Our time in Austin was mostly about work and emptying our storage unit but we did sneak out one afternoon of fun! Jonah and I ventured out to The Fomo Factory to celebrate his 6th birthday with some fun photos.
this is the one i was really afraid i wouldn’t make it in time. i’m always a bit nervous when i’m on call for a birth that i won’t make it. i try to be ready to go on a moments notice. but this one, i was really nervous. noelle walked around for weeks at 4+ cm dialated. i jumped every time my phone rang. i’m so thankful that it worked out i got to be there. a-maz-ing birth experience. i cried when she was born. and when i was proofing. and when i finished the slideshow. yeah, i’m a sap, but it really was just that amazing. this birth experience was fast. and intense. and filled with emotion. and love. i hope i have captured that.
click here: the birth of maddie-rose
her water broke at 9:30 and by 11:17 maddie-rose was here. that’s fast. the labor was intense, noelle barely had a few seconds to recoup between contractions and she’d be overcome with another one even more intense than the last.
this is also the first birth that i had the joy of working with doula, emily bessey. when noelle first started telling me about emily she said i would love her and she was right! her demeanor, her calming voice, she was awesome during the entire birth, but especially when things got very intense. she was cool, calm and collected and knew exactly how to support noelle and her husband. i was impressed! if you are in the austin area and looking for a doula, i highly recommend her, i’d hire her in a heartbeat, except for i’m done birthing babies. i would love to have her come talk me down and keep me sane when the 5 o’clock witching hour hits with my three kids though…now there is an idea…a parenting doula! an untapped market!!
and the music! turn those speakers up loud….the music rocks! a huge thank you to balmorhea for allowing us to use their music for this slideshow. i have fallen in love with so many of their songs and have become a huge fan! they just released a new album in march called “all is wild, all is silent” and this song is on that album. you can check it out on their site or download their album on itunes.
and finally, to noelle and brad……thank you for inviting me to capture the birth of your beautiful daughter. it was an honor. and thank you as well for letting me share your birth experience, i appreciate it!
welcome to the world little ones….
congrats h family and thank you for allowing me the honor of photographing their very first day. twenty fingers, twenty little toes and a family that is just bursting with joy and love over their arrival, it was awesome. i can’t wait until their first official portrait session in just a few days….
i know i already posted their sneak peek (here too), but i thought i’d come back and share their full session. it was so great to get teri on the other side of the lens, and boy, they showed up ready to play! the entire session was done in about 45 minutes. teri and her husband are celebrating their 10 year anniversary here pretty soon, how cute are they 10 years later?!
teri, i’m so glad you like your pics, i was a bit nervous, thanks for letting me share!!
During the height of busy season Jase and I decided we needed to move my desk into our bedroom so we could both have work time behind closed doors. Trying to get anything done with five people in the house and constant interuptions, just wasn’t very productive. Our intention was to get through the busy season and then see what was working and what wasn’t and see if we needed or wanted to move it back. The space was made to be a breakfast room, but we’ve never used it for that intended purpose. It’s always been my office area and where we keep Taryn’s little white table for snacks, crafts, etc. Here is the waaaaay before….
and then once we moved the desk, well, it just got bad. one big, unorganized, mess…..
Yeah, I’ll go ahead and admit that it was normally worse than this, I cleaned it up a bit before taking this shot. not really important but i thought I’d add I use the space where taryn’s table is to the right a TON to take pics of the kids. The big window gives off great light and catchlights.
Anyway, after christmas we decided we wanted to turn this in to a playroom for the kids. its the perfect space, next to the living room and kitchen, so i can always see what is going on in there, tons of light and i just loved the idea of having a designated space for all the toys taking over our house. our initial thought was to have jason build a built in that could be used for storage and then double as a buffet when we have parties / entertain. But after a long trip to IKEA, we decided on a few simple bookshelves that would give us a ton of storage and a simple buffet style type area. We knew we wanted it to flow with the rest of the house because you can see this space from our foyer, kitchen, dining room, living room and you have to walk by it to get to the master bedroom, it has high visability. My absolute favorite part about it, is that all the kids toys are contained, in addition to what was already in the space, we moved about 80% of their toys out of their rooms, I have storage for craft supplies, paper, etc. and we still have room left over. That rocks.
I’m not 100% done yet, I still need to swap out the photos and hang the frames. And I have some cute tags to attach to all the baskets to help the kids keep things organized….
The kids LIVE in this space now, they gravitate here, and at the end of the day when it’s time to pick up, they don’t even balk. Parental heaven.
I love that teagan can crawl right up and get to his stuff. The shelf at the tops houses craft stuff, jars filled with pompom’s, googlie eyes, crayons, baskets of paper, glue, kid scissors and a bunch of other stuff. As the kids get older we love that it can grow with them. It would be really easy to put a tv in the middle space and move the wii in there, add a few bean bags / cushions to the floor, etc. The redo was very cost friendly, just a few shelves and some cheap baskets and bins from IKEA, a small rug from Lowes and that is about it.
Here is the new and improved area where taryn does her craft projects, eats a snack, etc. We bought the large frame from an auction for super cheap and I removed the print, glass and backing. I found a large cork board at container store and jase cut it to fit. I then covered the cork in fabric (thanks nanann for the fabric store rec!) and voile! a great place to showcase all that artwork and if we ever want to change it out, the fabric is easy to remove (I just stapled it to the back). The finished product is around 40 in x 40 in and the cost was under $30.
I was worried about having tacks in the playroom, but I found these….they are flat so they are harder for little hands to get in and out, but I can easily do it. Plus they are just darn cute.
All in all, we love the space. It was hard for me to give up my office, but I’m more productive behind closed doors. And I feel like we get the rest of our house back from toy overload by having them all in this space.
MC and I headed into downtown Austin first thing this morning to shoot the call for models. It was COLD….but they were all troopers and we had a blast….are they gorgeous or what?!?!
A little stolen moment that soooo makes me wish I had sisters to laugh with ….
I hope you like your sneak peek girls – MANY more to come! Thanks for all the fun!