April Recap – The Pacific Northwest with a Toddler // Travel & Lifestyle Photography

I’m looking back at April, and I don’t feel like I took many photos, because the whole month felt long. And it seems, a month when my girl changed a lot. The last few months have been pretty rough on me, I’ve been dealing with some things behind the scenes and I think I’m going to take a while to step away from social media and maybe even the blog. My mental health hasn’t been what I need to to be to be the best version of me.

1. When you don’t want to wear pants, but it’s still too cold to go without? Leg warmers. And then she pulled up her shirt and started dancing. You’d think that our kitchen was a scene from Flashdance.

2. We picked up a double layer ring sling from Wildbird in early April, and as soon as I pulled it out of the box, she was demanding snuggles. It’s been in heavy rotation the last month or so. We’re fans of the bright blue!

Babywearing with a wildbird sling to making working from home easier

3. Walking home from the park with Grandma, in the sunshine on a beautiful spring day. We try to get out to the park almost every day, although now that the garden is coming together, we spend more time playing in the backyard.

4. Sometimes when I work, this lazy bum hangs out in my office and naps while our girl naps too. Here I was all bundled up in a sweater and a scarf because the heater in there was broken. It’s fixed now, so of course is 80+ outside. I’ll need it again in the fall, right?

Grant Park in South Perry Spokane with a rainbow in the Spring

5. I got N this rain suit from Oakiwear, and the first time I put it on her, she had an absolute fit. But then I shoved her out in the rain, and she ran around an empty park until her little legs didn’t work anymore. And now she loves her rain suit. Basically, she’ll do anything to be outside in any weather.

6. We went to Leavenworth for a few days to join H while he was at a work conference. They did a little painted rock scavenger hunt, and it turns out, my toddler is amazing at finding rocks. I’m not surprised, but she kept bringing them to me, including this beautiful heart rock.

Hunting for rocks and playing in the rain is easier with an Oakiwear rain suit

7. There is a goat behind a fence in Leavenworth (not this fence) and so N had to peek through every single fence to see if she could find the goat again. We wandered all around downtown, checking out the toy shop and having lunch outside while dad worked.

8. Hmm, should I do a spa day, or go golfing while I’m here? We stayed at Icicle Creek, which was a great place to stay with a kiddo. We opted to stay in a suite, so she could have the living room and we had some privacy in the bedroom (so I could work while she napped). Icicle Creek also had an arcade room, mini golf, and a small playground. We watched the big kids play in the arcade room, and spent a lot of time playing at the playground, as well as just walking all over the grounds there. Everyone was super nice, and even though it was slightly out of town, I’d stay there again. Although, the covered pool was a bit too cold for her, I think it’d be great in warmer weather.

Traveling to Leavenworth with a toddler can be easy with these few tricks and tips

9. What do you do when your toddler has had enough of being in the stroller and you’re walking along the side of the highway? You toss them up in a back carry so they can snuggle you and see all the big trucks go zooming by while you walk back to the hotel, of course.

10. I had a sweet little wedding at Gonzaga, and I had such a kick being back on campus when school was in session. The guys of DeSmet saw us, and started playing the wedding march through the (always present) speakers. Some things never change.

Babywearing in Leavenworth and at Gonzaga University for a wedding

11. I also got called for jury duty in April, but luckily didn’t get chosen to serve. It was an interesting experience, and someday I would love to serve, but maybe when I’m not juggling work and a toddler at the same time? Luckily, there was wifi and I had my laptop, so I was able to get a decent amount of work done while waiting to be called.

12. That tired toddler crashed out in her new ring sling, so I covered her up and pulled out my laptop to answer emails. Working from home is always an adventure, and whenever I figure something out, our status quo changes. It means I no longer get to work for hours and hours (unless she’s gone!) and instead, I work in short bursts of time whenever she’s napping, or otherwise occupied destroying my office.

How to juggle jury duty in Spokane with being a work from home mom

13. More sling naps. She’s getting so heavy, this really isn’t comfortable anymore, but I love the snuggles too much to try and transfer her or wake her up.

14. Now that spring is here, we’re spending lots and lots of time in our garden! I can’t wait to have help picking tomatoes and peppers and all our other veggies all summer long. My mom got her some tiny gardening tools, so she likes to “help” me weed and plant and water everything.

Keeping a toddler entertained and safe while gardening

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Melissa + Jamie – Hill’s Resort Wedding // Priest Lake Wedding Photography

I have so much to share about this absolutely adorable couple, but I’m going to save that for their full post later. I will say this: Melissa started choking up from the moment Jamie started down the aisle with her dad (after doing a first look) and I don’t think there was a single dry eye by the end of the ceremony. I was even crying!

Melissa + Jamie, I can’t wait to share more images with you and your families soon!

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Jen + Matt — Commellini Estates Wedding // Spokane Wedding Photographer

You may remember Jen + Matt from their adorable blended family engagement session I did shortly before going on maternity leave. And yes, it really was that long ago. Oops. Well, today I have their gorgeous Commellini Estate wedding to share with you! Jen and Matt wanted to keep their wedding simple, and have it be all about blending their families. Which means it was one of the sweetest, most adorable ceremonies I’ve seen in a while.

Shortly before Matt & Jen’s first look, Matt saw his teenage daughter all dressed up in her bridesmaid’s dress, and he started getting teary. It was adorable, and got me a little choked up too. And then, then Matt saw Jen. Some of you have probably seen a few of the images, I posted them in my preview of their wedding last summer. Hands down, this was one of my favorite first look reactions. I know it’s common for all of us to want to keep our emotions in, but ya’ll, this is why I love first looks. Did it make the ceremony any less emotional? Heck no! Jen and Matt were tearing up then too. Oh, and during the first dance as well. I love people who wear their emotions on their sleeve. And yes, I was 100% choking up behind my camera. Don’t ever try to talk to me during the toasts, I’m holding back tears every time!

During the ceremony, I loved that Jen and Matt made a new piece of art with their kids during the ceremony. Each family member had their own paint color, and they made this art that is going to hang up on the wall of their home! You’ll see a few photos below. I loved spending the day with this beautiful family, and I can’t wait to see how their kids have grown the next time we do family photos!!

Huge shout out to my fantastic assistant, Keely, who helped wrangle kiddos and count heads during the wedding party photos. She was amazing and I was so lucky to have her along last summer. I included a look at what it’s like to work with ring bearers when they’re being sassy – you’ll see a good shot of the whole wedding party, and one where he was off stomping bugs below. As usual, you can find a vendor list at the bottom of the page!

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Venue: Commellini Estate // Caterer: Commellini // Officiant: family friend // Cake: Sweet Frostings // Florist: bride // DJ: Moments Remembered // Bride’s dress: David’s Bridal // Groom’s suit: Sears

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