Yeah it happened today. My youngest turned 3!
We had her party over the weekend and her one request was that it be a leopard themed one. Who am I to deny my baby?
The party was fabulously wild, as it should be when you’re celebrating 3 phenomenal years in this world. I will (hopefully) be posting pictures from that shindig soon. In the meantime, I’m just sharing her birthday portraits we took here on the blog…
She’s pretty darn amazing this girl of mine. Love her to pieces.
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Yeah it happened today. My youngest turned 3!
I had a pretty great Mothers Day this year. Largely due to my amazing husband.
One of my favorite gifts was a mini photo session with my children. Courtesy of that same amazing husband.
I was especially grateful to have 2 cooperative kids for this. You guys don’t even know what it probably took for them to do this, given the fact that they have a photographer for a mom!
Well they were cooperative for “most” of it… But I’ll take it!
To have this many great shots of my kids with me in them, well it’s a gift I cherish more than anything Grizz could have bought me.
Best Mothers Day gift ever!
All photos taken by my husband, my Grizzly Bear.
It makes me immensely sad I’m updating my family blog so little these days. Not so much because I miss blogging all that much, but more because it means I don’t spend nearly enough time as I should just photographing the fleeting everyday moments of my children’s lives.
I think about it often. But I find myself struggling a lot lately, to balance a suddenly flourishing photography business, documenting my quickly growing children’s lives and then all the motherly obligations that increase as they grow. Trying to fit in a creative outlet for my own personal photography growth (and sanity) seems like a luxury now…
I’ve been telling myself that life will slow down soon. That this craziness can’t possibly last for another week or so. Let me just get through this birthday, or 4-job weekend, or backlog of editing, I say to myself. But yeah, I’m not so sure anymore that life will ever slow down. If anything, it seems to accelerate!
That quote about the days being long, but the years short? That’s my life right now.
I’m grateful I have reminders like these some days, to remind me to slow down.
I’m busy a lot lately. Mostly because my photography business has been taking off quite a bit. I keep thinking it will slow down. And that I will have more days like these…
But when I get the chance to spend those few hours with just her, it’s pretty darn cool.
And it’s even better when we randomly run into her preschool buddies. And end up making a whole playdate out of the day.
But then of course someone always trips and falls.
*sigh* After about 30 seconds of loud crying though, she jumped right back into our beautiful, sunny carefree day with her buddies!
My son is blessed with a wonderful teacher who works very hard to organize some amazing field trips for his class. LOTS of them!
It’s one of the many reasons my blog suffers. I’m spending my days chaperoning and watching my child grow, learn and experience so much of what San Francisco has to offer with its rich culture and arts.
I thought I’d share a few shots from one of my favorite trips recently. The DeYoung Museum of San Francisco.
After this particular excursion, I have completely fallen in love with this gorgeous museum and its beautiful light and lines. I would love to do a session here one day. Maybe I’ll start with one of my kids…
As the kids get older I’ve had to up my game on our daily activities when they’re not in school. The Academy of Sciences never fails to keep them entertained and impressed. Thank God.
And sometimes more than a little mesmerized…
Well this little excursion to one of San Francisco’s favorite kids’ spots was such a hit, we renewed our membership for another year!
I’m guessing this will quickly become our backup summer activity!
I’m a little behind in posting images to my blog as you can tell since our anniversary was over a week ago. But I don’t think life will ever slow down for me to be as diligent about blogging as when I first started it back in 2011.
Maybe one day when Jack-Jack is 18… In the meantime I’ll just have to deal with the fact that I’m just going to be behind some times when it comes to this blog.
Since our 9 year anniversary fell right in the middle of the spring break week for us, we decided to just take a nice relaxing day wandering around the area of San Francisco where we tied the knot – North Beach.
We introduced our littlest to the place where the magic began. But yeah she’s two. And was none too impressed.
Still, it was a fun afternoon out for our family in a part of the city that we don’t frequent often but has a special place in our hearts.
9 years ago today, I put on a beautiful white dress…
And rushed to a church to meet this dreamboat of a man…
And vowed to love and honor him till the end of our days…
Little did I know then, that the fairytale life I was convinced I had found with this amazing man, could be overshadowed by the great love I have today with him. One we’ve grown together through tears, laughter, heartache and oh so much joy.
9 years later.
That fairytale ending? Thank goodness there was no such thing. Because the life we have built in these last 9 years, is so much stronger and beautiful than anything that could be written in a storybook.
Happy 9 Years to the man of my dreams.
I chose us then.
I choose us now.
The kids and I dug up our wedding video from the archives and watched it together this morning.
Yes I cried.
(all photos by John Riedy Photography. Edited in 2013 by me!)
Sometimes life’s simplest pleasures can be found right under your own dining table…
Especially if mom clears all chairs and even sweeps the floors so you’ll have the perfect place to build till your heart’s content.
Although, you should probably know by now, if she puts this much work in creating the perfect play area for you, she probably has an ulterior motive…
But if the price of it all is just to look up and smile when she calls your name, then it’s worth it all right?
She certainly thinks so!
I remember when I first found out I was having a boy, the first thing Grizz did was take me out to the park to teach me to throw and catch a baseball. I knew one day I’d want to be able to play catch with my son.
We’re only into a couple of weeks of practice and the first game of the season, but I am pretty sure this kid has surpassed my limited baseball abilities.
I’m just happy though that I can still teach him about the rules and little nuances of my favorite sport.
I’m sure that will all change soon enough. But for now I’m just cherishing these moments of his very first baseball season.