Friday, August 22, 2014

7 months Alfie Lyle {a photo, and cuteness overload}

Happy 7 months my little bean! You are growing so fast I can't even believe it!
 You now sit up on your own. You especially love this in the bath tub. Watching you splash in the bathtub gives me giggling fits. It's hilarious-no expression and limbs a flappin!
Tummy time is getting more bearable, but you often have to give your neck a rest and put your head down like this. My little punkin head!
 You are ROLLING everywhere! This is a new development as of about a week ago. With a combination of scooting, rolling, and lurching you make it across an entire room!
You say "momma" constantly, and it makes my heart happy.
You do that weird sucking air through your throat thing when you're excited.
 "yoo hoo! big summah blow out!"
 You put anything and everything into your mouth. You love mirrors, especially yourself in them. You are in charge of your own binkie! You put it in and out now whenever you want to! You love that pop sound they make in the "Lollipop" song. You grow out of your pajamas weekly. You are now wearing 9-12 month clothing-which is why momma had to make you these pants and hat out of her old shirts. You have an obsession with food and drinking water from mommas cup. You love potatoes and corn so far!
 You're such an easy going dude! You go on photoshoots with us all the time and are so sweet and quiet! As long as you are observing the action, you are happy. You have major FOMO (fear of missing out) If you know something fun in happening in the other room, you want in.
 Sometimes photoshoots are hard.
 You LOVE walking around and standing (with daddy's help).
We love you SO MUCH Alfie Ly! I don't know how we got so luck to carry a bundle of sunshine around with us wherever we go.

Photo Credit: Heirloom Pepperfox Photography

Thursday, August 21, 2014

thoughts.

This week has been crazy good. And I don't mean that phrase as in "really good"-not that it has been bad. But I guess what I really mean is crazy, but good. Addi and I have really dug in this week to see if we could make this insane creative lifestyle we love so much a reality. Meaning, seeing if we could get it to pay and be full-time-job busy. A ginormous calendar went up, our workspace now has a million lists hung up next to it and potential artwork sketches up. It's actually pretty cool!

Addi and I are figuring out how to balance an etsy shop, and a photography business. Sound nuts? It is. This week took it seriously, we buckled down and stopped this "hobby" business and saw if we could really do this for reals. We got our goals alined, our schedules synched, our plans made. And guess what? It's been awesome. For some reason, once we opened up to the idea, and figured out some tools to make it successful, things have flowed. I have been 100% happy and filled with purpose this week. With this tingling feeling, just wondering how long we could actually make this last. We've made 90% of our sales on Etsy in the last 3 days alone. We've been booking shoots. Moving forward any way that we can. I love that we can actually do this. I don't know how long it will last, but I'm going to work like it's going to last forever, and it will.

I love being able to be with my baby all day. I love working with Addi. I love that my organizational skills, and crude marketing/business savvy can get us through weeks like this so that we can do what we love and actually make it work for us.

It's scary to be an artist. It's scary to put yourself out there. It's scary to try something new, something that no one says will work. It's hard to believe in yourself and your product so much to actually charge someone to enjoy it. We are making this up as we go and praying every step of the way. We have never been this unstable before, financially or otherwise-even in college! And that is really frightening. In fact, I can only let myself think about it for a couple minutes a day or else I wouldn't be able to function properly.

The best things are always worth waiting for. I cannot wait to look back on this time and laugh at how
absurd our situation is. I can't wait to look back and see The Lord's hand in every one of our failures and successes, gently leading us on a calculated path. It's going to be so incredible to look back one day and know we are going to be alright.

I was joking with Addison the other day about if we had personal business cards right now, with all the random crap we are doing for money right now, what they would say. Haha

Bre Welch
watercolor painter, actress, wedding singer, photographer, photo editor, princess parties, marketer, designer, house-sitter, entrepreneur, ebay seller, seamstress

Addison Welch
choreographer, photographer, photo editor, graphic designer, princess parties (yes, he's doing one with me too), painter, marketer...etc, etc, etc...

Friday, August 8, 2014

life lately.

 We are doing well! We have started our photography business, which is why I haven't blogged in forever. You can find some of our work thus far here: heirloompepperfox.blogspot.com

I find my mind consumed by my work, and I love it. It is really cool to be learning something new (usually 1,000 things) every day. And it's a form of art that I have always loved, but haven't had the skills to truly express myself through it before. I absolutely love how it pushes me to be brave-with locations, clients, learning. I feel very driven to raise the bar for myself every shoot. That's pretty cool. Addison and I have already been on several adventures because of this, and that's my favorite.

There are lots of curve balls. For example, when we had a fabulous shoot with Laila at Saltair by the Great Salt Lake. After getting eaten by bugs and stung by salty water.... we are heading back on the dirt road, tired, itchy, and hot, we hit a rock that ran a hole into the oil pan. We got rescued by Wayne and a tow truck, after a whole other round of chaos...ugh. Most expensive oil change ever! Sometimes I hate being an adult.

Lots of ups and downs-especially when you have a less productive day. It's hard to balance life and work when you don't GO to work. Especially when there are so many fun family/friend things going on for summer. So we are figuring out that balance. But there is also nothing better than feeling productive and feeling proud of your final product.
 
We are living in Heber City with my parents and soaking up the last bit of summer. To tell you the truth though, I can't keep my mind off of October, Fall, Halloween, Disneyland trips, and my birthday! Also, I finally get to be in a show! Play rehearsal for Catch Me If You Can starts Monday! Great things to come. We are loving every day, and learning so much about each other, photography, business, etc. 
Life is good.

hill cumorah wrap up!

Here's the rest of our Hill Cumorah experience!
 Alfie and I's first time on stage together! You can see my mom next to me too!
 Addison as Samuel the Lamanite.
 
We visited New York City first, and saw a couple shows-it was marvelous!
 Hiking on our morning off!
 Skipping rocks at Lake Canandaigua.
 Walk in the Sacred Grove.
 Joseph Smith home.
 This boy's HERO was Samuel the Lamanite! It was the best thing ever to see him react with Addison!
 Melinda, Wayne, and Laila came to visit! So we blew our own glass ornaments! And visited Niagra Falls!
 Grandma stayed above with Alfred and kept nice and dry!
We had such a wonderful time. Were so blessed, and got to see many miracles.