I always knew I wanted 3 kids. My firstborn was a total angel. She never gave us any trouble. The kind of baby you can buckle into a car seat, take with you to lunch…a movie…maybe some grocery shopping…and THEN get her out and feed her. I know, if everyone had babies like this…well, there would be a lot more of them!
After our daughter, I was ready to try again right away! But God had other plans. Every month I would convince myself that I was pregnant…I went through more pregnancy tests than you can imagine. A girl can only lie on her back with her legs in the air for so long before she can’t take it (how’s that for a nice visual…anyone eating lunch right now??!!), after some good doctor drugs, and a few sad miscarriages…we had ourselves our second child. And he was insane. Like, walking at 8 months insane. See, if I would have gone with my own time-table…Lucy & Riley would have been about 18 months apart. Instead, they are 3 years apart. Heaven help me if my own plan had worked! I definitely would have committed myself to some type of psychiatric ward.
The reason I was thinking about this today, is because the session I’m blogging today is of two siblings, ages 1 & 2. I don’t know how the mom does it, she is so cool and calm as the energy just pours out of these 2 crazy kids! Thankfully, God makes kids CUTE (a simple, but genius defense mechanism, so we don’t just leave our naughty kids in the woods somewhere for a pack of wolves to raise-this thought has NEVER crossed my mind, I swear). These two munchkins are extremely high on the cuteness scale…no chance of anyone leaving them in the woods
I noticed something today. My face is starting to ‘hold a wrinkle’. You know, when you sleep on the side of your face, and then 2 hours later, that same squished pillow crease wrinkle thing is STILL there?!! This can not be a good sign. I had my birthday last week, and I’m definitely starting to ‘feel’ my age (which we all know is 29…plus a few).
Signs I’m getting older:
* I’m proudly wearing black pants with a navy shirt. We all know this is a fashion disaster, but I’m past the age of caring.
* I can’t go out in public without at least putting on some blush, coverup and mascara…my face is starting to fall (and do the weird wrinkle crap, so every little thing helps!!)
* Last week I had a strong impulse to buy a tablecloth. I know, right??
* I tear up when I order a drink, and the server actually asks to see my ID…”Of course you can, you sweet thing!”
* I stopped watching MTV.
* I twisted my ankle trying to dance…it wasn’t even a fancy move…just your basic roger rabbit.
* Yes, I did say roger rabbit, because I’m old, and those are the dance moves I learned back in the day. I can also do a mean shopping cart.
Missed putting a few of the spring mini’s up on the blog~so here ya go!
Little Women. My 8 yr old daughter just finished reading this book. I’m actually pretty surprised she read it (it looks a little shorter than I remember, they must make simpler versions)…I don’t think I picked up that book until I was at least in my early teens. I was very impressed…she even gave me a little review of the books highlights when she was finished (her abridged version boiled down to ‘so there were these 4 March sisters, who were very poor because of the Civil War, they loved each other very much). Last night I took the kids (minus Brady, I’m not a total glutton for punishment) to the library, where Lucy signed up to get her very own library card. I had high hopes for the books she would choose to read for her first few weeks of summer vacation. Would she pick ‘Anne of Green Gables’? ‘Catcher in the Rye’? ‘The Great Gatsby’? Nope, she discovered a thought provoking series of books entitled: The Olson Twins. I see lots of deep thinking in her future! Ack, who am I to judge, I used to pour over Sweet Valley High like it was crack.
Big picture share today. Why? Because this session involved two of my favorite things. Cake & Baby. Baby & Cake. Both are totally edible, see for yourself!
Wait for it….
Poor little smurf
Love these family shots!
That last shot was done AFTER the cake smash. This is not typical…usually after rolling around in blob of greasy, slimy, delicious fat, we tend to call it a day-but he was still happy-so we grabbed a few more, I’m glad we did!!
Senior pictures have come a long way. When I was a senior (in the decidedly unfashionable mid-90′s), everyone wanted to get the EXACT same style photos as their friends. This usually meant the entire class passed out similar looking wallets of themselves posing against the same white pillar and hugging the same oak tree.)
Luckily, this trend is starting to die down, and seniors are finding their own style. They don’t want to look exactly like everyone else…because being unique has become the new trend. And if I’m totally off base, well then…let me know, and I’ll dig out a white pillar and we’ll all take turns leaning against it, arms crossed, smiling cheekily at the camera.
A few weeks ago, a lovely photographer friend of mine invited me to come along for a stylized senior session with two gorgeous girls. They had their hair and makeup done professionally, and had help choosing their outfits. We then hiked about 2 miles through a mosquito infested swamp to this beautiful little field. Sadly, I will never go back their again (did you not hear the part about the 2 mile hike??), but it was a beautiful location! Thanks Angie-for allowing me to tag along And thanks to ‘S’ & ‘L’, you girls definitely know how to rock a session!
Have you seen my senior site? Check it out HERE!
No more pencils.
No more books.
No more teachers dirty looks.
SCHOOOOOOLS…. out. for. summer.
Lucy told me all her classmates were singing that song yesterday as they got on the bus. A little Alice Cooper sing along for gradeschoolers? I guess so! I remember singing the same song every summer myself. I just googled Alice Cooper, here’s a fun quote:
In a 2008 Esquire interview, Cooper said: “When we did ‘School’s Out,’ I knew we had just done the national anthem. I’ve become the Francis Scott Key of the last day of school.”
And in typical kid fashion…here’s the conversation we had 3 minutes after Lucy stepped off the bus. “Mom, I don’t really know what I’m going to do all summer. I mean, the pools not set up….and I’m bored. Can I have a playdate today?” Really?? Less than 3 minutes into summer vacation and your BORED?! I fear it’s going to be a long summer!
I love how this newborn session turned out-these first two remind me of summer!
He was one of the bendiest/sleepiest little guys I’ve had in awhile!
Love his scrunched up face in this next one, poor dude, he wasn’t quite sure about the fur rug
This last shot makes me want to kiss his cheeks, so squishy!!
Knuckleheads. The word aptly describes my boys. It also happens to be the name of the clothing line my little guys are modeling. The brand is knuckleheads, and I absolutely love them! Mon Petit, the baby boutique I partner with, had asked if I had any little boy sessions coming up that could model these shirts for her. I greedily offered up my own offspring for the chance at using these shirts! I did these without the assistance of my husband (he made up a lame excuse about needing to finding a sprinkler…I’m pretty sure the grass has had enough rain, good one honey!) However, one can accomplish a lot with a pocket full of smarties…the candy bribe powered us through a good 10 minutes before they were done. But I will take what I can get-I love these!! Obviously, I’m a bit biased…
Wow, after looking through these, I realize how old my dudes look. Yikes! I think my next session will be with their foot jammies and their blankies, just to remind myself that they are still little! **Special thanks to my lovely assistant Lucy! I think my 8 yr old daughter has a gift for holding the reflector just so...bonus–she accepts candy as payment If you are thinking of booking a session with me…I too, will take candy instead of cash. Oh wait, my hubbie got mad the last time I spent 4 hours editing a session with only a bag of twizzlers to show for it…maybe not.
About a month ago, I was asked to come down to Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato and talk to their photography class. Since the amount of students was less than the number of fingers I have on one hand, I said “sure!” I spent most of my college years socializing and avoiding homework, so, true to form, I had nothing prepared; no outline, no speech, no PowerPoint presentation. Just me and my dazzling personality. It was actually really fun (for me anyways, I can’t guarantee that the class wasn’t nodding off), apparently, I really enjoy talking about myself (and photography, of course). The students in the class are all interested in different genres of photography (wedding/commercial/film), but since I feel most comfortable working with short people that drool excessively, they found me a baby. My goal was to show the class how a typical session flows. The class and I trooped outside and found a small patch of shade to work in…little Miss ‘H’ didn’t let me down, she modeled like the true professional she is
Nothing tastier than mommy’s nose….delish.
Heading up north this weekend…I must get organized, better start a list!
*find the most efficient way to pack 6lbs of sloppy joes into the car without risk of tipping over
*dig out the kids’ water-wings in case a miracle occurs and the temp jumps from 45 degrees to a balmy 92
*shave legs in case the weather miracle does occur, and I am forced to wear my string bikini
*pack up all the sleeping accessories (i.e. sound machines, room darkening shades, sleeping bags, 17 pillows) we are high maintenance sleepers
*remember to bring my camera…remind myself that I can take my nice camera out even when I’m not getting paid-my kids deserve it!!
*stop at the liquor store to get drinks for my sister in laws and me…Smirnoff Twisted Raspberry, yum!
*remind myself not to be annoyed when we are all sitting around the campfire, and everyone is too busy looking for satellites in the night sky to chat…it’s so boring, can’t you sit and have a normal conversation?
*force myself to leave my laptop at home…I have become way to attached to all things digital…I think it will be healthy to unplug for a bit!
Well, it’s a start anyways…
Loved this session…she was a stubborn little thing-but she eventually realized I wasn’t going to give up, and she slept for awhile!
Love her little pout face
You guys are amazing parents~she’s beautiful!