Jun 22, 2016

The Present Gift Of Rest

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Truth be told, I am not the best at resting. Like fully resting and not multitasking. It's just not my jam, especially as a momprenuer! You know, it's the kind of resting that includes picking up a book to read, taking a quick nap when I can barely stay awake, and just sitting outside in the sun. My mind starts bubbling with the people I need to email, errands I need to run, the amount of laundry stacked up, appointments I have to schedule and everything else on my To Do list. My mind is starting to race right now as I sit here writing this blog post of all I have to do! Resting takes a back seat and is rarely a priority for me. Yet the ironic part is I fully know and champion how important it is. 
 
But when we go on vacation, Chris and I always try to unplug as much as possible, putting away our phones and not even bring our laptops, to fully rest and be totally present. Last week we got back from one of these amazing and much needed family vacations to Cape Cod. We stayed in a little beach house where you could hear the waves crashing through every window, and let me tell you, it was good for the soul. The only math we had to do was counting boats on the water and seashells in the sand. We barbequed as much as possible and ate lunch whenever we felt like it instead of whenever we had time. We only had to make tough decisions like if we wanted to drink our coffee at the beach or on the porch. There were stretches of days I didn't wash my hair, make the bed or wear shoes most of the time. We ate lobster rolls as often as we could, ate icecream whenever Greyson suggested it and woke up each morning to sunlight and the sound of birds instead of the chirping of our alarm. We were breathing slower and focusing on just being together, the three of us with no distractions. It was exactly what we both needed and are so so grateful for this time away! 
 
As we said goodbye to the beach one last time and drove away from the sweet beach house I told Chris I was sad to leave, and he replied almost automatically, "Welp, I guess all good things must come to an end..." But it got us thinking, do they? I mean, can't we bring pieces of this week and infuse them into our daily life? We decided we could and would... more. More rest. More spontaneous adventures. More quiet moments. Less busyness, more free time. More lobster rolls. :)  
 
Just because we were back home and back to our day to day responsibilities and activities didn't mean, and shouldn't mean, more intentional rest and unplugging couldn't be part of it. So in this spirit, a few nights ago after we put Greyson to bed we lit a bonfire in our fire pit and just sat and talked for a long time as the sky grew dark. There is so much to get done when our adventurous, curious, fountain of energy son goes to sleep and we have some free time, especially since we just got back from vacation. But our time away reminded us of the importance of prioritizing resting and just being more. To taking the time to rejuvenate and recharge on a random Wednesday and not just on annual vacations. The To Do list will be there tomorrow but this sweet gift of the present and the rest and enjoyment it currently offers won't be.
The Present Gift Of Rest
Tappan Hill Mansion Wedding | Kim & Andrew
Jun 21, 2016

Tappan Hill Mansion Wedding | Kim & Andrew

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If I'm being honest, when I sat down to write this blog post for Andrew and Kim's wedding, I struggled with finding the right words to say. I wrote a few sentences then hit the delete button deciding that those words weren't good enough to describe what their wedding day was. Because honestly there are simply no words that would ever do justice in describing the joy, love, and happiness that their wedding was filled with.  
 
There were tears of happiness in the quite moments as they signed the Ketubah surrounded by those that love them dearly. There was the kind of laughter that comes from the tips of your toes and is good for the soul when Andrew may or may not have been able to break the cup during the ceremony the first three attempt(s). There were poems read, champagne glasses toasted and a choreographed first dance that looked like it was straight out of the movies. But most important it had a couple who are one another's everything and committed to one another until the end of forever. 
 
It was a wedding celebration that had all the elements that made it unexplainably epic. 
 
Kim & Andrew. Thank you. Just thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. We adore you two and had so much fun witnessing and documenting the amazing celebration your wedding was! Thank you for inviting us to be part of your day! 
Jun 13, 2016

Seven Years Today

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If you had told me that the guy my mom picked out when she saw the first 10 profile "matches" that were emailed to me from Match.com would be the guy that I would end up dating, falling madly in love with and marrying, I probably would've told you and her that ya'll are crazy! But she liked the way his profile was written... that he was a a man of faith, that he was a volunteer fireman that was from around the same area in Connecticut I was from, that he also lived in New York City at the time like me, and that family was very important to him. I have to admit he seemed like a dream and maybe to good to be true. But weeks later emails lead to phone calls, which lead to our first date and hundreds after that. Ten years ago our love story started in the Big Apple and seven years ago today I promised that man my heart for the rest of my days. This sweet man was an answer to prayer and the one I had been waiting for my whole life. Chris is a man of God that loves me and our son Greyson unconditionally with every fiber of his being and continually demonstrates what it means to live with grace. To say that I truly feel blessed to be the one that gets to walk through this life next to him would be an understatement. How lucky I am that he is the love of my life and my best friend.  
 
Chris, I would pick you and pick our story every single time over and over again. I am beyond grateful for you. You are indeed the man of my dreams and are more then I could have ever hoped for in a soul mate. I couldn't have imagined the adventure that would be in store for us when we said "I do" seven years ago today... it has been unexplainably beautiful and I can' wait for what's in store for us in the next 70 years. I love you! Happy 7th Anniversary!
Sprinklers, Sunshine and Sand
Jun 1, 2016

Sprinklers, Sunshine and Sand

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As I watched Greyson run through the sprinkler for the first time this year, with nothing but pure joy and excitement as his bare feet moved through the wet grass, I couldn't help but think that THIS is why... THIS is the reason why Chris and I made some changes to our business last year to impact this year and the future. THIS is part of why we wanted to have our own business, one that would support and allow us free time filled with moments like these. THIS is why we hustled and worked so hard during other seasons, to allow for times of rest like this with family. THIS is why we wanted to implement some new things in our business that would keep our priorities at the forefront. Moments like THIS. 
 
This weekend was exactly what we needed more of. More time with family and friends. More time gardening. More rest. More time trying new BBQing recipes. More time doing nothing but drinking iced coffee and playing trains with Greyson. And what a fun long weekend we had doing all these things. There was BBQing with loved ones, sitting around the bonfire, running through the sprinkler, eating watermelon, playing in the sand and just soaking up the sun.  
 
Last year we decided that it was time to make a few adjustments so that our business supported and worked around the life we wanted versus the other way around. We didn't want to fit in family time only when it worked with our busy schedules, but to have our work fit around the time we carved out for ourselves as a family. Along with shutting down my computer and email each day a little earlier at 5pm, booking engagement sessions during the week and not on weekends (with some exceptions), limiting the number of weddings we book even more and other changes, we also decided we wanted to spend long holiday weekends and other days around holidays as a family. Our family is our priority and we have learned and continue to learn that when running your own business, it can be even harder to maintain and protect your priorities unless you are conscious and intentional in doing so. It's especially hard when you are so passionate about your business and love what you do! There was a time in our business where we weren't in a position to have holiday weekends off and really limit the number of weddings we book, but we are grateful that our business has grown and allows us this freedom now. 
 
Watching Greyson run through the sprinkler and play in the sandbox made me grateful for those tough conversations and intentional decisions Chris and I made and will continue to make. Because in the end, it is so worth it for sweet sandy wet grass watermelon juice stained moments like these that I never want to miss. 
May 26, 2016

Just Not Its Season... Yet.

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When we first moved into our house, it's safe to say we did A LOT of cleanup in the yard. We had about 7 huge trees that were dead cut down, we cleared lots of brush, and cleaned the garden beds. Then it came to the small tree towards the front of the house, which in the fall has no leaves or flowers and isn't that attractive. Chris really wanted to cut it down to clear out the front of the house more. Now, I'll be honest, I was with him on getting rid of the rotting trees and bushes, but when it came to this one I was ready to put up a stink. I told him that I thought it was a cherry tree and that it will look so beautiful when it's in bloom. He looked at me as I went on and on about this tree, and then he tried to convince me that it was too close to the house and didn't look very good. So I decided I needed to switch my tactic and get all dramatic and philosophical on him... Its got so much potential, and right now it's just not its season. We all have seasons like that, ya know? Its true beauty just isn't shining right now. For goodness sake, just give it a chance. Can't we wait and see what it looks like in the spring? Pah-leeeeeeease?! I think Chris was bored of going back and forth with me and shocked at my carrying on, more then I think my deep thoughts really moved him. But he agreed.  
 
This year will be the fifth spring that we have watched that beautiful cherry tree bloom and boy is it beautiful. Every time I look at it, it's like a personal victory. And of course, each time we go out the front door I ask Chris Aren't you so glad we didn't cut down that tree?! Ah, he never answers but just smiles because he knows it was a good call on my part. : )
Just Not Its Season... Yet.
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