thank you for a beautiful festival, @belovedpresents 💞 this time, however, ALL the lessons came from ZION. our boy always seemed to want something different from what was happening, leaving rob & i constantly searching for a happier common ground. 😓 rules-of-Zion: all food must first get thrown on the ground, then minutes later, picked up and nibbled on. if possible, the dish worn as a hat. 💓 smaller kids: approach, growl like a tiger, smack them while saying pow pow (thanks summer camp), then hug (optional). 💓 bigger kids: run after them until you trip, fall & cry. 💓 pretty ladies: roar at them like a tiger, possibly pinch their legs with all your tiny fingers. 💓 walking anywhere: change your mind every two minutes (at least) about how you want to be carried: on papa's shoulders or papa's back in a carrier or in stroller or in mama's arms (preferably mostly uphill), while kicking her big belly. 💓 throw a major tantrum if you don't get your way immediately. 🙈🙈🙈 we definitely had some lovely moments, but the entire festival was mostly about practicing MINDFULNESS while parenting a rambunctious two-year old & managing our own expectations about what kind of an experience we *thought we* came for. ☺️ i don't know. we had SUCH an amazing time with him last year at small family friendly festivals like this one ... but that was BEFORE he discovered this wider range of human emotions. ugh. 💓 now we are camping on our slow journey back and he is definitely a little sweeter. 💓 lesson learned, festivals are mami & papa time from now on, for a while.
bye bye Punta Cana, we need a break from your insane heat & wedding madness! 🙏🏻💞 HELLO ROAD TRIP TO @belovedpresents ... just landed in edmonton & are jumping into our sweet camping van for a most awaited adventure! 💓💗💞📸 thank you @puntacanaweddinggirl 💓 #belovedfestival #consiousliving #katyanovaadventures ... LOVE OUR @the_moondeck 🦄💓💪🏼
31: let it be a year of untamed creativity, becoming a better artist OF SELF-PERMISSION & more child-like play, a year of thicker skin and more tender-heartedness. 💓💗💞 #loveatfirsttry #altosdechavon #inspiredlife
starting to get excited for @belovedpresents in oregon aug 11-14 ... come play with us! 🦄💓 i'll be 32 weeks and counting: @robo_yogi & i are soooooooo looking forward to taking a break from weddings, road-tripping in our sexy camping van all the way from Alberta, connecting with a like-minded tribe of beautiful humans, and dancing with our babies!!! 💓 Zion's first festival was envision in costa rica (i was 6 months preggo), Beloved will be his 4th festival 💪🏼😎💓 ... and of course it's the very first time for the precious soul in my womb!! 💓💞💗 #belovedfestival #belovedpresents #inspiredliving #expectingwomban #thirdeyepinecone 💓🦄 body art amazing @orlyfaya 💓
honestly, i'm not being a smartass when i answer I DON'T KNOW to the question when's your baby due?! 😅 zion decided he was totally ready and surprised us at EXACTLY 37 weeks. my amniotic water started leaking and i remember crying as i put a towel between my legs & sat down to google if this was within the normal range. AND IT IS!!!! . . did you know that the AVERAGE for women who receive no interventions (membrane sweep / vaginal exam) is to go to 41.5 weeks?! 😯 that's NOT overdue or late. it's NORMAL. so you see, it's a bit ridiculous to say my due date is October 7th ... because your baby is not a friggin thesis paper on a deadline! . . two more weeks and we're visiting Canada for a short while before coming back to Punta Cana to have this baby at hOMe. @robo_yogi & i are so excited. and are just praying i don't give birth ON THE PLANE. 🙈🦄🍾 what a truly international baby that would be! #consciouspregnancy #29weekspregnant #expectingwomban 💓💓💓 📸 thank you @puntacanaweddinggirl & original 📸 dear @photobykarina
my phone is full of gorgeous pictures, but THIS suits the current mood. 😂😍 i love how kids remind us to be unapologetically ourSELVES!!! i've been hiding out in our air-conditioned office here in Punta Cana, slaving away to prepare for some kind of a maternity leave (whaaaaat? time OFF?!) there's no light at the end of this tunnel ... but maybe there IS NO tunnel and instead, JUST LIGHT?! 💪🏼🦄💓 #zionthebabylion #goodthingscoming #inspiredlife
preparing for a long day of shooting 💪🏼💓 drawing strength, inspiration & light from Mother Nature ... loving hugs to you all from sunny #puntacana! if the day isn't too crazy, i'll share wedding insta-stories @novalovesweddings 😘😘😘 #expectingwomban #consciouspregnancy #puntacanaweddingphotograher #lifeisadance #katyanovaadventures
one of my wedding regrets is that @robo_yogi & I never wrote personal vows. I wonder how it would feel to read them now ... we are in our 6th year of marriage, with a toddler & new baby on the way, a house of our own & a business we cherish. there's not a whole lot of romance going on in our life these days. It's more like, he'll randomly tell me he still loves hanging out with me, and it melts my world WAY more than any candlelit dinner. . . i really like the idea of renewing vows. Couples do it after 10, 20, 30 years and it's so beautiful. we've photographed several and I'm always moved to tears. . . don't get me wrong, weddings are special, but the Beloveds usually haven't lived through sleepless nights of colicky babies, monotony & stress that may come as a result of growing a family, periodic lulls of a less-than-sizzling sex life, petty bickering ... you know, all the stuff newlyweds don't think will happen to THEM? 🙄 . . if there's just one thing I could say, it would be ... even if it might get little rocky, I will always keep choosing you. 💓💗💞 (our wedding photo adventures: @novalovesweddings & thank you dearest @puntacanaweddinggirl for 📸) #inspiredlife #puntacanaphotographer #expectingwomban #consciouspregnancy