Wednesday, November 30, 2011

tis the end of movember.

did you do anything out of the ordinary this month?

ryan - and four of his closest homies - grew a moustache.

movember: (this is my most favorite-ist - and pretty much the only appropriate way it is defined at
Movember (formally known as November) is a month long fund raising event during which participants (almost always adult males) attempt to grow a luxurious and stylish moustache throughout the month. they also ask people to sponsor them for this event, and all monies raised go toward mens health issues and further research... 
The rules are that at the start of the month the shaved smile must be photographed and posted, updates must be provided for donating parties, and at the end of the month the results must be photographed and displayed. in addition participants may organise a Movember party to display the completed Mo!

ryan and his boys followed some strict guidelines - one of which was that the "stache" had to be a "solo stache" meaning... no other facial hair (aside from eyebrows and lashes of course) - no beards, no goatees - just a full on jeff foxworthy-esque moustache.  i have to admit, i was not ecstatic about this.  but... it was fun watching ryan get more and more pumped about it as the month went on.

on thanksgiving, ryan thought it was verrry rad that bob (my father in law) was sporting a solo stache as well. (bob - your stache suits you!)

we had to snap a few photos.  oliver wanted to be in on the stache photos so grandma gave him his very own eyeliner moustache

oliver loved his eyeliner mustache and was not at all happy when i tried to get rid of it:

last saturday, i (pregnant, rational super sweet wife that i am) volunteered as DD for the big movember bash that the guys attended to celebrate their achievements.  before leaving, we (of course) took stache photos.

judging by their adult male giddiness, they had a blast. nate (who i will from now on refer to as mario - as in giant stach nintendo mario) walked away with the "movember stache of the year award." whoa.  i have to admit driving the five of them home in the wee hours of the morning was a total riot.

the best part: as soon as we got home - ryan shaved the stache. (no "mo-lingers" in this house).  he had done his movember duty... goodbye jeff, hello doogie!

if you want the 4-1-1 on movember so you can get involved next year by growing a stache and/or sponsoring one - you can visit the official movember website here.

it is a pretty big deal. there are official mugs, after all.

cheers to the beginning of december!



"i have found that if you love life, life will love you right back" - arthur rubenstein

Sunday, November 27, 2011


the food was delish! the scenic drive over the pass was beautiful.  the long weekend spent with family and friends was fabulous.

my favorite part of thanksgiving day was watching gram-grams marvel over her two great-grandlittles.  pure joy.

oliver and his super adorable cousin had a fantastic time playing.  i had an even more fantastic time just watching them.  it is hard to remember what the holidays were like prior to parenthood since the kiddos seem to be the very center of each celebration.  they are so sweet.

more than anything, i am grateful to be a mother.  and i am sooooooo excited over the wonderful news i got this weekend... my baby sister is going to be a mommy too!  best news ever.

happy holiday season!



"as for me, i know of nothing else but miracles" - walt whitman.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

timmons family portraits; take flight.

the timmons family is way up there on the mclaughlin list of favorites. we heart them. very much.

i had a ton of fun shooting their family portraits.

and i was beaming a few days later when little miss colby told her mom

"i like nikki."

thank you colby! i like you too darlin. cannot wait to shoot your photos next year!

meet the very fabulouso timmons family:

(so sweet. love it.)



p.s. if you need a super awesome place to hang with the kiddo(s) on a dreary rainy day, might i highly recommend the museum of flight?! go (here) for the 4-1-1 on location, hours, ticket prices...

so fun. oliver loved it. wonder and amazement written all over his face - for four whole hours! and i loved the gift shop, stocked full of perfect vintage airplane nostalgia for oliver's new big boy room.

thank you homey and jen for joining us for a super fun adventure.  i think you know where you two fall on our list of favorites. ;)


"imagination is the highest kite one can fly" - lauren bacall