Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Today - yesterday - sometimes

Today I am happy.  The clouds are out but so is the sun.  I can handle that.  
Today my children are growing a million miles a minute! This is harder to accept.
Last year at this time we were thrust into this new old house full of wallpaper and fleas.  
Now the wallpaper is gone and thank God so are the fleas (we don't even have pets)!!
This moments Stella is on my lap singing.  We just had tea and yogurt for breakfast in the kitchen nook where the sun shines brightest, overlooking the chicken coop. 
These days I have been enjoying learning the ukulele, Mr. Logan's gluten free blueberry muffins, warm (who am I kidding scolding hot)  loooooong showers and cuddling before nap time with my Stella.  Recently my boys have enjoyed monopoly.  Boy that can be a long game I tell you!
Last week Logan and I went on a weekend get away to Yellow Springs.  A well deserved vacation I might add.  Those three days alone together were just scrumptious.  The dancing, the cuddling, the laughing, the food!!!!!! I and love and him.  
Sometimes things get hard here on the home front- crazy, busy, tiring.  Sometimes I am pulled so many directions I feel that I might explode.  And honestly sometimes I do.  Sometimes I am making dinner while Stella lays at my feet crying for me to hold her.  While in the other room the two boys are wrestling on the couch.  Which is all well and fine until someone gets hurt. And someone always does.  And then there's Tulie who is siting on the counter next to me trying to get her spelling done and wanting me to check every word after it is written for accuracy.   The phone rings and the potatoes are boiling over.   We are going to be late for piano and Oli hasn't even practiced for the day. From 4-9 this is our life.  And I am SO grateful it is mine.  Because at night when I put them to bed, they give me kisses and hugs and beg me to stay with them forever.  And I like that.  I even don't mind when I leave them screaming how much they hate me that day.  Sometimes I just whisper, right back at you! 

Photo credit: Jenny Gildea

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ashely and Nick ~ Lovely Ohio City

This session was done a few weekends ago when it snowed for the first time.  Remember that? SNOW!!!! No worries though.  We slipped inside for a warm drink and more importantly over to the ice-cream shop for a must have treat.  Ohio City is pretty stellar with all of the old exposed brick.   I am so glad they opted to have an engagements session! That way I will see you at the wedding next year as friends and not as creepy strangers. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Cari and Bryan's wedding at Landerhaven

This was my first time shooting at Landerhaven and it was so lovely.  The staff their did an amazing job at putting everything together.  It was a stunning fall wedding.  I have never seen pumpkins so tastefully done!! They had their wedding outside and it was the perfect day for it!  Her blue shoes kept popping out from under her dress giving the perfect pop of color to the day.  I made the bridal party climb into the field......I thought they might kill me but it was so worth it!!!! landerhaven wedding




landerhaven wedding

bridal bouquet landerhaven

first look landerhaven


landerhaven field



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Baby Stella dance party

I think about her going off to school, growing up, wearing makeup, driving.  Holy shit.  She is a girl with attitude.  So grateful that I get to be a Mother.  Her Mother.  It is amazing how wonderful these little people are.  Each one so different, so awesome.  Did I mention so much fun.  So much laughing and dancing and potty talk.  So many late nights and tired days.  So many hard moments and frustrating situations.  But mostly just my little best friends.  I and Love and You.