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Nantucket Summer House 2017

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For the past year a half my family and I have been brand ambassadors for Schwinn. They will send us bikes and bike accessories to use, photograph, and write about. Basically it’s been a dream, awesome bikes in exchange for pictures I would have taken of my family anyway? Sign me up! Well just this past February my friend Sam from over at Schwinn offered me an opportunity that I could not pass up…a chance to stay at a summer house in Nantucket with other ambassadors, riding bikes, eating fruit & seafood…I kid you not, it was exactly the dream it sounds like. Sam said it would take place mid June & I was all for it and excited except for one “small” little thing…I was due with baby #3 on May 12. I honestly didn’t know what to do. I knew how much I wanted to go but I have responsibilities here at home…things that don’t take breaks. Something along the lines of, oh I don’t know, 3 kids 3 and under! Not to mention one of those kids being a newborn…

There was so much I had to think about. When I got home that night I mentioned it to Riley thinking to myself, “I probably really shouldn’t go.” But for some reason I’ve been blessed with a really great husband. Don’t get me wrong, he constantly gets under my skin and we fight and bicker every single day (but life would be pretty boring if we were just cheeky and adorable all the time, lets be real).  But I kid you not when I say this, I merely mentioned the idea of Nantucket to him and without hesitation he goes, “of course you should go, you need this.” After a bit more conversation about it we decided I would go and I set my dates up with Sam.

Come May 2nd, I had our baby. A beautiful baby girl, Mia Lorraine. & it wasn’t until she was about month old, early June that I realized that I did *need* this time in Nantucket. Let me be the first to tell you that three kids is no joke. (Obviously, I mean its a whole other human life we’re talking about here!) But I didn’t realize how overwhelmed I would be trying to handle going from just two little girls to three little girls. My temper was short and my frustration was high. And my husband..my poor husband, was enduring it all. My emotions were all over the place: I was anxious because I didn’t know if the trip would be a good idea for me. I was overwhelmed because Mia wasn’t taking a bottle well as a breast fed baby. I was frustrated with how I was handling motherhood with 3 kids. And I’m not even going to get into the mom-guilt I had for leaving my newborn baby just 6 weeks after she was born. But…I did it! I took some time for myself, at first it was out of obligation because I told Sam I would be there, but once I got there I knew I needed this time for me, to get my brain back in order and let my frustrations out.

I couldn’t have had a better time. I got to meet so many ambassadors that I have been working with for a while now & go somewhere I never thought I’d go. The house we stayed at was straight out of a catalog and the bikes were so much fun (and super cute, too!). Nantucket was small enough for us to just bike to either side of the island & that’s exactly what we did!

Best of all, it was exactly the break I needed to get my head together and keep my frustrations from getting the best of me.

Enjoy some of my favorite memories and pictures from my trip. Nantucket is SO beautiful!

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A long 9 mile ride to Cisco Brewery for lunch!

We took a nice sail around the island. I was FREEZING. Sand Cloud to the rescue! 😉

 

They pampered me with Philosophy. New fan, right here!

The Schwinn summerhouse crew! ^^

A ride to the beach for lunch.

Ice cream from The Juice Box! 🙂

Literally the entire island is full of flowers & perfect places. You know I was stopping to take pictures every 3 minutes, I just can’t help it!

New Year, More Ice-cream!

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January 1st, 2017 came way too fast. Lets be honest…I was not prepared for this!! So in any good fashion, we took the girls out for a bit of Blue Bell ice cream in downtown Gruene, TX to help ease the sting that is ‘time flying by us’.  Seeing my family all together, our health is intact, & munching on some BlueBell….it is going to be a great year. I’m ready for you 2017!!

Here are my New Years Resolutions:

  1. Pay off all our debt! No credit cards, car bill, phone installment plans…nothing!
  2. Read my Bible more often & get more involved in church.
  3. And of course the ever popular “lose weight” goal lol. I think that’s one of my resolutions every year! but, hey, someday I’ll lose my extra baby weight 😉

Until then….more ice cream please 😉

 

Adalae & Penelope – San Antonio Photographer

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January has been an amazing month. We were lucky enough to visit family in Chicago last week and while it was an amazing time, it was FREEZING. I am definitely more of a Texas sunshine girl. Here’s a few pictures of my daughters to spread the warm beauty that we are so lucky to have most of the year here in San Antonio.  February is coming & I am so excited! One wedding consultation and a few sessions already on the books. Don’t forget to check out the newborn session sale I have going on, on my facebook page!

These images are some of my favorites of my girls – Adalae age 2 & Penelope age 7 months. They are so beautiful by themselves but seeing Adalae be an incredible big sister and Penelope look up to her is just an entirely different level of gorgeous. I am one lucky mama <3

I also included a couple of bloopers & perfectly imperfect pictures that I LOVE. Enjoy <3

Instagram: @chrsitinaplustwo @adsandella

Facebook: Ads & Ella Photography

 

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the picture below is blurry but I just couldn’t resist sharing that perfect little face with you all!

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Sponsors:

Tutu dresses – Kensington Lane Kids

Hair Bow – Fourth and Pierce

Flower tie back – Gray and Mae

Moccasins – Wild Explorers

 

 

 

Rachel Vanoven Newborn e-Workshop review

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A few months ago I purchased Rachel Vanoven’s Newborn e-Workshop.  I was 35 weeks pregnant & desperately wanting to attend a newborn workshop but physically that just was not going to be the smartest idea. So I bought it thinking I would learn valuable information…and I did…what I didn’t expect was how invaluable the information would be to pushing my newborn photography craft to the next level.  A year and a half before I purchased the work shop was the first and last newborn I photographed because it was just THAT difficult. I was taken by surprise at how intense it was to photograph babies! Between that day & purchasing the newborn workshop, I assisted a local photographer with 2 or 3 sessions but I just new I needed to attend a workshop. So I purchased the e-workshop and it has seriously changed my business for the better! My photos speak for themselves.

These are photos of my very first newborn…ever.

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This was my 4th, just after purchasing the newborn e-workshop.

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And this is my most recent & the session I am most proud of! I have SO much more to learn with newborns & perfecting my style but the possibilities are endless & very exciting!

 

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Jessica and Joseph- Austin Engagement

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I have known this couple for a LONG time. Jessica is my cousin so I’ve known her all my life. Since my dad was in the military we were always moving around & growing up away from family never gave us a chance to get to know them. But Jessica and I were always really close. She came up for my 18th birthday when we lived in Chicago & 6 months later I came down to Texas to celebrate her 18th birthday with her. At the time we had both JUST started dating the loves of our lives. It’s so crazy how time flies!! I love that we have those memories together. I love you, you beautiful soul! And I couldn’t be happier that Joseph treats you like a queen! I am so excited for your wedding in June & extremely flattered you would trust me to capture it for you <3 These are just some of my favorites from their engagement last weekend in Austin, Texas. The gallery will be on its way to you shortly!

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