I thought I should let you all know that I am throwing in the towel for shooting weddings. There are a lot of reasons but the main one is that I have kids and they are only young once. Other people may scoff but that is ok because I don’t live my life for other people. I have to make sure that my family is taken care of and I didn’t feel like this was happening while being a wedding photographer. I also didn’t see much progress and felt like I was SHOVING doors open to make anything happen. So right now I am being a Mom, soul searching and trying to tap into every aspect of my creativity. BUT if you still want family photos, birthday photos, Christmas photos etc I would be more than happy to help you as these are MUCH shorter time commitments than a weddings. I may or may not ever do weddings again but I did love doing them and will give my full heart to the last two that I will be shooting. If you would like to follow our new adventure in crafting and kid related fun you can check out my new blog here… Enjoytodaymomma.blogspot.com (working on being a full time blogger with this new blog we will see where it goes). Thank you for all your love and support over the years!
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I thought I should let you all know that I am throwing in the towel for shooting weddings. There are a lot of reasons but the main one is that I have kids and they are only young once. Other people may scoff but that is ok because I don’t live my life for other [...]
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Our wonderful family and friends threw us a super sweet baby shower! I can’t say thank you enough for all the time, effort and love that went into putting it on. My parent’s hosted the shower at their house. It was suppose to rain through the whole shower so we moved all the decorations inside [...]
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Our wonderful family and friends threw us a super sweet baby shower! I can’t say thank you enough for all the time, effort and love that went into putting it on.
My parent’s hosted the shower at their house. It was suppose to rain through the whole shower so we moved all the decorations inside (didn’t rain at all during the shower, but the tables probably would have sunk into the ground had we put it outside as it rained the day before).
This was such a fun last minute idea that my Mom and I came up with. Originally we were going to have people make things to put on the mobile but since we used so many different kinds of ribbon it was going to clash. So we decided to use her cricut paper cutter and cut out flowers for people to write sweet messages to our daughter. It also took place of a sign in book. We used embroidery hoops for the different levels. We got a lot of fun sweet notes that we will cherish forever!
Our daughter’s name is going to be Libby and as soon as my Mom found out she started singing an old jingle from the vegetable company. “If you like Libby’s, Libby’s, Libby’s on the label, label, label you will, like it, like it, like it on the table, table table.” So with it being a barbeque co-ed baby shower we thought it would be fun to print out vintage Libby’s labels and put them on cans with plants. Which we used real plants so we could transplant them into our garden (my husband has a green thumb!). Bella helped me transplant them into two large pots and is watering them with Daniel every day.
This wall was one of my favorite details of our shower! My friend Jen (we have known each other for years, she was my maid of honor in our wedding, our daughters birthdays are less than a week apart, so pretty GREAT friend!) and sister in law Heather made the tissue paper poofs and fans for it. They did such a GREAT job! We were originally going to hang them with string onto a shower curtain rod but decided to just use push pins and hang them on a wall in the house (a LOT faster than hanging!). The cool part is that we transported them to our house and now my other daughter Bella has this on her wall behind her bed. When she saw it she walked to me with her arms open for a big hug and said “You are awesome!” SOOOO worth transporting to the house and hanging it up (while pregnant)!
My Mom owns a company Fine Arts Bakery which they make a lot of really cool cookies and cakes. If you need something for your shower or even wedding PLEASE check her out! She does a lot of hand painted cookies too that are amazing! But because of time constraints of getting all of this done she did something a little more simple but SUPER cute! I LOOOOVED the cake! It was ADORABLE and gluten free (for me!). I drew three little wooden dolls to look like me, my husband and daughter Bella to go on top then made a “welcome Libby” sign that she hung as a banner. She also added super cute bunting around the cake.
See, it was adorable!!!
We had quite a bit of food as well! We had these fun veggie cups, loaded mashed potato salad, beans, corn on the cob, hot dogs for the kids ( a lot and I was a little preoccupied to take photos of it all). But it was SUPER yummy!
We used mason jars for the the non-alcholic drinks and put out markers for people to write their names on the labels to keep from someone putting down their drink and loosing it and then having to wash a million mason jars all day. Which turned out to be awesome with my pregnant brain I lost my drink a couple of times! And I LOOOOOVE paper straws, just super adorable (we got these from Terra Toys on Burnet I think there were about 100 for $6, a lot cheaper than Etsy, local, and no shipping!).
My Mom made the lemonade, cherry limeade then my Mother in law made the sweet tea and my Dad made the home brew beer which I heard was really good!
And my Dad’s name is David Wright so my Dad and brother thought it would be funny to name the beer “Dam Wright Brew”.
We had pulled pork sliders with cute little flags (even though I shouldn’t have eaten the buns being gluten intolerant, I ended up with a headache, but it was SUPER yummy)!
We also had these yummy fruit sugar cones. They were perfect personal servings for the kiddos so they wouldn’t load up on all the candy. Which was awesome because now I will have something to suck on during labor (I read they will let you suck on candy during labor just not eat anything).
We had these super cute photobooth props made up but because of the weather we scratched the photobooth and just went around and took a couple of photos with people “wearing” the baby photobooth props.
We got a bunch of little wooden dolls for people to decorate and were going to set out paint but decided that it would be a little messy especially with 15 kids. So we put out sharpies instead. These were several of the dolls that the kids made for Libby, so precious! And Bella LOOOOOVED making more even after the party was over.
We had a pregnancy photoshoot the week before done by my good photographer friend Liz. We had some printed and put them on the bunting that was all around the house. I LOVE LOVE LOVE how the photos came out and can’t wait to get larger prints made to hang in the house!
So I was a little insane but I made the Barbeque sauce that we used for lunch that day and bottled some for people to take home as a “thanks for coming”. It is gluten free “but still yummy” I created the labels as well. Might have to make more and sell it in the future it is pretty “lipsmacking” . I came up with this recipe based on my father in law’s barbeque sauce recipe and he was ok with me sharing it (just not the recipe, of course!)
Family photo, we had a great time! It was a lot of fun and a lot of love put into the shower and given by the guests that came. I am so thankful for all of our wonderful friends and family!
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So As some of you know I LOOOOOOVE Pinterest, (For those of you who don’t know what this site is all about, GET READY for AMAZINGNESS!!! Basically it is a collection of online style boards you create. You can look for things all throughout the internet and “pin” them onto your board everything from super [...]
So As some of you know I LOOOOOOVE Pinterest, (For those of you who don’t know what this site is all about, GET READY for AMAZINGNESS!!! Basically it is a collection of online style boards you create. You can look for things all throughout the internet and “pin” them onto your board everything from super fun crafts for kids to inspiration for your wedding!!) You can visit my boards here…Jessica Monnich on Pinterest I have 4151 pins right now and still going so go check them out there are a lot of fun wedding stuff on there too! This website has helped me to come up with fun projects that I am going to be giving my family as Christmas presents. So tonight I was particularly inspired by this pin… http://pinterest.com/pin/127367495681058619/ and this one…http://pinterest.com/pin/127367495681058624/. I had a tie dye shirt that I didn’t really like the way it looked on me so I threw it into the pile of other tie dye shirts that I had been given to me by a sweet lady that I shop for on occasion (she is parapaleghic, had her legs amputated below her knees from a rare blood disease, THE SWEEEEETEST lady ever!). She gave me the shirts for Bella but they were all a little too big for her and I would have had to hang onto them for at least 10 years before they did. SO instead I cut them into pieces to make her this skirt. The base of the skirt was the shirt that I used to wear, the ruffles are from 4 different shirts the sweet lady gave to me and they are only in the front. I asked Bella if she thought I should make them go all the way around and she thought it was pretty fun that they were only in the front. (Bella thinks I am making it for another little girl, but it is for her, SHHHHHHHHH. She kept asking if she could keep it I also knew she really wanted it when she wouldn’t stop posing for the camera and spinning in it.) So here is the skirt…..
Can’t wait to show you all the other gifts I made for my family for Christmas using the rest of the tie dye shirts (one of which I am going to give the sweet lady that gave the tie dye shirts to me in the first place)!!