Our Family Video Film, News, & an INCREDIBLE giveaway

Several weeks back, my sweet friend, Nicole, texted me asking if I would be up for a family video session. Without a second of hesitation, I quickly responded YESSSS! You see, Nicole and her beau, Tyler, started a cinematography business this year. The Lord laid the desire on their hearts and knowing there would be big risks for these newlyweds, they obeyed His call. In just a few short months, 314 Productions is already booming with success, and it's no doubt a blessing from the Lord for their obedience to His call. They want their business to be first about glorifying the Lord and second about blessing others. And they do just that.

We spent a couple hours together this past Saturday. C was in a particularly fantastic mood & his hair was about the same curly as always:). She captured us being us. Doing what we normally do. Playing, eating, exploring, sliding, and reading always. I will treasure this film always.

Oh, and you're going to want to watch it all the way through because there may or may not be something exciting at the end:)

Kubler | family from 314 Productions on Vimeo.

Exciting news right?!?!?! Check back here tomorrow for more details & what this means for our family:) Now some EXCITING NEWS FOR YOU!!! Nicole is G R A C I O U S L Y giving away a family session to one deserving family. That's right, she. is. giving. away. a. family. video. session!!!! I told you Nicole & Tyler just want to bless others. To win, you must live within a 30 mile radius of Memphis, TN and the session must be held on a weekday. That's it! Any size family can enter. Simply comment on this blog post explaining why your family or a family you know deserves this amazing gift (link back to social media or a blog so we can meet you)! You can enter by commenting here on my blog, on Nicole's blog, or on either of our Instagrams. One entry per family please. Winner will be chosen Friday.

I can't believe they are giving away such an incredible gift! Nicole & Tyler, we love you dearly. You blessed us in a way I'll never be able to repay. Thank you for shining Jesus & blessing us immensely. We love you!


April Goals a little late

So I really thought I published this post days ago, but I obviously didn't (opps) so here it is almost the middle of the month & I'm posting my goals for this month. Oh well.

 A look back at March Goals:

- Continue to have my quiet time and pray for husband consistently : CHECK
- Keep working out : not as consistent as I wanted to be but I did!
- Second shoot a wedding : CHECK. This was a great learning experience for me. It's been a while since I helped shoot a wedding, and since I'll be shooting my brother's wedding, I really needed the refresher
- Read one book : CHECK I reread the last book in the Hunger Game series to refresh my memory
- Family date and Romantic date : CHECK see last two posts
- Start on C's new room : Nope. I'm so undecided here on what I want to do, shocker!
- one social media free weekend : somewhat of a check, I went a week without posting, but I did check it some.
 - Start biking : CHECK kinda. I got my brother's bike but had to do some repairs. So, I technically just started biking
 -photoshoot with C : CHECK!(see last post)

 March was overall a success. I know I say this every month, but I'm really enjoying setting some goals. I obviously don't post everything I want to get accomplished that month, but setting some smaller ones (and sometimes bigger ones) really helps me be accountable to doing them.

- consistently have my quiet time & pray for husband
- family date & romantic date
- Bike more often/Use my sister's elliptical every MWF.
- prepare and practice to shoot my brother's wedding in May. I don't do weddings and I never will, but obviously since the groom is my brother, I'm totally up for shooting their wedding and excited. This will be a major challenge creatively for me in sooooo many ways. I'm excited and super nervous. And I desperately need to prepare.
- Make all the garlands for my brother's wedding. My future sister to be asked me to make these garlansds and I LOVE doing DIY crafts like this. I want to finish them all this month so come May, I won't be rushing to finish.
- Complete a super exciting project. More details to come on this one:)
- Have more friends over for dinner. We host community group every Sunday night and a class every Monday night, so our home is filled those two nights with friends from our church, but I really want to get back into the routine of having people over for dinner during the week and opening up our home.
- Deep clean bathrooms, our closet, and my office.
-Throw two showers!
-Blog a little more consistently


And just like that he's 18 months

Somehow, somehow C is already 18 months, and it's been far too long since I took his pictures. The other day we went on a family date, and I knew this would be my best shot to snap a few. I say this at every new stage, but this whole toddlerhood is totally my favorite stage. The words he are learning, the body language, the giggles, the level of activity, I love it all. I love having a boy who is so adventurous, tender hearted, giggly, and life of the crowd. Right now, husband and I are his best friends, and I know one day not far off, that won't be the case any more. So, I'm cherishing this time. Hard core.

 I've been keeping all this as a note on my iphone, but it's time to document his monthly developments here. I haven't done a monthly update since 12 months (will you look how LITTLE he was, ugh time passing). Anyways, here goes...

13 months:
-walks every where
-walks a book over to you and sits in your lap
-points at everything
-finally decided he liked clapping
-reads all the time
-says uh oh, dada, moo, and tries to imitate sound
-loves turning book pages
-still naps twice a day
-completely walking
-reads to himself outloud
-climbs everything
-chases finn
-loves saying momma and dog
-a mouth full of teeth
-now takes one long nap from 1pm-5pm
-loves to wave
-says no to everything
-started throwing minor fits
-loves to dance
-is a total daddy's boy

15 months:
-likes to "roll it" with hands
-carries pillows or drags anything around the house
-loves to sweep or wipe down counters
-makes the noise with hand over mouth ("indian" noise, sorry to be politically incorrect)
-mastered giving kisses
-still climbing
-chases finn's tail constantly, poor finn
-loves finding his belly button

-pretends to count
-says one, two, banana, shoe, yeah yeah
-loves to grab our hands for walks
-really into dinosaurs
-has become a picky eater

17 months:
 -makes pretty much all animal noises
-loves to find belly button, hair, eyes, nose
-points constantly
-plays basketball with dad
-makes a new sad, pout face
-makes a new surprised face
-wants to live outside
-hoards remotes

-loves trucks and cars
-dance and sings anytime there is music
-"reads" to himself out loud in his room
-loves waving bye bye and hello
-started really throwing tantrums
-still a picky eater but getting better
-puts on a show for people
-still loves dinosaurs, books, and trucks
-can find his nose, hair, ear, belly button, and eyes
-can say momma, daddy, dog, car, truck, my, mine, me (he's so selfish:), ball, two, shoe, nose, uh oh, no, yeah, woah
-knows the sounds for a lion, dog, cat, dinosaur, cow, duck, tiger
-sings to himself a lot

I love you my sweet C, more than I could ever try to explain here. I could not be more thankful and grateful to be your mother.  please stop growing so fast:)


Family Date 3/12

On Monday, the very last day in March, we squeezed in our family date. We grabbed breakfast at famous local place, Blue Plate Cafe. We had never been, and the pancakes did not disappoint and neither did the cheerios for that matter. C feel asleep in the car after breakfast, so I made a pit stop to Hobby Lobby for some supplies for my brother's wedding. We then drove out to Shelby Farms. They have one seriously incredible park that we don't get to take C to very often. We knew he would love the massive slides and walking trails. And, of course, he did. So much that he made a bullet run while on a trail for the lake because ducks were everywhere. He woulda jumped right in had we let him.  I was able to shoot a little mini session with him while we were there. I think this was his favorite family date so far. Not much beats cheerios and slides in his opinion.

Family Date 2/12
Family Date 1/12