Archive for June, 2014

June 22, 2014
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Peyton,

Every year I start your birthday letter in much of the same way – “I can’t believe how fast this year has gone!” and “How in the world are you this age already?!” It’s true for this year, too. I just can’t believe that you are three already. That it has been three whole years since they placed you on my chest for the first time. What I CAN believe is that we have spent three years making tons of memories together. It feels like you have always been a part of our family, and I honestly can’t remember what life was like without you in it.

You are hilarious these days. The things you do and say keep me on my toes and laughing. For instance, you like to dress yourself when I’m not looking. One day after I had already gotten you dressed, you came into my room and jumped on my bed wearing your PJ’s again. Granted, they didn’t match, you had your shirt on backwards, and one of your arms didn’t quite make it through the armhole. You didn’t care – you just jumped and giggled and thought life was grand.

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Another day you decided to wear my shirt (which looked more like a dress on you) and some of my flip-flops. You would’ve thought you were wearing a ball gown the way you strutted your stuff.

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Most other days you are content wearing normal clothes. However, you are going through a phase where you want nothing to do with your usual shorts and t-shirts and insist on wearing your “egg dress” (Easter dress). Usually it’s dirty, so you have to settle for another dress in the closet. I guess you’re not going to be such a tomboy after all!

Naps. Oh my word, you are KILLING me with your lack of naps! Long gone are the days of you willingly laying in your bed and sleeping for 2-3 hours. No, you fight me with every ounce of your will power when naptime rolls around. I used to fight you. Then I tried to compromise and let you do whatever in your room as long as you were quiet. You would happily play but wouldn’t sleep, and I would pay the price with crabby evenings. Now I have given in to letting you lay on the couch watching a show, and you sometimes fall asleep. On those days, I like to sneak and take your picture because you’re so stinking cute and peaceful.

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Other days, you pretend you’re resting until I decide to take a shower. On those days, I come downstairs to find you getting into some kind of mischief. On one particular day, you decided to take the entire bag of marshmallows we keep for fire pit nights out of the pantry and stuffed your mouth with them. You were a sticky mess, and I don’t want to know how many marshmallows you ate. But I had to grab my camera because it was too funny not to remember.

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Another shower fiasco was when you found my permanent marker and drew all over your face. Again, I had to grab my camera before I cleaned you up. Now that a few months have gone by since the incident, I can more fully enjoy this picture and chuckle at the memory of it.

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You have already started with the dreaded “three behavior,” and I have a feeling I’m going to need to hold on tight to my sanity as we go through this next year together. Your new favorite phrases are (in no particular order), “I’m so FRUSTRATED!” “No, I don’t like you!” “I don’t want to!” “Get away from me!” and “Don’t touch me!” Seriously, I sometimes miss the days when you couldn’t talk. I keep telling myself that this, too, shall pass, but there are many days I want to pull my hair out. And many other days that I wonder if I’m totally failing you as a mom.

Yet for every tough moment we have, we have so many other pleasant moments. For instance, you want me to braid your hair. While sometimes I don’t feel like taking the extra time to do it every day, I know how much you adore it when it’s done. You ask me to hold you like a baby on the couch and we snuggle and watch TV. You request to watch our wedding DVD and both birth DVD’s every chance you can get. You know the songs from each, and if you hear a song on the radio from one of them you’ll shout, “This is from when Mommy and Daddy got married!” I love that you are sentimental and enjoy reliving those days as much as I do. Although there are days that I get tired of watching our wedding for the third time in a row! HA! You also love to play beauty parlor and “cutting” my hair. You say things like, “Your hair’s so messy! I’ll make it beautiful!” You love having your nails painted, and your favorite person to paint them is your daddy. You proudly show people your nails and say, “Daddy painted them!” Melts my heart every time.

You love imaginary play. Baby dolls, Barbie dolls, playing kitchen/doctor/princess. I love that you talk to your babies so kindly, and take such great care of them. I can already see that you’re going to make a great mommy someday. Other times I just have to laugh at your imaginary play. One day I overheard you playing in the back seat of my car with your Cinderella and Barbie dolls. In the most sickeningly sweet voice you could come up with, you made Cinderella ask Barbie, “What the hell are you doing?!” Oh my, your preschool teachers are just going to love you this year!

You are brave. You ride every ride they’ll let you at Kings Island with a big grin on your face and your arms up in the air. The bigger the hills and the faster it goes the better. How in the world you enjoy roller coasters, the Monster, and the Scrambler, I have no idea. You must’ve gotten your thrill-seeking genes from your daddy, Grandma, and Uncle Brad! You have started telling me, “Put your arms up! It’s a rollercoaster!” when we’re driving down hills in the car. You even get Aiden to put his arms up and squeal, “Weeeee!” Your bravery carries over to the playground – you’ll climb every play structure you can find, and never once worry about falling. You make me a nervous wreck, but I can honestly say I’m thankful that you’re fearless. I wish I didn’t let fear stop me from doing a lot of things in life. I know your courage will take you far, and I hope to someday follow your lead.

In addition to brave, you are stubborn and strong-willed. If you want to do something (or don’t want to do something, for that matter), you will let me know and will stand your ground. I have had to drag you kicking and screaming out of too many places to count, all because you weren’t finished playing or weren’t getting your way. While right now your stubbornness is a hard trait to live with, I have a feeling that it will serve you well when you’re older. I know for a fact that you will stand up for what you believe in, and won’t let people walk all over you. You will be decisive and a leader. I am just trying to parent you in a way that you learn to express your opinions in more appropriate ways, while also valuing the opinions of others.

Peyton, I love being your mom more than anything. You have taught me more about unconditional love, patience, and hard work than anyone else I know. You are the best big sister Aiden could ever ask for. You two love each other to death, and I am so glad you are such good buddies. Your daddy and I talk all the time about how smart you are, and how lucky we are to have you. I know God had such great plans in mind when He sent you our way, and we are thankful everyday for the best surprise of our lives.

You will always be my little snuggle bug, no matter how old you get!

Love,

Your mama

Now for some pictures of the birthday girl! Here she is posing in her standard dress and braid before we headed out to dinner on Saturday. I just love all her expressions!

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We had a dinner with just our immediate family at Firehouse Grill. We sat outside and listened to live music, ate yummy pizza, and watched the ducks. Doesn’t get much better than that! She even got a birthday sundae and got to blow out a candle.

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Her real birthday will be spent going to breakfast with my parents, heading to daddy’s baseball game and then probably out to lunch after, and then having dinner with the Hamberg’s. I ordered a cake for after dinner which she is SUPER excited about! Of course we’ll also watch her birth video, which we do every year. Speaking of which, I overheard her singing parts of the “I Bless You” song from her video to her baby doll the other day. Too sweet!!!

She is having a Pinkalicious birthday party on June 28th. We’re going to have pink donuts, pink strawberry milk, pink lemonade, and of course PINK CUPCAKES! She is so excited, as that is her favorite book lately. She can even “read” you most of it using the correct words and everything. I will try and post pictures from her actual birthday and party later! Thanks for reading up on our sweet and sassy THREE year old! 🙂

June 18, 2014
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I was beyond honored when Jenny (a fellow Ursuline grad!) asked me to photograph her daughter’s birth. Having her trust me to take these priceless photos for her family meant the world to me, as she is also a photographer!

Jenny’s son was born via an emergency C-section, and so she opted for a scheduled C-section this time. I was so excited to photograph my first C-section birth! Even though I wasn’t able to be back in the surgery and capture photos of the actual birth, I was able to snap a few quick ones before and TONS of great shots after! So if you are one of those mama’s that knows you’re going to have a C-section…don’t let that stop you from hiring a birth photographer!

Reagan Anne (middle name after Jenny’s mom!) was born on June 16th at 1:32 weighing 7 pounds 12 ounces and 19 1/2 inches long. She is such a sweet little one, and proved to be a great nurser right from the start! Her entire family was instantly smitten with her, and I am happy to report that they are now home and resting/recovering!

Thanks again for having me be a part of your special day, Jenny and Courtney!

Please check out the video slideshow below (make sure you can hear the music!), as well as some of my favorite images.

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June 16, 2014
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It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a personal blog (or personal pictures, for that matter), so I figured I’d do a little update!  Especially since my mom is in Ireland and has been dying for pictures and updates on the kids! I have been busy doing fun summer stuff with Peyton and Aiden, and my photography business is starting to pick back up now that the weather is nice. On a business note – I’ve been good about blogging all of my current spring sessions. I still have a TON of sessions from last year that I need to blog. So if you see some random fall pictures pop up on here, that’s why! I am super excited about a bunch of births I have coming up. Even though those take the most time (to photograph AND edit), they are my absolute favorite. I get giddy in the weeks leading up to a birth! Okay, now on to all my personal blog stuff…

In case you missed it – we’re moving! So yeah, that’s been another crazy busy thing going on in our world. We ended up having two second showings, and one made an offer pretty quickly. We accepted the offer on our house before it had even been on the market for three weeks. I know God had His hands in the entire process, because it all worked out perfectly. I started talking with the girl who is buying it on Facebook, and I am super excited to see our old house go to a sweet family! They have a little boy around Aiden’s age, and they said that the baseball room was one of the deciding factors in buying it. I am SO excited that the baseball wall won’t be painted over and that another little boy can enjoy it. I am looking forward to having them as neighbors, since our new house will be right down the street! We are set to close on June 23rd or 24th, and will then rent back from them until ours is ready since their lease isn’t up until September. So our house is officially…

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While I am super sad about this chapter of our life coming to a close, I am so excited for the new one that’s ahead. Before we say goodbye to our old house, I have asked my wonderful friend and mentor, Annie, to do a special lifestyle session in it. I can’t wait to have pictures of our family “doing life” in the house that we grew our family in. I look forward to sharing those pictures with all of you, as well as hanging some of them on the walls of our new house to remember where we’ve been. Speaking of the new house, it’s coming along! I will post some pictures of the progress further down in this post. 🙂

The kids have been lots of fun lately. Sometimes I mean that sincerely, and other times I mean that sarcastically. People weren’t joking when they warned about the terrible two’s and the (even more) terrible three’s. Peyton’s been in between those two phases of life for awhile now, and testing every ounce of my patience. Aiden is starting to show signs of the two’s (tantrums, whining, clinging, etc.), so having TWO kids trying to exert their independence and opinions has been a blast. I wasn’t thinking about that when we decided to have kids 18 months apart! Even though we have our rough days, for the most part they are joys to be around. For every tantrum we have, we have HOURS of nice playing and happy kids. I will talk plenty more about Miss Peyton in a week for her annual birthday post. I also have some hilarious pictures to share of her being…well…HER! 😉

Aiden seems to get more fun by the day. He babbles all the time, and is starting to talk. His favorite words are “bayball” (baseball) “guck” (truck), “Sadie,” “Thereitis!” (“There it is!” all squeezed together) and “Dae doo!” (Thank you!). He is all about baseball, which is a good thing because he really doesn’t have much choice. 😉 He still loves to cuddle, and continues to be a mama’s boy. While part of me wants to break him of this, the majority of me just wants to enjoy it. He and Peyton are quite the team these days. They are constantly running around, wrestling, and playing together (and by playing, I mean sometimes fighting over toys! Ha!). He has a personality and opinion all his own, and it’s been fun seeing him become more independent. This boy continues to have my heart, and I have such a hard time saying no to that sweet face. I mean, just look at those blue eyes and long lashes!!! Love that boy to death.

Here are some of the things we’ve been up to lately. Brace yourself for tons of photos. Seriously. I told my mom I’d post lots of pics of the kids while she’s away, so here goes…

First of all, I have to take a minute to say “Happy Father’s Day!” to Jason. He is absolutely the best daddy I could’ve asked for to our kids, and we are so lucky to have him. Here he is with the kids after his baseball game yesterday. Love these three!

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The kids love playing on our back patio, especially when we get out the water table and pool!

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We frequent many of the local parks in the spring and summer. Both kids sure love to swing!

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We go for lots of walks in the neighborhood. Peyton usually walks, and Aiden still rides.

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On one such walk, Peyton said, “Look mommy! All these worms are sleeping!” 😉

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We went to our first Touch-a Truck event of the summer. Aiden loved to look, but was not a fan of sitting in the trucks.

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We spend a lot of time just hanging around the house. They both love brushing their teeth (and want to do so together). Peyton loves helping wake Aiden up from his naps by climbing in his crib. Aiden loves to read books, and Sadie likes to listen. The poor dog also gets sat on like she’s a horse a good portion of the day.

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We check out the progress of the house daily. The kids love walking down there and watching the workers.

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Normally I try and do a specific post for each holiday, but I am so far behind on Easter that I’m not even going to mess with it this year! So here are some pictures and quick descriptions of what we did. We had a great day, and loved spending time with family!

The night before Easter, we dyed eggs. We tried an egg spinner contraption that was great for Aiden. Peyton enjoyed it, but it was a little too easy for her. I think next year we’ll go back to normal egg dying techniques!

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Easter morning was pretty standard – each kid got an Easter basket and they looked around the house for eggs. Peyton was all about it, but Aiden must’ve woken up on the wrong side of the bed because he cried during most of the activities. 🙁

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We went to my parents’ house for presents and then had lunch at Bravo’s with my Grandma (the kids’ GG Marianne). Peyton especially loved her new backpack filled with sand toys and Frozen toy!

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We went to Jason’s uncle’s house with all the Hamberg’s for dinner. Peyton, Aiden, and Blake had fun looking for eggs hidden outside! They also all got Easter baskets filled with lots of goodies from Grandma Colleen and Papa Mike.

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As you can see, we’ve stayed pretty busy! I promise to blog about Peyton’s birthday (and her Pinkalicious party!) and more house updates soon. Thanks for reading about the Hamberg happenings! 🙂

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