Friday, March 22, 2013

Rusty's BFF

I have been overwhelmed (in a good way!) with friends and family giving me the opportunity to photograph their big moments!  I say this a lot, and it is very true, I have no plans or desire to be a professional photographer.  I do however love photography, particularly kids and families (BABIES ARE HARD STUFF Y'ALL).  When you love something and have a desire to perfect a skill, it requires practice.  My own crew can only handle so much.  And lets be honest.  I can only have so many pictures of the same people before its boring.  Yes, Jadyn, I know your reading this. Editing you one billion and a half times can get boring.  Don't be mad.  You're still my favorite.  That's an inside joke.  I'm not really playing favorites.

Most recently I was asked by Rusty's oldest friend and his wife (Adam & Wendy) if I would take their maternity pictures.  Of course I said yes.

Adults are so dang easy its crazy.  I don't have to take a billion pictures to land the one good one.  Nope, adults obey.  It's a great thing.  Being obeyed.  Having 3 children I don't experience this near enough :)  Here are a few of my favorites!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Jack's Back

I introduced you all to Jack back here when he was 9 months old.

Here is Jack now.  Celebrating his first birthday!

And let me make note.  This boy takes cake eating very seriously.  

It has been fun getting to do these 2 milestones for you guys!  I have learned so much about my camera, photography and Photoshop through these!  And it has been a blast watching Jack grow up!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

When the dads are away.....

I will take pictures.  Wow.  We momma's are wild.

Jadyn and I decided to play pro-photog's with the Collin's girls.  Here are a few of our favorites!

Monday, March 18, 2013

The End of An Era

They have shared a room for 8 years.  It is a funny thing.  I knew it was a long time.  Just didn't realize how long until right this second as I did the math.

8 years ago, even though we had enough space for their own rooms, we made the decision to put them in the same room.  I have shared a room nearly my entire life.  My sister and then not long after, my husband.  I am sure I hated it as a child, but in hindsight, I loved every minute of it.  My sister was a built in BFF.  I believe sharing a room was incredibly good for me, and knew it would be for my kids too!

Fast forward 8 years later, and I am separating my girls.  I think as a parent one of our greatest jobs is to recognize our children INDIVIDUALLY and then do what is best (within our limitations) for them.  My sister and I did very well sharing a room (we were 5 years apart).  My girls (22 months apart) I think will benefit greatly from some alone time.  I truly never thought I would feel this way.  But, within a week of this transition in our family, I see the difference.

Rylee, who has had some difficulty in math the last couple of years, has a hard time with studying with distractions.  This space that is "all her own" seems to be eliminating a lot of those distractions.  I pray this shows up in the classroom!  Rylee also needs a LOT more sleep than Jadyn.  I did not think she would go to bed without her sister having to go to bed (she has refused to for 8 years!).  Since we have made the room transition, she could care less who is still up when we tell her to go to bed!

So far so good! This also mean that two rooms will be undergoing makeovers. This is another plus to the new arrangement :)

And, for fun a little reminder of what we are starting with in this room redo!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Giddy Up Y'All

We just finished up country and western dance lessons! I cannot believe how fun it was. And, honestly I am kind of shocked to find out how much my husband enjoys it! He has ALWAYS been willing to dance whether it be a high school dance (we started dating summer before our senior year) or a dance hall, I just never realized he actually liked it!

Photo of our boots courtesy of my girl Jadyn.  She requires photo credit :)

We both would love to take the next level but that will have to wait until our next break in between sports seasons for our kids!