Let them be little | Mason & Weston

It’s been a while since I’ve shared my precious boy’s with you all so I thought I would give you a session of cuteness. My how time seems to rush by before your eyes. I can remember like it was yesterday when I was laying in that hospital bed meeting each of them for the first time. I never thought I would be able to love them more than I did at those moments. I was so wrong. Both of these little boy’s will never even come close to knowing how much I love them and how grateful I am that I was chosen to be their Mommy. They both teach me so much on a daily basis and I can’t help but to think back on so many prayers where I asked for direction and answers in my life and so much uncertainty that I had, and here are my answered prayers that give me more direction and answers than I could have ever prayed for. I’m a very proud mom and all things that I do are done for them.
We were lucky enough to catch a break in the weather and get some outside time. This truck was the best investment that Santa could have ever made! They love it so much and they feel so independent on the explorations they go on.

Mason is my llittle leader. So sure of everything and willing to learn it all. He shows me how patient I really am lol! Each morning when we start our day he always makes sure that he tells me he loves me and that I am the best Mommy in the world. It’s something that I can’t live without anymore. He understands my heart and although I am the parent and the adult he provides so much for me. To his future wife (thank god this moment is so far away!), be kind and patient with my sweet boy. He will stay true to you and take care of you in more ways than you know you need. His heart will speak directly to yours and he will know what comfort and love you need before you even realize. This boy is strong in every way and when God made him I know that he made Mason to do great things, his purpose here is important. Far more important that any of us could ever understand.
Weston, the baby. He is just that. My sweet sweet kind soul that is sensitive to the core. His honesty and tenderheart are so pure. He teaches me to slow down and think things through. To enjoy each moment we have together, and each moment that I have in life. He’s a goofball and always makes me laugh. He is always putting others first and making sure that everyone is taken care of. He can be a bit of an ol’ goat sometimes but I know that it’s to remind me that he is his own person and he has his own purpose here, one that is not for me to decide or direct. It’s hard with the baby. You want to keep them little as long as you can but the baby… that’s the one that you hold on to with dear life because you know that this is or might be your last chance at a baby. Weston’s future wife will be spoiled to no end. I pray that she doesn’t take advantage of my tender hearted giving boy and appreciates every ounce of him. His heart is so kind and loving it will be hard for her to ever feel like she doesn’t have the world. This little boy saved me. From before he was brought into this world, he saved me.
What I thought was the most difficult time in my life and that I couldn’t and wouldn’t survive, I did. Both of my boy’s (and Jon Alan) kept me strong and pushing forward. When I thought I wasn’t needed or wanted they reminded me every second of every day that I was their Mommy and they not only needed me but they wanted me. Each day they filled my heart up until it ran over and then kept pouring. It’s funny how your taught that you have to teach your kids about life and when they are born it’s the opposite. They are teaching me about life. I am so glad they will have each other to grow old with. I am an only child and live my sibling life through my husband and his 6 brothers and sisters. I’m so glad my boy’s won’t grow up alone and will always have someone by their side, right or wrong! Enjoy my silly, sweet, amazing creations.

PS. We thank god everyday for Jon Alan. Without him our sparkle would be dim. The man that leads by example and teaches them more than I or anyone ever could. Thank you for showing these beautiful boy’s what love and happiness is by treating this momma like a Queen and making sure they see it. For loving them and being the best father they could ever imagine. I love you to the ends of earth, they do to. My prayers are that when they become father’s themselves, they are exactly like you!

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Family Photos | Fall 2015

It’s that time of year again for updating family photos, mini sessions, and the end of the 2015 wedding season. I do my best to try and fit in family photos when I can but sometimes it’s impossible! I love what I do and I love serving my clients but sometimes that means putting my own family on the backburner and this year I refused to do that. Thank’s to my husband and sister in law we were able to get a few photos and I have some tips for you guys for planning your family sessions that you may have coming up or that you need to schedule. Don’t be like me and skip the family photos, make time and set aside savings if you have to. Make sure you do this, you will thank me in the future for making you!
The first question I get when booking the minis for my families is “what do we wear?”. Well, whatever you want! Don’t all wear the same color or be to matchy. I say to have texture and life in your clothing. Also don’t put the fairest of skin in a lite color. Children ulness extremely blessed with a tan shouldn’t be in white or cream. I know it’s cute on pinterest but it washes kids out and colors are so much more flattering for them. When I chose our outfits I picked out my favorite shirt and an outfit that I felt comfortable in and then I dressed my boys and my husband around me. They don’t care what they wear all they care about is that I lay it out for them and that the photos are quick. No matter what your outfits are remember the reason for doing the family photos. Years from now you won’t remember your outfits or the shopping you did to find them but you will remember the session and fun you had making the memories. The next biggest piece of advice that I can give to you parents is… let life be. It’s great when you can get your 2 year old to sit still and pose for all of those pinterst board photos you picked, if you have this child please take my two and return them once trained lol! The reality is that smaller kids like to do their own thing. They are pushing their limits and what child likes to sit still? Make it fun and work with a photographer that your family is comfortable with. You wouldn’t believe the noises and silly things I do and say to get my kiddos to smile and participate for my clients sessions. IT WORKS! It has to be fun and there has to be breaks… and maybe some promises of candy or treats. Don’t judge me!
When I deliver my families photos my hope as that when they are going through them there is one that we got that mom just had to have from her pinterest board, one that makes their hearts melt, & many that make them stop and appreciate how silly, goofy, serious, and independent their kids are. This is who they are RIGHT NOW. Embrace that! My kids were comfortable since Sissy and Nalan did the photos but they are still goofy as ever. Weston blinks in 90% of the photos and Mason is always looking anywhere but at the camera. There are always funny faces or hands/fingers where they aren’t suposed to be. What matters is that they 1. are doing this for me 2. they are being THEM. I love them for who they are and although a perfect family photo to some may be sitting still and posing perfectly but for me it’s those goofy boys with silly faces and a husband who sticks his tongue out in every third shot. They love me and they showed up and that’s what matters.
Here are a few from our session. Yes we trespassed but we didn’t hurt anyone and the No Trespassing sign was on the building not in the field. We also didn’t go near the train. Again, don’t judge me! Thank you again to my sister in law for snapping these for us! The one of Jon Alan and I is my new favorite!

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Family Time

This weekend was full of rain and fun! The boys and I enjoyed ice cream from a super secret small town place called CJ’s Ice Cream. It’s beyond awesome stuff. We learned about this place from a facebook post and decided to try it out. I’m so glad we did. Hands down the best soft serve and service around. You pull up, you order at the window, and then you sit together at the picnic tables and enjoy. We all have different favorites and say we’re going to try something new the next time but why fix it if it is’nt broke right!? We love this place, if you live near Caroline County Virginia it is absolutly worth the trip to try. It rained all day Saturday so we didn’t do much but watch movies and order pizza. A lot of goofing off and laughing. It was amazing. Sunday we all woke up and went to bible study, ran some errands, & then we picked blackberries where we live. The boys all love being outside and if they get to play in the mud and go on an adventure that is even better. We gathered the blackberries (well they did, I was to busy capturing the memory lol) then made blackberry cobbler. It was a lot of fun seeing the boys enjoy something that they worked on. I think it’s important for them to be exposed to more than just the tv and internet. Jon Alan is great with stuff like this, me I’m more of a let’s go here and there and do something rather than a backyard adveturer. Non the less the boys always have a great time. As does Jon Alan and I.
If you wonder what I’m doing when I’m not off for a wedding weekend, this is a pretty good glimpse. I adore my family and love spending all the time that I can with them. These boys are the reason I breathe. I couldn’t ask for anything more. Today in bible study we looked at “healing”. We read scripture about those that were healed. At one point in my life I prayed for healing. He answered. He gave me my boys and Jon Alan. How lucky am I? I’ve been healed ever since. I’m so thankful. I’m so blessed. I’m so loved. I hope you all have had a great weekend. If you are like me you are beyond done with these horrible storms. I think we are good until Thursday for those, thank goodness. I hope you all have a great week and if you are in need of some healing… pray, believe, & give thanks. Until next time. Please enjoy some photos of my loves. If they don’t bring a smile to your face I don’t know what will. P.S. If you don’t know my husband already, here you will learn that he is hardly ever in a shirt or shoes. It makes him happy so it makes me happy!

Enjoy!

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Happy Fathers Day!

Happy Fathers Day to all of the dads! I hope that you get to enjoy your day spending time with those little ones (or big ones) that gave you that amazing title. I’d like to tell my father Happy Fathers Day also. I am a daddy’s girl to the core, always have been. My mom never understood it but that’s the way it is. In my book he’s the best dad and I’m thankful for him every day. By the way, he just celebrated a birthday! Another man I am over the moon about is my husband Jon Alan. Anyone that knows him knows that he is such a great dad to Mason and Weston and is a big softie when it comes to those littles. The boy’s adore him so much and I love seeing them following in Jon Alan’s footsteps and growing to be great just as he is. Their favorite thing to do right now is visit Kings Dominion and go “castin”. They love to do just about anything together and I love watching them. Every day Jon Alan picks them up first thing after work and I love hearing about them talking about their day’s. Asking a million questions as littles do. They take all information in that they can get and it amazes me how smart they are and how much they really do take in and use already in their young little lives. So, here is to all of the dads! Thank you for being great role models, best friends, and our biggest super heros. Let’s not forget my Grandfather Frank who from the time I was very small has had my heart and my father in law Jon Sr., each of these men mean so much to the boys & I.

“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds”

Hebrews 10:24

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Our wedding day images courtesy of Hartleigh Jane Photography & Audrey Lea Photography