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Happy 1st Birthday

Happy 1st Birthday my little boy. I can not believe you are one already. This year has flown by so incredibly fast and it really does feel just like yesterday that we brought you home. You are such a sweet and perfect addition to our little family and I am so so proud to be your mama. I love you an incredible amount.  I think my heart might actually burst with love sometimes. I now know what people meant when they said that your heart will expand with love when you have a second.. and if that's the way you feel after each baby, we might be in trouble! ha! You are such a cuddly boy and ready with smiles for everyone. You are silly and have a funny little sense of humor, although this could be from always observing and watching your big brother's antics!  And speaking of your big brother - you adore him and he adores you. I love watching the two of you together and that relationship forming. Seeing the love you two already have for each other has been one of my favorite things this past year. You love to hysterically giggle .. again, mostly at the silly things your brother does to make you laugh. You love to play peekaboo and you LOVE to dance.. any song with a beat will do but your favorite is 'uptown funk.' You love to pull all the books off the shelves (especially after I've just put them all back!) and you love to play with balls and throw them back and forth with us. You can spot one a mile away, pointing and saying 'ball ball ball' until we retrieve it for you and play. Otherwise, you love playing with anything your big brother has. You love to drink water out of a cup (I have to sometimes hide my own water around you unless I want to give it up!). And you call all drinks 'hot' .. your daddy taught you that coffee cups are 'hot' so now you've decided this is your word for drink and thirsty.. pointing to the sink and saying 'hot hot' until we pour you a cup of water. Your big brother thinks this is hilarious. You love blueberries and chicken but otherwise not a big eater (which is surprising considering your chubs!). You love the water and splashing in the tub. You like to give big kisses and wave and say 'hiiii' which you say when people are coming and going.  You don't love to sleep and are up at night more times then I'd like to admit (sigh..). And you do not like sleeping in your crib.. which is ok, because time is going way to fast and I don't mind snuggling up with you while you're still so little and snuggly.

I could really go on and on. There is so much I could write about you. But I'll leave it at that and a few photos from your first year for now. I love you so so much and I am so honored to be your mom and get to watch you grow. Happy Birthday my little Liam. xoxo

 

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Liam . newest addition.

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We welcomed our newest  little guy, Liam,  into the world several weeks ago (has it already been almost a month!?) and I thought I would share some photos of him here. He's so perfectly squishy and adorable and although sleep is in hot demand around here (he is one hungry little guy!), knowing how quickly this season passes, I'm trying  to savor every moment of him. The savoring is better on some days than others, but there is something about your 2nd baby and knowing just how fast it does all pass. Admittedly, I haven't taken a whole lot of photos of him with my big camera, but I do document our daily life via my phone & instagram (you can follow me if you'd like on instagram here or search for @justineboulin). It's been fun to look back on the photos from this past month, and I think I may do a separate blog post for that in a few days because they are some of my favorites of our day to day.

But for now, a few of Liam from the other day when I had a bit of extra time to take some with my big camera -

 

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May 10 on 10

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Every month I do a 10 on 10 project with a pretty fantastic group of photographers from all over the place. Basically it's 10ish phtoos posted on the 10th of each month. For those that have followed the blog circle around and have arrived from DeAnna McCasland Photography, thanks for stopping by! For this month's 10 on 10  I took my camera along for one of our early morning adventures. We often head out in the mornings, but this morning was a particular early one and after we ate breakfast, I saw that the sun was starting to come up and I remembered that I've wanted to go to this little spot for a while now. I knew that we'd likely be the only ones there with it being so early and that there would be a good chance of seeing some baby geese this time of year. We were in luck as they were all hanging out right on the trail path. We spent some time exploring around, walking on the docks and watching the geese before running around in the trails for a bit - all with a car in each hand.. because you know, it wouldn't be the same with out bringing your cars along to the park!

Some of my favorites from our morning -

 

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Be sure to follow the blog circle around and head over to Stacy Montgomery Photography to check out her 10 on 10 post this month.

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april 10 on 10

Every month I join a pretty fantastic group of photographers for a 10 on 10 post - 10ish photos on the 10th of each month. I may have broken the rules this month and posted 14..opps.. but who's counting, right!? Thank you to everyone who arrived here from Jen Downer at She Saw Things Photography.  Make sure to head around the blog circle by clicking on the link at the bottom of this post!

And now for my April 10 on 10 edition -  Wreck beach is Vancouver's nude beach. Fortunately, this time of year there aren't too many enthusiasts out enjoying the chilly, although sunny, weather! We did a bit of exploring, drove cars in the sand and on the logs, and climbed up and down the longest set of stairs ever to get there and back -  and of course I took a few photos along the way. We were also able to enjoy a few cherry blossom trees in the area before heading home. It was such a beautiful day and although still a bit chilly, spring is here!

 

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And now please continue on the blog circle and head on over to Kirstin Hallak to check our her monthly edition of 10 on 10.  

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a morning on the farm.

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This past weekend we visited Nana's. One of the boys favorite things to do while there is to head next door to the neighbors farm to explore around. Horses, pigs, chickens, baby ducks..so much to see and do - what little boy wouldn't love it!  Her neighbors are really great at letting us come over to look around and visit all the animals, even letting him run around the apple orchard where the chickens are kept. One of the morning's we were there I took my camera along and took a few pictures. Some of my favorites -  

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whistler . an afternoon adventure.

My sister spends most of her time travelling the world & figure skating on cruise ships (she's super amazing & talented!). Several weeks ago she was in Vancouver and we made a trip up to whistler with my mom. The three of us spent the night and the next afternoon exploring the village & mountains. This is our afternoon documented. I hope you enjoy!

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mother's day walk.

After a relaxing morning at home (with hand made cards) and a breakfast made by dad, we headed out to the boys grandparents (my parents) for the afternoon & a mother's day dinner. After arriving we decided to take a walk  to the park. We almost avoided all the rain (I love the picture of my dad and him looking up at the sky as it's starting to come down!), but still had a great time. And I was able to take a few photos of grandma and grandpa with their grandson while walking on the trails. Hope you also had a wonderful day yesterday with your family and little ones.

xo

 

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birthday beach fun.

It was my friend's birthday today and we headed to the beach with our little ones to enjoy the sunshine and sand for the afternoon. I was able to take a few photos of her and her little girl while we were exploring the tide pools. Happy Birthday Christine! :) *and a few of our little ones playing in the sand and low tide on my personal blog here.*