Our sweet and spunky little Isla turned ONE on April 18th! We celebrated the day with treats, gifts, extra snuggles...AND a one year cake smash, of course! What kind of photog mom would I be if I didn't?
Dog/human friendly cake was made by yours truly via a recipe I found online. It was tasty and Isla enjoyed it in moderation. The number one on top of her cake was also used in her last sister's tenth birthday taco smash session and we thought that was pretty special and nostalgic.
I may sound like a broken record, but I always try to incorporate sentimental pieces into any of my sessions and highly encourage my clients to do the same. Therefore, I also included my Grandma Nonn's hanker-chief from her childhood as April 18th is also her birthday! That's where Isla's middle name (Alice) comes from. Two very special ladies!
Another interesting fact about Isla's name is that it is pronounced as "Ees-lah" or as we personally pronounce it, "Iss-lah." It means island in Spanish and we say she is our little bit of paradise. We also call her Izzie for fun (she responds to either name) and most others do so as well. Her nickname ends in an "ie" the same way my name does - I just had to make it difficult. ;) A lot of thought was put into her name so the pronunciation of it is very intentional.
One more first birthday shout out to our ONE-derful little Izzie. She has added so much love and happiness to our hearts and home. Life is so much better with her in it and for that we are grateful. Feeling truly blessed she is ours.
[This was my first time constructing a balloon garland and it was not the easiest until I got the hang of it. Thank goodness it turned out pretty good! These will be available to add onto any indoor milestone session at an additional cost. Contact AJP for details.]
Our little W1LD ONE. <3
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It's that magical time of year again that makes me extra cheerful, Christmas. Eric (boyfriend), Cathy (sister) and Zach, ("bro-in-law") kicked off our fun old fashion family Christmas by heading out into the country in the old front-wheel drive sleigh to embrace the frosty majesty of the winter landscape and select that most important of Christmas symbols. Well, sorta...I actually stole that epic line from Christmas Vacation - a favorite holiday film and tradition to watch as I decorate my tree! As much as I love to hunt AND cut down my Christmas tree, this year we decided to keep it simple all while still supporting a local business on Small Business Saturday. The gang and I headed to SRB's Christmas tree lot in Waunakee and found two perfect trees, one for our home and one for Cathy and Zach's. Bagged them up and the only cutting we had to do was a small trim before putting them in their stands. After all the "hard work" we indulge in some yummy pizza at Doughboy's, Waunakee, and watched some Wisconsin Volleyball. Go Bucky!
Tree decorating was complete by Sunday evening as we allowed the branches to settle for a day. Eric was a great help with the lights (I'm crazy about how I put my lights on my tree) and the animals, minus Jack who was taking a cat nap, made great supervisors. Ziggy is obsessed with staring at the tree and his favorite ornament is the lowest hanging snowflake. Tila loves to rest under the tree and Jack really has zero interest and most likely thinks were nuts for bringing the outdoors indoors. Keeping my fingers crossed that the cats keep their distant through Christmas! The tree's decor is a mixture of snowflakes, icicles, glitter, vintage and vintage insprired ornaments. I love the look of white, gold and silver together. Very pleased with how it all came together and love the ambiance it casts throughout our living room. Happy deckin' the halls!
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