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Whew! It has been a crazy few months at the Teasley home… and by crazy I mean “not-able-to-do-much-of-anything crazy tired” and still on the go! In case you haven’t heard, back in May we made our big announcement that we are expecting Baby Teasley in November! We are so excited, but that’s much of why I have fallen off the radar and majorly slacked in the area of blogging. In late April, we made a trip down to Santa Rosa Beach to stay at the beach house, get a little R&R (for me), and so that Nic could play in a golf tournament with Dad. While we were there, I really wanted to snap some pics for our pregnancy announcement since that’s the place where we got engaged in May 2009 and married in September 2009. It is a very special place for us!

The photo we posted on facebook to announce our pregnancy!

The photo we posted on facebook to announce our pregnancy!

Check out a few others from our mini photo shoot on the beach!

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While I’ve slacked in the area of blogging, I’ve been busy shooting! I posted a couple of pics from the Styled Shoot with Vintage Florals, and I’ve had the privilege of shooting quite a few family and newborn sessions. We are gearing up for a fun outdoor June wedding this weekend, and I can’t wait to post those photos as well. Get ready to see lots of recent shoots on the blog in the days ahead!

I seemed to have skipped April and May in the area of goal-setting, where the goal has been to stay well, make it through each day, get sleep, and press forward! God is so good, and my first trimester was tough but not nearly as difficult as many horror stories I’ve heard from friends. I actually managed to plant and maintain my garden which was a miracle! It’s been great to have some energy back these past few weeks and get back to doing things I love! So, what are the goals for this month that is now almost halfway over? (It’s so hard to believe!) Here they are:

  • Walk daily to maintain a healthy pregnancy
  • Add vegetables to the garden and harvest our Spring veggies
  • Shoot an outdoor wedding
  • Finish reading Start by Jon Acuff
  • Plan a summer California trip
  • Catch up on blogging Spring sessions
  • Plan meals weekly
  • Set a solid financial plan with Nic to pay off the house in two more years!

This weekend I hosted my first baby shower in my home, and actually the first big event since we bought our house back in the summer. I wrote an article several months back about hosting a baby shower, but had never actually done it until this weekend.

The theme was “Books and Blessings,” and we encouraged everyone to bring a book for baby, since mom is a teacher! She acquired quite the collection of books. We went with a pink color scheme, since she’s having a little girl. Thanks to Pinterest, I had tons of ideas for decorating.

A little bit of everything... food, decorations, etc.

 

On the mantle, I covered more books in baby-themed scrapbook paper... and placed borrowed baby shoes on top!

The Front Entry Table... with a baby picture of mom and a framed invitation. I covered the books with scrapbook paper.

The Mantle (before I finished securing the banner letters)

In the dining room, we hung baby pictures of the new mom... converted to B&W and placed on baby-themed scrapbook paper, secured with ribbon.

The super cute diaper cake (made by another hostess's daughter), along with oreo pops... I put hershey kisses in mason jars, and then set the oreo pops inside.

I made a "blessings board" and had each person write a note, prayer, or blessing for mom and baby! We did this before serving food, to make sure everyone took part. Then, we pinned the notes to the board.

These dolls were a sweet homemade gift... I had to post a pic!

Using scrapbook letters, I made a book basket. We set this beside the expecting mom as she opened gifts... each time she received a book, she added it to the collection!

This year, Christmas was quite a change for us… we were home for the entire holiday and everyone came to town. It was great! I loved getting to host, getting to be at home, and of course getting to spend tons of time with family. For my parents, Jeff & Brittany, Nic & me, most of our time was spent watching Jenna G enjoy her first Christmas. Nana and Granddaddy had a fun time running around and keeping up with her. We took Nana and Granddaddy to see the Rockettes at the Grand Ole Opry, which was a ton of fun, too!

I didn’t take many pictures this past week, since we spent a lot of time looking at houses and property with Dave and Nancy… and uncovering house mysteries along the way! We did a photo shoot that I’ll post about tomorrow, and ate at Lovelace Cafe. We also played a LOT of Ticket to Ride and completed a few house projects here and there.

I may have dropped the ball big time with my #reverb11 posts, but oh well. It’s been more fun getting ready for family and then hosting them all. Thanks to everyone who helped make our first Christmas in our new home so much fun! Looking forward to 2012 and all that it has in store. New year goals are in full swing in just a few short days!

Check out some of my favorite snapshots from our time with “The May Jr’s” as they like to be called! :)

Day 4 and Day 5, here we go!

When did I struggle in 2011? 
I struggled a lot at different times this year…
Physically, I struggled through the Warrior Dash in September… since I had not exactly trained for it.
Financially, I struggled with our decision to build or buy a house… I also struggled with patience as we tried to pay off the last of our debts.
Mentally, I struggled with balancing work/home, figuring out coding on my blog, and other nerdy things.

What did I discover? 
I discovered a new love for photography this year… and actually worked to learn, study, read, and practice. It’s been a blast! I’m hoping to do even more with this in 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Philip Photo Shoot

September 6, 2011 — Leave a comment

Because my friends have super cute kids, and in an attempt to take lots and lots of pictures, I’ve been busy with my 50mm lens lately… here’s the latest. Sweet baby Philip, 5 months tomorrow.

Isn’t he precious? I love having the opportunity to catch the adorable expressions of kiddos like Philip and Jenna Grace!

JG Photo Shoot

August 22, 2011 — 3 Comments

Last weekend, I had the chance to take some pics of my niece who’s 6 months old. We had a blast! Here are a few that I took…

One of the great benefits of marriage is “inheriting” cool stuff along with the incredible man I married! One of the things Nic brought into our marriage was a DSLR camera. Recently, Mary and I took a little photography class. Before that class, I couldn’t tell you what any of the buttons on my DSLR camera meant, or what those initials stood for… so I would say I learned quite a bit!

I decided to test out what I learned as soon as I could, and lucky for me, I’m an aunt with some super cute nieces! My duties as an aunt have centered around mostly being a photographer, and I love capturing great expressions. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the past week. The subjects are Molly and Trey’s daughter Caroline (12 months old) — I am one of her two adopted aunts, and Jeff and Brittany’s daughter Jenna Grace (3 months old – I am her legit aunt).

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