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My Week(314) in iPhone Photos

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

Late again. Honestly, for most of the week it was a miracle I kept my family alive, there was no chance of me blogging. I don’t talk about politics much here, partly because it doesn’t come up when I’m mostly sharing photos of my family, partly out of a desire to avoid conflict and partly so my parents don’t have to constantly pray for my soul (we have…very different opinions on many things). But in this case I feel like I need to be clear: I am devastated and shocked, to a degree that has surprised me. I wasn’t at all prepared for these feelings and I’m struggling. I don’t expect my blogging schedule will get any better in the next few weeks.

Sunday:

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Caroline’s favorite hobby

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Still gotta catch ’em all

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The location of one of my best photoshoots to date

Monday:

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Couch naps are happening here more and more

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Sure, why WOULDN’T you hit me with a stick?

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Trick or treating

Tuesday:

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This bear was such an excellent purchase

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Bus stop hand holding

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Edit all day, edit all night

Wednesday:

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We really like fall

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One of the last days where the sun doesn’t set before 5 pm

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Rolls on rolls

Thursday:

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Snuggle all day

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These pants tho

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Evan’s face when Linc meets him at the bus

Friday:

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His head is SO ROUND

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Someone found the donut holes

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Card night

Saturday:

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Every kid at mini sessions asked if this was a haunted cabin

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I love working

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I do not love this new hairstylist

I’ve spent the last two morning in Mystic, enjoying the fall weather and sunshine and refusing to let myself wallow. They also sell fudge. That might be the real reason I’ve managed to drag myself out of bed.

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Monday, December 7th, 2015

Sorry, planning a party, no time to remember anything else including my blog, my children and where I put my keys.

Sunday:

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CUTEST PRINT EVER

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My town can be pretty cute

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Driving directly into the sun – scenic but inconvenient 

Monday:

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The only time he is EVER still

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We introduced Evan to video games

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SO HELPFUL

Tuesday:

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He’s pretending to be the more mature one

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I MADE THOSE WHICH IS NOT AT ALL CRAZY

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Editing and watching Arrow, two of my favorites

Wednesday:

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HAPPY PEPPERMINT SEASON (ignore my nails)

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Thank goodness he loves sleeping

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Caroline is in that box

Thursday:

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Doin’ important baby work

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SURE HAVE A COOKIE JUST STAND STILL

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She’s very excited Darth Vader is on her pajamas

Friday:

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Post-flu-shot faces

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She got send home from school for “feeling sick”

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Hot chocolate stirring spoons: chocolate marshmallow, white chocolate peppermint, salted caramel

Ok, be back next week when I can think straight again and not spend all my time trying to imagine Nutcracker themed names for various cookies.

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Sunday, October 25th, 2015

I was going to do this an hour ago but then I decided to watch The Walking Dead and (no spoilers) now I don’t  really feel like it. EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE.

Sunday:

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Ok, sure, I GUESS you can bring that birthday party snack in the car

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BEEP BEEP

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Sunsets this week have been amazing

Monday:

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He would sleep in a mountain of blankets

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I let Evan walk to the end of the street to put something in the mailbox and he was really excited

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Being a big kid

Tuesday:

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A murder of crows, circling the bus stop.

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He’s reaching for a leaf in my hand, he doesn’t actually know how to look at a camera

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This is their new favorite game

Wednesday:

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This was outside my house all day, and after a lot of peeking out the windows to see what happened I think the elderly man who rented the apartment in that house passed away. So not interesting, just super sad.

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Bare feets

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Being a scary ghost

Thursday:

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View from Bluff Point

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View from Avery Point

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Very nicely sharing the Panera buzzer

Friday:

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Toddler friends

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It was VERY COLD by the ocean for my evening session

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Even my husband got this right, and he doesn’t even care about my garden

Saturday:

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The faerie village was amazing

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Oh ok, go ahead and look 15

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ORCHARD WEDDING YOU GUYS SO MANY PICTURES COMING SOON CONGRATS JACKIE I NEED TO STOP YELLING

I am seriously drowning in photography work, which is both good (yay money! yay doing a thing I love!) and bad (my house is a disaster! we have no food!). I have a dress I need to return – by mail! I don’t even have to go to the store! – and it’s been sitting on my table for a week because remembering to put it in a package is too much. I suppose I could stop planning any fun fall stuff for the family and JUST take care of my messy house and grocery shopping, but that doesn’t sound fun either.

Just a couple more weeks and then it will be way too cold for anyone to want photos…right?

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Just A Mommy

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
caroline dressed as a mommy-8

Mommy uniform: Messy bun, cardi, statement necklace, leggings, boots, phone in her purse, camera and of course, her Baby Jesus.

 

A few weeks ago, my daughter had a career day at school. When I asked her what she wanted to be, I was only half listening, since in my head I was trying to figure out what dress up we could repurpose as “Doctor” or “President” or “Nobel Peace Prize Winner”.

“A MOMMY!” she shouted.

I have been a stay-at-home-mom for 6 years now. I wipe tushies and noses and hands. I do laundry, then some more laundry, then do all the laundry again. I take kids to ballet and swim and doctor’s appointments and baby signs and birthday parties. I cut coupons and make lists and menu plans and 12 trips to the grocery store and then still end up serving tacos and spaghetti two nights a week.

I wear a lot of yoga pants.

“Oh,” I said. “A mommy,” I said. “But wouldn’t you like to be something else AND a mommy?? You don’t have to be JUST a mommy.”

I flinched when I said it. The words floated out of my mouth and hung right in front of my face where I thought about how it was a stupid thing to say. I know better.

Being a mom isn’t just keeping children alive – although some days that is all I seem to manage. We can’t just feed and clothe them, we have to raise them up and impart everything we know into their empty heads. We are turning small squishy lumps of need into tiny humans who then turn into actual real humans and grow up to be, well, everything. We teach patience because one day they’ll need it while discovering the gene that cures cancer. We teach kindness because one day they might build hospitals for villages in need. We teach the alphabet so they can write the great American novel. We clean up a zillion finger paint messes so they can become great artists. Someone right now is wiping the butt of a future president.

I want Caroline to know that she has the option to be whatever she wants when she grows up, especially right now when she’s capable of dreaming about future careers without worrying about their practicality. I remember telling my mother I was going to be a ballerina marine biologist and her saying “That is a great idea”. I want her to find a passion and explore it and love it and then change her mind. I want her to change her mind a million and one times before she actually finds a career. I want her to reach for the stars…or the bottom of the sea…or the top of a mountain…or wherever it is that super successful and happy people reach. Because as cliche as it sounds, I only want her to be happy.

I don’t want anyone to ever tell my daughter she HAS to be a mother or that she can ONLY be a mother, but if she wants to be a mother – even if she wants to be JUST a mommy – then I would be very, very proud of her.

When she came home from career day, I asked her what her friends dressed up as. “Logan was a motorcycle guy!” she explained, “And all the girls were princesses!”

So maybe Mommy is a bold choice for a 4 year old after all.

And hey, I must make being a mommy look like a lot of fun if it’s something she’s looking forward to. Although it might just be because she wants to be the boss.

caroline dressed as a mommy

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My Week(209) in iPhone Photos

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

I’m going to go against popular opinion here and say I LOVE the extra hour we get with fall back. I was exhausted at 10 pm last night so I went to sleep, and then woke up on my own 15 minutes before the alarm. It felt positively leisurely. I have no idea if my children got an extra hour of sleep, because they know better than to come wake me up unless the house is on fire.

Sunday:

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Being awesome at the aquarium

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His favorite part of the aquarium is the Titanic, which is creepier when he’s dressed like a shark

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She shouted “I’m the queen mermaid of the world!!”

Monday:

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Our favorite rainbow at our favorite store

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Do I have something on my face?

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My assistants for an evening shoot

Tuesday:

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Beautiful spot for a morning photo shoot

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“Nursing” her puppy is very zen

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Beautiful spot for an evening photo shoot

Wednesday:

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What are we going to do today Mom? Oh right, more photoshoots.

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Slightly less scenic in this photo, but the pictures are AWESOME.

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They cannot stop themselves from kicking leaves

Thursday:

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My attempt at fancy hair was a flop

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We are not fans of having to sit through swim clss

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I’m not sure he actually even LIKES Panera, but he loves the buzzer

Friday:

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Halloween legs

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Halloween shirt

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Halloween night! I’m a fisherman, he’s a goldfish.

Saturday:

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I took Saturday off. Caroline watched Linc for me.

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I’m only sort of kidding.

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Although I still care of his favorite thing. Look at that baby smile.

The weekend was not at ALL relaxing due to a broken computer and a broken forehead, so I’m playing as much catch up as I can today. (Both are much better today, fingers crossed they stay that way.) I have zero photo shoots scheduled this week as of right now, but FIVE blog posts to write. Considering I can’t even get this one posted in a timely manner, it’s amazing anyone still reads. Maybe no one does. Maybe you’re all spambots. Or my mother. Hi Mom!

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