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Life Lately Summer 2018

Mic check. Testing… testing… is this thing on?! HI y’all! Yikes, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve last sat down and had the time to write a blog post! It’s been a busy, busy summer to say the least! It’s very rare that both boys are napping at the same time… so when they DO, I have to be very diligent with my time… Do I shower? Cull/edit? Run another load of laundry? Do the dishes? Clean the house? Run errands? Take a (much needed) nap?!… the struggle is real! Hence why you may have noticed things being a little quite over here… blogging was put on the back-burner these last few months so I could focus on family life and loving on my clients.

Since we welcomed Thomas into our family and now raising two boys under two… life at times is now what we call “beautiful chaos.” Figuring out my new work/life balance has been a constant struggle… I continue to remind and give myself some grace over perfection… SO! I just wanted to pop on here to say “hi!” and to give you an update on what’s been going on in my world.

This summer has been filled to the brim with visits to the rivah, pool, birthday parties, park/zoo adventures, baby showers, family celebrations, and making memories in our recently renovated backyard! The photo below is from a recent peach picking trip to Carter Mountain. On the business front, my maternity leave ended on May 1st and I started shooting again. I had missed catching up with my clients during March/April so it felt so good to get back into a routine in scheduling sessions. Several of my clients had due dates in June/July/August so it’s been such a joy meeting and snuggling newborn babies all summer!

Thomas is now 5-months old and I think it’s safe to say that Ryan and I are officially out of the “newborn haze”. We’re settled into a groove with our two little monkeys and life is oh, so good! T started sleeping through the night at around 3-months old so that was a game-changer. I’ll be honest… it’s been quite challenging at times to navigate my new mommy-hood world with two babies… some days I feel like I’m crushing it and most other days I feel like I’m just trying to keep my head above water. Can I get an amen?!

We’re now into August and I’ll be savoring the last taste of summer with my littles… but is anyone else ready for FALL?! One of the many reasons I love living in the Virginia is the changing seasons… Fall is gorgeous here! The changing leaves, cooler “sweater weather”, cozy socks, Pumpkin Spice lattes, boots, firepits. Sign me up!

September will most certainly be bittersweet because Michael is starting up preschool. {Insert big, fat boy-Mom tears!!}. What?! My baby boy is growing up way too fast! He’ll be going 2-days per week September thru May. Even though I’ll miss our mornings together those days, I know he will love it! It will be great for him (and me!) to have a more structured schedule during the week, meet new friends, learn new things, and will give this tired mama a break! I’m looking forward to having more one-on-one time with Thomas too during the week… the kind of time and attention that Michael got when he was T’s age. His preschool (like most, I’m sure) has lots of opportunities for the parents to get involved which I love… Donuts with Dad, Mother’s Day Tea, a Halloween parade, a Christmas pageant, etc. So, yes… I’m already planning his 1st day of school outfit and I already have gifts ready for “Teacher Appreciation Week”… oh yes, I’m that Mom. LOL!

During my office hours lately I’ve been plotting out my weekly fall schedule and what my days will look like. More on this later! Many have reached out to ask if I plan to offer my annual Holiday Mini-Sessions this year. Yes!!! Details will launch later this month. Stay tuned!

SO! That’s just a little update for you! I promise my lack of blogging this summer hasn’t been because I’ve been living under a rock… although I know that perception is reality! I’ve made a goal to start blogging more of my recent sessions and personal life. You can also follow along on Instagram — I usually post daily Stories there!

Hope you all have a great rest of your Summer!!

XO,
Allie

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