Nov 11, 2014
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Jason and I have been married 10 years yesterday.  It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since we said “I do” on the beaches of Hawaii at sunset.  So much has happened in the last 10 years…3 more kids, 2 houses, one massive hurricane, Jude’s injury and recovery that changed so much about our lives.  We took it all on together and I’m so thankful for having Jason in my life and all the blessings he brings to our family.  I can’t imagine a single day without him.

Tonight, Ty pushed us out the door after dinner.  We did what old married folk do, we went to Home Depot and bought paint for our master bedroom.  After that we went to a local park, sat on the tale gate, looked at the stars and watched the moon come up.  Snuggling, hot chocolate in mugs, chatting and laughing, it was the perfect way to round out 10 years.

Our real anniversary gift will come along in the spring when we take a trip to Mexico, just the two of us!  We are beyond excited about it!!  I decided to make Jason’s card this year.  I think he was most impressed with my math skills lol.  He loved it….

 

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Nov 10, 2014

1.  The other night, while putting Jonah down, Jase left the room while saying “love you, buddy”.  Only tonight Jonah returned with an “i love you, daddy”.  Jase swung around, so excited and came back for another hug and a love.  Sweetest moment ever.

2.  It was a great end of the day since Jonah has taken to throwing everything he can get his hands on.  It’s exhausting.  And it hurts when whatever random item smacks you.  Duder has a shiner right now thanks to Jonah and a remote control.  He’s been to time out for the last two days, for the first time ever, and it’s just heartbreaking for him.  This throwing phase is going to end soon….right?!  And the hitting, oh my, the hitting.

3.  My mom has been staying with us for the last few months for her knee replacement surgery.  She’s did really, really well and has returned home to Alabama with a fancy new knee.

4.  My mom isn’t the only one around here with surgery lately.  I had surgery on my leg to have the melanoma removed.  The first biopsy came back that I needed more removed.  We did that, after a lot of research in to the pain med injections (I ultimately had them compounded) and it went good.  The second surgery came back clear and they are 99.9% sure they got it all.  No lymph node removal needed, thank God!  Ty is also set for surgery here pretty soon.  His shoulder injury has gotten worse over the last year and when he went to camp I think we all realized how much it was really holding him back physically.  So we are moving forward with surgery.  His recovery period will be about 6 weeks instead of the 6 months they originally told us.  We definitely want to do it while he’s still at home and living with us and while he’s still on our insurance.

5.  WE ARE ON HOMESCHOOL BREAK!  Yes, it was necessary to yell that.  Huge blessing.  It’s been so long since I’ve we’ve had more than a week off, we are SO ready.  Right when the little kids were ready for break last fall, Ty made the decision to come home for school, so I continued on with him and jumped in to the 10th grade.  When we go back in January we will officially be homeschooling 4 kids.  11th/12th grade, 4th grade, 2nd grade and early pre-k for Jonah.  And Ty is set to graduate early…one more year of high school, hard to believe.

6.  Have you joined Raising Foodies?  At over 450 members strong there’s all kinds of wonderful info to be found about boosting the immune system, healthy recipes, essential oils and much more.  Come chat about Thanksgiving food!

7.  I’ve been online shopping like a crazy lady for the last month.  I’ve been planning outfits for not one, not two, but three photo shoots.  The first one was with Tara and she will be photographing all 6 of us.  The second is a session I’m planning is for the 4 kids only.  And last, Jonah’s 2nd birthday session!  That’s more shooting with my family than I’ve done all year long.  Coordinating outfits for so many people and so many sessions has been crazy.  I’ll come share pics from all 3 sessions very soon!

8.  2 weeks after my moms surgery we went camping.  It was awesome.  I went crazy the week before trying to get ready to go out of town during busy season but it was so worth it to disconnect for awhile and return to nature.  We were lucky that this time we were able to have Jason’s parents join us in a cabin next to ours.  The kids were in heaven with so many grandparents around and for only being 2 weeks post-op, my mom did wonderful.  She was happy sitting by the fire, going on short walks with the kids and sitting by the river in her zero gravity chair we picked up off amazon.  I took 32 gb worth of photos on our trip and can’t wait to dive in to them!  I also did 3 mini sessions with Jonah for his birthday while we were there.  He turned 2 while camping.  And somehow I pulled off a paleo chocolate cake with chocolate frosting in the tiny cabin oven.  My baby is growing up.

9.  Does anyone else have a kid that’s addicted to the dustbuster?  Jonah stands outside the pantry door, banging on it, yelling “BUSTER! BUSTER”, until we relent and give it to him.  This works in my favor since he actually cleans with it.  Parenting win.

10.  Click over to Instagram for this adorableness.  Our neighborhood was having a craft fair. Ty and Taryn both had items to sell. Ty made wood advent calendars and taryn made 100 homemade lip balms. Jude and I had the idea he could sell hugs, cause, well, he’s a hugger. HE MADE A SMALL FORTUNE!  File this under things that are only cute if you are a Jude and are 6 years old.

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Barrett is a wonderful reader and she was captivated.  I adore this shot, the depth created by Barrett’s shadow behind him and the bushes in front of them, elbow patches on a corduroy jacket (swoon!), one of my favorite books and a sly little smile by sweet Ms. Harper.

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I’ve been photographing this family since 2009 and while I’ve watched them grow and love and change, the biggest thing that jump out at me for 2014, is what an ahhh-mazing big brother Steven is.  So very patient, so very kind, so very, very loving.  Sadie doesn’t know it yet, but she’s extremely blessed by him.  So fun to watch and capture.

The following session is what I call a “Love Light“.  Usually one couple, downtown, after dark, on a date in Austin.  If you are interested in this type of session contact me, I have 2 rounds coming up in mid-December and another in January!  It’s the perfect gift and a fun way to celebrate your love and relationship.  This session was the first time I’d combined a love light session as a double date.  Jennifer, of Jennifer and Jim, grew up with Dan, of Dan and Marci.  They were coming in to town for a visit and it was such a fun night!

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Oh miss Jane, it’s so fun and such an honor to capture you on your birthday each year.  It feels like yesterday that we first met, you were two!  Time flies.  Happy birthday beautiful girl.

ps – some day I’m going to do a blog post dedicated to her dad and his amazing poses, I have lots through the years and they *need* to be showcased ;)

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Isn’t he just the sweetest?  His big sister was a baby planner and so is he.  I cannot wait to follow him around for the first year, so many changes and milestones to come.

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Oh Peanut, you stole my heart.  I have no doubt you could own this town, you’re just *that* cool.

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So fun to catch up with Miss Lila tonight.  I first met her when she was tiny and only 11 days old.  Today is bright, full of energy and bursting personality!  Love!  And her big brown eyes are just captivating.

 

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It’s rare I get to do engagement photos, mostly because I don’t photograph weddings.  When I do, I looooove it!  These two were so fun!!  We actually bartered for these, Jase and I were in the market for some gym equipment for our new home gym in the garage (we just did a garage reno).  Rachel and Patrick had some to sell and needed engagement photos for their wedding next year.  It was a win/win for all of us and I’m so glad it worked out.  They are the sweetest couple….the last group of shots with the champagne are my favorite, they both work in the beverage industry, so it was perfect to incorporate that in to their session.  Congrats you two, thanks for being such a blessing to our family.  I’m positive both your wedding and marriage will be beautiful!

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I first met this family when I photographed Savannah as a newborn back in 2011.  I was so excited when they contacted me to say they were expecting again and it was another sweet baby girl.  Charlotte was just a dream to photograph, so calm and happy.  This gallery definitely includes some of my favorite shots from 2014!

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This family is so special to me.  I was blessed to be able to photograph the birth of their 4th child, John, a few years ago.   Since then, they went on to have another baby, a girl.  They wanted this session in their home because they were about to move.  Their baby girl was born right by the window in their bedroom.  Their children have grown and laughed and loved within the four walls of this home and they wanted to say goodbye to it with printed memories, just as they are today.  The last photo, with Jude showing me his muscles, so funny.  To fully appreciate it, I’m going to share a quote from their client survey, where Kelly included this when telling me about her children:  “Jude: he’s so naughty he sparkles, crooked grin & glasses, he’s a little spry old man”.  Yes!  A million times yes!  I see it too and knowing that let me capture just that.  Rock star!  I relate so much to this family, fun kids, similar age gaps, little old man boys named Jude, a home filled with love and chaos.  W family, you’ve now moved, but I hope these photos bring you back to all the happy times filled with love in your home.