Relive the Magic

March 14, 2012

My mom had a photo request earlier this evening that had me scouting through some old photo files. In the midst, I was able to relive some magic. Last summer, I went to Disneyland with my immediate family for the first time in years. I honestly couldn’t even remember the last time I’d been with my brother. We went to celebrate his birthday along with Father’s Day. What a lovely time! :)

I don’t know how I didn’t share this one before from while we were standing in line for Thunder Mountain. I absolutely love the sun flare and LensBaby effect here. I hope that you find the way to relive some of the magic in your life.

Magical Train Ride

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Awfully Big Adventure

November 25, 2011

Last Sunday, I met this beautiful family at the entrance to Balboa Park Trails and we nearly had to call it a day before we even got started. The drizzle began, the clouds in the sky threatened, and the forecast said RAIN. Yikes!

But it wasn’t raining just yet and I am so thankful that the H family was willing to adventure down the trail with their two small boys. I had so much fun wandering the trail with you all. Watching the boys swing, pick flowers, find rocks, and race across bridges. They are a joy… and the two of your are wonderful parents. And S? I still maintain you are a total rock star adventuring through the trail, over rocky creek beds, and up marshy hills in those heels. Seriously… especially when all of your boys were equipped with sensible shoes. :) But, with two curious and energetic boys, I’m sure you have many, many more adventures to come.

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“boy (boi) n.- a male child, lad, youth, not yet a man, often a magnet to dirt, toys, and adventure.”

Little Love

September 14, 2011

Her mom was my very first best friend… and she’s my oldest friend. We’ve been friends since preschool. Daisies. Brownies. Schoolmates. We mothered our dolls and played for hours; elaborate stories and exciting adventures in the countryside (and sometimes the poison oak! oops!); singing Disney songs at the top of our lungs; and so on and so on…

At the end of 3rd grade, I moved hundreds of miles away. In the pre-internet, long-distance-phone-calls-are-expensive days, our friendship could have withered. Instead, we became fierce pen pals and seized every opportunity to see each other in person (even if though sometimes it may have only been once every three years). Silly letters that we’ve both kept… some of which I hear are stored in the Little Love’s room at the moment. We can see our handwriting improve… our lives mature… the price of postage going up. And through it all, you can see a friendship.

Tara, I’m unbelievably blessed by your presence in my life and I’m so glad your Little Love came early so I could meet her. She’s beautiful and I cannot wait to hear the stories of HER growing up. I watched you mother your dolls as we played for hours at my house or yours. Our imaginations ran wild and even then I knew you’d be a fantastic mom one day. In the much too short visit we had last month, I saw all of my beliefs confirmed. She’s so lucky to have you… and Dustin too.

All my love to you and your family… thank you so much for a splendid visit. And welcome to the world Little Love, we’re SO glad you’re here!

Little Love

The Little Mister

May 23, 2011

“A brother is a friend given by Nature.”
~Jean Baptiste Legouve

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“Boys are found everywhere — on top of, underneath, inside of, climbing on, swinging from, running around or jumping to.
Mothers love them, little girls hate them, older sisters and brothers tolerate them, adults ignore them and Heaven protects them.
A boy is Truth with dirt on its face, Beauty with a cut on its finger,
Wisdom with bubble gum in its hair and the Hope of the future with a frog in its pocket.”
~ Alan Marshall Beck

Three weeks and three days after Hayden made his appearance into the world and our family “tribe,” I finally got to meet the precious little man. John and Rachel, your little guy is simply perfect and I can’t wait to watch him grow with you. Shannon, take care of that handsome little brother of yours… he’s so lucky to have such an awesome big sister! Here’s a sneak peek from our session last weekend.

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A Time to Dance

March 14, 2011

Here’s the extended preview of the lovely little Jocelynne from earlier this month. She’s a fantastic dancer and just a gem to be around. Thank you again Christa and Jocelynne; I had a wonderful time with the two of you.

A Time to Dance


“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…” ~Susan Polis Shutz

The weather could not have been more beautiful on Saturday afternoon when we ventured down to the Balboa Park Trail from Hillcrest to take pictures. Jocelynne was an excellent model and I can’t wait to show you more. We had so much fun… and what a find that trail was! It was so beautiful and green from the recent rain. Here’s the sneak peek – more to come!

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Just Jocy

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and
the winds long to play with your hair.” -Khalil Gibran

Celebrating Every Day

December 30, 2010

While I was visiting my family for Christmas, I had the opportunity to meet the family my sister nannies for – what a joy they are! The little boy is full of spunk and light. The little girl is sugar, spice, and every thing nice – she was so sweet. The baby girl was just precious and such a good baby. She loved being all warm and cozy in that basket. To the parents, thank you for being so kind and welcoming. Your family is truly beautiful. Have a very happy New Year!

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I had a great time catching up with The Little Miss and her beautiful mama over the Christmas weekend. She’s grown SO much since our Christmas Eve morning session last year… as to be expected. She was far more talkative this time and I loved hearing her little voice. She wasn’t particularly thrilled with us for asking her to smile and be her cute little self so early in the morning when it was 45 degrees outside, but she perked up after a visit with my parents’ puppy and a trip to the park. As it turns out, not all things change – she still loves to swing! She’s also turned into quite the little climber. She’s seriously precious. Thank you so much for a wonderful morning. See you again soon!

 

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Baby’s First Christmas

December 4, 2010

Princess Zyda is nearly eight months old now! It seems like just yesterday we took those newborn photos, doesn’t it? I was thrilled to hang out with her and Katy today and get some new pictures. We went with a Christmas theme and the little bug couldn’t have been more adorable investigating Santa hats, patent leather shoes, and snowflake ornaments (among other things). She did all of her tricks for us – sitting, crawling, and standing with some help. She seriously gets cuter every day – everyone should have a daily dose of adorable. It’s a good thing I work with Katy and get to see her somewhat regularly. Here’s the sneak peek from today – I can’t wait to finish the rest.

 

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