Our Lemonade Stand

This project has been in the works for over a year and we finally just decided to make it happen. My friends, Mandy and Melanie, helped to make this such a fun set up for our girls, who just so happen to be best friends as well.  Everything we had for this session was hand made from the wooden pallets painted and nailed together for the stand, to the dresses and hair bows Mandy and her mother-in law made for the girls to wear.  Melanie made the beautiful cake pops and Mandy’s aunt recently started a cookie business and she shipped orange, lime and lemon decorated cookies to us for this fun day.  Check her business, I am the Cookie Lady out here.

9
3
8
7
2
4
5
1
6

 

 

Lauren, Caydence and Elise had a blast and you can certainly tell by their big smiles in these pictures.  It was so fun to be able to capture their sweet friendship and fun, unique personalities. Memories to last a lifetime!

Cheers!

-Jen

Happy 4th Birthday, Elise Renae!

Last night I went to bed at about the same time I was waking up four years ago in labor with you. I was remembering back to how my water broke, and how I woke up scrambling around, crying tears of complete fear and total excitement.  I knew it was going to be one of the most amazing days of my life…the day I met my baby girl. I’ll never forget how I felt when I looked at you for the first time.  You looked so much like your father and you were so beautiful.  

100_0856

Your dad and I had so much fun celebrating your first birthday with all of our friends.  Little did I know then how important these friendships would be not only to me, but to you as well.

1bday062009_182
1bday062009_054

You turned 2 with a few scratches, but you didn’t let that stop you from celebrating.  Your sincere joy and excitement for life is one of my very favorite things about you.

Dsc_4839-lowres

Your third year was celebrated with your friends at the park and even though it rained…

Elise_3_party-107-lowres
Elise_3_party-055-lowres

and all of your cupcakes toppled over…

Elise_3_party-071-lowres

you laughed through it all and a rainbow even appeared.

Elise_3_party-057-lowres

My sweet, sweet girl, YOU are such an amazing blessing in my life.  You keep me on my toes and remind of what is important each and every day.  You love so deeply and laugh so freely. 

Illinois_vacation-005-lowres
Illinois_vacation-094-lowres

You have grown so much in the past year and I have been so blessed to sit back and watch each new experience you have had.  I wouldn’t miss it for the world. You are a loyal friend, with such a caring heart and I couldn’t be more proud of you.

Illinois_vacation-703-lowres
Illinois_vacation-730-lowres
Illinois_vacation-734-lowres
Illinois_vacation-737-lowres

I know with each additional candle, and with each new year, you will continue to grow into the unique and beautiful individual God created you to be.  Your family and friends love you so much and you have so much to celebrate today.  Happy 4th birthday, Elise Renae! 

Illinois_vacation-657-lowres