Sunday, September 30, 2012

Beautiful Girls

Terry has been a family friend since I was in middle school. When we moved to Colorado, she was the only person we knew in the area. She has been so incredibly wonderful to us. Tonight I got to capture her 3 beautiful daughters in some photos.

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Each girl has a shining personality and while getting them all together for a photo proved more challenging than I had thought, I had no problems getting each girl to give the camera some one on one time.

Angela:

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I love this last one. She's 12...

Nicole:

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And sweet little Christina:

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We had some more candid moments, which was really fun!

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And Terry jumped in for a few with her girls:

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My favorite part was inspired by the cover of the new Mini Boden catalogue. These girls knew just what to do...

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Thanks, Terry for letting me practice on your beautiful girls!

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Ashley

My beautiful sister Ashley let me practice some photography on her tonight. She's seriously gorgeous and, BONUS, she held still and just let me play around a bit.

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I cannot figure out some things, like why my focus is off or how to get things SUPER crisp and I'm still playing with editing. It's all part of learning, right?

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Anyway, thanks, Ash! Love you!

My Boy Is 3

I cannot even believe that it was three years ago now that my whole life was changed. When Max was born everything I knew was flipped upside down. I stopped teaching (in the classroom, anyway - I like to think I still teach SOME things to my kids) and decided to take on being a stay at home mom. Mostly because I couldn't stomach the thought of being away from Max for even an hour. I didn't want others holding him when he was young. I napped with him for hours a day when he was a baby. I fretted over every little thing. Gave the evil eye to people who so much as cleared their throat near him. I loved him so fiercely.

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He made me a mommy. A role that I had wanted since before I could remember. He does me proud every single day. I couldn't be more blessed to have him for my son.

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As he's grown many things have changed. I've gotten over the fact that he'll get sick. I use his (long!) naps for me time or to get things done rather than napping with him. I gladly hand him off occasionally to have a date with Ritchie or go shopping. But, I have never, not for one minute stopped loving him with all that I have.

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I'm still very much his mama bear, ready to pummel anyone who threatens his happiness and I've had to learn to really cool it. Let him fail, let him experience disappointment when all I want to do is make him smile. We struggle at times. I'm strict, he's... we'll, he's 3. He pushes my buttons and he knows it. But, he also makes me smile. Makes me laugh. Makes my heart sing with joy.

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He's a lover of music and trains. He needs to be snuggled when he wakes up from his nap for a good 15 minutes or all hell breaks loose. He LOVES to eat sweets and help bake them, too. He thinks that every box that shows up at our house is a present for him. He's analytical. He's cautious. He's fascinated by fire and lighters (a fact I'm trying not to let freak me out too much). He really adores Bennett, but craves his own space often. He sings at least 10 different songs all day long. He can count to 22 and sing his ABCs without fail now. He's a parrot and we have to be VERY careful what we say around him. He asks to go to "coffee donuts" (Starbucks) every day. He loves animals and is always trying to pet them (chasing squirrels at the park). He calls every kid he sees his friend. He is sweet and caring and bossy and selfish all at once. He can love like nobody I know. I'm so so so glad he's mine.

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Max, you sure are loved. Happy Birthday, sweet little boy.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Soccer

Max started soccer for the first time this year. I was beyond excited to get my little guy out on the field and see him have so much fun chasing the ball and the kids.....

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It didn't go exactly as I had hoped....

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In fact, we spent the first entire practice just trying to get him to stay on the field. He was not interested whatsoever. He just wanted to run off and be chased by his mommy and daddy. It was quite frustrating, actually.

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It has gotten better over time, but it's still a crapshoot. I think after this (short) season we'll just wait until next year.

Nonetheless a big milestone! Our first sport. First of many, hopefully!
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