You are my sunshine...

It has been quiet over here for a little while now and I’m overjoyed to share with you why… On Monday, October 8th at 2:03pm we welcomed our beautiful son into this world, Arlo James Collinger. This little 7lb 5oz cutie pie has us wrapped around his little fingers, as well as his big sister. Now I have a “Vi” and “Lo”. We are all doing well and just enjoying getting to know our little man and our new routine as a family of four.

As you will see, Vi is smitten with her little brother. Today, the first thing out of her mouth was, “Where is brother?” She loves to hold him (until he has a stinky diaper), retrieve his pacifier, sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” to him and kiss, love, and soothe him. It is the most amazing thing to see them together. I’ve been looking forward to these adorable snuggle sessions ever since I found out I was pregnant. Feeling pretty blessed to be their mom and to be able to watch them grow together.

Today, Arlo is four weeks old and I have no idea how it went by so fast, I’m not surprised, but days seem to only last a few short hours. Most days are spent in our pj’s while drinking cold coffee and eating cold pizza, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. My heart is full!

Thank you for all the warm and well wishes over the past 10 months! My family and I appreciate your patience and understanding, as response time may be delayed over the next couple of months. We are busy loving one another, trying to get organized again, and also trying to master the Tetris game that is having a toddler and newborn.

Without further a do, meet my Arlo James. Sorry, I’m not sorry for causing any “baby fever”.

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Trout - Maternity

Right before three become four.... Congratulations Trout family, I am over the moon for you and your sweet bundle of joy! Big brother Bryor will most certainly enjoy a partner in crime or should I say a partner in play... racing monster trucks no doubt. I can just see all the wrestling matches, forts, and battle calls that will fill your home. No better sounds in the world. It still feels like I was just capturing Leah & Zach's wedding and then Bryor's newborn pictures. I love my job... another blessing... seeing the joy and excitement as couples grow a family and then add to that family. The excitement and anticipation is shared by all, I CAN NOT wait to meet your little man in September! 

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Violet - 2 years

In TWO the Wild

Our little explorer is TWO! How is this even possible?!? I didn't think this year could go faster than her first, but it sure did. Somehow, I woke up to a toddler going on 15. It's always "I do it" and "no mommy". I am so NOT ready for this stage to be over. Snuggling her a little tighter today. 

Vi loves to climb EVERYTHING and recently has even climbed out of her crib and into a toddler bed. It doesn't stop there, she can open her door, so I often am greeted with her climbing into our bed around 6:30am, or "mommy, wake up, I'm hungry". Takes after her momma, always ready for a meal/snack! ;)

Some of her favorite foods include any Italian dish, chocolate chip pancakes, sweet potatoes, popsicles (you gotta hear her say it though), shredded cheese, apple sauce, pretzels, cookies, eggs, cheese toasties, and Chocolate pudding "chocolate cake". Vi loves going on walks, exploring, reading in "mommy daddy bed", running from me in the store and putting things in the cart (aka shopping at Target), all animals (but especially dogs), bubbles, cooking, painting, watching Paw Patrol, Dory, and Moana. She even started singing and dancing, which is just awesome and so much fun! We can't seem to get in enough trips to the library, park, and zoo. 

I could go on and on about my sweet, smart, gentle (most of the time), bossy, sassy, cuddly, ornery (as all get out) little girl. Vi, you are our world and have us wrapped around your finger. I'm pretty sure she knows that already! :) One look at her, with those emotional eyes and chubby cheeks, and I well up with love, pride, and tears of joy! It is an absolute honor to be your momma baby girl! <3

P.S. Is there anything cuter on little girls than denim and knee socks? Something about this classic look gets me every time! <3

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The Hampp Family

Catching up on some blogs posts before the big fall rush. Gah, it was a wonderful summer! Just look at this beautiful family! Their girls couldn't get any cuter and wait until you see their outfits! <3 Hampp's, you're up on the blog.

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Mark + Jamie - 6.10.17

There are just some weddings where you feel like part of the family and can't help but get caught up in the celebration, Mark and Jamie's was one of those weddings. Their romantic and intimate ceremony was held at Frank Fetch Park followed by a lovely veranda dinner at Lindy's, just a few short blocks away. Mark's father was the officiant and I couldn't help, but well up with tears myself. So much joy and love to be celebrated. They each have two girls that stood by their sides and one of the cutest flower girls ever! It was so much fun to get to see them as one big family on this new adventure. I am so very happy for you both and wish you all the best now and always. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Reed! 

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Leo - Newborn

Cuteness overload... that sweet little face and those little hands... I can't even! This handsome gentelman recently just celebrated turning one month old. So stinking cute, congratulations Eric and Miranda, he is absolutely precious! Leo was very curious as to what picture day was all about and I'm loving those baby blues, thanks for hanging with me little guy. Eric and Miranda, it was an honor and a pleasure to capture your family of three and thanks for letting me come over and snuggle your little man. Enjoy all the snuggles! <3

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Jenson - One Year

Turning one is a big deal and so is this little man, Happy First Birthday Jenson! I hope your first handful of cake was absolutely delicious. This cutie pie loves to knock down blocks, swing at the park, people watch (who doesn't) and listen to "yellow submarine". He had us working hard for a few smiles, but it was well worth it, don't you agree!?! Better yet, when he concentrates, he sticks out his tongue a little and I kinda love it! Jenson, you beautiful sweet boy you, it was a pleasure!

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Hudson - Two Years

"Clink"... I can think of no better way to spend an afternoon, "tea for two" with this very adorable, funny, and fancy two year old. Hudson loves to blow bubbles, be tickled, play with Penelope (little mouse doll), play peek a boo, and have tea parties with her stuffed animals. She steals my heart every time, you gorgeous sweet girl you! Happiest 2nd Birthday Hudson, it has been a joy watching you grow!

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Aila - Two Years

I still can't believe Aila just turned two!!! What better way to celebrate than to play and dance in the leaves. Let me tell you, she has some moves! :) Such a sweet and fun little lady. It has been a pleasure to photograph her since she was a newborn. Happy Birthday Aila Lane! 

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The Crawford Family

Aren't these three just the cutest? Plus who knew a little fake coughing would get all these smiles. Oh Willow, you are a doll! I couldn't help but smile while I was editing too, my cheeks are sore. ;) Your smile is contagious baby girl, love you! 

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Meet the McKay Family!

These three were such a joy to capture! Little Mara just turned one and is the sweetest! She made me work for a smile, but it was well worth it. I love meeting new clients and future classmates. :) Check her out in her adorable Halloween costume too, "I'll eat you up, I love you so much!" Thanks McKay family for allowing me to capture such an exciting milestone! 

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Brendan + Simone

Meet the new Mr & Mrs Baumann! I had the honor and privilege of capturing two dear friends tie the knot last month. Congratulations Brendan & Simone, I am overjoyed for you both and the journey you are about to begin! I can't think of two people better together. Love you guys and thank you for allowing me to capture your love story! 

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Fall Minis pt 1

My favorite time of year and favorite minis! I love watching families grow, interact, and cuddle on one another. This year didn't disappoint... so much cuteness and sweet moments. Thank you to all the families that came out, it was a pleasure to see you all again and capture your love for each other!

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Cupcake is turning 4!

It seems like only yesterday I was capturing her newborn photos... fast forward four years later, she's growing up so fast! This beautiful little lady goes by the nick name Addie cupcake (how cute is that?) and already has a signature move (two thumbs up)! Addie is so sweet, adventurous and full of energy. We celebrated her birthday with pictures followed by chocolate cake, aren't you jealous! Yum! Happiest of Birthdays Addie!

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Meet the Duvall family!

I love meeting new clients and getting to know them and their littles! Check out smiley 3 month old Reid, he was such a cutie pie and that hair.... gahh...LOVE! Such a beautiful family inside and out, thanks for letting me capture you Deanna, Forest and Reid!