Humans with Bouquets: The Bacquets

My sister-in-law, Kassi and her husband Dan have 5 kids - Tyler, Tannyn, Tayli, Traxler, and Tavvi. That's a lot of kids. They are the Bacquets. Bacquet Family

Today's post is very near and dear to my heart, not only because the Bacquets are my family, but because I think of them as champions among us. Life has its ups and downs for everyone, but I think that some of us are dealt a tougher hand than the rest. Almost two years ago Kassi and Dan were given the gift of beautiful fraternal twins (a boy and girl), and what could be better than that, right? But there was a catch, their baby boy (Trax) was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis a few days after birth. For those of you who aren't familiar (as I wasn't), Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a fatal genetic condition that affects the internal organs, especially the lungs and pancreas. Especially tough is that Trax is a normal, active toddler, as the disease is not externally apparent.

Having been with the Bacquets for 2-3 days at a time and seeing their life up close and personal, it is apparent how much CF has touched upon every aspect of their life and changed it in many ways. Even with health insurance, medical bills are a huge issue, as insurance doesn't cover all of the necessary treatments. I would say that on average, Trax's CF treatments occupy 2-3 hours of their lives every day - and when you have 5 kids, that is a lot of time to spend on just one. However, they have taken it in stride, and their faith, sense of humor, and the love that they have for their family and each other remains strong!

I honestly don't know how I could ever cope with having to worry about every little fever that creeps up, a minor cold, or a cranky baby who doesn't want to be connected to a machine 3 times a day for 30 minutes - while still having to be a parent to four other kids.

Don't let these incredibly adorable tiny faces fool you, they can destroy you! The last time we visited it was about a month and a half ago, and one afternoon Trax cried non-stop for an hour. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Let's just say that we had an array of different flowers for our shoot, but both Tavvi and Trax were much more into my watering can... Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

With everything that Kassi has to do every day of her life as a mom to 5 kids, she is a put-together and stylish mom! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

And this guy, well he doesn't need an intro - the photos speak for themselves! I've known Dan for 13 years, and he still remains one of the funniest guys ever! He makes me laugh like no one does. My kids love him as their uncle Dan, and he is easygoing, patient, and fun - as well as a great dad. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

For more of Kassi's story, please check out this interview on Design Mom. For more information about Cystic Fibrosis, please check out the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Nathan Underwood

When Apple Met Dahlia

Happy Friday everyone! I have to be honest, I have completely lost track of the days while on my epic road trip with my family. In a way, I think it's good, considering the fact that I am sort of a workaholic when I am at home. In any event, this trip has forced me to stay away from my real world for a while. While it has been an amazing adventure, I am really starting to miss my work and home (and dog). Just before we left, I did this arrangement with apples and bright colors. I love the purple and orange, and combined with the light green apple branches I feel they really have great harmony. I don't think peonies will be at the market when I get back, but I know dahlias are still going full force, and I am looking forward to using them.

I know I have been slacking on the blogging lately, but I will be back with a lovely Humans with Bouquets post on Monday!

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Flowers: dahlia, pokeweed, scabiosa, lisianthus, euphorbia, milkweed, sweet pea, hyacinth, garden rose, apple branches Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

I used a floral frog for this arrangement, as I wanted the apple branches to stay secured in the vase. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

I started with the apple branches, then added the pokeweed, euphorbia, and dahlias. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N.R. Underwood

Human with Bouquets: Keely

Keely is my sis-in-law and one of my favorite people. She has been in my life for 15 years, and I like many things about her - but the one quality I absolutely adore in her is how real she is. There is just no BS. She is patient, kind, easy-going, fun, and most of all - what you see is what you get. To me, that's one dynamite quality, and one that is hard to come by in people. In addition to the wonderful person that she is, Keely has an immaculate eye for design and photography! She can style the same location multiple times, and each time you'll be amazed by what you see. Each and every corner of her home is so adorable, and the time and attention that she has put into it is always quite evident. When you look through her Instagram feed, it is as though you are looking at bits and pieces straight out of a home and design magazine. When we were in Texas visiting over the 4th of July, I had the chance to grab some shots of Keely and her home, and I think you'll be inspired by what you see!

Thanks for always opening your home to us Keel, and for being my lovely human. I love you!

In her living room. Flowers: tulip, anemone, spray rose, garden rose, smoke, agonis, lisianthus, coffee berry Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Keely and Yoshi in the family room. I absolutely love this room, and that sign... Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Here is a sweet little corner which has housed many different charming looks - this one being the most recent. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

A Texas girl at heart chilling in her backyard! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Another lovely corner! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Shelving in the breakfast room. I mean come on! I have to add that the shelves were made by her incredibly talented husband Mike who builds the most beautiful furniture for their home! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

And yes, this is how Keely rolls in her bedroom everyday! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

There is a girl beneath all this! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

A book case in the living room - this completely stole my heart! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

And the "Love" sign again! Obsessed! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N.R. Underwood