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As with anything in life, a support group of friends, family and strangers that care is essential for growth and success.  I have truly been blessed on my photography journey with such a wonderful and massive support group of Facebook fans.  Thank you for joining me on this path, sharing my work, and leaving me comments along the way.  I would not be fulfilling my dream if it weren’t for all of you!

Christmas sale on newborn photography, maternity pictures, and baby pictures in Nashville, Clarksville, TN and Fort Campbell, KY

From now until Christmas, celebrate with us for our growing group of 4,000 fans!  Everything is 40% off – just use the code 4KSALE at checkout from your personal gallery or you can purchase gift certificates on sale HERE.  Click on the logo image and you will see the different gift certificate increments available.  Add one {or tons} to your shopping cart and be sure to use the code 4KSALE prior to checking out.

newborn baby girl with handmade crochet santa hat   The gift certificates are valid throughout 2013 and may be used on any products or services offered by Pictured Moments by April.  They make great gifts for your pregnant friends or especially if you’re expecting a newborn baby soon too!  I am currently scheduling newborn portrait sessions throughout 2013, starting in February {January is already booked}.  Please email me if you have any questions or need to arrange a time to pick up your gift certificates:  april@picturedmomentsbyapril.com  .  Thank you all and Merry Christmas!

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Newborn Twin Boys Encouraging Holiday Mail For Heroes | Fort Campbell, KY


Many of our soldiers will be spending the holidays alone, deployed, and away from their families. You can help make this Christmas a tiny bit brighter by sending a card! Here is the link for the Holiday Mail For Heroes program through the American Red Cross. The deadline is December 7th, so help me spread the word and share the message please! God bless our troops♥

newborn twin boys on a bunk bed with ACU tops and Army capsNewborn baby boy laying on ACUs with military cap

newborn baby photographer clarksville, tn   fort campbell, ky   www.picturedmomentsbyapril.comDo you want a military cap like these for your newborn, infant, baby or toddler?  Kasey’s Creations makes these adorable little hats for us – check her out!  We adore her work!

Newborn Twin Boys Encouraging Holiday Mail For Heroes | Fort Campbell, KY


Many of our soldiers will be spending the holidays alone, deployed, and away from their families. You can help make this Christmas a tiny bit brighter by sending a card! Here is the link for the Holiday Mail For Heroes program through the American Red Cross. The deadline is December 7th, so help me spread the word and share the message please! God bless our troops♥

newborn twin boys on a bunk bed with ACU tops and Army capsNewborn baby boy laying on ACUs with military cap

newborn baby photographer clarksville, tn   fort campbell, ky   www.picturedmomentsbyapril.comDo you want a military cap like these for your newborn, infant, baby or toddler?  Kasey’s Creations makes these adorable little hats for us – check her out!  We adore her work!

Unnecessary Madness


Does YOUR Christmas morning look like this?

 

I know our Christmas morning almost always looks like this.  Although, it may be worse because we celebrate at multiple houses.  I’m pretty sure they ALL look like this.  I know Christmas morning for me has not always been this excessive.  I remember a few years as a child having very small Christmases.  Ironically, at that time I never thought to myself “this is a very small Christmas”.  In fact, I was ecstatic with my new umbrella and the handful of other small gifts I received.  It was when the extravaganza began and grew that I thought to myself “this is a very BIG Christmas”.  Had it never grown, I doubt I would have ever noticed.  I was grateful – and happy.  Now, a few decades later (I’m 21 again), we are in the middle of an entitled generation.  Expectations are high, demands are even higher.  Parents are busy keeping up with the Jones’ hoping their children will receive as much as the next kid.  I know, I’ve done it too.  I can’t help but wonder though, what have we done??   At what point will we as parents stop the madness and make a change, because it’s up to us you know.  I decided to make that change this year.  Kylie will be getting a handful of gifts from us – one I even bought second hand.  Part of her Christmas presents will be helping another child have a Merry Christmas, and we intend to make her a vital part of it.  Christmas is foremost about Jesus Christ, our Savior born to give his life for us.  It’s about giving.  Giving to our children for Christmas is very important, however, if all we’re doing is giving to them excessively, then all they are learning is to take, expect, and demand.  Make the change with me this year!

*the above images were accumulated from http://www.pinterest.com and http://www.google.com and were not taken by me*

Counting Down To Christmas


Getting ready for Christmas means something different to each of us.  While one mom may first think of completing her shopping, another may be writing out her baking list.  Dads hang lights outside, Christmas trees go up, and decorations find their way to every nook and cranny.  I have never been much of a holiday decorator.  I have great intentions and big ideas, but zero motivation to deck my halls.  I’m no baker either, and shopping is almost always a last minute ordeal for me.  This isn’t an ideal holiday picture I’m painting here, I know, but – it’s ME.  I’ve realized that there are some parts of counting down to Christmas that are important to me and have since become a “tradition” of sorts in my family.  We love going to see the Christmas parade each year and getting out to see all of the Christmas lights.  We do a few simple crafts and send out Christmas cards with an updated family photo each year as well.  On Christmas Eve, we bake a birthday cake for Jesus and sing to him.  This year we happened to see a live Nativity scene that Kylie was mesmerized with – I think I will add that to our count down tradition for now on.  Last night, Kyle and Kylie made the Christmas gingerbread house too.  I joked with him saying that since we had to make one without him last year, he should make one with Kylie this year.  He said ok, and off they went!  They did a pretty good job, I must say, complete with shredded coconut as the “snow”.

What are some traditions that you and your family enjoy as you prepare for Christmas?  I would love to add a few more fun, meaningful ideas to my list.  I hope you all are enjoying your count down to Christmas!

 

Project Christmas Card


Last November I started “Operation Christmas Card” along with some fellow Army Wives here.  We invited {begged} friends and family to please send a Christmas card to a list of soldiers – each of our husbands included.  The idea was that the consistent influx of holiday mail throughout November and December would hopefully ease the hardship of being alone at war for Christmas.  The project took flight and really soared – the response was truly overwhelming!  It was immediately clear that begging was unnecessary – people {even strangers} were honored to take part in it.  Kyle and the list of soldiers received Christmas cards and care packages from all over the country for months!  Some were from our family and friends, others were from fellow Army wife family and friends.  Many were from complete strangers.  To say that the project worked would be a huge understatement.  Kyle said the constant mail kept his spirits up, made him feel appreciated, and showed him how kind and supportive people really are.  He tried to write thank-you cards during the scarce free time in Afghanistan, but couldn’t thank everyone unfortunately.  For that reason, I wanted to take the time to give a heartfelt thank you to all of you that blessed my husband and the list of soldiers last Christmas.  It truly meant more than you can imagine.

After returning home to us and getting settled here at Fort Campbell, Kyle received a few cards in the mail that were forwarded from Afghanistan.  Apparently, he was on the move when the cards reached the country and didn’t make it to him in time.  Amazingly enough, they made it back here though!  I knew the project was a success and I could imagine how all of the love and supportive mail would make him feel, but I was never on the receiving end during the project until now.  These cards were from a girl scout troop and a math class – complete with pictures.  I started crying.  I finally felt an inkling of how these soldiers must have felt this past Christmas.  I am so blessed to have friends and family who not only support my husband and many other soldiers, but also ask their friends and family to do the same.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you all.

 

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The Aftermath of Christmas Cards

You know that you’re blessed with abundant friends and family if you have to steal your 3 year old’s alphabet magnets to fit all of your Christmas cards on your refrigerator!  One of my favorite parts of the season is getting the mail and finding your Christmas cards in there – bonus if it’s a family picture card.  I love covering my refrigerator door with them and seeing your beautiful faces each and every day.  Most of the time I will keep the picture part of the card hanging on my fridge after Christmas – as long as I like you enough to see you for the next year of course.

I have to do a rare thing and get on my soap box.  I have been informed of the trend of emailed Christmas cards this year, or even worse, a holiday picture uploaded to Facebook and tagging everyone that is an intended recipient.  Are you kidding me people???  What is this world coming to that we are too lazy and impersonal to send a card for Christmas?  Thankfully, no one was brave enough to subject me to the new trend this year.  After spending almost a week hand writing Christmas cards to soldiers in Afghanistan, and then at least a few days addressing the ones I sent out, I would probably be annoyed if someone took such a shortcut as tagging me on Facebook for my Christmas card!  There are always extenuating circumstances, I know.  Money is tight for everyone around this time of year.  As long as your reasoning is that and not just pure laziness then I guess I could let it slide.  You better be broke though – or just don’t send cards this year!  That’s all I’m saying on that note… lol

Day 205 – A Picture A Day While My Soldier’s Away


White Christmas

Although this picture wasn’t from today, it could have been.  Kylie and I experienced our first “White Christmas” this year.  The excitement and anticipation leading up to this day was overwhelming – posts littered Facebook and blogs about the upcoming snow.  I have to admit that I was tickled when the snow started falling on Christmas eve – everyone should get to have at least one white Christmas.  By today, however, the novelty had worn off.  The roads were nasty and cabin fever started to settle in for both of us.  We still went out and played in our little winter wonderland though.  Santa brought Kylie a sled, so we hit up a little bunny slope of a hill behind our house while Pixie bunny hopped all around.  It was short-lived but fun and at least I can say that we experienced a white Christmas the right way.  For the record, call me crazy but I think I prefer the Florida version:  white sandy beaches kinda Christmas.

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Christmas Memories

When I think back to my favorite Christmas memories, they were all when I was a child.  I remember waking up at the crack of dawn with my sisters and tearing into our gifts on Christmas morning.  We would play with our toys most of the morning and then usually nap sometime in the afternoon – I don’t think we changed out of our pajamas for most of the day.   My memories don’t include stress and chaos – partially due to the fact that I was only a child I’m sure.  I think that the peacefulness of Christmas back then has faded to just a memory for me.  In my adult life, I usually dread the holidays.  My parents are divorced now and I’m married, so the festivities are centered around “yours, mine, ours, his, hers, step-his, step-hers, grandma mine, step great grandma hers” etc.  You get the picture.  Unfortunately, it’s the norm for many families these days and we do the best to make the most of it.  Because of the craziness, Kylie has never had a memory of Christmas like my childhood ones.  She has never had the chance to wake up on Christmas morning, tear into presents, and sit in her PJs all day playing with her toys.  Instead, it’s been more like:  open presents from Santa, rush to get dressed, head to Grandma’s house, open presents & eat brunch, rush to Papa’s house, open presents and eat lunch, rush to Nana’s house, open presents and eat dinner…  and that’s just Christmas day!  The days prior are just as chaotic and busy.  Make no mistake – I love our families dearly.  I just want to make sure that I’m not stealing “Christmas” from Kylie by robbing her of what were my fondest memories.  This year, we did things much differently.  We focused more on what Christmas is about – Kylie KNOWS the story of Christmas.  We dressed up and attended my very first Christmas Eve service at church and we had a little birthday celebration for Jesus at home afterward.  We woke up Christmas morning, ate some breakfast, and opened presents together from Santa and loved ones back home.  We stayed in our PJs ALL DAY and played with nearly every new toy.  It was a bittersweet holiday.  I missed my family terribly and I’m missing you so much it hurts, but for the first time I feel that I was able to give Kylie a gift I was proud of:  Christmas memories.  Merry Christmas!

Day 203 – A Picture A Day While My Soldier’s Away


 

I wanted to start a new family tradition this year and celebrate the birth of Jesus with a cake on Christmas Eve.  Kylie helped me bake and decorate the first cake I’ve ever made in my life.  That’s right, I’m 34 years old and this is my first cake!  My expectations weren’t very high as I have never enjoyed cooking or baking of any sort.  After mixing, baking, and letting the cakes cool, we iced and stacked them.  It wasn’t long before it started falling apart – cracking and sliding off the top..  I tried to hide my disappointment as Kylie covered the cake in sprinkles and colorful icing.  “This has got to be the ugliest cake I’ve ever seen”, I said with a sigh.  “Don’t say that!”  Kylie yelled, “it’s beautiful.”  I realized at that moment how perfectly right she was – especially considering who this cake was for.  This cake was just like each of us – broken and imperfect – not worthy for our Savior.   He loves each and every one of us anyway, and I’m pretty sure he loves our first cake just the same.