The R Family’s Birthday Girl

I had the pleasure of photographing this family and their beautiful little girl who had celebrated her first birthday the day before.  This little darling was so fun to be around and her parents just couldn’t get enough of her.  My favorite kind of photo shoot!

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And when she had her costume change, there was time for a few chubby naked baby shots–another reason this shoot was so great!  Naked babies are my favorite!

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Happy birthday, little T!

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The Many Faces Of Jax

Does anyone else ever think that the mind/personality/energy of a five-year-old boy is just plain crazy, beyond explanation?  Jax has more shades to his attitude than I can measure.  From crazy to darling to sweet and considerate to a one-boy-wrecking machine, I never know what to expect from my Jax.

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 He is a complete people-person, who loves to interact and meet and impress passersby, and also a boy who is completely satisfied in his own skin, in his own company.  It’s like minute by minute you can see his growth and introspection as he tries to figure out how he fits into this family, this life, this world.  Pushing boundaries, regressing to his most instinctive behavior, crawling into bed for a snuggle or fervently denying any assistance whatsoever: that is what it means to be Jax.  Perfectly paradoxical.

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Love this boy who made me a mama.  He keeps me on my toes, but it’s where I love to be.

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Handprint Butterfly (For Two!)

So when big cousins are here visiting for a week, inevitably at times the clan gets divided by interest or by gender just because that’s the nature of having a group of five kids ages 1-14.  One afternoon Jax was determined to “teach” his big cousin Christian how to play the Wii, so the ladies and I headed outside on the deck for a little arts and crafts leisure time.  Erika picked out a craft she’d like to try on Pinterest, and we put our own twist on it by making one handprint butterfly with two sets of hands: Erika’s hands were the big wings, and Em’s hands made the little ones.

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Came out pretty cute, huh?

So first I painted Em’s hands the colors of her choice, and then she placed them thumb to thumb to form the lower wings of a butterfly.

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Then I let Em paint Erika’s hands.  I think that was her favorite part!

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Little H didn’t know what was going on but I gave her a paintbrush and dry watercolors and she “painted” alongside us.  And yes, in case you’re wondering, I am the kind of mom who lets her kids paint in white dresses.  Doesn’t everyone?

Then we pressed Erika’s hands atop Em’s, turned the other way to be the upper portion of the wings, and then painted a butterfly body and antennae.

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After much discussion, we decided against outlining the wings in marker as I was going to do and settled for a sweet smiley face when the paint was dry instead.

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This was the perfect gift for Grandma (who snatched it right up the moment my niece showed it to her), or for Mom made by two siblings or for a child and her best friend!  Nothing better than a piece of art that shows how two people lift each other up in life and in love!  Art with a loving message.

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At The Carwash

My favorite part of summer has to be the way everyday activities become family adventures when the two big kids want to join in for every single thing that Daddy does, no matter how mundane.  Washing the cars is very high on their list of awesome things that only Daddy usually gets to do.  Getting to help is a very big treat!

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Little H is still too unsure of herself in the yard with all the uneven ground, so I parked her safely in her very favorite place–her little red wagon, where she could watch and feel part of the fun.

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The kids had a ball and worked very hard!  Isn’t it funny how much harder they’ll work when it’s their own idea?  I need to remember that!

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Eventually, Little H wanted more freedom so we moved to the grass and played around…

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…until the lure of the car was just too much for her.  Since I wouldn’t let her use the hose or climb around the car, we did the next best thing and hung out inside while everyone cleaned around us.  She loved it!

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Our own little private carwash!

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Busy Being Awesome

Sorry if I am a bit absent this week, but my niece and nephew are here and we are busy being awesome.  Skipping rocks, soaking in sunshine, swimming in rivers awesome.

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Love these two!

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Just Another Day On The Farm

On a lovely summer day after Jax got out of school, the kids and I took a picnic lunch and headed to our nearby dairy farm to say hello to all the animal friends.

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We go there every year, and every year I get sucked into that good old Vermont sunshine and remind myself that life up here just ain’t so bad.

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Little H was pretty impressed with the cows and horses, crying “Moooo!” to her heart’s content.  But there was something about the sheep that she did not care for and the only thing that could settle her down was lunch.  Maybe they made her hungry.

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We went inside the Billings Farm museum and talked about how life in Vermont has changed over time, with Em exclaiming over the maple syrup exhibit (you know, since she’s an expert) and Jax was very intrigued by the farm equipment.  The kids ran and stretched and learned and breathed in all the goodness and fresh air a day at the farm can bring.

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Loving life in the sun with these three!

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Q-Tip Art For Everyone

Having all three kids at home has put a bit of a cramp on my arts and crafts style; I assumed Little H was too young to do anything but eat the paint or stuff crayons up her nose, and the big kids are way more interested in playing outside than sitting quietly at the kitchen table.  But after a few rainy days I knew that the kids were tired of doing the same old thing, and I decided to risk getting Little H involved in the name of creativity.  So I pulled out an old standby–painting with Q-tips!

I shouldn’t have worried about Little H, although she did give the paint a taste or two.  She was psyched to be included in the fun!

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The big kids were happy to have some quiet play; they even asked me to trace a design in pencil so they could express the picture they had in mind.  Jax got frustrated quickly because the Q-tips were taking too long to fill in his Tranformers symbol, so he switched to a regular paintbrush, but Em thought a spotted elephant was just the way to go.

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My littlest Picasso made her first-ever painting (and you’ve got to love her little toes on the table!).  Sometimes a little work to prepare a craft is worth every contemplative and creative moment thereafter.

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