Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Clark Shirts

It's no secret I love Swanky Shank.  But man, they hit it out of the park with this one.

I am one of their contracted photographers, and the wonderful lady behind Swank, Jen, contacted me about my thoughts on doing a design to pay tribute to pregnancy/infancy loss -- basically honor those who aren't with us anymore.  Uh, YES PLEASE.  I basically scream texted her that back.  Best.idea.ever.

And this is what was born...

I'm sharing what I posted on social media, because I think it's kind of the perfect summary of how I feel about all of this.

The amazingly wonderful Swanky Shank hit it out of the park with their #justlikemeswank design. And it means so so so much that not only does this incredible company create a design to honor pregnancy/infancy/child loss, but they share our story as well. It’s no secret how open we’ve been about our Clark and our journey along this stillborn path, but it means so incredibly much to me that someone else would take our story, take where Clark lives forever ❤️, and create the most perfect shirt to represent that. As a small business owner myself, I love supporting other small businesses, but man, when one goes above and beyond it seems to really connect with their customers: they’ve got me for life. I’m sharing what I shared for Swanky Shank below...because I think it truly speaks to how much this means to us. This is more than just a shirt: it’s the most perfect tribute to their little brother, to our son Clark 💙 “Our sweet Clark was born sleeping at 22 weeks...and until a few weeks before when we learned of his fatal prognosis, he was a team green surprise gender -- our #4. We never find out the gender of our kiddos when pregnant, so they’ve always been referred to as #1, #2, #3...and with Clark, he was #4. And even though in meeting him we had to say hello and see you later all at the same time, he’ll always be our fourth, our #4. If we go on to have another kiddo, that kiddo will be #5, as Clark has taken up permanent residence of #4 in our family and hearts, just from above instead of here with us. Our big kids, Patrick, Rosie and Annie very much know about Clark and what happened to him, but that doesn’t stop them from talking about him and calling him their little brother. If you ask them where Clark lives, they will immediately point to their hearts and say, “right here.” -- and that’s right, Clark lives RIGHT THERE in their hearts. Forever our #4, forever their little brother, forever alive in us inside of our hearts.”

We miss Clark SO SO SO much -- not a day goes by that I don't think about him, heck, maybe not even a minute -- and this shirt means SO MUCH TO ME to have.  I will treasure it and my heart will swell whenever the kiddos will wear it.

This company is doing amazing things, and if you haven't checked them out or ordered something from them, GO DO IT.  They're an incredible small business (and based out of STL! WOOT WOOT!) and NEED to be supported and loved.  Cause they are doing things right at a time when a lot of people could use a little 'right' direction :)

Monday, April 15, 2019

Annie's First Haircut

Guys, it only took 2+ years, but our Annie girl got her first ever haircut!

And the wonderful Giselle (my brother Charlie's amazingly wonderful girlfriend) did it for her and just did a rockin' awesome job!

Annie was actually so good for her haircut, albeit giving some serious side eye as she was getting her hair snipped.  But truly, for a 2 year old, she did REALLY well and Giselle did an awesome job on shaping up her bangs and back curls!

Giselle, if you're reading this: you're hired!  Can I get you to always do the girls' haircuts!??  We love you're the best!

Seriously though, what a great experience for our Annie girl.  She's growing up so fast I can hardly stand it!!!

Sunday, April 14, 2019


I have been SUPER DUPER slacking lately.  I cannot believe my last post was nearly a week ago! I have been SO BUSY with snapping (2 births last week!) and gah, just life.  I still haven't finished (read: started!) Rosie's 4 year book and I REALLLLLLY need to get on that...and do Patrick's too!! Gosh I'm so behind on life in general!  I am going to try and be better but golly, it's just so busy right now!

So yes, I'm a slacker.

But I figured I'd do a quickie little recap of what's been happening with us lately as we enter into another super busy week, Easter, lots and lots of photo shoots for me, then just a couple weeks till Patrick's birthday and party and before you know it, it'll be summer!  Where oh where has the time gone?!?!

This ^^^ is one of the reasons I've been so MIA and busy...but golly, I LOVE my job SO MUCH!  Here's a few collages (yep, still obsessed with these!) from my snappins this week...

So busy...but so wonderful too!  Life is definitely good in the work department :)

Last week was gorgeous like every day, so Annie and I took advantage one day and hit up the Museum of Transportation with our buddies the Polans!

We had just the most gorgeous day and had an absolute BLAST with our friends!  We definitely will have to do it again soooooon!

Annie also had a big milestone happen last week (cough cough her hair) but I'm gonna make an entirely separate post dedicated to that :)

So Rosie LOVES dance class...and every month there is a night where the parents can sit inside the room (instead of in the hall/waiting area) and watch!  That week was this week and I just love the little pictures and videos I got of my sassy little FOUR year old! (Still in denial she's 4, by the way ;-)

Golly she loves dance SO MUCH! I cannot wait for her recital in a few months...will definitely bring my big camera for that one!!  You should see her costume!  I'll need to do a photoshoot with her before hand :)

We had a few nice nights outside too, and my new favorite thing is having Annie (or any kid!) push me on the swing!

Just the best thing EVER!

And clearly the kiddos loved playing outside in the warm weather too.  It's actually been raining ALLLLLL day today and it's like 38 degrees out so I am hoping this weather heads out soon cause I WANT SPRING!

Gosh I love spring.  The trees are blooming and the grass is green and GAH! I just love how it makes me feel.  Spoiler: riding a bike with Rosie...still needs more practice. haha!

Annie and I got lots of errand running done this week and man, I just LOVE having her run errands with me!  She is such a hoot -- and I love how she demands to bring Purple Bunny with us wherever we go too.

I LOVE our days together -- I am so going to miss them in the fall when she starts school!!  Savoring them as much as I can now.

Speaking of Annie, since I get a lot of one-on-one time with this chickadee, I've got some gems I snapped of her the past week...

H-O-O-T I tell ya!  Gosh I love you so much Annie girl!

Oh, and Rosie too...she can be such a hoot too!  Check out this video from one of her NeeNee Wednesday adventures!  Her laugh KILLS ME!

So darn funny!

So Patrick was down for the count Friday and Saturday -- he barfed at school (poor guy!) and was just feeling blah -- same tummy bug it seems Rosie had after her birthday!  He got a special treat though and got to sleep on the Nugget on his bedroom floor so he could get to the bathroom quicker and he LOVED that.  Knocking on wood as I type this, but he seems to be on the mend!!

Poor bubby.  I hate when my kiddos are sick...hoping no one else gets this and we are nice and healthy smooth sailing into summer!

I'll end with a little video and picture of my techie kids...gosh I love them!  Just like their mama!  I'm so proud :)

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