Baby Jameson | NewbornMarch 20, 2014

Mentor Ohio Lifestyle Newborn Photos

What a sweet session! Baby Jameson was not very interested in being in front of my camera, but he pulled through with a little help from mom and dad. :) Amy and Shaun are friends of ours, and it was incredibly special to see how awesome they are with their first baby. Shaun is a baby whisperer. For real. Jameson just melted in his dad’s arms, which was quite helpful and adorable to photograph. And Amy? She is the most happy, upbeat new mom I’ve ever seen. She has such a great attitude about motherhood and more energy than me! Jameson is one lucky baby.

Congrats, you two, on your little guy!

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Baby yawns are the best!

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And can we talk about how adorable Jameson’s nursery is?! Amy is quite talented. :)

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I love that one on the left up there. It looks like they’re having a little chat. :)

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See Jameson melting in his dad’s arms?? He is SO content!

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Love, love, love!

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101 in 1001: #57 Go on a Girls Trip.March 11, 2014

This past weekend my college BFFs and I traveled to Chicago to have a girls weekend in honor of our dear Susan who is getting married in one month! :D Four out of the five of us were there (Lindsey’s in Scotland with a new baby girl!), and it was SO good to see them and chat about everything and nothing all weekend.

Chicago Girls Weekend

Two of the most important things we realized over the course of the weekend were a) we look a lot older now than we did in college (what’s up with that?!) and b) we did some pretty weird things in college. I think we’ve always known the latter (I won’t even begin to get into our inside jokes), but every time we’re together we laugh so hard we cry over the random memories: the videos we made, the experiences we had that no one else would find funny and the things we did while cramming five of us into a 3-ish bedroom apartment.

Chicago Girls Weekend

Because we missed Lindsey and we can’t ever leave anyone out, we obviously made a paper-plate-on-a-stick version of her to tote around the city. I really wish I was kidding. Actually, no, I don’t. Because this is just another normal day for us and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Chicago Girls Weekend

Leah, the resident Chicagoan, lined up some pretty awesome stuff for us to do: a delicious brunch, manicures, aromatherapy making (see below) and more.

Chicago Girls Weekend

On the way home to CLE, I listened to an audiobook I’ve been wanting to read: MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend. It was the perfect read (or listen!) after a weekend with my own best friends. I realized, while listening to Bertsche talk about the different stages of friendship, that I am extraordinarily lucky to have many lifelong friends that know me inside and out. And these four girls, who I met freshman year of college in good old Morris Hall, will always be lifers.

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Baby Miles | 7 MonthsMarch 7, 2014

Akron In-Home Baby Photos

Everyone’s favorite redhead is back! Mr. Miles is 7 months old (7!) and as cute as ever. He’s crawling, standing up in his crib and wearing a fedora better than any baby I know. Check out a day in the life of Miles …

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March GoalsMarch 3, 2014

Spring Flowers

Hello, friends! Happy March! We have SUN today, which gets me thinking about flowers and green grass and spring in general. I can hardly wait to see our flowers bloom again. :)

For me, March is going to be B-U-S-Y! Especially compared to the relatively quiet winter I’ve enjoyed. I’ve got three weddings on the books (but one is already photographed!), trips out of town and a conference to finish out the end of the month. My biggest goal is to keep up with it all while practicing my 2014 goal of balance. This will be a big test for what the summer might look like and I’m feeling good about it!

Over the last couple months I’ve been taking a tip from Nancy Ray and have been setting my iPhone alarm to keep me focused on each task. The rule is that I can’t do anything other than what I’m supposed to be working on until my alarm goes off. Then it’s time for a small break to recharge for the next task. So far, so good! It’s like a mini competition every hour … who will win? Me or my iPhone? ;)

  • Read two books (25 in 12): Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen and The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak (Plus finish Film is Not Dead. I realized as I started reading it last month that it’s a book meant to be read a little at a time … not necessarily devoured while you’re laying in bed!)
  • Complete month #2 of Insanity (between being sick and falling off the wagon, I definitely let this one slide! Time to get back at it this month!)
  • Find chairs for our living room
  • Mentally prepare for Making Things Happen (if that’s even possible!)
  • Make time for at least two date nights with Nathan
  • Continue working on my good-side split (per #93 on my 101 list)
  • Book our plane tickets to Ireland and Scotland!
  • Finish my new website
  • Finish 2013 vendor discs (le sigh. This might always be on my list … I need to GET IT DONE!)
  • Give up sweets and take on a daily devotional for Lent
  • Celebrate my college BFF during her Chicago bride-to-be weekend!
  • See two more Oscar-nominated movies (my goal is to see all nine this year … five more to go!)

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