Jordan + Mindy + Riley

Hello blog world, we’re still here! I’ve been wanting to post a pour-my-heart-out kind of post about…well, everything. Life and business mainly, and how we want to change things and the direction we’re going with our photography business. It’s hard to write such things and really get out what I’d like to say in the limited time I have to write these days. So for now, we’ll stick with an update on just us. Our lives at home, and away from home. Still all about our little Ri guy. 

A lot has happened since our last update. Mainly our kiddo, like all others in the world, is growing up way too fast. The cliche saying is true. See below for proof. :)

These days Riley is: 

rolling around, sitting up, trying so hard to crawl, eating people foods, babbling away, losing the last of his baby hair and growing blondies in place, loving to bounce and be tossed around (adrenaline junkie in the works), and being such an amazing tiny person

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 He’s still a master at expressing himself, for sure.

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He’s seen his first snow, and is not a fan. He’s our little beach babe, taking after his parents. 

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We’ve tried many foods, avocado being the first. After getting past the texture, he was a pretty big fan. 

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He also loves some banana in his little squishy squeezer thing (seriously, I have no idea what the actual name for this is). 

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 Jordan managed to catch his initial “what is this weird feeling stuff in my mouth” face. Often mistaken for an “eww this is gross” face, but most of the time this isn’t the case. The only thing he hasn’t been a big fan of so far is sweet potatoes. We’ll keep trying them though. :)

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 Playtime is much more fun, and vertical, these days.

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 We’re still in love with owlie, though he seems to be shrinking next to Riley.

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 Along with us parents, he’s had lots of auntie time, especially with Aunt Gabby.

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We’ve been going to a My SweetArts music & arts class on Mondays. My dad asked, “Wait a minute, he’s already getting music lessons?” Well, he’s obsessed with listening to his daddy play guitar and beating on things, so in this class he gets to listen and play on an actual drum. And eat a few instruments, too. Sweet! 

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And the biggest new thing? His first airplane ride. To Las Vegas. For his daddy’s birthday. As a gift to his dad, he slept almost the entire flights there and back. Go Riley go! And Aunt Gabs got to join us. It was great fun. 

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 The aquarium at Mandalay Bay, and Bellagio’s light show. Some of our favorite Vegas things. Along with the food. And Aria. And Aria’s smell.

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And that is all I’ll write for now, as Ri is reaching and chatting for/at me. Gonna go snuggle our little dude and go for a walk. Til next time, y’all. Business update coming before too long, I promise. :)

~JAM + Ri-toast

We're Here | Growing Riley

There isn’t much time for blogging these days. I’m definitely shooting a lot, but my subject is almost always Riley Boone and his daddy. I’m okay with that right now. My creative brain has gone from work mode to play mode, which is exactly what it needed. I’m missing you clients this holiday season especially, but also loving that you’re finding other folks to capture what you and your families are doing this year. That’s the most important thing. Keep documenting your lives in any way you can. This bit of time off is giving me some space to do that with our “little dude,” and I’m so thankful. Here’s a brief look at what we’ve been up to since my last personal post in early October.

Riley watched his first Appalachian football game, and was part of our group photo in Blowing Rock homecoming weekend. Along with his little lady friend, Elliot. Yay, kids!

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Ri loves bath time, naked time, and any other time that allows him to kick his legs freely and oh-so-swiftly. Until very recently, he’s loved traveling about in our Maya wrap kangaroo-style. Now he’s so long he likes to sit up on my hip! The image of him passed out with Jordan at the computer is one of the funniest damn things I’ve seen. Ri also loves his babysitters, Tasha and Michelle. Below he can be found sporting Tasha’s UNC Rugby sweatshirt. Loads of cute.

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We found the cutest shark outfit for Ri’s first Halloween. The first thing Jordan thought of for his own costume was, of course, chief Brody from Jaws. Best father-son Halloween photo ever. Jordan made the boat you guys. Of scrap cardboard and colored duct tape. On Halloween day. The man amazes me.

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In the top ten photos I’ve taken of these two. Love this so much.

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Bath time is the best time!

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If you can’t laugh at this series, you must be having a horrible day. The kid is one of the most expressive little humans I’ve ever known. He has us rolling, daily.

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He’s just recently started to really reach for things, and study them so very closely.

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Gah, that little grin. I feel like a melty marshmallow every time he grins at us like this.

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We’ve picked out our first tree as a family of three. Can’t wait to celebrate Christmas with my little family.

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I think Riley’s excited, too. :)

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We hope you all are enjoying the holiday season. We’ll see you next year!

~JAM + Riley B

Riley + the beach

While technically not our first beach trip (we spent one night at Wrightsville when Ri was nearly 4 weeks old), this was our first big trip, with our very bestest friends, the AKs. They drove all the way to the NC coast from Missouri. Whoa guys. I think it’s safe to say they’ll fly next time. :) But all of the Riley cuddles, (three) dollar tacos, mocha shakes, and beach time were worth it, I’m sure. We miss you guys, and have since the second we drove away. Here are some fun highlights from our trip! 

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