EVENT: Puppy dog tails and turning ONE!

As I approached the house, I noticed the puppy dog foot prints in chalk leading up to the door. This little one year old is infatuated with all things dogs and his momma decided to capitalize on that idea for his sweet little party! 

She has everything from puppy chow to M & Ms with his cute little face printed on them. I walked inside and was met with his chubby little cheeks, as if he knew what all the hubbub was about!

I love the excitement and love that is demonstrated during little ones' birthday parties...it's in these moments that we truly understand the gratefulness for their presence...for the unbelievable love we never thought we'd have the capability to attain...the hearts that burst because life will never be the same and you can't imagine life without this precious little one...and so we celebrate!!!

This party might have been all about "puppies" as you looked from the outside...but, it was full of lives that have been forever changed...and hearts that are forever grateful...

And...as an added bonus...

He navigated the heat very well on his special day...and that was helped with the added gift of a water table, which he partook with great delight!

Enjoy!

Happy birthday little guy!


















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FAMILY SESSION: mansions in heaven :)

We cram a LOT into a little bit of time. 

We really only see G and Sara and their family about once a year...twice if we're lucky. 

When we first had our kiddos, I don't think we saw each other for years...we were just surviving through the toddler years...

and then, once the constant "physical" nature of parenting had lessened some, we tried to connect a bit more often...

the funny thing is, life just speeds up at this point...you find that weekends are packed with soccer games and youth activities...weekdays are filled with practices, homework and "hang out time" for your teens...and let's not forget that you actually have to work in there too...

The point is, it is difficult to see friends and family in this stage of life, unless they happen to live right next door...which isn't the case for either of our families...

We try to text and keep in touch over social media, but as mommas, we are monitoring not only our own accounts, but those of our teenagers too...so, we don't have the luxury of conversation and together-time too frequently. 

That's why, a few years ago, when it worked out to start sending our older girls to camp in order to hang out with the younger ones, we jumped at the chance to turn our camp travel into a spontaneous vacation time together...

and we've kept it up for the past 3 years.

Our entire families are only together for less than 12 hours...so before we ship off the older crew, we try to squeeze in a quick mini session to document the year for them!

I can't say it isn't without crying from laughing so hard or ridiculous antics from Uncle G...but, we somehow get it done between our 7 hour road trip, dinner and repacking the van for the next day camp drop off. 

I love their family dynamics...I love their commitment to one another...and I just love THEM...all of them! I'm beyond grateful for a lifelong friendship...and I really hope God lets us have mansions next door in heaven :) 







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FAMILY SESSION: A Great Dane sort of Day!

I've been photographing these sisters since baby girl was a wee little one...and NOW, they added a new "girl" to their bunch. 

Izzy is as Great Dane and a beauty at that!

We wanted to get just a few shots with Izzy in the middle, but Izzy was loving the attention, so we ended up with more than just a couple :) 

From twirling in their pretty dresses...to climbing in trees...to running through the grass barefoot with their newest family member...

I love the memories that these girls make each summer with me...their momma has a wall (or perhaps a couple) showcasing their beautiful faces, as the years go by. She knows well that time seems to fly by...

Each daughter has a different interest, a different personality, and her own way to looking at things...

I have loved watching them grow...













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