I know this is a long overdue post, but its worth the wait. This year will be a life changing year for all of us. And even the preparations for the year have changed our lives quite a bit. We’re still waiting for the arrival of your little sister, and you are so excited for all the fun and responsibilities that come with being a big brother. I remember you telling me how you are practicing on the cats; which I know they really appreciate. You are learning so much everyday. People constantly tell me things you have told them that I didn’t even know you knew. You have managed to learn all the countries of the world, some of the territories within those countries, and their capitals. It always amazes me, and I thought this wouldn’t happen until you were older, when you ask me questions about a specific…
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I just can’t believe it, the time has finally come. No matter how long and hard I worked to put it off, he’s five. And I will say with great certainty, he knows it, and he knows it’s a big deal. He is big stuff. And no matter what it is “He can do it” and when he can’t watch out! I know this is just a sneak peek but I have so much to say already. I will also say this time was the hardest time to get his pictures taken, he just wasn’t having it until the end. I even called in the big guns, Ms. Lindsay. She was home on college break and she can always get him to cheese it up and cooperate in front of the camera. We struggled. We bribed. We promised. And here is a little taste of what we got.
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The Christmas season is quickly approaching us. And I just can not believe how big these two have gotten over the past month even. I just love taking pictures of this family, they are so cute. And Wyatt and Adalyn are talking up a storm now so what I didn’t think was possible happened, they got cuter. Merry Christmas everyone, and I hope you enjoy the pictures.
I will start by saying this is Crazy!!! Adalyn and Wyatt are 2 and a few months. It has been so crazy seeing them grow, and yes just like I have experienced with my own son, time flies. I just can’t believe it though. I remember their newborn session in my studio and how I got to hold both of them at different times when they got fussy, which they really didn’t do and no I didn’t pinch them just so I had an excuse to rock them for a minute. I will say as I have in the past that I just love watching Josh and Kayla be parents. They are so relaxed and just all around amazing parents. So this time we decided to change it up and take their portraits outside.
Family portraits can be so important. You can look back on them and see how much you or your kids or pets even have grown. Anytime I take someone’s family portrait at their house I find myself looking at their portraits of the past, and its like a super cute window into years ago. This family was no different, I loved how the kids portraits growing up were all over the walls, it was timeless. This family portrait was a lot of fun. And the kids were great, so was Bernard (their dog). Im really working hard to not make this sappy or sad, but I have become an emotional person ever since becoming a mom. Bernard is a super strong dog, he fought through and got his pictures taken even though we knew it was a struggle. And as I have one of my cats sitting on me right in front of my face, I have to laugh about how pets have a way of making you smile as they make any task you’re trying to do impossible at times. And all they want is a little “attention” or a lot of “attention”. Animals are great like that, there on your good days and there on your bad days. That’s why saying goodbye to them is that much more difficult. Sometimes having their picture around the house helps, it reminds you that right now they would be sitting in the middle of what ever you were doing, reading a newspaper, playing a game when they all the sudden decide you made need rescued from the pieces, playing attack of the giant monster dog as he lays down on top of your city of vehicles. Or my favorite “You want to work on your computer? I’ll make it easier and sleep on your face…you’re welcome.”
Growing up in Middlesex Church it is very hard to not get to know the Preston Family. I will say Mr. and Mrs. Preston have always been people that amaze me. Mr. Preston still plays the keyboard at Middlesex church as he did when I was in elementary school and attended church there. The two of them together always were the cutest example of Love in every way. Even now taking these pictures of their whole family you can see and feel the love that holds them all together. I hope you all enjoy the images. And huge Thank you to the Prestons for allowing me this window into your family.
So I will start by stating the obvious… Yes it has been a little while since I took his 4 year portraits, especially considering he turned 4 back in November. But I think I finally realized what has been holding me back. This has been the year that he went from little toddler to big/ little boy. His preschool class next year will be one that prepares him for kindergarten, he’s only a little over a year from being ready for kindergarten. I won’t lie its been a hard one for me. Really hard!! He has grown in so many ways, so many great ways, over the year it’s kind of crazy to look back.
I could tell you all how he has grown over the year, like literally grown, a lot! Or I could go on about how emotionally and socially he has grown beyond more than I can imagine. He has made so many friends at preschool, he listens, cares, loves, feels empathy, and tries to be the best version of himself everyday, a lesson he is teaching me as every moment passes. This winter we shoveled snow for the neighbors when we could and during the one storm he told me he wanted to shovel the whole side of the street for people who need our help and hadn’t done it yet. I was floored and so proud, we spent 4 hours outside shoveling. I was also really glad I sprung for the better snow gear on his part this year otherwise there is no way we would have been able to stay out that long with out being worried, and checking every few minutes. Although I did check often just incase to make sure he stayed warm, don’t worry. He genuinely cares about the people around us and all over the world really. He makes me a better person, or at least inspires the efforts on my part.
I could go on and on about what he has decided to dive into this year and learn all about. He is still into space and holds classes where he explains the universe to the people around him. He even finds a way for people who don’t understand to grasp it, and uses whatever examples he can find around him to ensure he has numerous visual aids. His most recent class was on black matter/ dark matter and whether or not he believed it was in space and the impact it has on gravity.
He has started over the past 6 months reading and recognizing words and names. Now he is sounding things out so he can read the names of his current fling, whether its space, the 50 states, or volcanoes. He currently has 8 favorite volcanoes, and I think I can name them on a daily basis with him, so its nice to be learning along with him.
We have also been working with different art mediums this year. I have let him paint with oils; which is much different then watercolors or his normal acrylics. He loves painting as you may have guessed it, volcanoes, and the universe. Occasionally we branch out and paint a submarine with a volcano erupting in the background, or the flowers that he painted for Ms. Su, one of our many amazing neighbors.
Overall though he is growing up so fast. And I know I was warned it would happen. But I think no matter how many times someone tells you to be careful it goes by too quickly. And even if you are lucky enough to keep that in mind as the moments/ days/ years pass, it still goes by too quickly. So with this year being our final year (year and a half) before kindergarten, I have decided to make it my mission to slow down. Focus on what matters. We will see how I feel come next year. Although I must admit, no matter how slow this year goes, Ill never be ready for kindergarten.