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It was so fun to be involved in Khadeeja & Zain’s Pakistani Engagement Ceremony at her parents home in Yorktown Virginia.  I will admit I had no idea what to expect because I have never been involved in this sort of an engagement ceremony before, and I loved every minute of it.  I loved the brightly colored clothing, the traditions and how much love their families bestowed upon them.  It was a very joyous occasion and everyone had so much fun celebrating these two.  Khadeeja looked stunningly beautiful…and was literally glowing.  And Zain’s whole face would light up every time he looked at her.  Thank you both for giving me the opportunity to spend an evening being part of all the love!  You two are amazing and are surrounded by so many people that love you!  Congratulations on your engagement!!     

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Can it really be true?  My first baby is 18 years old?  All the cliches rush in…”it’s like yesterday when we met”  “it all goes by so fast” “I wish I could make time stand still…if only for one more day” and every single one of them is true! 

Morgan, you came into this world and you changed everything!  You challenged me to become a better person.  In fact, you challenged me pretty much at every corner.  You are one of the smartest humans I have ever met.  And I honestly cannot wait to see what you do to make your mark on our planet!  I know that once you set your mind to something you are going to change the world.  The way you see things are both hysterical, intelligent, thoughtful, poignant, and potentially Earth shattering.  I have always been amazed at your ability to look at a situation in a way that I had never even considered.  When you were a little girl, I was certain you would grow up to work for the UN or something…because you are so amazing at listening to both sides of an issue and making a judgement despite your own beliefs.  I admire this so much.  Not many people can do this.  But, you are also a fierce debater and I hate getting into an argument with you…because as good as I am at filleting my opponents with words and facts…you are 10 times better!  The only limit to your potential is you…and I truly believe that you are destined for amazing things…always have been.  

As you embark on adulthood, I want you to know that you are still my baby girl!  You see we are connected like no other humans on Earth.  I feel you.  When you are happy, sad, angry, I feel those things…inside me…like they are my own emotions.  I have celebrated your wins with the proudest heart, and cried myself to sleep when you were struggling.  My life has been dedicated to getting you through your childhood years.  Was I always great at it.  Hell no!  I have made a ton of mistakes.  If you ever decide to have your own children you will find that this is the hardest job ever.  You are constantly second guessing every move you make.  You are never sure if you are doing it right.  And if you are like me, you will take all the blame when you do it wrong.  But know that I have tried.  I have only ever wanted the best of things for you.  And I am so proud of the Woman you are becoming. Keep being the smart, somewhat cynical, hysterical, friendly, outgoing, beautiful, easy-going, brave, challenging activist that you are!  And know that no matter what, I am here for you!  I look forward to navigating this new chapter of our lives.  Happy Birthday Baby!  

I believe the light that shines on you
Will shine on you forever
(forever)
And though I can’t guarantee there’s nothing scary
Hidin’ under your bed
I’m gonna
Stand guard
Like the postcard
Of the golden retriever
And never leave
‘Til I leave you
With a sweet dream in your head

I’m gonna watch you shine
Gonna watch you grow
Gonna paint a sign
So you always know
As long as one and one is two
Ooh ooh
There could never be a mother who
Loves her daughter more than I love you  – Paul Simon

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Jay and I honestly had the best time in Charlottesville, Virginia at UVA…where Liv and Ian met…shooting their engagement session!  And we could not have asked for a more perfect day.  They actually had to pretend to be cold for the blanket shots, in February!!  🙂  Olivia and Ian are such a smart, hardworking, easy going and FUN couple!!  And don’t forget gorgeous!!  I know Liv through our mutual love of Crossfit and she is a huge inspiration!  She is a bada$$ with a great a$$!  🙂  She gives her all to everything she does, whether it is Crossfit, school (she just finished the CRNA program,) or love!!  And she is just a lot of fun to hang out with!  I had met Ian a few times before, but we had never really hung out.  Our mutual friends are always saying how much they adore him…and now I totally see why!  Ian is awesome!!  And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention what a great model Ziva is!  That pooch ROCKS!!  We are so EXCITED for their wedding this September in MEXICO!!  It is going to be freakin EPIC!! 

 

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(If you are looking for some great tips on Crossfit, nutrition and even just life in general follow Olivia on Instagram at @livyyland!) XOXO! 

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The first wedding of the 2017 season is in the bag and it couldn’t have kicked off with a better couple!!  Allyce & Shane celebrated their 11 year relationship by tying the knot and partying the night away at Work|Release in Norfolk Virginia with their Friends and Family!  That is such a COOL venue!! 

These two were a blast to work with and were up for anything!!  They even wanted some kids skateboarding to join their wedding photos!  I loved the old keys that they gave to their guests that doubled as bottle openers.  These came in handy for the beer that they brewed to give as gifts for everyone!  I also loved that they used rosemary as an accent on their tables!  Allyce’s dress was BEAUTIFUL!!  I loved everything about it, but especially the sleeves!  Thank you two for choosing us!  We had a BLAST celebrating with you!!  XOXO!

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Venue and Caterer: Work|Release

Flowers: Eclectic Design Florist

Cake: Cake Delights

Hair & Makeup: European Day Spa

Bride’s Dress & Headpiece: BHLDN

Groom’s Suit: Men’s Wearhouse

Groom’s Tie: Quality Shops

Rings: Diamonds Direct

Table Number & Knobs: Country Boy Antiques

Keys: Etsy

Beer Favors: Homebrewed

 

 

 

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I say this every year…but honestly, I don’t know how this happened!  Just yesterday, I was meeting Truman face to face for the first time and now he is 13 years old!  Truman came into this world, locked eyes with me and I don’t think love is a strong enough a word to describe the feeling I had.  Maybe adoration is.  I adore my little go getting, hard working, try your best, give your all, never stop moving, jelly legs, sensitive, sweet, kind boy. 

Truman is a Teenager!!!  | PersonalTruman is a Teenager!!!  | PersonalThis year, I have seen the changes in our once very close relationship.  We used to be inseparable…now he spends more time away from me.  He doesn’t ask for my help as much…doesn’t need me to tuck him in anymore, he rolls his eyes and challenges me more.  He is doing his job as a 13 year old.  He is pulling away.  I was told this would happen.  I told myself, it wouldn’t happen to us…but here it is.  And it is okay.  It is what is supposed to be. 

So, now I cherish even more those fleeting moments when he snuggles with me on the couch…or asks me to sit with him before bed or our talks in the car on the way to school.  And I adore so many things about this new person he is trying to become.  His sense of humor is coming in…and if you know me, you know I value laughter above most things in life!  He is still a hard worker, never stops moving, gives his all and is kind…he is forming his own opinions about how life works and I adore watching him become his own person…separate from me. 

But I would be lying if I didn’t say it hurts a little….sometimes a lot!

We have been inseparable for 13 years, and now our relationship is evolving.  I know it won’t be the last time it does this. I also knew I wouldn’t always be your number 1!  And this is okay!  It is how life is supposed to work!  But you will always be my baby boy.  The one who likes to sing in the car with me, who goes to the gym with me, who makes warming stations for us when it is cold outside, who likes to play cards with me, who helps me with my chores and doesn’t complain, who is up for any challenge, who is brave and silly, who thinks about other peoples’ feelings and who I will carry in my heart forever! 

I love you Truman!  Happy 13th Birthday!!!  XOXO!

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