Friday Photo Journal, August 11, 2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hi friends! I'm back from another weekend of travel and it was a loooooooong trip. Successful, but we spent 19 hours in the car so that I could shoot for 7.  It was a butt-numbing ride, but the wedding was gorgeous and the church was amazing!

 I tried to take some pics as we drove through the mountains, but we really didn't have time to stop and sightsee. We hit a big storm on the way there with hail, heavy rain, high winds, even a tornado warning that had us taking cover. On the way back, I was just exhausted and sore, so I didn't get any beautiful mountain shots as I had hoped. 

I went straight from the frying pan into the fire with multiple sessions this week. Rain wreaked havoc on my schedule and I had a sunrise session Thursday AM that had me up at 4 and rushing back home for hubs to head straight to work for an early meeting. It was a gorgeous sunrise though, and I have a couple of shots from that. 



How was your week? I hope you had a great one!


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Friday Photo Journal, August 4, 2017

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Whoa this week went by fast. Probably because I've been insanely busy with work. Last weekend's wedding was fantastic and the whole family had a great time visiting Lynchburg. We had not been before, and we all enjoyed the mountain views for a change! It did wipe me out though, and I've had sessions every day this week. Plus, I have another big wedding weekend this week. I may need a vacation from summer. :)

Here are a few pics from our adventures:











If you'd like to see images from the wedding, I've blogged some on my Melissa Bliss Photography site here.
How was your week? Link up your posts below. 
Have a great weekend!


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Heading Back to School with Gymboree

Friday, July 28, 2017

I am a summer girl, it's true. I love warm weather, sandy beach days, backyard barbecues and long summer nights. I'm never anxious for back to school season, but I will admit there is a nostalgic appeal to the smell of freshly sharpened pencils, dewy fall mornings and empty notebook pages full of possibility.

School supply lists are out, tax free shopping days are coming and like it or not, another school year is on the way. Might as well be prepared, right? I've been trying to plan ahead for the new year and get my ducks in a tidy row so we can hit the ground running. That means planning out schedules, stocking up on supplies, and shopping to outfit my kiddos for the year ahead.

I love shopping at Gymboree for kids' clothes because they make it so easy to coordinate great looks for any activity on our schedule. I also love that their clothes are soft, durable and oh so kid-friendly! They wash and wear well so that I don't ever have to worry about worn out knees, faded colors or ironing boards.

We were fortunate to have Gymboree sponsor this post so that we could preview some of their awesome new outfits for back to school 2017! We had fun browsing the new lines and my kiddos love picking out their favorites to model.

Little Miss has big #kidgoals for 2nd grade this year. She wants to start reading a book series and dig deep into story characters like her big brothers and sister do. She also wants to cheerlead during basketball season and try out some art classes too.  The leggings, colorful tee and sparkly sweater she picked out at Gymboree will take her from the library, to the playground, to art class and beyond in style. They are perfect for the first day of school! Her favorite part of the Back to School collection was the accessories - she chose sparkly star barrettes and sparkly slip on shoes to match.








Mr. Man has some #kidgoals of his own for 5th grade. He plans to rock the basketball court again this year, explore robotics and coding too. He loved the t-shirts in Gymboree's collection and picked out this outfit for his new adventures.






 What are your #kidgoals for this year? Check out Gymboree for fun and fabulous looks for that will make their first day of school a smash hit!

This post was sponsored by Gymboree. 
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Friday Photo Journal, July 28, 2017



Happy weekend all! This was a big week for us. We finally met my new nephew and he is absolutely perfect. We are all SO in love and bursting with happiness for my sister and her family. I can't wait to have a full photo session and more snuggles with this handsome guy!
Hubs also got tickets to the ball game this week and we took the kids for a night of family fun. It ended up being the perfect evening for some outdoor entertainment. We all had a fantastic time.

I also worked a ton.





What's new with you? Please link up your posts and have an awesome weekend!

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Friday Photo Journal, July 21, 2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hey friends! Another week down and July continues to be crazy busy for us. And also crazy hot. I'm fortunate that most of my sessions are on the beach, because the humidity is awful out.

I have been so busy with work that I have neglected to take many personal photos lately.  I hope your week was more exciting than mine. What have you been up to?

All iPhone this week.

Sunset light at the beach:

Took the kiddos out to lunch on my birthday:

The monsters begging for a taste of peanut butter:

Pano of Virginia Beach:


Thanks so much for visiting! Link up your posts and have a great weekend. :)



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Friday Photo Journal, July 14, 2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Happy Friday friends! I hope you've had an awesome week.
I know I totally bombed last week and I sincerely apologize. This month has been insanely busy with work, weddings, family birthdays,  school, driving all over the place and on and on. I had every intention of getting a post up, but I just completely failed. By the time I had any time to get to it, it was already Monday. Fail. 

Anyway, I do have some images to share from the past two weeks to catch up, and I will do my very best not to let you down again!

Someone pretty cute had a birthday party:


And I actually made it to the beach for some fun, rather than work:


Obligatory panos:


What have you been up to?
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Friday Photo Journal - June 30, 2017

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Happy Friday! Where did June go?? It's been a busy month and it flew by in a blink. July will be even busier for us with weddings, a new baby on the way, birthdays, travel...lots to look forward to, but I get tired just thinking about it, ha ha. That's what getting old will do for ya.

This week's photos include lots of outdoor play. The weather has been warm, but mild with low humidity. Pretty perfect actually! The mosquitos, however, have been vicious. It's almost like an Alfred Hitchcock movie when you step outside. I need to move to the beach. The wind off the water usually keeps them away there. Otherwise, I get eaten alive no matter how much repellent I douse myself with.





 Looking forward to a holiday weekend and some fireworks with the kiddos!

What do you have planned? Link up below and have an awesome & safe 4th!




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Friday Photo Journal, June 23, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Hey there friends, I hope you had a great week and a wonderful Father's Day weekend. We celebrated with some pool time and a delicious southern barbecue feast.  We've had a lot of rain lately, so it was great to have a warm, sunny pool day.

I also hit the beach again for some family sessions. The sunset the other day was absolutely amazing! As I was leaving the beach, I turned around and saw a faint rainbow in the clouds. It was quite a happy little surprise.  If you look closely, you can just make it out toward the right side in the panos. How was your week?

All pics this week were taken with my iPhone.

The pooches waiting dinner to be served:





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