March 30, 2014 /

sidwell-photography-charlottesville 1Our small family gathering to celebrate my little daughter’s entrance into this world went off without a hitch.  I am beyond thrilled to see her continue to grow and develop into the kind, spunky, bold little lady she has already proven herself to be.  I love being her mother and helping point her in the direction of her dreams. Today was a lovely day.  I thought of something I once heard Elder Boyd K. Packer say, ” Each time a child is born, the world is renewed in innocence.” I have felt that renewal in our home over the last year and feel humbly grateful to have been entrusted with her care.

sidwell-photography-charlottesville 2After listening to many other mom friends bemoan our over-the-top and Pinterest-saturated children’s parties we went simple. I wanted to enjoy the day with the Beenster, not be Martha Stewart. I made a simple “watermelon cake which” was organic, vegan, inexpensive and…

s-i-m-p-l-e. Here is how you make it.

sidwell-photography-charlottesville 3 sidwell-photography-charlottesville 4She didn’t know what to do with all the adoring adults around her. She loved it.

sidwell-photography-charlottesville 5 sidwell-photography-charlottesville 6(Disclosure: I did find the crown idea on Pinterest, so sue me.) sidwell-photography-charlottesville 7 charlottesville-event-photographyThis photo completely captures what it is like when her uncles visit. They adore her. She is the queen. As a matter of fact, we nearly named her “LaRae”, which means “The Queen”.

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After her nap she woke with hair worthy of a Dr. Seuss book. She had no idea what kind of deluge of new toys awaited her in the living room.

Here we are a year ago:


Photos and post by adoring, noob mama, Leah Sidwell, a Charlottesville area photographer and videographer.

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