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Washington & Oregon Adventuring

It’s no secret that we’re a little bit of the fly by the seat of your pants, bargain hunting, suckers for beauty and adventure type. So when we found round trip flights to Portland for $60 we snagged them. In the name of adventure, seeing new places, and experiencing Autumn in the flesh, we decided that we were going to head out and explore Washington and Oregon. Brett had the following week off and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity. My sister and Brett work at sister schools so she had the same week off and decided to join in on the adventuring too! We all had a BLAST together. We reminisced, danced in the car, had some good heart-to-hearts, and I can’t count how many times we laughed until tears flowed. Ah, sweet life.

This trip was Isabella’s first flight. I was a little nervous and fearful of being “those people” on the plane. The people with the screaming baby who everyone else gives the stink-eye every chance they get. Thankfully our sweet little angel was just that, an angel. I shouldn’t have been too surprised considering she has been only mellow and peaceful since the day she was born but still, I knew it was possible. Thankfully there were no screams! Just cuddling, snoozing, and nursing both on the flight there and back. We also spent a lot of hours on the road driving through the states and, still, she was the greatest little traveler! We were so thankful and excited that she did so well. We have some exciting adventures ahead and we’re so happy that she is such a wonderful little traveler.

We spent the beginning of the trip in Washington. Brett used to live in Washington and his dad still lives there so we thought it would be a good opportunity to see family, explore Seattle, and get a glimpse of Brett’s life in WA. I’ve heard so many stories from his WA days and absolutely loved getting to see all of his homes, schools, and hang out spots in real life. We pretty much ate our way through Seattle (and every place for that matter). The market was full of so many yummy sights and smells, it was intoxicating. Pike Pace Market, alone, may be one of my favorite places. It was full of SO much character! We did all of the normal Seattle things: visited the first Starbucks, watched fish fly, visited the gum wall, saw the water, took a picture with the pig statue, etc. Seattle was awesome! And Washington, in general, was so incredibly beautiful. Both Washington and Oregon felt like we were stepping in to a series of movie scenes. Everything was so so beautiful.

Isabella’s not so sure about this take-off thing.

First Starbucks, of course. Brett gets an iced drink in the freezing weather, of course.

Beechers Cheese shop. Our favorite spot. You must try the macaroni!

Seriously, the trees. No words.

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Isabella: 4 Months

Baby Girl,

You are FOUR months old!! Time is is flying! I love learning more and more about you and I’m so thankful that you are so healthy and growing big and strong. You have grown so much this last month and we are having more fun with you and loving you more by the day! I feel like you’re really starting to develop your own little personality and I’m amazed at all the new tricks you’re learning. This last month you rolled over and have gained so much control over your hands. You like to reach out and stroke our faces or hold our hands. Every now and then you lose control a little bit and we get a nice slap in the face but that’s ok;) A few weeks ago I was eating a bowl of cereal (you love to watch  me eat). You reached out for the shiny spoon, missed and got the bowl, and then pushed it over and cereal went all over me. I thought it was too funny and cute to be mad:) You also witnessed your first rain this month. I love rainy days and was so excited to take you outside and let you feel the rain drops. Some of your other first this month were: your first Oktoberfest, your first time wearing jeans, your first Halloween party, your first flight, and your first long day away from Momma. Momma and Daddy had to leave you with Grandma and Grandpa while we photographed a wedding. The day went quickly and you had a blast and were so good! You were totally fine without us but I, on the other hand, was a mess leaving you. I love being with you so much! We were so excited and a little nervous to take you on your first flight but we shouldn’t have been surprised that you were a perfect little traveler! You were great on the plane and were quite a trooper being in the car for so many hours too. You’re calm, flexible, fun-loving, peaceful personality continues to develop! You are so sweet and good to us. Also, this month, your little friend Judah was born!! We’ve been excitedly waiting for him to get here and have been dreaming for a long time about the memories you two will make together in the future. What an exciting future ahead of you, Baby Girl! I’m so excited to watch you live it!

Love, Momma

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Halloween 2013

Happy Halloween!!!! Love, The Pepin Family Circus!:)

Brett and I have always loved Halloween. Costumes and candy… What’s not to love? We were so excited to dress up as a family this year, now that our family size has doubled. Last year on Halloween we were in Hawaii, we didn’t own a dog yet, and we were about to find out that Isabella was on her way! So many amazing things have happened since last Halloween and we couldn’t wait for this year’s! I felt like we spent the whole day impatiently killing time until we could finally put on our costumes. We’ve been told that things like this are more fun with little ones and I’d have to say that I definitely agree!! This Halloween was the best yet!

Our family circus had the sweetest little clown, the most handsome and strong strong-man, a lion tamer, and the absolute most adorable little lion!! Seriously… Can she please wear this every day? It may be the cutest thing I’ve ever laid eyes on!

We had so much fun showing off our little cub and taking her trick or treating. She loved looking at all of the lights and busyness around … and then she fell fast asleep. After a little cat nap she woke up again and was ready to continue her Halloween festivities. Such an fun night!!!

Bates Nut Farm

On Saturday we took our annual trip to Bates Nut Farm. Ever since we got married there, we’ve made it our tradition to go every October to get pumpkins. This year was our little pumpkin’s first trip to the pumpkin patch!

I grew up going to Bate’s for pumpkins and, when we were searching for venues for our wedding, it was that tradition that got me really excited to have our wedding there. We talked about how we would one day have kids of our own and we could take them there every year to get pumpkins and show them where mom and dad got married, where it all began. Taking Isabella there yesterday made the trip feel extra special. As we were walking from our car towards the pumpkins I realized that we had dreamt about this day for years and it was finally happening. It was the sweetest moment and we were both filled with so much thankfulness as we were reminded that we are living our dreams. I can not believe our little family has doubled since this time last year (can’t forget our Kona Bear)! Our last trip to the pumpkin patch it was just Brett and I and this year he was holding a leash and I was wearing a baby carrier. Life is so good.

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October 14, 2013 - 10:37 AM

Kelsey - been a follower for a little bit and your little fam is so cute!

October 14, 2013 - 3:33 PM

Carmen Reece Talamantes - Love the way you photograph.. and love these pictures!!!!! ♥ Just had a baby 3 months ago and these are such precious moments you captured for life!

October 14, 2013 - 3:46 PM

michelle schmitz - love that you are keeping the tradition of showing your daughter where you were married.

October 14, 2013 - 4:13 PM

Katie Tucker - The ones of isabella with the pumpkins are to die for! We need to get our girls together! Miss you guys!!

October 14, 2013 - 8:10 PM

Heather Pepin - We totally do!! Miss you guys xoxo

October 14, 2013 - 8:11 PM

Heather Pepin - Michelle, we looked forward to being able to do it since the beginning. It’s so fun that she’s here and it’s happening 😀 Time flies!

October 14, 2013 - 8:13 PM

Heather Pepin - Carmen, thank you!! That means our little ones are about the same age! Do you have a boy or a girl? Aren’t they the best?!

October 14, 2013 - 8:14 PM

Heather Pepin - Kelsey, thanks so much for saying hi!! Thank you:) I love them!

October 14, 2013 - 8:34 PM

Laura Mueller - Can’t wait to go to Bates for the first time this year! Great moments captured!

October 14, 2013 - 9:06 PM

Heather Pepin - Laura, Bates is so much fun!! You can make a whole day out of all of the activities they have there… and you can’t beat free!! 😉

October 14, 2013 - 9:22 PM

Elysia Gleeson - I’ve always loved how you share the way you see the world. Your ability to capture moments in words and photos is amazing. Isabella is beyond adorable! I love that we share this same dream and can’t wait till we get to live it out like you got to this year:) That spot will always have a special place in our hearts.

October 14, 2013 - 10:53 PM

Heather Pepin - I can’t wait for you guys to live it out too!

Brock + Kara | San Diego Wedding Photography

You don’t meet many high school sweethearts any more. Brett and I started dating in high school but it wasn’t until our senior year. Brock and Kara are the real deal! He was on the basketball team and she was the sweet, beautiful, smart girl that you can’t help but to love. They started dating almost 10 years ago and haven’t looked back since. View full post »

October 9, 2013 - 5:45 PM

shirley Gasca - AAAHHH!!! I love this: ) Such awesome photographers and precious friends: ) Thank you for capturing some of my most precious treasured memories! I just these pics of my sweet girl and her sweet man: ) In tears yet again.

October 10, 2013 - 12:36 AM

heather@heatherpepin.com - Shirley- It was our honor!! We love Brock and Kara and are so thankful to have hem as friends xoxo

October 11, 2013 - 1:57 PM

Briana - I love the photos I have seen from this wedding! I love the rich greens and deep browns. Great job! Congratulations Brock and Kara!

October 11, 2013 - 2:42 PM

Heather Pepin - Thanks Briana!! 😀 It was so Brock and Kara! She did such a great job planning it.

October 13, 2013 - 7:14 PM

Lauren - <3 love this. :)

October 13, 2013 - 7:15 PM

Luke Herrington - OMG pick me pick me

October 13, 2013 - 7:15 PM

Heather Pepin - They’re so adorable!!

October 15, 2013 - 3:49 PM

michelle - Can’t say enough how much I love these. Great job capturing the perfect day! Two of my fave people!!!!

October 15, 2013 - 4:56 PM

Heather Pepin - Thanks Michelle!! They are two of the most amazing people <3

Isabella: 3 Months


You’re 3 months old!! This last month has been a fun one. Your little personality continues to blossom and you just keep getting more and more fun! You LOVE to smile, still. I can make eye contact with you from across the room and as soon as I smile at you, you light up and give the biggest smile back. I catch you smiling at your blanket and Kona sometimes too. You are one unbelievably joyful baby. Like any baby, you have your moments where sleepiness or gas gets the best of you but those moments are few and quick. You’d much rather be smiling and playing than anything else! View full post »
October 2, 2013 - 5:01 AM

Lindsay - Every time I read your blog, without fail, I am moved to tears! You make me so excited to be a parent!! Love you guys!

October 10, 2013 - 12:38 AM

heather@heatherpepin.com - Lindsay!! You are so stinking sweet! I absolutely can not wait for you guys to be in San Diego! Xoxo

October 13, 2013 - 11:22 AM

Ursula Ridens - Adorable little girl! They grow up way to quick – enjoy every moment.

October 13, 2013 - 6:57 PM

Heather Pepin - Thanks Ursula! Everyone warned me that they grow up so quick… I never knew time could fly this fast!

October 14, 2013 - 11:27 AM

Allie G - You guys are the cutest family!! Isabella is a lucky little girl, she’s already had so many fun adventures!

October 14, 2013 - 8:07 PM

Heather Pepin - Thanks Allie!! We are having such a blast with her 😀 She is such an easy baby, she makes it easy to take her on adventures! Miss you!

Isabella: 2 Months


Wow! You’re two months old! The last two months have been my absolute favorite of all time. Having you here with us has been so much fun and a dream come true. You’re the perfect addition to our family. 

You’ve had a LOT of firsts in your first two months. You went to your first movie, museum, vacation in Palm Springs, camping trip, day at the beach, wedding, bonfire, zoo, church, Sea World, Padre game, you were dedicated, and a took a trip to Julian. You have been a busy girl! You are the best little adventurer. You come along with us and flow easily with whatever is planned. We can’t wait to go on more adventures with you in the future! 
You’ve grown so much in the last two months. I love that you’re so healthy and getting more and more adorable by the day but I would be lying if I said there wasn’t a little itty bitty ache deep down in my heart with every inch you grow. Everyone warned us that time would fly and you would grow up in the blink of an eye but I had no idea passing time could ever feel this fast! Thankfully you’re growing in to the sweetest, cutest, most wonderful little girl! You are in size one diapers, can wear most of your newborn clothes still, and have been wearing your 0-3 month clothes now too. You love to follow moving things with your head and eyes and spend a lot of time exercising and kicking those cute little arms and legs. You also love to stretch. Your stretching may be one of my favorite things you do. Every time you wake up you spend a good amount of time getting all of your stretches out. You are very diligent about it and make the cutest noises and faces while you do it! All of that stretching and exercising has made you very strong! A few nights ago you were sitting up on my lap with my help. You felt like you were holding your own so I let go and you stayed sitting! I was shocked! You eventually got tired and slumped over but for a few moments you held your own!
We have so much to learn about who you are but so far we have learned that you are one joyful girl! You love to smile and babble and even mimic! The first time you mimicked me I almost fell over. I thought I was crazy but I looked it up and it’s true that you are now able to mimic. You can mimic me when I shake my head, stick my tongue out, and you also move your mouth in the shape if ‘hi’ when I say it to you. Although you would prefer to be cuddling, you are able to sit by yourself for a little when I need to cook or clean or shower. You are so cute and content. A lot of times I will put you in your carrier when I have to do something and you love to look around and be a part of the task. You’re also starting to take an interest in Kona. You love to watch her walking around and get so excited when she comes over to look at you. I can’t wait for you guys to be able to play together!
Being your momma isn’t everything I dreamed it would be, it’s MORE. Having you is absolutely the best thing. I am so happy you are here and ours. I love being a part of your life and am so thankful I get to watch you grow. We love you so much more than you’ll ever know.  View full post »