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Hey, I'm April and I love to write, take pictures, sing, blog, dance, workout and spend time with my family! Although, not in that order. ;)

2017 was a roller-coaster year for our family. Up until September, I would gladly say that 2017 was our best year ever. However, once Shawn left things took a turn with constant bombardment of bad news – which I won’t get into right now. I want to begin this post with a positive attitude. So I’ll start with January, 2017, which found us in Vail, CO on a fun ski trip (above and below).In early February, my sister and her husband came to visit so we took them on a tour up in Denver, which is where we visited Hammond’s candy factory where we got to see how they make homemade candy and chocolate (and tried quite a few samples as well, above). We also went to Garden of the Gods in the Springs, which is where I took pictures of my sister and bro-in-law, below.Fast forward a few months, and Fletcher was walking around like a champ by March; apparently, we have late-walkers in our family (below).In May (above), there was a ball for my husband’s work and we all got to dress up and feel like kings and queens for a day – not to mention the fact that we had childcare so we were kid-free!! And below is just a picture I took in front of our neighborhood because the lighting was perfect!

In early summer of 2017, my girls accompanied me on a very special photo shoot at Red Rock Canyon where we took pictures of our good friends and their baby girl! It was so beautiful that I couldn’t help but shoot a few of Fletcher hanging out on her blanket and Marlowe enjoying the scenery, below.Below is one of my favorite pictures of Marlowe and her daddy, taken at the beginning of June. I’ll remember this day forever; it was warm and balmy, and all our house windows were open with a light breeze flowing throughout our house. Shawn and Marlowe were just sitting together, relaxing on the couch and cracking jokes, so I grabbed my camera and shot the most perfect picture!!

Flash forward a few weeks, and on June 23rd my beautiful Fletcher had her second birthday (below)! She was all smiles while eating her pink cake (I believe I ate the majority of that cake, if we’re being honest). Shawn had two weeks of vacation at the beginning of July, so we took a trip to Red River, NM (above). It was such a relaxing and enjoyable stay with nothing to do but spend uninterrupted time together as a family! After that, we traveled to Texas to visit Shawn’s family. The highlight of our trip was going to the Dallas Zoo (below) where the girls thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the animals!Surprise! One week later, we found out we were pregnant with our third (and final) baby, so we gathered together later on to take one last shot as a family, above, before Shawn left in September. It seems like the picture above was taken a lifetime ago, with so much happening afterward that we simply weren’t prepared for. I’m so glad we were able to take the time to do a mini shoot together.

The picture above was taken on October 31st, on one of the most fun days of the year: Halloween! Fletcher was a fairy princess and Marlowe was a cat. The adults, however, went as Harry Potter characters – click [here] to see us in all our glory!!! Below is a picture of my sweet girls playing just outside our favorite place in North Carolina, Morris Farm Market (taken just before Thanksgiving). The pictures above were taken when my mom and I were in the Outer Banks, NC. It looks a bit cold because of my outfit, but the truth is that it was cloudy, around 73 degrees, and slightly windy; the most perfect weather anyone could ever ask for!!

I just had to include the picture above of my two girls watching a video on YouTube, above. Don’t ask me what video it was, I have no idea. But I love when they get along like that, sitting and cuddling together! This last picture, above, was taken in Asheville, NC (yes, we have certainly done our fair share of traveling over the last year) at the most beautiful waterfall! The girls may not have enjoyed the short hike to get there, but it was well worth it in the end! From left to right: Marlowe, me, my sisters Tiffany and Chanelle, and Fletcher.

And that’s it! Those are my favorite pictures of 2017 – I hope you enjoyed scrolling through them, and I pray you all have a wonderful, blessed 2018!


It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since I married my best friend. Although I wish he were here to celebrate it with me, I’ll make do with posting a little love note about him.

Shawn’s quiet personality was what drew me to him twelve years ago. Oh, and his muscles (he was wearing a cutofff shirt when I first met him and I was impressed). But the more I got to know him, the more I fell in love with who he is. He loves the Lord. He is wise beyond his years. He is consistent across the board, which complements my roller-coaster-of-a-personality perfectly. He is supportive. He loves me deeply, as well as his children.

I respect him more than anyone I know.

Happy Anniversary, lovely. I miss you and I love you very much. See you soon.


As this pregnancy progresses, I am filled with more and more excitement to be having a boy. Shawn is also very excited! Hopefully he’ll be here for the birth – unless this baby decides to come more than 3 weeks early. Unfortunately, this might be a possibility, seeing as how Fletcher was born a full 3 weeks early. We’re praying for perfect timing, which is all we can do at this point.

Another thing I’m struggling with as time goes on is finding clothes that not only fit, but look somewhat decent. This is easier said than done. I’m very picky, and I don’t like spending a whole lot of money on clothes I’ll probably only wear for a few months. The only option I have left is shopping at Plato’s Closet or thrift stores. I usually walk away with a few gems every time I go, though (and yeeeees, I will always make time to look around in Forever 21 to see what I can find… Lately, it’s been nothing but crop tops, which aren’t exactly attractive on me at this point).

Anyway, seeing as this is our last pregnancy, I’m going to try to enjoy it despite the fact that I really don’t like being pregnant. I know I would regret it if I don’t try to enjoy this while it lasts, though. So that’s what I’m going to try and do! 🙂