love, love this little space and am so pleased with how it turned out. I am so excited to watch Deacon grow up in this room, and I just know that with the fun blend of modern and vintage pieces it will be a place he enjoys for years to come. I can almost hear him and his little friends giggling in his room, making up tall tales of the Wild Wild West and how that skull came to be on his wall :)

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I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into one of my favorite rooms in our home!

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xo, Jessie

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PS - Farah's room will be up on the blog soon too ... just as soon as I find one last 'must-have' item for the wall :)

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Ordinary Magic | Whatcom Family Photographer

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Ordinary Magic | Whatcom Family Photographer

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This day! .

There is no way to really describe today and do it justice, it was just an ordinary Sunday that somehow turned magical.  Even as I crawled into bed, exhausted from our sun-soaked afternoon, I couldn't stop smiling ... nor could I stop replaying the events from our beach day in my head, my heart is so full!  So up I got, and here I am ... blogging at 11:00pm (who knew this mom could stay up past 10:00?!)

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Spring has sprung in the Bennett household, which means the WWU Mens Golf season is in full swing (pun intended) and Daddy spends many weekends in planes, trains (ok not really), and automobiles traveling to golf tournaments as the Mens Golf Coach.  Quite honestly, the golf season is bitter sweet for me - I love that my husband gets to do something that he loves, and watching him pour so much of himself into his alma mater, team, and next generation of young men is inspiring.  The tough part for me is not that I'm going it alone in the parenting world, don't get me wrong, it can be challenging (insert MAJOR props for single parents here, you all are truly amazing) instead my struggle stems from the fact that he might miss something fabulous like first steps (no worries, Deacon is already toddling around) or first swear word (yep, he was there for that too ... thankfully?).  It is for this reason that I LOVE technology - phones, cameras, FaceTime, Facebook, Instagram ... I think I hear the angels singing.  When Daddy is gone, technology and I team up to make sure he feels like he isn't missing anything, even the occasional 3 year old tantrum ;)

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When the forecast was calling for another glorious day, I packed up the kiddos, grabbed my camera (to document our day for Daddy), and hit the road ... destination: family beach cabin in Anacortes.  I think I will save 'the cabin' for a later post, but suffice it to say - it is a little slice of beachfront heaven that Luke's grandparents purchased decades ago.  Often it is filled to the brim with aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends - but today, it was all ours!

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We headed straight down to the beach, and it took approximately 4.3 seconds for Farah to dive into the sand.  Running it through her fingers, burying her feet, and even making a sand angel or two (check out the photographic proof on Instagram here) she was in paradise.  Deacon was equally as excited, and all attempts of keeping him content on a blanket quickly proved futile ... he may have eaten more sand than the resident seagulls throughout the day ;)

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And then it happened.  Sometime between stealing a few pictures with both kids (thanks to my handy dandy wireless remote control) and skipping rocks into the low tide waters, I stopped to drink it all in.  Farah was spinning around arms extended, head tipped towards the sky and Deacon was inspecting a seashell, his little clothes caked with sand.  My heart swelled and I choked back big, happy tears.  This seemingly ordinary moment was in fact nothing short of extraordinary ... it was magical.

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I am so blessed ... I have so much to be thankful for! And today my partnership with technology while Luke is gone is pretty high on that list.  Not only do I get to keep these moments in my heart for a lifetime, but Luke does too (and you as well) through these images ... Enjoy :)

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xo, Jessie

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Half Birthdays are Worth Celebrating! | Whatcom Lifestyle Photographer

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Half Birthdays are Worth Celebrating! | Whatcom Lifestyle Photographer

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With a little one under a year ... we tend to celebrate month birthdays, One Month ... Two Months ... 10 Months.  And it dawned on me as we neared Miss Farah's half birthday, we should be celebrating that too ... because life is worth celebrating, and 3 1/2 years old is a pretty big deal :) The half birthday celebration started while Little Brother was taking his afternoon nap, I told Farah that we could do anything that she wanted to celebrate!  Her list was short but detailed, and did not disappoint!  'First, let's read the letter book (The Jolly Postman) ... then I'd like to make you some soup!  Maybe I could jump on the bed?  And then take a picture with your big camera, I promise I'll be really REALLY careful!'

And that's what we did ... it was magical!

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(of course later she got to choose what was for dinner, definitely not our most nutritious meal of the week ... and I made cupcakes for dessert, just to make it half birthday official)

 

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Farah Froze the Summer

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Farah Froze the Summer

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You guys, Frozen Fever is REAL ... and it has hit the Bennett house HARD.  Nevermind the fact that in the days and weeks after Deacon was born, Farah seemed to become glued to the movie - and out of utter exhaustion, our 'limit screentime' mentality went by the way, way, wayside.  I'm not kidding you, we somehow lost the remote control to the DVD player, and the movie was stuck on 'repeat'.  At some point we had to just 'Let it Go' and the DVD mysteriously disappeared for a prolonged period of time :) As Farah's birthday approached I decided that as a big THREE year old (where is time going?!) I would let her pick a party theme.  Over dinner one night, I broached the subject of her upcoming birthday and asked if she had any ideas on what kind of party she wanted ... then the party planner and control freak in me held my breath.  After a couple seconds of watching the little wheels in her brain turning, her face lit up and out it came ...

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Well, that settled that, and it was time for me to put my 'spin' on Frozen (less commercial 'character' stuff ... more creative adaptation of Frozen ideas).  Unfortunately for all involved, singing Happy Birthday and blowing out candles fell RIGHT at what should have been nap time (Mom Fail), thus the not-so-happy Farah.  I am glad to report that she rallied after the meltdown and had a great time :)  After the last guest left, she gave me a huge hug and as she squeezed her little arms around my neck said 'That was my best birthday ever, Mommy!' ... melt my heart (pun intended) :)

Enjoy!

xo, Jessie

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Welcome to Camp Farah!

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Welcome to Camp Farah!

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I am really at a loss ... how can it be that Farah is already TWO?!  I'm really not sure where the last year has gone, but can assure you that it has been so much fun watching our little girl grow.  She has the sweetest personality, I see so much of myself and Luke in her mannerisms (I think she got the best of both of us ... if I am allowed to be so biased)! When it came time to plan yet another birthday party, I found myself saying 'well, she only turns two once!' ... slippery slope, folks, slippery slope.  Because next year she'll only be 'three once', and the year after 'four once'.  Oh well, it is what it is ... this mama loves to plan a party :)  I knew early on that I wanted this party to be a 'Camp Out' theme, and had so much fun bringing Camp Farah to life for our friends and family.

The weather the morning of the party was dismal, but the rain stopped and clouds parted just in time to set up the A-frame tents Luke and I had made and fire up the bar-b-que for an afternoon camp out!  Another successful party is in the books, now I'm off to snuggle my 2 year old ... time is going too fast, and I am determined to enjoy each day we have with this little blessing.

xo, Jessie

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