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perfectly imperfect 

it seriously amazes me how perfectly God planned it all, how somehow I met this boy from Belize & feel in love almost 9 years ago, and now we walk the same streets I did as a kid with our own two littles💕so incredibly thankful for our perfectly imperfect life. we had a busy day with work, chores & errands. so ending the night with a yummy bite to eat down the street on main was just what we needed!!

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First pool day of the year 

The past few days it has been in the mid to upper 80s! I swear Mother Nature has been all over the place the last few weeks, but finally we had some warmer temps!!! Perfect excuse for an early dismissal & a dip in memes pool! 

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Pepere lou is up visiting from Florida which means my kids will have similar pool memories with him just like I did as a kid in the summer!! How lucky are we!! Oh & of course a little certain someone decided to end the eventful day streaking like it was his job 🙈 this little boy of mine! 

💕 N

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twenty eight 

this past weekend was a good one. From Friday nights fsnuky festivities at my moms to a day filled with snuggles & sticky kisses from my crew I truly enjoyed my birthday weekend! it was so sweet to have so many sweet messages, texts & calls, definitely made me feel special! Thank you all who wished me 😘​

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I’ve waited my whole life for this season! How do I say goodbye?

As a child, we all spent time dreaming of what our future would be! There is a time I’m sure most of us can say we KNEW what we wanted to “be” in life! For me, this was pretty much the same from elementary school all the way up to graduating high school! I wanted to get married & raise my littles!! 

Fast forward to my twenty seven year old self, mommy to a six year old & two year old! These past six, almost seven years have been the absolute BEST of my life! Yet, here I sit, filling out my babies preschool enrollment form! I will have an EMPTY house two mornings a week! Of course it will be nice some days to be able to sip my coffee hot! Or finish work before everyone else is asleep! But in the big picture…. How do I say goodbye?

I have had a baby in my arms or hanging on my leg every day for the past SEVEN years! These are MY years! The years that make me feel all the feels! There were SO many first! Moments that significantly shaped me as not only a mom, but as Nikki! How do I say goodbye?

If I’m being completely honest I didn’t love being pregnant like some! It’s not that I didn’t like it, but I didn’t have easy “normal” pregnancies, so I’m sure that had a lot to do with it! However, the moment I fist felt mads kick…. One of  those moments I don’t think I’ll ever forget! Nesting was no unusual activity for me, pregnant or not I’m always rearranging or updating something in the house, but I really enjoyed the planning and purchasing phase for both my kids!! The anticipation as you fold the little onesie you just bought! Or how I Day dreamed about who’d you be as I rocked in the rocking chair daddy just built for tour nursery! How do I say goodbye?

I decided that nursing was something that I was going to fight for with my second! My first was a premeie and we struggled! When Grey was born I had decided I was going to not give up this time! And I’m SO thankful I didn’t!! What an experience! The bond is just that a bond! Something that only he and I shared! It was seriously one of the most amazing experiences and I struggled  when Grey no longer wanted to nurse! How could I say goodbye?

This season of my life has been beautiful! I am thankful that this season is a slow changing one! It will be a slow adjustment for both grey & I! The next two years we will slowly prepare ourselves for the day he goes off to school full time! I know how fast this next season is about to go as I’ve experienced this all before!! & I think that I was in so aware this time!! I know how I will feel, how it will leave me a little empty, but yet excited!! This mommy thing is oh so bittersweet!! 

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Backyard Hangs

One thing we love to do as a family is hang out back! Especially this time of year when the weather is warming up and the sun is out later!!! 

We have lived in our home for a little of two years! & little by little we keep working on another room or another project!! We’ve accepted that projects are just part of homeownership & honestly I love it!! 

This summer I plan on finishing up our deck space!!! I have a few larger projects I want to do out here, and those will probably be next years to do list, but for now I added a few new pieces & im loving it! I’ll be sharing all the items & where to buy in a post later this week! 

Last week the weather finally warmed up into the high 70s so it was only appropriate to celebrate with ice cream on the deck!! & I was SO excited to be able to sit in our new space! 

Between target, Home Depot & Walmart! This deck is really starting to come along!! Next up, this random table turned into gardening table:)) 

until then you can find me here, enjoying some ice cream with these cuties💗

N

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Lindsey & Chris |engagement part one

Lindsey & Chris were so much fun to hang out with last weekend, it may have to do with the fact that the bride to be and I have been friends for almost 9 years! The rain finally took a break long enough for us to get together! The feel of the location really set the tone for a romantically relaxed atmosphere (yes I just made that up)! Lindsey is such a fun & carefree spirit! Chris balances her out so perfectly, they really make quite a pair! Don’t you think?! 

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Jackson’s FOUR 

I seriously adore this little boy right here!! I have been photographing Jackson for the past two years!!! He is always so sweet, compliments me & ALWAYS makes me laugh! My little clients have my heart!!! Watching them grow & hit milestones is something I truly love about my “job”! 

We met up at Wesleyan University in Middletown!! I love shooting at this location! Jackson was loving the umbrella tree!!Oh man did we have a few good laughs!!!!! I’m excited to see this little guy over the summer! As you can tell we always have a good time together💗

N