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Reminiscing as Claire turns 4…

It’s so hard for me to fathom the idea of Claire turning 4.  I know that the passing days are inevitable, however, milestones tend to make it more real.  I started going through photos of the kids yesterday and my heart was full of so much joy and love.  I try to do this around their birthdays and am soon swallowed up by the memories of their years.  I thought I would share some photos of Claire and I look forward to doing the same with Gabe later this year when he turns 8 (!!!).

For starters, just a day old here…

This photo was taken in the hospital and she loved to lay like this.  It was then that I understood my discomfort while she was in the womb.;)

Her big brother fell in love immediately.  His first words were, “Is this my little sister?”  Instant tears from this momma…

Just a week old…

Valentine’s Day 2008

Spring 2008

I have loved seeing their little friendship develop since day one.

Fall 2008: I made the left photo into a gallery wrap a few years ago.  Still one of my favorite photos…

Claire has been busy since she could start moving. ;)  The photo below was Christmas 2008.  She was walking by 10.5 months.  Another favorite photo of our two little loves.

Having a blast at the age of 1!

Loved the photos captured that summer evening in 2009.

She is full of expression.

If you’ve been following this blog for a while then some of these are familiar.  However, I couldn’t help but share some of them again.  So many of these truly depict who are little baby is…

She loves adventure and animals…especially puppies, kittens and horses.

She’s girly in every way.

She’s as happy as can be…

She is ornery…especially with her big brother.;)

She loves to paint her nails and strawberries are definitely at the top of her list.

She lost her first tooth when jumping into the pool the summer she was 3.

And, here we come to the present day with vivid memories of Disney World, the state fair and Christmas 2011.

These next photos were taken just a day before she turned 4.

She’s our beautiful, baby girl and we have been so blessed to have her in our lives.  I realize that time is only going to go faster…and, not slow down.  However, I hope these memories will continue to grow in my heart and mind as the years continue to pass us by.  I know we all take pictures, but I encourage you to go through them every now and then…whether it be around birthdays or at the beginning of a new year.  It brings the memories to life and is a great reminder how blessed we all truly are.  Happy birthday, sweet girl.

 

bronwyn - Amazing shots…amazing loveJanuary 9, 2012 – 3:07 am

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what a beauty!!! and, you know that i love her sweet voice :) January 8, 2012 – 6:38 pm

Our December

It’s hard to believe that 2011 is almost over.  I will say it was one of the busiest years I can remember….probably the busiest year of my life.  I started out with my trip to South Africa followed with a trip to the state of Washington followed with a wedding in Wisconsin followed with a wedding in Florida followed with our family vacation to Disney World followed with a wedding in California followed with a wedding in Chicago plus a few trips to Ohio…and those were only our out of state destinations.  Phew!  It’s been an amazing year, but I’m ready for a fresh new start.  How about you?

Well, since this blog has not received much attention lately (due to my schedule), I thought I would share my instagram photos from the month of December.  The month flew by with lots of memories in the books.  I hope this finds your year winding down with lots of memories to cherish.  I’m looking forward to sharing more in the coming weeks…including a few give-aways.  So, stay tuned for more to come.  Many blessings!

 

PostalPix and a few other things…

I’ve discovered the world of PostalPix.  I may be one of the last ones to know about this little app, but oh, how fun it is.  If you’re like me, you have many photos on your phone and while my intentions are good to load them to my computer and print them off…well, let’s just say it hasn’t happened yet. ;)  However, when my good friend, Jenni, mentioned it on her scrappy blog I thought I’d check it out.  First, I ordered a handful of 4×4′s and 4×6′s and I have to admit that for a phone, the quality is pretty decent.  Then, I decided to go ahead and try out the mouse pad.  I’m not one for busy things on my desk (I have enough distractions).  However, my paper pad has emptied (and I can’t seem to find a new one right now), so I thought the photo from California would be a bit more soothing (and a longing to go back ;).  When I look at this photo I still can’t believe it was printed from my phone.  I have officially dated myself to the point that if you would’ve told me 10 years ago that we could do something like this I would’ve thought you were ridiculous. :)  Anyway, if you are curious as to what to do with your phone photos then check it out.  You can place the app on your phone and order directly from there.  The process was almost too easy.:)

I had to include a few photos of Gabe.  I haven’t had the camera on my kids all month.  Gabe is obviously at school, so the photos I’ve taken have been from my phone and primarily consist of Claire.  So, here’s my precious boy…he has developed a love for climbing trees.  He’s so much like his mom and dad, it’s crazy.

And, finally, I thought it would be worth everyone’s while to share this.  If you are on Pinterest then you’ve probably already seen this pass through.  It is a great reminder to have close to you when learning to understand your camera better.  I wish I could’ve had something like this when I was learning.  So, print it off and keep it close by…:) 

Will you marry me?

Gabe and Claire are at a fun age right now.  To be honest, I’ve loved every stage and age since they’ve been born, but that’s besides the point.  Gabe is growing right before our eyes and has a special place in his heart for Claire–most of the time…I won’t mention that he has a poster on his door that says, “Claire needs to stay out of my room.” :).  Anyway, Claire is very much into the princess stage right now and has actually asked Gabe to marry her…several times.  He, of course, declined, so Claire decided she would settle with Jeremy.:)

A few weekends back (we didn’t have a wedding), I decided it was time to grab some photos of the kids…since I have only taken candids the majority of 2011.  Bad mom.  Anyway, we went out and I was hoping to walk away with just a few photos.  I guess you could say they surprised me…to a whole new level.  They hammed it up from the beginning.  When I asked them to dance (if you follow our photography blog then you know that I have an obnoxious way of dancing with the kids, so they are quite familiar with how the process works :), they obliged and gave me so much more than dancing….smiles, laughter, dipping, twirling.  It was the sweetest thing to watch…I almost forgot to take pictures of it.  Well, the part that stole my heart was when Claire said, “Gabe!  You’re my prince and I’m your princess!”  Oh, how I melted…right there.  I knew then that these photos would capture my heart again and again as they passed through each stage of their sweet lives.  Even though they antagonize each other at times, they really do love to be together.  Our prayer is that their little friendship will continue to grow with each passing year.  I couldn’t be a prouder mom…so very blessed.

This little session only lasted about 15-20 minutes…that was all I needed.  And, I am SO glad that I took a few minutes to stop and capture them where they are right now.  I can’t believe how much they have changed over the summer.  There are many times where I carry guilt about taking time to share personal pictures when there is so much editing/work to do for our clients.  However, I realize that there times when inspiration can be found from within.  Capturing these moments of Gabe and Claire have reminded me how important it is document their lives.  I am beyond thankful for the many that have entrusted us to capture memories of their families that can be remembered for years to come.  Sharing these photos has given me an extra push for all that is on the to-do list.  I can’t wait to share more of our clients in the coming days/weeks on the CPD blog.

 

Cara - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THEM lots!September 7, 2011 – 9:20 pm

Happiest Place on Earth

We started planning our trip for Disney World two years ago.  We wanted to go when the kids would both be able to enjoy it (and give ourselves some time to save up some cash ;).  After many anxious months the trip has come and gone.  We got to experience the magical world of Disney with one of the families who keep our kiddos while we are out shooting weddings.  We have grown close to them over the years and are so blessed to have them in our lives.  Our kids love them to pieces which makes this mommy and daddy very happy. ;)

Below is a peek at our week.  It went by fast leaving us somewhat tired and exhausted, but the memories will be with us forever.  I now understand why people call it the happiest place on earth.  Jeremy and I had never been there, so we didn’t know what to expect. The kids were beyond excited to be there (only a little hot) and we were amazed at how much there is to offer.  We are so thankful that we took a break during our busy season to make these memories…wouldn’t trade this time for anything.

Gabe was excited to have his picture taken in front of the castle…

Claire, on the other hand, not so much.  She did identify this castle as her castle, though…can you blame her?;)

We took Claire to meet the princesses. Obviously, she wanted to wear her princess dress.  So, I did her hair and put a touch of makeup on her.  She added a bit more eye shadow.;)

And, then there was the Disney parade…

Followed with fireworks…quite the display.  I was so impressed by how they did their night time activities: parade, slideshow of the day on the castle, followed with fireworks.

Gabe’s favorite place, by far.  I must say that this restaurant was unbelievable.  However, most things at Disney are unbelievable…the detail that is put into their rides, restaurants, shows, etc is incredible.  I guess most of you know that already…;)

Claire was in love with her Minnie and Mickey Mouse (bride and groom) that she picked out.  She called them her prince and princess…;)

Our time by the pool was a must.  We have two water bugs that would live in the pool if we would let them.

I guess you could say this was common during our stay.  We were all worn out which left our kiddos looking like this.  Thankfully, no one caught me sleeping…I’m sure that I looked much more exhausted and not near as cute.;)

That’s our trip in a nutshell.  It is time to get back into my groove of our season.  Hope your summer is bringing you lots of memories!

Jenni Hufford - AW love the pics!! Wow the night shot of the castle with fireworks is AWESOME! looks like you guys had a great time! so glad!August 2, 2011 – 3:47 pm

Tamara Ehrgott - One of MY favorite places!! I can’t wait till our kids are old enough to take. So glad you guys had some wonderful time off during your busy wedding season!July 29, 2011 – 2:15 pm