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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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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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Babies, Wine and Photography

Navigating the windy roads of Virginia’s wine country has always been a favorite past time for my husband and I.  I certainly thought having a baby, and a full time job as well as taking a leap and launching a photography business wouldn’t allow us the time or energy to enjoy one of our favorite past times.  I’m pleased to find out that, that couldn’t be further from the truth.  With a VERY hectic work and personal schedule these hours that we can steal in the peaceful countryside setting have become a past time that neither my husband or I plan on giving up anytime soon.  What we discovered is just in fact how welcoming and family friendly most of our favorite spots are.   We are able to enjoy time alone and time with family and friends and of course there are PLENTY of photo opportunities.

 

Fun with a beautiful tree at 868

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 868 has a restaurant with the most amazing brunch.  They have a delicious watermelon soup!
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Often the wineries have live music for the little’s to dance to.  
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Uncle/ nephew bonding time
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Nothing makes this guy smile bigger than his Daddy
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Bringing your own toys ( and tunnels is a must!)
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Freddie Long at Tarara
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Sweet Girl Madison
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Plenty of “zoo like” animals for the babies
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