Musicians in the Making

Perhaps they will take after their daddy in his musical skills?! Happiness is watching them so intrigued by the guitar, and then reach out with their little arms and fingers to emulate what he is doing. And then when they start coo-ing as if they are wanting to sing with him? To say my heart melts is a big understatement.:)AMP_1719blogAMP_1722blogAMP_1731blogAMP_1737blog

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Half Marathon Recap

10157234_10101532342117020_3118231212592782219_nIt’s pretty surreal that my half marathon weekend has already come and gone. Mainly because I ran on Saturday in a tank top and was quite warm…and now as I sit at my desk, snow is falling from the sky. What’s up with that?! Yet even as I sit here, I have a very strong reminder that this weekend wasn’t just a dream…my quads and calfs scream out with each little movement I make!

I’m amazed to report that not only was I able to complete the race, but I even PR’d! So, it must be true: being a mother makes a woman stronger! My final time was 1hr 48min, an average of 8:12 per mile (I finished this race two years ago in 1:50). I felt great all the way through the run, and my last mile was actually my fastest by quite a bit! The weather was gorgeous and all the trees had just begun to show off all their springtime glory. I was even tempted to stop and take a photo a couple times, it was so beautiful! My husband and the twins cheered me on around mile 3, and this brought tears to my eyes! The babies were in their double stroller, and Grant took their little arms in the air to cheer, while their faces looked truly perplexed as to what was going on! I can only imagine what was going through their little heads as hundreds of runners were passing by! Seeing them there to support me was absolutely the best part of my run, as I know how much work it takes to get them into the stroller and out of the house.

Now that my goal is accomplished, I haven’t quite decided what to do next – if I will set a new goal and run another half, or if I will just enjoy being challenged by classes at the gym. I had such a great experience, that I’m tempted to sign up for a few more races…but yet I know I will need to continue doing long runs to stay in shape, which means time away from my family on the weekends. So, we’ll see!

Thank you to all for your encouragement after my post last week!:)

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Pat & Lara: Kansas City Little Theater Wedding

Where to even begin about this wedding day?! When I think back to first meeting Pat and Lara, I remember thinking how much I was going to LOVE working with them, simply based on Lara’s facebook timeline picture! It’s of her and Pat riding their bikes with TONS of expression and excitement! And that’s really what their day was all about. Each and every element of their day was infused with their personalities as well as excitement for each other. Their decor and style elements were done so perfectly, and Pat & Lara had a contagious energy about them all day long.

My very favorite part of this wedding day? The ceremony! The officiant took each side of their stories about how they met and what they love about each other and put it together to form the most delightful story. It was funny, engaging, and made everyone in the audience go “awww!” at many different moments. Then, to top that off, Pat and Lara wrote their own vows. Part of me wishes I could share their vows with you here because they were amazing. Lara is a writer, so I certainly didn’t expect anything different!

Ok, before I keep rambling on about their wedding day, let’s get on with the photos!:)Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer001Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer002Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer003Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer004Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer005Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer006Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer007Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer008Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer009Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer010Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer011Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer012Wow. Lara, you were absolutely breath-taking as a bride!!Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer013Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer014Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer015Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer016Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer017Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer018Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer019Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer020We did a few bridal portraits as we waited for Lara’s groom-to-be to arrive for their first look!Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer021Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer022Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer023Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer024So fun! Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer025Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer026Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer027IMG_3196-2Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer029Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer030Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer031As you can see, these two were SO easy to photograph:)Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer032Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer033To all of you bridesmaids and groomsmen – you were seriously a blast to work with!!Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer034Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer035IMG_3325Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer036Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer037Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer038Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer039Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer040Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer042Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer043Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer044Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer045Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer046Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer047Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer048Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer049Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer050Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer051Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer052Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer053Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer054Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer055Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer056Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer057Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer058Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer059Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer060All the candy in the favor bags made their debut in the 1930s, just like the Little Theater. What a great idea for party favors!
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To see even more photos from their wedding day, check out their slideshow here!

Venue: Little Theater in Kansas City, MO

Wedding Coordinator: Carrie Whitworth of You’re Invited 

Dress Designer: Nicole Miller

Invitations/Paper Elements Designer: Bride

Bakery: Dolce Bakery

Band: Saucy Jack Band

Florist: Erin Volante

 

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Half Marathon

It was June 4th last year. I was sent home from the hospital after enduring treatments to stop my pre-term labor contractions and on strict bed rest orders from my doctor. I was devastated that I would have to be confined to my bed/couch, but was so very grateful my twin babies didn’t make their grand entrance at a mere 26 weeks. During my 11 weeks on bed rest, as I felt my body become increasingly more weak due to inactivity, I decided I would make it my goal to run a half marathon the next April. At the time, that seemed like a very feasible goal! 7 1/2 months after the babies were born…plenty of time to train, right?! ha! Well I certainly didn’t know I would have two very colicky babies who also had protein intolerances, which meant those first 4 months were just plain hard. Exercising was hardly even a consideration, because if I had the opportunity to sleep, shower or run, running was the very last on my priority list!

Fast forward a few months, and here I am. Less than one week away from the half marathon. For the past couple months, my “training” has consisted of 1-2 runs a week, which is certainly less than I had hoped! However, on many days, those runs were glorious to me. Those runs were time to spend out of the house by myself and be rejuvenated by fresh air and sunshine!

So why do I share this with you? To boast about how I’m going to run a half marathon after having twins? No, certainly not! These past couple weeks, I’ve been wavering back and forth whether I will even run this race. I know deep inside me, I want to accomplish this goal, yet at the same time it’s very humbling to not be back to the speed I’d like to be, and being ok with the fact that I might have to stop and walk a few times during the race. But by sharing this with you, that means I’m in! I WILL cross that finish line on Saturday rather than wimping out last minute, which feels very tempting!

It’s also my hope to be an encouragement and support for fellow twin mamas or moms who had/are going through a difficult pregnancy that included weeks on bed rest. It IS possible to get back into shape afterward! It takes giving yourself much grace and patience throughout the journey, and setting your eyes on a goal to press on toward!

My stomach fills with butterflies as I think about running on Saturday! But the best part? My husband and the twins will be there to cheer me on; seeing their faces will bring me so much joy during the long run!

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