A few favorites from January, 2018
Hope you enjoy a few of our photos from December! I wanted to upload them all, but I never seem to have enough time and it was post in part or not at all by this point.
November flew. At the moment I don't have the time to scribble about it. We are in the throws of my husband's travel season, and apparently toddlers don't like to nap. In news, we're getting settled bit by bit. Toddler F is making friends, we've found spots to explore and enjoy southern winter, and December will be swallowed by travel. Here are November's visual highlights.
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2017 has flown faster than any year I can recall. They say your life leaps forward when you have kids, and I can now attest to the truth in this sentiment. In February, we moved into a new house in North Carolina. As we began to settle with two-thirds of our boxes finally unpacked, we received notice that we would be moving again before the end of 60 days. My husband is a Marine, so when the military says “jump”, there’s one response. “How high?” So we said goodbye to our friends, the ocean, favorite parks and familiarity as we packed our cars with essentials. In a flash, my husband, son, our two dogs and myself were on our way to Louisiana. I closed my small business of five years, pulled our dogs from their training programs, and my son bid farewell to his first friend. I blinked and our summer was gone. We spent it in a hurried hot mess trying to get packed, moved and unpacked with short notice. You may be wondering why I’m posting about summer in October. Well, there isn’t really fall here. Fall is usually my favorite season - but it just isn’t the same in the south as it is back home up north. We had a couple chillier days here that were relatively lovely, but they can’t compare with a morning stroll over crunching frosted lawns or watching yellow and orange turn to red this time of year in New York or Michigan. I’ve moved from NY to VA to NC, this move to Louisiana has hit me the heaviest. I think it’s because we have a child now, and there’s something about raising a tiny human that gives you an undeniable desire to grow roots. Or maybe it’s like the pains of childbirth. When you experience it in the moment (okay, collection of moments) you think you’re dying, but really it’s just the beginning of a wonderful life. So what’s next for us? My husband was promoted this fall and looks forward to more opportunities to further his career. I’m officially a huge dork and joined a stay-at-home Mom’s club. We have decided not to put our son in daycare, as the resources here are limited below our minimum standards. When it occasionally pleases my son to nap, I dive headfirst into my photography or education in dog training. Plans to start our own kennel are moving along, despite our sudden uprooting and disruption in training. In a way the struggle of this move and decision to close doors on my other ventures has forced me to focus and jumpstart my passion. I think we’re often driven away by a fear of the things we really want. In me it’s always been perfectionism and worry I wouldn’t things perfectly. But you can’t do something at all if you never start it. There’s a lot of hard work ahead, but I’m extremely excited for this new chapter. As always, my son comes before all else, but after him hopefully Blair will be ready for her next chapter in 2018. I will be posting updates on our progress regularly. I had planned to include all my favorite photos from the summer below, but I ran out of time, so here are four for a quick summary (you can tell who's the star)
And out where the wild things roam...
Beauty is a special kind of joy. It is the simpleness of every day and boldly demonstrated days of significance. It is shared laughter, humility and pain. It is in the play of getting messy and the work of cleaning up. It is perspective. It is love.
Today was spent cleaning, organizing and exploring our new home and neighborhood. We had to take a quick stop at this fence to take a couple photos after discovering that the local park is "no dogs allowed." Evening was taken up catching up on work, emails and exercising Blair.
Happy Birthday Week, Buddy!
Celebrated our son's first birthday with his Grandma C from up north a day early. HB LO!
In an effort to encourage more co-species sibling bonding, we have been allowing some time outside the safety of baby prison. I apologize for the potato quality, I'm very behind on uploading and editing, so enjoy them for what they are!
Spending a little time outside in the chillier weather lately. The dogs are making great strides in learning to be gentle and patient with their little brother!
We all know about "The Golden Hour" (that hour right before or after sunset when the light is just magical. Anyway, I *finally* got to get out in the beautiful weather for a quick light study with all three of my kids. Here are the results - the dramatic purple was actually caused by some scum on my lens from dropping my camera in the wet grass - dogs and babies make life messy, but also colorful! Enjoy!
Greetings! So I've been taking a couple sets of photos every day in an attempt to get something print worthy for two purposes. One, it would be nice to send out a Christmas card some time in my lifetime. Also I want to have some nice photos of my child before he hits one year of age. Babies and dogs are both notoriously difficult to shoot in a studio space - especially a small makeshift one like my home space. Anyway, here are a few I didn't deem "print worthy" but still liked enough to bother processing. I hope you enjoy them too!