kyle brady | lifestyle photographer & videographer | bucks county, pennsylvania
This month we celebrate "Love and Birthdays", starting with Aunt Eesh on the 5th, Valentine's on the 14th, and Washington and Lincoln on the 17th. Oh, and mommy Marissa that day too :)
This year we took advantage of the long President's Day / Valentine's weekend to celebrate our family's matriarch, first with a steak and lobster Valentine's dinner with extended family, then a Sunday filled with puppy-visit fun and chocolate covered strawberries, and finally a Monday exploration of the "castle" town of Doylestown, PA, home of the Mercer Museum, Fonthill, and most critically, Kids Castle, along with a delicious brunch at historic Doylestown Inn. That's a place we'll definitely be visiting again!
Hello from our new residence in beautiful Washington Crossing, Bucks County, Pennsylvania!
We moved quickly last month just in time for the 2019 holiday season, which were a perfect deadline to get unpacked as well as an opportunity to host family and friends in the new house. Now that the New Year (Decade) has turned, we're firmly settled here and back into our routine. It immediately felt like home.
Writing this during MLK weekend, our first here to kind of just relax and enjoy things. Saturday we had our First Snow Day since living here, something we were very excited for given the property, and boy did we take full advantage! Hudson and Daddy were out for a solid 4+ hours straight, with Rowan joining the fun for a bit to get some sleigh rides and shoveling in as well. Sunday is for straightening up and cleaning, then hosting family for some dinner, NFL conference championship games, and play time for the kids and cousin Mia (including some Cupcake decorating fun!).
Hoping to pick up the pace with photos and video in 2020, which slowed down tremendously during the move and also since the Office is the last room to be put together. Today's cleanup should help a bit with that.
Wishing everyone a happy and successful 2020, and may we have another "Roaring 20s", just without the depression at the end!
October / November 2019:
This whole "life" thing really isn't for the faint of heart, is it?
Only 4 short months after we backed out of a huge home purchase decision and agreed to live our best life in our current home, we were pushed to reconsider things yet again. In case you didn't click on the "Spooky" announcement, then here it is....we're having another baby! Quite the surprise indeed, and since we already have one of each, might as well make this one a double surprise! Can't wait to meet her, or him, next May! :)
So yes, while our Hamilton house is great and it's served us incredibly well, adding another family member pushed us over the top to finally relocate once and for all. It's bittersweet leaving our home, but we're also ready and excited to begin the next journey in our new home, in a new state, with lots of changes and opportunities that come along with it.
In addition to the big news, this month was dominated by another super fun, extended Halloween holiday, where we successfully pulled off a family-themed costume for the 4th year in a row (and watched Hocus Pocus 74 times and counting). Throughout the Fall season we also made it back to the Candytopia candy museum for the 2nd straight year (this time in Center City Philadelphia), braved the elements and time of day to watch in awe as our super mommy/wifey completed the incredibly difficult Princeton Half Marathon, her first ever half, while 12 weeks pregnant, starting at 7am on a frosty, frozen first Sunday in November. Incredible!
So yeah, quite the roller coaster. Let's keep it moving! Or don't, since we now know the meaning of life. Cheers.
- 2018 - Halloween 18
- 2018 - Candytopia NYC
- 2017 - Halloween 17
- 2016 - Halloween 16
bonus: British Bubbles from my London trip 1 year ago
It's official - we have a Kindergartner! Elementary school is upon us with Hudson beginning his public school journey along with another year at preschool for Rowan.
Prior to the big "First Days", we took a spontanous Labor Day weekend trip to our special place, State College, PA, to see the Penn State Nittany Lions battle* the Idaho Vandals in the opening game of the 2019 college football season. It was our first home game since the kids were born so great to be back, even if it wasn't the best behaved weekend the kids have ever had...
*battle may be a strong word, PSU won 79-7. we left at halftime when it was 44-0
August is a big month in the Brady house as it's both our 8th wedding Anniversary and Hudson's 5th birthday. Summer has been in full-swing and although we're feeling it winding down as autumn (our favorite season) approaches, we're continue to make the most of our lifestyle post-house-debacle and the happiness level is definitely on the upswing 😁
August Throw-Back albums:
- 2015 - Hudson's 1st Birthday
- 2014 - Hudson's Birth
Uhhh, never mind....home purchase fell through! Too many issues came up and the universe definitely led us in a different direction. Ultimately, we had to re-assess what was important for our family at this time and realize that we have more important concerns than just our property size. We're going to stay where we are for the foreseeable future and remain flexible to make the most of things outside of our own living situation.
In the meantime, we managed another getaway which had been planned for some time, to get back to Newport, Rhode Island. This trip was extra special because we combined the enjoyment of getting back to that place with the celebration of my Dad's 60th birthday, my daughter Rowan's 3rd birthday, and just the opportunity of vacationing together with an extended family. This is a great example of something we wouldn't have been able to do as freely with the expense of a new home. See, it's already paying off!
Whoaaa....some things are happening. We bought a new (very old) house*. We're selling our current house, our first and only, the place where we started our family and the only home our kids have ever known.
Speaking of kids, Hudson just graduated from pre-school** and we still aren't really sure what he's doing for school in September...it's complicated to say the least and we need to figure that out.
Rowan turns 3 in less than a week...going by so fast with her. Since we're moving, she will have to leave the aforementioned*** pre-school after just 1 year, a school we have found to be nothing less than remarkable in its quality and value. We're blessed to have experienced it at all, let alone for both kids and Hudson through graduation, and need to count it as a positive life experience. At least, taking that perspective lessens the sadness of pulling Rowan out now.
All of the above was/is also wrapped around a recent loss in our family. This outcome had been reasonably expected for some time but it's never something you're truly prepared for. RIP Jimmy.
Regardless, we persist. All the feels lately for sure...but overall it seems like a positive life direction. Feels like progress.
*Well, not 100% officially but it should just be a matter of time. Why Old? The property and part of the structure date from the 18th century.
**At a ceremony that included the kids counting to at least 10 in 10 different languages. Wow!
***I don't write a ton, but when I do, I make every attempt to use this word. It's my favorite.
Wifey and I somehow managed TWO trips away without kids in the span of just over a month! For those keeping score, that's two more than we'd had in the prior 5 years. Wow...
This time I tagged along on Marissa's work trip to fabulous Las Vegas, where our highlight was far and away Valley of Fire State Park, where we had one of the best days in a long time hiking off-trail with a private guide. The strip was OK too, but this was a definite inspiration to do more adventure travel in the future.
Hudson and I also went to a practice round of the 2019 PGA Championship, held at Bethpage Black. I jumped on a chance for tickets since I'd been there twice previously...first to play, which was incredible, and then again for the opening round of the 2009 US Open. Unfortunately, that day got completely rained out right after we arrive, and my Dad and I only got to see 4 golf shots hit for all our troubles getting there. Still, all memorable experiences at this place.
It's been a slow winter for sure, with barely any snow to make things interesting. Oh well, Spring has sprung so we jumped right into a big travel month, with a family trip to Disney, followed by a partial-family return visit to Orlando with Grandpa. Finally, wifey and I get to attend a destination wedding in Rincon, Puerto Rico at the end of the month 😊
So busy times indeed, but a great way to kick off the warmer weather seasons. As always, enjoy the photos!
Kyle's October 2018 trip to London for work...not a ton of shooting but had 1 afternoon to sightsee at least.
North Carolina for Pop-Pop's 2nd funeral, with beach days tacked on
Our summertime vacation/Mommy-work-tagalong to Newport, Rhode Island...one of the best trips we've had in some time!