Friday, September 26, 2014

Everyday Photos.

 Back before I started really learning how to use my camera correctly and opening my photography business, I took a TON of pictures of the girls.  I mean, a LOT.  I always just shot on "auto" mode and had no idea if the white balance was off, couldn't care less if they weren't perfectly in focus, & basically just enjoyed the pictures as they were, because I didn't really know any better.  

These are really the only non-iphone pictures I have of the girls from the Summer. (Besides studio pictures & vacations).  While they certainly aren't perfect, I sure wish I would have just let go of trying to make sure they were "perfect" and took more.  It's so much easier/quicker using my phone to take pictures (and I don't have to mess with any settings to make them "perfect".), but nothing beats the quality of an actual camera. 
 I absolutely love photography and how you can freeze a moment in time, & be able to look back on them and remember so many wonderful memories.  These pictures are all just of the girls around the house, doing the day to day stuff, but those are my favorite kind of pictures.  The ones I'll look back on when I have grey hair and just cry happy tears because this is what life looked like during this time.  Because life. was. good.

Aubrey discovering water balloons for the first time.  

Where we spend the majority of our days: the play room.  I cannot express how amazing it is to have these two be able to PLAY WITH EACH OTHER now.  Those rough first few months having a newborn and tiny toddler were so worth it!  They can entertain each other for such a long time now, in between little scuffles ;) 

Morning jam sessions.  Golden Oldies Pandora, blasted through our sound system.  This is how I'm able to make breakfast!  They love music and dancing.  One of my earliest and fondest memories growing up was listening to the oldies with my dad.  Now I get to dance with MY little girls to the same music.

Bath bubbles.  No matter how many baths they've had, bubbles never get old to them! 

A rare "still" moment of the girls.  Love these ones so much.

 My muse.  She's always letting me practice on her & for that I am so grateful!  I'm always trying new things & teaching myself more & more.  

Me and my girl.  We dressed up, put on crazy lipstick, velcro rollers, and had a blast.  Need to frame this one big!

Baking day!  Sometimes I'll just give the girls their own mixing bowl, a bunch of random spices, & a cup of water or oil, and they will "cook" for me.  Best thing ever.

Yesterday was the first day it rained in months.  Not only have we had a REALLY bad drought in California this year, there was a bad fire recently.  It was a major blessing.  Aubrey looked out the window in a trance.

Sharing is caring.  I swear Kate isn't holding a syringe.  It's a pen that looks like one!

Bedtime prayers.  Truly no sweeter sound than listening to your babies pray.  Kate just mimics everything Aubrey says and then both finish with a distinct, loud, "A-MEN!"

Sunday, September 14, 2014

20 Months & 3.5 Years

I took some pictures of the girls the other night, & while uploading them to my computer, I remembered they are quite overdue for an update on the blog!  I actually got these dresses for them back in March for some Spring family pictures, & after having to reschedule our family pictures about a dozen times (no lie!) due to weather, sickness, and every other reason you could possibly think of, I decided I better just snap a few in them before the dresses don't fit anymore! 

^The only way I can get a picture of them together is holding hands and running towards me.  Taking pictures of your own kids individually is already SUPER hard, but getting a shot of them both together, smiling, etc?  Near impossible!  I adore this shot of them - they are such cute little friends.

It is so hard for me to believe this little one is TWENTY months old this month.  Since I like lists, I'll just do updates in bullet form:

- Active, sweet, stubborn, & mischievous best describe Kate right now.  

-She calls Aubrey "Au-Jee" & Aubrey corrects her every single time. "It's AU-BREE, Katester!  Not Au-Jee!"

-Every night, she asks for a "shong".  Her favorites include John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt (who the heck knows how to spell that?!), Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, & anything from Frozen of course.  She sings right along in the car and knows a ton of the words!  

-Kate HAS to have two of everything.  Two books at bedtime, a snack in each hand, if I hand her a cheese stick she MUST have me break it into two pieces.  Such a silly quirk!

-Starting to memorize some of her letters, colors, etc.  

-LOVES Bubble Guppies & Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  She gets bored after about five minutes of tv, but loves when the opening songs come on.

-She brings me books all day long to read to her.  If I'm not reading to her, she's sitting there reading them by herself.  She is a huge book worm!

-Takes an awesome nap every day.  It usually lasts around 2.5-3 hours.  She also goes to bed at 7:00 every night.  

-Loves nursery, except for when we leave at the beginning.  

-Loves her baby doll, named Leo.  She calls her/him "Yo!"  I almost want to name our next baby Leo if it's a boy just so I can hear her call him that all the time in her cute voice!

-Still in the hard-to-take-anywhere stage.  She makes grocery trips, church, etc. very interesting!  

-Coming out of her shell more & is very friendly.  Loves saying "Hiyee" to everyone she sees.  She gets THRILLED whenever she sees a baby.  "Deedee!"

My big girl.  Three and a half!  

- Aubrey is at such a fun age.  Everyone warned me that 3 is much worse than 2, but I disagree completely, at least in our experience!  3 is definitely easier and less frustrating than 2 was for us :)  

-Aubrey loves playing games, with her Disney princesses (yes, still deep in that stage), walks/the park, dancing, & playing with her friends. 

-We decided to forego preschool this year and just do our own thing at home.  She LOVES when we do "school time" & begs to do it every day.  (But for my own sanity, we do it twice a week).  We work on hand writing, letter sounds, counting, patterns, & all sorts of other fun stuff.  It's pretty fun playing teacher a couple times a week. :)

-She is starting ballet/tap tomorrow for her second year and is so, so excited to see her dance friends again!

-The girl is a drama. queen.   Whenever Kate won't share with her or something, she'll pout and say, "Kate doesn't want to be my sister anymore!" Also, if someone accidentally hurts her, she'll say, "You KILLED me!" 

-She definitely keeps us laughing all day long.  I wish she had a voice recorder strapped to her all day so I can remember all the hilarious things she says!  Yesterday, she patted my rear end and said, "Mama, you have chubby buns."  

-She melts my heart and can be the sweetest thing.  Sometimes she will just say she wants to "snuggle and talk" and we do just that!  I hope she still wants to snuggle and talk when she's a teenager :(

-When it's time to go to bed at night, she'll talk our ear off and be especially funny so she can stay up later.  Sometimes she'll say, "But I just want to hang out with you guys!"  Some nights she comes down about three times for all sorts of reasons - "There's monsters!"  "I need a flash light!" "I just need to hang out!"

I know I've said it time and time again, but I'm so ridiculously in love with these little girls of mine!  I love each of their unique personalities.  I'm so thankful for them both and their own special gifts & how loved they make me feel every day.  I am thrilled every day waking up and getting to spend my days with them.  They challenge me, they make me laugh, and are just more amazing than I could have ever dreamed.   I can't wait to see how they change and grow in the following months!

Thursday, August 28, 2014


We put our season passes to good use again and visited Disneyland with my family this past week.  I have to say this might have been our favorite trip there yet.  With shoes and standing REALLY straight/tall, Aubrey barely skimmed the 40 inch line so she was able to ride a whole new list of rides: Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, the new Cars Ride, & Thunder Mountain!  Surprisingly she wasn't scared one bit on any of these and even put her arms in the air screaming "Woohooooo!" on most. :)  I was a bit worried taking Kate because she is at a hard age to take places right now, but she did awesome.  She enjoyed all the kiddie rides and took naps on Grammy & me. 

We always take a trip to the beach on our first day in Los Angeles.  So fun!

Kate always feels so safe with Daddy.

We brought along my little nephew, Caleb.  Aubrey loved having a sorta-similar aged kiddo around!

Pretty much sums up Aubrey.. 

Look who is now a total beach baby!

She jumped over and over again into this sand hole, laughing so hard.  Love her!

My disney lovin' man!  

Just totally failing at the whole "Dirty Dancing" move :)

The morning of our first day... they were soooo excited!!

Yep, we're that family!

 Aubrey loves all the characters now, but Kate is terrified.  She wouldn't go near any!  Why is it so funny when they are so traumatized by their favorite characters?

Grammy & Papa :)

My happy place :)

Second day: Belle & Minnie!  

I could just eat them.

We took Aubrey to the "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique" where they transform little girls into princesses.  (More like take your money & then put their hair in a way too tight slick bun and throw a handful of glitter over them.  But hey, she felt special & beautiful!)  

After her "appointment", she kept saying she wanted to show her prince.  So sweet!

Of course she had to go see her favorite princesses of the week after all the gussying up..

We had some great family time before the Summer ends...although let's face it, it's Summer until October here in Sacramento!