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Quin’s First Haircut

I had a dream last night that I was suddenly staring into the bright, beautiful face of a 7-year-old Quin. When, in the midst of my dream, I realized that the past 6 years had absolutely flown by, I called Quin over and made him stand in front of me.

“Son, mommy doesn’t want to scare you, but come here” I said. I grabbed his face and held it right in front of mine with both hands. As I studied every square inch of his face . . . his bright blue eyes, red eyebrows, sweet little freckles, and pearly white teeth . . . . tears streamed down my face.
“What’s wrong, mommy?” he asked.
“Nothing, Quin. Nothing at all. I just want so badly to remember everything. Every single thing about what you look like right now – forever.”

Even as I type this, tears stand in the corners of my eyes, threatening to fall. I’ve had broken relationships, painful losses, and stinging disappointments in my life, but nothing – and I mean NOTHING – has broken my heart like becoming a mom. I feel like a walking pile of mush all day every day. And though at times I feel like you could knock me over with a feather, it’s a lightness and a vulnerability that somehow feels just right. I love the way Quin has made me a more tender, loving, sensitive, and compassionate version of my former self. Is this what it is to grow up? It’s not nearly as bad as they say. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, on the subject of my ever-breaking heart, Quin received his first haircut on his 7 Month birthday a few weeks ago. As much as Stan and I wanted to put it off forever, it became painfully obvious that it was high time he get a trim. Not only was he constantly mistaken for a girl (we honestly didn’t care too much about that), but his hair was literally stabbing his eyeballs all day long and his fat little hands were constantly on his forehead in an attempt to clear hair from his eyes. It was the cutest thing ever – but we want our boy to see! We were left no choice. But if we had to do it, by gosh we were going to have some fantastic pictures to document the event! ๐Ÿ™‚ Without further rambling, please enjoy Quin’s first haircut . . .

I was amazed at the job Stan did! What a great barber! The “before”:

Yes, our 7-month-old required detangling spray. ๐Ÿ™‚

Then things started heading downhill . . . poor Quin.

It wouldn’t be a “first haircut” without some tears, right?

Friends with Daddy again! The “after”. What do you think? I love these boys so much!!

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My first Mother’s Day!

Quin and I kickin’ it on my Mother’s Day gift (a hammock!) . . . and I LOVE my husband for taking this picture!

No mother will ever deny that becoming a mom for the first time is full of unexpected surprises of many kinds! ๐Ÿ™‚ First you’re surprised by how little sleep you are getting . . . then you’re surprised that you can LIVE on that little sleep . . . you are surprised by how quickly your baby grows and learns . . . and most of all, you are surprised by – because NOTHING can prepare you for – the depth and breadth of the love you feel for this little life that you and your husband created together. It’s absolutely miraculous, earth-shattering, and life-changing to the extreme! And truly, all of the most flavorful words I could come up with to describe how I feel about Quin and being a mom could never, ever, EVER fully convey my heart. It’s just . . . wonderful.

On Mother’s Day, we went and had breakfast at Trudy’s with Stan’s parents and some family friends, who happened to be in town for the weekend. Yall – I am totally nuts about breakfast food and my favorite thing is going out to eat for breakfast, so this was really fun.

Here’s my Mother’s Day flower after Quin got a hold of it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Isn’t it the most beautiful thing?

Quin Monk and proud little ole me. ๐Ÿ™‚

We have matchy eyes!

I hope all of you Moms, Grandmas, Daughters, Aunts, and the like had a wonderful Mother’s Day and felt loved and appreciated! I know I did!

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Ian and Heidi’s Wedding

What a beautiful day. I think that Ian and Heidi were lucky to slip their wedding day into the last couple of pretty weather days here in Texas, folks! It is officially summer – I don’t care what the calendar says . . . it’s HOT! ๐Ÿ™‚ But you know what? If anybody deserved bright blue skies and perfect temperatures, it’s these two. Since the moment I met them, I just adored them. We first met at Tom and Ashley’s wedding (holler atcha, Bubas!) and even then, before Heidi and Ian were engaged, I knew with all my heart that they would get married and we would be their wedding photographers. Heidi and Ian – thank you guys for allowing us the joy of capturing you on your wedding day! It was SO much fun and we hope you love your pictures!

Their wedding and reception took place at the GORGEOUS Terrace Club. We LOVE shooting there for so many reasons, but one big one being that Hunter and her crew are just a breeze to work with. What a great place!

Heidi is such a sweetheart! She got so excited when she found out that the earrings Ian surprised her with were none other than an original Catherine Nicole creation! And let me just say she rocked the heck out of those stunning earrings!

First Look – love, love, loooooove!

I want to shrink their wedding party, tie them up with a bow, and carry them all around in my pocket. They were SO. MUCH. FUN!

This makes me excited that my little baby is going to one day turn into a little boy. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sweetness.

Haha! Don’t leave, Ian! These guys were great!

I want to re-do my wedding . . . . and have yellow flowers. Seriously. Nobody ever does them and I LOVE them!

The wind nearly whipped Heidi’s veil right off her head, but boy did it make for a cute pic!

Sunset goodness. The sunset = not the best ever, but so-so. Heidi and Ian = the BEST.

Do you love good food as much as I do?!

I can’t stop coming back to this picture . . . I think it may be my favorite.

Oh my . . . cake balls! At one point during the reception, I felt the need to approach Heid and say to her “Heidi, I want you to know that if you wanted me to be a professional and to do my job, you shouldn’t have had cake balls at your wedding.” She laughed her butt off . . . but I was serious. ๐Ÿ™‚

How fun is this cake?! Ian is a cyclist, so they had this amazing groom’s cake that might have been the most original groom’s cake I’ve ever seen! Loved it!

Elizabeth Cross, we’re going to have a sister picture like this at your wedding . . . love it . . .

Congratulations, Heidi and Ian. Wishing a beautiful marriage for two beautiful people.
To view more highlights from their wedding day, you can VIEW HEIDI & IAN’S SLIDESHOW HERE.
If you were a guest of theirs and would like to see their full gallery GO HERE.

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