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Getting Through It: The Holidays are Approaching

I'm watching the days go by on the calendar and I know that Thanksgiving is less than a week away. I don't even want to think about Christmas.

I was shopping for Thanksgiving dinner ingredients with my husband and making a menu list out loud.

"What do we need for stuffing?"

It sounds so small. It's a word - a simple side dish that he makes every year. It's his Grandmother's recipe, and it's fantastic.

It was also my mother's favorite thing to eat when we hosted Thanksgiving. He made a special pan just for her.

I instantly choked up, thinking that she wouldn't be standing in the kitchen picking at the turkey while he was cutting it. Or hassling him for taking too long to put it all on the table.

It's bothered me since then... I can't get the image out of my mind.

I came home from work on Tuesday a complete mess and had to calm myself down before I could explain to Tony why I was upset. When I did, he responded with something that made complete and total sense:

Don't get me wrong. I completely understand the value of having a family meal where everyone comes together and spends time being thankful for what they have and who they have to love. 

Last year, we were all together. 

When it comes to this particular instance however, I can't allow myself to get lost in who isn't here. I have to be thankful for the people that will be sitting around my table eating the delicious food prepared by my husband. 

My biggest dilemma is how to include Mom in our festivities. She was the glue and dammit, she should be here to eat her share of the stuffing. 

How do you include your lost loved ones in the holidays? 

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Riley Jean is One! Cake Smash Session

I am so excited to share these photos with you! I decided a few months ago to try my hand at cake smash shoots, and I'm hooked. Especially when you have little doll faced darlings like Miss Riley. She was so much fun to photograph! A good friend of mine has this gorgeous white piano in her living room and when we were discussing locations for this shoot, she suggested using it as the backdrop. I loved the idea - and I love how the photos turned out.

Riley was happy to play with the piano and didn't fuss a bit about the tutu or hat. When her hands hit the icing however, that was a different story. We tried to get her to play in it and make a huge mess, but she wasn't interested. It made for some great shots to capture how not into getting dirty she was and memories I know her Mom will cherish forever.

Check out the photo gallery below!

Check back soon for my next cake smash gallery! Thanks for reading!

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