Hello! Thank you to everyone who stopped by yesterday to read about Henry. If you missed his story, you can click HERE.
Also, thank you to everyone who wished me and my husband a Happy Anniversary. We had a really fun night, and a really good weekend.
On Saturday, my husband and the kids went to the gym in the morning, while I tried to catch up on things around the house. Then, the twins went down for a nap, and I went and took a Ballet class. I got home, took a quick shower, and then we were off to dinner with my parents to celebrate both of our anniversaries. It was a delicious dinner, and the restaurant even brought us each a dessert with a candle in it to celebrate.
After dinner, my husband and I went to our friends’ going away party. One of my good friends is moving to California, and the other is moving to Minnesota. We had drinks, sat by this crazy fire table outside, and did some dancing back inside. We were actually out until Midnight, which is super late for us old folks.
Even though we were out late, we all got up and went to the gym in the morning. The boys did some crafts in the child care, my husband lifted weights, and I did some Zumba. I’m starting to get the hang of it, but I’m sure I still look pretty silly.
We got home, ate lunch, and then the babies went down for their nap. My husband had to work, so me and my oldest hung out. He was watching a marathon of Bob Ross, the painter, on PBS, then decided on a movie. I started and finished my book club book, We Were Liars. If you haven’t read/heard of it, it was a really fast read. It was very intense, and pretty creepy. I also stayed off the computer/Facebook most of the day, so it was a nice break….although I missed doing Sneak Peek Sunday! So, you’ll be surprised every day this week.
Speaking of surprises, remember when I told you How to get a Great Family Photo? Well, I’ve got a few preview shots for you today. Now, the quality isn’t as great as it should be because my computer is acting up. I couldn’t download the pics myself, but had to have my husband shrink and Email them to me. So, the real pictures are awesome quality…but I just couldn’t wait any longer to show you a few.
My good friend, Laura Lee, took these photos, and she did such a terrific job. If you are interested in getting your family pictures taken, I can’t recommend her highly enough. Just leave me a comment, and I will put you in touch with her!
I didn’t include my favorite portrait because we are using it as our March of Dimes Ambassador Family Photo. I wanted to leave that as a surprise for now, but here are a few of my other favorites…
Laura also got some really cute ones of my oldest, so I probably include those in a First Born Friday post.
I do have something exciting lined up for tomorrow, but as with the theme of the day it will be a……you guessed it….surprise!
Gorgeous gorgeous pictures! You have such a beautiful family!
Thank you so much Nicole!
Your photos are great! Happy belated anniversary!!
My Urban Family says
Those photos are adorable! I especially love the first one with all five of you 🙂 Glad to hear you had a good weekend and celebration!
Thank you so much!
Angela @ Setting My Intention says
So cute! I love outdoor family photos.
I’m so glad you had a happy anniversary. Your family photos are beautiful too. Can’t wait to see what the surprise is tomorrow 😉
Oh, I think you will like it 🙂 🙂 🙂
Those are adorable! Great location, too 🙂
Ros Emely@stressfreemommies says
I am glad you had a great anniversary! The family pictures are beautiful!
Sara Strand says
I absolutely have to get family photos done this year. I just do. It’s so hard to find a weekend Matt can get off and my photographer friend is free. But we haven’t had one done in like three years and of course, now we have Penelope so it’s only fitting we get one done!
Yes! This was actually our first, but definitely won’t be our last 😉
Such great family pictures! You are one good looking family! Sounds like you guys had a great weekend as well.
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Thank you! 🙂
Such cute pictures 🙂
Love your family photos! Happy late anniversary!
Thank you Mistle . 🙂
Happy Anniversary! A lot of my co-workers have been recommending We Were Liars so it’s definitely on my list to read. Also your family pics are amazing – I don’t know how you’ll be able to narrow them down for a Christmas card!
Thank you so much, Becky!
Beautiful pics such a good looking family. I love your blogs a part of my daily read.?
Awe . Thank you so much Sharon. You are always such a great support 🙂
Shelly's Cabaret says
Beautiful photos, and beautiful family you have!
You just made me realize how much I miss having a gym membership and going to Zumba. 🙂
Thank you . Zumba is so much fun!
Super cute family photos. You are all so adorable and I love the different settings and poses.
Oh my gosh what a beautiful family, I love your pictures. They’re very natural and really show the kind of family you are.
Thank you so much .
Kyleigh Wegener says
Your family is so cute! Great pictures.
Your photos turned out lovely! What a precious family you have! 🙂
Brooke @ Silver Lining says
Cute family photos! That red barn is a perfect backdrop.
Yes, our photographer picked the perfect spot 🙂
These are so cute! I love the barnyard background! Happy belated anniversary!
Beautiful family! Love the coordinating blue outfits against the red barn!
Thank you! Our photographer gets all the credit for both .
Dana Peller (@Pellerini) says
I love your family photos! You can tell by the pictures that you are having a good time 🙂 Happy Anniversary too!!!
Thank you Dana!
Terri's Thoughts says
What a gorgeous family, i love the big red barn
Looks and sounds like you had a great time! You’re got a beautiful fam Shann! Thanks for sharing your pics with us! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us tomorrow 🙂
Jules Ruud says
Those photos are so stinking cute. I’m in Minnesota by the way. It’s funny to me that anybody would move here, hahaha! Happy Belated anniversary. Again, love the photos!
Thank you! And she’s moving for her husband’s job 🙂
Adorable family photos. I just can’t do Zumba. I DEFINITELY look ridiculous and I prefer traditional cardio or yoga or, even better, pilates to Zumba. 🙂
I do like Yoga too, but never have really been a fan of Pilates, even though I’m a ballet dancer. Not sure why. I never thought I’d like Zumba, but now I’m hooked 🙂
Aw! Your family photos are so cute! I love using a red barn as a back drop! It’s so pretty!
Becki S says
I love them!! The blue is great with the red in the background and I love that one where the kiddos are all piled on you. Great surprise!
Thank you so much! 🙂
Lovely family 🙂
Almost Sexy Mommy (@almostsexymommy) says
You have such a beautiful family, and happy belated anniversary!
Thank you dear Trish! 🙂
Christine Cox says
So glad you had a nice time out with your family and friends. Midnight is CRAZY late for us too. We were at a wedding last weekend and the party was still going at 10 pm and I was like man, I’d already be in bed if we were at home 🙂
Totally! I can’t believe we made it out so late.
These are just precious!
Anamika Ojha says
Hi Shann, your family shoot was amazing…I loved the pictures of your twins and the elder one…God bless them & btw Happy b’lated Anniversary… 🙂
Thank you so much!
These are great photos! Happy anniversary! 🙂
Rachel (@thedigger0) says
Happy anniversary. I am impressed by your dedication to the gym and a ballet class. You really do get a lot out of your days and nights. And lucky you had a dance to work off that beautiful dessert. Wonderful family shots – thanks for the share.
Exactly 🙂 Thank you!
Glad to know you had an awesome anniversary day with parents, family, and friends. Like the photo a lot. They were very good shots particular the ones in front of the red house.
Awwww loving the photos!!! Hope your anniversary was fabulous:)
Thank you! It was!
Your family photos are gorgeous! And congrats on the anniversary!
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