Posted on September 26, 2011

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Grabbed two mustaches on our way out the door for our family evening walk … instant fun and giggles (and photo ops!). This is *not* Adeline – it is “Mr. Sedum” as he introduced his tiny self to me. Miss Eliza just wanted to eat her stache. ;)

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Photoshop Actions Elements Portrait Retouching Workflow All In One Classic PSE Photograpghers

Photoshop Actions Elements Portrait Retouching Workflow All In One Classic PSE Photograpghers

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Photoshop Actions Elements Portrait Retouching Workflow All In One Classic PSE Photograpghers
Photoshop Actions Elements Portrait Retouching Workflow All In One Classic PSE Photograpghers


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Posted on July 18, 2011

The last thing our girls are is prissy or afraid to get dirty. Miss Eliza is frequently seen shoving dirt in her mouth (we like to think it’s building her immune system up, lol) and Adeline seems to think that the person with the blackest feet at the end of a fun play day gets the biggest award (and she may be right as that person is often the one who enjoyed themselves to the fullest amount possible). Eliza June meets the tub of black paint story coming up soon!! Just sharing a few snapshots of our girls hanging around getting dirty. And a few close up’s of those sweet little baby legs that I adore so much!!

Eliza’s birthday is tomorrow … technically today since it’s after midnight. But I’m trying not to think about it too deeply right now beyond snuggling her up and breathing in her baby scent as I nurse her and sing her back to sleep in the night. I try to carefully position myself around her so I don’t disturb her precious little sleeping body. I haven’t slept in a truly comfortable position in six years so I can make sure these girls sleep well and good, and so I can treasure being able to share kisses, middle of the night snuggles and whispers, and nurse them back to dreamland without them having to even open their eyes. She wakes repeatedly in the night, just as her big sister did for four and a half years … her entire being reaching out for mommy’s love and warm milk, latching on and letting pure contentment and feelings of love and peace wash over both of us. I wouldn’t trade this time for the world.

Sometimes, when I’m feeling especially sleep deprived, and it’s one of those nights when Eliza has been waking every 15 minutes all night long with marathon nursing sessions, I’ll start to get frustrated and think, “Please, go to sleep my baby, please!! Mommy is too tired!” And then it hits me again how fleeting this time is and how in several years, heck, maybe several months, I’ll look back at these nights and miss them dearly. Eliza still sleeps on top of me for half of the night, even at one (gulp, there, I said it – ONE). And I *love* it and know she’ll be done with that soon. She’s already off and pushing down to go play much of the day, not content to just sit and snuggle in mommy’s lap as she did just a couple months ago – there are way too many things to explore, she is such a busy girl. And so, these nights I’m cherishing and imprinting upon my heart.

My heart is full to bursting with love, but a little heavy with the fear of this precious time in her life passing all too quickly. So, for now I shall just brush my lips against her sweet angel hair and cherish the weight of her sleeping on me. I’ll write more tomorrow if my heart will let me without getting too emotional and over thinking things too much.

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Notice the smeared mud where she wiped her dirty little hands …

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And this has to be one of my favorite photos from the past few months. That adorable expression is so her … and the way she has her little arms pulled back! She does that scrunched up little face as she walks towards me as fast as she can, little arms held behind her (I like to think she’s making herself more aerodynamic), and throwing herself against me when she gets to me. This look in particular was just for daddy though (who was zooming by on the little Razor scooter with Addie close behind).

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Posted on July 14, 2011

A different kind of evening walk. After visiting my dad (who happens to live too far in the country for our likes, but has the benefit of passing through beautiful spots to play and take photos), we saw some gorgeous sun light washing over these fields filled with wildflowers and I knew we had to stop for some photos. I rarely go anywhere without my camera bag, always have the tripod in the car and just happened to be wearing decent clothes (who cares that I hadn’t even brushed my hair that morning, and had been wearing those clothes for two days in a row??). I absolutely adore all the shots I have of me nursing my girl. I even have a little photo album I created of me and Addie, called We Love to Nurse … nursing everywhere from airplanes to sitting inside a wagon on the sidewalk (because we couldn’t even get to the park two blocks away most days without needing to have a little mommy snuggles and nursies time). <3 And, yes, Scott was there too but didn't get in many of the photos for once ... some shots of me and the girls were taken with the tripod and remote, some were my "voice command walking tripod." I get all the settings right, point the camera in exactly the right spot for the composition I want and then yell, "Do NOT move and do NOT touch any of my settings ..." Then get into place and yell, "Okay, now!" LOL!

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Photoshop Actions Sun Flare How To Elements Outdoor Backlight Family
Photoshop Actions Sun Flare How To Elements Outdoor Backlight Family
Photoshop Actions Sun Flare How To Elements Outdoor Backlight Family
Photoshop Actions Sun Flare How To Elements Outdoor Backlight Family
Photoshop Actions Sun Flare How To Elements Outdoor Backlight Family
Photoshop Actions Sun Flare How To Elements Outdoor Backlight Family

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Posted on July 7, 2011

So, we are admittedly a little behind in teaching Adeline to ride a bike. She’s still in training wheels as the neighbor kids whiz around her, but she’s so confident in herself that she doesn’t give a hoot. She has gotten so speedy that we think it’s just about time to get her a bike where her knees don’t hit the handlebar and we can finally lose the training wheels. A little bitter sweet seeing my baby so darn grown up … all long legs, fiery energy and little {big} girl spark – not even a remnant of that sweet little toddler chub left.

Rest assured, this was shot was done safely (see here for the behind the scene shots) …

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And a few of the Junebug. It is pure joy watching her discover her big world. The other day we found a little rainbow on the floor in the studio that resulted from the sunlight pouring in through the glass in the front door. Eliza and I sat there for over 30 minutes “playing” with the light and colors … she would put her hand in the light, watching with delight as the colors appeared on her hand. She would snatch her hand away, look at it for evidence of the colors she just saw there and then put it back in and giggle with amazement when the rainbow showed back up on her little chubby hand. Then she explored how the color would appear on whatever object she placed underneath it … when our wiener dog walked in front of the light and turned rainbow colors she really got a kick of that. It’s just so stinkin’ cool how something I normally wouldn’t have even gave a second glance turned into this amazing exploration time for her. Seeing everything through our little one’s eyes is one of the most amazing experiences that I wouldn’t trade for the world.



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Posted on June 30, 2011

I am adoring watching the interaction between the girls as Eliza gets older and can try and really keep up with her very hyper older sis. Eliza constantly has her eye on Adeline, watching and studying her every move. And she thinks Addie is HIL-AR-IOUS! Addie has to simply look at Eliza in a funny way and it sends Eliza into hysterical fits of giggles. Scott and I can both jump around making fools of ourselves trying to get a chuckle and – nothing. Addie can make her laugh by just chewing her food. LOL!

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Our little wiener doggie, Penelope.

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I just love how Eliza holds her little hands up in the air when she walks. And, yes, I refuse to iron kid’s clothes! I don’t even buy stuff for myself that needs to be ironed, so when something comes out of the drier like that poor wrinkled dress it stays like that until the wrinkles decide to work themselves out. LOL!


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Always peeking around and watching her sis …

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And a very concentrated look – again watching Adeline, who was busy doing big girl things like climbing trees and zipping around on her bike.

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