29 November 2014

Summer Memories

I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves.

Some summer faves...

29 May 2014

Dance Recital

Jillian's first dance recital and Mallory's 3rd! They both did tap dances this year and they both did wonderful!! So proud!




13 May 2014

Self Portraits- Mother's Day 2014

As usual all I wanted for Mother's Day was to get in the photo and have a cute pic of me and my three kids.

With a 5, 4, and 20 month old it was a tall order and one that did not work out in the end.  I handed off the camera to my hubby and despite his many efforts we couldn't get even one shot where they are all looking and smiling.  I'm not going to lie, I was frustrated and disappointed. But eventually, shortly there after,  I did get over it and realized we can always try another time, it doesn't have to be on Mother's Day. I ended up later on looking through the photo attempts and laughing hysterically at the mishap shots. Seriously it looked like we were trying really really hard to take a BAD picture! They could not get any worse.

This week there were a few photography forums I follow that had challenges/themes involving motherhood and self portraits. Every year or so I pull out the tripod and attempt some some self portraits with the kids.

So although these don't include any with me and all three kids in one shot, I know I will look back on these and really cherish them someday. And who knew some Starburst Jellybean bribery would elicit such cute smiles?!





01 May 2014

Rainy Day Art Projects

I've been in a bit of a photography rut starting this past winter. I haven't felt the desire to bring out the camera as often as I used to and therefore haven't been shooting as much. I'm certain the awful we had didn't help much!

The other day it was cold and rainy so the kids did some fun painting projects. I positioned the table so it was near a large window and brought the camera out. Sometimes I think this is my favorite way of shooting. Lifestyle photography- capturing them in their moment! No "Look this way.","Smile for mommy.", "Just one more."

Here's a few of my favorites.


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29 April 2014

Jillian and Her New Bed

My baby girl turned 4 in March and she has been waiting her whole life for a new big girl bed like her sister's! Okay, maybe not her whole life but she's never really liked her toddler bed that she went into when she was 2 1/2 so that her baby brother could have her crib. I think she always felt like she should either remain the baby (in her crib) or be just as big as her sister and have the big big girl bed.

We had always told when she turns 4 she could have a bed like Mallory's.

She turned 4 and received her new bed. Let's just say she was beyond excited!!






We now have a little girl who can't wait to take naps and go to bed!
03 January 2014

The Year You Discovered Christmas

The older my kids get the more fun it is to see life through their eyes! Everything is so new and exciting to them and that seems to be especially true during the holidays.

Mallory, our oldest is 5 and she has vivid memories of what they holidays were like last year and the year before. However Jillian our 3 year old was only 18 months or so last Christmas. She has no memory of the holidays at our home last year and so everything is brand new to her this Christmas.

She notices and joyfully comments on every decoration in the house saying things like "Oh mommy, I like the sparkly gift decoration!"

She has such enthusiasm and excitement about every holiday event we do as a family!

Oh how she loves our Elf on the Shelf, Sprinkles. The first morning he arrived I overheard her whisper to Mallory "I think he came on Santa's sleigh!"

She loves visiting Santa Claus and couldn't' get enough of all our visits with him this year!

She asks many questions about baby Jesus's birth, The North Pole, and Elves.


She adores hearing all the Christmas songs on the radio in the car. Proudly declaring her favorite songs (Holly Jolly Christmas and Silent Night) to everyone and asking what our favorite songs are.

Sweet Jillian...you are three years old and it's the year you discovered Christmas. In a way, it's the year you taught me to rediscover this magical season!


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