Whoo hoo! Grab your party hats, practice making your favorite animal noise, and ooogle over the cuteness of Ellis’ barnyard theme 1st birthday party!
Lindsey and Cutler graciously transformed their home to accommodate all things necessary to evoke that Kentucky barnyard feel. Family and friends were greeted by hay bales, pumpkins, and bushels of apples, not to mention DIY pony sticks and party hats.
As babies played together and adults munched down on some bbq, a leash lead petting zoo was ushered up 36 steps to a backyard paradise. Cow and pig cakepops, cowboy hats, and a bottle of bourbon rounded out the afternoon (yes, bourbon is absolutely mandatory for any sort of Kentucky-esque event).
Even a crisp chill in the air and a little afternoon drizzle couldn’t “rain” on Ellis’ parade!
Ellis wore his cute little plaid shirt and he LOVED seeing all the animals in his very own backyard. Ellis was a tiny bit timid at first, but I loved watching the little guy squeek and squeal when he petted one of the baby chicks. So stinkin’ cute!
I would have loved to know what Ellis wished for when he blew out the candle !
For those of you who know me well, you know that fall is near and dear to my heart. Something about this time of year just sings to my soul. So when my dear friend Angela wanted to do a fall photo session of her precious baby boy, I sprang into action.
First of all, Angela and I go way back. All the way to freshman year at the University of Kentucky. She lived two floors below me and we both pledged the same sorority, besties for ever more. Throughout the past 12 years, we have cheered each other on all along the way. From studying for calculus tests, to living in foreign countries, to moving to strange big cities (me to D.C. and Ang to Chicago), to meeting the men who would ask us to be their’s forever, to standing next to each other the day we each said “I do”, to eventually making a full circle and moving back to the Cincinnati area. Did I mention Ang and her hubby Chris have the most amazing little baby named Hudson?
Hudson has big blue eyes that could go on forever. He is super expressive and inquisitive. He has been labeled a baby genius for hitting some of those down the road milestones as a 3 month old. He is a TON of fun. He loves it when his mama sings to him, and quotes her favorite books, “Hudson, you is kind, you is smart, you is important” – The Help. We got some of the best smiles of the day when Angela repeated that little line over and over again. So sweet.
We took photo breaks to make sure Hudson had plenty of rest and outfit changes. Angela, Hudson, and I took a stroll through my neighborhood with my puppy, Rumford on one of our mini breaks. Rummy and Hudson are only a few weeks apart and it was a bromance from the start. Cars rolled by very slowly, and neighbors ooh aned ahhed over the siting of not just a cute puppy, but a cute puppy AND a cute baby?! Life could not get more adorable in Cincinnati that day.
It has been an amazing journey to watch little Hudson grow over these few short months. Did I mention I also took Angela and Chris’s maternity photos? Hudson and I go way back. I am so grateful to be able to capture special moments of this little guy’s life. I wouldn’t be surprised if he hates us later for the picture of his Halloween costume, but his mamma couldn’t help herself. Too cute for Friday indeed!
PS – I think Hudson loved this photo shoot as much as we did!
The air is getting crisp and a bit cooler here in Cincinnati. The leaves are beginning their brilliant color journey and gracing the grass with a smattering of fall splendor. We are burning pumpkin scented candles, cheering on our favorite football teams and googling the best ever chili recipes. Fall is here. —- REWIND….3 weeks ago we were in Europe, doing all things European! Kris and I took off for 15 days of adventure, romance, culture, food, and of course, photography.
We roamed and wandered through castle walls, sunbathed on rocks in the Mediterranean sea, picnicked beneath the Alps, made new friends on the long wooden plank tables at the bier gartens, and just enjoyed living in the moment. The trip was insane, we had so much fun seeing the world together.
After a 9 hour flight from Atlanta (shout out!) we arrived in Munich and navigated the train system to our destination, Rothenburg, Germany. Rothenburg is a tiny little medieval town situated 4 hours northwest of Munich. The town is rich in history which made it very fun to explore the city walls, roam the little streets, follow our noses to delicious cafes with salty pretzels and flaky pastries. Rothenburg smelled absolutely delicious. When walking about at night swirls of smoke lingered in the air full of roasty toasty sausage and cured meats. It was so cozy. There was a slight chill in the evening and the warm familiar wood smoke just added to the overall charm of the town.
Another thing that made Rothenburg feel so cozy was our amazing hotel. Hotel Spitzveg was not only as charming as you would ever think possible, but the inn keeper was the quintessential inn keeper that you always hoped to one day meet. I am blanking on his name, but the sweet man looked like ol’ St. Nick and he defined hospitality. We sat and drank hot, strong coffee while chatting about the town, photography, good food, and the innkeeper’s stint as a cake baker in culinary school in Bermuda.
To round out our stay, we went on the Night Watchman Tour. Now, I am not one for cheesy, organized, group tours, but this tour was really enjoyable and entertaining. We learned a lot about the city and why it had become such a popular tourist destination, and why it had been spared bombing during the war when so many other cities had not.
It was sad saying goodbye to our first city, but it was also exciting knowing that our next stop was Munich!