Another Belle Isle Photo Session
Belle Isle Photo Session | Freckled Italian

We were in Virginia for Rob’s brother’s wedding last weekend and after the festivities we spent a few days in Richmond with my family, which means that as usual we met up with our wedding photographer Ashley for some photos. It was so fun to return to the setting of our maternity photos—I can’t believe how big Sophie has gotten and that the last time we were there she was just kicking away in my belly and giving me some pretty serious heartburn.

Belle Isle Photo Session | Freckled Italian
Belle Isle Photo Session | Freckled Italian
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Belle Isle Photo Session | Freckled Italian

We headed down to the river for a few shots of me and Sophie in the same dress I wore for some of the maternity photos—I’m so glad we got to recreate a few memories with her here. Two years ago we were just dreaming about what she’d be like one day and now she’s her own little person with so much personality.

Belle Isle Photo Session | Freckled Italian
Belle Isle Photo Session | Freckled Italian
Belle Isle Photo Session | Freckled Italian

We were even able to get my mom, brother, and his girlfriend in on the action for about one and a half photos together (Sophie was pretty much done by this point). I can’t wait to get some of these printed! It was so fun having everyone together.

Belle Isle Photo Session | Freckled Italian
Belle Isle Photo Session | Freckled Italian

It’s always so nice to be back in Virginia, even in the mid-July heat. There’s just something so nostalgic and magical about the east coast that makes it feel like home to me every time—mosquitoes and humidity included.

Belle Isle Photo Session | Freckled Italian
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Land of the Free
Land of the Free | Freckled Italian

As soon as I heard about it I knew that I couldn’t handle it, so I avoided it from my bubble of privilege and and stayed away from news sources and even Twitter for a day or two.

And then there it was, a photo embedded in a retweet as I mindlessly scrolled on my phone, a Double Double from In-N-Out in my other hand. A young man and his tiny daughter, face-down and lifeless on the bank of the Rio Grande, her little arm still bent around his neck.

My stomach dropped and I couldn’t help but think of my own toddler and the way her little body feels against mine when she wakes up every morning, how I have the pleasure of watching her chest rise and fall on the baby monitor, how we are mostly just lucky to have both been born on the “right” side of an invisible line, how I would do anything to keep her safe.

You don’t have to be a parent (or a child of an immigrant, which I also am) to feel horrified by what’s going on at the border of our country right now. Toddlers are sick and cold and scared and hungry and trying to soothe babies they don’t even know who are also locked up, separated from their families. Parents and guardians are waiting for them with grief in their hearts and for some reason they are not being reunited. Families are literally dying as they attempt to get here, doing whatever they can to reach a “safer” nation.

I don’t talk politics on my blog very often and still I’ve had people ask me to do it less. (I will not.) This, however transcends political party. This is a humanitarian crisis and it’s an outrage. I can’t think about anything else.


If you are also feeling helpless and overwhelmed, here’s are just a couple of things you can do to help. Also don’t forget to vote.


PS If you do come across the photo please don’t repost or share it—that’s a whole other issue.

Megan Flynn Peterson
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A Weekend Recap (in Photos)

We went to Sonoma for the day this weekend and I made a mental note to bring my camera because I never take photos just because anymore—I used to always have my camera in hand and loved snapping photos of our adventures or just a lazy day at home on a Sunday.

I’d like to get back to blogging “just because.” Sometimes social media exhausts me and I’d like to recreate the joy it used to bring into my life. Also are hashtags still a thing? Anyway, I of course forgot to bring the camera but I did take more photos than usual and here they are with hardly any commentary:

Happy Monday, everyone. I hope this weekend brought you peace and sunshine and maybe a beer or two.

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