Nov 5, 2015

Fall 2015

We headed out to a local park as the sun was setting and snapped some quick family photos. We haven't taken any since Maverick's newborn pictures so it was fun to get some updated ones. I can't believe our little man is 8 months old already! He's picking up new things every week so things are very exciting around here. We got some great ones and although I'm sad that he got grumpy when it was my turn to get pictures with him, such is life with a little one. Some of my favorite pictures show the real life stuff. What's more real life than a baby yanking your hair out? ;)












Love,
Mandy

Sep 29, 2015

6 Months of Maverick

I cannot believe Mav is almost 7 months already! He looks like such a toddler most days. Where did my little newborn go?







Love,
Mandy

Aug 6, 2015

Summer Sendoff


This wild child LOVES to be outside. Unfortunately it's been so hot and rainy this Summer that we haven't had much of a chance to get him outside for more than 5 minutes. I love to complain about how hot it is and how I wish Summer was over. Can you blame me, my favorite season is Fall?

Soon Summer will be over though and everyone will be preoccupied with school once again. Then comes the dreaded 6 month long Iowa winter where we will complain about being too cold. So I'm setting myself straight! No more complaining about Summer and the heat for the next few weeks. We're going to finish out the season strong and positive!

Our family is going to make the extra effort to get out there and do things that we won't be able to once the weather starts to change. Maverick is learning faster than I want to admit so being outdoors is a great experience for him! I'm going to blog about it which is also motivation to get myself back into something I miss doing. I'll be sharing our adventures on Instagram as they're happening incase I don't get time to sit down and write a post right away. Follow along #Hsummersendoff if you'd like. We'd love for you to join us in enjoying the moment instead of wasting the last few weeks whining about the weather.

Love,
Mandy

Jun 29, 2015

Maternity and Newborn Sessions

I'm quite late on posting this but I wanted to share a few of my favorites! All photos were taken by Kim Andera of Andera Photography and I cannot say enough great things about her!

We took the maternity pictures about a week before I went into labor so I'm glad we snuck them in. I love that they were so close to the delivery because I have some great photos of what I looked like right at the very end.

The newborn session was done right in our apartment which made the whole thing stress free for me. I pumped and painted my fingernails while most of them were being taken. It was so relaxing! Maverick pooped on one of the setups and then attempted to poop on daddy. He succeeded in pooping on mommy right at the very end but I don't think you can even notice. I just want to get giant prints of all of them to hang around our apartment. I smile every time I look at them!





















Love,
Mandy

Jun 24, 2015

Maverick's First Zoo Visit

We went to the local zoo on June 13 and we had so much fun! Maverick slept in the ring sling for most of our visit which we expected. When he was awake, he was so intent watching the animals! I think we have an animal lover on our hands.


One of the monkeys celebrating it's first birthday that weekend!




My favorite picture from that day! He was just staring at the tiger :) Babywearing is such a great way to bond and keep baby from getting overwhelmed in large crowds.



First time sitting in the stroller without his carseat. Let's just say this lasted about 5 minutes before he started screaming. We will stick to the ring sling or the carseat in the stroller for a little while longer!


Since the zoo is so close, I anticipate us making lots of trips there for him to see the animals! I can't wait to watch him learn and grow more excited with each visit.

Love,
Mandy