I always dreamed of having a mini Daniel. These two are the joy of my heart and I’m so in love. I spotted this cute little denim shirt for Ollie at H&M kids and couldn’t resist getting it since I knew his Daddy had the exact same one in his closet at home. And so naturally what had to follow was a photo shoot in complete matching outfits. My sweetheart’s birthday was on the 5th and I loved getting to celebrate him all weekend. We started out with a mini celebration at my parents house the night before with a couple gifts and some cake. Everly got to sing Happy Birthday to her Dada and watch him blow out his candle. She’s been really into that the last several months. She likes making pretend cakes and puts pretend candles on and loves singing the Happy Birthday song. So when it’s a real birthday with real cake it’s the best thing ever! That night the kids stayed with my parents and I got to take Dan out for a night stay at a hotel that our sweet friend blessed us with. The next day I took him out shopping and we ended up at a Guitar Center. I got to bless him with a brand new acoustic guitar! He has been playing his other guitar for the last 14 years so it was pretty special to walk away with a treasure that I know he’ll have forever and probably end up passing along to one of our kids. The next day, we went out to brunch with my whole family. My sisters and their kids came into town and it was so special being able to celebrate all together. Getting everyone together in one spot is more rare these days so it was such a treat. Today, our sweet Oliver decided to walk! He took his first official step by himself last week but decided he wanted to be a little more brave today and walk a lot more. I’d say 4 steps in a row so far. I just realized, thinking back on when Everly took her first steps that she did it on my birthday. And Ollie walked a couple days after his Daddy’s birthday. How cool! I’m a proud Momma for sure! I don’t really know how he’s growing so fast but I’m doing my best to enjoy every second of it. He’s been more vocal lately too and it’s the cutest thing to hear. He of course is still saying Dada all the time and still charming me with his dimples. Now, if I could only get him to sleep through the night, haha. This life with my sweet little family is such a dream come true. Every day I have so much to be thankful for! In just a few days Dan and I will be celebrating 16 years of marriage together. I just had this crazy thought…We started dating when I was 19, so on my birthday next month I’ll be able to say that I’ve been with him for half of my life! Wow. I love this life we’ve built together and can’t wait to see what the days ahead will hold.
15 Years Married
On March 11th, Daniel and I celebrated 15 years of marriage! We had a mini vacation at a local resort and had a couple days to ourselves while my mom and dad watched Everly for us. On our last day there my parents dropped off Everly so we could swim with her and spend a little time at the resort with her too. We had so much fun and got a lot of much needed rest! A few days before we left for our retreat we got to take some anniversary/ maternity portraits with my dad, Michael Kinney Photography. I’m so happy we got to capture us in this season of life right now. These pictures are such treasures to us! When Dan and I first got married we decided that we wanted to renew our vows and celebrate our 5th anniversary, our 15th, 25th, and 50th. So on our 5th anniversary we were able to have a big celebration with all our friends and family and renew our vows. We had such a blast and started talking about our next party and dreaming about where we would be in our lives at that time. So here we are, 15 years married with a beautiful baby girl that is now 21 months old, and a baby boy joining us in less than 2 months. Our hearts couldn’t be more full and we are so humbled and thankful that we get the opportunity to have this family together. We will still be renewing our vows and having another celebration with our friends and family, but it will be more towards the end of this year when we can have the celebration we’ve been wanting without any Covid restrictions. Something we’ve also been looking forward to is opening up our time capsule that we had at our 5th anniversary party. We had all our guests put a note inside and we sealed it up to save for our 15th anniversary. We can’t wait to open it up and see what treasured notes will be in there. When we took these photos I was 30 weeks pregnant, but as I’m writing this I’m quickly approaching the 32 week mark in just a couple days! We’re getting closer, I’m getting much bigger, and much more eager to meet this little man. Also, I just had to note on here that the beautiful flower crown, boutonnière, and bouquet were all made Daniel ☺️. He made them for us the day before the photo shoot and I just love how they turned out. And of course as I mentioned, all of our portraits were captured by my Daddy, Michael Kinney Photography.