Thursday, December 31, 2020

2020's Grateful 366 Project

Year 5 of doing a yearlong (366 days this year!) project is in the books! 🥳 2020’s project documented one thing every single day I was grateful for…which now, looking back, seemed like a very VERY good challenging theme to pick given how 2020 went — and how a lot of days it was so hard to truly find something to be grateful for. (If you want to read each of my daily’s captions, head over to instagram and check out #MooneyGrateful366)  But WE MADE IT…2020 is done, my year of documenting gratefulness in my life is officially wrapped up, and tomorrow we welcome a brand spankin’ new year, that I hope and pray it blows 2020 out of the water in every possible positive way it can.   

Here's 2020 in 366 teeny tiny grateful yet oh so colorful squares...

And now, in video form, here's a quickie 1 minute version and a longer version, complete with the dates for each of the year's snaps!



And lastly, if you click here, you can scroll through my album in Google Photos if you want to stroll down 2020 a bit slower than those videos.

With all that said, this past year was exhausting…and I was THIS.CLOSE. to throwing in the towel for for my 6th time in 2021 of doing a year-long project.  But, I knew December 2021 Alex would be mad at January 2021 Alex for that decision, so I decided I can push through and do it again!  But then I thought: maybe that should be my theme this new 2021 year: simple.  No elaborate theme or goals, just a simple picture of our lives for each day of 2021.  Let the picture speak for itself…thus #MooneyCaptionless365 has officially started!  No captions, just snapshots that hopefully tell you a little something about what’s going on for that day in our Mooney lives in 2021.  So hey yo! Tomorrow marks day 1 of 365 for 2021 and my new year long project is officially underway! 

1SE: 2020

Ahhh, 2020. You are officially DONE (in just a few hours. wink wink) and I've wrapped up my third year (check out 2018's and 2019's) of capturing one second of our lives every single day.  And a great majority of 2020's one second clips were taken at home...because I feel like we have spent A WHOLE LOTTA TIME at home this year.  But we had a ton of amazing family time too, which I am forever and ever grateful for that.

*psssst! if you get my blog as an email, you won't see the videos click on the blog title in the email to go to the web version where you can watch them ;-)

So, without further adieu, here is 2020's one second every day in a little over 6 minutes.

And, since I've documented it for the past 11 months, here's just December's 1SE video for your viewing pleasure too.

Oh 2020, I am so so so happy to see you go.  2021: I have high high hopes that you'll be an amazing, blow 2020 out of the water (in the most positive way!) please please pleaseeeeeee!!!

2020 Year Favorites From Alexandria Mooney Photography

Ahhh, 2020! You are just about wrapped up and that means it’s time for me to look back on the amazing year I had here with my lens. And, as icky as it was in other regards, 2020 was actually an amazing year for me and I am so so so grateful for all of my amazing clients and families who made this little small business of mine a great success in an otherwise not so great year.

So, keeping with tradition here (just like I did in 2018 and 2019), I present you with my end of the year, year in review 2020 favorites post! YAHOOOOO!!! (PSSTTTT! You can also check out my separate birth stories year in review for 2020 here).

Golly I sure love looking back on these snaps and putting together this collage, videos, and this post! It really forces me to reflect on this year and be oh so grateful for how wonderful it was for me. It’s so hard to really be super joyous about, as it was such a difficult year for so many other small businesses…and honestly, for me too in other regards. But I am truly so grateful for this job of mine and all of the amazing faces I got to capture in 2020. So other things aside, I am just so happy with how 2020 went for me here at Alexandria Mooney Photography.

A big huge massive THANK YOU for all of the love and support this year — and especially for entrusting me to capture your families and memories — I am forever and ever grateful to all of you!!

1 minute hyperlapse version

full version

Here’s to a wonderfully amazing, blow 2020 out of the water (in the most positive way!!) 2021!! I am so ready for you!!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

2020 Birth Stories Favorites

One thing 2020 wasn’t able to halt: all of the brand new little babes making their entrances into this world. What I’ve learned these past nearly 5 years in capturing birth stories: babies wait for no one…pandemic times included. This year was a bit different for me, only documenting 21 birth stories — and missing at least 15 others due to COVID visitor restrictions at hospitals and birth places. That was so so so tough — because these photos are SO NEEDED for families, and it’s just so devastating to have a wrench thrown in your photos birth plan that prior to 2020 you’d never have even imagined would have happened. I’m trying to do all that I can from my end to make sure that I can attend my wonderful 2021 clients’ birth stories this coming year as safely and rule following as possible. The 21 stories I was able to capture this year were stories of love — so much love in these photos, and sometimes that love was a lifetime’s worth squeezed into a very short time on this earth. I cannot thank my wonderful birth families enough for allowing me into their spaces to capture their babies’ arrivals, and entrusting me to forever document their growing family’s memories.

Here is a quick 1 minute glimpse into a few of those births I had the honor of capturing in 2020. Despite a sometimes different look for births this year, I still get goosebumps every time I watch this remembering all of these sweet, precious babes I had the immense privilege of documenting this year.

Monday, November 30, 2020

1SE: November 2020

So I have totally SUCKED with posting this month...gosh it's been SO BUSY.  I have a ton of stuff I need to share and, welp, I've slacked so big on doing so! Hopefully I'll get back on the blogging band wagon SOON.

With that said, November is officially DONE and we are just one month away from welcoming 2021 (with wide open arms!).  November has been a fun month 'round these parts - oodles and oodles of family time which truly has been a highlight of this dumpster fire of a year.

And while I've got you here, here's 335 days of #mooneygrateful366 for ya too! Just 31 days left (#leapyear) and I'm already starting to think about what my theme/project will be for 2021...stay tuned for that! 

Welp friends, here's to the last month of 2020...and hopefully we end this year with a positive bang :)

Onto December we gooooooo!!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Teddy at 12 Months


Seriously.  How though?!?! How has it been an entire year since this happened?!

This year in Teddy time has absolutely flown by.  I cannot CANNOT believe it.

Just two days ago Teddy turned 52 weeks old!  And thanks to a leap year we got 2 bonus days with him before he officially turned the big O-N-E.

Gah. I seriously CANNOT believe he is one today!  Our sweet little most perfect rainbow babe.  What a year it was!

So keeping with tradition, I snapped a TON of one year/12 month pics of Ted in his custom Swanky Shank monthly onesie (which, side note, that set is getting passed along to a brand new little rainbow due in the spring!!)...

And then we snuck outside to do a few 'front yard' pics (just like I did with the big kids!) to make sure we had some official 'not monthly onesie' one year pics.

He's such a big dude and I cannot love this sweet little rainbow enough!!  And shockingly this month to snap was a bit easier than month 11...he was a smidgen less active than past months but still SO FREAKING HARD to get to sit still! HAHA!

We head back to the doc tomorrow morning for his 12 month until then, here's my wonderful mom stats for ya!

  • Tedddy weights 24 pounds 10 ounces -- so just a shade under 25 pounds! I feel like he's hanging out at the same weight now because he's more active and mobile and IN TO EVERYTHING!
  • Still rocking 18-24 month clothing -- some brands he's in 18mo, some he's closer to 2T.  He's definitely a chunk and getting some use out of some of Patrick's old clothes too!  It's so cute to see him in the same clothes P wore 7+ years ago.
  • Very much still a thumb sucker -- and only the left thumb!  Does it only when he's tired, but it's his instant calm and I'm sure will take forever to break him of just like his big siblings (who, spoiler, STILL DO IT! haha)
  • 12+ months of nursing and still going strong!  He nurses 4-5 times a day and it's definitely his preferred method of getting his milkies.  He is great with a straw and sippy cup (but does still get a bottle once in a blue moon if I'm gone and he needs his milk), but his favorite consumption method is still directly from the source. 
  • This month has really transitioned Ted completely into eating meals 100% on his own. Another favorite milestone I love when these babes can feed themselves!  He does still love pouches (some baby food but mostly yogurt and applesauce) and can eat those solo without making a huge mess and spraying them all out.  He really loves everything we put in front of him, but lately his favorites are cheese, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, ravioli, turkey, IMOs pizza (for real!), cheeseburgers, and so much more I cannot think of right now! He really will eat anything you put in front of him! Hope that keeps up ;-) 
  • Still a great sleeper -- usually goes down around 7/7:30p and wakes up anytime between 6:30/7:30a the next morning.  Will sometimes hear him talking in the middle of the night, but since Patrick has officially moved into the girls' room, Ted usually babbles for a minute then falls back asleep.  He still takes one nap a day, usually around 12/12:30 - 3pm-ish or so.  We do have to wake him up a lot usually around 3pm to go do school pickup, so the closer we can get him down to 12noon the better his naps are!
  • Is a crazy, lightning fast crawler that gets into EVERYTHING! HAHA! I totally remember Patrick being like this -- the girls not so much -- but Ted is everywhere!  He is pulling up and cruising along things and climbing!  He's definitely a wild man and loves to explore and see everything first hand for himself getting himself there.  Walking - gosh I hate guessing cause I'm always wrong! But maybe by Christmas?!! We will see!
  • Still has just 6 (4 up top, 2 down below!) crazy sharp teeth and I don't see any other ones poking through (yet!) so he's rocking those 6 fangs for now!  Fortunately hasn't really figured out biting so that's nips are happy about that too. haha!
  • LOVES going for walks in his car or the stroller -- we do this nearly every day (especially now that the big kids are back in school for pickup and drop off) and he LOVES IT so so so much! Definitely an outdoors baby!
  • Loves to go on the swings at the park - he could literally stay in the swings alllllllll day long.
  • His eczema is about like it was last month -- has the most random flare ups and is definitely the worst on his face.  Creams do help but it's hit or miss every day when he wakes up what it's going to be like. Hoping we can get that under better control soon!
  • Now that the kiddos are all back in school, Ted and I sure love going on adventures!  He loves going to the stores with me and riding in the shopping carts, loves going to play at the park or at NeeNee and Gramps', and just loves being out of the house!  Making up for lost time it seems for all of the time we spent at home.
  • Absolutely adores his big siblings more than anything!  They can make him smile and laugh unlike anyone else can and it truly is the cutest thing ever.  They wake up every morning wanting to get him up and fight over who gets to play with him -- I hope their love and fierce protection for their little brother never ever ends. 
  • For like the millionth month, his nicknames still include: Ted, Teddy Boy, Tedster, Mister Tedster, Mister, Mister Man, Mister T, Tedward, Ted Bed, Ted Man, Teddy Bear, Bug, Teddy Graham...he's got a LOT of names we call him, that's for sure! And he seems to respond to all of them! haha!

Now to conclude with my favorite part: comparison snaps!

A bonus comparison snap for ya too...fresh Teddy vs. one year old Ted!!

Anddddd lastly, all 4 at 12 months!

Welp friends, that's a wrap on 12 months of Teddy.  I cannot believe his first year has come to an end and we are done with documenting his first year of growth!  Oh what a year it was!!!  Here's to an amazing year two coming right upppppp! We love you so much Teddy bear and cannot wait to see what year two has in store for you!

Annie at 12 Months

Rosie at 12 Months

Patrick at 12 Months

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