You Belong Here

Photos by the wonderful Cassidy Brooke Photography

(taken at 12 days old)

Words by M.H. Clark from my favorite book You Belong Here

(which I cannot get through without crying)

: )

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The stars belong in the deep night sky

and the moon belongs there too, 

and the winds belong in each place they blow by

and I belong here with you.

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The whales and the fishes belong in the sea

and the waves belong by the shore

and the dune’s where the grasses belong to be

because grasses are what dunes are for.

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And the trees belong in the wild wood

and the deer belong in their shade,

and the birds belong so safe and good

and warm in the nests that they’ve made.

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And you belong where you love to be, 

and after each day is through,

you will always belong right next to me 

and I’ll belong next to you.

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The frogs and the lilies belong in the lake,

where the water is silver and clear,

and the turtles belong in the homes that they make

in the sand where the water is near.

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And the otters belong by the banks of the stream

and the cattails belong there too,

and the carp belong where the water runs green

and the shadows all run blue.

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And you belong right here, where you’re home,

and where I hold you close.

Of all the wonders I’ve ever known,

you’re the one I love the most.

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The hares belong in the desert air

where the rocks are red and gold,

and those rocks belong with the comets out there,

which flash bright when the night turns cold.

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The foxes belong in the high canyon hills

and the sage there belongs in the sun,

and the lizards belong in the light, sitting still,

until they are ready to run.

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The crickets belong in the old stone wall

and the bees belong in the clover,

just as winter belongs in its place after fall,

before the new year starts over.

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And you are a dream that the world once dreamt 

and now you are part of its song,

That’s why you are here, in the place where you’re meant,

for this is right where you belong.

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The pines belong on the mountainsides,

tucked under their blankets of snow,

and the bears belong in the caves where they hide

whenever the storm starts to blow.

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Some creatures were made for the land, or the air,

and others were made for the sea;

each creature is perfectly home right there

in the place it belongs to be.

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And no matter what places you travel to,

what wonders you choose to see,

I will always belong right here with you,

and you’ll always belong with me.

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Leo’s Nursery

I have a TON of blogging to do and, as a new mom, all the time in the world!

Not.

I am going to try and get his newborn photos, birth story, and first month photos up here before he’s a year old, but at the rate time is flying it might not happen.  : )

I thought I’d start with an easy one and put up some photos of his nursery.  I had such a fun time creating it and everything came together so easily.  Whenever anyone would ask what it looked like I would respond “void of all color and probably totally inappropriate for a child”.  While that may be true, it sure has been a zen place for me to spend time with him during the day and in the middle of the night.  I’m sure over time my influence on the room will fade and his will start to emerge.  It will be exciting to see it evolve from neutral and white to finger print stained and colorful.

Wish me luck with my attempt to catch up with blogging and enjoy the nursery.

*side note – I’m going to list where some things are from because as I would peruse nursery inspiration it would drive me crazy when I couldn’t find the resources.

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That dresser is from Ikea with knobs from Anthropologie and the adorable octopus is from my Godmother Amy who got it from Barefoot Dreams.  It’s adorable and SO SOFT.

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That gorgeous walnut crib is my very favorite thing in his room.  It’s from my beloved store (Room & Board) and was the first thing I had chosen for the nursery.  It’s so sturdy and well made that it will make a lovely heirloom.

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Our good friend Chris hand painted this for us and was the first person to know what letter his name started with!  : )

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The stars, frames, succulent and shelves are from Target.  The letter blocks are from Land of Nod (gifted to me by my mom) and are so me, so pretty and, again, totally inappropriate for a child.  : )

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Sorry folks but that rattle can’t be bought anywhere as it’s mine from when I was a baby.  #vintage

Side table is from Ikea, wool ‘flowers’ are Etsy and nightlight is Restoration Hardware.

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This empty corner of walls is where I’m going to hang our first family photos taken by Cassidy Brooke Photography.  Just waiting for them to be framed!  Teddy from Restoration Hardware and lambskin from Room and Board.

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The three prints are from Etsy and were the second thing I knew I wanted in his room.  I absolutely LOVE them.

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Glider is Pottery Barn in the softest fabric imaginable and pouf is Restoration Hardware Baby & Child.  The rug is also Pottery Barn and what I based the entire color scheme around.

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All things organizational are from the greatest store on earth…Target.

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These prints are from the same woman on Etsy as the other three prints.  They’re so flipping cute. Frames are Target.

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A photo of my Grandmother and Grandfather Kinkade with their first born, my dad, whom Leo gets his middle name from.

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Shelf is Target and bookshelf is Pottery Barn.

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The little wooden animals are from Target.

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This little mouse is actually the very first thing I purchased for the Nursery.  I bought it when I was newly pregnant and up in Telluride.  I was so excited to get started decorating and worried it was too soon so I very tentatively bought it and hid it away.  I’m obviously thrilled it made it’s home where it belongs.

Professional Bump Photos

The wonderful Cassidy Brooke took these photos of us in beautiful Colorado Springs and I love them SO much.  I was hesitant to take maternity photos at first as I find them to be a bit awkward and overdone sometimes.  However, I’ve heard regrets from several friends who opted not to take them and so I indulged myself and am grateful I did.  It helped that Cassidy is so great and acknowledged right off the bat that I wanted no ‘funny business’, just some beautiful photos of my husband and I during a phase in our life we’re so grateful to be in.

We can’t wait to have Cassidy in our home after Baby Hendrickson arrives and see what magic she comes up with again!

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Sigh.  I think I’m going to be really sad not to be pregnant anymore.  Thankfully I’ll have these as a reminder of how great it was.

Thank you so much Cassidy Brooke Photography!

Webb Family 2016

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This family is one of my all time favorites and I love getting together with them every fall for a little family session. Avon and Paxton are both really different from one another but have that awesome brotherly bond that’s fun to see.  I’ve gotten to watch these two grow up over the years and this was the first year they really felt like ‘big boys’ instead of the little boys of the past.  It’s gotten tougher to elicit genuine smiles out them the older they get, so I did resort to some immature bathroom humor to get things going.  I’m experienced in that as I have three younger brothers.  I’m not ashamed.  : )

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I love Paxton’s face in the one above.  That’s how most kids feel about photos!

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They’re pretty adorable if you ask me.  Thanks for another fun morning Webb family!

McQuown Family 2016

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Little Royal has gotten so big since the last time I took photos of him!  He’s quickly turning into a little man.

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2016mcquown-122016mcquown-142016mcquown-15We were fast and furious as this little guy is at the age where all he wants to do is move move move!  We packed in as much as we could and sent this adorable family on their way.  Can’t wait to see how much he’s changed the next time we get together.

K/W Wedding

On a perfect fall morning in October, I ran a pen and paper up to a bride as she needed to write her vows and had forgotten supplies.  She opened the door to her beautiful room and was red and puffy with tears (the happy kind) running down her face.  “What are you doing?!” I asked as I noticed the weepy music playing, candles burning and overall dramatic feel of the room.  She just laughed through her tears and gave me a hug.  The bride is one of my closest friends and snapping her out of her romantic vow writing morning was only one of my tasks that day.  I was also her hair and makeup artist (hence my concern about the puffy crying), bridesmaid, and she also asked me to take some photos during the morning and before the ceremony.  I was busy.  : )

The couple lucked out as it truly was a classically perfect Colorado fall day in Buena Vista. As you’ll see below, her emotional morning had ZERO negative effect on her beauty for the day.  Girl is SO damn photogenic.  Enjoy a few of my favorite photos from the big day!  You might even spot one of me and my little baby bump.

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A little note.

Hello world…

It’s been a minute!

Actually it’s been over 8 months which is also how long I’ve been pregnant.  That’s not my excuse for being absent, rather an interesting coincidence.

As usual, the reason I’m posting is because I have photos to share.  Without photos we might not be here at all, reuniting after such a long hiatus.  I’ve got a wedding, a few family sessions, and our maternity photos to share over the next week or two, so keep checking back for updates.  I’m also debating posting a little summation of getting and being pregnant.  We shall see as I’m due three weeks from today and I’ve got things to do!

I’m sure come January 6th (give or take a few days) I’ll have nothing BUT photos to share of he who is sure to be the cutest baby that ever lived, so hopefully this little post kickstarts me into blogging mode.  I started this blog as a way to keep family and friends updated with what’s going on in our lives and coming up soon there will be A LOT going on.  I’m excited to get back with it around here and will hopefully have lots to share.

For those of you already shaking your heads at me thinking “she has no idea how little time she’ll have for showering let alone blogging” I say – you may be right. Maybe.  But won’t it be great if I do?!  I’ll be honest and say  I’m getting a little tired of people acting like having a baby ruins your life and steals all time away.  I’m not an idiot and fully understand I’m about to have my hands full, but I’m hoping at least once a month I’ll be able to carve out some time to upload some photos and give little updates.  For your sake. So don’t root against me.  : )

See you soon.  Happy to be back.

Ali