Today is Ed's birthday! So we're celebrating with his very favorite go-to cocktail, the Jack and Coke. For this month's installment of our AHP Cocktail Series, we're also sharing my choice, the Pimm's Cup. We've added the word "winning" to it because our dance Nationals will be later this month! If you missed our first recipe, or want a refresher of why we do this in the first place, make sure you check out March’s Cocktail Recipes. And don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter! Our subscribers always get email reminders when these posts go live, and I always try to include a little something extra just for you.
Our middle daughter is 18 today. You'd think that taking her Senior photos and preparing for college would have gotten me used to this idea by now, but no such luck. It's managed to sneak up on me anyway. So, Helen, as your mother on your 18th birthday, and before you leave us for new experiences and adventures, I have some words of wisdom for you.
I love photographing beautiful brides all across the country! I truly love what I do, and I'm so lucky to be able to do what I love. But I have to say, I love being a mom first! And I may be biased, but I have beautiful kids, who would rival any model! If you're tired of seeing beautiful photos of my gorgeous birthday girl, then this post will disappoint! However, this post isn't about photos, but about video!
For girls, turning 16 is a big deal. We've given each of our girls one big birthday party - on their sweet 16th birthday. It's the only one where we really go big. At least for our standards. Jessie is the last of our girls to turn 16, and all she asked for was a flower crown and a photoshoot. A girl after my own heart! We were more than happy to give in!
Today, you are 22 years young. Every year, your ball of talent, energy, and heart grows into something even more beautiful than the year before. I love your mix of maturity and girlish giggles. You are vintage and alternative at the same time, and only you could pull that off. You have real fears of the grown-up world, but at the same time are completely unafraid to jump headfirst into it.
My son is 10.
Wow. Every year it surprises me. You'd think I'd get used to it, it being on the same day and all. Sometimes I want to be able to freeze time and keep him just the way he is. Then another year comes and goes, and I find that I like this age best so far.
So far, I like 10 best. So I guess growing up isn't too bad.
We have a large family. And I don't just mean us. Yes, two parents and four children is not exactly small, but when you count in grandparents, aunts, uncles, and nephews, it gets even bigger. The best bonus of a big family? Instant party! Jessie's 15th birthday snuck up on us over the weekend, so we were especially thankful to all our family who came and made it so special for her!
One thing we always tell our clients is that they are clients for life! That means that we want to be there for all the important moments in their lives. Babies. Birthdays. Anniversaries. Whatevers. We don't want our connection and friendship with them to stop once they're married. So while we don't usually do family, maternity, or baby shoots, we will make an exception for our wedding clients!
Today is a big deal. A big big deal. Today, Morgan turns 21 and becomes a legal adult! I can't believe I have a 21-year old. I can't believe I'm old enough to have a 21-year old! It feels like only yesterday when I was 21 myself. Actually, I think that was yesterday. We'll go with that.
Today, my sweet Helen is 16. Birthdays are strange. I always know they're coming, but as a mom, they always sneak up on me in a bittersweet kind of way. I don't need much of an excuse for a party, and I love celebrating, but it's hard when your kids get one year farther from being a kid.
For a girl, 16 is a big deal. It's the year when you finally get to leave girlhood behind. Sniff. And Helen is growing into such a lovely young lady! She is quiet, yet sure of herself. Beautiful, yet strong. Shy, yet the bonds of friendship are fierce. Sometimes it's hard to see into her little world to figure out exactly who she is, but it's obvious that she knows. She has a quiet confidence, a style all her own, and she enjoys being different. I love that about her!