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A Very Special D-A-D

This year, as for the past few years, I made a photo collage of the kids holding letters that spell out the word “DAD” as a Father’s Day gift for JDubbs.  This year I didn’t overthink it, didn’t coordinate their outfits, just handed them a letter and hoped for the best.  I think the low pressure situation worked out just fine and helped capture a bit of who they really are!

Here are some of the outtakes:

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D-A-D for Father's Day gift

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Until I got the ones I wanted.  Real expressions, beautiful kids, all grateful for a very special Dad.

Father's Day photo Collage with letters D-A-D

We love you, JDubbs!  Hope you had a wonderful Father’s Day!

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Loving D-A-D

 Just like last year, the kids and I created a photographic present for Daddy this Father’s Day.  A way for him to look back on how darling his kids were when they were four, three, and a wee babe, and how much we all love him.

I had them all sit nicely in their Sunday best and got a few practice shots.



Then I gave them the letters to spell DAD which I then put into a collage and framed for JDubbs, Daddy extraordinaire.  Here are the outtakes.





And the final product, framed with some loving words from the family that couldn’t do without you, JDubbs!  Thank you so much for absolutely everything that you do.  We love you so much, which you can tell because nothing short of making Daddy happy could have enticed these kids into sitting so still for this long! 5 Happy Father’s Day to you and all the amazing fathers out there, especially those I love!

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A Gift For D-A-D

The other day I teased you with a photo of our great Father’s Day gift for JDubbs.  I had seen this one on Pinterest and couldn’t wait to get the right combination of good weather and my kids’ behavior to achieve the vision that was in my head.  I went to JoAnn Fabrics and bought three wooden letters D-A-D (I know I only needed two, but I bought all three in case someone wanted to use them for a photo shoot and they actually did).  Then I painted them blue and waited for the opportunity to take photos of the kids holding the “D” separately, and the “A” together.

These are the ones that didn’t make the cut; either Em wasn’t looking at the camera or she wasn’t showing the letter enough, or the shot just wasn’t what I was looking for.

I actually like the one of her looking at the letter, but since the one I chose of Jax was of him looking away from the camera, I thought having one of them looking directly at me would be better.

Getting Jax to participate was absolutely pulling teeth and involved all sorts of bribery, but in the end I was pleased with several of them.

And then there was “A,” which had its own problems because either Jax wanted nothing to do with his sister or she was absolutely glowering.  Her eyebrows were touching her nose, I think.

Too bad because Jax looks perfect!  She was miserable; I don’t even remember why.  Probably because he was looking at her or something.

But in the end, these were the ones I chose and ordered them in a collage on Shutterfly.  Above it said, “Happy Father’s Day, Daddy!” and then “We Love You!” underneath.  Put it in a 11×14″ collage from Kmart and we had an absolutely adorable Father’s Day gift.

So pin this for the next time you have to tell the man you love how much you care!  And you can always do it every year and watch how the kids grow!

We love you, JDubbs!  Thank you for being such an amazing D-A-D!

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Family Love

What started out as our annual Father’s Day photo gift showing how much we love Daddy, which is just shocking when you compare it to years past (who are these children and when did they get so darn big??) turned into a fabulous family-filled Father’s Day weekend with cousins and memories galore.  I hope our very favorite Daddy of all enjoyed his celebration!

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They spent days at the pool and evenings laughing and riding bikes in the driveway with cousins, and with all five of them at Nana and Papa’s house, it was a bustling, funny weekend to remember.  Who brought the Nerf guns??

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I tried desperately to get all five of them to take a decent photo together.  But when you are nearly 8, nearly 7, just six, almost 4 and just 3, following directions can be a bore.  A for effort, though, my loves!

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I could show you the two photos I took at the Quechee Hot Air Balloon Festival, before all hell broke loose and we left with two girls absolutely losing their minds and crying their eyes out over sand art and lemonade, but that wouldn’t be the real story.  The real story is that Jason and I high-tailed it out of there as quickly as our exhausted children could follow, crashing from late evening fun with family and long days in the sun.  This wasn’t the year for portraits, but these kids sure do love each other, as we love the best Daddy in the world, JDubbs.


We’ll just keep those memories in our mental memory boxes this year, shall we?

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Thank You & 15 Moments of Parenting Shame

Five years ago today, Rub Some Dirt On It came into existence as it is now known, for consumption outside of my family circle.


It’s been an amazing learning curve, a wonderfully supportive community, a platform for photography, and an online baby book for three incredible humans.  Thank you for joining me on this journey, and for all your support, whether it’s following along here, on social media, commenting, sharing, or just reading.  I appreciate each and every one of you! 400,000 page views is not something I could have done alone!

In celebration, here are ten hilarious stories of motherhood: bumps, bruises and all!  Please revel in my shame and know that you, too, are not alone!

  1. Full Disclosure: Pooping On The Slide & I Almost Fled To Canada
  2. The Tale of Shopping at Walmart Before a Snowstorm
  3. Why Sometimes Cocktails At 8:29 a.m. Are Valid
  4. The Time Em Was Super Ungrateful
  5. I Can’t Hack Working Outside The Home
  6. Potty Talk and a Drive-By
  7. Mothers Don’t Get Sick Days
  8. The Time Jax Pooped On The Floor at the Library
  9. Bitchy Other Moms Suck
  10. Side Effects of Growing Up Rural
  11. The Time Someone Let My Kid Play In Pee
  12. If Only…
  13. The Time I Threw Part of Em’s Body Down a Manhole
  14. The Day I Became A Local At Friendly’s
  15. When I Realize I’m Doing Okay
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Father’s Day Mini Session

Over the years I have recreated a Father’s Day present for JDubbs to show how our kids have grown over time, and it occurred to me that perhaps others would want to get in on the fun as well!  After all, I have the letters, and a beautiful town for photos!  So why not do another round of mini sessions, this time in celebration of Father’s Day? Father's Day Collage 5 PicMonkey-Collage

 Below are the details to take advantage of this very special opportunity!

The mini sessions will take place Saturday, May 30th (with a potential rain date of Sunday, May 31st) and Monday, June 1st (with a rain date of June 2nd) from 5-7 pm in Quechee.  I will be in an assigned spot and you will meet me there at your appointed time.  Each slot will be 15 minutes and will be portraits of your loved ones holding the light blue letters D-A-D and one group shot.  You will be assigned a time slot for which you cannot cancel or miss.  Once you sign your contract, you are obligated to pay the $40 fee or find someone to fill in for you if you cannot attend.  Your slot cannot be rescheduled.

Here is what the package will entail:

 – One 15 minute session

– 4 full resolution digital images for you to print at your leisure sent via digital download.  We will spend the last few minutes of the shoot selecting your images to edit.

– The opportunity to make a la carte purchases from the Rebecca Whitney Photography gallery, including digital downloads, until the end of June 2015.


The slots will be filled in the order in which people responded to the Upper Valley Kid Swap post, first come first serve.

I am looking forward to working with you to create lasting gifts that your loved ones will cherish for a lifetime!

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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing men in our lives, including grandfathers, uncles, friends, and loved ones, especially my dad Grampy Woo and JDubb’s dad Papa!  We don’t know where we’d be without your guidance, love, and support, and of course, fun!

And where would we be without the best Daddy these three could ever ask for?

Father's Day Collage

He is the perfect man, husband, and Daddy to complete our family.  We love you so, JDubbs!  Enjoy your day!

Click here to see D-A-D photographs from years past!

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