“Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them but you know they’re always there.” This quote couldn’t be more true for my dearest friend, Kim. With her in Colorado and me in Minnesota, we don’t get to see each other at the drop of a hat, but we’ve stuck by each others side as best friends since 7th grade. Only real friends can truly pick up where they left off, months in between. Fortunately, we make it a point to see each other a few times a year and I would never pass up the opportunity to photograph her beautiful, growing family when I visit them. Norah is the newest of the bunch and she couldn’t be sweeter! Here are a few of my favorites from my time with them.
Handsome Mr. Lien, named after his daddy (and multiple other generations of Liens!), has gotten so big now that he’s a whole year old! I hung out with him at his house for awhile, where he introduced me to his puppy, all his toys, and showed me his room and his favorite chair. We also made it outside, in between thunderstorms, for a few photos as well! Check out the photos of this sweet little boy..
I had a wonderful time traveling back to my hometown to take photos of a high school friend’s new baby girl and the rest of her family! Anniston made her debut into this world quite early — her due date was the day after our session! Her and her big bro & sis were as sweet as can be. I couldn’t get over Ensley’s high ponytail. Love it. (Can’t wait to be able to put Finley’s hair in a pony like that.. maybe by the time she’s five?) Kayla and I had fun catching up on life and reminiscing of old times after we finishing up with photos too! So much fun!
Aside from how adorable her little tush is, check out those leg muscles too!
Families aren’t complete without a furbaby too… Here’s Peanut!
Although Cullen’s mommy & daddy are friends of ours, I haven’t seen them (+Cullen) since he was a newborn! Having babies is the most amazing blessing, but gosh, it’s a bummer how hard it is to get together with friends when your day-to-day life is so busy raising little ones (on top of careers). But it certainly makes the times you do get together that much more enjoyable knowing that they are few and far between. Finley was with on this shoot and I’m pretty sure she has another crush (can you blame the girl — look how cute he is!)! She liked to look+point at Cullen and say “baby!” as if she’s such a grown up kid now. Cullen is a total sweetheart, you can see it in his eyes!
Shea, sweet baby boy to my hair stylist-turned-friend, Jesikah, who met+married my husband’s high-school-buddy-and-part-of-our-circle-of-friends, Jon. It truly is a small world. Anyway, I’ve spend hours in a chair in front of Jesikah, which means we’ve talked a lot about life and everything that comes with it. I spent time in her chair before I was pregnant, while I was pregnant, and with Finley in a carseat next to me. The day I got a text from her that said she was expecting, I was so incredibly happy for her (for them)! She is such a kind-hearted, compassionate, caring, and beautiful person. A person perfectly fit to be a mommy. And a amazing mommy she already is. Here are some of my favorite moments from their photo shoot…
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eagerly patiently waiting to see if they were the lucky winner of the custom infographic… Well, a winner has been chosen (via random.org)! Congrats to Amber and a big shout out thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway! There will be more fun in the future so be sure to check back often.
Hey, all you lovely mommies with adorable babies, I’m doing a giveaway of one of my custom designed infographics! You have a whole week to enter and a winner will be chosen on Friday, April 4! You can see a sample of what the infographic looks like here or here. Don’t miss out on your chance to snag one of these for free! Keep reading to find out how to enter…
You may be wondering…
Who can enter?
Anyone with a baby or kid! But keep in mind that the infographic will be designed for one child only.
Don’t live in the US?
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Pregnant or baby is still really little?
No worries! You can still enter. You will have nine months to cash in your infographic!
Child isn’t a baby anymore?
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Calli and Mac were such smiley and happy kids during our session. Maybe their dad stood behind me and made funny faces at them… But I still think they are just happy & fun kids in general! I also happen to work with both of their parents. So much fun to be able to work with co-workers outside of my regular job too. Lisa commented a few days after their sessions how much they enjoyed their experience at our photo shoot. She loved that it was so laid back and relaxed and not so posey — exactly what I strive for! Here are some of my favorite shots from their session.
Raise your hand if you follow [almost] the exact same routine every single day.
Some mornings, as I drive over the Hastings bridge (which I happen to love, by the way) to bring Finley to daycare, I think, “Hmmm. Just drove over this 14 hours ago.”
Day in and day out. The same routine. Over and over and over. Occasionally, I think it’s comforting to have my little routine (after all, babies strive from routine, so I’m happy to be bettering Finley’s life). And some days — I loath it. (But that is a whole new topic to blog about.) This post is to give you a glimpse into what a typical weekday is like for me..
6:00-6:30am — Alarm!
6:00/6:30 – 7:00am — Good Morning!
Beautify. (brush teeth, shower, contacts, make-up, hair, etc)
Morning view off deck in back yard..
7:00am — Hear Finley jibber jabbering.
Good morning, pretty girl…!
Change her [gigantically puffy] diaper.
Feed her while watching the Today show and catching up on Instagram. (A habit I am making an effort to stop. The less phone in front of my baby, the better.)
7:15am — Finish getting ready while Finley plays.
7:30am — Figure out what Finley should wear for the day (sometimes harder than deciding what I should wear!).
7:40am — Figure out what I should wear.
7:45 – 8:00am — Sometimes take a couple photos of Finley before leaving the house. (How can I not… look at that face!!)
Get Finley in carseat.
Grab something for lunch. (almost always 2% Fage greek plain yogurt with honey and granola)
(I used to think instant, single-packet coffee seemed so nasty without ever even trying it (for years), but then I tried it. And it’s awesome. A pack of seven [little packets] of Starbucks coffee is around $7. A buck a day isn’t bad (much cheaper than my Caribou or Starbucks habit)! My favorite is the medium roast. Or if I want to get fancy, the peppermint mocha is delicious, especially now that we are approaching the Christmas season!)
8:00am (if I’m lucky) — Out the door.
8:05am — On my drive to daycare/work, eat my homemade egg mcmuffin that my loving husband makes me nearly every morning!
8:20 – 8:35am — Drop Finley off at daycare.
8:45 – 8:55 — Arrive at Anytime Fitness Headquarters.
9:00am – 5:15pm — work work work.
Stare at this computer screen for 8 hours…
5:20pm — Drive over Hastings Bridge along with, what seems like, 500 other vehicles.
5:30pm — Pick up Finley (best part of my day, by far!)
6:00pm — Get home. finally.
Put jammies on Finley (we don’t lounge inside our home wearing “outfits”, we wear jammies. All of us.)
Begin making dinner.
6:30pm — Feed Finley baby food.
I switched to brown rice+quinoa+peach+banana when she finished the blueberry+apple+beet… her reaction is priceless.
7:00pm — Give Finley a bottle and play for awhile before getting ready for bed.
7:15pm — Bath time! (only some nights)
Get her ready for bed.
Read her her favorite book. (that I know by heart)
Put her down for the night.
Sweet dreams little one!
7:30pm — Sit down to eat dinner with Cory. finally.
8:00pm — Watch TV (well, have the TV on) while working on client photos. (finish 1-2 sessions per night)
(On Thursdays, Grey’s Anatomy and Parenthood. Who else watches these shows!? Love Parenthood.)
10:15pm — Clean bottles. Clean up kitchen. Get ready for bed.
10:30 – 11:00pm — Lights out. Set alarm. Repeat.
Anybody else have this specific of a routine? What is it? Tell me!
This was my first of seven mini sessions at Battlecreek Park in October. Aren’t they a good lookin’ family!? Graham and Rowan’s mama happens to be one of my co-workers at Anytime Fitness. Fun fact: She was leaving work to be induced to have Rowan the day I was interviewing for my job; we walked past each other! I love how one of her boys is blonde and one is brunette.. I’m dying over how gorgeous Graham’s hair is! I want some of that…