Play

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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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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20140526-DSC_2619We tried not to hover..

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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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You were just focused on your ice cream.20140524-DSC_2091

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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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We spent one night with the Brockways and your friend Luke.  You both were such good boys and did a pretty good job sharing.  20140525-DSC_2301

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Pa and I did a little exploring with Mama’s new Macro lens..You liked playing with all the creepy crawlers. 20140523-DSC_1894

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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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Julian

This little guy is so special to me and clearly so fun to photograph.  He grew in his Mommy’s tummy the same time my little guy was cooking.  I work with his Dad so we get to share endless stories, parenting tips and cool toys!  It was so nice for Dr. Drew to have a play date with Mr. Julian.  They got a little dirty ( ok alot) played a little catch and shared some smiles.  He’s got great parents and is a very lucky boy!

 



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The M Family

Walking into a house with three boys, one would fine exactly what you would expect.  Lots of wresting, jumping and a lot of balls ( get your mind out of the gutter people)   More importantly you would also find lots of laughter and lots of joy.

Everyone knows I love props, elaborate backdrops and over the top costumes.  What everyone may not know is how much I love capturing everyday moments as simple as bath time or playing catch with Dad.  These moments pass us by quickly and are so important to capture.  That being said thank goodness their oldest son picked up his brand new football uniform today, it’s kind of like a costume right?

Had a great morning M Family.  Enjoy a day in their life
                          

 
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Jumping on the couch

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