Friday, February 26, 2016

here lately-

Lately our days have either been packed full or totally empty. Honestly, I've enjoyed both varieties equally. With the newest Zuill only a month or so away from arrival (allegedly) I know that days of leisure are numbered, so I really have soaked up every minute.

The busy days have a totally difference but equally remarkable appeal. I've tried to plan some special afternoons for Henry since I know his days of being center of attention are rapidly evaporating. We've been bowling, to plays at TPAC, and to the video game arcade for endless games of air hockey. Of course, there are also the regular days filled with house cleaning & laundry, play dates, doctors appointments, and afternoons of taekwondo practice. That last one has definitely come with its rewards, as somebody recently got promoted to the level of green belt-

We also had full schedule last weekend. On Friday morning around 5:30 a very sleepy Henry and I set off on a little road trip to Ohio. Will honestly stated he thought I was crazy for taking a 6 hour road trip at 34 weeks pregnant. I'll admit that by the time we pulled back into the driveway on Sunday night I was pretty much 100% in agreement, but it was totally worth it. I miss my brother and his family so very much, and just look at sweet Evelyn Ruth. A numb butt and overextended bladder were small prices to pay to meet this face and to get to watch all my family with her.

Not surprisingly, two of the group showed a higher ratio of interest in Legos & silliness than they did in baby cuddling.

No big surprise that we squeezed in a little newborn session while we were there. No way I was leaving my camera at home. Love these people so so much.

So that's what we've been up to lately. This weekend the weather is predicted to be nice and a lot warmer and Mr. Zuill is home from a week long business trip (thank goodness!), so we'll be outside planting bulbs, weeding flower beds and helping our dear friends move into their new home- and I'll take that! Until next time-

Thursday, February 11, 2016

maternity photos, part one

I never want to forget this time of my life. We are so lucky to have such a talented friend to capture it. Sarah, I truly can't thank you enough, and love you so. These are priceless.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


I really can't imagine and occasion that could be much more fun for an expectant mama than a baby shower. Having so many of your favorite people gathered in one room, all there to congratulate and celebrate a sweet new life- that's pretty amazing. Over the weekend my four beautiful friends hosted a beautiful gathering for me and our baby girl. I could feel the love poured into the perfect details. I can't tell you how much I adore and love each one of these women. My amazing tribe.

It's been over 5 years since Henry's baby showers, so I was pretty much swooning over the sweet baby things floating around that room. You forget how adorable it all is. Our girl was given so many beautiful and useful gifts on Saturday. Among other things, we received baby carriers & sleepers, bath supplies, a handmade banner of Stevie Wonder lyrics for the nursery, swaddle blankets and diapers. We are cloth diapering this go round, and just let me tell you, there's nothing more adorable than little cloth diapers. And tiny little vintage looking dresses? Be still my heart!

You know that baby shower game where they put a candy bar in a diaper and you have to guess what kind it it? Well, none of that here. That basket of books pictured above? The girls gathered all those for all my shower guests to write in and record a sweet message to the littlest Zuill. I don't think I've ever seen a better shower activity, and what a beautiful reminder of a such a wonderful afternoon with these folks-

One other huge thanks, to my one and only Sarah Gilliam who not only documented the afternoon, but who also came over the day before to take the most stunning photos of my pregnant belly to use as shower decor. Love you friend, and so thankful for your love and talent! I'll definitely share more of her photos soon! I will say, you do have to keep an eye on her photography when there are deer antlers in the vicinity, ha!