Oh My Goodness, what a cutie!  This was only our second time working with Lauren and Cody, but Collin and I are loving this sweet little family!  They are so clearly in love with one another and in love with everything about this brand new little boy, and it just makes us smile to see it!  Dawson is ADORABLE.  Y’all, he has DIMPLES!!!  EEEEKKKK!!  And he is the sweetest, cuddliest little fella.  Lauren and Cody, Congratulations!  Collin and I are thrilled for you.  And sweet Dawson, welcome to the world!  We can’t wait to watch you grow up!

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This sweet girl has been such a pleasure to watch grow up!  It seems like just yesterday she was that teeny, delicate little babe who would NOT sleep for me at her newborn session!  Ha!  I will forever be grateful to her wonderful grandmother for lulling her to sleep at that session.  Now she is an adorably HAPPY little one year old!  Time sure does fly when you’re having fun!  Sophie was unsure of her cake at first, but by the end she was a champ and we all loved watching her dig into it.  And because it never made it to the blog, I’m also including her nine month session!  Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl!

First, her nine month session…

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And now one year!  Sweet girl!

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We’ve learned through the years not to be surprised by anything that Betsy throws at us as a session idea.  It’s one of the many reasons we love her.  So when she suggested bringing little piglets to Brayden’s two year session we knew to just roll with it.  And I’m so glad we did!  How stinkin’ CUTE is he in those overalls?!  And the pigs?  Well, Baby B wasn’t such a huge fan of them, but we sure did have fun anyway!  These little piggies are proud to be Carolina Heritage Farms pigs, and they sure were cute.  And it had been way too long since we had done a sibling portrait, so Big Brother Brice and Big Sister Campbell got to join in on the fun, too!  Brayden, it was fun!  See y’all again soon!

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Our last full day!  We headed back to the 9/11 Memorial, but first stopped at the cutest little French bakery.

Warming her hands on Daddy’s coffee. =)

She decided to sample a taste of my coffee.  She was not a fan.

We spent most of the day at the September 11th Memorial Museum.  It was incredible and awful and beautiful and so many other things.  Before we went here I had no idea just how little Makgill and Clara Beth knew about that day.  Living through it made it something that we remember nearly every detail of, but they’ve only heard about it.  And although I thought I had done an adequate job of teaching them about it, I realize now that I had not.  I’m so glad we spent time here!

This mural was created by students at Porter Gaud in Charleston!

After it was all over and we had seen the museum, we were once again hungry.  It’s a common theme in this trip.

Earlier that day a guy had helped us on the subway by telling us which exit to take in order to get to the memorial quickest, and then told us that he owns a restaurant and to feel free to head there for lunch later.  So that’s where we went!  Really great food and super nice service!  And I have to mention, New Yorkers were the BEST!  They went out of their way to be helpful or offer advice to us numerous times!  I think it was pretty clear that we weren’t from ’round these parts.

By this point in the day we had eaten a ton and were feeling the need to burn some of those calories off, so we decided now would be a good time to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.

We crossed the bridge with about three thousand other people and then headed over into Dumbo.  I loved this area!!  I think if we ever go back I’ll see about staying here just to experience a different part of new York.  It was a great little area!

First stop, coffee.

After coffee and chess we headed down to the park between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.

I was laughing at him because he had just taken about thirty pictures of Collin and me with my phone.  His face here makes me smile.

This was our final night in the city and Clara Beth wanted to see Times Square one more time, so that’s where we went.

Honestly, I was a little nervous about what we would witness there on a Friday night.  So far we had seen some pretty outrageous sights, and I really was kind of over it and not wanting to see the nastiness that Times Square sometimes offers.  We walked up into the streets out of the subway and were greeted with hundreds of people singing praises to Jesus, praying, and reading scriptures at a concert that was being put on by a local Christian radio station!  I. WAS. FLOORED.  It was beautiful.  Shouting “Jesus Christ is LORD!!” with hundreds of other people is not something I ever thought I’d be doing in New York!

We stayed there for awhile and then headed off to find our last New York snacks.  A giant pretzel for CB and a smoothie for Mak.

That pretzel she’s eating was crazy HOT, and seriously about melted her fingers off!

One last time seeing the city all lit up from our subway station!  So pretty…but I was missing SC by this point!

And, finally, one last picture of the six of us.  New York was wonderful!!  I definitely want to go back one day, and I’m so thankful that Clara Beth wanted to do this!

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This day was the whole entire reason we took this trip.  Today we were visiting THE One and Only Metropolitan Museum of Art!!!  Clara Beth was so excited that the entire subway ride and walk over there she kept squeezing my arm and doing that silent squeal or randomly jumping up and down.  Her eleven year old dreams were coming true that day.  Great Glory, I love this girl and her love of art and history and museums and learning SO MUCH.  I am a much more well rounded person because of the things that she has exposed me to.  I’m so very thankful for her mind and her heart!

We so wanted to visit the NY Public Library, but every time we went by they were closed.  Best we were able to do was the front steps.

I think walking down Park Avenue beside Central Park was my favorite walk that we did.  And we did it several times!  I was fascinated by all of the nannies and babies!

Finally, we made it to The Met!

We started with Egyptian art.  It was amazing, and we were all blown away by the artifacts that had been removed from the tombs and temples.  It absolutely helped all of the things we’ve studied in past years to be more real, not just something from a book.  I can’t say enough about how incredible this exhibit is!

The smiling mummy sarcophagus was our FAVORITE!!  All of the others wore somber expressions, and then we got to this guy!

A selfie with a statue of Hatshepsut from her tomb!!!

Temple of Dendur!  So beautiful!

The Arms and Armor section was pretty incredible as well.  How in the world did they fight while wearing all of that?!

From here we needed a food break, so we set out in search of some New York pizza.  We found some at Roma Pizza, and it was delicious!!!

Back to the Met in search of her FAVORITES…Impressionists!  Y’all, that face when she saw a REAL Monet?!?  Melt me!

Van Gogh’s self portrait!  She had studied this one this year in Classical Conversations, and seeing it in real life was incredible!

Degas, her favorite European artist because he paints ballerinas.  Ballet and art, her two loves. =)

We still had not seen her very very favorite of all time artist, though, so we headed to the American Art wing, and saw beautiful pieces on our way there.  This one, for instance.  Washington Crossing the Delaware.  It was massive!

And then, THERE it was!!!  Mary Cassatt!!!  This is her favorite artist of all time, and she didn’t know it, but her favorite Cassatt painting, “A Young Mother Sewing” is on display at the Met!  Her entire year was made in this moment.  And then it got even better when two ladies who were training to be tour guides invited her to take part in their discussion.  Y’all, she could have rattled off countless facts about this painting, but she was so in awe of being there and so shy that she barely got a word out.  Bless her!!  Seeing her face here was my favorite part of the trip!

And this was Mak while all of this was going on. HAHAHAHA!  This is so not his thing, but he was such a good sport and didn’t complain once.  He did make me laugh repeatedly, though!

Still in awe of all she had just seen…

And now we were Soho bound in search of some outrageous milkshakes!

But first he needed a pretzel.  Because, remember, he’s here for the food.

Black Tap!  I found this place on Pinterest and I’m so glad we visited!  Just look at that insanity!

And because that wasn’t enough, we headed to Little Italy for more food.  We ate at Lunella because a local that we met on the subway recommended it, and it was delicious!

And that was it for Day 3!

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