The Twins: 8 months!

Another month post already!? I feel like I just wrote their 7 month update last week!

Month 8 has been really fun (for the most part!). Where to even begin?
AMP_1782blogWell, I will start by sharing some highlights of the month:

A couple weeks ago, we participated in our church’s child dedication. It was a joy to stand before our church body and declare that with God’s help and grace, we will raise our children in a Christ-centered way, for His glory. There were three services with child dedications that Sunday and at the service we were a part of, there were three sets of twins being dedicated!

For Easter last weekend, we traveled to Iowa to visit my parents. My grandparents also made the trip, so it was a full house! I always love seeing Abe & Madeline’s grandparents and great-grandparents interact with them! It’s a great blessing to have such a loving family; something I never want to take for granted. Our drive back to KC was the best trip we’ve had with the kiddos so far! They were mostly happy the whole way and never had any screaming fits – whoo hoo!:)

Both children are ticklish now – oh my goodness gracious, so fun!

One of our favorite parts of the day is snack time! Grant and I feed them a snack when he gets home from work, which usually consists of pieces of banana, grapes, or snack puffs/rice cakes along with water in a sippy cup. If it’s nice outside, we’ll go sit on a blanket in the backyard, which they really love!AMP_1790blogAMP_1832blogAnd now for some tidbits about each baby…starting with Mr. Abe:

Oh, the laughter Abe brings to our family! He is a very happy-go-lucky kid, and his expressions and babbles keep us laughing! He enjoys playing with any toy/object we give him, and he typically prefers sitting over playing on his tummy. He likes making a racket with toys by holding two and hitting them together. Typical boy:)His limited form of transportation is rolling; he has not yet showed any interest in crawling. He has two front teeth and his hair is getting so wild! In the photos below, his hair is how it is normally…if you’ve seen any pics of him with a mow hawk, that’s his daddy’s doing!:)He loves going on walks and sitting outside. He laughs all throughout the day, both a deep belly laugh as well as his single “ha”s! Watching him learn to self-feed has been so fun, and he seems to really enjoy it as well! Madeline is always very interested in Abe, but he seems to have a sense of personal space, and scrunches his little face when she comes nearby, to prepare himself for being poked in the face or getting his hair pulled. He is not a fan of those things!

Abe’s best news this month? We got to say, so long to his helmet!!!! I will do a separate post with pics later this week.
AMP_1843blogI could share SO many videos with you, but I’ll just try this one. I’ve not tried to post my own video in a post before, so we’ll see if this works!

IMG_1717.MOVAMP_1939blogIt’s becoming increasingly challenging to get pics of these two together, because Madeline is on the move! She starting crawling right after their 7 month update, and now she hardly ever sits still! She loves crawling over things (like my legs) … I’m pretty sure just for the sake of the challenge. She likes to get up on all fours to her bear crawl or yoga pose! She has also pulled herself up to her feet a few times! Oh how different life is now that she is on the move…and I’m totally fine with Abe taking his time to figure out how to crawl!:)AMP_1957blogOh my sweet little Miss Madeline! She is a very independent gal. Now that she can go places, she loves exploring anything and everything, and once she has her mind set on something, she is determined to get it! As she plays and explores, she lets out all sorts of squeals and babbles that warm this mama’s heart! This month she has learned how to make a clicking noise with her tongue, and when I do it back to her, she gets a huge, sometimes shy smile, as if she’s thinking, “Mom! You learned my trick!” She now has three teeth on the bottom, and we’re wondering if another one is going to pop up soon, as she gnaws on anything she can find. Her hair is coming in more and more…though it’s nearly impossible to tell in these photos, as she still looks bald from the front! One of my favorite things now that Madeline can crawl, is that she often crawls up into my lap. Oh how I love that so much! Also in this month, we discovered that she gets energized around people. When we were with my parents and grandparents, as well as when we visited some friends in Des Moines, she got so loud and full of energy! I’ve never seen her get so loud and excited! I think she’s going to be a very extroverted girl!AMP_1980blogAMP_1996blogThis is what happens when I try to get a picture of them laying on their backs next to each other, ha!
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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!
Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer061Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer062Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer063Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer064Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer065Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer067Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer068Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer069Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer070Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer071Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer072Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer073Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer074Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer075Allison Marie Photography, Kansas City Wedding Photographer076Congratulations again, Pat & Lara! I am so honored for the opportunity to work with you and capture the events of your big day. Cheers to you both!

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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