Mason Meets Tyler

On Saturday evening, September 2nd of 2017, Tyler made his way into our bright happy world, and has been well-snuggled ever since. I got to stop in for a quick visit and snap some cuteness as big brother Mason met “baby brother.”

I met Mason and his Auntie B and Uncle Austin at his house, and we followed them to the hospital.

2017-09-07_0001.jpgMason had a special gift for Tyler - a red fox stuffy! 



We walked in (my boys joined us until we got to the room - they got to meet a few days later!) with Auntie & Uncle, and headed up the elevator to meet little bro.

2017-09-07_0004.jpg Mason & Daddy were so excited to see each other after a night apart!

2017-09-07_0005.jpg Into the double doors we went with Mason charging along, fox in hand. “Give, baby Tyler!” he’d said before we came in. It’s time!


Behind this door is so much love, and so many snuggles to be had. Mason was ready for all of it, and his introduction was one of the sweetest things I’ve ever witnessed.

2017-09-07_0008.jpgHello, Mommy & Tyler!


Monica, you looked absolutely radiant with love. Some people talk about pregnancy glow which you definitely had, but you had such positive loving energy in that room too. So, so in love, and glowing with it!


I love these tiny toes!


Betina and Austin contributed to the loving feel in this room quite a bit. You two were so sweet getting Mason ready to come over, and then loving on these loves. Happy tears were definitely welling up behind my camera!


As Uncle Austin was holding Tyler, Mason decided to investigate a little further, and fell in love immediately. So many hugs and kisses followed (and more happy tears)!


Ready for the first hold!

2017-09-07_0011.jpg Look how tiny! We knew Mason would seem even bigger when Tyler got here, but it’s hard to comprehend how much bigger until it actually happens. This is big kid stuff, holding little brothers. Mason is a pro!


And now, just a whole bunch of cute sweetness with this family of 4…


I see you there, big brother MayJay!


Hold him? Take him home?” Mason was loving Tyler so much that he just couldn’t get close enough and wanted to hold him even closer. Such a sweetheart!


Gentle, loving hands from Mommy and Mason.


Exploring the toes and the nose, and the “bee-bo!” belly button! “So tiny!”



It was hard to leave this room full of love, but I left to join my boys and visit some family of ours for the day. But yesterday we hopped on over to their house for a visit from all of us!


Kisses and love from the boys! And me, but my goodness how cute are they?! :) 


 Tim & Monica - we are so in love with baby Ty (you know this, we know)! This season of your lives, while full of adjustments and newness and learning how to navigate the world of two kiddos, is such a beautiful and lovely thing to witness. In all of the crazy moments you find yourselves in, always look to the little ones like this. The craziness will be over before we know it, and we’ll all have a bunch of big kids (and one day adults - but please let that don’t be as soon as it feels like it will be) looking back at this crazy, amazing, wonderful time. We couldn’t be happier for you (not without our hearts bursting, I don’t think)! Love you so much!



Barco Baby #2

You guys, I love babies. We’re done with having any more of our own, so I get really excited when friends have more. Especially when those friends are these friends! Jordan and Tim grew up together and are brother-friends and he and Monica and Mason are pretty much family to us. We love them so. Just look at this gorgeous glowing mama and her sweet beautiful family!

 We spent a weekend with them at our place in Wilmington, and grabbed a few sweet shots of them out in the hot hot heat.2017-08-07_0001.jpg

Tim calls this next photo Monica’s goddess photo. Seriously though. Shot by Jordan, who rocks our telephoto lens with those amazing hands of his. That dappled light in those live oak trees is gorgeous enough, but when a glowing mama steps in there, totally at peace even in the summer heat…well it’s just breath-taking.2017-08-07_0006.jpg



This is just so sweet!


Jordan shot nearly all of these as I entertained the boys inside. He is always the one getting the big smiles and laughs. I love these swingy shots. :) 


Mason joined us for a bit at the end. I love watching him and Riley together, and absolutely cannot wait to see him and baby brother together when he’s here. Just a couple more weeks now!


Sleepy kiddo loves some hammock time!



Mama kisses and cheese cheers with Daddy.


More to come of this little bundle very soon! We love you, Barcos. :) 


Tasha - UNC grad!

I just went through this old blog of ours and came across Tasha’s high school graduation post. I’ve had these UNC graduation photos sitting in a folder since April and figured that was my push to share this gorgeousness with the internet world. You’re welcome! (sang in Maui voice because I’m a mom and because I love Disney, mom or not.)

We rocked it out on UNC’s campus with a mini photog tagging along (see end of post for the mini).

We started at the Old Well because well, it’s Carolina. It’s what we do here. :)


Jordan got this candid shot of Tash and I’m jealous that I’m not the one who shot it. We only had one camera for this shoot so we had to share, and I’m glad he snapped this one. That profile! Girl.


Thankful for this shade and the nice breeze we got here. And that laugh! So happy!


I think this is my favorite shot, and yet again I did not shoot it. Props to Jordan because, damn. Great shot of Tasha and her man Darius. They met at UNC, so we had to get him in some shots too!


Insert all the heart eyes here for this.


Riley ran through this tunnel (this was in April, when everything was still freshly budding and blooming) on the way to meet Tash and fam, and wrinkled his nose and said it smelled terrible. It smelled very earthy, and he obviously wasn’t a fan. He still, four months later, mentions this every time we drive by this spot! Thanks for not wrinkling your nose here Tash. ;)


I mean just look at how cute they are!



She is DONE, son!


I have an entire folder of outtakes with Riley and Jordan from this shoot, and had to share a few of these for giggles. You know you like giggles, yeah? Well here, have some!



That last cracks me up!  

Tasha, it’s been amazing having you and Darius in our lives. Congrats to you, and thanks for helping us instill goodness and fun in this crazy kid of ours. We need a date soon (all of us, not just this J&M)!