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Gabby’s First Christmas 2019

Gabby & Family Christmas Photos in West Palm Beach, Florida


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It’s hard to believe Christmas is upon us and we have a 9-month-old already! These last 9 months have flown by, but probably because they have been the best months of our lives! Gabby is our little angel, and this season has been our favorite so far! It has been so fun to see her light up every morning when she sees her Christmas tree! Naps under the tree have become a regular thing, and it might be best view ever! The spark of Christmas magic is in her eyes every day, and it’s my favorite thing!

She is growing so fast! At her recent 9-month appointment, she was 17lb. 12oz., in the 43rd percentile and a whopping 29 & 1/2 inches long, in the 98th percentile! Fun fact, I looked at my baby records recently, and I was exactly 29 & 1/2 inches long at 9 months too! I was also very close in weight too, at 17lb. 8oz.! I thought that was neat!

She loves to sit up, crawl and jump! The simplest little thing lights up her world! “Dada,” seems like it’s her first word! I say, “Mama,” sometimes to her, and she just giggles and says “Dada.” Ugh, lol! Recently, she started repeating some sounds after I make them, and it’s so cute! She caught her first cold after our trip to Tennessee for Thanksgiving and just got over it this past week. It was a little rough for a while, but we’re so thankful she is better!

With Christmas being my favorite holiday and always taking way too many photos, Gabby has been having Christmas photos done since November! Yes, I know, that’s a lot! But this is me, and I knew I would regret it if I didn’t! This is just one of the ways I make Christmas special: I take ALL the photos!

Be sure to check out the best “Funny Faces of Gabby” at the end of this post! Pretty sure you don’t want to miss them! 😉

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Love, the Bolins


36-weeks! Baby photos in West Palm Beach, Florida (7)Bow by the talented Dawley Mama Threads | Outfit from Target Baby Christmas Photos in West Palm Beach, Florida (8)Bow: Little Poppy Co. | Outfit: H&M

37-Weeks! Baby girl Christmas Photos in West Palm Beach, Florida (14)Bow: Little Poppy Co. | Outfit: H&M

38-Weeks! Baby's first Christmas Photos in West Palm Beach, Florida (15)Outfit: Cracker BarrelBaby opening Christmas present in West Palm Beach, Florida (18) Baby "ho-ho-ho" Christmas Photos in West Palm Beach, Florida (16) This adorable outfit is a special one because I actually bought it two years ago, after our miscarriage. I brought it with the hope that one day my daughter would fill it. Two years later, here she is, 9 months old and the exact size of the outfit (the only size available)!

God is so good! He knows my heart and knew how much I needed this angel. The best answer to our many prayers. We just love her so much! Thank you Lord for the BEST Christmas present EVER! Baby girl in red Christmas Plaid bow in West Palm Beach, Florida (17) Baby and Christmas ribbon in West Palm Beach, Florida (19) Our 2019 Family Christmas photos: Lifestyle Family Christmas Photos in Palm Beach, Florida (20)

Thank you mom for capturing our beautiful family Christmas photos for us!

Bow: Little Poppy Co. | Outfit: H&M  | Blanket Scarf: ZaraFamily Christmas Photos in Palm Beach, Florida (21) I realized this after, but I unintentionally chose the same place we took our 2016 Christmas photos, the same Christmas we had our miscarriage. It was another sweet reminder this Christmas that God is SO good and He will see you through the storm. Palm Beach Family Christmas Photos in Palm Beach, Florida (22)It was so sweet to be in the same spot again at Christmas, this time with our little angel!

See our photos from three years ago, here. Palm Beach Family Christmas Photos in Palm Beach, Florida (26)39-Weeks: This was a special week because she was born exactly at 39 weeks, and she turned 39 weeks the day these were taken! It’s crazy to think she has been on the outside longer than she was on the inside! But time does fly when you are having fun, and we sure are having fun! 9-month-old Christmas Photos in West Palm Beach, Florida (2) Bow: Little Poppy Co. | Outfit: H&M
Baby girl Christmas Photos in Palm Beach, Florida (4) Can I make cozy warm naps under the Christmas tree a Bolin family tradition!? I think YES! Baby girl sleeping under a Christmas tree in West Palm Beach, Florida | Crystal Bolin Photography

And now, what you’ve been waiting for! It’s time for the Funny Faces of Gabby! Enjoy!

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Have a wonderful holiday season everyone!

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The Bolin Family | Thanksgiving in Tennessee

Thanksgiving 2019


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This Thanksgiving was spent in Tennessee with Andrew ‘s family. This was our first road trip as a family of three and Gabby’s first Thanksgiving! We try to spend Thanksgiving with the Bolin side every year, but last year with being pregnant and moving into our new home, it just wasn’t possible. It was a very special yet hard year. We welcomed a few new members to the family since the last time we had all been together, but we also lost one very dear to us all—Andrew’s grandfather. The patriarch and center of our family went to be with Jesus just a few weeks prior. He was so excited and ready to meet Jesus, but of course, not having him there this year, was still hard on all of us.

We chose to focus on the blessings God has given us this year! There sure were many! In March, we welcomed Gabby, in May, Andrew’s younger sister, Amber, got married, and in September, Andrew’s older brother, Van, and his wife welcomed their second child, Trey! Plus, Andrew’s youngest brother, Nathan who is in the Marines, was able to be with us this year! There was so much to be thankful for!

Every year, my main goal is to rally all the Bolins (who are not big on photos) and get a decent family portrait! Let’s just say it’s always a fun challenge. Like when Andrew’s dad said he was wearing a striped shirt, plaid pants, white shoes, and argyle socks! Oh yes, the Bolins’ humor. There is never a dull moment. With two more babies this year, it took a bit more effort, but we got one good family portrait! It’s all I can ask for!

But this year, photos were also much easier because I feel like I have gained an ally on the photography side! We’re so grateful to now have Curtis as a part of the family! He is not only a great guy and makes our dearly love Amber so happy, but he has photography skills, too! He has a natural eye and pays attention to details! I so appreciate this, as you can imagine. It’s so nice to have someone in the family to pass my camera to and get a great photo of Andrew and I. Plus, I didn’t have to even ask him, he offered! Thank you so much Curtis! I appreciate you! So happy to have you as a part of the family, and thank you for making Amber so happy!

During this trip, Gabby was 36 weeks old (8-months) and gabbing a lot! Some of my favorite moments were watching her with her cousins! She hadn’t really met any of them, just her older cousin, Emmy. But that was when she was only 2 months old. She would light up, smile, talk and reach for them every time she saw them! It was unbelievably sweet! When she was with Emmy it was my favorite. They both would gently hold each other, and Emmy would kiss Gabby. I didn’t think Gabby was old enough to react this way to family she isn’t around much, but right from the beginning she was laughing and smiling with everyone!

It was definitely a sweet trip, one we won’t ever forget! Here are a few highlights from the trip!


Family Thanksgiving in Tennessee (1) I wanted to see some foliage on this trip and we did! On the way, in North Georgia there was some pretty colors! Family Thanksgiving in Tennessee (2)Thanksgiving Day Family Thanksgiving in Tennessee (7) Family Thanksgiving in Tennessee (3) Family Thanksgiving in Tennessee (6)Our sweet girl’s first Thanksgiving.Family Thanksgiving in Tennessee (8) Family Thanksgiving in Tennessee (10) Cousin love with baby Trey and Emmy! Family Thanksgiving in Tennessee (11) Family Thanksgiving in Tennessee (12)Family Thanksgiving in Tennessee (5)Family Thanksgiving in Tennessee (13) Curtis and AmberFamily Thanksgiving in Tennessee (17) Family Thanksgiving in Tennessee (18) Trey and EmmyFamily Thanksgiving in Tennessee (19) Sweetness Family Thanksgiving in Tennessee (20) Andrew’s older brother Van with his beautiful familyFamily Thanksgiving in Tennessee (21)Family Thanksgiving in Tennessee (15) Family Thanksgiving in Tennessee (14)Thanks for capturing this family photo Curtis! Love it!Family Thanksgiving in Tennessee (16) The original four: Van, Nathan, Amber & AndrewFamily Thanksgiving in Tennessee (23) Mimi and TreyFamily Thanksgiving in Tennessee (24)Papa with his angelsFamily Thanksgiving in Tennessee (22) Three generations Family Thanksgiving in Tennessee (25) Family Thanksgiving in Tennessee (26) All the handsome men.Family Thanksgiving in Tennessee (27) The girls.
Family Thanksgiving in Tennessee (29) The whole Bolin family! Family Thanksgiving in Tennessee (30)

Family photo from two years ago:

Thanksgiving in Ohio 2017

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Gabby’s First Halloween Costume

DIY Starbucks Coffee Costume


DIY Starbucks Coffee Costume for Halloween | Baby Wearing Halloween Costume | Crystal Bolin Photography (1)


It’s been a few years since we dressed up for Halloween. This year, I had our costumes planned out months in advance! Since this would be Gabby’s first Halloween costume, I wanted to do something cute and memorable. After going back and forth between a few ideas, I thought this DIY Starbucks Coffee Costume would be perfect! After all, Starbucks is special to us because it was Andrew’s first job, and he was there for almost five years! Plus, we are coffee lovers. Well, I am… not so much Andrew. He worked at Starbucks but didn’t really care to drink coffee. He would bring his employee drink to me after work! Oh, those were the days! 😉

Since Andrew still had his apron from his days as a Starbucks barista, and most of the other things for the costume would be simple, I thought dressing Gabby as a Starbucks White Mocha Frappuccino would be the cutest thing. It sure was! Plus, I was able to baby-wear for this costume, which made it much more convenient. We had a family costume party in Miami last weekend, and I made the whipped cream headpiece for the costume on the way there! It was super simple to make, cheap and came out pretty decent, so I thought I would share! If you are looking for a quick DIY Halloween costume for a baby this is a great one for any coffee-lovers out there! Enjoy!


Mother & Daughter DIY Starbucks Coffee Costume for Halloween | Baby Wearing Halloween Costume | Crystal Bolin Photography (8)DIY Starbucks Frappuccino Costume for Halloween | Baby Wearing Halloween Costume | Crystal Bolin Photography (3) Her face when I told her she was a yummy white mocha Frappuccino…DIY Baby Starbucks Frappuccino Costume for Halloween | Crystal Bolin Photography (4) Her face when I told her there was no actual coffee nor can she have any until she is older…Simple Baby Starbucks Frappuccino Costume for Halloween | Crystal Bolin Photography (5)But she is definitely yummy!Mother & Daughter Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino Costume for Halloween | Baby Wearing Halloween Costume | Crystal Bolin Photography (2) Simple Baby Starbucks Frappuccino Costume with Tutu for Halloween | Crystal Bolin Photography Yummy Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino Costume for Halloween for Baby Wearing Parent | Crystal Bolin Photography (7) Starbucks Coffee Costume | Baby Wearing Halloween Costume | Crystal Bolin Photography (9)My favorite shot!Starbucks Coffee Baby Barista Costume for Halloween | Baby Girl in a Green Starbucks Apron | Crystal Bolin Photography


The details on how I made this DIY Starbucks Coffee Costume:

Baby Carrier: WildBird Ring Sling “Sparrow”

Green Apron: Starbucks or this Plain green apron (cheaper)

Logo: Printed from online but you can get a Sticker here

Whipped Cream Headpiece: Nylon stretchy headband, white gift tissue paper, tape, & a green Starbucks straw

Tutu: Old Navy (Similar)

Cream Onesie: Target (Similar)

Photography: Crystal & Andrew Bolin (Photos of Gabby & I were by Andrew)

Feel free to Pin!

DIY Starbucks Coffee Costume for baby wearing parents | Crystal Bolin Photography

Here’s how we wore it to our family party. If I would have been able to find our other apron, I would have been wearing one too! 😉 iPhone photo taken by my aunt Grace.

Family of Three Starbucks Coffee Company Halloween Costume

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