Wednesday, December 26, 2012

See you in 2013!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I will be taking the rest of the year off to spend with my family. 

Have a happy and safe New Year's and I will catch you in 2013. 

Peace & love. xoxo

Friday, December 21, 2012

The Olivia Act

Dear Friends,

My heart is broken over the recent tragedy in CT. I can't do much, but I'd like to do what I can....

I am participating in The Olivia Act in honor of one of the little ones who was killed in the Newtown tragedy. If you have a family that you'd like to nominate to receive a completely free photography session, please read the details on my FB Page: Kelly Vanderploeg Photography

Thank you. ♥

Winter Wonderland Party

All of you parents out there with kids who have birthdays in December or early January...I feel for you.  It  must be so hard to differentiate your kids' birthdays from your holiday celebrations.  They will probably grow up with a complex like most adults I have talked to who have mid to late December birthdays.  

My poor friends, Kristy & Web, have not one, but TWO boys with December birthdays....and it is on the same day, nonetheless.  However, they are doing their best to make sure their birthday parties are separate from Christmas...unfortunately, it will most likely be a double celebration their whole lives ;)  Kind of like twins ;)

They always throw a fantastic Christmas themed party for the boys at their home complete with a visit from the best Santa I have ever seen (no offense Uncle Chris!).  This year she enlisted the talents of Valerie with Charming Touch Parties in Geneva and no detail was overlooked.  

Valerie helped with everything from the invitations to clean-up.  Go give her a "like" on Facebook

We arrived to the party a little late, but I still managed to capture some of the amazing decorations and details.  You know I love good details!

And you can't beat a Christmas tree covered in my photos!!  Woo hoo!!

One of the birthday boys.


I think this was the part of the conversation when Ky asked for a BB gun and Santa told him "You'll shoot your eye out."

I hope all your Christmas preparations are going smoothly.  I am almost finished shopping.  Getting ready to enjoy some time off until the New Year.  Happy New Year everyone!!!  Love ya!  xoxo

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Greatest GIft of All...

This is so selfish of me...but I am so emotionally drained from thinking about the unspeakable tragedy that occurred last Friday, that I can not even share some my feelings without getting myself all worked up.  I find comfort knowing those children and teachers are up above in a wonderful place with the warm arms of Jesus holding them tight.

So instead, I wanted to share something happy that came after another unfortunate set of events...

I blogged about Rachel & Jeremy here, but just to recap, after years and years of heartache and disappointment, they finally got pregnant with TWINS, nonetheless...and this is not the happy party...which they unthinkably lost at 22 weeks along.  The happy part comes now...after never giving up hope, they finally welcomed an amazingly beautiful little girl into their lives via adoption just a few weeks ago.

She is so perfect and is evidence of why everything happens for a reason.

And Miss Rachel...anyone who sees her out with this tiny, beautiful baby is not going to like her one bit if they don't know Kendall is adopted.  Haha.  She has already gotten stopped and asked how she can look so amazing after just having a baby such a short amount of time ago?

The pure joy Rachel & Jeremy share is contagious.  I could not be happier for them.

Jeremy...she will have you wrapped around her little finger before you know what hit you.

And Taz had to check her out too.

Rachel is loving dressing up her sweet girl just as any new mom does.  This outfit was a fave.

I am so over the moon happy for you both and your new family.  All my love.