Paradise Found

Since Baby Shaw was born the day before our anniversary, we spent our first wedding anniversary at Sibley Memorial Hospital in D.C. with our perfect little angel.  Fast forward about 350 days and we were freezing in what seems to be the winter that will never end, we are walking zombies…lots of work, no family close and very little sleep….and we needed a getaway.  Luckily we have some pretty great parents who are always ready to come to D.C. to lend us a hand.

B and I planned for months trying to decide where to spend our week away.  Finally we decided on Dominican Republic.  We flew at the crack of dawn to JFK in New York…a long layover…flew to Santo Domingo and then had our sweet driver, Juan, drive us three hours across the country to Samana.  He didn’t speak a lick of English, so we spent the entire car ride acting out what we were trying to say.  He finally stopped and bought us Presidente tall boys…a sweet gesture, but probably just to shut us up.

Once we arrived in Samana, we waited for a ferry to take us about 15 minute to Cayo Levantado – a small island home to the Dan Pablo Luxury Collection Bahia Principe.  I only include all of this information because we have stayed at a Bahia Principe resort in Jamaica, and it was fine, but this resort was absolutely amazing.  If ever interested in an all-inclusive resort, always look for the 18 and up Luxury Line of Bahia Principe.

Once we arrived on the tiny island, we immediately went to check things out.  We got some dinner, a few drinks and walked on the beach.  It was the first time I can remember actually being able to see the stars shine like diamonds.

Below are a few shots from our first day in paradise.  Nine hours of solid sleep can really do the body good :)


On our way to the beach. (Cover up – Max Studio (old), scarf – Wal-Mart (old), sunnies – House of Harlow (old), but loving these, Beach bag – Urban Outfitters (super old), but a huge fan of this one.


At our first night’s dinner!  Think Fogo de Chao (I was all over the bread and butter :))


Our beach view!


Early evening by the pool!


Headed to the main lobby to Facetime with Shaw! (Sunglasses – Target (old), but these are awesome; Necklace – from boutique in Abingdon, Virginia, but this one is a dream;  Cover up – Forever 21 ; Purse – Coach (vintage); Bathing suit – Target


A view from our breakfast spot overlooking one of the pools.

More pics to come…


In August, baby Shaw and my niece, Finley, were baptized together at the church my brother and I grew up in and the church B and I were married in.

Below are some precious moments captured by the amazing Claire Caballero Photography.  We both grew up with Claire and think the WORLD of her.


Ben in custom suit, shirt and tie by Tom James and shoes by Johnston Murphy.  Shea in ASOS dress, Prada heels old, but similar here, Chanel necklace old, but pretty version here,  Hair accessory by H&M (old), Tiffany bracelet (Elsa Peretti), other jewelry by David Yurman and Rolex.

We were so lucky to have family and friends to celebrate with us and an amazing brunch to continue celebrating the two little angels at my parent’s house.  Seth and my great-uncle, Dr. Thomas Smith baptized our babies.  It was super special.

Details from the baptism and brunch below:

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Nine Months…

When I found out I was pregnant, I thought…wow, these nine months are going to creep by and I am never going to be a good mama, but I will have so much time to think about it.

Well, those nine months went by.  And now nine more months have flown right past me.  My baby boy is nine months old.  How did this happen?  I tried not to blink.  I tried to Ferris Bueller every moment.  I would just stare at Shaw, sing to him, nap with him, kiss his cheeks ’til they were chapped, but wow.

My huge bump is now a crawling, squealing, smiling angel with a mouthful of eight teeth that you can see every time he giggles.

Nine months of pregnancy and now nine months of pure bliss.  What a joy it is to be a mother…a joy and a LOT of work on zero sleep. Wouldn’t trade it for the world :)

Now for a walk down memory lane…

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Some preggie pics!


Mama and daddy stayed with us in DC until Shaw decided to come out!


Headed into Sibley to check in!

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My first time to see my little man.


Our first professional family shot!


I love this one!


Gut laughing after bath time a couple weeks ago!


Hanging on the Capitol lawn this past weekend.

It is hard to imagine my baby boy has been in this world as long as he was in my belly.  What an exciting 18 months it has been and I cannot wait to see what is in store for 2015 :)