B’s 3rd Birthday Party

July 8, 2017 | Pizzas, fire engines, ice cream cake…oh, and CARS! A perfect day for B. πŸ™‚ Β E couldn’t have been any closer to the gift-opening if she tried. I love seeing her grow up/comprehend what’s going on (she only pulled out ONE of his gifts from the bag), and make sure he played with the toys first before her turn. Pat was so nice, she brought a gift for E as well; a Minion! I think we may have to show E the movie tonight now…

J whipped-up an incredible Whiskey/Aperol drink — before we ate lunch #PARTY. After all of the food/gifts we let the kiddos loose in the backyard with the pool/slides/water table. C just wanted to dive her face into the pool, so everyone was on high-alert with her! B took a fall that we thought might be serious, but after throwing a balloon at me while I was holding the ice on his knee the tears stopped completely…stinker… πŸ™‚ Β Such a fun family day with the whole crew!

Strider Class

April 25, 2017 | My photo-friend Stacey is WAY into bikes with his boys, so it is only natural that he teach a small city-organized Strider Bike class for kids to learn the basics! There was the option to purchase the class AND a bike, but since we already have a hand-me-down we only had to spend $25 to join. They learned safety, balance and how to avoid paying attention during class…

I think E’s favorite part was the ice-cream afterwards πŸ™‚

Mini-Session-Bomber

April 7, 2017 | When we were expecting, due in October meant no income during my busiest time of the year. I scheduled some mini-sessions in April to make up the difference a little bit, and of course those had to continue despite the circumstances. I found these amazing flowering trees, and had my family come up with E so I could snag some images of her too. I have a feeling each year those flowering trees will bring mixed-feelings, but they are lovely no matter what! And this girl is a PRO…ha!

First Day of Preschool

April 4, 2017 | After a weekend full of emotion, another big wave was coming our way in the form of preschool. Our little E was making the switch to 3-days a week (Tues-Thurs) of full-day school, and we prepared for a tearful drop-off. D and I went together, and walked her into her room. She was fine! Happy, walked right in and started playing…it was perfect. PHEW! So the next day I just took her myself, expecting more of the same. Yet something “clicked” and she realized that this was the new norm (and not just a novelty for one day). Que the waterworks…for BOTH of us due to my own emotional state. UGH it was so hard to walk out of that classroom hearing her beg me not to leave her! The emotions ebb and flow for sure, but I’m glad it isn’t all sad…she’s learning so much, comes home with new songs, and even talks about FRIENDS! πŸ™‚

 

 

the Purple Field

April 3, 2017 | The day prior to these photos, was the dreaded day we lost our growing baby at 14-weeks. Traumatically at home, it just isn’t something you could ever be prepared for. Sunday the 2nd is a day I will never, ever forget. So on this day, D stayed home from work, and I really needed to find some beauty in the world. There’s a field not far from our house, that I knew with the right camera lens would look like a gorgeous purple flower blanket. It was just what I needed, and E was extra silly…as if, maybe she knew, I needed her to bring a smile to our sadness.

She earned a little playground time for all that posing… πŸ™‚