1 year old {Children | Crofton, Maryland}

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This little cutie pie is 1 year old! Miss Julianne is such a sweet little girl. She totally went with the flow at her session…even when the balloons we planned to use came untied and floated up into the trees before we could grab them. Oh well. As you can tell I didn’t really need balloons for this session, she was the star of the show. Happy 1st Birthday sweet girl!!

Back to School

How is the summer over already? I swear it goes faster each year…and now that I have a kindergartner it will forever go fast. My first born off to school full time. My eyes were teary, and my heart ached watching her walk away from me. The whole time I’m watching her my mind flipped back to the day she was born. That sweet smell and those little grunts she made when we held her in our arms. Those days are long gone. I get to look forward to all the wonderful memories still to be made. She was happy when I picked her up that afternoon, so that’s a good thing. I can’t wait to watch her grow even more this year. Happy 1st Day of School sweetheart!

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Vacation…..back to Disney!!!

We love DisneyWorld. Seriously….we go every year..and we really just need to bite the bullet and invest in the DVC membership! LOL. We decided to surprise my daughter this year…and we waited until the evening before we left to tell her. It was awesome. She was so excited!! We had a blast…it was so HOT….and we sweated like crazy…but it was worth it all. We are now all exhausted and lethargic…and tired of eating hamburgers and french fries. Hahaha. We’ve only been home a few days and I’m ready to start planning the next time we go. It’s official…I’m insane!

Here’s a quick look at all the fun we had:

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Frozen

Hollywood Studios had all things Frozen…and we took advantage of the extras just so we could experience more. We got to have special viewing for the nighttime Frozen fireworks and had special desserts. Very cool!! Sigh….if only we could go back again soon:)If you’re on the fence about going…GO!! You’ll have such a good time!!

My favorite city to visit….

Chicago

Chicago is such a beautiful city. I’ve been there once before when I was in college with some girlfriends, and I fell in love with everything about the city. I always imagined myself living in the city in a little apartment and walking to all my favorite shops and museums. I even thought about moving there to attend grad school at the Jane Addams School of Social Work. But I decided to move to KC and attend KU and then I moved out here to DC…and the daydreaming changed to life on the East Coast. I still love the city, and all that it offers. My dear husband surprised me this year with a birthday trip with one of my best girlfriends and we lived it up. We had a girls weekend without any kids and it was WONDERFUL. I don’t get time away from my family very much, but a once a year trip with a good friend is always welcome. We did all the touristy things…architecture tour by boat, and the double decker bus tour. We hit the Willis Tower…the Hancock Bldg…drove by Navy Pier and the famous “Bean”. We packed in as much sightseeing and laughter that we could in a few short days. The best part was being able to see her and laugh and reminisce about college days, and hear all about life with kids. I can’t wait to go back again soon…and maybe this time I’ll take the hubs & the kids:)