Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Bonjour Bebe!

My mom, sister and I threw my younger sister a French themed baby shower this weekend in Atlanta! Or should I say- a bebe shower?
This is Rebecca's first baby and we're so excited for her!

Rebecca is due on November 22nd, but we had to do the shower this summer while Julie was down from Miami. 

The shower was the gender reveal too!  It's a BOY! I'm so happy for her. Girls & boys are both so awesome, but I think having a boy for your first is the best!

We all decided on the French theme and worked together to pull it off, but while my sister was here over summer vacation she made so many incredible personalized d├ęcor items. From spray painting the antique mason jars to hand writing every little detail, like the French "Patisserie" sign.

My pretty mama and the "Bonjour Bebe Jaques" sign.

Julie hand wrote these letters, just so impressed.

Rebecca is so crafty, she made this giant linen sign for the shower!

Vivi thought the baby was a boy, so she was really excited. She couldn't stop asking Rebecca about the baby in her tummy all weekend. :)

The buffet spread.....

One of my favorite things was this twine/ivy lettering, but with my telephoto lens I couldn't get a good pic of it all!

We had fun shopping for the shower in this farmer's market. My Mom loved the isle with the Finnish food!

We went out with Rebecca shopping and before Viv could take her picture with Rebecca she needed to put her new sunglasses on....

All set (with her eyes closed)....

After Atlanta, Julie & crew were heading straight back to Miami. We were sooo sad, after having them with us for a month.
So excited for an expanding family! Kids are the BEST!!!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Oh Say Can You Seeeeeeee........

Every July 4th growing up in Michigan we spent at the lake at my grandparents house. With all of our cousins, lots of great food & swimming, always swimming.  What fond memories. I remember the way the  fading light shown thru the stained glass windows in my grandparents living room in the evening.  I hope my kids look back at their July 4th with such fond memories. This year we've been so blessed to have my sister and her boys here for several weeks during the summer.  I wish they lived here year round!!
I took the kids kayaking and they swam at the beach & jumped off the dock.  We tie-dyed shirts & they played in the sprinklers. Just a perfect day.
My happy trio!

This motley crew.


My beautiful sis....

The best parents!

And of course, watermelon.

G's favorite way to spend the holiday- chillin.

It was pretty rainy that night, so we just watched the fireworks (about 4 local shows at a distance) from the Cosgrove bridge. Not as fun as being up close, but it sure was nice to avoid the traffic coming home!
I was able to take pics of Julie & her boys and these are a few of my favorites.

Doesn't this look like a Ralph Lauren ad? :)
These sweet boys. I just love them so much!
And a few fun beach photos while I was there.....

The sun was so beautiful that night.

My grumpy little photo model to test the lighting and settings.

Judah & Guillermo wanted nothing to do with photo taking and were having a blast throwing the ball on the beach.

My favorite candid shot... Julie is the most loving, kind, patient mother.  Her boys are so blessed!