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New Bud :: Family Tree
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New Bud :: Family Tree

Two months ago today (the 28th), my family got a new addition.  Luckily when I was in California, I had the chance to spend some time with her – Baby V is amazing.


Mimi and I talked about doing a small photo shoot to capture some of V’s early days, so Kris and I brought along some of our photo equipment (umbrella, remote flashes) and set it all up.  Fortunately, we had a very sweet and generally cooperative little model:

All About the Eyes

Sleeping V

Sleeping V

Baby Feet

Little Ear + Fingers

With over 200 photos, it just might be my favorite photo shoot ever :)

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We arrived in Monterey after one of the most lovely scenic drives – up the Pacific Coast Highway from Los Angeles.  Kris and I took frequent stops and did quite a bit of photography along the way…

Pacific Coastal Highway

[one of the many...]

The end of the trip was quieter and more reserved – it was all about Baby V, helping my sister and her husband, and generally enjoying our time together.  They just so happen to live in a spectacularly beautiful location… so Kris and I were quite happy!

One day, we went to nearby Pacific Grove for some sightseeing – a yarn shop, lunch, and then a walk by the water.  It was perfect!

Pacific Grove

Pacific Sisters - 66:365


The trip was wonderful and came at a special time.  Baby V is such a blessing.  She is quite the topic of conversation!

Thanks for all of your comments on my trip photographs!  It is a joy to take them, as well as to share them.  Plus, writing the vacation blog posts takes a little pressure off from the return to the norm around here… the knitting is happening at an alarming rate, but inches of stockinette don’t quite seem as blog-worthy as sharing photos of beautiful scenery and new family members!  Alas, the trip photos are done (but you can see all the ones I have uploaded here on Flickr) for now… but I have other exciting news to share, so stay tuned!

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33 Responses

  1. Nancy

    Could your news be of an addition to your family (you and Kris)? What wonderful pictures as always. There is always so much happiness and joy of life in your blogs; a wonderful lift to any day.

  2. felinemagnet

    Lolly, Baby V is so precious. I’m sure she will bring a lot of happiness to your family!

  3. Kristyn

    Your sister will be so happy to have those pictures. They do grow up so fast. My little guy will be 15 months old next week but it seems like just yesterday we brought him home.

  4. Alice

    Darling! Your photoshoot will be so appreciated by your sister in the years to come. I know how hard it is to take the time out as a new mom to get some really good pics of a new baby with all the craziness going on and never ended up with enough pictures. You captured some awesome and beautiful shots!

    Now I’m excited to hear your big news!

  5. Kathy

    Those pictures are gorgeous, L!

  6. Joan

    What a precious little angel:) Your family is blessed, indeed! Glad to hear you have good news coming, whatever it is!
    Take care and Happy Holidays:)!
    Joan in Ellicott City

  7. Leslie

    Oooh, you are TEASING us, Lolly! :) Your baby photos are lovely! Will you take some shots of my kids next time you visit?! :)

  8. Josiane

    I can imagine how sweet it was to spend time with your sister and her little family, and to meet your niece! It must be so hard to have this little angel so far away, and not be able to see her as often as you’d like… At least, you have those adorable pics as a souvenir.

  9. Sarah

    Oh what a beauty – those feet – so cute!

    Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving

  10. Chandler

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful little one! And driving the coast highway is pretty much at the top of my list—although I’ve heard scary stories of how the natives drive, honking at poor photo/sketching tourists like me and swerving around those curves at top speed. Maybe it’s something to attempt early in the morning…I’m still determined to do it!

  11. Annette

    Baby V is beautiful! I enjoyed your vacation. ;)

  12. sue

    Your niece is so beautiful Lolly! Could you be adding to your family sometime soon too. I thought the same thing when I read the first comment. Your photos are beautiful and you have some spectacular places to reminisce about too. Your sister and her husband will love those precious photos too.

  13. katebee

    She’s so adorable! Excellent pictures, too. She’ll love them when she’s older.

  14. inglesidebelle

    What an absolutely precious baby!

    That drive is gorgeous, too – at least the part I know, which is up to Santa Barbara.

  15. Harpa J

    The baby pictures are adorable and they will surely be loved by the family and not least be herself when she is a little older.

    ” other exciting news to share” – exiting!

  16. Vera

    Baby V is too adorable.

  17. Mimi

    That’s our Baby Vi Pie!

  18. tina

    Lolly what a gorgeous smorgeous baby! delish!!!! And the photos? Absolutely breathtaking, great job!

  19. Päivi

    She is so beautiful! Lovely photos <3

  20. Gudrun

    So great to spend time with nieces when they’re so wee! All your photos are gorgeous but I particularly like the tiny feet! My sister-in-law specifically wanted some feet photos of her new baby too!

  21. Janet

    What a beautiful baby! Congratulations to the family. I love all your vacation photos — I looked at them longingly too; I miss southern California!

    Can’t wait to hear your other exciting news!

  22. Sharon G.

    What AMAZING photos!!! I am so jealous of your creativity and wonderful talents!!!

  23. mai

    she’s truly beautiful, lolly! and i love the photos you took of her. i have no doubt that it was probably one of the most enjoyable photo shoots you’ve done to date!

  24. Stephanie

    Absolutely stunning photographs. I’m glad you had a good time and I can’t wait to hear your news.

  25. Creative Busy Hands

    OMG!! She is beautiful… and the pictures are awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  26. disentangled

    Wonderful photos! I’m so glad you were able to help your sister capture such a precious time. Having the right equipment makes all the difference. I’m still saddened by how many moments are missed because of poor light and a point and click camera. I’ve enjoyed reading about the rest of your trip!

  27. jana

    The baby photos are wonderful.

  28. Michele

    If you’re ever out that way again, stop at Nepenthe in Big Sur. It’s the restaurant owned by Kaffe Fasset’s family. Incredible views; great family photos (including Kaffe) and an altar of sorts to all things Kaffe.

  29. Margarita

    Lolly, Your blog is so special. THANKS!!! and the photographs…!!! Congratulations on Baby V to you and your sister. She is adorable and the pictures, they take my breath away, those lovely tiny feet. And that black and white baby face are my two favorite ones.

  30. margaux

    wow. baby v is just adorable. that is a perfect ear shot! and your trip pics are amazing. i truly hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving :-)

  31. Theresa

    Your niece is so beautiful! And your photos of her are such a wonderful gift for your sister.

  32. Erin

    This baby is so precious. What beautiful photos!

  33. Preeti

    I love the picture of Baby V’s tiny feet – just precious!

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