Something New, Something Blue: Blue Apron Review

One of the fun things about being a wedding photographer is that we get to make friends with lots of amazing people – brides, grooms, families, and of course, awesome vendors in the wedding industry! One of our favorite DFW area venues, Dallas Baptist University’s Pilgrim Chapel, has its weddings run by the sweet Vivian. Over the years, we’ve had the opportunity to work with her on a number of weddings, and of course, we keep up with each other on Facebook in between events.

Since our days can be pretty hectic, especially now that we balance being parents and running a business, you can imagine how excited we were when Vivian offered to have Blue Apron send us some ready-to-make dinners. It’s something we’ve never tried before, and we are just a little bit blown away. Basically a magical box shows up on your doorstep, packed full of fresh vegetables, herbs, sauces, cheeses, and proteins, and a fantastic recipe for each night.
We got to make three dates out of it, cooking and enjoying time together in the kitchen. The delivery included everything we needed to make:
  • Seared Salmon and Salsa Verde with Orange Spinach and Farro Salad
  • Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches with Endive and Blue Cheese Salad (Matt’s Favorite!)
  • Cacciatore Style Italian Baked Eggs with Garlic Toast (Ivy’s Favorite)
It was awesome, it freed up time, and we loved two of the meals especially – the chicken sandwiches were to die for, and the Italian baked eggs were incredible. The Salmon was good, but not half as amazing as the other two (maybe because it was the healthier option, ha!). Overall, everything was delicious, and now we just might try it out again. In fact, we loved the idea so much, that we’ve decided to try a few more delivery services before choosing our favorite. So…Hello Fresh is coming next week! There’s a lot to live up to, because we loved Blue Apron, but we’re excited to give it a try. We’ll be posting a review on that one also.

Do you use a meal delivery service? If so, let us know on the Facebook page which one is your favorite, and any tips on what your favorite selections are!

Thanks again to Vivian for the special treat!

-Matt and Ivy

Thankful for…

Thanksgiving 2015 was amazing.

This year, we welcomed our baby into the family, and I learned something about love… That no matter how much love you think your heart can hold, a flood of love can come on top of that. Just when I thought I couldn’t love Ivy any more, she blew me away with how sweet and gracious she was throughout the challenges of growing a brand new human being. Then, when our baby arrived, I got to hold him, look into his big brown eyes, and tell him how much I love him.

Over this past year, I have had the incredible joy of capturing moments along this journey.

It started out one morning when we found out that we had a little one on the way. I had no idea what fatherhood meant, how to change a diaper or burp a baby or… anything. That moment was full of so much excitement, so much uncertainty, and topped with even more excitement.

Then came the challenges of a rough pregnancy. I often watched as Ivy fought through the challenges, strong and sweet as ever, as I stood to the side feeling helpless to ease things for her. Her ever present smile brought hope and light even when we weren’t sure what the future would hold or if things would be ok.

Finally, September came, and our baby boy’s heartbeat rang strong and clear as he made his debut. As our little guy came into the world with his ten fingers and ten toes, I realized we had started a whole new adventure together.

Here are a few of the photos I took along the way.

Birth Announcement - Pregnancy Stages - Series - Matt and Ivy Photography 2015
Every day when I pick our son up, look into his eyes, and see him smile back at me, I am flooded with gratitude. It’s a kind of gratitude I didn’t know existed – couldn’t have known existed. What am I thankful for? Even putting that into words brings a flood, since there is too much to be grateful for. I am continuously grateful for my loving, strong wife, and can only begin to express how thankful I am that she has given me this incredible gift of a precious little life to care for. I appreciate every moment of the present and am SO excited about all the Thanksgivings and Christmases of the future.

Thank you, Ivy.


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