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Monkey & Squirrel - Charlotte NC Photographer

Monkey & Squirrel - Charlotte NC Photographer: August 2011

Monkey & Squirrel - Charlotte NC Photographer

I'm Jenn, a stay at home/work at home mama to Penny, wife to Evan, and daughter, sister, and friend to a lot more. I absolutely love capturing beautiful every day moments from behind my lens, and I'm doing my best to do just that!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

puppy snuggles

just in case you needed a dash of ridiculous cuteness to get you through your day...

don't say i never gave you anything :)


Monday, August 29, 2011

weekly bean update... x2

last week i was a fruit baby slacker... there, i said it! i took the pictures and then for some reason just never got around to posting them. so lucky you, you get 2 fruit babies for the price of one this week!

first here are last weeks 20 week photos... that's right, i'm now half way there!!!

and here's this weeks 21 week photos!

this bump is getting legit i tell ya!

and this week according to the bump...

HOW FAR ALONG- 21 weeks 5 days

SIZE OF BABY- 10.5 inches and 12.7 oz

MATERNITY CLOTHES?- i've been doing a lot of non-maternity leggings this week. i found a few uber comfy pairs and i now don't want to wear anything else. and don't tell anyone... but i've even fallen victim to the jegging! luckily i have the pregnancy excuse.

STRETCH MARKS?- none yet, and i will keep lathering up with lotion to help keep it that way!

SLEEP?- i've been doing a lot of tossing and turning this past week, but i always fall right back to sleep, so i'm not complaining just yet.

FEELING ANY MOVEMENTS?- penny is really hitting her stride this past week. she gives some really good jabs and upper cuts to my inners. i love it! it feels like popcorn popping in my belly. evan finally got to feel her kick last week too. i'm so excited to be able to share that with him now because for weeks only i could feel it and it's so amazing that it must be shared!

ANY CRAVINGS?- oh boy, yesterday i do believe i had my first really preggo craving. i convinced evan (let me just say that it didn't take much work) that it would be a great idea for us to have chocolate milkshakes for dinner. he obviously agreed, so we got ourselves some soy delicious chocolate ice cream, and topped them off with some soy whip whipped cream. it was vegan heaven!

ANY FOOD AVERSIONS?- still can't eat brocolli

VISIBLE BUMP?- oh yes yes! finally it's a real baby belly. i've even started to experience people reaching out and rubbing it without warning. we'll see how quickly that loses it's charm :)


STILL WEARING RINGS?- yup, so far so good!

BEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK- that milkshake is right up there, but another favorite moment was taking a nap a few days ago while playing some music to my belly for penny. she kicked a bit at first and then fell right asleep with me. heart... melt!

WORST MOMENT OF THE WEEK- it was totally not pregnancy related, but our shed was broken into friday night! 5 or so other houses on our block were hit as well. it was a real bummer, but luckily they didn't really get anything from us. just having people creeping around our backyard while we slept totally freaked me out a bit. bastards!


Thursday, August 25, 2011

a few peeks at the nursery...

this past week has been spent making over our guest room into a new little nursery for penny! we haven't really gotten very far yet, but it already feels like such a huge change. here's a peek at our progress thus far...

the walls were a deep mauve sort of color to begin with. this isn't the best picture, but silly me forgot to take a bunch of "before" shots...

we decided to repaint the room a lovely shade of antique white... which meant it took 3 coats to cover up the old color. pain in the neck, but so very worth it!

the mr. gettin' down to business! he and i have our painting method down pat. i do all the trim and edge work, and he rolls it all out. we're quite a team!

mirabelle was a bit nervous about all the action...

i scored this vintage lace curtain for $4 at a thrift store. it's absolutely perfect!

and a close up of those sweet sweet ruffles!

and this amazing rocker was a gift to us from my friends parents. i've known them since i was about 13... crazy!

so that's it so far. this is my favorite thing to work on and think about lately. one might say i'm obsessed, but i LOVE doing room makeovers, and to be doing one for the little lady in my belly makes it more special then i can even tell you.

i'll be sure to share more baby room goodness as it develops!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

vintage goodness!

EEEEP... i just scooped penny up her first bit of vintage clothing! she's gonna be the coolest kid on the block with this bad boy!

i can not wait to see her in this!

purchased HERE!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

four eyes...

there is a high probability that our little penny will have to wear glasses at a fairly young age. i started wearing them in 8th grade and evan started wearing his somewhere around the age of 5. with that being said, this little girl makes me totally ok with the fact that we may have a tiny glasses wearing lady on our hands...

she's painfully cute!

originally spotted HERE...


Monday, August 22, 2011

rustic decor

love this idea! an old rustic ladder used as a shelf... brilliant!


Friday, August 19, 2011

the past week (or so) according to my iphone...

consider it a highlight reel if you will :)

sorbet with fruit and carob chips... nom nom nom!

reading natural birthing books like it's my job!

puppy cuteness never gets old!

see, i told ya... never gets old!

vegan strawberry pancakes. delicious!

this beautiful beast was the size of my hand!!!

serious slip-n-slide party with friends!

snuggling other peoples pups.

bath time for mirabelle :)

rainy night = friendly mushrooms in the morning!

mirabelle got spayed on tuesday and barkley was just lost without her. what a good big bro!

previously mentioned spayed puppy has been taking lots of snuggly naps :(

we started painting the nursery yesterday! this is the before picture. you'll have to wait for the after as it's taking 3 coats to cover up this dark color. patience my friends :)

and what better way to finish it off then a picture of the best bud, riding a triceratops wearing a grass skirt and hula gear. i'm mean come on, does it get any better?

thank goodness for iphones, otherwise i wouldn't have pictures of anything these days!

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i love you Mr.Glass!

guess who just got tickets to see this guy on oct. 2nd...

i heart you big time ira glass... my heart is all a flutter!


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

weekly bean update

i'm a little bit late with this post... but we've now got ourselves a mango baby!

and this week according to the bump...

i decided to switch things up a bit and add this fun little weekly questionnaire that i found online to each weekly bean update. so here goes...

HOW FAR ALONG- 19 weeks 6 days. i told ya i was late with this one.

SIZE OF BABY- well the website says 8.5oz, but at my last dr appt penelope was already 9oz. so who knows :)

MATERNITY CLOTHES?- maternity pants are heaven sent. not sure why i waited so long to scoop up a pair!


SLEEP?- sleeping MUCH better at night thanks to my pregnancy pillow, and a mini-afternoon nap is now a requirement.

FEELING ANY MOVEMENTS?- penny is kicking like a pro! she gets very excited after i eat a good meal. perhaps that's why she's already 9oz!

ANY CRAVINGS?- nothing so strong that i feel like it's a true pregnancy craving. certainly not sending evan out in the middle of the night for anything.

ANY FOOD AVERSIONS?- still broccoli. i haven't touched it since getting knocked up.

VISIBLE BUMP?- nothing huge, but definitely looking round!


STILL WEARING RINGS?- as of now, yes. there are definitely times during the day though when i wonder if i'll be able to get them off. summer heat doesn't help that at all!

BEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK- eating lots of cake at our friends slip-n-slide baby shower. check out the smilebooth fun that was had... HERE!

WORST MOMENT OF THE WEEK- having a minor meltdown when i couldn't find something to wear that i liked... or fit anymore. it happens every so often and i just have to get passed it and move on. these clothing freak outs are getting old!


a splash of girlie!

we definitely plan to have little miss penelope's room be mostly gender neutral... but come on, a little splash of pink never hurt anyone!

a can't wait to try this out!

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

a few new goodies!

just a little peak at the newest dreamcatchers up in the shop...

that top one is my absolute fave and it's getting super hard for me to not claim it as my own... eeeeek!


Friday, August 5, 2011

meet our little lady!

we can't wait to meet you little penny!

and please note the one hand on her forehead and the other on her heart... it's a rough job being oh so cute for a photo!


Thursday, August 4, 2011

guess what friends...

and we are beyond excited about this little lady of ours!

everything looked fantastic at our ultrasound this morning, and after much waiting for this bashful gal to show us the goods, she finally did! we are seriously over the moon today!

today is also my 18 week mark which means the bean is now a sweet potato! grow baby grow!

and this week according to the bump...

so here's to sugar and spice and everything nice... and throw in the frogs, and snails, and puppy dog tails too, cause our little gal can have it all!


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

my new pregnancy pillow!

woooohooo... i gots me a pregnancy pillow!

my best bud, who is currently staying with us, gifted me this bit of amazingness today. i've been having some serious hip pains while sleeping the past week or so, and she felt my desperate need for a good nights rest! this bad boy promised to make if feel as if i were sleeping on a cloud, so we shall see tonight just how true that statement is. as you can see in the picture, the kitties are already in love with it...

oh and guess what... tomorrow we find out if bean is a boy or a girl!!! i can't flippin' wait to know if it's a little lass or laddie i've got in there. you can take your guess as to just what it may be over on the side bar there---> and then be sure to come on back tomorrow and find out if you were correct! EEEEEEP... even with this new pillow i'm not so sure i'll be able to sleep tonight!


Monday, August 1, 2011

must have sparkles!