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Victoria and Lance have a BIG announcement !!!

I seriously couldn’t think of a better start to the new year. Lance and Victoria have such an amazing story to tell, one that could only be told in their own words.  Victoria has a message for all of her friends and family:
“Lance and I tried unsuccessfully for 6 years to get pregnant. We had seen so many of our friends have children and then have second and third children. It was gut-wrenching to go to baby showers and come home to a childless home. We did 3 In-Utero inseminations and 3 In-Vitro Inseminations and we were finally told by our doctors that our chances of ever getting pregnant were very slim to non-existent and that we should consider adoption. We decided to put in our paperwork for adoption and was chosen by a birthmother in Honolulu. Sophia was born on October 12th, 2011. We were so excited! We couldn’t believe we were going to finally become parents!
After a year and a half, Lance and I decided that we wanted to grow our family so we put in the paperwork for a second adoption, we were looking to adopt a boy. Lance has always dreamed about being the T-ball coach, and watching his son play sports, etc. He came from a very athletic family. His dad coached him in sports and he wanted to have that same experience one day with his own son.
After only 12 days of turning in the adoption paperwork, we were chosen by a birthmother in North Carolina and were thrilled to find out that the baby was due in August of 2013, and it was a boy!  We only had a few months to prepare for the second baby so we rushed to get the nursery ready and buy baby boy clothes. At the last minute, the birthmother changed her mind. We were devastated. We had a nursery with no baby in it. We had to unpack our suitcases and put his little clothes back in his closet and shut the door. Our hearts were broken. Then 2 months later, during a routine doctor’s appointment, I found out I was pregnant. We were in total shock, after 8 years of infertility, we were finally pregnant….and the cherry on top is, we are pregnant with a boy!
We wouldn’t change our journey for anything. Although many tears were shed during those 8 years and our hearts were broken many times, we wouldn’t change a thing because we wouldn’t have Sophia if we didn’t go through what we did. We our grateful to have experienced the joys of adoption with our baby girl Sophia and now pregnancy with baby boy Cole.”
CONGRATS to the both of you!! You truly made my day!!




Hong zeman - What a truly touching and heart warming story. I am so happy for this family. Thanks for sharing Shelly. And beautiful picture too as always.

Bridgette - Your story is one I share with everyone, so touching. These photos are amazing, captures the excitement and joy wonderfully. I am SO happy for you both. Love you!

Jenna turns 8!

Little Miss Jenna turns 8! Without a doubt, this will be one birthday to remember. Not only did she throw another successful Jennapalooza, complete with kid carnival activities and snowman pinata, but it actually RAINED in San Diego! Unheard of! But do you think rain would stop Jenna and her friends from having the time of their life? No way. Before the festivities started, little sister Piper led me around the backyard to show me how all of the games worked. There was pig races, cow milking contests, and balloon filling races! Right as the girls were getting their spray-tattoos applied, the guests started coming in!


The rest of the afternoon was packed with cotton candy, games, games, and then finally then epic hitting on the snowman pinata. Candy fell from the sky, after many many attempts of whacking the thing! Before Jenna’s friends left, they filled up on yummy cupcakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes (YUM).


Happy Birthday Jenna!!!!



My Peter Pan Syndrome?

Remember awhile back I posted a family session with Cody and Sophi?  LOOK HOW BIG THEY ARE NOW. Ok, so it is not like they have grown 5 feet or are driving cars now, in fact it has only been a year, but SERIOUSLY! Why do kids have to grow up so fast? Sophia talks to me like an adult now, and Cody swears he has man muscles already. If the kids are getting bigger before my very own eyes….how are my own parents viewing me!? Now that I am considered an “adult”, all I want to do is eat ice cream all day and play with bubbles in the back yard with out anyone judging me. Peter Pan was right.


Anyway, I thought everyone would appreciate seeing these munchkins on the blog again, and know that yes- their Grandparents are still overly adorable with them. Picture perfect (and very photogenic!) family right here!