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As parents we can’t help to hit the FAST FORWARD button.

What decision will we make today that will affect our children tomorrow.

When a Dad is told he will be a father to a little girl there are flashes to teenage years, first dates and of course, what it will feel like to walk his precious little girl down the aisle

As mothers what can we do to ensure our little girls are confident, strong, adventurous and most importantly happy.

As we watch them grow and with each milestone we want to hit the STOP button.

Stop growing.

Your perfect how exactly how you are at this moment, not realizing we said that just moments ago..

Stop the Alarm

Stop the time that is spent away from you

Then there is the REWIND button

Oh how we miss the days of cuddling our little newborns.   Feeling your breath on our ear as you sleep.

Please rewind the clock so you don’t have to venture off to your first day of school alone.

Let’s rewind the clock back to the days when you would reach for my hand and asked to picked up.

The most difficult part is to just PLAY.  To enjoy the simple moments without life getting in the way.  To  appreciate every moment for what they are and to stop worrying about the future or living in the past.

Let them PLAY, let ourselves play with them.   Realize our presence will make them strong confident, adventurous and most importantly, happy.

My session with Jessica and Claire was PLAYFUL!

Claire loves princesses.  When does every girl feel more like a princess than she does on her wedding day?  How amazing for her to slip into her Mom’s wedding dress and to feel like a princess.   How special for Jessica to play dress up her daughter and the most special dress she’ll ever wear.

How incredible it must have felt for Claire to JUMP on a bed with no worries, run with the birds and to toss her crackers in the air without fear of being reprimanded for getting the floors dirty.

I mean really, who doesn’t want to run around naked?

Claire.. you are a very lucky little girl and cherish one of my favorite quotes.  Treat yourself like a Queen and your King will come.  Mommy already thinks you are a princess so you are off to a pretty good start!20140905-DSC_5998

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Crashing waves

Beating hearts

Anticipation

Adoring smiles of loved ones.

Selfies

and a quiet rain that passed just as the bride walked down a aisle

It was the perfect Cancun day for this BEAUTIFUL couple and their lovely children to become an official family of 5.

Just a couple of my favorites.  This bride and former middle school walking buddy, was just as beautiful getting ready and the morning after her wedding, as she was walking down the aisle!

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The BEACH!

Hey there little Buddy,

I wanted to write about your second trip to the beach before any of the little details slipped away.

As blog posts go I’m totally breaking blogging rules.

I’m going to include WAY too many pictures and I’m going to post them all individually.

This is for you though so who cares about the rules!

Your first trip to the beach was when you were just a wee little thing.  At 6 weeks old Daddy and I couldn’t count on you to tell us what you liked and didn’t like.  We didn’t know when you were too cold or just plain tired.  We were still getting to know you.

Just weeks before your 2nd birthday there is NO guessing what you want or need.

You are determined and you are vocal.  You are perfect.

You have no problem telling pretty much anyone who will listen what you need to make your heart happy.   This trip with all four grandparents and us, your heart was pretty happy..

Ok here we go..

You were pretty tentative on the beach itself.  You weren’t sure how you felt about your toes in the sand or the noise coming from the waves but there was always someone close by to hold your hand.

20140523-DSC_1869When something bothers you we can count on two things.  You will come to a complete stop and ask”what’s that noise” or just cover your ears.

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The water was warm but maybe it was the nerves.  After you told me “Mama I afraid and Mama I scared, Mama I am cold came next
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Eventually you warmed up to the beach.

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20140524-DSC_2060Later that night Grandaddy and Pa were comparing ice cream cones.  Clearly there was a winner

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As tentative as you were about the beach you LOVED hanging by the pool.  You had endless entertainment.   The pink swing Gigi brought and the turtle pool Mimi brought kept you pretty busy.

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20140524-DSC_2051You spent a lot of time in the swing. Shocker.. At one point Gigi held a cold towel to your eye and you couldn’t get enough of it. You asked for it every time you were in the swing.

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And finally when it was time to go to call it night ( or end this blog) we always knew. :)

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As much fun as you had, tonight when I put you to bed you said, YES my bed.

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Spring adventures!

The best part about Spring is the ability to enjoy some weekday outside time together.

This has seemed like the LONGEST winter on record for practically everyone.

How fitting we celebrated the first official week of Spring outside
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There is no doubt this is best part of my day.  What’s even better is I can tell from the amazement, wonder and joy on your face, that our little adventures in the woods are the best part of your day too.

This week you surprised Daddy and I with your first official sentence.  We’ve had lots of “where did he go” and “what is that” but you asked us “Mama, what is that noise?”  I think it was the clarity of each word combined with our surprise that “noise” had crept into your vocabulary that made us giggle.

As we explored and played in the woods this week you continued to ask “what is that noise”  We heard, birds,dogs, people, kids and airplanes and you loved it all.

Everyday it’s a new word, a new expression a new discovery and just one more joy for us to relish.  As I look back at these pictures of you in the setting sun  – I am reminded, again, that you are truly an angel..

 

Climbing trees the safe and easy way..

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Dearest Dr. Drew

Dearest Dr. Drew

Last week the Flu hit Mommy and Daddy HARD.

For the first couple days I couldn’t do anything but sleep, but as usual I became very restless and anxious to feel better.   One afternoon in an effort to lift my weary spirits I began to explore the depths of my computer’s hard drive.  19 months of images..

Then it happened

Something else other than the flu hit me hard.

I see it happen every day but as I quickly scrolled through the contents of my hard drive it became crystal clear.

How had I missed it?

You’ve grown…

Not just a little, but inches and pounds..

I don’t carry you with one arm anymore but I need both and occasionally the balance of my hip as well.

You speak, actual words and sentences. You walk, you think, you rationalize, you even manipulate.

Looking at your beautiful face grow so quickly scrolling through my hard drive was a little jarring..

It made me want to document more of our time together.  To use more than just my camera.  Relish, write it down, share more than just the images.

I know how I felt capturing every single picture of you but I want you to know too.

There are so many things that you do that makes my heart skip.

The way your tiny little hand fits perfectly around my finger.

The way you say AHH with every hug and end every kiss with MUAH!

The way your voice sounds when you yell for your sissy.

Every. Single. animal sound you make.  They never get old.

I want to find the right words to share with you here.

You will come to learn your Mommy is full of words but when it comes to putting in to words what the last 19 months have meant to me, I have no words.

There are no words to describe how lucky I am to be your Mom

There are no words to tell you how much I love you.

There are no words to tell you how it felt waiting for you.

There are no words to tell you how special you are.

From here on out I am committed to tell you more here on this blog how much I love you and share these special moments.

Let’s get this blogging party started!

Below are some pictures and the story of a special little Sunday we had with Daddy before the flu hit us..

XOXO Forever and Always,

Mommy

20140216-DSC_1748-2You were such a good boy and loved the planes so much we got you one to take home.  It’s been two weeks and you still play with it every night.

20140216-DSC_1648There were lots of these chairs.  You loved climbing up and taking it all in..

20140216-DSC_1698The planes were great but once you saw these elevators it was all over.  We took at least 10 trips up and down.  We got a lot of strange looks as we stayed on and continued to ride up and down.  We didn’t mind and here Daddy even sneaks in a kiss

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20140216-DSC_1615Your Dad’s come a long way in his love an appreciation for photography.  He even squatted to take this picture without me asking.   Something I never thought I’d see him do.. He was so proud of himself he forgot to focus.  I don’t care.  This picture will always remind me of Daddy practically laying on the floor to take our picture and it makes me smile.

20140216-DSC_1589You said WHOA when you saw another little one dressed up like you.  I love it.

20140216-DSC_1585Remember what I talked about and that sweet little hand of yours.  Here you are seen holding Dad’s.

20140216-DSC_1687Here is a Pic where Daddy remembered to focus.

20140216-DSC_1738 20140216-DSC_1732 20140216-DSC_1736My favorite part of the day actually ended with a quick snack and some McDonalds fries for you.  The three of us sat at the window and watched the Planes from Dulles landed.  You were in absolute heaven and sat there like a perfect angel for almost 40 minutes

Thanks for a great day. So many more to come.

Perfect

Ok so this is only my opinion but every family needs one perfect picture all staring and smiling at the camera, maybe for the Christmas card or a Facebook profile pic :)

As perfect as those family photos are, no family is perfect but every family has perfect moments.

I loved this session with these three sisters because they gave me so much “perfect” to capture!

Enjoy!

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Senior Pictures – So. Much. Fun! Gaaaah!

I’ve been very fortunate over the last several months to photograph so many amazing families.   I haven’t yet had the opportunity to focus on the individual and even more importantly the SENIOR!  This session had to be one of my all time favorites.  It was an opportunity to blend this beautiful girl’s personality with her deep rooted love for her family and their family home.  

 

When she said she wanted her senior pictures done in her “backyard” I was a little nervous.  I always “location Scout” and don’t like showing up for a session completely blind but WOW what a pleasant surprise this was.  Barn’s from the 1800’s, large tires, acres of wheat fields, just to name a few hidden gems.  I hope this girl likes her pictures half as much as I do!

 

Best of luck to you in the future, I have no doubt big things are ahead for you

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FUN!

We are all busy.

But what is more important in our lives than having fun and enjoying each other?

I’ve learned it’s not the perfect pretty smiles that make a memorable photo ( although these are great for the family Christmas card) it’s seeing our children have FUN and enjoy us and each other that we want captured and memorialized.

There was so much FUN in this session that’s what I choose to blog about and share.

These photos, this family make me smile.  I hope they make you smile too!

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Love at first sight

When shooting kids there are usually two types.  The ones who want their picture taken and those who don’t!  Thankfully these two loved it ( ok maybe sister loved it a little more)

These two were AWESOME, creative, fun and SUPER sweet!  It was such a pleasure meeting them and their mom.  Thanks to their creativity and participation we were able to get some good stuff.

Kudos to Mom for raising such distinctively different but equally awesome kids!

Aw a Mama and her baby boy!

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Colton!

I’ve had so much fun photographing all the baby’s that “cooked” along with my precious little guy.  Most everyone knows it took a lot for Michael and I to bring Drew into this world.  When we finally discovered we were pregnant we were fortunate enough, later in life, to be able to share that experience with so many of our friends.   Seeing these little guys ( and girls) grow with Drew is just as thrilling as it was to watch my belly grow along with their Mommy’s belly!   Colton is a very special little boy and it was so fun to hang out with him in the Country ( even though it’s not as country as Mommy and Daddy would like)  Enjoy some pics of this very special guy and his awesome parents.

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