letters to our daughters – may

This is my eighth month writing letters to Abby…
My wonderful friends and I  are writing letters — letters to express our love, talk through our struggles, and create a memory for our daughters.

Check out previous month’s letters

Please visit my friend, Sarah, next, and read her May letter to her sweet daughter

dear

Time is moving at an alarming rate.  April and May have been so incredibly busy and I have found myself going through an entire day without sitting to just spend time with you.  That’s something I’m forcing from this day on – no matter how many projects I have going on, to just simply be with you.  This is your last week of preschool and I’m not quite sure how we are here already.  Your ‘final’ bulletin board went up outside your classroom, announcing your school for next year.  I got teared up and even telling Daddy about it, tears came to my eyes.  You are scared, you’ve told me.  You haven’t said it in those words, but you’ve mentioned that you’d rather not “learn to read” and to stay at school with your teachers and friends… there were a few tears involved.   However, it’s time for the next step.  Just a few short months away and you will begin Kindergarten.  A little fish in a big school.  I’m going to have to pull out my bravest face because I will most certainly be an emotional mama.  You are ready, sweetiepie.  Completely ready.

love mom

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letters to our daughters – april

This is my seventh month writing letters to Abby…
My wonderful friends and I  are writing letters — letters to express our love, talk through our struggles, and create a memory for our daughters.

Check out previous month’s letters

Please visit my friend, Kellie, next, and read her April letter to her sweet daughter

dear

Every single month you are growing and changing at an enormous rate.  This month, you have decided that you would like to dress yourself.  On Saturday morning you came rushing in, completely dressed, announcing that “TODAY IS A YELLOW DAY!”  The ‘pattern’ day was one of your more interesting ones, for sure.  You claim that you feel like “such a big girl” when you do this.

Slowly, you are becoming a kid instead of a small child.  There are many days that you sit on the couch and draw for hours.  The drawings are so incredibly intricate and every detail is just so.  My pens have been disappearing at an alarming rate and we have come across piles of them in your baskets.  Pen, marker, paint and glue are constantly covering your hands and there is typically some sort of color on your cheek or nose from a marker that got loose.

love mom

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jaxon’s first birthday…

Jaxon was sweet, calm, and happy to play and get messy!
One year… so long, yet so fast…

I love when parent’s get in the pictures (I always urge them to…)
After-all… we think getting pictures taken is for us (mommy’s and daddy’s I’m talking to you…)

But it’s for them…
It’s their memories that we are preserving for them…

Does your sweet little boy or girl have a big birthday coming up?
I would love to meet your little one and get YOU in the picture, too!

For more information, or to book a session simply fill out the contact form
or email me at [email protected]

February In My Corner of the World

This is the second month of a blog circle, I am participating in, with about a dozen women from around the world… at the end of the post is  a link to the next blog.
Should you complete the circle you will come back to my blog again…

Oh, February.  We are so ready to be outside again… so many small snow’s leaving just a dusting of whiteness.
The light is starting to sneak back during the evenings and the days are finally waking out of their darkness.
The buds have been poking through in the front bed of our home.

Abigail had her first Valentine’s Day party at school.
Together, we worked on ‘Shrinky Dink’ cards.  How she adored watching them shrink & flip in the oven.
Our entire beginning of February was dedicated to Valentines Day, and rightfully so, we showed our love for one another beautifully…

A short interview with Abby:

Q: Why is Valentine’s Day your favorite holiday?
A: Because… I get to write purple, red & pink hearts. Any kind of color. And that’s all- that’s why I love Valentine’s Day so much.

Q: Who is your Valentine?
A: My Valentine is my mommy.  Because she is my favorite person and I love her.

Q: Who is Owen’s Valentine?
A: I think it’s me- because I’m his big sister.  Wait… I think it’s you (mom).

Some quotes while making the Valentines:

“Mom, can I tie these ribbons on however I want?  I don’t  want to listen to rules.”
“This is not as easy as I thought it would be- I thought this was just coloring cards”

There was one day that touched 50 degrees…  We worked our way outdoors for a mere 20 minutes before we lost the sun.
Owen started walking in early December, I learned that, while he has mastered indoor walking, he does not have an affinity for outdoor walking just yet.
He also seems to have forgotten how to play outdoors, at all.  He certainly did not enjoy our short lived adventure… maybe soon?

Please continue the circle to see what February looks like in other areas of our world.
Next up, please visit my friend, Bay Area Photographer, Ava Hristova from Zemya Photography for her take on “February In My Corner of the World”

January in my corner of the world…

The new fresh year.
I love January.
January is my most cherished month.
Life simply slllooowwwsss.
A calmness in the air filled with very few social events, the rebuilding Earth, and time simply held for enjoying my family.
The Christmas presents are placed into their new homes, the decorations carefully packaged for next year.
Our home belongs to simpleness once again.

January also commences with new projects- one of which, is a new blog circle with a few of my talented friends, from around the world,
that I have come to know in the photography community.
There are about 14 of us, women, from London, Missouri, Washington, California Bay Area, Vancouver… to name a few
Some of these beautiful women are in business while some are hobbyists that document their lives.

What is a blog circle?
On the final day of each month I will be blogging a post entitled “(Month) in my corner of the world”.
This post will show what that particular month looks like & feels like in Wilmington, Delaware.
At the end of the post will be a link – this link will take you through a journey- to another blog
with one of my friend’s adventures through the month, and at the end of her post will be another link
to the next blog post.  If you were to continue, these posts would would end up again at my blog.

I hope you will take the visual journey and follow the circle of women throughout 2013!

Here is my first post… “January” In My Corner of the World

January in Wilmington can be unpredictable – most likely cold.
Snow is not a guarantee, but welcomed when it arrives.
Abigail was excited to help me and take a few pictures in our yard- to document the snow…
We aren’t sure if the snow will be visiting again… but there are two more months of possibility ahead

Please continue the circle…. visit my sweet friend & Andrea Devisser and her ‘Corner of the World’ in January

fall family

This fall was incredibly inspiring.  Most of the days were sunny and cool, but not too cool.  I spent countless hours driving around with my kiddos in search of the perfect location for each session – the leaves change at such different (and rapid) rates this time of year, so we worked together to wait it out until the week of our session to nail down our exact locations.

I also kept a thorough journal of areas/ leaf color/ date as a reference for next years sessions.  Each year I say I am going to do this – and this year I finally did!  I love the fall – and there is a reason it’s my most popular and busiest season.

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The Story of the Acorn Fairy

Abby and I, with Owen in tow – complete with snacks- went out to Brandywine Creek State Park to take her 4 year old pictures.  She was under the assumption we were going on a fairy adventure.  I did not mention to her that the camera was coming, in fact, I didn’t even pull it out for the first 20 minutes or so.  I wanted her to feel like a fairy and really get into playing.  Play and imagine my sweet Abby did…..

Abigail has an imagination like I have never seen before.  When she’s lonely she plays with her “best friend” Emily.  Emily takes on many shapes and forms.  Abby realizes she is pretend – but “they” have so much fun.  While at the park, and in the woods, Abby didn’t need Emily.  Here is Abby’s story of the most perfect fairy adventure….   I didn’t suggest, just watched and interacted.

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“The Fairy Adventure”
by: Abigail Stottmann
Slightly Adapted by : Mommy

I was flying and turning around to wake up my piggie.  My piggie was purple and cried “wwee wee wee wee”.  I was not able to wake the piggie up.  I held the little piggie – and put it down in his nice soft bed – his bed was hard and crunchy.  Follow me sweet piggies.  I held them all at once.  On the way out of the woods, I sat under a tree to think – the animals were hiding, but were all around.  They were sitting quietly. They were so sleepy from our long journey.  I had 12 bunnies and 4 piggies.

I was hiding and peeking out from behind the tree.  I was thinking alittle about my piggies and bunnies flying to church.  They needed to ‘jump and jump and jump’.

I stopped to look over at the flowers.  I let the bunnies and piggies free to run and jump in the beautiful wildflowers.  I ran to go get them and reached up to the sky to catch some fireflies.  There were none to catch though.

I found a new green acorn in the trees that had not yet fallen. I needed to help it to grow.  I used my magical powers. My bunnies and piggies help me to get some magic by using their noises.  I call to ‘they’ and say “BUNNIES AND PIGGIES! I NEED HELP!!”.  They come over to me and sit in a circle around me and make their sounds to help the tree to grow.

When the day is over and my crown has been hurting me the piggies and bunnies make me a new crown for the next day.

Then we took the bunnies and piggies to the “House with Pancakes” (IHOP).  She requested chocolate chip baby cakes to share with them.

The Story of the Acorn Fairy

Abby and I, with Owen in tow – complete with snacks- went out to Brandywine Creek State Park to take her 4 year old pictures.  She was under the assumption we were going on a fairy adventure.  I did not mention to her that the camera was coming, in fact, I didn’t even pull it out for the first 20 minutes or so.  I wanted her to feel like a fairy and really get into playing.  Play and imagine my sweet Abby did…..

Abigail has an imagination like I have never seen before.  When she’s lonely she plays with her “best friend” Emily.  Emily takes on many shapes and forms.  Abby realizes she is pretend – but “they” have so much fun.  While at the park, and in the woods, Abby didn’t need Emily.  Here is Abby’s story of the most perfect fairy adventure….   I didn’t suggest, just watched and interacted.

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“The Fairy Adventure”
by: Abigail Stottmann
Slightly Adapted by : Mommy

I was flying and turning around to wake up my piggie.  My piggie was purple and cried “wwee wee wee wee”.  I was not able to wake the piggie up.  I held the little piggie – and put it down in his nice soft bed – his bed was hard and crunchy.  Follow me sweet piggies.  I held them all at once.  On the way out of the woods, I sat under a tree to think – the animals were hiding, but were all around.  They were sitting quietly. They were so sleepy from our long journey.  I had 12 bunnies and 4 piggies.

I was hiding and peeking out from behind the tree.  I was thinking alittle about my piggies and bunnies flying to church.  They needed to ‘jump and jump and jump’.

I stopped to look over at the flowers.  I let the bunnies and piggies free to run and jump in the beautiful wildflowers.  I ran to go get them and reached up to the sky to catch some fireflies.  There were none to catch though.

I found a new green acorn in the trees that had not yet fallen. I needed to help it to grow.  I used my magical powers. My bunnies and piggies help me to get some magic by using their noises.  I call to ‘they’ and say “BUNNIES AND PIGGIES! I NEED HELP!!”.  They come over to me and sit in a circle around me and make their sounds to help the tree to grow.

When the day is over and my crown has been hurting me the piggies and bunnies make me a new crown for the next day.

Then we took the bunnies and piggies to the “House with Pancakes” (IHOP).  She requested chocolate chip baby cakes to share with them.

my girl.

Here’s my girl.  I was so happy to get these shots because eye contact is extremely hard to come by these days.

It’s amazing that she is so much like me – independent, stubborn, easily frustrated, and the kindest heart a momma could ask for…

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