Summer has begun and we have been to the beach several times since these photos were taken, but I still wanted to share this blog post with you. If you follow me on social media (especially instagram) you get to see a little behind the scenes of my family so these guys should look familiar to you.
We LOVE the beach!! The sounds of the ocean, the salty air, the sand! We LOVE it! These first few times we went there this year the beaches were only open for active use only. You couldn’t set up your chairs or blankets but we did not mind. We just wanted to see the water and breathe some of that salty air since we have been in quarantine.
Now, its hot, but here at the end of May/Beginning of June it was still chilly by the water, so the kids were dressed in pants and sweatshirts. Well…. I should have known that there was no keeping them away from the water and they were living their best life in the freezing water with sweatpants on! It was exactly what we needed and I have to say, I am a pro at packing for a day trip like this! Extra clothes, towels and pajamas were in the car so when it was way too cold for them, we went up and changed then went back onto the beach.
To top it off, Hampton North Beach has an awesome ice cream place across the street and we have been spoiled with THE BEST ice cream around….every time we go…! Here are a few photos of the first beach trip we have had so far…. now we are thrilled we can sit on the beach and just be, with distance between all of the other beach goers!
Are you a Bride who is planning your wedding and are feeling stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed by all the things? What if I told you that there is a resource out there that helps you have a direct focus on Brides navigating the Coronavirus currently and working to help them feel good again while planning their wedding. You will learn how to transform those feelings into calmness, peace, and absolute joy through your planning and most importantly on your wedding day!
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When I talked to Cassidy about Wedding Day Mindset, she said ” I’ve seen so many times over the years when brides couldn’t get out of their head and into their hearts to enjoy their wedding day. After so much time and investment going into your wedding day, the last thing you want is to miss out on the magic of YOUR wedding day because of something “going wrong” or not happening exactly as planned etc. So I am here to help guide you through all the things, help you connect with the peace and calmness within you, open up to new perspectives about life and the wedding planning process including your fiancé, and your family etc. Because let’s face it, I get it, it can be really hard and emotional at times. Weddings definitely bring out heightened emotions in everyone involved. However that does not mean that you should not enjoy every second of your wedding day. You deserve it!”
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On June 4th our town celebrated their last day of school. I was invited to take photos of a Kindergarten Graduation from one of my good friends whose daughter was graduating. Ethan, Henry and I were so excited to celebrate even if it meant we needed to stay 6 ft. apart ( or more) and wear masks.
We made posters that the boys held as the cars drive by seeing their teachers for the last time this school year while I took their photos. We had so much fun getting to meet all the Kindergarten teachers which was awesome since this is the school Ethan will be attending this upcoming September. They were all so nice and Ethan can not wait to see them again! To this day he still talks about “all” of his kindergarten teachers.
The car parade started and all of the teachers were so happy to see their kiddos. Remote learning for the past 3 months has been hard! All they want to do is hug them! As much as this is a sad time, and we all wish that things were back to the way they were, it was really nice to see smiling faces the whole time! These amazing kids worked hard and THEY DID IT! On to first grade!! I saw some moms crying as they drove by which made me tear up too. We are hopeful that we will get to experience in the class room learning next year but if that isn’t something that will happen, we know that these teachers work so hard to give their kids the best learning experience remotely, and getting to see everyone come together to finish this big moment for their kids brought so much joy to all. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the 2020 Kindergarten Graduation!
**Parents have signed a photo consent form through the school and I was given permission from teachers that sharing online is allowed**
This season has been hard. We miss our couples, families and babies. We miss seeing your smiles. We miss everything there is to miss about preparing. capturing and finishing your sessions. Weddings have been moved several times for many couples and it is breaking our hearts. Please know that we are thinking of you all and we are so excited to see you soon! Until then, keep smiling and stay hopeful.
We: Danielle Lacolst
Facebook: Porter Kat Photography
Can’t: Chelsea Nitzken
Wait: Chelsea Lavallee
To: Cara Parker
Facebook: Cara Parker Photography
Capture: Christine Hazel Murphy
Facebook: Christine Hazel Photography
Your: Jocelyn Porter
Facebook: Jocelyn Marie Photography
Lives: Morgan McCabe
Facebook: Morgan Hope Photography
Again: Kristen Phelps
Facebook: Kristen Phelps Photography
Until: Dawn M. DeWees-Crane
Facebook: Trace Elements Photography by Dawn Crane
Then: Coli Tassielli
Facebook: Coli Michael Photography
Keep: Ashley Lynn
Facebook: Ashley Lynn Photography
Smiling: Alexandra Boncek
Facebook: Ali B Photography
And: Linda Jennings
Stay: Kelly Pomeroy
Facebook: Kelly Pomeroy Photography
Hopeful: Stephanie Berenson
Facebook: Stephanie Berenson Photography
New England: Samantha Grant and Mike
Love: Megan Ho
Your: Nancy Dion
Facebook: Nancy Dion
Local: Kristen Lee
Facebook: Kristen Lee Photography
Photographers: Mary Collins
<3: Jess Casey
It is easy to forget to say Thank you. It is easy to look past all these things we have and take them for granted. This time being home with my family, not rushing out the door for anything, Not having a all kinds of activities and parties and school and… you get the idea…. has really opened our eyes to ALL the things!! THERE IS SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR!
Everyday we see on the news of our health care workers on the line, working directly next to patients with COVID-19. They are risking their lives to help save others and go home to their family ( some are isolated from their family) potentially putting them at risk. It is scary for them, I am sure, but they love their jobs and they show up to work everyday.
I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to these wonderful health care workers in the Ali B Family. These Ali B Brides ( and Ali B Groom) are my HEROS!!!! If I could stand out side of their work holding banners and making lots and lots of noise for them I would! (Wearing a mask, of course!) And so, without further ado, here are your Ali B Bride/Groom Heroes!
Shyra- Married 12.13.14
Stephanie- Married 1.18.20
Gina- Married 8.31.19
Victoria- Married 10.7.16
Paige- Getting Married 11.7.20
Meggy- Married 5.5.18
Kellie- Married 6.2.17
Caitlyn- Married 11.4.17
Married- 10.5.19 ( Engagement Session)
Rachel and Joel- Married 6.8.19
Kelly- Married 6.23.17
I can not believe our baby boy is 3 years old!! Where is our baby?!? We celebrated Henry’s birthday at home, quarantined. I have to say, this day was so special for him! He is old enough to understand birthdays and he has been non stop talking about his “fire truck birthday” and “who is coming to my party?” for several weeks leading up to his big day. It definitely was the #1 topic of bed time conversations.
Since we had a feeling that his original birthday party plans were going to fall through we wanted to make his birthday super special at home. Since he’s been talking about having a Firetruck birthday party for a few months now, we tried our best to make it a special fire truck birthday for him! We created a virtual birthday party invite where we asked friends and family to share a photo, video or a few words so that we can share it all with him throughout the day.
It was so amazing to see all of the videos and photos that were shared in the event! I was able to screen shot them all for this blog post! Not only did he just receive these amazing messages, many of our friends and family sent him something in the mail, which… who doesn’t love mail?! We even had a friend of ours come and decorate the front door for him! It was all such a wonderful surprise for him (and us!) Another wonderful friend made him some decorations with their cricket (which is now on my wish list)! It was so perfect!
He took a nap around 12:30 this day so that when we woke up we could do some family things outside. Right around the time he woke up, a friend of mine, Carilyn texted me and said to make sure everyone was outside at 3:00 and to have cameras and videos ready….. HUH? Ummm Okay…..
So we go outside….. what happens next?? 2 Bedford Firetrucks come around the corner with their sirens on! (Carilyn’s husband is a Firefighter with the Sandwich, MA Fire Department). Henry and Ethan could not believe it!! It was just so amazing to see their excitement. Many neighbors came outside for the Firetruck Parade! It was just so awesome. We really can not thank them enough!! To this day, we are still talking about how amazing his whole day was!
We had a virtual Zoom meeting with family and friends after dinner to sing to him. Everyone’s voices were all so amazing ( haha!). He loved seeing them all and then he loved getting to eat cake and ice cream! It was definately a birthday that we will never forget! We are still planning on having his birthday party just so we can have everyone together, but we will be deciding on a date for that later once we know what is going on in the word.
Thank you, EVERYONE for helping make Henry’s 3rd Birthday so special! We love you all!
HENRY THROUGH THE YEARS-
HENRY’S 1st BIRTHDAY
HENRY’S 2nd BIRTHDAY