Monday, October 31, 2011



when i was a kid, my siblings and i were never allowed to partake in halloween festivities. we never went trick or treating. and i'm ok with that. i remember i would sometimes feel bummed out because i felt like i was missing out on something really fun, but i understand why my parents made that choice for us and i hold no grudges. :)

so now i'm a mom, and this halloween i found myself really wanting to do something fun. i know there's a lot of disagreements in Christian culture about whether or not it's right to partake in halloween celebrations, but that debate wasn't weighing on my mind or conscience this year. for me, all i sincerely and innocently wanted to do was just dress up my cute 2 year old in a funny costume and show her off to friends and family! and maybe eat some candy corn. 

so olive and i went to the consignment shop my sister in law works at and found this adorable, reminiscent-of-Ralphie-from-that-Christmas-movie's-bunny-suit elephant costume, and i had to get it for her. i mean, how adorable is she?

and tonight matt and i dressed her up in it and took her out for a special meal at chick-fil-a. it worked out perfectly, because she got chicken nuggets (her favorite thing ever,) we got to show off her cuteness, and i didn't get gestational diabetes eating up all the candy she would have gotten trick-or-treating. triple win!

i'm sure as she gets older, matt and i will think more seriously about whether or not it's the right decision for our family to participate in halloween activities, but for tonight, we just thoroughly and guiltlessly enjoyed watching our 2 year old (who's growing way too quickly,) run around and have a ball in her elephant costume, and basked in the glow of all the compliments strangers gave us on her exceeding cuteness. it was a fun night!

Monday, October 24, 2011

laura's wedding (part two)

laura's wedding (part one)

i am so grateful that i was able to attend
my childhood friend laura's wedding this past weekend, in NC.
she was a stunning bride, and we had so much fun
capturing all the fun and beautiful moments on camera...