Letters to Our Sons | September| 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 going and to cry happy tears each time I write to them. Geeze, I love these kids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Carter,

I know I tell you, or ask you all the time to just “Stop growing up!”. It hits me harder these days as you have just turned five!! You have really stopped all things (except for the too occasional tantrum) of a baby, toddler or even little boy! The only remains of that littleness are that you still love and snuggle with your blankets when you are at home and want comfort.

You really are crossing over into big boy world so fast! You are tall, have giant feet (only one whole size smaller than your 3 1/2 year older brother!) and you are even starting to read. This summer you learned to swim and you even got to dive off the diving board! You make big boy jokes, you are caring to others, you aspire to have order, and be a good boy. You continue to melt my heart!

I love watching you learn, and play baseball. I still can’t believe it when I see you out there with the older boys! You are ready! I think you have great athletic ability, and you are learning to play team sports. It’s so good for you.

I have watched you struggle about with our decision to not start you in kindergarten this year. You made the cut off, but only by about 30 days. I know you are sad to see some of your friends in the other class. Please know that Daddy and I thought hard on this. You are able to have one more year of extra play, and time with me. We think it will be better for the rest of your school years to be the oldest in your class and a leader instead of possibly being behind or just following. We hope that the gift of time we are giving you now, will allow you to have more maturity with your peers as you grow. I do like that you will be a year older when you start college too.  You are my baby, it’s hard to let go.

I love you so much!

Love,

Mommy

little boy catcher
BW little boy with hat
first day of preschool boy
little boy on bench with stick

 

 

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Cutie Pies | Las Vegas Child Photgrapher

We had such fun doing this session. I love these mini playdates I get to go on! I have known these kiddos and their parents for several years now. Its always more fun when I get to do sessions with friends! If you want to see how much they have grown, you can see their family session from last fall here.

And here are some of my favorites from this time:

siblings las vegas park
little boy laughing
brother and sister tickling
girl smiling
boy smirking
brother and sister serious
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Favorite Black & White | Las Vegas Family Photographer

This is my oldest son, Jack. I love this image of him. His face is so serious and the light was magical. He was laying on my bed and the room was mostly dark. I opened the curtain on the right side of him to let the daylight beam in. I stood on the bed over him and got this dramatic look. Being in black and white really enhanced the mood.

You can view more great B&W images here – Rock the Shot:  www.rocktheshotforum.com.

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Letters to Our Sons | July| 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 going and to cry happy tears each time I write to them. Geeze, I love these kids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack and Carter,

Summer is winding down. I am amazed at how quick the summer has gone by! Some of the days seemed so long and hard but in the end I cherish these times. I feel like I work hard to try to give you boys wonderful memories to look back on after you’ve grown.

We started the summer heading to the east coast. We were lucky enough that both sets of grandparents were able to come together with us at the beach house for a whole week! We had some awesome beach weather. You boys spent nearly every day digging on the beach. Giant holes, sand castles,  and playing endlessly with the “goo sand”. We looked for shells, enjoyed high tide and low tide. We had a great seafood dinner, fried dough and even enjoyed some mini golf! We were lucky that daddy had the time off to join us too.

We got to spend an extra 10 days at Grammy & Grampa’s too. You guys caught fish, and even cooked them. Grampa built a fire pit in the back and we cooked hot dogs and yummy smores. We took a trip to Canada for strawberries and ice cream. do you remember how yummy they both were? Mommy took her first solo kayak ride and was happy not to tip. You boys got to go in the canoe with Grampa and even went to Canada in the water! We hit Santa’s Village and had a great vacation. You guys are so lucky to have wonderful grandparents!! Mommy is too.

The rest of the summer has been filled with days at home to avoid the heat, pool time, parks with great water features, and a few days exploring new places.

I feel lucky that I get to spend this time with you both.

Love you!

-Mommy

boy on  Hamton Beach
dad and boys on beach BW
Beaver Brook Falls two boys
Santa
boy blowing dandelion
mom and boys
boy throwing a ball
boys in the desert walking away
boys on long road one looking back

 

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Sweet Sisters | Las Vegas Child and Family Portraits

This session started with the youngest not wanting to look at the camera, and the older daughter having a bloody nose all down the front of her dress. Well, I think that must have broken the ice and they warmed up because we got some fabulous pictures… I really loved how close these two girls are. You can just tell they will be best friends forever!

Check out all this sweetness!

young girl pink flowers
young girl yellow flowers
mom and dad hugging
sisters close up serious
sisters walking holding hands
mom and little girl hugging
sisters giggling las vegas
sisters in white dresses
mom and little girl snuggling
family laying in grass las vegas
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