Thursday, March 31, 2011

::B+C=Baby:: {Hemet Maternity Photographer}

I was so happy when Courtney said she would come out to a new spot I have been eyeing for the last year! She was the first shoot I did after the time change and I was unsure when we should have started the shoot. I told her 4:30 but in in normal Courtney fashion she got there at five. She said if he daughter is anything like her she will come late too. ; ) After all the jokes about the lateness and her having to do her hair over because she didn’t like the curls, 5:00 worked out just perfect. This shoot made me “ok“ with the time change, because before this shoot I was not diggin it. Courtney was a trooper walking through all the elements being nine months pregnant and having a swollen foot and because of it she was able to get some amazing pictures. I am so in love with this spot I wish I could shoot here all the time or in places like this.

I hope you love this new spot at much as I do. If you would like to book your session here I might even give a little discount! Yes! that is how much I love this spot. ;) Let me know if you are interested.

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::Seth.six months:: {Rancho Cucamonga Children's Photographer}

The little boy is going to be a heart breaker. I can almost guarantee it. He is such a happy little guy. I thought he was a Mama’s boy, but I was so wrong. Dad came home and it was all eyes on dad with a big smile on his face. He instantly lit up when he saw his Dad.  All I can say is this is one beautiful family. Mom and Dad look like Ken and Barbie and now they have a very handsome son, it doesn’t get much better than that. I worked with Seth’s mom in the hospital for almost six years so I was so excited when she had this little guy. Grandpa and Grandma also came over to take some pictures with the big six month old. When everyone was there it was hard not to notice how much they love this little guy. He is very lucky so have all these amazing people around him.

Like I said, I am pretty sure he is going to be a heart breaker so I cannot wait to see him again to see how much cuter he has gotten, if that is even possible.


::Hannah:: nine months:: {Redlands Children Photographer}

This little girl was the sweetest thing I have come across in a while. You could just melt it her big, beautiful, blue eyes. I was so jealous of her hair. I wish my daughter had as much hair as she did. I have known Miss Hannah’s mom since jr. high although I haven’t seen her in at least 10 years. Her husband is in the military and they have been living in North Carolina, which doesn’t make it easy to see someone often.  :) Hannah also has an older sister, Hailee, who can be quite shy. She is defiantly a mama’s girl. She stayed pretty reserved the whole shoot until I asked her about her dad and then she went on and on. It was the cutest thing ever.

Since we were at Prospect Park when did a lot of walking around and moving locations. Hannah was a trooper until the very end when all she wanted to eat was an orange.

The girls’ dad comes home in a few weeks and I will be taking pictures of the whole family. I cannot wait to see these little cuties again. It was so nice to see their mama and catch up after 10 years.

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

{In glimpse into a weekend}

Every other weekend we have my step-son Kohl at our house. Every other weekend is out of control with laughs, fun and screaming kids running from room to room. And of course what is a weekend without the occasional tears. Last weekend Kohl was at our house and we had some good times. Dad brought home some rope and other things to make the boys a tree swing. I laid in bed most of the morning trying to rest since I didn’t feel the greatest but I could hear them out there talking trying to figure out how to make the best swing. A while later I could hear excitement in the boys’ voices and then Logan start crying stating it was “His” turn.  I went outside and all three of them, my husband included, had the biggest smiles on their faces. They were so proud of their swing and all of them, the boys couldn’t wait to use it. I couldn’t wait to take pictures of them on the swing but at that time it was way to bright out so I called a family meeting at the swing in the evening so I could get the best pictures of them with that sunset!

I think it is the most amazing sound to hear your children laugh and have a good time with their family. When kids hit 10 I feel like they don’t laugh as much, or show as much excitement as they may have in years prior. I think when you hit 10 is when you start feeling or seeing more influences that are around you. Or maybe you just start recognizing influences.  And they also would love to play video games 19+ hours a day, if you would let them. This then results in that “I'm too cool stage. My parents are lame and know nothing” ahhh what a wonderful stage it is. SO.. for me to have our 10 year old for the weekend and to see and hear him laugh for hours on this swing with his dad just makes my day! High five to the hubby for making an awesome swing and hanging out, teaching and loving on the boys as he did it!

And, of course now that we have a swing this is ALL that Logan would like to do during the day. It is fun to take him out there, push him on this swing and watch his imagination grow.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

{Every time I slow down I get sick!}

No Joke!

The last two months I tried to take it easy and spend more time around the house and with the fam bam. Where did it get me? No where but sick in bed. A month ago I had a week with nothing scheduled, and was really looking forward to it when BAM! I was slapped with the horrible flu that was going around and literally laid in bed for nine days while my children continued to destroy my home and my husband, who had to take days off from work to watch the kids, played video games on the PS3. Okay, no problem, everyone gets sick so let move on, clean up the house and get back to work. I was just getting back on top of everything when I started to get this nasty cough last week. Of course it is the week that I only schedule two clients and some meetings. Well the cough got worse and worse and worse.. After five days I finally decided to go to the doc (yes, I waited five days, I am not a fan of going to the doctor) and was told I have the wonderful Bronchitis! What joy it is to feel like you are hacking up your left lung throughout the day, peeing your pants every time you cough, haha TMI, and having your three year old ask “are you ok mama?” every time you have a coughing attack.

I am starting to feel much better today and I can only hope and pray I am not coughing by Sunday because I have a wedding to shoot!!!! Hacking in the middle of a wedding ceremony is not going to cut it. So if this cough wants to linger through Sunday, Robitussin and I are going to be great friends.

I can only hope this is it for me and the sickness for 2011.  I hardly get sick which is probably a good thing for my family because I am a horrible patient.

I hope all of you are staying healthy and happy and don’t forget to have a  wonderful St. Patty’s day.


(Not related to my post at all, but I love this picture of a orangutan’s fingers at the zoo. )

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

{Bailey’s NINE month stats}

I’m only a month late to be posting this, since she does turn 10 months next week but I figured, better late than never.

Bailey is still my happy- go- lucky child for the most part. She wakes up with a smile, which isn’t something I can say for myself! Unlike her brother she puts herself to sleep and most of the time sleeps through the night. She is happy 95% of the time. Only cranky when tired or hungry.

She has a total of four teeth right now; two on top and two on the bottom. She is crawling and super, duper fast. Sometime she does this spider crawl with her feet and hands on the floor, instead of her knees. She mostly does this on tile or wood floors and it is pretty funny to watch. She is spoiled rotten and only wants her “ma ma ma ma ma” unless her dad is around; game over! She weighs 18lbs 8oz and she is 28 inches long. She isn’t a big eater like her brother. So we stick to baby food, milk and finger foods here and there. She can wave “bye-bye” and sometimes will try and say “bye” when she is talking on the phone with her dad. Oh yes! This girl loves to talk on the phone… I am in big trouble.

Each day I feel like I bond with her more and more. We love her so much and her brother just thinks the world of her. If he doesn’t know where she is he freaks out. It’s actually kind of cute. But he is also the first to give her a whack on the back or try to wrestle with her.

It is amazing to me how different my two children are and how I love them just the same, with every part of my being. They are my life.

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My little love bug ♥

Friday, March 4, 2011

::Flash Back Friday::

Today I had a photo shoot and then as a family we did some running around and basically just spent the day together. It was nice. What made is nice is that our children were well behaved, for the most part. I couldn’t help but really enjoy my son and little man he is becoming. At times it is hard for me to believe he is three. I have found myself going through old blog post remembering what him and I use to do day to day. As I was going through them I found the pictures during the time he had to wear his helmet. Yes, I said helmet.  Logan was born with Torticollis (is a twisted neck in which the head is tipped to one side, while the chin is turned to the other.) We are pretty sure he got this because he was so big and there was no room for him inside of me which meant he stayed in one position a lot causing one side of his neck muscles to be stronger than the other. This is something I didn’t notice or realize until he was around four months old and had a very lop-sided head, When brought up to the doctor it was pushed aside until he was seven months old and I saw another doctor who said it was a problem that need to be addressed quickly. This resulted in him having to wear a helmet for four months to try and correct his lop-sided head. When I knew he had to wear a helmet and after our fist fitting I was devastated. I thought “why my child” “why me”. I also became very defensive of Logan because in the end all I wanted to do was protect him, I didn’t want anyone to stare at him, or judge him. I took this news, this new life of a helmet really hard. Once he had it for a while and we all got use to the idea it became nothing. It became normal to us, it became no big deal, which is why I look back and laugh at myself. Why did I get so stressed out over something that wasn’t permanent nor hard!!

I tend to do this often. I over analyze things and stress myself out over nothing. I am the queen of trying to change things I have no control over. These are traits of myself I wish I could put in the “give back bin” and get something better, something easier, something way more fun. But, it is what it is and all I can do is work on becoming a better person, and handling my “bad traits” in a better, less stressful way.

My boy had grown so much in the last three years and I  am super proud to be called his Mama. Plus, you would never know he was the kid that had to wear a helmet.


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And… one of my favorite pictures of my Papa he is sitting with Logan wearing that wonderful helmet!


Here is the medical term for what Logan had:

Plagiocephaly is a type of cephalic disorder. Plagiocephaly is a condition characterized by an asymmetrical distortion (flattening of one side) of the skull. It is a common finding at birth and may be the result of a restrictive intrauterine environment. If there is premature union of skull bones, this is more properly called craniosynostosis. The unusual head shape in plagiocephaly is caused by pressure in the womb giving a "diamond" shaped head when seen from above. In pronounced cases there may be flattening of one side of the chest as well. As the child's head grows rapidly after birth, this visible inequality nearly always gets much less marked as the first year progresses.



The reason I like to think this post is a flashback is because it reminds me of a time when I thought things were really bad, but in actuality they really weren’t  bad at all. Sometimes we need these flashbacks in life to remember, no matter what, we will be ok.

Have a great weekend everyone.


*** Update.. Logan came in as this post was loading and asked “is that Logan?” I replied yes, that is my Logan,and then he has if the helmet was because he rode a motorcycle or a coaster ride?? hahaha.