Seeing as how I love to take pictures of other people and their families I often have the bright idea of taking pictures of my very own kiddies. And although it seems to be tons of fun for them, it s t r e s s e sme out! You see, other peoples normally rambunctious, wall bouncing, tantruming kids will usually listen to me. I'm a total stranger to them, they don't know how much they can get away with quite yet. And my kids are no different. BUT whenmom is trying to take a nice picture, where they're all looking, all smiling, all getting along. I m p o s s i b l e.
Well, nearly impossible. I do have a handful here that I love...
and when the weather turns warm-ish, I'm sure we'll attempt to do this again... ;)
....when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
― Dr. Seuss
I've had the pleasure of attending a few photo sessions with the very talented Sarah Amaral. She is an amazing, loving, inspiring, creative, talented, beautiful young lady. Her photography skills are da' bomb! (and I'm not afraid to say so!). So when I get the opportunity to learn a thing or two I jump at the chance! My instinct is to always hang back and watch her, support her and listen. She is always nudging me forward, telling me to be confident in my abilities and encouraging me. It's nice. And it IS always a learning experience but it's also fun and laughing and laid back and sometimes it's getting lost. In the woods. On a wedding day. haha!
This was not that day BUT I did get to meet these two. They are SO in love, you can tell. Both of them just lit up when they looked at each other.. and the venue they chose to take pictures at was plucked right out of my dreams.. the whole thing was so amazing..
Didn't these photos turn out great? I absolutely LOVE them! And I'm so thankful that I had such an opportunity! <3
Teresa is my smallest sister, the smallest of 5. She is 17 years younger than I am, so we haven't always had a ton in common, although lately I notice she shares the same kind of weird humour that I have (it MUST be genetic!). She is now taller than I am, has bigger feet than I do and is a tad smarter. She's hilarious in her own weird unicorn kinda way AND she's cute as a button. She's also quite the artist and is musically talented too.. Now too "big" (or cool, or maybe just busy) for sleepovers and not quite big enough to drive over any old time just yet.. maybe she'll start driving before my brother does and visit more often, but until then...
Congratulations Missy on your accomplishments and behave yourself in high school!!
(as I'm sure you will ~ you are the golden child... ;) ~ xo)
My mum and sister on graduation day
My brother, Matthew, and sister doing weird loving things. Do siblings really act this way?
Teresa and her equally amusing friends
As you venture onto high school and wander out towards "real life" here are a few of my favourite quotes... found, just for you. They've kept me grounded and sane when everyone around me was getting sucked into the drama of life.. :)
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.”
― Bernard M. Baruch
“You are you. Now, isn't that pleasant?”
― Dr. Seuss
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
― Oscar Wilde
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
― Marilyn Monroe