So this is happening. In a few short days. Wow!! It will be all green and sunshine and no snow. What will we do with ourselves?! I think we've packed in as much as we could these last couple of weeks. Lots of visiting with friends and family, eating out at all of our favorite restaurants, and spending time in this little house we bought 4 years ago, never planning to live in it for long, and it has become our greatest sense of the word "home". Even with it's age, never really converting it from a double to a single family residence, and all of the many flaws that have driven me crazy, we will all miss this home of ours. Yes, we will be back for summer but it will still be different, secluded to the upper apartment. I believe that Tommy will remember this place. All of the many "battles" he and Joey have had dressed as super heroes, snuggling up in our bed, playing bubble hockey in the basement, begging to cross the street to play with the "Baloney boys". I really hope Joey remembers, this is the only place he has ever lived. Mini stick hockey is played daily and he sets up all his Starting Lineup hockey guys on "the ice", which varies between our living room floor and the hallway. He uses the Dustbuster as a Zamboni to clean the ice. It is so cute! Tess will have many photographs to remember her first home. I feel change is much harder for me after I've had children. I'm continuously second guessing every decision and wondering if it's right for us as a family, for them. As Tommy keeps telling me he's "already 6 and a half", I can't help but believe that these days we are living - yesterday, today, tomorrow, these will be the good old days. The times when the kids need us, they still think we are cool and they want to hang out with us. These are the times we will look back on and think, "remember when." I find myself reflecting on how big the kids have gotten. When did they grow up? I feel this is magnified as I'm packing up our things and deciding, sometimes gleeful and sometimes with a heavy heart, what we will bring with us and what will be donated or thrown in the trash. As 2017 comes to a close, new beginnings occur for everyone. It's hard to say goodbye to this life we have built in Buffalo, but our new beginning will be to a place where we have family and friends, a place that is familiar and a place that is warm and sunny! 2018 we are (almost) ready!!!
And here are some film scans from the last time we were in Orlando. P was her usual, cooperative self. One day, we will look back on these and laugh! Thanks, Dad, for making me get in a couple photos to calm her down. Don't mind my greasy top knot. Although who am I kidding? That is how I usually roll!
I got the film scans back from Mary's maternity session and I am obsessed! Oh, how much I love these!! I am so happy we decided to do this, even though it was cold and overcast. Mary, you look stunning. Molly and Fran are so adorable. Film is amazing and is somehow always worth the wait. I'm so excited to meet this baby girl! I really hope she arrives before we move!!!
New beginnings are often bittersweet. As I am writing, I'm feeling so many different emotions. My husband recently accepted a new role at his company and we will be moving to Orlando, FL. We are sad to leave Buffalo, but excited about this next chapter. We will be moving in January!
Thank you for all of your support over these last few years. I cherish every friendship, and have loved watching all of your families grow. I plan to travel back to Buffalo for the weddings I have booked in 2018. We are also planning to spend summers in Buffalo. Once I have those dates, I will post them if anyone is interested in a summer photo session! I keep telling myself we will be like snowbirds, basically only missing winter!!
We are lucky to be moving to a place that we are familiar with. We lived in Orlando 5 years ago, before moving to Buffalo. We will be returning to the neighborhood where we used to live and are excited to be closer to my family in Florida and all of our Florida friends. Tommy is worried about missing his friends and meeting new ones which breaks my heart, but he's an outgoing kid so I think he will do just fine. Joey is excited about the move because he wants to go swimming, so there's that. Tess is along for the ride, and it will be a long plane ride with her. We are pretty pumped to be able to come back to Buffalo for summers, because it's definitely one of the coolest places to live, especially during the summer! Most people will never understand that until they live here, but after five years, I've grown very attached to this place and our neighborhood. Even as I look out my window and see 18" of snow on the ground, I love it here. The people in Buffalo are just the best! Hopefully, we will have lots of winter friends trying to escape the cold and snow that will want to come and visit!!
On another note, I got the film back from our last trip to Florida. I shot a roll of the three of them playing, wrestling, laughing...just a day in the life. That little Peanut is not one to be left out, so she's always right there in the thick of it.
Since film is light hungry, it seems sunny Florida will be a good place to continue learning this medium!
What's the best early Christmas gift?! How about a new puppy!!!
It's always so nice to see friends when we visit Orlando. Aren't these dapper little guys the cutest?! This was their first day with their brand new, blue-eyed puppy!! I'm so glad we were able to sneak in a few holiday pics...and this adorable little pup with that brown patch over his eye, kind of makes me want to get a dog! Kind of. Maybe after our littlest animal, I mean toddler, is potty trained.
At one year old, this little guy is all smiles. And how can you not notice those huge, beautiful blue eyes?! He's a little charmer. Jeffrey definitely lives in a football household. He must enjoy cheering on the Buffalo Bills. His favorite moves are clapping and "touchdown" where he throws his arms up over his head! He is the most adorable little fan!!! The photos of Jeffrey in his buffalo sweatshirt and that little crocheted blanket, I can't even take it. I love all of his animated faces! That blanket was hand made by his Aunt. It's so gorgeous, I want an adult sized version!! Happy first birthday sweet Jeffrey!
We had a lot of fun at our Holiday Mini Sessions this year and oh, how we loved the beautiful set up by Quaint Rentals! These mini sessions always give me total anxiety as we wait to see what the weather brings in November. We lucked out with a sunny day in the middle of a week full of freezing rain, and you can't ask for more than that! I loved seeing all of these families again and I can't get over some of these adorable holiday outfits!! Thank you so much, Mary O'Sullivan, for all of your help and for always being able to make the kiddos laugh! I hope everyone has an amazing holiday season! Below are a few of my favorites from our minis!
This is one of the happiest little boys I've seen! He is also the spitting image of his Daddy, I can't get over the likeness! Leo loved hamming it up, as we watched him and laughed. He was keeping busy crawling, kneeling and dancing. It was all fun until we tried to make him eat cake! Haha. Some kids just don't like it. My first two kiddos wouldn't eat cake at this age. Of course, they have caught on and figured out cake is delicious! Leo was having a great time knocking his personal cake over and squishing the icing around in his hands, but he did not want to eat it!! I've never seen Leo cry, until we tried to make him eat his birthday cake! Poor guy. He was still so cute! The world was good again once he crawled away and Leo was back to doing his happy dance! Happy first birthday little Leo!
Adorable Oliver is soaking in the last few weeks of being an only child as this sweet family is expecting baby #2 very shortly! Enjoy it, little buddy!!
This year's group family photo session. 91 degrees, 100% humidity. The hottest day of the year, but the only day we could do it. It was so incredibly hot, we lasted less than 5 minutes. Everyone was completely soaked with sweat and beyond thrilled to be at the beach in their nice clothes. The older kids were mad they couldn't go in the water because it was closed due to harmful bacteria. Ewww! The babies decided to hate sand on this particular day and Tess screamed most of the time. (This is becoming a trend.) We took some really great photos on film, but I realized later that I had never loaded the film in the camera. So, life happens. This is our crazy life right now.
On a side note, doesn't Mary look amazing!!! I can't believe baby #3 is due in January!!
The happiest baby on the block! She really is...we live across the street and Adeline is always smiling and laughing! With her toothy grin and her little pixie hair, how can you not smile with her?! And after this session, Tess is not invited to any future sessions. We had the happiest baby and the crabbiest baby in the same house. Enjoy the many adorable faces of this angelic little one in her beautiful nursery!