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Inbetween the Books

Inbetween the books and schooling my dudes….

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You can find me photographing for Boba :)

I finally get to link yall to some of the photos I took for Boba earlier this year. They came out with some new prints. Both for their carriers and wraps. I love them. Below is one of my favorite photos out of the bunch. Model Tiffany – amazing mom of 3 modeling her youngest, who was just so precious. This photo for me sums up my love for babywearing… and the dad’s expression was just perfect. Thank you to all my amazing models and for Boba who helped put this together as well. I think we all made a great team this year.

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See more of the new prints on the Boba Website.

I also got to photograph this cutie over the weekend….

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& this coming weekend ill get to photograph THIS ARTIST in concert. SO EXCITED about that. As well as like 9 students for school photos & a sweet little guy on Saturday who I photographed at age 1.

Its been kinda a slow season for me with photography. I didn’t push it over the summer… not to many families want portraits when its super hot… and well honestly, I was a bit burned out that I needed a break. I think its good for photographers to take occasional breaks to recharge. Im back in the swing though and look forward to a busy fall. I only wish I had more energy…. seems with photography teamed with home schooling and the task of housework and cooking meals, it leaves little left. Im worn out by 1pm most days and by the end of the day I am just whooped. I so wish I liked coffee…..

If anyone is curious how schooling has been with the boys this year. I thought about doing a post with our daily routine laid out. Anyone interested in that? If not, I probably wont blog it. So do comment ;-)

Caleb’s 10th Birthday

ED9A5964Im 2 weeks behind in posting this…  For my personal archiving though I like to post all my kids birthday milestones. Caleb on August 31st this year turned 10! I officially am a mom of a double digit dude! so cool… yet so crazy, he grew up way to fast.

Caleb had a birthday party planned. A pool party. However the day prior to this, his baby brother Reed spiked a rather high fever and was battling a pretty bad infection in the back of his throat. We thought if he was fever free in time and felt better by saturday, that we’d still go on with the party. However, he was not better by sat… and in fact didn’t start acting like himself til Monday. So, it was best we did cancel.

Still, you feel bad to cancel a big milestone birthday like that…

I am thankful that Caleb regardless handled it so well. He did not puff.

He did not blame his baby brother

He did not complain.

Or cry.

He understood and I am thankful for his maturity in the situation… So instead of a party, we just spent our time together as a family. Early in the morning my parents and I took him to downtown to snag some portraits of him. I posted those over here.

After his photoshoot, we made our way home. Where Travis had set up the kitchen table with a surprise.


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Caleb was so excited!

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He has been wanting a larger tank for his Bearded Dragon for many months now. In fact his birthday party wish was that people would just bring cash instead of presents, so he could go to the pet store after his party to buy that tank. Because he didn’t get to have the party, I had gone out the day before with my mom and purchased it myself. I was thankful it was $50.00 off plus I had a $20.00 coupon! So I saved like $70 bucks on it (yes it was almost $200.00 retail, insane). It was something he really did need for his Beardie to live happily and more healthy in captivity… so I knew it be put to good use. He loves his reptiles. Id rather my child ask for a $200 tank than a video game system haha… that is just me.

Right away he began taking measurements to see visually how big it would be once set up.

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Then my dad, who was visiting, helped to start setting it up.

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We set it up with the bedding and decor.

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His Dragon took over right away. He looked like king of the mountain or something.

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After that, we had lunch and then the little ones went down for naps. During nap time Travis and I decided to take Caleb to petsmart to let him spend some of his money he got from his grandparents for his birthday. Since he wasn’t getting a party, we knew this would make his day.

So we went to petsmart.

Little did I know we’d come home with this….

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Yea, Taite was just as shocked.

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That is a Leopard Gecko. Petsmart had them onsale for $14.99 – so cheap. So I said sure. Because I knew Caleb already had a tank. Already had decor. Already had feed for him (since he breeds his own roaches, he has SO MUCH REPTILE FOOD ITS RIDICULOUS – but so cheap, so cant complain). The cost to get the gecko was so minimal I figured why not. It is what Caleb enjoys and learns with. Its taught him to be responsible (as I do not help care for these animals, he does it all). It has helped him learn new things about animal care, lighting, heat, etc… its really done nothing but good. So for me, its nothing but a thing ;-) – and I don’t mind in the least.

He named his Gecko Leo btw :) – hes kinda cute once you get pass the initial creepiness. hah… Here is a better photo of him.

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After that shopping adventure we had dinner and then homemade cake!

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Reed even joined in on that part. Although you can tell from these photos, he did not feel well.

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Cake though helped him forget he was sick for a moment.

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We ended his birthday with a fun trip to the $1.75 Movie Theater. Him and his brother Taite got to go. The movie we took him to was Maleficent. I wasn’t sure if that would be to scary for Owen. So my mom and dad stayed home with baby Reed and Owen. It was fun and the movie was great. I highly recommend it.

So, even though he did not get a lavish party… it was a great day filled with memories.

We are super proud of Caleb… and thankful for how the Lord has continued to shape and mold him. We look forward to seeing him grow each day.

My Baby is 10

ED9A5919-2Hard to believe that my 1st born Caleb, turns 10 today.

10 years!

When I had Caleb I had been married just over a year.

I turned 21 a few weeks prior to his birth.

… and I had no clue what I was in for :)

Caleb changed my world and began my journey in motherhood.

He has grown into such a fine young man… and my husband and I could not be prouder.

Caleb is a very mature 10 year old… who while he has his moments of silliness, to me, shows a great deal of respect and responsibility for his age. He helps me with baby Reed A LOT… in fact I think Reed is attached to him some days more than me! Melts my heart when Reed reaches for Caleb, its beyond precious. Caleb is eager to learn and grow.

He willingly let me take some photos of him yesterday to remember him at this age. He isn’t against photos thankfully as of yet… however, I have a hard time finding time to take professional shots of my children. Most of what I have of them, are every day shots taken around the house or out and about. So it was nice to stop and focus on him for a bit… and snag these memories.

Love you Caleb… thankful for who the working of the Lord in your life even at such a young age.

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I decided to let him wear something He’d want to wear.
While I wanted to dress him in nicer clothes, I wanted at 10, to remember, his style.

Perfection didn’t matter to me. I wanted to see him, for who he was.

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We took along his friend August his Bearded Dragon to join in a few photos.

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Not Florida but it’ll do

We found a fun little oasis to take the boys to this week. We went Wednesday on Travis’ off day… and plan to go again on Friday (his 2nd off day). The boys had so much fun. The weather was perfect… and the water felt like bath water.

Here is a little glimpse into our evening… I took along my point and shoot cam… not my norm. I feel naked without my Mark 3… but when you go to sandy places with lots of kids, the idea of toting around a lot of gear is less than ideal ;) – so lil canon g9 it is!


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Sorry random bikini mom for capturing your back side :)

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I love how close these two are….

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Truly is so sweet to see. Reed trust and loves his big brother so much. Even when he is rotten and showing his up and coming age 2 off a bit, Caleb is so patient with him.