sweet baby isaac

carlyna and will welcomed their little baby isaac to the world on july 27 (7 days over due!) and i was so trilled to meet him today. isaac must have shared my excitement because he didn’t want to miss a minute of it. don’t let these sleepy pictures fool you, he is one super alert baby!
even when napping he likes to keep one eye open. : )

here’s a little peek from my visit this morning:

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tie-dye & pool-ooza

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on our first day of our visit home to tampa i left tampa to head to riverview.
why? because kayla said so.
kayla’s birthday had been the week before and she said all she wanted was for her girls to gather at blair’s house (which happens to have a giant 15′ deep pool with a spring divingboard) and she wanted to tie-dye.
and so it was to be.

i came from tampa (or from LA, depending on how you think about it)
blair stayed put (but note: this was also a visit home for blair, as she also lives in LA)
netta came from st. pete
priya came from naples
brittany came from jupiter
and kayla, the birthday girl, came from orlando

it was quite a comming together from near and far.

we spent the day playing in (or by) the pool and spent the night tie-dying!

here is brittany:
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this picture is blurry because it was so humid that when we went outside my camera lens fogged and took a minute or two to adjust!

and here is netta:
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and here is priya
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and here is kayla:
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and here:
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and here is blair:
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and here i am. very serious, and trying (for the 4th time) to get on a raft that, i could swear, was buttered:
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after our pool time, it was ice cream cake time:
(okay, maybe it was ice cream cake time both before and after pool time)
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and finally, we got to the main event, the tie-dying!
lots of colorful pictures to follow:

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and the skin-stained aftermath…
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here i am!

i know i’ve dropped off the face of the earth! but really i didn’t… i just went to tampa and got swallowed in a cloud of humidity and rain and family and friends and lots of food. we just crawled our way out last night and are back in LA, reunited with meeka and mckinley who both almost had literal heart attacks when we showed up last night. to say they almost lost their minds from excitement would be an understatement.

anyways, I have a camera full of pictures from the trip (approx. 1200 of them) so I those will be trickling out as I find time to edit over the next week or two.
highlights include: a tie-dye party with my very good girlfriends, a day at the beach, baby madison in her bikini, a baseball game with michael’s best friend and his girlfriend (brad’s girlfriend; not michael’s…), baby madison’s naming and the dinner afterward, baby madison and her parents at the park, baby madison hanging out at her grandparents’ house.….. etc….

unfortunately the whole “find the time to edit” thing is easier said than done. i have a wreck of an apartment, a suitcase to unpack, laundry to do, i’m super super behind on studying for a test (the NCIDQ) i’m already committed to take (by way of a $750 payment…. UGHHH) in about 7 weeks, and i have two photo shoots this weekend (a brand new baby boy just born last week) and a group of 7 kids all under the age of 6 (both of which, i am very excited about!!).

tyler & company

meet carrie and brian and their little boy, tyler.
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oh, and also meet their, cat… whose name just happens to be meeka!!
yes, just exactly like our meeka!
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although their similarities end at sharing the same name.
for one, their meeka is a cat, where as our meeka is a dog.

anyways…

here is the sweet family of three playing at the beach that is just a minute walk from their front door! i’m telling you their manhattan beach neighborhood is so, so, so ideal. it’s beautiful and active and family friendly. just perfect.

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after beach time tyler got to swing for a bit which he was THRILLED about!
pure, pure happiness.

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and when it was time to part with the swingset tyler was so disappointed! 🙁
but no crying, no wailing. just this look of yearning for the swing he was forced to part with.
i’m pretty sure he could have stayed there swinging all day and night.
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and lastly, here they are in front of their home. i love this one.
tyler’s expression cracks me up.
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the end. bye bye.
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Carrie - March 23, 2010 - 1:07 am

Marissa,
Just wanted to thank you so much for the beautiful pictures of our family. We will cherish them always. I come back to your blog to look at them every once in a while. I love your commentary on the experience to. So sweet and funny!
Love and miss ya!
Carrie