Everything is in Little Things

November 29, 2010 § 2 Comments

This weekend my family and I spent some time watching old family video. (And by “old” I mean four years ago.  Our bit of history doesn’t go back very far yet, but I expect time will change that.)  A clip that I found to be very profound, although at the time it was taken it seemed anything but, was during one afternoon when Jade had just earned the right to hold up two fingers for her age, and we were expecting Liam any day.  In other words, I was huge, even without the extra 10 lbs the camera added, and definitely without the benefit of professional maternity photography (a self admitted life regret.)  However, what impacted me the most was the simplicity of that moment and of the intense two years that Jade and I shared alone together as the girls of house, outnumbering Daddy two to one, with tea time and tutus and talking fairies filling our days.  One second of my life today wouldn’t be traded for the world, but it was a visual reminder of how much easier it was then for me to take the time to soak in those little moments when there was only one adorable munchkin instead of three.  The details of a day can pass us by with incredible ease in the rush to keep on schedule, in the effort to fit it all in, and in the duties that need to be filled in a role of responsibility.

At any rate, it gave me pause, as I’m sure it does any mother who has found that even though one’s heart may continue to double in size with love for each child, the number of minutes in a day still stubbornly remains the same.  So while my daughter may be nearly halfway to fourteen, there are still the same freckles and eyelashes….

… the shoes that still need growing into….

…and the hair that glistens in the sunshine.

Tea time might have been infiltrated with Tonka trucks, and fairies now go on missions with GI Joe, but these little things are still around.  In fact, they may just be better than ever (times three.)  It only takes a commitment to watch for them :)

Looking for a fun and creative way to capture your little bit of history?  You might recognize this blog from previous posts, but take a peek at the latest creative outburst from Adele at Mila’s Daydreams: How to make an unique family tree.  Family genealogy never looked more fun!

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Turkey Tidbits

November 24, 2010 § 1 Comment

Happy Birthday.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Hello incredibly busy week.

My husband turns thirty this week.  Gulp.  Being the brave soul that I am, I’m appreciative of the fact that he is biting that bullet before I am.  Although I have to admit, thirty seemed so much older ten years ago than it does now…so maybe, just maybe, it won’t be as bad as we’ve all feared.  For example, when Jake woke up that morning his hair hadn’t turn white with age overnight, his teeth were all still fully intact, and those Scooter Store commercials are still as irrelevant as they were the day before.  So far so good, I’d say.  Regardless of that, I think I’ll still hold onto my twenty-something status with a tight grip though, thank you very much.  (All kidding aside — Happy Birthday Jacob!  You’ll always be a 20 year old heart throb to me :)

This week also signifies a considerable reduction in the turkey population.  Double gulp.  (Hmm… maybe it is better turning thirty ;o)  Last year, in honor of the holiday, I created the sure-to-be-a-long-running tradition of Turkeys On A String, where as indicated by the oh so clever name, each member of our family makes a turkey, which we then prominently display on a string.  Our materials of choice were construction paper, markers, and Elmer’s Glue (it was last minute inspiration,) but this little project brought all of us to the table together to share giggles and creativity, which truly was something to be thankful for.  Here is a quick sample of two that were made last year (the others have gone MIA — my guess is to somewhere in one of Jade’s “collections”)  ….

…and I can’t wait to see what we all come up with this time around!

In bigger news ….my gallery wrap arrived.  I have wanted this beauty for a loooong time, and now a 3 ft x 3 ft display of family beauty is gracing my dining room.  It will be going on the wall soon …. (tonight if I have anything to do with it) … but I couldn’t resist sharing a quick pic!

My favorite faces, in 1 foot squares.  I can’t wait to make another one!

Happy Thanksgiving!  May you have a wonderful holiday with all of your favorite faces as well :)

P.S.  Due to the holiday weekend, there will not be a Fun on Friday post this week.  Have a fantastic Thanksgiving — see you back here after the weekend!

Got Rhythm? {book of the week}

November 19, 2010 § 2 Comments

“A told B, and B told C, I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree!”

When he was younger, Liam wasn’t exactly thrilled to sit still for any length of time and listen to a book…..he had very different notions about what he should be doing.  (Most of which involved either playing with Jade, bugging Jade, or hiding from Jade — and primarily in that order.)  This meant that maintaining a level of interest in our one-on-one reading time was going to take a bit more effort on my part, so when things looked desperate, I would pull out my secret weapon that has never failed me:  Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. With it’s catchy beat, it had us reading with rhythm in no time.  More importantly, it had one very captivated toddler who was still young enough to truly enjoy jamming with his rapper mama.  (Sadly though, my beat box skillz haven’t improved much over the years.  Yo.)

Amazon.com: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Anniversary Edition 9781416990918: Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault, Lois Ehlert: Books.

The only question left I suppose is …..”Chicka chicka boom boom, will there be enough ROOM?” (Emphasis Liam’s.)

Happy Reading!

Any Day Now …

November 16, 2010 § 1 Comment

…..This little girl is going to become a big sister.

She’s ruled the roost for awhile now….

But that is soon going to change.

(Or….maybe not ;)

Any day now, this once first-time-mama is going to become a mother-of-two..

….and the love in her heart is going to double beyond what she ever thought possible.

(As will how full her hands are ;)

Our session was “interrupted” by a discovery of the strangest looking rock…..Wait, nope, that’s a TOAD!

As you can see, the fate of Mr. Toad needed a little discussion.  (But I now have a birthday present idea that Aila is sure to love ;o)

So — the point of our project was to take some maternity photos, which we inevitably did, and in which Mama T. looks absolutely amazing.

So lovely :)  Pregnancy is such a fleeting time, and the ability to actually grow and nurture another little human being is incredible.  It can also be a very challenging time, both emotionally and physically, and to be able to provide images that portray the beauty of a woman with child is an absolute honor.  Pregnancy is more than just growing a baby — it is a time of radiant beauty.

Please visit my website at the link below to view more images that are in ‘full beauty’ style — an art with a beauty all it’s own.

Maternity Photography – Jay & Kay Photography.

At the kids’ request, we ended our time with a little playground fun.  Enjoy!

Blessings and congratulations on the new addition to the family, I simply cannot wait to meet him or her!

One. Cool. Dude.

November 15, 2010 § 8 Comments

RULE # 1:  Perfect light is never to be wasted.

RULE #2:  If your sister-in-law/photography nut calls you with crazed enthusiasm about such light and you say “My baby and I will be right there!” then well, you totally rock.

RULE #3:   Don’t leave home without a hat.

RULE #4:    Spontaneous photo sessions means spontaneous child care (ie there is none…..) means one highly distracted little cousin.

RULE #5:   Pumpkins are magical, and are also never to be wasted.

RULE #6:  Little toes don’t stay little for long.  Love them.  Tickle them.  Cherish them.

(RULE #7:  Little fingers and little noses grow fast too.  Don’t forget to also give those lots and lots of  kisses as well.)

RULE #8:   A two-toothed smile will melt your heart like butter.

RULE #9 AND #10:  No matter how cool our little dudes get, we will always be their mothers.

Yup — that is definitely something to be happy about :)

Friday, On Saturday {book of the week}

November 13, 2010 § Leave a comment

The last time I checked, it was still technically autumn.  Sometime during the night though we were apparently thrown into the middle of winter, as we woke up to inches upon inches of snow that has covered everything in sight.  Also, last night I let the kids stay up 1.5 hours later than I usually do.   Hmm.  It definitely appears that time is being messed with this weekend.

That’s ok though, because it’s Fun on Friday.  On Saturday.

Many of you may already be familiar with the author of this week’s featured book, as this name has become intricately linked with the term Little Critter, the fury and feisty character in Just Go To Bed by Mercer Mayer, published by Scholastic. If you’re a parent, odds are you can relate to the title of this book, if not the entire storyline.  Count me in the latter, as I’m fairly certain that Mayer must have been secretly observing my family from somewhere high up in the rafters.  How else would he have gotten the inspiration to write this book?  ;o)

Amazon.com: Just Go to Bed (Little Critter) (Pictureback(R)) (0033500819407): Mercer Mayer: Books.

As you might have guessed, this Little Critter is one little critter that does not, in any way, shape or form, want to go to bed.

Nope.  No way.  No how.  He’s got better things to do.

In an effort of persuasion, Daddy Critter tries playing along, doing his best to redirect his not-quite-willing-to-be-redirected-yet son.  Hmm.   This does sound familiar ….

As does this…

But thankfully, thankfully so does this.

So, while this quaint little story might not solve every bedtime problem known to man, it will at least give us sleep deprived parents a chance to chuckle at it.  (I suppose the kids will rather enjoy it too ;o)

Happy “Friday”, and Happy Reading!

*Just a note:  I have become an “Amazon Associate,” which basically means that for any purchases the someone makes from a link provided on my blog, Amazon will pay me a ‘thank you for advertising’ fee.  To me, it seemed like a very friendly way of a sidewalk artist passing a hat — if you’re enjoying the blog and Fun on Friday, simply make a purchase on Amazon from one of the links provided on my blog.  Anything counts, even if it’s not the “advertised product,” whether it be a book, some play dough, or that new camera that you’ve been drooling over.  A big thank you to those who choose to contribute with their purchases, it truly means a lot, and will provide a secondary method of supporting my photography business.  I’m thrilled that so many are enjoying this little publication, and I look forward to having a lot more Fun on Friday! :)

Alaska Jack

November 12, 2010 § 2 Comments

The sun was shining…. the air was warm… the falling leaves a vibrant display of wonder.  It was an absolutely perfect, it-doesn’t-get-better-than-this day for a family photo session.

Only this session wasn’t booked for that day.  It was scheduled for the day after.  Which was cold, windy and wet.  An absolutely miserable, not-a-prayer-of-seeing-any-sunshine-or-a-square-foot-of-dry-ground day.  So out the window all my outdoor plans flew, and onto the camera went my low-light lens.  You know what though?  Everything worked out fine … because you see, this little guy brought his own rays of sunshine with him.  And just like that, the day suddenly didn’t seem so gloomy.

He knew this day was special.  He knew he was here to have fun.  I bet he even knew that his mother had specially coordinated this session with their trip back “home” from where they are now living in Alaska.  This was a big day, rain or shine, so little Jack gave the camera all he had…

Which was wonderful :)

It was quite an honor being asked to shoot his Six Month Session, and humbling that they wanted to take time out of their family vacation in order for me to do so.  This was one of those situations in which your answer is a whole hearted, “My pleasure.”

Four generations.  Isn’t that incredible??

After all the fun, Jack was ready to end the session with a Mama Snuggle.

Which we all know, is the best kind there is :)

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