Family Tree Record Book

Quite a few years ago I picked up this Family Tree Record Book in the discount section of Barnes and Noble.  I wanted to start some kind of family tree and this inexpensive book was just too easy (versus all the elaborate DIY ideas that were tempting all my time and energy!).  I pulled it out the other day to update with some new information about our son and other baby additions to our family the last two years and thought it would be fun to share.

I believe some things are worth heavy creative time and energy.  But there are some things that are better simply done than not done because I don't have the time to do it beautifully.  This is one of them.  To have all this family history documented in one place will surely be appreciated for years to come.

I sat down with each of our moms - my mom and mother in law - and we went in deep with the family history.  We were pulling out paperwork and birth certificates.  It was work but also a special time to go down memory lane with our moms over the history of our family's past.

The book lays everything out for you and there are some tips and reading material that I have yet to really look at.

I have everything filled out for the family we know about and I haven't even bothered to put in any pictures.  While that would be a fun element (especially the family that my husband and I never knew) I am completely content with the written information.  It is far more than I ever imagined coming up with and I am so grateful I took the time and effort.

To get an idea of some of the pages, I am sharing the pages about myself (for the sake of other's privacy!).  Even the information about myself will be something I know I will appreciate reading again in the future and something I hope my own children will enjoy reading about.

You can find my same book over on Amazon: Family Tree Record Book

And here is another one that might be fun: Family Tree Memory Keeper

Winter Maternity Photos: Baby #2

A few weeks ago we took our tripod out and tramped through the almost melted snow to capture a few maternity photos.  It had snowed earlier in the week but by that afternoon rain had washed away most of it.  We got these pictures taken just in time to have a little snow in the background without needing to be in our full on snow clothes!

Of course by the time I got the tripod set up, our son already had mud all over his pants, shirt, and shoes!  Luckily we were able to wipe most of it off and our clothes were all dark enough to withstand a little dirt.  But nothing like the joys of an active toddler to throw a few challenges in!

I was currently 32 weeks (a bit later than when we took maternity photos for our son).  It feels like a good time - the bump is huge but I am not completely out of it yet.  Luckily we got in plenty of good shots within fifteen minutes and were back in our cozy weekend clothes.

The next one below is my favorite.  If we had planned to send out a maternity photo Christmas card this would have been the one.  But I did not want to put so much pressure on myself so we waited until our cards were already all sent out before we got around to doing this shoot.  I will just have to frame this one instead!

We ended our mini photo shoot with a few pictures my husband took.  While I love our tripod, these close up ones are especially good and sweet.  Proof that a human behind the camera is still always a bit more magical.

Just a little over a month to go before our baby girl will be able to be in these family photos herself!  The longest shortest nine months of my life!

Photo details:
We use this heavy duty tripod and love it.  Still shooting on our Nikon D600.  Photos taken in our backyard!

Pregnancy related posts:
-Our pregnancy announcement
-Gender reveal photos
-Our baby girl's name
-Pregnancy silhouette photos

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!  Wishing you a wonderful holiday.  Thank you for all your love, support, and encouragement this past year.

xo Ashley

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