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february craziness 2015…

to sum up february would include snow, no school, and endless snow and no school. so here is our february.  white.  and lots of children in our house.

2015-03-02_0005.jpglet me introduce jamison.  formerly.  he’s been mentioned some here and there, but this is a full on full-fledged introduction since he’s pretty much one of us now.  you know how god can work in mysterious ways?  well he worked on this and while we never saw it coming, we are thrilled!  he’s pretty much a new addition to our family.  and a GREAT one!  we love him to pieces and we can say that he’s blessed our lives more than we have blessed his, even though he would argue that point, lol.  ironically, his name is jamison rich.  i mean we can say he was pretty much destined to be with us.
2015-03-02_0001.jpgsome february highlights…. mae turned 18!!  (am i old enough to have a child who’s legally an adult??!)  we had valentines day, and i cooked a lot since work is less with it being winter.  we got an estimate on having our kitchen redone and i passed out on the floor.  (i need to sign up for some house reno tv show or hit the lottery).  richie got new front teeth!  #sixcrownslater….  we got our “under the stairs closet” project done!  finally the backpacks go on HOOKS not on the floor!  lots of organizing #youknowimeanthrowingout and svenny slept a bunch.  one day i will need to make a book just of pictures of sven sleeping.
2015-03-02_0002.jpgfebblog1and then it snowed.  some of these pics were taken in boone one sunday when richie took brenn and zack sledding.  then it snowed here just a few days later.
2015-03-02_0003.jpgmy snow bunnies.  love them!  i am so blessed!
2015-03-02_0004.jpgjaden had a cheer competition in raleigh so we spent one full weekend doing that!
2015-03-02_0007.jpgthen it snowed AGAIN!  we were out of school TWO WEEKS!  that has to be a record!

so there you have it.  what we did in february.  basically lots of sledding (and lots of laundry), lots of chillaxing, and lots of pics of svenny.  i’m ready for march.  aka spring!

blue haven resort in turks and caicos

i am not easily impressed.  and i can be very critical.  i call it “honest”.  yet i can say, without an OUNCE of hesitation, that i am obsessed with our trip to blue haven.  easily THE best carribean experience i’ve ever had.  the resort is GORGEOUS.  the water is STUNNING.  the people… oh the people…. SO SO nice.  i wanted to high five them all. it was like they Wanted us there and to be completely happy with Everything.  the food was a TEN!  being at blue haven felt like we were on our own island.  it was so peaceful and quiet and we felt SAFE.  even outside of the resort we felt completely safe.  i’m tellin ya… i LOVE blue haven. and i love turks!

2015-02-04_0003.jpgour room (which i did not get any pictures of for some insane reason) was Perfect!  full kitchen, big living room area, bedroom off of that.  huge walk in closet.  free bottles of water.  big porch overlooking amazingness.  theres Nothing they could have done to make it better.  except let me come stay for free every year.  #dreamloverdontrescueme
2015-02-04_0005.jpgthe gazebo above was where the wedding ceremony was.
2015-02-04_0006.jpglooking to the left from the resort is a marina with some of the nicest, biggest, fanciest boats i’ve ever seen!  i’m sure there were some famous people in there!
2015-02-04_0010.jpgabove is the marina next to where you eat breakfast.  below is the “market” where you can get about anything!  the room came with a $30 credit for the two of us for breakfast and we had to get a Lot to equal $30!  and the food was a TEN!
2015-02-04_0011.jpgwhere we ate breakfast every morning!  can i back there please!?!
2015-02-04_0012.jpginside the market.  every drink we had from here was soooo good!
2015-02-04_0017.jpgwhen you walk into the resort this is the view you see…. #takemebackthere
2015-02-04_0018.jpgthe pool….  it was a Little chilly, so i didn’t get in it, but it sure was pretty to look at!
2015-02-04_0019.jpgnot too shabby, huh?
2015-02-04_0021.jpgstanding at the big marina looking back at the resort…
2015-02-04_0023.jpgone of three places you can eat on resort.  i did not eat here, but i did have a drink during happy hour!  delicious!  we ate at the fire and ice restaurant and i had THE BEST tuna filet i have EVER had.  EVER.  like if i had one last meal for life it would be that.  richie is Really tired of hearing about it, but that meal was DEEElicious!
2015-02-04_0026.jpgday two!  we had gorgeous weather Every day!
2015-02-04_0032.jpgsomewhere was getting wet.  but the rain passes quickly here!  turks orders!

we also took the free shuttle to grace bay and its pretty there too, but the feeling of being alone on the end of the island makes blue haven like heaven on earth!  i think i need to go ahead and make reservations for next january.  i could easily be a blue haven addict.

but next time i will wear bug spray.  #liveandlearn  #bugsprayisyourfriend

the wedding blog post will be up soon!  i only have like 4,924 pics to go thru to decide on blog ones!

where in the WORLD did january go??!  one of my 2015 resolutions is to keep up more with what in the heck is going ON over here!  i feel like i don’t share much of our personal life (except on instagram) and i want to change that this year.  a lot of times i feel like i work WAY too much.  but then i look back at my iphone pictures and i realize that we really DO do a lot as a family.  we have the busiest, biggest, loudest, craziest, most loving life i could ever hope for and i want to show it off.  and yes, these are all iphone pictures.


first up… new years downtown raleigh!  richie and i took brittany, maegan and jaden downtown to watch the acorn fall!  this has been a tradition of ours for several years and we love it!

2015-02-02_0001.jpgwe had a full house from christmas day until the 6th of january, so when everyone is home i pretty much spend all my hours cooking (you can’t even guess how much food we go thru) and cleaning up.  well, we have some fun in there too!  we celebrated josh’s 14th birthday and we danced a Ton to the Just Dance PS3 game.  richie built josh a computer for christmas/birthday and seriously its Amazing!  theres a shot of it below.  he customized it completely!  i’m hard to impress but i was pretty dang impressed with this.
2015-02-02_0002.jpgi bought a new camera for 2015!!!  hellllooooo to my new D750 which i love Very much!  yes i know theres a lot of pictures of svenny.  but he’s probably with me more than anyone else.  and he’s really cute.
2015-02-02_0003.jpgbritt and josh had to leave to go back to school january 5th, and the 7th we left for TURKS!!!!!!  richie and i got to photograph a wedding in turks this month!!!  seriously one of THE most awesome carribean experiences i’ve ever had!  i can’t even say in words how impressed i was with turks and caicos….  i think we need to go back every january for a little winter rejuvenation!  that wedding blog post will be up this week!  blue haven resort, i love you.
2015-02-02_0004.jpgwhen we returned from turks we headed to jaden’s third cheer competition in charlotte.  i’m so proud of how hard jaden works!  she loves cheer SO much!
2015-02-02_0006.jpgon the way back from cheer we stopped at Lazy Five Ranch…. Ooooo Emmmm Gracious… SO FUN!!!!!  if you haven’t been, you must go.  but don’t go in a car you don’t want animal food All in.  i have vacuumed my car three times since then and we STILL have pellets in the car.  but it was SOOOOO worth it!!!!!!!  i’m tellin yall…. GO.  (its in mooresville, just north of charlotte)
2015-02-02_0008.jpgi mean when is the last time you had a zebra in your car?  and that cow thing on the right snotted all down the inside of my door.  #funtimes #noreally
2015-02-02_0010.jpgwe wrapped up the month with an award ceremony for zack (he got a good citizen award), and getting a new car!  while we were gone to turks maegan totaled our mazda.  thankfully, she was ok, as was zack who was also in the car.  but we drove that mazda EVERYwhere, so we needed to replace it asap.  we ended up getting another mazda 3 but a hatchback and a STICKshift.  richie says he hasn’t had this much fun driving since he was 20!  lol!  its def fun to drive!  school started back for brenn and jaden on the 28th (they were out since dec 20, so we were all excited) #longestschoolbreakever.
2015-02-02_0005.jpgwith work a bit “calmer” this month (only one wedding and two sessions), i got to cook more!  i really enjoy some pinterest recipes and i have found “the pioneer woman” show on food network (#wherehasthatbeenmywholelife).  and that steel oat recipe with the bourbon apples… MMMMmmmmm!  i made a Big ol breakfast sunday (no one needs to point out that was actually february 1st) and had my parents over and my granddad and maegan’s new friend-boy, jamison, who we Love!  teens…. please learn its so much better to date someone your parents like!  yeah we are old, but we are smart.  and we have been around the block once or twice.  anyways…. january life has been FULL!  and not too freezing cold.  so i’m not complaining!

and there ya have it!  our busy, wonderful january…. staggs style!

while we don’t normally shoot maternity/baby sessions, when it comes to our couples we marry, we def make exceptions!  meet lea and brad.  we married them four years ago and now look forward to documenting their upcoming baby girl who is due in october! i did a maternity session for them a couple days ago at the same spot we did their engagement session!  love these two and they are going to make some Awesome parents!  thats one lucky baby girl in that belly!!

well as most of yall know, i had surgery on monday afternoon.  i kicked those baby makin parts to the curb.  they served their purpose and now they are better off not inside me.  but its been a rougher recovery than i planned on.  i’m a busy lady and being down for the count isn’t ever really in my plan.  so i have taken this week off and i am going to start work again slowly next week.  thanks everyone for your kind texts and emails and mostly your PATIENCE as i get thru this recovery.  for now heres a shot from a wedding i did a few weeks ago.  they LOVE their truck.  so this image has special meaning for them!  and of course i Love the light.  and just like them in this shot, i am trying to “hang in there”!