Sweet Paislee turned ONE! I cannot believe how fast she's grown up. I took her mommy's maternity, birth, newborn, and 3 month pictures... she is a beauty!!! Her big blue eyes are striking against her blonde hair. She loves her mommy & her mom really loves (and spoils) her too!!! Which is exactly what a mom to a girl is supposed to do, right?! :)
Happy Birthday Miss Paislee!
I'm loving this last shot! 1 year olds are the funnest!!!!
I cannot pinpoint my emotions these past few days. So which is it? Sad, happy, anxious, nervousness, excitement, or all of the above? I think that this time of year gets me EVERY time... since I was a little girl! Trevyn only has 2 more days left of school and then it's summer... Which is fantastic!!! I absolutely LOVE summer! But, the problem is... when summer is over, he'll be in 1st grade. Which means ALL DAY he'll be gone. And Tanner will start preschool, which means I'll see less of him, too. I am so completely sad. I'll miss them so so so much. I know that it is good for them. I want them to learn and grow... it's just hard to let them go. It feels like once they start - they never stop! And before I know it... they will be all grown up & won't need me anymore. :( I know that is what we want... for them to be independent. But, can't it just slow down just a little bit???
My baby is going to be 6 months old in 4 days. SIX months old! Really?! Today I held & rocked him long after he had fallen asleep... taking in all his sweetness (as my sister likes to say). I had a hard time putting him down in his crib to sleep. I just love him so much! It is hard to put into words how much my boys mean to me. I feel so blessed to have them & get to be with them as much as possible. And on that thought - I trudge through... all the sad parts of being a mother... and try to enjoy each and every moment that I get with them. Because sadly, we are only given so much time.
My sister's blog today summed up EXACTLY how I was feeling these past few days...
"I have to say though, as much as I LOVE being this little girls mommy... I have
never felt so vulnerable in my entire life. If your a mom, you will likely
understand. I feel as though my heart is just on my sleeve now, where if
anything happened to her, my happiness would shatter in a million pieces. I know
things happen every single day to children, even some of my close friends have
had tragedy strike. So remember to hold your children a little closer every
single day. Kiss them a little more often, and enjoy their sweetness!"
Thank you Amanda for your perspective and reminder that can never be said enough. I'll leave you with a picture of my sweet boys - if only for me to be reminded of how little they still are...
I absolutely LOVE May!!! I get to celebrate Mother's Day and my birthday in May. My hubby says I celebrate the entire month... to be completely honest - I might get away with just a few extra things than I normally don't! (But don't tell him I said so!)
But, this very day is a special day.... my birthday. Today! It's a beautiful sunny day. Plus, I got to go for a fantastic run this morning pushing my two youngest kiddos in the stroller after Trev went to school. Then, my sweet sister brought me lunch from Great Harvest and we met up at the park with our kids. I've had many, many phone calls from family complete with "Happy Birthday" songs! And when my husband gets home, we're heading to Burger Bar for dinner (a family tradition). And cupcakes for dessert! Who could ask for a better birthday than that?
So, how OLD am I, you ask?
Yep, that's right... I'm saying see ya later to my twenties! A couple of days ago, I was kind of mourning that. Feeling a little sad. But, last night as I was thinking about the past 30 years, I realized how many great things I've been able to accomplish, how many great people I've been able to meet, and the talents that have flourished. I felt so entirely blessed to be right where I'm at. And I realized that I am SO excited for my thirties!Bring it on!!!
And speaking of birthdays... I have the CUTEST photo shoot to share with you... stay tuned for that!
Until then, here's a picture (since I'm working on embracing the camera) of me and my adorable boys last night... taken by the incredible husband of mine. :)
This family is the cutest. They have the cutest house, cutest daughter, cutest dogs, and cutest newborn baby boy! I was so impressed with this family. So much love for each other... it was great to meet and be around them!
And baby Alder was a sweetheart! I'm in love with his pictures...
This sweet sweet little boy was a joy to shoot. Really.
I had 2 newborn sessions in one day and he was my second shoot. After the first one I felt pretty exhausted... since, newborn shoots are A LOT of work! But, as soon as I seen this little sweetheart, I was instantly recharged. He is so handsome and sweet. I keep saying sweet, but it is the perfect word to describe how he was in our photoshoot!
Oh how I LOVE what I do!!!
His mommy is my dear friend & my college roommate. Plus we've been friends since junior high. You could say we know each other quite well. :) And she still calls me every once in a while... so that says a lot!!! Love you Chels. And congratulations Mark & Chelsey - you have a beautiful family!
I haven't seen this sweet baby girl for over a week and I'm having withdrawls. I need to hold her ASAP! She is the sweetest ever!!! I couldn't wait to show you her pictures... she is absolutely perfect.
Plus, her mommy knows how to shop & give a girl all the stops! :)
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