Sunday, April 19, 2015

Recent sessions

It has been far too long since I shared some of my recent photography work here on the blog! I've been slacking and just plain lazy when it comes to keeping up with my other passion in life (besides my cute babies and hot hubby ;).
I've been incredibly blessed over the past 4 almost 5 years with my photography business, I want to thank each and every one of you for supporting and encouraging me through it. I find so much joy out of capturing your babies and families.  


Here's a few recent photos I snapped the other day of my sweet girly!! Showing off her new walking skills, with a few stumbles she's already chasing after her big brother! I love this girl so much and can't believe we'll be celebrating her first birthday so soon. What a joy and blessing she has been to our family. 

I had to include this handsome dude and his "rawr" face, that's pretty much his response to everything (typical boy ;) He has the biggest heart and has been cracking me up lately. Not sure where he comes up with some of the things he says, but its pretty funny. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Being a Mom

"The days are long but the years are short".
There is no way to fully prepare yourself for becoming a Mom. All I ever wanted to be when I grew up was just that, a Mom. You can talk to other Mom's to get advice, read books and look to your own Mother, but nothing can prepare you for the long nights, long days, endless dirty diapers, acid reflux, colic, teething etc. Then the real parenting comes into play starting around 18 months with countless tantrums, potty training, talking back, hitting, yelling, the list goes on.
Being a Mom is hard. It means sacrificing your life for these little people that fully depend on you. Its exhausting, somedays I just want to sleep, like all day. I wish I could clone myself so I can take a nap and my clone can take care of the kids, do dishes, laundry, make dinner, clean the house. Being a Mom will push all your buttons and make you feel like a crazy person. Some nights I lie in bed replaying my day and can't remember specifically why it was so hard but just know it was.
Time is not on your side. I wish I had more of it to spend with my husband, my friends, family, my second job, get ready for the day, hobbies, or just be by myself doing whatever the heck I feel like.
Being a Mom is also the best thing that has ever happened to me. The love I have for these tiny humans is overwhelming. I just finished putting my 10 month old down for a nap, nursing her I suddenly burst into tears. The long night I had with her waking every couple hours and not wanting to be put down was exhausting. As I watched her drift off to sleep I couldn't help but feel so much love for this little life. What a miracle she is, God formed her in my body and gave me the privledge of being her Mama.
I need these two babies just as much as they need me and at times that can be overwhelming and scary and hard, its also the best feeling in the world. God equipped me with the ability to be just that, they're Mama.
I'm not the best writer and I wish I had more words to express all my thoughts and feelings but this will have to do for now. I'm writing this not only for myself but for all you other Mama's out there. I have been so blessed by other Mama's in my life and even strangers with words of encouragement.
Even just validating my unspoken feelings, telling me "I know how hard it is when they are this little, your doing a great job".
"Keep up the good work, your a great Mom".
Those few simple words mean so much to me in this time of my life. So to all my Mama friends-
You are enough. You are being the best Mom you can be to YOUR kiddos. Keep up the good work and remember the days are long but the years short.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

9 Months

This sweet girl of mine is growing like a weed and way too fast if you asked me! River will be 10 months old next week, that means I need to start planning her big first birthday! What a blessing she has been to our family, Hunter loves having someone to play I mean fight over toys with :o
One minute he's loving on her with cuddles and kisses then I turn around and he's tackling her! Brothers.....;)
Her new found talents are waving "hi", pulling herself onto her feet and standing on her own for about .2 seconds, climbing onto things, screeching as loud as she possibly can, snuggling when she gets sleepy. She is growing attachments to people other than just Mama (Papa, grandma's, brother), she loves bananas, baby oatmeal, sweet potatoes, any type of carb especially French fries, loves swinging at the park, playing with all of Hunter's toys and dancing!
Still only has two teeth but is constantly sucking on her lips, hopefully those others will pop out soon, nursing less and less (I have mixed emotions about her stopping soon) .I've been working on sleep training her more although she is already a pretty good sleeper.
I'm really looking forward to all the other "firsts" for my girl but also feel bittersweet about her growing so quickly.  

Friday, November 21, 2014

6 Months

I can't believe it has been 6 months since our sweet River girl was born. I'm a little late on posting this, she turned 6 months on November 6th. I still can't believe I went my whole pregnancy not knowing what I was having! God has blessed us abundantly with this sweet soul. I told my hubby recently that two of my dreams came true, 1- I always wanted a chubby baby and 2- I prayed my whole life that God would give me a girl.
She is still waking on most nights 1-2 times to eat. I'm crossing my fingers that its just a growth spurt?!? I'm hoping she gets the hang of sleeping through the night soon, that would be nice. Not that Hunter lets us sleep, that's a whole different story. We started giving her solids this past month, She will only eat baby oatmeal but not rice cereal. She likes avocados and munching on apples, pears, bread, arrowheat cookies with her two bottom teeth. She loves to sit and play on the floor and gets on her hands and knees to rock back and forth but then gets frustrated because she can't go anywhere. Her two favorite boys are her brother, Hunter, and her Pa (Daddy), anytime they walk into the room her face lights up. She is a social butterfly but also plays independently very well.
Its bittersweet watching her grow so quickly knowing she won't be a baby much longer but I'm also so excited to see the girl she will become.

Monday, November 17, 2014

A day with Thomas

Yesterday was probably one of Hunter's favorite days in his 2 short years of life. He got to see Thomas the train come to life! My mother in law treated Hunter to a day with Thomas up in Perris CA at the Orange Empire Railway Museum. They had a warehouse full of vintage train cars to check out plus the Thomas exhibit. Hunter had his first ride on a train and it wasn't just any old train, it was Thomas!
These first few pictures are Hunter seeing Thomas for the first time, I think he was in shock. 
Thank you so much Nonnie, Hunter loved experiencing this.  

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Kids shared room

I really love how the kids room is coming together, I still have a few small projects to complete. I kept a woodland/forest theme with mostly neutrals except for a few girly colors on River's side of the room. If it were up to me I wouldn't have so much brown in the room but its not like I could go out and buy all new furniture and theres not a ton of color options in blackout curtains. My handyman hubby built Hunter's bed and helped Hunter pick out his comforter (also not my choice, but its not all about me anyway). I painted the trees on the wall by Hunter's bed and also made their H&R string art.
They have been sharing a room for a couple months now. I was so nervous about putting them together but it has actually helped them both sleep better. Hunter doesn't come out as often, I think he was feeling left out with her in our room. They sleep with a sound machine on and I usually put them together for naps which works out most of the time.