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It made my heart happy to see these 3 again.  I first met Danielle, Lexi and Austin in 2009 when I photographed them in downtown Austin along with Alex as part of a charity session.  If you have been around here for awhile, you’ll remember Alex, his slideshow has made the rounds through the years.  Sadly, he lost his battle with cancer 4 years ago.  While we’ve kept in touch from time to time over email and facebook, I haven’t seen Danielle and the kids since Alex’s services.  My heart was overjoyed when she contacted me and said they’d be visiting Austin.  I was excited to capture them again, even though I know it was hard to step in front of the lens again without Alex.  He was with us though.  In spirit, and in fashion!  They brought some of Alex’s favorite hats to wear during their session and it was so special.  Anyone who knew Alex knows how much he loved fashion, he was always stylin!  Although, I’m not sure if he was laughing or cringing when we realized Danielle had worn two different boots to the session on accident!  Oh my gosh, we all laughed so hard midway through the session when we realized it!!  I had to take a photo, so funny!  Danielle, you are doing such a wonderful job raising Lexi and Austin, they are such kind, respectful, beautiful and genuine people.  Alex must be so proud of the three of you.

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This is the reason my husband is off at Lowes on a Saturday morning buying supplies to build a rolling lego cart to fit under the bed.

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He love Amazon.  He loves to put things in his cart.  To the tune of $25,000 lol.  Tonight he was trying to narrow all that down to a respectable birthday list.  Can’t believe he’ll be 7 in just a few days.

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My girls.

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The big kids are off at enrichment and volunteering on Wednesdays, so it’s just me and this little guy.  We usually run a few errands, have lunch, play and take a short nap before carpool.  The blessing is in the one on one time with just him.  The hard part is a short, interrupted nap.  He fussed at me for rousing him today.  I usually take the opportunity to take a few sleeping photos of him, since I’ll have to wake him up anyway.  May as well do it with my shutter.  A short nap today meant tons of time enjoying the beautiful weather outside after carpool.  I spent 2 hours raking my moms backyard while the kids explored, played and got dirty.  We literally had to wipe all the dirt off Jonah’s face before we sat down to dinner.  I love days like that.  It was wonderful and just what we all needed.  Tonight, they will fall asleep fast, another huge blessing.  Sleeping babes are the best.

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This family has changed so much since the last time I saw them.  I photographed big brother as a newborn and was so excited when they contacted me to book a baby plan since they were expecting again!  And their newest addition had chins and cheeks that are just to die for.  I had to resist the urge to ask for an extra baby snuggle at the end of their session.

home_lifestyle_family_photographers_austin  I’ve been photographing this family for quite a few years now.  Getting to catch up with them is always a highlight of my year.  This year, we had a few challenges, the weather was yuck and drizzly and honestly, the kids were just not in to it that day.  Thankfully, we were at their home and I could just stick around for awhile and capture the kids as they are, very low pressure.  We worked it out and the end results are something I really love.  I was hoping they would love them too….and when I got their thank you note, there was no doubt.  It made me cry because it was so sweet and heart felt about how much these captured moments in time mean to them.  I want to frame that note as it reminds me of why I do what I do and love it so very much.

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That time that we used receipt tape to measure the solar system.  God is big.  And it made me feel very, very small.

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Our homeschool year started today.  Our homeschool year is condensed to 32 weeks from January to September.  Preschool, 2nd grade, 4th grade and 11th grade.  Overall, it was a great day and start to our year.  I only had a handful of moments that made me want to do this lol….

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Toddlers are so very strange sometimes.

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This little beauty has had a journey earth side and at 3 months old is home from the NICU and thriving.  I was warned in advance that she is super cute and very expressive!  And boy did that prove to be true!!  She was so good for her session and threw so many great expressions my way.  They made sure to tell me they hoped there gallery would have all her expressions, not just the smiles and grins.  Her moms are just in love with her and it shows in every way.

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Mr. Cheese Face is obsessed with his backpack.

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Bedtime.  YAY!!!!!