What a trip! Our little family takes an annual beach trip every summer and it is always one of the highlights of my year. We like going to a different Airbnb every year to explore new places and this year we chose Emerald Isle in North Carolina. It was a long drive but completely worth it! A lot of people asked me for tips for taking babies to the beach so I wanted to share a few things that were helpful to bring and do while we were there!
I still can’t believe Payton will be TWO this week! She has a few different TV shows she likes, but recently she has loved Sesame Street. So I thought it would be fun to throw her an Elmo birthday party! Rachel and I had fun pinning lots of ideas and creating our favorites. There is nothing like using cheap materials to make something adorable! As the weeks went by and more decorations for the party were added to the kitchen table, Payton would see them and say, “Elmo birthday!” It was so cute.
This is always such a fun post to put together! I love looking back over the year and re-living all the sweet moments at each wedding through the images. I was pregnant this entire wedding season which made things interesting! As my belly grew each month, guests loved to make comments and give advice at each wedding. It was always entertaining!
I can’t believe Hallie has been with us for almost a month now! Time is going very slow, but also quickly at the same time. Kevin had his first full week back at work last week and I feel like I am finally settling into a bit of a routine with the girls at home. I am so thankful it is the off-season so that I can spend my days bonding with Payton and Hallie!
We welcomed sweet Hallie Rae Paulovkin into the world on October 26, 2018 at 9:02pm. This little girls labor and birth experience was very different from Payton’s! So many people told me during the last few weeks of my pregnancy that the second baby usually comes earlier than the first baby. I was excited about this because I started feeling super uncomfortable towards the last few weeks.
I did not think I was going to have time to get these edited before Hallie made her big debut, but thankfully I was able to finish editing all of my client images from September! We can’t wait to meet this sweet baby and each day I wake up and hope today is the day we get to hold her for the first time. But until then, enjoy these images from our maternity session!
I can’t believe we are only a month away from meeting our second baby girl! Rachel and Kate threw me a sweet little sprinkle for Hallie and it was beautiful. The floral and wood theme was perfect because it matched Hallie’s nursery! We played a fun game where everyone guesses how much a list of 10 baby products cost and whoever had the closest total amount won the game. Surprisingly, my sister Erin won! She will definitely be a great mom someday.
Today is Kevin's 30th Birthday!! We always joked when we were dating that I was a cougar because I am 6 months older than him. But now we are both 30 so we are even! I wanted to celebrate his birthday by sharing 30 of my favorite memories that we have shared together. Some of these photos you probably have never seen before because I had to dig them up from the archives!
Another summer, another amazing beach vacay! This year we wanted to go somewhere different besides our usual choice of Rehoboth/Bethany and Chesapeake Beach was a perfect choice. I was searching for fun summer activities to do with toddlers, and the Chesapeake Beach Waterpark came up. After we decided that would be a fun spot to take Payton, we found the perfect Airbnb and booked our vacay.
When we found out we were having another girl, we were both so surprised. A few days before our 20 week appointment, I had a dream we were having a boy and we had already started thinking of boy names! But we are so excited to be having another girl and to give Payton a sister. It was really tough coming up with another name since we had such a hard time deciding on Payton! However, we are happy to say that baby girl number two has a name! Her name is...
Payton is ONE! How did this happen? One year ago we became parents and our greatest adventure began. Pay Pay, you are such a gift to us and we are beyond thankful for you. We want you to know that you can be whoever you want to be and grow up to do whatever you wanna do. The sky is the limit, little girl! You are unique, beautiful, kind, persistent, funny, and joyful. Thank you for being a gift to us each day!
It is weird to be posting our family session but I love having these photos on my blog as a digital journal. I haven't had any time to write/put pictures in a paper journal! Payton was 8 months old when we took these and her personality is perfectly captured. I know I say this all the time but it is true; this child is an undeserved gift and we are grateful for her each day.