1/2 a year.


How on God’s Green Earth has this little sunshine been on this planet for already HALF OF A YEAR. She will be 7 months old in a few days – and although it makes me sad to think there will soon be no more babies in this house… it makes me happy to know that Chech and her are growing into best friends. <3


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Once we went to Pensacola

Our adventure began, early evening… a road trip with a 6 month old, a 3 year old and two exhausted parents. 10 hours in a car, to Pensacola. Sadly, my godfather, and uncle, passed away and we hadn’t been up to see them. I wish so bad that we had gone sooner – but we made the best of the sadness… and spent some time with my amazing Auntie.

So behind her house, is this AMAZING little “forest” Chech called it. It was really just an overgrown lot – but every once in a while my aunt said Deer would pass through. I’m just a fan of this beautiful golden light.



We TRIED to go walk around Downtown the first day – but it was 40 degrees. Wind was NUTS. So these South Floridians took one step out of the car, saw some dolphins swimming in the harbor, and bee lined it straight back to the car.


We settled for some take out pizza, coloring and cartoons at home instead. Which was perfect, considering we got to hang out and talk to my Auntie – and see all the amazing pictures from her and my Uncle’s road trip around the US. They took these beautiful photos of all these national parks they had visited… and I got to hear stories about how much fun they had. 🙂
On our last day in town, Javy and I took the girls into Downtown Pensacola to explore while my Aunt took care of some things around the house.

Here, we stumbled across the Pensacola Children’s Museum – where we had so much fun playing in the market and historically themed exhibits. Pretty darn cool! DowntownPensacola-0024 DowntownPensacola-0027 DowntownPensacola-0029 DowntownPensacola-0034 DowntownPensacola-0042 DowntownPensacola-0045 DowntownPensacola-0049 DowntownPensacola-0055 DowntownPensacola-0058 DowntownPensacola-0083 DowntownPensacola-0084 DowntownPensacola-0094 DowntownPensacola-0098

Then we took a walk around downtown… checking out the park squares, the “Old” town and we even wandered over to a tiny beach.DowntownPensacola-0103 DowntownPensacola-0110 DowntownPensacola-0112 DowntownPensacola-0116 DowntownPensacola-0124 DowntownPensacola-0134 DowntownPensacola-0140 DowntownPensacola-0152 DowntownPensacola-0165 DowntownPensacola-0175
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Although the reason for our visit wasn’t the best – it was a chance for us to spend some time with my Auntie and enjoy her company.

I miss her much.

I’ve got sunshine, on a cloudy day.

This life is chaos. My family is a beautiful, traveling circus – perfectly combining entertainment, excitement and suspense all in one ball of energy. Will the tightrope walker make it across the line? Of course – she’s a professional. Will I make it through the week? Of course – because I have no other option. And I’m also a professional Mom.

And what makes a circus even more interesting? Really awesome animals. Elephants. Lions. Tigers. Rare, giant creatures, fascinating to look at – who’ve learned impressive tricks. That’s pretty much what my kids are, just sans the giant part. Fascinating creatures, who’ve learned tricks like saying “Thank You”, or who can sit up in a high chair and smile at people.

So today, while this nasty cold front moves through, and the clouds steal my sunshine…. I’ve got these two wonderful beings to brighten our home. <3


The Bubble Chronicles

As a “Work at Home” Mom – I find myself creating opportunities to tire out the kids. Milena naps for 15 minutes. Alexandria has no idea what the word “Nap” means. Jack needs a good 20 minutes of running from one side of the yard to the other so he leaves the kids alone. I’m a Photographer and Home Operations Manager. Creatively making my way through every day – losing a little bit of my sanity every 24 hours. But that’s cool right? Aren’t all the mastermind creatives completely bonkers?

This year, I made a resolution to shoot my own every day a little more creatively. Finding the beauty in the ordinary.

And our ordinary has a lot of bubbles these days. Every day, for about 45 minutes, we run around in the bubbles and pretend we’re in a “Bubble World”. It’s hysterical to watch & a whole lot of fun to listen to Alexandria pretend she’s saving a King. Or discovering a hidden treasure. Or “Solving a Mystery”. Sometimes Jack plays along and lately he’s been so much more cuddly with all of us. I think he’s finally growing out of that crazy puppy stage and a little happier just hanging out. Regardless, Chech is definitely enjoying every second of it. <3

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Life is Art.

I would have never imagined that all of the events of my life would lead me to where I am today. Sitting at this dining room table, editing a beautiful family portrait, listening to my “Fiance” talk business on the phone. Following my dreams of working a Photographer – capturing images that mean the most to people. Fulfilling my dreams of having a family of my own. Living the dream of working for ourselves, and no one else.

Dip the brush in the paint.

I never would [in a million bazillion years] have imagined I’d be sharing the joy of raising two girls with someone who was my best friend for years.

Another Brush Stroke.

Like people say “I love my husband he’s my Best Friend” – but I legit fell in love with someone who has seen what “Ugly Cry” Amanda looks like,  and still loves me. Best friends forever.

Another wave of color on the canvas.

Tonight Alexandria crept around the corner of the hallway from her room, peeked her head and “softly” yelled at Javy and I, “Goodnight guys, I just wanted to say I love you”. She was trying to manipulate us to let her get out of going to bed – but it was beautiful nonetheless. That beautiful brain of hers thought that up all by herself. Watchout world.

Another splatter of paint hits the canvas.

And now, as this crazy pup named Jack is trying to murder a tennis ball by my feet, as I listen to the sounds of Papi Lindo putting out the garbage, I hear the feedback shriek from the baby monitor, some ice from the ice maker falls into the bin with a crash – I feel overcome with love & a gratefulness for life. Yes I’m loud. Yes I talk too damn much. Yes I’m a social media oversharer. But my life is a priceless masterpiece.

People often say that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder,’ and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves. – Salma Hayek

Happy October

It makes me so happy when Holiday “months” arrive – because that means fun outfits… and more photos to add to the Iglesias Family Yearbook that I’ve decided I’m making every year. I figure if I do it little by little every month, it makes it easier when it’s time to get it printed!

Today was a turning point in the Alexandria – Milena relationship building process. Alexandria ASKED if she could hold her baby sister. All on her own. She was SO EXCITED.

She gave her kisses, smelled her stinky feet and cuddled her cheek the way that she sees me do – she even tried to give her the pacifier back when she started crying. It was seriously the cutest 10 minutes of my life – and I’m excited to share the photos with you!


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