Friday, August 22, 2014

Jake and Sarah ~ Engaged

Sarah and Jake booked me for their wedding in September but we decided to get together for an engagement session before that comes along. The first time we scheduled ended up being a rain out. (Story of my summer!!) I was afraid that our rescheduled date would be the same but we managed to beat the storm.

We went to one of my favorite locations and I can't speak for them but I know I had a lot of fun! They had me laughing a lot... and I enjoy laughing! I can't wait for their wedding because I'm certain it will be a good time!

Congrats Jake and Sarah! I'll see you in September!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Parenting is Tough

Oh boy.
I knew it would eventually happen but I don't think I was ready for it to happen TODAY. Just now.

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When we moved downtown and sent our kids to a public school I knew the day would come where we would have to talk to our kids about words that they hear. I even told Mike that I would probably have to say them out loud to my kids at some point so that we could talk about them and they would know which words are ones we don't really want to be using.

Several times a week I ask my kids if they heard anything that they have a question about. We have had some strange, awkward conversations as a result of my asking them that... but I figure it's better to know what they are learning from their friends and then make sure that they know what is true about those things. I'm hoping that this just becomes normal for Liza and Jason and they will continue to have open and honest conversations with us as they get older.

I had a scare one time when Liza talked about the "S word". Turns out it was just "Stupid". Whew!

About two weeks ago Liza and Jason were playing with their site words. She was helping Jason learn some. They would flip a card over and then see if they could get it right. I heard them whispering something about a bad word so I entered the conversation. Turns out they were reading "as" as "ass". Jason knew it was a bad word. So we talked about it, said it out loud, told them they would even find it as a name for donkey in older Bible translations. They thought that was pretty shocking!

And then I told them...

"There will come a day when all your friends are using bad words... and you are going to want to try them out. When that day comes I just want you to remember that bad words are never kind and they never make you sound smart."
Liza and Jason promised that that day would never come for them.



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And then there was today.
And the F-word.

I asked them if they had heard anything they wanted to talk about. Jason said no. Liza said "Well I do. What about that f-a-c-k word." I corrected the spelling for her and asked where she heard that. It was written at the playground.

ME: Can you sound that out in your head so you know what it sounds like?
LIZA: *looks at me"
ME: The U makes and "uh" sound.
LIZA: *still just looks at me*
ME: Do you need me to say it out loud so you can hear it and know what it is?
LIZA: Yeah.
ME: *silence*
LIZA: *looks at me*
ME: I don't know if I can do this!
LIZA: *still looking at me... waiting*
ME: *deep breath... deep breath"... and then I said it.






And she repeated it!!!
I said the F-word to my baby girl and she said it back to me.

You can find me curled up in fetal position crying.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Life has been full!

I've had several photo shoots...

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Photographed a beautiful wedding...

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Crocheted some new items for my shop...

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Had date nights...

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(This is me complaining that I can't hit the target. I was getting pretty frustrated!)



Woke up to this hanging out in my dining room window...

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(I quickly slammed the window shut and left a message for Mike letting him know it would be waiting for him when he got home from work.)



Went on a ten mile bike ride with the kids. There was a very dark and long (.7 of a mile!) tunnel on the trail. It was freaky. The kids were brave! (We had lights.)

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Our bike project continues and we were recently interviewed for the newspaper! (And I just realized that I probably never shared on here about my bike project. I'll have to remedy that asap!)

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We took a trip to the zoo and Living Treasures...

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 And, thanks to our public library, got our Little Free Library up and running!!! (More on this soon!)

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Whew!!!
We have six more days of summer before school starts up again... and we plan to remain busy and enjoy every last minute of summer vacation!!







Monday, August 18, 2014

Jackson ~ One Year Old

I had the privilege of photographing Jackson when he was a newborn. I recently got to meet up with him again now that he is turning one.

What a cute kid!!!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Living the Dream

It was a few years ago that I started hearing an interesting answer to a very common question. The question was... "How are you?"

The answer...

Living the dream.

It got me thinking... are they really living their dream?
What would it look like to be living my dream?

And then, this year, it happened.
I realized I was living my dream!

I was never one of those girls that grew up dreaming of getting married and what my wedding day would be like. I didn't dream about what my family would be like. I never had a five or ten year plan. Or a dream job in mind. But there is something I did want... I wanted to be the house in the neighborhood where all the kids hung out.

I got married and had a beautiful wedding day. I do have a wonderful and fun family that I enjoy so much. And I also got my dream! Two years ago we bought a house in a neighborhood that had a ton of kids. So many people tried to talk us out of it. So many said "don't move there!! It's not a good place to raise your kids." But we moved there. We met the people. We made tons of new friends.

And the kids started coming! And coming. And coming.

Just last week a lady walked by and this short conversation happened as I was walking to my car...

NEIGHBOR: Did that get turned into a daycare?
ME: Did what get turned into a daycare?
NEIGHBOR: That house.
ME: *pointing to my house* That one?
NEIGHBOR: Yeah... I always see all the kids there.
ME: Oh... no... that's just my house!

Dream come true. :)

I love visiting with the kids and hearing about their days. I like that they come to us for help with their bikes. I have no problem walking away from the dishes and cleaning to sit on my front porch and hang out with the kids. On hot days we leave a cooler of water outside so they can stop by for a drink. We pass out popsicles and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

And we have the opportunity to teach them... about forgiveness and getting along. About acceptance, boundaries and respect. About honoring their parents.

My life is far from perfect.
But I am living my dream!

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Note: All the kids that hang out at my house have great parents that are teaching them about life too!

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