Our first official snow day.
It’s safe to say that everyone enjoyed themselves.
We went to our annual Pioneer Parade today.
Reason #101 why we moved to a small town:
It may be hard to move to a new place but it’s the small town charm that really sucks you in.
This last weekend my family and I broke from our regular schedule and ventured in to the great beyond.
The great beyond was a petting zoo at our local library in our new town.
Sometimes you just need to get out and pet some animals.
This charmer had me at hello.
Sir, that’s is a lovely hairdo. May I have another shot?
Lovely. Absolute perfection in that mop top.
A visit to see animals wouldn’t be the same with out my son awkwardly bending over to pick up a baby chick.
Spring isn’t spring without a baby goat.
The highlight of the visit is this guy right here. We are assuming that is a true bumble bee because it is enormous and every time he landed on a flower the flower disappeared under his enormous frame.
Living in a new place takes a while to get familiar with but sometimes petting zoos makes it a little easier.
I’m not sure if it’s a second child trait or just my son but my 6 year old has the best imagination. It’s so fantastic it actually makes me a little jealous. With just a few small toys he is able to create a brand new world complete with characters and back stories.
No one else in house can go from reality to imagination in 2.5 seconds.
Where is he going during this time? His focus is almost impenetrable and the conversations he constructs are vivid and full of life. There’s always a story and hero. Battles are fought and typically won. Dinosaurs converge with cars and overtake the evil emperor but always return home just in time for ice cream.
It’s intoxicating and I often find myself just watching him play.
Sometimes I think I would rather live in his made-up reality instead of this one.
His seems much more heroic.
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A plague has struck our home.
I’m anticipating government officials in hazmat suits to arrive at my door and quarantine the entire block.
This cold is so horrible I actually asked my children if a monkey bit them at school.
Or if they have had contact with any type of exotic animal from overseas.
We have been indoors and separated from the general public for days now and I’m going slightly insane.
My kids are enjoying my insanity and are taking advantage of it by pulling out everything they own and more.
Yes, my children took turns shoving each other in a cooler.
What else would you do on a sick day?
Learn or something?
The boys have never lived in a place with climbing trees.
Or any trees with a trunk bigger than flag pole.
Of course it’s not their fault. My husband and I have raised them in the land of heat and no rain.
A place where really only a few species such as retired people and scorpions like to reside.
So this recent move of ours introduced my children to real trees.
There’s even a few in our yard.
The climbing has commenced….
The constructing of inventions…..
Swinging on said inventions…
Climbing, inventing and getting dirty in trees is what boys really should do…
And it seems that ours are excelling at it.
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Not all adventures need to cost a lot of money.
Sometimes they can be free
There was a hot air balloon festival in town tonight…
and watched a little more….
and enjoyed every moment…
hot air balloons are pretty great.
A good time was had by all…
I recently received a new batch of photos for my store.
These babies are so absolutely perfect you can almost smell the new baby smell.
Try not to fall in love…
Or not want another baby.
Can you handle the cuteness?
If you want to see more snugly babies or you are looking for a great photographer
When you see a picture of a newborn in a hat, sling, pod, or in a strategic position the first reaction is always “AWWWW, that is adorable!”. What you don’t consider or even think about is what is actually going on behind the scenes. The pink baby is always so cute that it is almost impossible to imagine anything else.
Here is a small glimpse of the behind the scenes work:
I am hopping around on the sidelines trying to convince her to look at me while the photographer works her magic….
Yesterday we had a session with a newborn and I don’t think it could have gone better. However when you see the amazing shots (they haven’t be edited yet) you will know what it looked like to us.
Prepping for the shoot with different props
Okay, he is asleep and the light is perfect. Take the picture NOW!
Interrupting a sleeping baby is never fun especially when you have to put a hat on his head
Luckily he was a forgiving boy and went right back to sleep even after the last minute touch up.
This isn’t the final shot from the photographer but it will give you an idea
Newborn photography session are always a crap shoot. We have worked with babies that did not want to be handled or asleep and then we get the babies like this little guy, perfect and adorable. After these sessions and final photos I am reminded why I love my business.
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