Scissor Skills Pumpkins

I’ve been looking for a fun Halloween craft that wouldn’t be too messy or labor intensive for my afternoon exhausted big kids.  As usual, Nurture Store had just the thing.  Scissor Skills Pumpkins!

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I loved these because they are cute and the kids could do them in the living room with no real mess or fuss.  While they were watching TV I made dotted lines down orange paper to help Jax and Em cut the paper into strips.  Then I asked them to cut down the dotted lines (dotted so they were less likely to show up with any inevitable errors in the cutting).  Em gave this project her full attention; Jax did not.  Typical.

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Hence Jax’s strips are a little…shall we say…asymmetrical.  And this was after I helped clean them up a bit.  Again I say, typical Jax.

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Then you take all your strips and put them in a star shape with the help of a brass brad to hold them together.  Then you cut out a little green stem out of green paper and have your little helpers curve the strips to create a spherical shape pumpkin.  Secure the top with another brad.  Make sure the paper stem is on top.

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Finally, let your kids make jack-o-lantern faces and voila!  A festive decoration that they didn’t even realize was helping improve their fine motor skills.  And cooperation skills, too, because this was definitely a group effort.

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Well done, my little pumpkins!

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Fantastic Fall Family Photos

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: having a family who chooses to have me take their photos not once, not twice, but several times, is nothing but the greatest compliment they could pay me.  Getting to watch their family grow and knowing them well makes the experience such a pleasure.  And when the family’s home looks like something out of a Sears portrait backdrop, it makes my job a breeze.

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Such fantastic fall photos!

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18 Months 2 Days

I had to take photos of Little H on this day, the day she turned 18 months and 2 days old, because that is exactly how old Jax was when Em was born.  And since I thought he was “so big” then, I needed to do a bit of a comparison study to see just how big babies this age are.


Turns out, not very big!  See?  They still love their binkies and their blankies aren’t filthy disgusting rotten yet (although they will be soon considering they are dragged everywhere, even outside).  If it’s one of my kids, his or her hair doesn’t even need to be cut yet.  They still put random things in their mouths and if you didn’t have baby gates, kids this age would currently be en route to the ER.  Little did I know when I thought Jax was “so big,” that in fact he was really so little.


And here they all are, as close to exactly 18 months as I could get, all with their binkies.  Shocker.

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All my babies, all so very little!  What was I thinking to have another so soon?!

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Hello Again

Hi! I’ve been absent this long weekend because I’ve been hanging out with darlings such as my Wild At Heart (capital letters required) niece, Stella.


So after a great, family-filled, happy weekend, I’ll be back in full effect tomorrow.  Until then, enjoy that cuteness.

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Picky Picky

Remember that afternoon I had alone to myself with Little H?  Well, we didn’t just hit the beach.  Before that we worked up a sweat “picking” blueberries–and by picking, I mainly mean she walked around and pointed to them and either ate them immediately or squished them and dropped them on the ground.  Developmentally appropriate, right?  At least we had fun.

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Rare moments alone with Little H are each and every one a blessing.  I am currently in a state of high appreciation of every nanosecond of her babyhood, so every unstable step between blueberry bushes, every delighted exclamation or attempt to count the number of berries on a branch is incredibly dear to my Mommy heart.  Call me sappy, but this is my last baby and I’m going to make every memory count.

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Oh, and she’s gosh darn cute.  Can you blame me?


Love her and her impetuous spirit, her enthusiasm about life and her darling self.  So incredibly grateful to have her.


Our special baby girl.

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Bye, Balloon!

I don’t always admit it, but we’ve got a good thing going in our town.  It’s safe, it’s rural, there’s lots of places for the kids to roam and explore, and oh, yeah, we see an awful lot of these.


Which, when you’re 19 months, is a really big deal.


I know all kids love balloons, but hot air balloon sightings on a weekly, if not sometimes close to daily, basis?  Well that’s just pure happiness to Little H.  Sometimes she just points to the sky and declares, “Balloon!” as if we could conjure one up out of thin air if we wanted to, which sometimes, we kind of can.



Bye, balloon!


Happiness complete.

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Cousin’s Cousin

Here is a photo shoot I have been looking forward to sharing.  I enjoy what I do and love when I feel like I’ve delivered some really great photos that the family will appreciate and perhaps even frame.  I especially like it when I myself really love the photos and feel like they are true to the type of photos I want to take.  And I really REALLY love it when the family I am photographing is dear to me, and I know who they are as people, and can try to capture a sense of that in my photographs.  That’s when I feel like a shoot isn’t work at all.


This little love bug will one day be my kids’ cousins’ cousin.  Get it?  They will have a cousin in common, namely my sister’s future children.  So this little guy will be at family events and celebrations for years to come.  His parents attended my wedding, and I just know that there will be lots of children-intermingling in our future.  That’s why I was so glad to be able to capture them at this very special time when Little G is still so new.  Not that you’d know it to be around them, because they are basically some of the most easy-going new parents I have ever met.

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That is definitely why Little G is such a good-tempered baby.  Everyone around him is so busy loving on him; there’s no stress.

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Thanks for sharing him, Greg, Liz, and Auntie Amanda!  He’s a pretty awesome guy!


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