Monday, October 25, 2010

Sky Diving and 3 Months!!!

Lots has been going on lately...I went SKY DIVING!!!! It was amazing! That will take an entire post itself, I still have to get my hands on the pictures that were taken as well as receive the video in the mail!!! I could go on for hours about that experience, so I will save it for another day!

I have also been very busy with photo shoots! Yay! I am excited to have booked several shoots, some even being people I do not know very well, friends of friends sort of thing!! But of course my favorite model turned 3 months the other day so I took her pictures as well! Here is a sneak peek at a few I have tweaked!! I will post many more once the family has received and seen them first!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Oh My.....What a WONDERFUL day!!!!

Payton and I did a walk in our neighborhood Saturday morning for Infant and Pregnancy loss. It was beautiful and AMAZING!!!! So very emotional. I am so very glad to have met the people I met and am so glad they shared their stories with me. I will post more on the stories later. This day was such a celebration for Payton and I, baby girl has no idea, but will as she grows older, about the little cousin she will not meet until we all go to Heaven. I was hoping to capture the day to one day share with her.
Tara, the lady shown below, organized the entire day. My hats off to you Tara, you are wonderful! What a gift from God! The fun jump, tents of awesome activities, down to the logo on the shirts were all Tara in celebration of her 2 miscarriages and daughter Rebbecca born still at 6 months. We did not have anything like this in Lafayette, much less Youngsville, but Tara made it all possible!!! For her first year, she did absolutely amazing!!!! I would guess more than 200 people!!! All affected in some way from infant or pregnancy loss.
Below are some pictures from the day.
The main event, Balloon release in remembrance of those we have lost.

Payton waited and waited but had to take a nap before the walk even began.

I can't imagine the pain this woman is remembering. I thank God for this event for her, hopefully it helped in some way.

This little guy was releasing balloons in memory of his lost siblings. My heart ached for his sad little face :(

After the release I captured some moments that broke my heart. As the song " You Raise Me Up" played as all of our balloons were released.

Tara, on the left, was releasing balloons for her 2 miscarriages and 1 stillborn child, Rebbecca. Again, Thank you Tara, thank you for making an environment where no one felt weird for talking about or crying about their losses...we all shared the same pain.

Oh Samuel, how I wish I knew you. I am excited to meet you one day in Heaven. Save a place for us here who are missing you.

Thank you Ranch Outlet for sponsoring the Balloon release.

The start line. 1 lap for those we have lost, and 1 lap for those who need the encouragement to keep going....I love you Sara!!!!

Absolutely amazing how many people came!!!!!

This sweet family, seen from afar, I pray for you...

I am so thankful for Tara. I have been reading her blog and had emailed her before the race. She is an amazingly strong women, what an example of Faith!!! I am so thankful we met at the race, thank you for embracing me while I unexpectedly cried in your arms. Thank you for acknowledging Samuel on your remembrance wall, thank you for the kind words you wish for my cousin and dear friend, Sara, from one mom to another, you are awesome and I appreciate everything on Saturday you did to remember our loved ones.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

So PROUD!!!!

I am so proud of these pictures!! I was so thankful that my sister-in-law let me take my nieces 1 year pictures!! I had a blast! I was able to use my new program to edit them, I never had so much fun!! Aubrey is beautiful!! She made it easy to take the pictures because she actually smiled and at some points acted like a little model!!! It was so cute! Nice change of pace from taking Payton's pictures, she just lays there and most of the time crys, making it difficult to capture any good ones :)
Hope you all enjoy!!!!

Best Friends!!

1 good one of P!!

A little frightened!!
Ok, now are you ready to see the cutest almost 1 year old?!?!?!


So patient with us messing with her and making her do things all day!

Pretty eyes

Big girl!!!

Awww she loves her mama and daddy!!

My absolute favorite!!!!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Sweet Baby Girl!!

This was the picture I used for her announcements that I am just getting to send out!! She did great at her first photo shoot!! I love taking pictures and really enjoyed taking them of my precious daughter!!
Where was this overwhelming feeling of love before I met her?!?! I cannot express how much I love this little girl. For such a small little thing, she has changed my life in such a big way. I look at so many things in such a new light, God, life, family and love. I am so blessed that God chose ME to be her, I am so lucky!!! I cannot wait to tell her just that as she grows. My prayer is that she may always feel loved and know what a blessing to my life she is!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Introducing Payton Lane!!!!!

6 lbs and 5 oz, 19 3/8 in

Pretty Girl!!! Born 7/9/10

Proud Papa!!!

Proud Daddy!!

Proud Mommy!!

The best doctor EVER!!! Dr. Taylor

Welcome Home Sweet P!!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Belly mold!!

Ok, so I officially hate how you have to load pictures to make sure they are in order!!! Oh well, this is the finished product!! It took me a while to decide how to paint it, but since Payton's room has cherry blossom tree branches on the wall, I decided to paint that on the mold that will eventually hang in her room.

Thanks to my friend Brandi who came over to help me with the mold, we were able to capture my belly at 36 weeks and 5 days! She had done hers and her sisters so I was not dealing with an amateur!! We had fun! and many laughs were shared!!!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Bedding and Belly Molds!!

FINALLY!!! Finished with my task of making Payton's bedding!! I had someone ask me when I was going to post pictures of the bedding I was making, I laughed inside because they like me in the beginning thought I could whip that up no big deal...ummm quiet a task my friends! Especially when you taught yourself how to sew and the only thing you have sewn is curtains! Ha well between working full time and exhaustion from pregnancy, I was starting to doubt my enthusiasm for this project. It took a while to find just the right fabrics to put together and lots of studying online to figure out just how to sew baby bedding. I am so proud of her bed skirt, it is my favorite fabric, it has a vintage look and is so pretty! Thanks to Brandi who explained the trick of bunching, I was able to start with the skirt!!

The crib skirt-I wish you could see the print of this fabric, its so pretty!

The comforter. Thanks to Ms. Jody who was very patient with me, she explained to me how to make my first blanket! I wouldn't even let her pin the fabrics, batting or backing! I made it clear I wanted to learn and do this on my own!! She would just laugh and tell me what to do and answer any questions I had during the process.

The bumpers. This is the second set of bumpers I made! Haha I figured I knew how to put these together with only light reading online....ummm after the second set was complete, there was Ms. Jody teaching me the slip stitch move to close the ends, well that is after we figured out a much better way to make them look!

Finished product!

Yes, I will be purchasing my next child's bedding!!! Haha
I learned so much during this process and I am very proud of the outcome, it was just very typical of me to think I can do something and then it end up so much bigger of a project than I thought. Thanks to my understanding husband who always supports my efforts and letting me transform our dinning room into a sweat shop for my sewing!!!
I will be posting the rest of her room soon, that whole room was a project of my own therefore still a work in progress!! haha

Monday, June 28, 2010

Fresh new patio!!

We finally finished our side patio! You would think since such a small area it would not have taken us this long to do it! I have to say, one of my most favorite things about Louisiana is the friendliness here. Our wonderful neighbors behind us are like the neighborhood parents of the year! Mr. David has helped me so much when Blake is out of town and I need a ladder, hang something, and even decorate my door-he and wife Ms. Jody are always there to help and usually just offer without me asking. They also have the yard of the neighborhood and love plants, so i asked Ms. Jody if she would come with me to help me pick plants that would go together and I have to admit, I asked her to choose ones that didn't take much maintenance! She was happy to do it and kept me $80 less than the budget Blake gave me!! Blake said he could have kissed her when I told him how much we spent, well saved by bringing her!!! It turned out beautiful! I think we have eaten dinner our there every other night since we finished!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

38 Weeks!!

Yikes!! I never realized how big I had gotten until I looked back at my first picture from 8 weeks pregnant!! WOW! Next time my doctor fusses about weight gain, I think Ill show her the pictures! We went to the doctor this week and not much progression. Still at 1 cm but now at 60% effacement, contractions have slowed but still come every now and again, last week was my first week of no more working, I gained back 1 of my 2 lost pounds, Dr scheduled an ultrasound for next week-we need to measure little girl to make sure she isn't too little. There are the highlights!! I am trying to focus on protein this week, little P needs to become big P so we don't have to stay in the hospital more than the usual 2 days. As much as I want to meet her and am totally over pregnancy (not really how I mean it, those who are pregnant and or remember what these last weeks are like, know what I mean!!) I would hate for her to come early and miss out on a bit of weight gain.
Funny thing from this week.... Payton has been jazzing it up in my belly lately!! They say closer to the end they slow their movement, but P has been moving more than ever! One evening we just starred at my belly as it moved! After several minutes I asked out loud "What is she doing in there?!?!" Blake promptly responded with, "She's packing her bags!!!" We just laughed and I literally pictured our little girl getting her stuff together to come out and meet us!!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Materity pics!!!

Ok, little disclaimer...I did not want the typical shear piece of cloth that the wind blows across your boobs and belly while you are naked...umm not my cup of tea!!! So I had a photographer just come take a few shots of me fully clothed and of course, outside!! I am 34 weeks in the pics. Be careful not to let my belly button poke your eye out!!!
Click on the bottom right "client proofing" (if you also scroll over the index Expecting Moments, that is one of my pics, now featured on her website)
the password is broussardbump
Enjoy little Payton in my belly!!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Our little Get Away!!!!!

This is our hotel/resort...Hotel Galvez! It was built in 1911!! It was actually shocking to see something so beautiful in Galveston! Haha

I have ALWAYS wanted to rent one of these bikes!!! Blake and I made it 20 minutes out of the paid for hour rental! It was hard!!! I'm going to blame it on that we had just come from dinner when we decided to rent this not-so-awesome bike!!!

Ah yes, the sea gulls!!! We ate every meal outside on some sort of balcony and the sea gulls and pigeons are ridiculous!! Can you believe some people are dumb enough to actually feed them and attract them!! Or some people, like my husband, like to make the gesture of throwing something into the air so that they come near your 35 week pregnant wife and make her look crazy as she swats at them, ducks away, and runs down the seawall!!!!

This is an old family owned shop with a gorgeous porch over the water. We watched the sunset our first night there. We met some women on a business trip who were so fun and hung out with them for the evening. They even bought Blake a beer and me a water!!

This is the Flagship hotel. The only hotel on the water. I stayed there when i was young with my family when we came to the beach. It was ruined by hurricane Ike, and is now in legal fights with the government so it just remains abandoned and ugly :(

My favorite plane in the Lonestar Flight Museum!! The hurricane had flooded and ruined a lot of the old planes, but the museum open just one of the two large hangars and had about 15 planes available to look at and read about.

We had decided we needed one more weekend just the 2 of us before we become a family of 3! Due my sickness everyday, we knew we were limited to where we could fly to. i get sick every afternoon, plus now a bit of air sickness since being pregnant too. So that left us with choices of flight time around an hour. Galveston Texas here we come! Haha It actually looks a bit cleaner since the hurricane! We stayed in a beautiful place, Hotel Galvez! They has a spa, which I was able to enjoy their services one afternoon by receiving a pregnancy massage! The pool was gorgeous! We were able to catch some good sun!! We met lots of people who were so nice and lots of blessings and luck wished on us over the next month by all of them!! You know Blake and I, we can make friends with the wall in the elevator!!! We both really wanted to go to the Flight Museum they have there. We enjoyed it and were able to get Payton some airplane books!! Plus a little pink airplane backpack!! For a weekend that was meant for the 2 of us...we sure didn't talk too much about anything other than Sweet Payton!!!
What made this trip even better was that Blake had just flown back from Palm Beach where we purchased a new plane!!! We sold ours a couple of months ago and Blake has been searching for just the right one!! Well we found it! It flys great, looks amazing and flew us safely to our last get away as 2!!! Ill be posting pics of our new ride soon!!!