This post is a massive one! Technically, Graham ended his 8th month on the 23rd of December, but in order to not get overwhelmed in January, I decided to include CHRISTMAS in this post. Hence the reason there are so many images! This eighth month with Graham has been our most fun yet. He’s coming out of his shell and is so engaging and smiley. He’s attached to me but he will go to anyone. We know that can change on a dime so we’re enjoying the fact that he loves being held by everyone now! It feels sad for me to write this, but we missed a week of his eighth month because we went on a trip to Hawaii and while it was an incredible trip and I know it was so good for us to get away, I love this little boy so much that it was hard to leave.
We came back from our trip and he had started army-crawling across the floor chasing ornament balls!!! He’s on the move and honestly, I know that some parents dread it, but I love it. He can MOVE where he wants to go instead of getting bored and fussing because he wants to explore and can’t. Previously, he would sit on the floor and rock and fuss and then spit up because he wanted the freedom to be able to move like Evy and his cousins. Now, even though he’s slow, he can move and he’s SO happy about it!!!
Here are some things I want to remember about this month of his life! :
His crazy scrunch is my favorite!
He always stops and puts his head down when he’s tired and it’s the sweetest thing. Sometimes, now that he’s crawling (or “scooting”), we’ll find him sprawled out like this on the floor!
Gotta be on guard at ALL times, she comes out of nowhere!
My disastrous Christmas card idea! It was cute… but it was a MESS!
Isn’t it funny that I always worry that our babies won’t have any personality.
See, she came out of nowhere!
Hanging out with Knox Bear and Baby Roe! …. She’s not a baby anymore!
Graham and Sisi reunited!!!
Too much Graham…. too much.
That’s what you get for biting her foot!
Another Evy hug….
She never stops!
This is the month that Graham started wanting to be around the big kids….
And trying to copy everything they do!
Grandaddy fixed our broken ottoman that hides the toys!
He actually REALLY started to “scoot” and move trying to chase runaway ornaments down the hallway!
My favorite picture from Christmas!
Harper is FAST these days!! She’s almost ONE!!!!
Evy likes to crawl with her!
This was Graham’s first day with a full blown cold. Poor little buddy.
Michael and I left the kids for 6 days to go to Maui and it was wonderful…. i cried leaving them…. but it was wonderful to get away. I’ll share more of that trip soon!
We hosted a staff/church leadership Christmas party after our Hawaii trip!
And then the next day was Micah’s 3rd Birthday party!!!
My sister and her cake-making skills! How amazing is this!!!?!?!
Our van wouldn’t start and so Evy was an hour late to the party and Micah got upset that she wasn’t there. They are truly best friends and it’s the sweetest thing!
Evy also thought it was HER party and she hugged each kid after Micah opened their present. hahahahah
More Evy hugs!
Again with the hugs…..
She wanted to sing him Happy Birthday….
She also licked his candles without asking. We’re going to need to work on her party/social skills!
Micah’s face when he saw his training bike!
Our sweet new friend, Josie!
Unke Corey chased the kids for about an hour!
This is our church’s indoor playground that you can rent out for parties! The kids loved it!
Then we headed to Micah’s house so that he could get his present from Mimi and Grandaddy!
Evy’s first time driving it!
Then we headed to Kings Dominion for Winterfest and then to Mimi and Grandaddy’s house for our “James Family Christmas”!!
This lasted for about 2 mins.
Our first time with matching family PJ’s. Michael was sweating to death and Graham spit up on his immediately.
And Micah didn’t quite grasp the concept but he was SO EXCITED to take a picture with us!
“Christmas morning” was on the 23rd but it sure felt like the real deal making them wait to go downstairs just like we had to when we were kids!
It’s surreal to see our kids waiting where Emy, Corey and I waited every year!
We told them to close their eyes and I was rushing and mis-shot this but I kinda love it!
Seeing their giant OLAFS!
She looks beautiful and GROWN UP! And he is such a little nugget!
Getting her first fake MAKEUP kit from Aunt Momo!!!!
The babies’ first Christmas!!!!
Harper’s first baby doll!
Poor thing…. I swear she loved it!
Queen Elsa lived in this dress ALL DAY! And everyday after.
Then grandaddy won “Best Christmas Surprise of 2019″…. maybe even the DECADE….
He made these barrel cars on handcarts and the kids were AMAZED!!!!
Oh. my. goodness.
Our annual family picture!
Then we headed to Grammie and Paw’s on Christmas Eve!
Checking everyone’s heart!
Princess Ana! It came in a two-set but lets put it this way…. she hasn’t worn this since this photo was taken. She’s ALL about ELSA!
This picture is magical to me. I can’t believe they’re mine.
Oh my goodness.
Ah! It’s our FINAL STUDENT SPOTLIGHT!!! This July post has been a long time coming but it’s HERE and it’s LIVE and I want you to help me celebrate these amazing photographers who are making their dreams happen!!!
This six month update feels like it’s weirdly disproportionate compared to other monthly updates! Why is that? Well, last month I posted a couple of sets of images that were actually at the beginning of his sixth month and THEN we photographed multiple weddings, had several trips away from home for a few days and the dads were for several days!
Hope and Jesse are the sweetest couple. You can just feel it when you’re with them! You can see it when you watch them interact. You can hear it in the stories that their family members and best friends shared about them. They are truly soulmates and best friends. They have an undeniable love for one another and that is why even a rainy, misty wedding day could be incredibly vibrant, warm and joyful!!
Rhett’s fifth month was full of fun. It’s crazy to me that I know I only take my big camera to about 10% of the things we do in a month and yet each month is SO full.
This beautiful wedding day took place in the rolling hills of West Virginia, just past the Virginia state line. Wild Goose Farm is a venue that I’ve never photographed before and let me tell you, it was a treat! We didn’t even have the sun join us for most of the day and yet we were able to capture beautiful portraits! Between the horses, old fences, stunning estate home, lily pad covered pond, old stone walls, rustic barn, open fields and a historic stone arch, I was in photographer heaven!
This session was just as sweet as it looks. We spent the evening with Megan and Tim in the country outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia. We were tucked away in the rolling hills in between beautiful fields and family farms. It reminded me all over again why I just love Virginia. We really have it all… beaches, mountains, history, and great schools! JMU, while it did play a role in Tim and Megan’s story, isn’t actually where it started!