Friday, March 24, 2017

Sadie's Nursery

Our first mother/daughter shoot!  A few weeks ago, when Sadie was 1 week old, Sara came to our house to take these precious pictures of sweet baby in her vintage dress (mine and then my sister, Jessica's blessing gown) and her nursery.  

Sara just rebranded from Sara Logan Photography to her married name, Sara Coffin Photography, and her new logo and look are gorgeous.

Here are some of the pictures!  I will treasure them always.

^My friend, Kristen, drew this INCREDIBLE ballerina for Sadie's room.  She is insanely talented.  

^Giant picture of me from my Nutcracker days :)

My dress: ASOS maternity
Monogram Sign: Monroe 26

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Beauty and the Beast review

I took the boys to see Beauty and the Beast on Friday for a matinee showing.  (We've all aged a little since the time I took them all to see Cinderella.) I'm just going to go ahead and say it....I loved every single thing about it.  It was wonderful and magical and just about perfect.  Here are a few of my favorite things from the movie...would love to hear what you thought about it!

*The casting was perfect.  With every character, I thought, yep! that's exactly who should've played them.

       -I still haven't fully forgiven Dan Stevens for leaving Downton Abbey and leaving me a complete mess (HOW DARE YOU Dan Stevens!!), but seeing him in this helped me move on a little.  He was the perfect Beast.

       -Audra McDonald...NO ONE TOLD ME Audra McDonald was in this movie!  She is queen and her voice throughout the movie, but especially in "Days in the Sun"....ahhhh sing to me!!! Beautiful.

       -Luke Evans as Gaston, perfect.  Emma Watson, great (heard some bad talk about her singing...thought it was very sweet and nice for the part).  Josh Gad as Lafou, hilarious.

*I really enjoyed the "background" scenes.

        -The opening dance scene where we're introduced to the Beast in his Prince days was hauntingly beautiful.  The enchanting dancing, the elaborate costumes, and Audra McDonald singing....what a combo. Also, as a side note, it is my dream to choreograph a scene like that in a movie one day.
       -The moment in Paris where Belle learns the true background of her mother dying from a great illness.  And where the audience learns the history of the Beast's cruel father and mother's death.  Great additions to the story.

*Fantastic group scenes

        -Group scenes are usually my favorite, and this movie's group scenes were no exception.  The opening "Belle" scene in the town was my favorite.  SIDE NOTE:  The entire time that Belle was singing about wanting to get out of that town, I was thinking how nice it'd be to GO there. Take me to France, please!  Thanks.

        -Gaston and Lafou's entrance during the "Belle" song was my favorite entrance of a character.  It set their characters up perfectly.  Gaston being so narcissistic in the most hilarious way and Lafou giving us great one-liners as comic relief ("Belle-she's soo......well read.")

I could talk for hours about how much I loved this movie.  If I had to say ONE thing that I would've changed, it would be well...2 things.  1-Belle's costume when she goes to the castle for the first time. I realize the costumers were doing a variation on a theme, but one side of the dress was hitched up showing the layer underneath it, and I was confused by that choice.  2- Be Our Guest wasn't as colorful as I imagined it to be, but then again, nothing really beats the cartoon version of that scene.  OK!  I nit picked that because really those 2 things were just fine.

Some more Beauty and the Beast for you....

*Here's a hilarious skit that James Corden did with some members of the Beauty and the Beast cast called "Crosswalk the Musical." I laughed way too hard.

*And here is BYU's a cappella group "Vocal Point" singing a Beauty and the Beast Medly.  So, so good.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pictures from the hospital

The fantastic Sara, from Sara Logan Photography, captured these beautiful moments of our new family of 6 at the hospital.  Babies are a lot of work (good work!), but they only stay little for a second, so I'm really excited to have these memories of baby Sadie and her big brothers when she was brand new.

I seriously love the hospital stay (after the labor & delivery part)....being taken care of and only having to focus on recovering and snuggling is so wonderful.  I've mentioned this before, but I compare myself leaving the hospital to Ross from Friends leaving a hotel room....I stay until the very last second and take basically anything and and everything I can with me in my bag.  

Figuring out the bed moved up and down :)

^love this one!! So little!
^Baby feet are my favorite

These boys do love their sister (and she's going to soon realize how much she loves them!  I'll forever cherish these moments Sara captured...she is absolutely amazing!  (Here are the pictures she shot of Crew when he was a newborn.) 

Happy Wednesday!  I hope y'all are staying was even cancelled today because of these freezing temps....brrrr to this crazy NC weather!
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