As a photographer & mom of 3 stupidly beautiful children, I have had the privilege of working with many vendors who gift us some AMAZING pretty things to feature on my blogs.
I’ll be honest, most days, my big girl camera sits on my dresser, under a pile of clean clothes, unused. I am too busy wiping butts, noses & faces to take the time to lay on the floor, outside my kid’s bedrooms waiting for the perfect shot. Occasionally, I make those shots happen. The beauty of people sending us pretty things to model is that it forces me to take the camera out, and now, those pictures are in my family yearbooks forever.
This week, I want to brag on The Wild Purple. I can’t tell you how much these women have blessed my family with such fun stuff. When they heard about the boys’ Cowboys & Indians party, they immediately asked if they could make a special cowboy bunting for the party. I, obviously, said yes immediately!
In addition to some cute scarves and the bunting, they sent the most darling head pieces for Maddie & I.
I like throwing parties. I get a lot of flack for the over-the-top birthday parties I throw for my kids. Yes, it’s mostly for me, but isn’t that ok? I mean, I like to have fun decorations, I want a theme, I want people dressing up to match the theme, and dammit, I want a little pomp & circumstance over my kids’ birthdays.
The boys turning 1 was no different. The first birthday has to be awesome. Well, at my house it does.
I wanted to do something fun for these two. Cowboys and Indians. I spent countless hours discussing options for clothing, decorations, and cake flavors with a handful of GRACIOUS vendors, and below you will see my vision come to life.
Special thanks to Babette’s Feast & Catering, Sweet N Swag, Little Mr. Ties, The Wild Purple, The Printed Palette, & A Little Hipster for all of the amazing gifts you donated to make this party happen. It was everything I had envisioned!
A special thanks to my main girl, Maren freaking Miller, for snapping pictures while I rangled children, ate cake, carried babies, and shielded my offspring from the monsoon that decided to blow in the second this party started.
The most amazing cakes by Babette’s Feast & Catering
Vintage cowboy bunting from The Wild Purple
Shoes: Sweet n Swag, Jeans: Old Navy, Suspenders: Little Mr. Ties
Shoes: Sweet n Swag, Leggings: A Little Hipster, Tee: The Printed Palette, Headband: yours truly
This is Addison Kleinhans. Addison was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on April 6, 2010. He went through 38 months of daily chemo & medical procedures, and completed his final chemo June 18, 2013. He goes in once a month for tests to make sure he doesn’t relapse. Relapse is most likely to happen within the first 2 years of treatment, so everyday is a bit of a battle. He will be considered finished/cured in June 2018, at the age of 14.
His mom, Sarah, is diligent about keeping their Facebook page updated with test updates, as well as, information about all of the amazing things Addison is doing. He has spoken 92 times to different schools in the area about what he what through, he encourages other kids who are in the same situation, and his amazing sister, Madalene has started a non-profit organization, called Heartfelt Hugs, as a support for children who have a critically ill siblings. I mean, what were you doing by the age of 12?! These two are just world-changers!
In addition to the kids, Sarah is a huge support to other families who have critically ill children. She offers so much encouragement and a shoulder to newly diagnosed families. On their Facebook page, she offers a resource page with information for references to those new to this world.
I kid you not when I say that this family has challenged me and changed me. I want to do more and help more after being around them. They are all amazing, fun, kind, generous people who have a heart for others. I can’t say enough amazing things about every single one of them. I am blessed to know them, and I can’t wait to get the word that Addison is cured in June 2018!
And as always, if you are a St. Baldrick’s family or have participated in #bravetheshave, contact me for a COMPLEMENTARY family session. Seriously. Do it. Your families are amazing & I would love to work with you! xoxo