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Our Home Story | Rustic Christmas Home Decor 2018

Our Christmas Home Decor 2018

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It’s Christmastime, my favorite time of the year!! This year is extra special to us because so many blessings have been poured into our lives this year! In just fifteen short weeks, we will be welcoming our first child into our new home! Ever since we tied the knot over five years ago, we have been working hard to buy our first home! It’s surreal to finally own a home and to be welcoming our little bundle of joy in just three months!

Our Home Story

We had been hoping to buy a home of our own for years! After we finally had our down payment, we just weren’t finding what we were looking for. The top things on our (my) list were: three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a garage, and lots of natural light. If we found a townhome, we didn’t want anyone above us and parking spaces nearby. To some, our list sounded crazy, but after living the downtown apartment life, we were so ready for a comfort that was HOME! Well, we had almost given up, and I stopped my daily ritual of online house hunting. With only about two months left on our lease, our hope was nearly gone.

The Beginning

But God was about to answer our prayers in an epic way! First, let me take you back to the beginning. It was early June, and we had been pre-qualified for a few months. We tried to find a home and had been trying to conceive for a while, too, with no luck on either end. Our amazing realtor, Bea Hernandez, kept sending us listings, but I knew what I wanted and just wasn’t seeing it.

On Saturday, June 30th, while with family in Miami, we received a call that my paternal grandfather had passed away. It was a hard time, and, needless to say, it put all our planning on the back-burner. Earlier that week, I had also been convinced I was pregnant but later found out I had an ovarian cyst that messed with my hormones. It was painful, and since I had never experienced this before, I was wondering what was wrong.

We had the funeral early the next week. It was emotionally hard, and I was in physical pain, too. Wednesday, I went in for an ultrasound, and they told me it was an ovarian cyst that  ruptured. My midwife advised my to continue taking my prenatal vitamins that I had been taking for years, but she also told me I could Evening Primrose oil and Pregnitude; I also took Maca root. I just decide to try everything and hope for the best! With everything with my grandfather and the house hunt, we honestly stopped thinking about getting pregnant.

In mid-July, we went to Fort Myers for our annual family reunion with my dad’s side of the family. This was a special year because this was the first year we would be there without my grandfather with us. He was the reason my dad’s family held this one family vacation every year since the 80’s! We enjoyed ourselves and our time with family. I had a cocktail by the pool, got sunburn, and a bird pooped in my freshly-done hair just hours before our 5-year anniversary portraits! It was a memorable trip!

When we were on our way home, I felt different, and I suddenly thought to myself, “Oh! What if?” It was still pretty early to know for sure, but the next morning I took a test anyways. Hopeful that it was not just another blank test, I peeked with excitement. And I saw the faintest pink line!! I showed Andrew immediately, and we were both hopefully but cautious with our emotions. We waited a few more days, and I took another test. This time the pink line popped right up!! We were overjoyed and elated!!

God answered our number one prayer, and we couldn’t ask for anything else! A week later, just when we thought things couldn’t get any better, we got an email from our realtor. As soon as I opened it, I knew the home was perfect! I told Andrew about it excitedly, and we scheduled a time to see it that same day! It immediately felt like home! We love it, and my mom even snapped a photo of us in front of it!

We put in an offer the next day and hoped for the best. I tried to not get my hopes up, because I knew the previous homes in the development sold within a few days, and our chances of getting it were slim. Eagerly, we waited hear back. A few days later, they asked for our highest and final offer. We placed it and prayed for the best. Bea later told us out of the five offers they received, they were only considering our offer! WHAT!?! We were thrilled!

A few days later, we received the call. They officially accepted our offer! We scheduled the closing just a month later, and on August 31st, we signed the papers and closed on our first home! Just 21 days before our lease was up–the perfect amount of time to paint our new place and move in! I’m still in awe of how perfect the timing was!

God’s Timing is Perfect.

It was perfect timing, because it was God’s timing. He knew one of my deepest desires was to own a home before we had a baby. Even though we were okay to have them in a different order, God had an awesome plan in store that was even better than we could even imagine. We moved in shortly after the painting was done. Even though this was our fourth move in five years, it was the hardest, yet sweetest move because I was pregnant! Morning sickness and packing isn’t the most ideal combo, but it was do-able! But only because of my momma, who helped me pack and brought me chicken biscuits, because that was the only thing I could eat that I could keep down!

The month of August was spent packing, planning and thanking God so much! In the middle of the month, we went in for our first appointment and ultrasound! We saw our baby, and the heartbeat flickered on the screen! It was just the best! We felt, and still feel, beyond blessed! God opened every door the moment we stopped and didn’t push things. His timing is perfect, and even though waiting and having a miscarriage was very hard, I wouldn’t want it any other way. We are stronger and more grateful now because of everything we went through. God’s plan is always so much better than we can imagine.

This Christmas

As we step into this Christmas season, we just can’t help but feel overwhelmed by His blessings on our lives this year. Just two years ago at this very time, we were going through a very painful miscarriage at the 12-week mark. It was the most traumatic and painful season of our lives, and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. But if it wasn’t for that season, we wouldn’t have the strength, perspective, and gratitude we have today. It’s humbling to see how much God can change in such a short amount of time!

Today, we look at this season of life and thank God daily. This Christmas is such a blessing and a gift. It’s been the best few months of our lives, and we know after our little one is born, things will forever be different! We truly can’t wait to meet her!

Our Home at Christmas Time

Here are a few shots of our house now at Christmastime! We went for a cozy cabin feel. I love the warmth our rustic Christmas home decor brings. Pops of red, cozy plaids, and lots of green brought this feel together! We hope you enjoy our Christmas home tour! From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!


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The Bolins | Hutchinson Island Maternity Couple Portraits

Hutchinson Island Maternity Couple Portraits at the House of Refuge


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While on Hutchinson Island with the Carter’s for their family maternity portraits, my friend, Brooke, took some photos of us! I was almost 22 weeks pregnant during this session! The day was cloudy and dreamy. My dress flowed in the breeze and seemed to match the color of the ocean perfectly! 

Pregnancy update

I am currently 25 weeks and feeling the best I have felt in a while! My energy still isn’t in full force, but I’m feeling our little girl move every day! She is growing so fast! She is already a pound and a half and measuring around 13 inches! I also finally popped around 24 week! Up until then, it wasn’t all that obvious that I was pregnant.

I’m so excited to meet our little one face to face! I’m also constantly reminding myself to enjoy the season and these last three months! With my two best friends also pregnant, there is just so much joy all around! Excitement is an understatement! 🙂


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The details that brought these Hutchinson Island Maternity Couple Portraits together: 

Location: Hutchinson Island

Photography: Brooke Carter 

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The Carter Family | Hutchinson Island Family Maternity Portraits

Hutchinson Island Family Maternity Portraits at The House of Refuge


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It’s the Carter family! Every year we have the pleasure of capturing our dear friends’ family Christmas portraits! This year, it was extra special because our sweet godson, CJ, is at such a fun giggly age, and it’s his last year of being an only child! With his little brother due in just over a month, we also turned this year’s session into a maternity session at our favorite beach! We came back to the House of Refuge on Hutchinson Island, where we captured Brooke’s maternity portraits when she was pregnant with CJ!

Their family maternity portraits turned out stunning this year! It also helped that CJ was in a terrific mood, and we were able to get every last giggle out of him! They wore a classic and crisp white for their first look. They seemed to just pop out of the serene, coastal backdrop.

We had such a great afternoon with our friends as we captured these sweet memories! I love that we do this every year! Looking back over the years, so many things have changed, but we’re glad one thing has remained—our friendship. Now we are actually neighbors, too, and have two new little ones joining us next Christmas! I’m just so excited to see what’s in store for next year!


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The details that brought these Hutchinson Island Family Maternity Portraits together:

Location: The House of Refuge, Hutchinson Island, Florida

Photography: Crystal Bolin

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20-Week Pregnancy Update & Maternity Portraits at Mounts Botanical Garden

20-Week Maternity Portraits at Mounts Botanical Garden


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20-Week Pregnancy Update:

Baby Bolin is a…

GIRL!

We couldn’t be more thrilled to announce baby Bolin is a GIRL!! We found out at 19 weeks and it was just the best news! I felt like Christmas came early! I may have jumped up and thrown my arms in the air when the ultrasound technician announced it! We announced it to family and friends a few days later. I cannot believe I am halfway through this pregnancy already! Today I am 21 weeks and it’s just crazy how quickly this pregnancy is going by!

This mid-pregnancy session wasn’t planned, but when we found out we were having a girl, and I saw a pink-flowered tree, I knew a quick session just had to happen! I also had the perfect dress just sitting in my closet, so it felt meant to be! 🙂 I had seen this pink-flowered Silk Floss Tree outside of Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach, Florida while driving by a few times. I had never seen this tree in full bloom before, and it was truly breathtaking.

My first thought was, “If I have a girl, I want get some photos captured with that tree!” So when we found out we were having a girl later that week, I immediately called my mom and told her about the tree. She has also loved photography since she was a girl and instilled my passion for it when I was in grade school. So she was just as excited about it! We ended up making an afternoon of it and explored the whole botanical garden, since it had been years since we both had been there!

We explored the entire garden, capturing photos of all the exotic flowers and plants while capturing a few portraits, too! At the end, we captured photos with the pink tree just as the sun was about to set! The light was golden, and the tree was backlit with gorgeous color! It was the perfect lighting and the tree’s flowers seemed to pop off the tree.

My mom, Maritza Guerra, did such an amazing job with these photos! I couldn’t be more thrilled with how they came out! Here are my favorites! I somehow got my favorites down to forty-something, we took over a thousand photos on my camera alone! I guess you could say we were a little shutter-happy! 😉


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The details that brought these 20-week maternity portraits together:

Location: Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach, Florida

Photography: Maritza Guerra

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Autumn Pregnancy Announcement | Baby Bolin Arriving March 2019

Autumn Pregnancy Announcement | Baby Bolin Arriving March 2019


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Fall is in the air, and we have big news to share! In the Spring of 2019, we will be welcoming a new addition to our team! Our third little shooter is estimated to be joining us around March 29th, 2019! We are beyond excited to be welcoming our first little one! Fun fact: the due date is the day before our 6th wedding anniversary! We did not plan this! I am currently 18 weeks and we will be finding out the gender next week!! WE CANNOT WAIT!

As some of you know, this little one will be our rainbow baby. We shared on the blog back in  2017 the reason we finally took our dream trip to Italy. We had miscarried our first baby in December of 2016 and decided it was time to get away on a dream adventure! It was the best thing we could have done! After one of the roughest seasons of our lives, this was the sweetest time. We are still so grateful we took that time for us. Now we have a new adventure  in sight, and we know this one will be the best yet!

This pregnancy hasn’t been easy. Aside from being extremely sick at the beginning, and a bit still, we have had to work through fears and emotions that seem to sneak in from time to time. The one thing that has helped us feel at peace is Jesus. We have been praying for this little one since before conception. Nightly prayers have been our strength!

Having a baby after a miscarriage definitely steals away the innocence and some of the joy. At the beginning, I remember feeling guilty for not feeling as excited as I felt I should be. It was hard. There are so many unknowns and fears. Like the time my midwife couldn’t find the heartbeat for over 10 minutes. Or when the ultrasound technician took way too long staring at the screen and not saying, “Everything looks good,” right away. During both moments, I felt so fearful. But I knew God had this little one in his hands from the beginning. Andrew and I made it a point at the beginning that we would be excited and joyful for this blessing, no matter how much time we had with him or her. That simple change in mindset helped us feel at peace.

It’s been a wonderful yet crazy season. A lot happened all at once. We found our first home just a week after we found out we were pregnant! We closed on our home just a month later! Even though this was our fourth move in the past five years, it was the hardest because I was pregnant. We are still unpacking and fixing up our new home, but we could not feel any more blessed for what the Lord has done. God is good, even when times are crazy and uncertain. And His timing is always perfect.

We announced our pregnancy on social media a few weeks ago and wanted to announce it on the blog sooner, but life is really busy these days! We are also in our business’s busiest time of the year! Through all the craziness, the Lord is so faithful. He is probably just preparing us for our new normal pace of life! 😉

We know things will be different, but we cannot wait! We ask that you keep us in your prayers! Our hope is that this little one feels and knows the love of Jesus! Thank you for supporting us and being a part of our family! Here are our favorite photos from our Autumn pregnancy announcement photo-shoot! A special thank you to my dear friend, Brooke Carter, for capturing these maternity photos for us!


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Maternity Leave:

We have never been so grateful to own a business that allows us the flexibly we sometimes need in life! We will still be capturing weddings and portraits like normal, but we will be taking some time off for Maternity leave. Maternity leave for weddings will be from mid-February until June. Portrait sessions will most likely be from early March till mid May. Inquiries are always welcomed and can be submitted through our Contact tab!

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Strong Family Palm Beach Family Vacation Photography

Palm Beach Family Vacation Photography


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On July 5th, 2018, Andrew and I had the honor of working with the gorgeous Strong Family. We captured their Palm Beach family vacation portraits while they were visiting the area from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Their session took place on a cloudy summer day in South Florida but their sweet smiles shined so bright. We had such a wonderful time meeting and working with them all! Can’t wait to share their gorgeous Summer family vacation portraits!


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Strong Family, it was such a pleasure working with you all! We hope you enjoy these memories for many years to come! If you are ever in South Florida again, we would love to work with you! 🙂


Palm Beach Family Vacation Photography Details:

Location: Palm Beach beach

Photography: Crystal Bolin

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Spring in Waco, Texas 2018

Girls Spring Break Getaway to Waco, Texas

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If you’ve ever watched an episode of Fixer Upper, you’ve probably gotten to the end of the show thinking, “Can it really be that picture perfect in Waco?” Well, my friends, the answer is YES. This weekend getaway was about as good as it gets. Time with my best friends and exploring all Waco has to offer. Spring break was perfect this year!

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First stop: Texas Tulips!

We went straight from the airport to Texas Tulips. The small tulip farm in Pilot, Texas was the perfect backdrop for my first set of pictures. Owen and CJ willingly posed in baskets and gave me the biggest smiles. I will not confirm or deny if their mamas were dancing like fools waving around a container of snacks.

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If you go to Waco, Texas and you don’t stop at Torchy’s Tacos— you made a mistake. This is my favorite taco spot in Texas. Their Queso is killer and they have the tastiest tacos you ever did eat. The tables are just the right size for endless baskets of chips and a game or two of spades.

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Clayton loved pointing at everything on this trip!

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We made sure to hit a few antique shops and vintage markets while we were there. The best finds came from the Cedar Chest in McGregor, Texas.

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Nothing makes this girl happier than finding the perfect vintage book and toast separator.

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We indeed had some great finds this day.

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Magnolia Market:

Magnolia, sweet Magnolia! Every detail was perfect! White brick, vintage trucks, flowers, and the perfect spot to take a picture everywhere you looked. Chip and Joanna have thought of everything. It was so fun to see the silos in person again and see how much has changed since the last time Andrew and I visited. The biggest addition to Magnolia is Magnolia Table. After a short wait we sat down at the perfect table. The food was everything we expected and then some. If you are wondering how much I really loved my pancakes, just take a look here. 😉

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The Silos Baking Co. established in 2016.

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One of my favorite photo spots!

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Although it was Sunday, we decided to pop by Magnolia anyways to get these photos while no one would be there! So glad we did this!

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What a big boy! Holding himself up at just 11 months! Don’t worry guys mom was very close by. 😉

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Brooke is always amazing at capturing photos of me! Thanks for these, friend!

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Clayton was apparently mesmerized by all that Waco charm. That or he secretly had a leaf in his mouth pretty much the entire time we were there…

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Clayton: “I think I should probably tell mom about my new chew toy.”

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Brooke: “What do you have in your mouth kid? Is that a leaf? Oh, It is.”

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Three words: Steel. City. Pops. The best popsicles this side of the Mississippi! You can’t go wrong with coconut dipped in dark chocolate or pineapple. Owen and CJ couldn’t agree more.

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Monday was my favorite day in Waco because it was filled to the brim with Magnolia!

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Started the morning off with breakfast at the new Magnolia Table! It was amazing!!

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Everything was picture perfect and tasted delightful.

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After breakfast, we stopped by a well known Waco park to capture a few portraits of Emily and her husband Caleb.

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After our quick session we headed over to Magnolia Market again! 🙂

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Then it was time for some shopping!

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I LOVED this green Jeep!

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After a wonderful time at Magnolia Market it was time for a sweet treat–Heritage Creamery, a local ice cream shop!

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How cool is their ice cream van!?

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They have amazing flavors like Honey Lavendar.

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Then we walked next door to grab some coffee at Common Grounds!

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Lucy, was a little suspicious of what we were up to next…

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That evening we did our last photo-shoot of the boys!

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And as you can see it was too cute for words!

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We spent our last day in Waco enjoying Emily’s homemade pancakes and a scenic walk before heading to the airport. It was such a wonderful trip from beginning to end!

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Till next time Waco!

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Family Vacation Portraits in Palm Beach

Family Vacation Portraits in Palm Beach


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If there is one thing I love it’s capturing gorgeous families while enjoying their vacation! Capturing family memories is such an honor to me because these are the moments my clients will look back on and the photos I capture will become precious, tangible memories they will hold onto for many years to come.

These past few years I have noticed vacation photos are becoming more and more popular! Last year alone we captured over a half a dozen family vacation sessions! This year we are hoping to exceed last year and we are off to a great start!

On January 20th, 2018, we had the honor of capturing these family vacation portraits in Palm Beach, Florida. This was our first session of the year! It was a very cloudy and windy day but the lighting was gorgeous! Early that day there was a Trump protest but by the afternoon there was hardly anyone on the beach!

It was such a pleasure working with this sweet family! We hope they enjoy their family portraits for many years to come!


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The details that brought these Family Vacation Portraits in Palm Beach:

Location: Worth Avenue Clock Tower and Palm Beach beach

Photographer: Crystal Bolin

 

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Michigan

Trip to Michigan in the Summertime


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Deciding to go to Michigan this Summer was a complete spur of the moment decision and I am so glad I made it! Less than two weeks before the trip, my friend Brooke asked me if I would want to go with her and her parents to Michigan!

The trip was mainly to visit family and explore her hometown. She also was needing help traveling with her at-the-time two and a half-month-old son, Clayton James, who also happens to be my godson! And I am always up for spending time with my godson and traveling! It was the perfect excuse for a getaway!

We had talked about visiting Michigan so many times and this time it finally happened. The decision to go was made within minutes! A couple hours later I booked my flight and 10 days later we were on our way!

Here are some of the highlight of our week in Michigan!


My camera was packed away while we were traveling so the first handful of photos are iPhone photos.
 First stop, Tim Hortons, of course!
Then some of our favorite things… Thrifting, Sushi & more coffee!!I was introduced to Bob Evens, or how they call it, “Bob Heavens”! Life changed. Now the real photos begin! 🙂Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (5) The first few days were spent in the countryside. Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (6)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (3)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (4)Gorgeous sunsets. Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (2)


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Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (7) Brooke knows how obsessed I am with Christmas so she made it a point to get us to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland!! They are known as the world’s largest Christmas store! It was HUGE!!Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (11)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (8) This is just 1/100th of the store!! Notice the sign that says “Section 10a”!Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (9)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (10) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (12)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (13) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (14) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (15)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (16) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (17) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (18)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (19) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (20) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (21)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (22) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (24)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (28)The cutest little town!Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (30)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (29)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (43)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (45)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (42)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (32)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (33)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (39)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (44)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (40)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (25)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (34) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (26) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (31)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (27)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (35) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (36)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (37) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (38) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (41) Then we packed up and went over to Brooke’s brother and sister-in-law’s home!

C.J. had many emotions about it! 😉 This kid cracks me up! Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (46) Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (48)Frankenmuth, Michigan Photography (47)


Lake Michigan AKA “The Beach”


Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (64)Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (63)It was quite a hike to get to this “beach”! Over 400 steps (just one way) to be exact. Something this Florida girl isn’t used to! But it was so worth it!Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (49)Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (50) Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (52)So so beautiful! Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (51)Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (53) Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (54)Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (55)Brooke took my camera from me and captured me eating my favorite—Watermelon!! Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (56) Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (57)Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (58) Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (59) Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (60)Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (61) Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (62) After lunch and portraits, we packed up and prepared to make the hike back while we all still had energy!Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (65) Stopping for more portraits along the way! Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (66)That light!! Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (67) Brooke’s sister and her hubby!Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (68) Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (69)We ended the day with a campfire and music.Lake Michigan at Rosy Mound Park (70)


The Upper Penisula


Portraits in Michigan (71) We began the day with a lovely family breakfast. Portraits in Michigan (72)Then Brooke spotted this gazebo a block away so naturally more family portraits were in order!
Portraits in Michigan (73)How cute are Brooke’s parents!?
Portraits in Michigan (74) Then a Wagner family portrait!Portraits in Michigan (78)Then it was my turn! Thanks for these Vicky!
Portraits in Michigan (76)Portraits in Michigan (77) Portraits in Michigan (79)Then we hit the road again traveling north towards the Upper Penisula! Portraits in Michigan (80) Portraits in Michigan (81)Right before crossing the Mackinac Bridge we stopped to see the downtown area and a view of the bridge!
Portraits in Michigan (82)Portraits in Michigan (83) We just started walking and found this amazing view! Portraits in Michigan (84) Portraits in Michigan (85)Portraits in Michigan (86) How amazing is that light!?Portraits in Michigan (87) Portraits in Michigan (88)Portraits in Michigan (89) Portraits in Michigan (90)Mackinac Bridge in Michigan Mackinac, Michigan Mackinac Bridge in Michigan