Letters to Our Sons | March | Personal Project

I feel like I do a pretty good job about taking pictures and documenting the things we do, the places we go and all your milestones as they grow up. This year I thought I would add some words (although, bear with me, I am not a great writer). A little about what we have been doing each month, preserving bits of their personality and childhood through my eyes and memories. Also another option for me to reflect how fast time is gowing and to cry happy tears each time I write to them. Geeze, I love these kids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack,

I am writing to just you this month. You just had your eighth birthday a couple of weeks ago. I can hardly believe you are eight already! I can vividly remember that cold winters day in Anchorage, Alaska when you were born. It was bright and sunny but chilly.  We were so excited for your arrival! You were such a gift! I remember the first days you were home with your dad and I – we had no idea what do with you. But we did the best we would an eventually go the hang of it. You were a good baby.

And now look at you! You have grown into such a little man. I love that your mind is so mature and yearns for knowledge on all these cool things (that I get to learn about now) – rockets, volcanoes, ships… so many “boy” topics. I also think it is pretty cool that most of the time you would rather watch Myth Busters and shows on Discovery Channel about animals or cities etc instead of cartoons or other things.

As mature as the subjects you want to earn about are, you are still a silly, happy, active boy! My heart sings when I hear you and your brother playing pretend games, or you just hanging out being goofy; like the rest of us. You have a wonderful sense of humor!  You are also becoming a great little role model for Carter. Carter loves you so much! I am glad to see after our talk about how much he does love you, and how much you impact him, that you seem to have tried to lead with a better example and let him love you and express it as he wants.

You are heading down a great path in your life…I am always happy you let me hold your hand and walk with you on it!

I love you Jack!

-Mommy

Now that you have read my letter – check out some other inspiring words to sons from….. Jana.

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March 21, 2014 - 2:44 pm

Jana - Love your letter and your son is such a handsome boy! I have an 8 year old too (daughter); it’s an interesting age :) Beautiful pics!!!

March 22, 2014 - 7:29 pm

Rachel Mc - What a handsome guy! Happy birthday, Jack!

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Love | Blog Circle | Personal Project

Well a new year has brought me to a new Blog Circle Group. It is a great way to get energized, be inspired, and try new things. I am in a group of 12 talented ladies all with their own unique perspectives on a different topic each month. This months topic is “Love”.

As usual, time ran short, ideas didn’t get executed quite as I liked. But I do like the challenge and growing through it.  I will share my images; my main loves…my man, my boys, and my cat Kiki (who was there before all of them). I do wish I had the time and creativity to try to capture chocolate, wine, sunny days and more too…

Thank you for looking at my work. You can follow the circle and check out the meaning of “love” for Lindsay Crandall of Lindsay Crandall Photography.

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March 2, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Jessica - Wow. These blew me away Lisa. The depth and story that can be seen from your images is inspiring. Can’t wait to see more from you!

March 2, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Stephanie - Oh Lisa, the lighting on these photos are gorgeous! Especially the one with you and your husband. Love them. Thanks for sharing your family with us!

March 4, 2014 - 4:13 am

Lindsay - These are amazing, Lisa! The first two especially. I’d love to have a photo like that of my husband and me, but I’m not sure he’d go for it. I’m glad yours did. Thanks for sharing these!

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Letters to our Sons | February | Personal Project

I feel like I do a pretty good job about taking pictures and documenting the things we do, the places we go and all your milestones as they grow up. This year I thought I would add some words (although, bear with me, I am not a great writer). A little about what we have been doing each month, preserving bits of their personality and childhood through my eyes and memories. Also another option for me to reflect how fast time is gowing and to cry happy tears each time I write to them. Geeze, I love these kids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack and Carter,

First I want to say that I know your whole short lives you have heard me tell numerous people that I have crazy rambunctious, all boy, boys. I do hope you know that I don’t really ever mean that in a bad way. You guys are happy kids who love life. You have tons of energy, you play hard, and you love hard! It does exhaust me as a mom sometimes with the lack of quiet, or the abundance of things flying through the air, fights and arguments, legos to step over, and baths/showers I plead you to take.  With all that said,  I wouldn’t change it. I am glad you guys are healthy and bounce and play fight on the trampoline, that you run around with your play guns and swords being big, deep voiced, “bad guys” and having fun. You play with each other and love each other most of the time. I sometimes need to be reminded that you are not being naughty kids just because you are being loud and busy – just being kids. Boys. Rambunctious, all boy, boys. I love that you play together and I love you both so much!

And, there are some RARE moments of quiet time here and there… and I am oh so thankful for those brief periods.

 

Reflecting on January…

Jack, we are so proud of your efforts at school. Achieving straight A’s and loving to read and do well makes our hearts soar! You have entered the joke telling phase. I amazed at how many you have in your head that you know by heart. you are also such a keeper of facts. You love reading those learning fact books and seem able to retain it all. I hope this lasts! Your second big tooth is finally about half way in after being missing almost a year. You really are starting to look older, more mature. Luckily for us you still want to be with us and cuddle and love all the time too.

Carter, your year started with strep throat. Luckily we got that under control pretty quick and you were back to feeling better soon. You started homework for the first time in your school. I am excited that you love it so much. You wanted to be just like Jack and sit in the same spot and do it right after school like he does. You are still kind of in love with masks and hats and outfit options. You will surprise me every now and then by disappearing and then reappearing with some crazy get up. You have so much personality wrapped up in you. My favorite thing right now is that you will stop whatever you are doing and occasionally shout “love break!” and come run and snuggle with me.  You have promised you will snuggle with me forever; I am holding you to it!

Love always,  Mommy

I am taking this journey with other moms of boys – you can read their letters too, starting with Kristina Purkey.

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February 20, 2014 - 4:53 pm

Jana - Your boys look like they are so so much fun! Fabulous letter Lisa :)

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All the Boys were Home | Las Vegas Family Photographer

I really felt lucky to be the photographer for this family, for this gathering. Muriel called me and told me it was the first chance in many years for her and her husband to have all of their grown boys home at the same time. We had so much fun – well, they did; and it was certainly fun for me to witness all of their brotherly love and shenanigans!

Here is a look at some of my favorites.

large family in vegas tunnel
adult children with mom
husband and wife black and white
brothers one upside down
grown brothers playing around
adult children with dad
brothers in a field vegas park
large family in Vegas park in the fall
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My Life | Blog Circle | Las Vegas Natural Light Photographer

Well a new year has brought me to a new Blog Circle Group. It is a great way to get energized, be inspired, and try new things. I am in a group of 12 talented ladies all with their own unique perspectives on a different topic each month. This months topic is “My Life”. I had lots of ideas floating in my head and one kept coming around so I decided to play with it. Thanks for looking. After you view my images, headed on over to Kate Gavos Photography to see her perspective on the topic!

As a stay at home mom (and part time photographer) it is easy to focus on the mundane and less than desirable side of the one being home 24/7. Sometimes it feels like the terrible tasks take over the day, every day.

But, if I spend a few moments thinking about what I get out of it, what my boys get out of it….I really wouldn’t change a thing. These images, and times, are what I will always recall. I do hope when Jack and Carter grow up, that they will too. I know my awesome husband appreciates what I do and I appreciate him working so hard so we are able to do it.

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February 1, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Aubrey Dawn - I love how you portrayed your life! So creative. I love seeing how others live – the daily, so-called mundane things are my favorite things to see. Great job this month. :)

February 1, 2014 - 3:52 pm

Jessica Cadis - Your post brings back the wonderful times during the year I got to stay at home. Amazing photos. Love the black and white and how you got in front of the camera. Thanks for giving us a little glimpse into your life :)

February 4, 2014 - 10:40 am

Kendra - I love how your put yourself into the images. What great moments!

February 4, 2014 - 11:15 am

Lindsay - Hi Lisa! I can’t tell you the millions of ways I love this. Makes me wish you lived closer and we could get a cup of coffee. xo.

February 6, 2014 - 7:26 am

Stephanie - I love that YOU are in your photos! How fun! Loved this post so much. Looking forward to getting to know you better!

February 6, 2014 - 8:17 pm

Alissa - Love these Lisa. I bet your kids will love these some day too!

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