A Farewell Photo Shoot


During this weeks blogging I realized that I never posted the wonderful photos that my dear friend Stacy did for us in and around our home in New York. 
I love all of these photos. 
They are reminders of so many memories made along our journey of life. 

 I'm a sucker for black and white photos!

These photos of the girls are so very special to me. 
When they were brand spanking new and just home from the hospital their resting place when not being held was in rock and play sleeper in front of our couch. 
Fastforward to just after they turned 1 year old. 
I was lying on my couch in the afternoon, the blinds were open and the sun started shining through the windows. I had to turn the blinds upward so it wouldn't blind me. 
In that moment I remembered, vividly, all of the feelings of being a brand new mommy and having to move their rock and play sleepers out of the sun every evening. 
The feelings I had just from the way the sun came through the window was so overwhelming and a wonderful reminder of how special those first days were. 
When we found out we were moving I cried over not ever getting to feel that exact same feeling every fall when them  sun shined so brightly through those windows. 
It is so strange because the pattern of the sun changes throughout the year and it doesn't shine often in CNY but the day we did our farewell photos it shined exactly the same as it did in those early days, even at the same angle. It was so bizarre.  
I think it was a small gift from above to be able to capture these photos. 

As you can tell it was dinner time and the girls ended up with doritos to tie them over. 

 This was my view of home overtime I came in from running errands or grocery shopping. 
If you look at the very end of the street, that is the back of our house. 

I have mentioned this before but I highly recommend having photos taken of you and your family in or around a home that is special to you. 
I will never forget this chapter of our lives. 
Tomorrow is Friday, y'all!!!

Deep Running Roots


Yesterday I mentioned how hard it was for me to leave the Zabies Nursery in New York. 
Sounds crazy, right?

Well let me fill you in. 

In August of 2009 my sweet guy and I got married in Jekyll Island, GA. 
We chose this location for many reasons- it's proximity to the ocean, it's beauty, and it's ability to house all of our family and friends in one location.
One thing we really loved about the location was the hundred year old oak trees. 
In a way these trees were symbolic.
They symbolize our roots running deep together and even the strongest winds can't make us falter.

The daily winds from the ocean and occasional winds from hurricanes have shaped them to be more beautiful than ever. 
That was what we hoped for our marriage (and family)- to grow, change shape and be stronger and more beautiful than ever as a result of any hard times along the way. 

When trying to decide how to decorate the Zabies room and trying to keep in gender neutral I scoured the internet of all things vinyl wall appliqué. 
Some things were too girly and some were too boyish. 
Then I came across some oak trees. 
That's when we decided that an oak tree would be perfect- it was everything we had envisioned for our family. 
Our roots had grown deeper, we were laying roots in New York and our babies were a part of that- not to mention that the tree looked a lot like the trees we said our vows under. 
Josh painted the room without my help since we were super cautious during my pregnancy so assembling the oak tree in their room was one thing we did together. 
It was one of the last things we did in preparations for our family to grow... as husband and wife... a family of two... and the only time we argued during the entire pregnancy! Let's just say his brain works differently than mine and we had differing approaches to getting the job done!

After all of our belongings had been moved out of our house my sweet friend, Stacy, did a photo shoot of us in the nursery in front of the tree. 
I will always cherish these photo and keep them close to my heart. 

I know sweet girl, it is so hard to say goodbye!

Looking at these photos makes me miss our home in New York. 
I also can't believe how much these cutie pies have grown in just three short months. 
Those outfits were 18 months and now they are 2T while knocking on 3T's door!
But with that said we are laying new roots and now our roots spread even further than before making us stronger than we ever had hoped!

We also had more family photos taken in and around our home but that's for another post!
Have you ever had to leave your babies' nursery behind or are you planning to?
I highly recommend an in home photo shoot!

Wedding Photos : Brooke Roberts Photography
Nursery Photos: Stacy Claire Photography 

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