Time sure does fly when you're cute and having fun.
In the midst of countless cold and rainy fall days, we finally lucked out and were graced with this amazing backdrop. It was hard to believe it was Lake Michigan out there.
I loved seeing this beautiful family again...and meeting their newest little gem.
The hair, the wrist rolls, the smile, and then...elephants! I mean, what more could I ask for?
My little rockstars both (yep...both) had bone graft surgery last week (which, in layman's terms, means they took bone from their skull and grafted it into their gums to fill in the spots where they had deficient bone growth secondary to their cleft lip/palate). They did amazing and are recovering really well, but the rest of our summer is now dedicated to recovery, which means very limited physical activity and a soft diet (not fun when you're 8. Or 37).
If you've noticed my posts have been a bit sparse, that is why. We dedicated our extra time to helping the girls have as much fun (and eating all of their favorite foods) as they could prior to surgery. They did humor me by allowing me to take them on a little shoot prior to the big day though (if we promised to let them go swinging).
I cannot say enough, how proud of them we are. They've handled this entire thing with more grace than I ever could have expected and I can say, without a doubt, that I shed far more tears than they did throughout this ordeal.
I'm truly the luckiest mama. <3
I feel like it was yesterday that I was taking this little man's newborn photos. Time flies...and cheeks become even more fantastic. ;-)
I love getting to see this cutie every year around her birthday and to see how her sweet little personality changes. This year, she even drew me pictures for my refrigerator <3.
This little grassy field has turned into one of my favorite places to shoot. There is frequently amazing filtered sunlight pouring over the field, but not this day. Just as we got there, the skies turned grey so we only stayed for a few minutes before they opened up...just long enough for the girls to start their crowns of clover, one of my favorite things they create every year. <3
It poured buckets for a few minutes and then this...
I've been FREAKING out lately because my girls are getting O.L.D. We aren't quite to the "tween" age, but boy...it's coming quickly. Every day when they wake up, it's like they've aged 1 year. I hear comments "wow, they look so old" all the time now. My aching heart. So...I'm trying really hard right now to capture their 8 year old awesomeness. They still love being in front of my camera (most of the time) so I'm going to run with it.
Also. We got a puppy. Her name is Aspen and she's pretty great. We have since discovered that she also really likes bubbles and it's a great way to get rid of some of her puppy energy. You'll be seeing more of her too :)
I recently had the opportunity to meet one of the world's cutest additions.
"When was the last time you did something for the first time?".
.This is one of my favorite quotes and one that hangs in a frame on the wall next to our dinner table to remind us every day that we really never grow without pushing ourselves to do something new. This past year has been a challenging one for us - we've had a lot of losses and said too many good byes, but as we've processed it all, it's provided a lot of clarity to truly live our dreams - both big & small and all the ones in between. As cliche as it sounds, there is something to be said for seizing the day.
We aren't typically a spring break traveling kind of family. We usually hang at home (and then lament over the fact it's freezing and gross) while we're off of school for a week. Not this time. For the past several years, I've been dreaming of vacationing to San Fransisco. Meanwhile, my husband has always wanted to see the Redwoods and Yosemite so we decided this was the year to cross them both off of the list. We left our computers at home and packed books, journals and cameras - we experienced as much as we possibly could in one week and made some incredible memories with our girls. Here is part one of our journey...
To be continued...
Welcome to the world sweet Colden.
Sweetest little family of three <3.
Happy birthday little guy!
Thank you for an amazing 2015!
May your 2016 be filled with pure joy & endless magical moments.
a peek at our annual shenanigans
love this time of the year
tree skirt skirt ;-)
A little catch up from fall. Loved this session...and the view over MKE.
Unscripted. Unposed. Real life in the backyard.
A few weeks ago, we had the amazing opportunity to hit the road for a few thousand miles and head west. Although Idaho was our final destination, we enjoyed many stops along the way, including Badlands National Park and Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota and Glacier National Park in Montana. I simply can't recommend this trip enough. The drive was easy (from Wisconsin) and truly beautiful (although an endless supply of snacks and Barbies helped).
It was a whirlwind of a trip and these shots were taken very quickly and processed very minimally - it's truly just that beautiful and vibrant.
If you haven't been there. Go. Now.
(Thanks to my brother, for capturing our family photos.)
These little girls were described by their mom as "very girly" but not afraid of getting their hands dirty. Little girls after my own heart. The idea of fancy dresses and a beach tea party seemed like the perfect way to spend our evening.