Just this past weekend a bunch of friends celebrated the turning of a NEW DECADE for one of my good friends, Kinsey. I could’t think of a better opportunity to type up a blog post about this girl’s family session. What does entering a new decade mean exactly? Sooooo many things. I remember being nervous to turn 30. I remember being in disbelief. I remember having 2 little kids and doing the ‘mom’ thing with toddlers in tow. Our lives were crazy, but they were a GOOD crazy. I’m NOT SURE those would have been my exact thoughts on it BACK THEN, but now……..now I reflect on when my kids weren’t anti-social teenagers and they wanted to tell me everything and show me everything (sometimes TEN TIMES)  and my heart would swell. The next moment I was probably screaming at them, but they have grown into beautiful people. To see what they accomplish, how your family dynamics change and how handsome and beautiful they become is an amazing feeling. Every moment (whether it be a week, a month, year or decade) brings beautiful moments. These moments are fleeting, but as a 40 something mom now, I love every one of them. I love that I can remember how stinky my son’s hair was  (literally….I can remember the exact smell if I think about it!) when he woke up because he sweat every single night in anything more than a diaper. I remember my daughter’s first cry after she was born…..like it was yesterday. I remember her sweet mullet that she rocked for a few months after she was born until she could wear pigtails when she was 4 months old…..yes….cutest mullet I ever saw. The toddler years brought Batman into our lives….and the Justice League and when Luca was a toddler, she pretty much changed clothes about 8 times a day into different dresses that she loved. I remember the little, sweet things and you sometimes forget the chaos. I would assume I hated the massive amounts of laundry this produced for me…..but little details like that so easily forgotten now.

Kinsey rocked her birthday this past weekend and she was surrounded by so many people who love her fiercely! So….without getting overly sappy now that I have reminisced about my stinky, mullet-rocking kid memories…..new decades mean new memories, new friends, more love, laughter and lots more adventures. Kinsey…..you rock this ‘MOM’ thing and you will continue to rock it way past your 30’s!! Happy birthday, beautiful!

 

Since closing my business a year ago (and not having the guts to wipe out my blog with a single phone call or push of a button on GoDaddy’s Host site….lol!), I occasionally feel the need to share things on it. (It makes it easier to keep it for random thoughts, random sessions and personal projects! DELETING is just way too permanent!)  I like to share things that make me happy and even though I am no longer taking clients as a business, I do occasionally get behind the camera for a few special people. I love it and miss it quite often, so getting out and shooting does wonderful things for my soul. It’s even better when I get to share these times with good friends! I wanted to wait until after the Holiday madness was over to post images from these December sessions so I didn’t ruin any holiday card surprises! Megan….thank you for trusting me to capture your memories of your adorable family. So many cute moments from our session and her kiddos couldn’t be any more adorable!

 

 

My blog has been quite lonely lately, but I have picked up my camera a little more lately after not taking clients for over a year. I will admit…..it feels good. It feels good to take photos of things that I love and this post is of my nieces and nephew Halloween experience. I love that I was able to share it with them and capture the cuteness. I love the closeness of our family, my sisters and how wonderful these kids are. They are being raised to be such thoughtful, nice, and loving human beings. That is what the world needs right now. I won’t turn this into an ugly political post as you can just open Facebook  to witness the ugliness, the hate, and the separation occurring. I won’t take part in it. Instead I will choose to keep raising my kids to be nice people, to have kind words, to be strong in their opinions, but to have understanding and integrity and the ability to have conversations with those who disagree. I already know where my oldest son (he’s 18)  stands politically because we TALK and while we don’t agree on every topic that we discuss, we talk and share thoughts and we are closer because of this. So here are my suggestions to you……stop sharing the HATE, the mean-ness, the ugliness that you are SO AGAINST. Do something that makes you proud…..volunteer for something you feel strongly for, continue to show your children love at home and how to treat others with respect no matter,  show them what it means to have compassion and integrity, teach them how to have conversations and communicate with others in a respectful way, and most of all be the example that you want them to see.

Ok…..so….the above might have some political undertones…..but you get my point. I am thrilled to show off my nieces and nephew and think this younger generation will see some great things in our nation and in their futures! But for right now, I give you Hermione (Scarlet), Miss Nerd (Elliot) and a “not very scary Werewolf” (Charlie).

 

 

 

I’m a lucky girl……I’m lucky in that where ever I have landed, I get to meet so many beautiful people…..both inside and out! Meet the Machos family….friends, neighbors and just cool people in general!  We met up right before Halloween. The trees were still showing off their fall colors and it couldn’t have been more perfect weather! Here’s just a few of my favorites of the many from their session! (I had sooooo many favorites!)

 

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I really mean it…..I can’t even believe that I am posting photos of my son, Jack, before his last (sniff….sniff) high school homecoming dance. I remember a little guy that loved chocolate milk, Batman was his world, he had many best friends in pre-school even if he didn’t even know their names, he was an explorer of everything, and a great helper to his mom. I miss those days, but am so proud of the young man he has become. He hangs with a great group of friends and I was lucky enough to get to take all of their photos before Eagle High School’s Homecoming dance last week.

 

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