Mini Bunches Turns Three

Everyone told me it would go fast–friends, family, even strangers. When they saw my pregnant belly, they offered their unsolicited two cents: enjoy her as much as you can because before you know it she’ll be grown. And of course I nodded and smiled, but like with much of the advice I received, I took it with a grain of salt and a new parent’s cluelessness that it would be different for me. And it was–in the beginning. The first two weeks of her life were the slowest two weeks of mine–I thought they were never going to end. Maybe because I was awake for most of them? Who knows. But they ended. And the next three years were gone in a blink. Everyone was right–kids grow so fast.



We celebrated her birthday with friends and family this weekend. She loves hosting parties and never wants them to end–having people at her house is pure heaven to her. But people over AND cake? It doesn’t get any better than that.



Mr. Bunches and I marveled at how much our little baby has changed–no longer dependent on us, but increasingly self-sufficient. She was in her glory when she saw that she could reach all of the chips, popcorn, and pretzels herself. She made sure to fill up not just one Solo cup but three with her usually-forbidden treats–if they were there, she was going to make the most of it.

She eagerly helped set-up the party and waited by the front window for her first friend to arrive–running outside with squeals of joy.



We set up an art party–when you fail to make any plans until a week before the event, you go with what’s easy.  So we created a huge canvas on our back fence and let the kids (and some adults) go wild.

20150607_B_Bday_003I loved the end result.

20150607_B_Bday_010Happy Birthday Mini Bunches!  You are an absolute joy every day, and I can’t believe how fast the past three years have gone, but I’m so excited to see what the next years will bring . . .


Baby Bunches: Two months

Fastest. Two. Months. Ever. 

And oh my goodness what a difference a month makes. He is all sorts of smiley and cooing, particularly just in the last couple of weeks. 


He loves his big sister–whenever she gets close, he greets her with an ear-to-ear grin, which of course she just adores. The funniest is that she changes her voice, raising it a few octaves, to talk all baby-like to him. Even has her own nicknames for him: cutie-patootie is my favorite. 

I can’t believe how fast it’s all going, and I’m still in the soaking-it-up phase. Lots of snuggles. 






Love him! Happy mid-June everyone :).  

Artifact Uprising Photo Cards

I am constantly amazed by people’s generosity. Seriously, Mr. Bunches and I are so lucky to have such amazing friends and family–and Baby Bunches has been the benefactor of all that love. Which brings me to the point of this post: my new favorite thank you cards!  

Granted, they aren’t technically thank you cards but that’s how I’m using them. Artifact Uprising uses your photos to make beautiful products. These cards are super high quality, printed on thick card stock. 

And you can choose ten of your favorite photos (so you don’t have to narrow it down to just one which would have been seriously impossible for me considering what a great job the photographer did). 

I can’t believe that I’m almost out of cards (like I said, we are blessed to have such thoughtful people in our lives), but I’m looking forward to ordering more.  And I need to peruse their other products too . . . 

Check out Oh, and if you think this is some sort of sell-out, sponsored post, then um, you would be wrong. I’m just seriously gaga over this stuff. 

Baby Bunches: One Month

As a second child myself, I am determined to make sure that Baby Bunches doesn’t get jipped in the picture department (while my sister has loads of beautiful baby pictures, I think that there are a collective ten shots of my entire childhood, ages birth to 18; and somehow most of those are of my awkward years–or maybe I was just super awkward? Anyways, I digress).  The point is, I want Baby B to have a close-to-equal amount of pictures as Mini Bunches. And part of that includes the monthly photos for the first year. While with Mini B I went pretty simple, meaning no particular theme . . .



I thought that with Baby B I would get a little more creative. So here goes: Baby B is one month old (and yes, there have been tears shed–how has a month already gone by?!?!)

My goal was to capture a few details about the month along with a pic of Baby B in his monthly onesie (thanks Auntie!). In case anyone is interested, the above pic was taken with an iPhone 6, edited in the VSCO cam app, and the text/graphics were added with the Over app.  And of course there were some shots that weren’t chosen . . .


What I think is super funny is that Baby B is sporting the same hairline at one month that Mini B was rocking at two months . . .


It’s a Boy!

Baby #2 has arrived and IT’S A Boy!!  Which means Mr. Bunches and I are 0-2 for guessing the genders of our kiddos :). Even Mini Bunches thought it was going to be a girl. But we are so excited to be in the one-of-each camp! And Baby Bunches is just wonderful.


We didn’t do newborn photos with Mini B, so this time I decided we should. That newborn phase is so short! So we had Sarah Bridgeman, an amazing local photographer, come to our home and capture our newly expanded family. To say she did an amazing job would be a massive understatement.







Now we just need to finish the nursery . . . yikes!

Embrace the Camera Challenge

My favorite blogger/photographer has set up another “Embrace the Camera” challenge (you can read all about it here).  And this time I thought I would partake.

She loves to do whatever I’m doing.  And taking pictures is no exception.  So it’s been hard lately to get her to let me take her picture (we usually end up with her helping me take pictures of Minnie and Daisy).  But then I remembered that I had a camera remote, and since the girl loves all things remote, we managed to grab a few keepers.




I’m glad that I got some of our Lego time (or, as she calls them: “Yegos”).  They are by far her favorite toy these days, particularly the “Pinky Yegos” i.e. the ones that we keep in the pink box.




It will be fun one day when she’s really old enough to cook with me, but since stirring is another of her favorite pastimes, I welcomed her help (and made sure to use a deep enough bowl to prevent the frequent over-zealous stirs of a toddler).


I like the reminder to get out from behind the camera.  Hopefully I’ll make it more of a regular occurrence.  Happy Friday all!  Oh, and GO WAHOOS!!!

2013 in Review

Another year.  Faster than the last.  Can that possibly keep happening?  I hope not.  Otherwise, I’m going to end up blinking and Mini Bunches will be graduating high school.

Now that everyone has hopefully received our Christmas cards (sorry for the delay, but it was Vistaprint’s fault), here it is for the interweb.

© 2013 Nickel City Studios




The photo was courtesy of Nickel City Studios’ Alyssa.  She is AMAZING.  I think that an annual photo shoot with her will become a tradition for sure.

It’s hard to believe that 2013 led us to so many places . . . Seattle, Dallas, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Florida, the Adirondacks, and Boston.  Phew.  Will 2014 be the same?  Let’s hope so.

And just to do a quick look back, here’s what a year did to my baby . . . from January 2013 to January 2014.  Sigh.





Wishing everyone a happy and health New Year’s!!


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