Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Soda Pop and Lolly Pops

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The smart mommas bring bribes to photoshoots!

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I always let the kids pick where they want to take their individual portraits, so they feel in charge and more relaxed.
This little guy picked the perfect spot:

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I also usually give kids/siblings some sort of prompt so they can do things and not just sit there giving me the fake frozen smile. I told the boys to tell eachother secrets about their favorite superheroes.
Then I had them declare a thumb war :) 

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Kensington is 4!

Some photos we took for party invitations for my little 4 yr old and her friend.

What better way to kick off the first day of spring than with a Sunshine Soiree birthday party?
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Kensington and her little friend, Finley, share a birthday on St Patricks Day.
So Kelly and I decided to throw them a party at the park.

I was in charge of invitations so we took some bday picts of the girls at a cute little neighborhood wall with the word "Sunshine" painted on it.

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I've been driving by this sunshine neighborhood for the past 2 yrs since we've lived here, and I've always wanted to stop and take the girls' pict by it.  So we did :)
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Kelly loves to cook so she did the food.  She literally just had a baby-- but that don't slow her down, no sir-eeee!
She did lemon bars, banana pudding, 2 dips, little corn bread muffins with bbq chicken on top, and we had some kid friendly food too.

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I was in charge of invitations and beverages.  I can handle that :)
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My friend Lindsey owed me a favor so I scored with this bomb cake.
And it tasted delicious!
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This cute little pup (her name is Cupcake) did a fine job licking the sidewalk so we did not leave any traces of crumbs.
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Here are the birthday girls staring at their cake:
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Blowing out the candles:

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Yep. I will echo what I said a few weeks ago. 
Life is more fun when you have a friend to bum around with.

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A few more here on flickr. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Madden | Newborn | Lifestyle

These picts have such a special place in my heart, this is one of my dearest friends and her little man. It was just a magical afternoon, her house was completely quiet and we had a little snuggle session on her bed with the afternoon light streaming through the window and sounds from the park coming through.  You could hear the basketball thumping, skateboard rolling, and kids play sounds.

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I looooove how these pictures turned out. In the photography biz they call this a "lifestyle session" (aka natural, candid, home setting) and I think they just capture the magic of the momma-newborn moments perfectly.

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The week after giving birth is really such a haze, sometimes people focus on the hard parts of that week after--the sleep deprivation, crying spells, engorgement, aches and pains. I think all that is completely diminished if you remember these magical snuggle moments, newborns are so tiny! SO TINY! And their little kittykat sounds and purrs are the best. Every sneeze is adorable.

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I totally wish I had picts of me snuggling my babes, with those newborn yawns and tiny toes and cooing. And I wish I looked this good doing it.

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