James’ First Holiday


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Yesterday was a significant day for not only our country, but also for our son; James celebrated his first national holiday, the fourth of July! I know he won’t remember these days and moments, but as a mother and a photographer, I want to attempt to capture as much as I can to look back on.

The first half of the day was very uneventful. We slept in, kicked the day off with some homemade French toast (Isaac is a wonderful cook!). We attempted to leave the house at a decent time to visit friends in Spearfish, but of course, there’s no sticking to routines with a newborn. They always throw you for a loop when you least expect it.

Holiday Fun at the Park

When we finally got on the road, we barely had time to do what I had planned. Getting into town, I knew the first stop we had to make was to the city park. We don’t get out nearly enough with little James because it has been either rainy or really hot. The weather was so nice out yesterday. It was still almost 90 degrees out, but there was a light wind and we were down by the creek which always cools things off.

Looking this good was definitely not an easy accomplishment, and of course it never lasts long. From spit up to poop or pee, we find ourselves constantly changing our outfits, and we won’t even mention how many times I change the baby! But that is beside the point…

We made it to the park, and walked down to the creek bank. I kicked my feet around in the water while Isaac sat with our sun in the shade, and we simply enjoyed each other’s company. It’s the most blissful our little family has been. Next step is introducing the family pup and cat in the walks. Isaac bought this adorable cat backpack so eventually, we will be able to capture that moment, too!

After enjoying a moment at the park, we ran to Safeway to get some salad for the family supper and headed over to the McGuigan farm. My MIL is getting married into the McGuigan family, and we have all started to blend traditions and welcome one another. Come this fall, I will be an aunt to three amazing little boys and have yet another sister and brother to ask for help and ask my many parenting questions too. It made me realize just how important these holiday memories are.

While we were there, we had a small family photoshoot. Then, we ate a delicious steak supper and the boys set off some small fireworks and had fun out in the driveway. It was so much fun, and I can’t wait to watch James join them one day setting off fireworks and making memories with his cousins. Until then, enjoy these photos of “Mr. Independent” on Independence day!

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