Part of me

First song: Things Are Gonna Change by Canyon Hearts

Second song: You’re a Part of Me by Jillian Edwards featuring Zach Berkman

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Ashlee Gadd

Ashlee Gadd is a wife, mother, writer and photographer from Sacramento, California. When she’s not dancing in the kitchen with her two boys, Ashlee loves curling up with a good book, lounging in the sunshine, and making friends on the Internet. She loves writing about everything from motherhood and marriage to friendship and faith.

happy birthday, Carson!

Carson-1 Carson-4 Carson-5 Carson-6Carson-5Carson-6Carson-7Carson-8Carson-9In keeping with the "second baby" cliche, I am one whole month late on blogging anything for Carson's birthday. We had a sweet, small party, complete with Chipotle and margaritas and no less than 100 tears shed from the birthday boy. Between major separation anxiety and a tooth cutting through, it was not his finest hour. I staged more photos a few days after his birthday because HELLO CUTE BANNER. Turns out, he was willing to oblige with an audience of one. Naturally. Here's a little tribute to the first year.....we love you Carson!

p.s. Everett's first birthday / Artifact Uprising Square PrintsThat Gold Balloon

happy birthday, everett!

Everett, I cannot even imagine my life without you. This is the year you learned to share me with your brother, and you did so willingly, sweetly, generously. I continue to be amazed by your ability to adapt, to change, to go with the flow with a smile on your face. You welcomed Carson with open arms and open mouth kisses, and I couldn't be prouder of the kind boy you are growing up to be. You are fiercely independent, wildly energetic, and full of joy, which continues to be your best attribute.

You make every room brighter and every day better. You will always be the one who made me a momma, and that makes you very special.

I love you forever, sweet boy.

sweeter than this.

It was one of my unspoken new years resolutions to take and create more home videos. Everett's going to be heading to college before I know it, and while I can't stop time or even slow it down, I can take a billion pictures and video clips in the process. It really doesn't get any sweeter than this...

Maternity photos by: EPLove Birth portraits by: Sarah Maren