Mommy Monday: 9 months later

When I was pregnant, 9 months seemed like FOR.EVER. But while shooting my baby Wild Thing’s 9 month pictures, all I could think was, “where did that time go?!” The time just slips by you …one diaper at a time. … Continue reading

Motherhood: the Dichotomy of Agony and Ecstasy

The moment I knew I was going to be a mother, my life changed. Things that I never thought twice about before suddenly became real, sometimes terrifying – a stranger walking quickly towards your babes . And small things that would make me smile suddenly filled my heart with delight – their first trip to Disneyland. Other things that had become mundane and simple were suddenly morphed into challenging and complex – going to the grocery store with two small children in tow.

As mothers, our lives are forever changed. I’m not the same person I was before them or even before the last one. They quickly grow up and grow us along with them. And for that, I thank my children – thank you Lord for my blessings.

May the days your babies completely fill your heart & soul with joy be more than the ones where they completely drain you!

Happy Mother’s Day

Mommy Monday: Jumping Wild Things!

Just about every “Family Day” we get is spent at the beach. I could spend hours just sitting and watching my wild thing discover his newest moves. Wild Things don’t sit still,  not for a moment much less a picture! So, I’ve learned to work with what I can get and just have fun with it. And if your wild thing is like mine, you can get them to “jump AGAIN!” quite a few times in order to try a composite like this one below (made up of 5 images).

Pretty soon, I’ll have 2 of them running around yelling, “Watch THIS, mom!” and the fun will be doubled!

 

Mommy Monday: Wild Thing 2

Well, its about time. You’ve seen plenty of posts about the first Wild Thing so it’s time for a post of the second.

So, far he’s held his own when it comes to his brother. He seems to have some strong opinions already.  And I bet you’ll notice he’s a “thinker”, an “observer”, and seems to see right through you.

He’s roly … he’s poly … he’s got cheeks you’ll want to just nibble on … here is Wild Thing 2.

 

 

Mommy Monday: Where Does the Time Go?

One of the reasons I love doing Mommy Mondays is because it forces me to go through shots that I might have otherwise forgotten about. Every Monday I seem to find a shot that makes me smile. I usually remember TAKING the shot but life gets busy, I rarely get back to most after uploading them. This, my friends, is the reason I take so many photos of my boys – life slips by us so fast. Time is a thief, it robs us of memories, of details, of little nuances we might not have even noticed.

Capture the images.

Yesterday was the baby’s 6 month birthday and I found myself wondering where the time had gone. I sat rocking him extra long while watching his brother play. And then came the tears – my oldest is a boy now. No longer even a preschooler. And if I hadn’t been holding his baby brother, I might not have even stopped to think about how quickly he went from 6 months to 4-1/2. They say idle hands are the devil’s tools but a mommy’s forever busy hands seem to be the thief’s accomplice.

Gone is the baby face, the pudgy hands, and the fuzzy head.

He’s a boy now. I’m so thankful I used his gradually changing face to test my lights before my session that day … I’ll be even more thankful in the years to come. By then, I’ll have forgotten about the little details of the days when when he would only smile with a promise of a lollipop, when he would let me fix his hair for him, the days when he always had marker on his face.

Capture the images.

Mommy Monday: My Wild Thing

I came across these shots as I was going through my pictures for today’s post. Even though they’re only 6 months old, I see a difference in his face, a look at might have been just a phase because I haven’t seen it since, and a stolen shot of a goofy little dance that is RARELY seen in public. I see a smile that warms my heart, eyes that remind me to be a better person, a face that brings me joy. He has a spirit that tests me everyday and a character created for BIG things.

He restored a large portion of my faith, mended what I’ve let get eaten away, and is a constant reminder that I am blessed.

I’ll set the example for him on when to say ‘thank you’, how to brush his teeth, and how to add 1 + 1 but he sets the example for me on how to trust deeply, how to love faithfully, and how to dance joyfully – all things I’ve lost along my way. Seems his job is much more important and I’m not sure how I’d ever thank him other than respecting that he was sent from God.

… just goes to show you, there’s a lot you can get out of just 3 pictures that you had completely forgotten about.

Mommy Monday: High Surf Advisory {Dana Point Harbor}

A favorite family outing of ours is to go to the harbor. Sometimes, we walk around, look at the boats, watch people walk their dogs, or just sit on the grass. Other times, we walk over to the jetty to sit and watch the water. This particular afternoon had a high surf advisory – and boy, was the tide high!

We enjoyed watching the big waves roll in … here are some of my favorite shots of a great afternoon.

Reading some info about the harbor.

The harbor has some of the cutest "statues" you'll ever see!

That would be some of the "high surf" hitting his normal lookout rock! It's typically a 4-5ft drop off from that rock on the right to the beach below...but not today!

I know I'm bias but he sure is cute.

"Did you see that HUGE wave?!"

We usually check the base of this rock for starfish, but they're about 5ft below the surface this particular day.

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