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busy weekend

Last weekend was a busy weekend!! We had all sorts of family and friends in our home to celebrate my completion of my Masters Degree! I finally graduated, after starting this journey two years ago, receiving both my Masters Degree in Arts in Education as well as completing the requirements for my teaching licensure. It is so nice to finally be done and now I can also dedicate more time to my family and photography too! My family took some pictures at the graduation, but my favorite came from a photographer from the Lebanon Democrat in Lebanon, TN. Maggie was having a hard time letting me take part in graduation by myself. She just wanted to come see me while I was standing in line so I bent down to console her and to send her back to her seat. At that moment the photographer caught this:

Josh and Maggie at graduation

Later that evening my wife hosted a graduation party at our house for me and we had a huge turnout! It was so nice to have all of these individuals in our home who have supported me over the past few years. Thank you again to all of our friends and family that were able to attend!

The next day, little JT had his first birthday party where we all got to gather together again! He is just getting so big and I wanted to post a few pics from his party. He is such the big boy now! Maggie just loves being able to spend so much time with all of her cousins!



Little Josh even did a little showing off for us by taking some steps! Here is starting off in front of his mommy…

…and ending up in his daddy’s arms. (I love this one)


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…Birthday Boy Brady…

This little guy had quite the first birthday! Family and friends came over to help celebrate and they were all in for a big treat. There was a ton of good food and the kids even got to go outside and play in sprinklers and a little pool. Brady’s mom had asked that I come early to take some one-year portraits and then stay to take pictures during the party. I couldn’t have asked to be around such a nicer group of people as they were so accommodating and welcoming, and in the end I felt like part of the family! To Brady’s mom and dad: I hope cleanup wasn’t too bad, all the balloons finally came down, and I hope you like you preview!!








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Mary’s 1st Birthday!!

I am a week late with these pictures, but our niece Mary Elizabeth celebrated her first birthday last weekend! With all that was going on over the holiday weekend, I was lucky enough just to get the pictures processed and sent back to Brea on disk.

I digress again…back to the story. Mary was having a bumblebee themed party so there were lots of black and yellow at the party. Brea and J had got Mary a little cake for her to dig into that was covered in yellow icing. Seeing her dig into her cake brought back memories of little Maggie doing this just a few weeks earlier. Mary had a great time with her cake and her party was a huge success. After the presents and cupcakes with ice cream, the kiddos headed out to the back yard to enjoy some slip-n-slide action. They were having so much fun on those things that I sure wanted to try it! I just don’t think that it would have worked out so well so I had to just enjoy them from a distance 🙂

Here are a few pics of the birthday girl showing her digging into her cake. It was so fun to watch!!!

The birthday girl looking sweet as usual…

She had really gotten into her cake by this point and decided to share some with daddy!

Even the cake board was delicious!!

The aftermath of too much icing and a sleepy eye rub 🙂 By this point it was bath time!

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Maggie’s First Birthday!!

This weekend we celebrated Maggie’s first birthday! I am still waiting to do her 1 year photo session, but until then all I have is some cute birthday pictures to share 🙂 Alie and I decided to serve cupcakes instead of the traditional birthday cake and Maggie had one special cupcake.






That’s my little girl from start to finish with her giant cupcake Alie and I made her! Her party was so much fun and we appreciate all of those who were able to attend!

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Happy Birthday Sophie!

Today is the first birthday of my niece Sophie. She is a wonderful little girl that we got to spend lots of time with this weekend. Alie and I packed up Maggie and Dexter really early Saturday morning and headed to Indiana to visit with my family. It is always great going home to see my parents as well as my brother and his family. Unfortunately we don’t always get to see Justin, my brother, and his family on a regular basis and with our little girls being only about 3.5 months apart we are trying to visit with each other as often as possible so they can grow up knowing each other (although we are still about 200 miles apart). 

Anyway…this weekend was the first birthday party for little Sophie and this was also little Maggie’s first sleep over with her cousin 🙂 We spent the weekend at Justin and Lori’s house so we could let the girls play. We hadn’t seen them since December and my how Sophie has grown. She is starting to walk now and it was so neat to see her stepping around their house. Sophie is especially fond of walking to her daddy and I just can’t wait for little Maggie to start doing the same as it is such a sweet moment. Well, while we were up there, I took my camera to get some pictures of the birthday girl as well as a few of the fam!

(check out those big blue eyes on the birthday girl!!)




And lets not forget some shots of her parents!!
Daddy, Justin, who was enjoying watcher her open presents.


Mommy, Lori, who was exceptionally hard to get a pcture of since she was running around making sure everything was ready to go for the party! Just look at the great butterfly cake she made 🙂


Lets not forget my parents either. They managed to spend some good quality time with thier granddaughters this weekend.
Poppie Jerry, who is a little sun-kissed from Saturday!


Grammy Pammy, who I had to trick into getting her picture!


Even little Maggie will make an apperance (with mommy in the background)


I know this is turning into a long post, so I won’t post the black and white versions of these pictures, but they are just as precious as the color ones! Last but not least is one of my favorites. Justin was outside trying to do some quick mowing the day before the party, and sweet Sophie was keeping an eye on him while she played with her puzzles. I managed to capture this precious moment when she was looking for daddy! (This one is in black and white, with the color in my Flickr)


It was a wonderful weekend and we sure appreciated Justin and Lori sharing their home with us while we were there. Thanks again and I hope you all like the pictures!

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