Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Top Favorite Photos of All Time

When I saw this prompt for a post on Andrea's blog, I knew that I would have to partake, but I also knew that I would have to bend the rules a little.  I’m a self-proclaimed picture taking fanatic.  My computer currently houses over 107,000 photos (not even exaggerating... that is the actual number), so I guess you can see why trying to narrow down my favorite five pictures of all time would be pretty much impossible. 

So instead of posting my top five favorite photos of all time, I’m going to post my top three favorites from several different categories, and I’m limiting the categories to those of just our little family of four.  If I start getting into old family pictures from when I was little, or pictures of my extended family or my girlfriends, this post would be eighteen miles long.  This means that all of these pictures were taken since B and I have been together, and they are going to be spread out over seven categories – Brian and Me, Jacob and Me, Olivia and Me, Jacob, Olivia, Jacob and Olivia Together, and Travel.  Sound good?  Yes?

O N E – Brian and Me

The best day of my entire life was our wedding day, and this was my favorite picture from that day.  I love it so much that I had it blown up on a large canvas that sits over our fireplace in our living room.

Another one of my faves was this one from our engagement session in summer 2007.  We loved that spot so much that we took our pregnancy pictures there when I was preggo with Jacob and Olivia.  Here we are in that same spot at three different phases in our lives.  This also means that you get two bonus pictures.  ;o)

This one is one of my favorites because it's just Brian and Lindsay being Brian and Lindsay.  No kids.  Just us.  <3

T W O – Jacob and Me

This first one was taken on Jacob’s first beach trip when he was just nine months old.  B captured the perfect moment.

The second one was on Jacob’s second beach trip a year later when he was about a year and nine months old.  He was so sick on that trip, but he was such a little trooper.

The third one was taken in January 2014 when I was eight months preggo with Olivia.  It was Jacob’s first snow.  We don’t get snow here but once every few years, so when it happens it’s magical.

T H R E E – Olivia and Me 

This first one was taken just two weeks after she was born during her newborn photo shoot.  It was the perfect capture of a new mother with her sweet, sleepy, swaddled, new baby.

This second one is one of my favorites because this was one of my favorite ages for Olivia.  She was 14 months and her little personality was just blooming.  She was a sassy little thing way back then just as she still is now.  And that was one of my favorite beach trips ever!

This last one is definitely one of my favorite pictures ever.  It was taken in the hospital when Olivia was just two days old.  I was battling a spinal headache caused by the epidural for my c-section (that’s why I’m lying flat on my back) but my heart was just so full at that time that I thought I actually might burst with happiness.

F O U R – Jacob

This first one is one of my favorites because it was one of the rare times that he wore a hat… he never wears them, but he looks so stinking cute when he does.  I mean, seriously, how cute is this kid?!  Sometimes I still can’t believe that he’s mine.

The second one was taken when he was just hours old.  He was the most perfect looking baby I have ever seen.  He didn’t look squished or banged up like some babies do.  It was quite a feat since he was stuck in the birth canal for hours!

This last one is one of my faves for two reasons: a) That was one of my favorite outfits of his of all time.  It was his Easter outfit back in 2014 when he was two and a half.  B) Because this captures the essence of Jacob so well.  He’s really shy if he doesn’t know you, but for all of those that he does know, this is how he acts.  Haha.

F I V E – Olivia

This first one is one of my favorite pictures of all time.  It was taken when Olivia was just a few months old, and the reason it is so special is because of the outfit she is wearing.  Once upon a time, before Jacob and Olivia came along, I was pregnant with another little baby.  When I first found out that I was pregnant one of my very best friends, Jeannine, bought this tiny romper because we just knew it was going to be a girl (we never found out for sure, but I just know), and because the romper was covered in little strawberries (Jeannine and I had an obsession with drawing fruit when we were in high school).  When we lost that sweet baby in June 2010, I tucked the outfit away in case we ever did find ourselves blessed with a healthy baby girl.  Several years later Olivia came along, and she was able to wear that sweet little strawberry covered romper during her first summer.  Words can’t even explain the happiness that I felt that day when I first put it on her.

This next picture was taken when Olivia was just a couple of weeks old.  It was the first time I was able to capture her smiling in her sleep.  Doesn’t this just make your heart skip a beat?

This last one of Olivia is actually a twofer – you get my favorite of the two (the one of her in her sunglasses) as well as the one that I took just after that… doing her duckface.  If that picture doesn’t sum up her personality perfectly then I don’t know what does.

S I X – Jacob and Olivia

Another capture by our newborn photographer.  This one is framed in half of the rooms in our house.

This next one definitely would make the top five of my favorites EVER because it brings back the sweetest memories.  Olivia was just five days old and we were still in that new baby, sleep when you can phase.  Jacob had just awakened for the day and we let him crawl in the bed with us (he still has his paci!) and he wanted to hold five-day-old Olivia.  Just look at how gently he’s holding her and just look at the way that she is looking at him.  I could burst.  I’m tearing up thinking about it.

This one was taken last year on our beach trip.  We had just arrived and eaten dinner and the kids were playing in the sand by the ocean for the first time of the trip.  The sun was setting, a cool breeze was blowing, and all of us were just so happy.  Good memories.

S E V E N – Travel

B and I have done lots of travelling over the years, so I couldn’t just narrow these down to three… instead you get five!

First is the picture we had taken on the Grand Canyon Skywalk back in 2009.  If you haven’t been you MUST go.  It is breathtakingly beautiful and walking on that glass skywalk jutting off of the side of the Grand Canyon is pretty much surreal.  It’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.

Second is a picture of me in Malibu looking out over the Pacific Ocean.  B and I went to LA, Malibu, and Ojai, CA back in 2014 for my cousin’s wedding and we checked a bucket list item off along the way by driving up the Pacific Coast Highway in a convertible.  We pulled over to snap some pics and B took this one of me.

Third is this picture taken in 2006 because I love a good snow pic and we used to ski all the time.

Fourth is this picture of us in front of the Rockefeller Christmas tree back in 2012.  It had been a dream of mine to go to NYC at Christmastime and see it since I was a little girl, and we finally did it.

Finally, our favorite place!  B and I used to go to Vegas every year before we had kids, and we ended up going eight years in a row.  For the first few times that we went, you couldn’t get a good picture with the Vegas sign because it is in the middle of the highway and it was in the middle of a dirty median.  Finally, in 2009 they made it pedestrian friendly, and they spruced it up by laying down some fake grass, so after six years of wanting to get a picture there, we finally did!  It’s the happiest place on earth, Vegas!

Whew!  That was a lot of information and a LOT of pictures.  Are you still here??

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  1. So many great pictures!! Love all the little stories behind them.

  2. I love that you did categories, this was an impossible task as I love pics too!! Whoohoo, this Thusday I will be by the Vegas sign!! Mr. Nine is taking me for my birthday, I haven't been there in 20 years! Your and your mr. Are so precious and make the most adorable kids!!

    1. Wasn't it impossible?! Goodness! I think I had to delete like 50 pictures and I STILL ended up posting 26. Haha. And OMG, girl, you are so lucky!! I can't wait to hear all about your trip! I will definitely be living vicariously through you... I miss it so much!

  3. WOW~ What great pictures! Fun for sure walking down memory lane! I can understand now why you have to do categories!!
    Have a great day!
    Olivia's duck face and Jacob's hair in his easter pic! Oh MY...so CUTE!

  4. Awww..so many great photos!! I love the ones of Jacob with baby Olivia. So adorable!!

  5. Aaawwww!!!! So much cuteness I can hardly stand it! Squishy babies make me smmile :).

  6. Love this!! I love the pic of you and Olivia laying in bed, such a special moment and Jacob with that wild hair, love it!!

  7. I loved loved loved these!!!! Oh man! I should've participated in this one! Oh my goodness. I absolutely loved reading about all your sweet memories!

  8. Oh my word I love this! I need to do something like this! I love the faces your kids are making! So cute!

  9. I just commented to someone else that I would not be able to narrow down my favorite pictures. I like how you did this in categories! I love these pictures too.

  10. I really enjoyed looking through these and the reasons why you chose them. Such a beautiful family! Also, love that you took pictures in the same spot for different life milestones! So special!

    - Claudia

    1. Thank you, Claudia! Yes, that spot is just so gorgeous we couldn't help but take a bunch of photos there!

  11. Great photos! Love the one of Olivia in the strawberry bubble!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  12. I loved every picture. Your family is so precious. I am glad I was not the only one that struggled with picking pictures.

  13. I don't think your kiddos could be any cuter! That one of Olivia in the strawberry romper kills me! And Jacob's Easter outfit..so adorable!

  14. Oh my word! So many beautiful pictures. I just adore your sweet family! And it would totally be hard to only pick 5. You take the best photos!

  15. Love all of these!! It would be so hard to pick a select few favorites. Olivia as a baby.. oh my word!!

  16. Oh how I love seeing all the sweet pictures you treasure!!! Life is precious, isn't it? Happy Tuesday❤

  17. I love seeing these! Olivia's newborn pictures are gorgeous. And I love the one of Jacob with the shades and the plaid shirt and the crazy hair! We might be going to Vegas in August so I'm going to need to pick your brain for some recommendations if we end up going!

  18. OHHHH these are the best - you have such a beautiful little family!!!


  19. Great way to organize all of these pictures! The one of your son rocking out with his hair all crazy is precious- and that little chica! I think having an older son and younger daughter is the way to go (you know, cause we totally planned it that way, right!?)

  20. Oh goodness these are all so precious!! I see why they are your favorite! :)

  21. Love, love, love all of these pictures and the fun memories behind them! Pictures are such an amazing thing. Thank God for digital cameras and being able to capture so much of our everyday lives.

  22. Love how you separated this into categories! I bummed I missed this topic, but maybe I'll still do it. Love the ones with you and each baby! Special memories!


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