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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Family Portraits From Spring

I've finally been catching up just a bit on blogging. Here are some highlights of our family portraits we had taken by Rosa Ashdown last April at Bennett Place. Halfway through our Sunday morning photo session a Confederate General and a Union General each on horseback meandered by, tipping the hats to us and wishing us a good morning and urging us to join them at the church service they were on their way to. Just another day below the Mason Dixie Line. 

And yes, I'm fully aware Caroline is missing in a lot of these. She would absolutely not cooperate no matter we tried bribing her. Par for the course with toddlers, right? Rosa was so gracious and sweet regardless of Caroline's bad mood.  And still managed to capture so many beautiful images. Thanks, Rosa!

Oh and full disclosure here. I grew up going to the surrendering re-enactments and charge re-enactments at Bennett Place. And even fuller disclosure I dressed appropriately in, ahem, Civil War era garb. Because when you live in the South it's just a normal weekend activity.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Emily Kate at 9 months

Emily Kate, being your mama is such a joy. It's also teaching me oh so much about patience and perspective.

You are sweet as sugar- smiley, cuddly. But also a very testing little bit as you and sleep don't get on too well and honestly haven't for months. But you are more than worth this temporary trial.

Your favorites include: eating- you just love food, being worn in the Ergo, playing with and watching your big sissy, and nursing with or being held by mama. Mama trumps all in your mind and heart right now and I treasure that. It won't last long I know.

9 month stats: 20 lbs 77th percentile, height 97th percentile (currently accepting modeling contracts or college basketball scholarships...just kidding on both counts), clothing size 18-24 months. 

Development: you are crawling fast all over the place, pulling up on everything and figuring out how to use your walker- got to keep up with sissy. You say "mama" likes it's your job and sometimes grace Daddy with his name "ada". You will not sit still for a book and never have, sigh. But you love standing on your tippy toes to pluck out notes on the piano. 

Though the nights have been sleepless for mama, I couldn't imagine our family without you. Love you always and forever, my big baby girl.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

BSP 5 Generations

Been a while since I've posted a photography shoot, but here's one I did recently that was a joy from start to finish. I had the rare opportunity to photograph five count 'em FIVE generations of beautiful women. So grateful for this opportunity. Here's a look at our photo session at WRAL's Azalea Gardens in Raleigh...

Many thanks to this sweet family for allowing me the joy of capturing these memories for your family.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Throwback Thursday

Summer '14 at The Museum of Life & Sciences 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

It's Been A While...

It's been a while since I've blogged. I've had my hands and heart full with two handfuls known as Caroline and Emily Kate. So here's a little look at life lately...

Fun at KidZu in Chapel Hill...making guitars in music class, learning about the major scale, and reading books in the tree house. 

Artsy adventures at Bull City Craft. Painting, playing in the rainbow rice table, and coloring with homemade crayons. Oh and smiling. Emily Kate is a smiler. And apparently not a sleeper, but I suppose we all need a good flaw now and then to keep things grounded. 

Introducing the girls to the site of our wedding and therefore such sweet memories, Duke Chapel. Caroline absolutely loved it. Emily Kate just smiled. (and didn't sleep. At least she's consistent). 

But you don't always have to leave the house to have fun, am I right? Reading books with Aunt Chelsea (thank you for the amazing books by the way!!), feeding our horse (which required a very big bow on either side of the head), watching the Nutcracker ballet, and yup you guessed it, another grin (and no sleep, she was suppose to be napping when I took that one. Consistency.)

Playing on our back patio, eating "candy" aka fruit leathers, hugging the dog statues at the mall (and picking up lots of lovely germs while we're at it) and pretending to read magazines at the dentists office. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Throwback Thursday

Summer '14 at Whole Foods Market Durham with my sweet spunky girl. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Emily Kate at 3 Months

Emily Kate, you are a joy to my soul...

You have a smile that just lights up heart and soul. Perhaps we should have named you "Joy" because you are just brimming with joyful smiles. I hope that is a disposition you never ever lose. 

You are not a great sleeper. Okay, to be honest sleep has been a struggle. But I know these baby days are fleeting and I won't be tired for ever. You're worth it. More than worth it. And it's hard to be grumpy about not sleeping much when you light up with joyful smiles at the sight of mommy, daddy, or big sissy. 

I pray that you love Jesus and become good lifelong friends with your sweet big sister. She does her best to be kind towards you and take care of you. Telling me you need mommy milk when you cry or running to fetch you a toy or blanket. She doesn't like to see you sad. And she often checks with me when we're out and about, "Mommy, Emily Kate?" She wants to make sure I haven't forgotten you and left you behind. 

And you're also well over 3 months old now. But better late than never finally getting around to posting these photos, right? 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Sisters in Jammies

"You know full well as I do the value of sisters' affections: There is nothing like it in this world." - Charlotte Bronte

I sure do hope they become friends for life.