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Today marks the last *full* week of preschool and the beginning of a summer of tears and agony (from me of course) over the impending kindergarten status this fall.  This sweet child of mine has been 5 for months, but for some reason it’s just hitting me how big he really is.  He has such an amazing spirit and SO much going on inside that mind of his that he MUST share it all with you all day every day. I even have to instate 2 minutes of silence every so often to allow for him to regain oxygen.  Seriously, the boy has so many ideas and stories to tell that he literally skips consonants, you have to tell him to pause, slow his roll, and try that sentence again.  He has so much excitement and passion, it’s kind of intimidating.  So you can imagine what it’s like to have some alone time with him.

When he turned 2 I started photographing him with a giant mylar balloon to track his age/growth.  I’m not sure how long I’ll keep it up, but it’s become a fun little tradition that even he enjoys participating in (mostly because it always comes with major treats for cooperation).  This year I went back and forth trying to figure out where (and when) I was going to take them and one random Sunday I woke up and decided today was the day.  It didn’t seem to stop me that it was cold or pouring down rain. I got it in my head that we were taking his pictures that day so dammit it was happening.  In the past I’ve had Nick come along to help wrangle but this time I decided he was old enough just the two of us would go.  So off we went, to Fort Worth (again, no idea why I got it in my head we were going all the way there), in a large rain storm.  I kept watching the radar and told him the rain has to stop sometime so let’s go grab lunch and wait it out.  We found an adorable restaurant near the park and got there just before a mad lunch rush.  He felt so cool, all dressed up, just him and mom, chatting about all things transformers.  We sat there for about an hour just talking about nothing, with no hurry to leave, nowhere to be.  It was perfect.

The rain finally stopped and the sun came out just enough for us to head to the Ft. Worth botanical garden.  Just as we were getting started a grounds keeper stopped us and said we weren’t allowed to use our balloon.  Something about kids letting them go and them not being able to get them out of the trees, to which we said finneeee (GIANT EYE ROLL).  So we ended up casually strolling the grounds “on a treasure hunt” and looking for adventure.  He was totally in charge of our journey, choosing which path to take and where we’d go next.  Along the way I’d make him stop and smile.  And when he didn’t want to I’d make some ridiculous nonsensical joke with the punch line of someone farting on someone else’s head.  Which would erupt into giggle fits.  After a while we decided we were done and headed back to the car.  I was happy with the outcome and just said maybe the balloon tradition is done.  But my little man wasn’t having it, we had to take at least one with it.

On our way out I saw a cute little park across the street and told him we’d go over for one picture with the balloon and head home.  Which sounded like a good plan in theory.  We climbed the rocks, hopped in puddles, laughed more about farts and played with the giant 5 balloon.  At this point I was exhausted and said okkkk now let’s go home.  I gave him his celebratory package of fruit snacks and we sat on the steps eating them continuing our last discussion about Optimus Prime and the new angry birds transformers update.  Until he heard the sound of a train whistle….. he freaked out, jumped up and we discovered the fun train that travels through Trinity Park.  It sounded like a perfect end to a special day out with just me and the little man so of course I obliged.

The ride ended up being crazy long and we didn’t find our way home for at least another hour but it was all worth it.  He couldn’t wait to get home and tell dad and Alivia all about the spontaneous fun we had.  It’s truly one of the only days this year I can say the two of us did anything like it, and hopefully not the last.

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Well folks it’s happening. I’m *very briefly* coming out of my portrait hiatus and opening up 10 full in-home photography sessions.  Nothing posed, nothing scripted, just you and your family doing what they do best, finding joy in the every day.  I’ll be documenting all of your favorite activities: legos, swinging, reading, riding bikes, swimming, playing in the sprinklers, you name it!  No stress of finding the perfectly coordinated outfit, or bribing family for smiles.  I fade into the background and capture you and your loved ones the way you want to remember them!

In Home Photography Sessions

The sessions are $800 and include a full in home session (roughly an hour to 90 minutes), editing of the images, all of the final high resolution images (roughly 35-40 images) and a set of 5×7 prints of the images from the session.    Spots are on a first come, first serve basis, only 10 available.  Payment is due in full to reserve your space.

Please note, sessions are limited to your immediate family. Email me for more information or to book your session.

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With all the rainy days we’ve been having (and mild injuries) being stuck indoors has been making a lot of us antsy (i.e. me).  Looking for something fun to do, how about updating the wall art in your playrooms, nurseries or children’s rooms.  I fell in love with this wall art from Pottery Barn “Enjoy the Little Things.”  They have it featured in an office space or bedroom but as soon as I saw it I thought how cute it would be in a child’s space.  It’s double meaning of enjoying the everyday moments as well as the little beings in your home is too cute.  And the price isn’t that bad for artwork of it’s size ($199, and lately they’ve had more 15% off coupons surfacing on the web).

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And you know how I love a good gallery wall, so you could use the playful phrase as a centerpiece and incorporate some sweet shots of your family as well as some of my best sellers from the Etsy shop.  Just a few pieces of art as canvas or framed in cute frames and you could easily update your children’s play space.   As always if you need help deciding or a mock up of some images for visualization give me a shout and I can help!

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If you’re looking for a little something else to spruce up the playroom you could add a play tent teepee.  The land of nod ones are always a big hit, and of course Etsy has some great selections and you can do custom orders for a more personalized look.

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I’m on day 4 of hobbling around the house mixed with lying on the ground with ice packs on my back and hip.  It’s no surprise I’m incapable of sitting still or enjoying lack of movement.  So today I’ve hit my breaking point. I’m so BORED.  This little face has been by my side making me laugh, so I’m trying to just focus on the down time with my little pumpkins.

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Thank you to all those who participated in my Happy Friday giveaway!  It was great to see everyone’s favorite prints from my shop.  I thought I’d share some of the fan favorites and thank you again so much for your sweet comments!

Top picks included:

Vintage Chandelier Fine Art Photography Wall Art

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Calla Lily Fine Art Wall Art

Serene Wall Art

But now what you all really came here for, the winner!!! chose

Amanda Popa!

Congrats Amanda – I’ll be reaching out to you this week with your gift card information and how to redeem it.

For all the other participants, although you didn’t win the $250, have no fear I have a special treat for you too!

Just in time for Mother’s Day you can get 30% off anything in the Etsy shop.

The discount will work until May 1st.  As always if you have any issues or questions please contact me.

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