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    My name is Jess.  My hubby is Brett.  We are crazy about each other, our 4 babies, and our art.  Welcome to our world.

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Monthly Archives: June 2008

my baby is growing up. {happy 1st birthday!}

Well it has been a rough weekend in our household. The stomach virus has taken over and I am the last man standing (as of typing this blog…fingers crossed). Even little Gabriel was puking yesterday, but at least he is feeling better for his birthday today. We had to cancel his birthday party, which was a total bummer, but he seems to not mind at all.

On this day one year ago our baby Gabriel came into this world. It was 6:30 in the morning when he arrived at home. Yes, I gave birth at home ya’ll. And intentionally I might add.:)He was cute, and looked so much like his oldest brother, but with very pale skin and strawberry blonde fuzzy hair. This year seems to have flown by faster than I wanted, but I look at our amazing little guy, and thank God for each day we get with him. Lord willing this will be the first of many, many, many, birthdays we get to share together.

I just HHHAADD to post a photo tribute of his year. Yes there are a lot of photos but hey, it’s my blog and I can do what I want.;)

This photo was on the day he was born. Scrunched up and red at first. Yes, I’m looking mighty rough. Pale, green and anemic!

These were all taken the first week of his life. Sweet little moments.

Um, yeah. We love us some Gabriel. Lots and lots of Gabie Baby.:)He is so pint size, I decided to blow him up to a 30×40.

Happy birthday my little love.

June 9, 2008 - 3:43 pm

lucy - happy 1st birthday gabey! i love you precious baby!

June 9, 2008 - 9:12 pm

jessica w. - One year ago I got to experience with you your first minutes of life in this world. You’re such a cool little guy, so content and chilled. So happy you were born! Love you Gabe!

June 12, 2008 - 1:06 am

Leah Maria - I loved the photo tribute, it does go by so fast!! I’m jealous of your home birth, I wanted the birthing center but my husband was too freaked out and insisted on the yucky hospital. My Doctor was such a grouch! Next time Midwife or bust for me!!

June 13, 2008 - 8:39 pm

Jo – Allegro Photography - What a great way to celebrate your gorgeous little boy’s first year!

julia + josh {in love}

We had a beautiful evening when we met up with Julia and Josh for their engagement session. It was the first time meeting them, although Julia and I have been talking over email for months. Julia has been a fan of studio3z for a while, so it was awesome to finally meet up. I thought it was adorable when we pulled up and were looking for them, and she waved us down and said, “Hi! Knew it was you guys, from the blog!”:)

So when we were deciding on a location for our session, Julia left the decision up to me. When I mentioned my first pick, lets just say she was not exactly “feeling” it the way I was.:)Julia was looking for something a little more pretty than the urban idea I had in mind. I had heard that this *other* location was looking GORGEOUS right now, so I presented my idea to Julia and she loved it. The location? A very large, very old, very beautiful cemetery. Yes, I said a cemetery. In case you are not aware, we are not your typical photographers.:)

Throughout the session Josh mentioned being a little weary of all the gravestones, and the possibility of another figure showing up in the shots….(eeeekks) The cool thing was we were completely alone the whole time (at least in the land of the living). We were kept company by the gorgeous old trees, and lovely ponds filled with HUGE goldfish. The place was amazing.

Thanks Julia and Josh for putting up with us, and the heat! It was well worth it (in my opinion) to have that hot sun, when you see the AMAZING shots at the bottom with the sun going down.

Julia’s smile is contagious!! I couldn’t help but smile while looking through these.:)

Ok, I am a little crazy about these next two shots. Could the sun be any more perfect??

June 6, 2008 - 8:53 pm

lucy - what a gorgeous day (and place!) for a photo shoot! pics are great. they’re cute. i love those last two shots too. as always, nice job brett and jess.

June 8, 2008 - 11:28 am

julia - jess and brett, WOW. I cannot believe how awesome these photos look, considering the heat and josh and i’s lack of posing skills :-) the second to last one with the bright sun is my absolute fave, and i cannnot wait to see the full album!! Thank you guys for putting up with us, and being so patient– we are soo looking forward to having you share the big day with us in a couple of months! Fabulous job!!

June 11, 2008 - 1:23 am

shannon selim - can i say how much i love the trees!

July 15, 2008 - 1:42 pm

Jovana - Amazing photos. Doesn’t even look like a cemetery. Great Job!

the great outdoors.

Brett recently took his annual Memorial Day weekend camping trip with his friends. Just like his last camping trip, I was insanely jealous, but also super happy that he could get out of this rat race of life and just BREATHE for a few days. Everyone needs it from time to time, and hopefully next year when our baby is 2, I can join back in on the fun.:)Below are a few photos from Brett’s weekend adventure.

You may remember us talking about one of our good friends Mitch Matthews from a previous post regarding his company, Fermata Music. If not click HERE to check that out. This is Mitch below. This scene below is familiar to me. On the trip I went on a couple years back, we hiked and hiked for hours, and then made it to the tip of this very pretty overlook area. Without anything being said, Mitch pulled out his trumpet and very softly began to play. When you are in such a peaceful state of mind, surrounded only by God’s amazing handiwork & dear friends, hearing him play seems almost surreal. Probably one of the most beautiful and peaceful moments ever. Anyone within hearing distance feels compelled to stop, dead in their tracks.

My nature boy, out on his adventure.