The Family Photo…and our 2016 Christmas Card

We take a lot of pictures in this house. We document every little thing that happens around here so you would think that THE family photo would be a cake walk…

In an attempt to be ahead of the game this year I recruited my cousin Sam to photograph my family in our new neighborhood, quickly and nothing too fancy and before Thanksgiving at that! At the end of this session I felt like the Rocky theme song should have been playing just because we survived! If you can’t tell by that statement it was a rough time. Asher was whiny, Ryder wouldn’t smile etc etc. Sam was truly a miracle worker because the photos did not depict this at all! Well besides Ryder’s grumpiness which we couldn’t even bribe him out of (yes we were those people). But at the end of the day, when we look back at this time we will remember how awful it was, how tired we were after, and how much we wish we could go back.

This was our first shot…oh man!

The only child who cooperated! 

This is the photo that Freddie says looks like we are having fun…looks can be decieving!

Ladies and gentlemen, here it is! Our 2016 family photo and Christmas card. This year I went with Artifact Uprising as our printer and I could not be happier with the quality and efficiency of this company! The gold foil is subtle yet defining and the color and texture of our image was not distorted whatsoever. I cannot wait to get my 2016 album printed by them!

Next year the goal is to have our cards out by December 1…and maybe with older boys everything may go a little smoother. And maybe I’ll just keep it a secret that I wish they could stay small. Many many thank you’s to Sam Shapiro and Artifact Uprising.


This year Easter was a bit different for us. We didnt know if and when we would be moving and because of that our entire townhome was packed! We were living out of boxes! So we planned for the boys to have their Easter Bunny visit at home and then an egg hunt and dinner at my moms house.

Moving or not these boys were hooked up by the bunny this year! Their baskets were full of Disney goodies and doodle pads. Tracks led up to the baskets as they do every year and Asher LOVED getting into everything in his basket!

At my moms house the boys were given baskets from their grandparents and their aunt Hillary and Uncle Rene. Can you say spolied??? And on top of the eggs from their easter bunny my mom totally outdid herself and covered her entire yard with eggs as far as you could see! What a great time watching all of the boys run around looking for their names on the many eggs!

Between all of the stress of packing and loan documents Im so happy that we got to take away to actually enjoy our kids and family and spend no time worrying about every day things that tend to take over our whole life! Thank you Mom for having Easter at your place this year! Ill take it on next year!IMG_0125 IMG_0126 IMG_0126_1 IMG_0127 IMG_0132 IMG_0133 IMG_0137 IMG_0143 IMG_0151 IMG_0152 IMG_0154 IMG_0155 IMG_0159 IMG_0161 IMG_0162 IMG_0163 IMG_0165 IMG_0170 IMG_0181 IMG_0182 IMG_0195 IMG_0204 IMG_0207 IMG_0211 IMG_0212 IMG_0220 IMG_0228 IMG_0232 IMG_0234 IMG_0237 IMG_0238 IMG_0239 IMG_0243

Thirty-Two- Family-Disneyland Birthday

 This year I had a birthday and turned Thirty-Two! What does one do when they are that age? They go to Disneyland! We are at Disneyland…A LOT…but I couldn’t pass up my birthday pin and a stroll around my happy place. Disneyland birthday’s are the best!

 We actually went to celebrate Disney style the day after my birthday. The night before, Freddie had made dinner reservations at my favorite restaurant, The San Franciscan, with my family. It was a wonderful evening and I got to have my favorite shrimp cocktail and baked potato dinner! I do love me a good shrimp cocktail! We ate and drank and it was a little bittersweet for me because I realized that since we are moving so soon it may have been one of my last dinners there! Until I come visit…the shrimp will be waiting for me!

At Disney I got my pin and we took some photos to commemorate my day of birth! My brother Josh ended up getting his annual pass so that was awesome! Josh is so great to be around and just got our of the Navy. I’m so happy that my boys will get to go to Disney with him now! My favorite cousins Sam and Savannah who are also Disney nerds met up with us and as soon as Josh was cleared to roam the parks we headed over to California Adventure. California Adventure is my favorite place to be! We rode the newest addition to Cars Land, Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters, and had a fancy shmancy dinner at Carthay Circle. If you have been to Carthay Circle or if you haven’t…the Fried Biscuits are what heaven must taste like. They are one of my favorite things in the world. Too good!!

We ended the evening with a walk around The Mad T Party and had to end early to go be the Easter Bunny! It was a lovely day with family and my brood. I can’t wait to see what thirty-two can do!

Hunter Aidan, Ryder Aaron

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Happy 5th Birthday Ryder!





 My middle son Ryder made his birthday plans in July. His birthday is in December! He made some pretty darn good plans too! His agenda consisted of a ride on Hyperspace Mountain and The Little Mermaid, and dinner at his all time favorite restaurant The Rain Forest Cafe. So what do you do with that request? You take a jaunt to Disneyland!

 The lucky duck got to take a day away from school to fulfill his birthday wishes! The best thing about his birthday being in December is that it is our FAVORITE time to be at Disneyland. Besides the huge crowds the holidays draw there seems to be just a little bit more magic in the air and we can’t resist it! Ryder got to take his trip on an X-wing and ride Hyperspace Mountain and then on the opposite side of his personality we did ride The Little Mermaid.

 At dinner our whole family met in Downtown Disney to celebrate our five-year old. He ordered his chicken nuggets and per his request we sang Happy Birthday to his bowl of dirt and worms.

 Ryder is such a joy and blessing to us all. He is honest and genuine and is still in that cuddly stage that I hope never goes away. He makes me laugh everyday and is so smart and witty! I love watching him grow but secretly wish he would stay little forever! I cant wait to see what year five has in store for my Ryder Aaron!e1014 e1015 e1016 e1017 e1018 e1019 e1020 e1021 e1022

Happy Birthday Asher!-A Birth Story

When we learned we were expecting our lil boy, I had all these thoughts on how I was gonna document his birth story. Being a photographer I had very high expectations on what moments to capture and how I wanted the images to play out. Turns out, our baby had other thoughts!

I was 37 weeks along and it was Mother’s Day. That very day I went vintage shopping, had a nice meal, and made a list of all the things that I needed to do that week to get ready for the new baby. We had not packed a single bag. We had no plans for Hunter and Ryder. We were definitely not ready. That night everyone went to bed and as Freddie started up the stairs I reminded him of our ultrasound the next morning and that we needed to come home and pack and get ready for the “any day now”. My mom was having surgery at the same hospital we were giving birth at so after our appointment we were gonna head on over there to make sure everything went well with her procedure.

I stayed up and watched Mad Men, painted my nails the worst shade of green I’ve ever seen and trolled Instagram for cute baby clothes. I finally dragged myself up to bed at 2:30. I plugged in my phone and snuggled in my body pillow and was cringing at the sound of my alarm going off in 5 hours.

At 4am my water broke. At first I thought, well maybe he just kicked my bladder…but then my back started cramping. And it didn’t stop. I ran to the bathroom and woke up Freddie by doing so. He asked me what was wrong and I simply stated…either I peed myself or my water broke. With nothing ready to go, we woke up my family and they said to bring the boys to them. We looked at each other and quickly said “what do we need at this very minute” and decided we didn’t need anything but ourselves and jumped in the car. I didn’t get my hair blown out, or my mani/pedi or even a dab of concealer for all my fabulous photos! He was coming and we needed to leave NOW!

We pulled up to the ER at 5:15am. Freddie wheeled me up to labor and delivery and we told them all the vital information. They put me into a room and checked to see how dilated I was. 5cm. But something was wrong. They called my doctor and wheeled in an ultrasound machine. Baby was sideways. So what does that mean? Cesarean Section. An emergency Cesarean. In one moment my whole thought process turned from calm and just in pain–to pure terror. I started to freak out. One of the many nurses in that room handed Freddie scrubs and he was on the phone calling all of our family saying it was Go Time! As they started to unplug me from machines to wheel me out my Grandma, sister, cousins and aunt walked in. I was hyperventilating. Like a mad woman. It felt like I saw my support system for 10 seconds and I was wheeled to the surgical room. We stopped and Freddie was told to scrub up. Then I was on my own.

I hate hospitals. I hate doctors. And I especially hate surgery. When we took our hospital tour and they were talking about C-Sections I remember chomping on my ice chips and telling Freddie, “oh we don’t need to know any of this.” I wish that I had read up on them or knew what to expect. It wasn’t pleasant. To say the least. The sheet that I see in television shows went up and I heard my doctor say she was going to start. After what felt like an eternity I heard Freddie’s voice. He asked if I was ok. I just looked at him. And then he told me he loved me. And I cried. It felt like a ton of pulling and a ton of pressure. And then he was here. My doctor said “here he is, boy number three!” And then he cried. And I followed suit. I couldn’t see him but Freddie said that he looked just like Ryder. And he had dark hair.

Asher Everett Tartaglia was born on May 11, 2015 at 6:00am. He weighed 6 pounds 12 ounces and was 18 inches long.

From the time my water broke until the time he was born was a span of two hours. It still amazes me at how fast it all happened. When I was all sewn up they wheeled me into recovery. The best part was seeing My Freddie with our baby all swaddled up in his arms. Our Family of five was finally complete and my third baby boy was here and loved so much.

We spent four days in the hospital and I found out that recovering from a c-section is not fun at all! It was very trying but after a while (a long while) we made it through.

The name Asher means “the happy one”. And he is. He is a mellow little dude and makes all of our lives better. Even though we didn’t get the Birth Story photos that I had thought about for so many months, we have story that feels like it could have been a movie. His story is unique just like him, and we wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Welcome to the world Asher Everett! There are  so many things for you to see and so many things to do. And we will be with you every step of the way.
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A Sprinkle for Baby T

Freddie is an amazing Dad. He came into our lives when Hunter was 6 and Ryder was 1 1/2. If you could choose the absolute best father figure in the world, you would choose Freddie. When we found out we were having a baby together I thought of how lucky this lil one is going to be. Since Freddie had never experienced the whole pregnancy thing, I decided to throw him a lil sprinkle!

My sister Hillary and I planned everything and used her big backyard as our venue. We chose a camping theme as Freddie loves camping and he actually proposed to me on a camping trip so it all came full circle! And since this was a “Man Shower” we couldn’t very well do something girly! Although I do fancy a good campsite! And smores!

We set up tables with red and white checkered table cloths and we used potted wildflowers and trees as centerpieces. At each spot was also a mason jar full of trail mix and our soundtrack was very Frontierland, if you will.

We constructed a tee pee photo booth and placed all of our camping gear as props. We did not play your typical baby shower games and opted for Bocce Ball and Corn Hole! It ended up being a hit! We also placed chalkboards out for guests to guess when Baby T would be born and how much he would weigh and measure. As guests arrived they “signed in” at our welcome table. There was a “Gratitude Garland” and an Advice for Dad book to sign. The gratitude garland consisted of long pieces of flannel, which guests wrote a message to the new baby and then tied it to a long strand of twine. The garland will have a place in Baby’s room and he will know how much he was loved even before he was here.

As most of the guys played, we treated our girls to a flower crown station provided by The Crown Collective. This was my absolute favorite part! The girls from The Crown Collective came to the house and set up the cutest little work space! Us gals went to the space and told them which kind of crown we would like and they made it for us right then and there. They used flowers and foliage that you would find while hiking or in the wild to fit with our camp theme. They were so so so nice and I highly recommend them! We had a late arrival and even though they were practically out the door they stopped and made her a crown! I mean…how nice is that? OH! and Freddie wore one too! What a good sport!

For our menu we chose out camp favorites: Chili, hot dogs, baked potatoes (because Baby T LOVED baked potatoes) and a salad (because preggo Mama LOVED salads) with all the trimmings! We also made a rosemary lemonade, along with beers and wine. We had a cake made from Torrance Bakery and Freddie’s mom brought Italian cookies while Hillary made lil hedgehog donuts! Hillary also started a fire in her fire pit for some smore roasting too!

When it came time for gifts, Freddie was the star. I thought it was great for him to look at something and have no idea what to even do with it! The best was a gift from my grandma that we still talk about. For those who don’t know, Freddie is an HVAC Mechanic and Plumber and tools consume his life. His gift from my grandma was a tool belt filled with everything he would need to change a diaper. That was what got the cry from him. As our guests left each was handed a Rosemary sapling tied in flannel and twine, to plant and watch grow as the new baby grows.

Baby T and Freddie were showered with lots of love this day and we are so grateful and thankful for all of our family and friends who will love this lil boy. He is so spoiled already…and he deserves every bit of it! Little did we know he would be coming sooner rather than later! 100 101 103 108 109 110 112 113 114 118 119 120 121 122 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 143 144 146 147 148 149 150 151 153 155 156 160 161 165 168 170 171 173 176 179 180 181 183 184 185 186 189 191 196 198

Happy Birthday Heather


 For my birthday we decided to go away for a “Family Moon” to the Disneyland Resort. We basically live at Disneyland and wanted to go and take our time walking the resort and finding good food for this preggo birthday girl!

We stayed for five days and four nights at The Grand Californian. We were upgraded to a theme park suite and to put it simply…it was Sweet! The boys and Freddie went to Magic Hour every morning and got on all the cool rides I couldn’t ride this time around. I made sure to grab my loaf of sourdough Mickey bread and butter and I absolutely had to eat at Carthay Circle.

I tried to troop through but there were many moments that I thanked the heavens we had a hotel room and i could go put my swollen self up on a pillow. This was the last trip we took to Disney before our button arrived. It was the last trip with only two boys. It was a trip that I will remember for the rest of my days and I can only hope that the Disney birthday trips to come, will continue to get better and better. With three little boys.
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Thirty One Weeks and Thirty One Years

 Once again I am trying to get a hold of this blogging and it has slipped out from under me! *sigh*

We drop our two oldest boys off every other weekend in Orange County. Low and behold there are amazing fields to take photos in! So we went on a spontaneous shoot with my cousin Sam manning my camera!

This was at week thirty-one which just so happened to be my birthday week and I turned thirty-one years. I hope that this year is a year for new beginnings and continued blessings. I am a mom to three minis who look up to me and need a good example of a good woman. I am an extremely lucky girl when I look back at my twenties. They were full of life lessons that I am grateful for but they sure did throw me for a loop!

So here is to my early thirties and my growing family and my job as Mom. And to finally getting this blog going! I hope!

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Ryder is Jolly Good




 The BEST finds for boys clothes are on Instagram! I swear! We have had so much luck with different brands and we love them all! I am one of “those moms” who stay away from the ordinary and will pick out the most outrageous outfits for my boys. Ryder loves it and LOVES when he gets his “new clothes” in the mail.

Jolly Good Apparel is one of our favorites. Ryder is fascinated by mermaids and pirates (every pirate is Jack Sparrow), so this long sleeve is right up his alley! Thank you Jolly Good Apparel for the awesome tee!!

To grab one of these for your mini and to check out their amazing new camping line head on over to…

Ryder is wearing the Jolly Mariner Long Sleeve…they are currently unavailable but you can find the Short Sleeve for summer here:

Jolly Mariner tshirt

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