Monday, March 16, 2015

And Then We Snapped | Weeks 9-11

So, the past few weeks have been quite a whirlwind. My hubby started a new job (with a new treacherous commute), we celebrated a 4th birthday (Jackson) and an 11th birthday (KG), among many other things. My husband's new job has brought some re-prioritizing of my time and our time as a family. I've come to realize that there are just not enough minutes in the day to commit to a full 365 photo project, without digging into our very limited family time. I've also decided that I will be cutting way back on the business side. That being said, photography is a passion of mine and I definitely will not stop shooting (or learning). Instead, I'm going to let the pressure of getting an amazing shot every day go and just take my camera out when the mood strikes or when there's a momentous occasion to capture (or when my son wants to play photoshoot- yes he actually asks to do that sometimes)! I'll be posting as time allows. As always, thanks for looking! Also, be sure to follow the circle around to see what my talented friends have in store this week.

I spy...

Birthday robot building...

Make a wish...

Pulling up to stand (and cruising and crawling)...

Our science experiment of the day...

Ranunculus make me happy...

Checking out the new library...

Happy 11th 77th birthday, old man...

Enjoying the spring air (during golden hour, of course)...

Next, be sure to see what beautiful photos the sweet and talented Indira, of Indira Klotzer Photography, has to share with us! I love her and her work!

Friday, March 6, 2015


Height: 44.5 inches (99%ile)
Weight: 48 pounds (99%ile)
  1. What is you name? Jackson
  2. How old are you? 4
  3. What is your favorite thing to do? play with my daddy every month and everyday... play tackle so I can get stronger
  4. What do you want to be when you grow up? a doctor
  5. What is your favorite food? not salad- nope! I love, love, love chicken nuggets!
  6. Who do you like to spend time with? daddy... and Alex
  7. What do you do really well? count numbers and experiments
  8. What makes you laugh? when my dad do jokes on me
  9. What is the best time of the day? summer... not winter, nope!
  10. What are you afraid of? actually I'm not afraid of nothin'
  11. Who is your best friend? Laney
  12. What is your favorite show? Halloweeny shows
  13. What do you like to do with your family? play jokes at bedtime- put bugs in your bed
  14. What do you love to learn about? presidents and science stuff
  15. Where do you like to go? to the ocean- I want to live there someday, that's what I wish
  16. What is you favorite book? Corduroy
  17. What is your favorite color? orange
  18. What is your favorite song? Boogie (Stolen Dance by Milky Chance) and You Are My Sunshine
  19. If you had one wish, what would it be? I wish I been the president right now!
  20. What are you looking forward to the most this year? to go to the ocean
Happy Birthday, my handsome, sweet boy! You are the best! Now, I guess we better start planning that trip to the ocean...

Love you!

Monday, February 23, 2015

And Then We Snapped | Week 8

February 15-21, 2015


The past week was quite the eventful one! We went on a family getaway to a water park in good 'ol Wisconsin, Jax got new shoes, Isabelle turned 7 months (and pulled herself up to standing and started full fledged crawling), and my mom and I had the honor of helping my sister pick out her wedding dress! Here is a bit of what I captured...


Next, be sure to continue the circle and see what Melissa, of Melissa Pizzalato Photography, captured this week. She is a fellow Minnesotan and such a fabulous photographer. I've even had the absolute pleasure of working with her (and have some of her photos hanging on the walls in my house)- she did my maternity photos and Isabelle's newborn photos! Enjoy!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

7 Months

Height: 28.5 inches
Weight: 19 pounds

You've made some pretty huge developments in the past month, my little Izzy. Well, actually in the past few days... All month you showed signs that you were determined to crawl. You started by getting up on your hands and knees and rocking, then you started to army crawl. After a couple of weeks you could go a couple of strides crawling, but had a hard time keeping your arms and legs coordinated (which led to some pretty epic crashes and some frustration).

Just a couple days ago you got it down pretty well! Now you're cruising all around the house (and keeping me on my toes)! Here, I found you gazing out the patio doors...

You're also at the stage where you are picking up every little crumb you find and putting it in your mouth. Let's just say that the vacuum has been getting quite the workout!


Another huge milestone this month is that you pulled yourself up to stand. This one came out of nowhere! I had set you in your crib (to keep you contained for a minute) and when I came back in your room you were standing up, holding on to your crib rails, with a huge smile on your face. I was shocked!! (I think this is more typical around 9 months...) I called Jax in and we sat you back down and you proceeded to do it again while we cheered you on. It's only been about a week since you did this for the first time, but you're already crawling over to the ottomans in our living room and pulling yourself up on them and have even started to take a couple of steps while holding on to them. I don't think you can wait to chase after your big brother! (Lord help me!)

Sleep has continued to be a challenge. Naps have gotten a bit more organized, but you're still waking up pretty frequently during the night. Not long after you turned 6 months, your pack and play broke. Okay, I broke it while standing in it to get a better angle for a picture. (Don't worry you were not in it when that happened). Anyway, it was really a blessing in disguise because it forced me to start putting you in your crib to sleep. You slept through the night the very first night in your crib. I was so excited and thought maybe that was the key all along. Well, I guess it wasn't quite that simple... I still think you might be teething, although I don't see or feel any coming in yet. Maybe all this crawling around will start to tire you out more!

My other theory on your night time waking is that it's associated with your new found separation anxiety. Oftentimes when I go out of your sight you have a complete meltdown. It makes me feel so bad! It makes daddy feel bad, too, because he can't do anything to calm you down. I secretly kind-of love it because your big brother was, and is, a total daddy's boy. (Although, I think it is mostly attributed to the fact that daddy is lacking mammary glands and, to be fair, that's out of his control). Thankfully, we don't need to separate very often. I'm just soaking it up while I can!

Besides the obvious crawling and pulling up, there have been so many other little things this month that are a testament to how quickly you're growing up. We packed up your bumbo, bouncy seat, and swing, which you were clearly outgrowing...

I also finally removed the sling from your little bath.

You continue to eat like a champ. We've introduced all kinds of blends and you seem to like everything (including kale, spinach, and brocolli). We also introduced yogurt and puffs which you can now feed to yourself! You also try to feed yourself with the spoon, but that doesn't go quite as well. Most feedings end with food in your hair, eyelashes, eyebrows, and covering your clothes (and often mine too) because of our tug of war with the spoon...

You had your first trips to the Como Zoo & Conservatory and to the Children's Museum this month! You slept through most of the animals, but woke up in time to enjoy the beautiful flowers at the conservatory. (That was my favorite part, too!)

You weren't quite big enough to enjoy most of what the Children's Museum has to offer, but you loved watching your brother explore.

Finally, we took a little family getaway to an indoor waterpark in Wisconsin. You donned your first bathing suit and got to splash around in an awesome zero-depth kiddie pool. You were a little unsure of it all at first (I didn't blame you because there was a lot of splashing going on around you), but you warmed up quickly. You especially loved sitting in front of the bubblers and feeling the water in your hands. You also liked going into the deeper water with daddy and I. We all had a great time, although I can't say we got much sleep. Jax declared that he wanted to go home to his Georgie sheets and I think you missed your sheets, too, because you were up every two hours throughout the night. On a positive note, you slept almost all the way there and all the way home, which made for a peaceful roadtrip.

Whew! What a month! Now, can you do me a big favor and slooooow down!! I'm just not ready to give up your squishy baby cuddles and I feel like this stage is just slipping through my fingers.

Happy 7 months, sweetheart!

Love, Mom

Monday, February 16, 2015

And Then We Snapped | Week 7

February 8 - 14, 2015


I'm going a little free-form this week (again). I shot everyday, but didn't end up with much I loved. Instead, I'm including a few extra from the Valentine's Day shoot I did with the kiddos. I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day!


39|365: Anxiously awaiting grammy's arrival! (...and a little of peek of our new gallery wall- I am soooo excited to finally have some photos up on our walls!)

41|365: Valentine's Day photo session with Izzy!

42|365: Valentine's photo session with Jax & Izzy!

43|365: Stamping Valentines for his classmates and snacking on skittles... (I don't think he took those glasses off all week!)

Next, be sure to follow the circle to see the gorgeous work of my talented friend Ally, of Ally Wasmund Photography!

Monday, February 9, 2015

And Then We Snapped | Weeks 5-6

January 25 - February 7, 2015

Eeeesh, only a month into the new year and I've already let my posting (and shooting) slip. Bear with me while I play catch up...

27|365: The day Jackson played a "prank" on me by dumping a bottle of baby powder all over the bathroom. Hilarious.

28|365: Isabelle's first bath without the newborn hammock. I think she was a little nervous.

29|365: Face painting at the Children's Museum.

31|365: Waiting his turn at swimming lessons.

32|365: Exhausted after a long day of birthday and super bowl parties...


34|365: Someone was excited for a fresh dusting of snow!

37|365: This one is going to be crawling in no time!

Thanks for looking! Next, be sure to follow the circle to see the gorgeous work of Through My Lens by Jenny! Did I mention that she's in Hawaii?? I always drool over her images (especially when it's the dead of winter here in MN).