Happy Grandparent’s Day {Gift Idea}

Call it lack of sleep or maybe just a first time parent learning curve but I totally dropped the ball last year for grandparent’s day. Joseph was about 3 months old and my parents had gone above and beyond to welcome us into the world of parenting from the moment Joseph was born. I felt terrible I missed it and wanted to make sure I was prepared this year.

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We Have a ONE Year Old!! (Portrait Gallery)

To round out our first birthday celebration week I am so excited to share Joseph’s first birthday portraits! We worked with Harshita, owner of Avnida Photography who also shot his newborn photos. Her in-home studio is incredible with seemingly endless backdrops and props and she is terrific with waiting for just the right shot to capture her subject’s personality.

JoJo was such a ham during the shoot. He loved the lights and was especially excited by a giant yellow duck that was on-set. Looking at each shot leaves me feeling amazed thinking about how big he has gotten. He looks like such a little man in some of the shots!

These are pictures we will treasure forever!

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Joseph’s First Birthday Cake Smash

We knew we wanted to do first birthday portraits but I was torn about cake smash pictures. I am so glad our photographer Harshita, owner of Avnida Photography, convinced us to go for it. Joseph was hysterical during the shoot clapping with joy and making a mess. We were super surprised that he isn’t a huge fan of cake but definitely had fun playing with it! We got his Joseph shirt from Etsy shop TheMonogrammedPrep and his blue ombre cake was made by Splurge.

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God Bless Joseph Jacob


“Baptism is the initial step of a faithful heart.” – Max Lucado

Our first major milestone in his life has come and gone in the blink of an eye! This weekend Joseph celebrated his first sacrament at our church as he became baptized. Baptism is such a beautiful sacrament. A child is born so innocent with a pure heart and once they receive this blessing a baby is as perfect as they will ever be in their life. Our hearts were filled with love and joy as we presented our son to God and our parish. We held our breath as he was blessed with holy water as he was sound asleep but he didn’t even make a peep and instead just opened his eyes and smiled. (Guessing all that practice during bath time paid off!)

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