Dear August 2018,
You were a busy month and truthfully, I am glad you are over…. only because we are now one month closer to cooler weather. I am ready for all things fall – football, cooler weather, pumpkin spice season… LET’S GO! Good bye August!
September, we are welcoming you with open arms!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – August 2018 ::
Dear July 2018,
WOW doesn’t even cover it, what a month! You were a month of FIRSTS and very special occasions. First day of first grade, first day of preschool, and Kensie’s first swim, staycation & Diamondbacks Game! We had a 6th birthday, baby girl turned 3 months old, and we made our first trip to the mountains as a family of five! It was definitely one of my favorite months for our family, mainly because we made the most of every moment. Yay for family time!
August, you have very large shoes to fill! We are excited to see where this new school year takes us!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – July 2018 ::
Newborn photos… oh, the good and the bad! They are the most loved photos for documenting the beginning of your new babies life. And yet, they are dreaded by all post-labor moms who are still healing and still packing around the post-labor body weight! It’s generally recommended to take newborn photos within the first two weeks of life. “It’ll be easy”, they said. “The baby will be cooperative”, they said. Well, how bout the poor momma who still looks eight months preggo and is now sleep deprived?! This is the hardest stage for the exhausted momma and family, and yet this is what we do…. and it’s SO worth it!
[Words I live by: The only picture you’ll regret is the one you didn’t take!]
With all three of my girls, my newborn photos have been some of the most cherished photos to me, but looking at them always brings back the reminder of the craziness going on behind the scenes. The lack of sleep, the cooperation of older kids, the spit up, the blow outs, and all the things we do for a good photo… bribery, silly noises/faces/dances and of course the occasion threat… #goodtimes & #stillsoworthit!
So with all the exhaustion, how do you pull it off without sinking the ship altogether?! Word of advice from one mom to another… I have always tried to plan ahead in the last weeks of pregnancy and prep everyone’s outfits for this photo shoot. I highly recommend doing this, so when the day arrives to take these photos… You are not scrambling to pull something together in the craziness of newborn cluster feedings and exhaustion. Well in advance, and with a clear mind, I will hang all of our outfits in my closet, already ironed and ready to go! Why wait until your in survival mode to get prepared and set up?! Also moms, remember that your body is still in eight months pregnancy mode… So choose an outfit that will be flattering to your “still kinda pregnant” body, i.e… a maternity dress, a flowy blouse or a button down top usually work great.
With that being said, here are a few of our favorites! Third time around and I am still so thankful for these photos. Like I said, they are so worth it! They document where we are as a family when our sweet Kensie joined the crew.
Thank you La Brisa Photography for capturing our family in the comfort of our home. These photos will always be cherished! You are the best!
Welcome to the family – Kensie Steele! #WodiskePartyofFIVE
Catch Up – Our journey to Kensie! Pregnancy Announcement // Gender Reveal // Birth Announcements // Newborn Necessities
Dear June 2018,
Yay for summer fun. We have spent the month enjoying church camps, BBQing with friends, going on memorable family dates and soaking up swim lessons. Sleeping in and later nights have also been a new adventure with kiddos, but hey, it’s what summer is all about. It was also a month of special celebrations; Father’s Day, Payton’s 1st Dance Recital and our 10 Year Wedding Anniversary (Congrats on 10 years babe!!!). We’ve spent more hours than we can count just snuggling with baby Kensie. How can she be 2 months old already!?
It is crazy to think that July already brings the adventure of a new school year… So in the mean time, we are going to cherish the next four weeks of non-scheduled and spontaneous summer family fun! Bring on July!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – June 2018 ::
Dear May 2018,
May, Where did you go? Half of the month I spent thinking it was still April, blame it on the newborn sleep deprivation, haha! In all seriousness, it flew by. We spent the month watching our little babe eat and sleep her way through each day. Although we’re all sleep deprived, she has been the biggest blessing to our family – totally worth it! We also watched our oldest graduate up to first grade. How can kindergarten be over, que mom tears!
With June upon us, we’ll do as we always do this time of year… duck out of the AZ heat as much as possible. And of course making memories every second that we can! Gotta love summer vacation!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – May 2018 ::
Dear April 2018,
What a month!!! I started the month out really pregnant, with a sweet baby kicking in my tummy and ended the month with the most beautiful GIRL in my arms. After a month of counting down the last days of our pregnancy it was a time filled with so many happy tears, excitement, anticipation and the thrill of change. April you made us a family of 5, so complete with three little girls. We are simultaneously sleep deprived, happy, and beyond blessed! Haha – doing our best to embrace life in the newborn stage! I also was blessed with celebrating my 33rd birthday as a mom of three and snuggling my sweet little birthday present. April 2018 will always be an extremely special month for us.
May, we are so excited for more firsts to come as we settle into our new family routine.
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – April 2018 ::
Dear March 2018,
I am a little late thanking you for a month of holiday celebrations and family fun, but pregnancy brain won this time. As I hit the end of pregnancy, you were a month filled with so much joy! We celebrated all things green, a puppy-themed 3rd birthday party, bunnies and egg hunts and special family time before this little bump joins us in April.
So April, YES, we are more than ready for you and finally meeting our baby. This will be a magical month!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – March 2018 ::
Dear December 2017,
December is always one of my favorite months. It’s filled with Christmas fun and so many family memories. This month we had a case of the flu, but we pushed through and took it as an excuse to slow down and snuggle… A LOT! Since this was a record breaking, unseasonably warm month for us, we traveled to cooler temps when possible. We celebrated the girls first dance recital and my mama heart just about burst with anxiety & pride! Meanwhile baby bump and I successfully finished our first and last race! Haha, check that off the bucket list! We visited Santa again and thankfully it was another tear-filled visit for Payton… Tears make the best Santa photos! Trav and I were able to sneak off for an unforgettable court-side Suns date night! And of course it was another beautiful celebration of Jesus’ birth and showing the girls the true reason for the season.
We had so many great memories this month, but I am most thankful for not overdoing it. We did and saw amazing things, but I never felt like we squished too much into our month. We did just enough and rested just enough, and I’m grateful for all of it! Sometimes it’s easy to fall victim to the commercialization of the season and feel like you have to do more, buy more, stress more… But this season, I made sure to fill up our time up with what was most important to us, and it was just right.
With a new year knock’n on the door, we’re excited for a new year of adventures and memories and we couldn’t be more excited for what’s to come with 2018! Baby #3 will be joining our family in April and I don’t know what could be better than that – Cheers to a great year ahead!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – December 2017 ::
December is here so you know what that means… 2017 Christmas Card Season is upon us.
YAY for Happy Mail! 🙂
This year I decided to order our 2017 Christmas Cards through one of our favorite online stationery companies… Shutterfly! If you are a regular here at Espresso Ever After you already know how much I adore partnering with Shutterfly and all of their personalized options; they make beautiful and quality goods for all to love! To tell you the truth, this pregnancy has really slowed me down this year and I am so thankful that I can trust Shutterfly with this aspect of the holiday season. The tired mama in me wanted to skip the photos and the card making, but since Shutterfly was able to help me with the heavy lifting… It was worth it. Their online program is extremely user-friendly and their options this year are unique and creative. As usual I loved so many of them, that I had a hard time narrowing down my favorite card styles.
We went with a bright and colorful look for our photos this year, and I knew I wanted to pick a card that offered a happy and cheerful theme. When I found this 5×7 Gate Fold Card, I knew it was the winner. It offered multiple text areas, different sized photo slots, 2 types of paper styles and a fun flip-open effect. Thank you Shutterfly for always bringing a winner!