New Year

Each year as the holiday festivities wind down, I make an overly ambitious list of New Year resolutions. And each year, by the end of January, it's clear that almost none of them are going to become a reality. I mean, I have a 5 year old and almost 2 year old at home with me full time... my days are full of diaper changes, endless snack-making, and living room dance parties. And when I'm not busy doing that, I'm letting my dogs out every 30 seconds to sniff the yard one more time. So once again, I've put most of my 2018 resolutions on the shelf. But it's not all bad, because you're here, and that means I have at least accomplished one goal:  a new website. AND! I'm blogging, which means I've officially started on another resolution. So I'm basically killing it so far. (Ha! Kidding. I'm still drinking too much caffeine and staying up too late to binge-watch my favorites shows, among many other things.) 

I debated about the first blog post for a while. I couldn't think of the "perfect" way to begin, so I got overwhelmed and avoided it altogether. Procrastinators, unite! But perfection is overrated anyway, so I just decided to start this new blogging endeavor by sharing some photos of my little family. And by family, I mean mostly my kids. I consider child photography to be the heart and soul of my business because that's how this journey began. So it seems fitting to share some of my favorites. And I wouldn't be a mom if I didn't also use this opportunity to gush about them. #sorrynotsorry.

The blonde-headed 5 year old is Gunnar. A true first-born, he's a leader and he keeps us on our toes. He's incredibly logical and straight-forward but is super silly too. I just registered him for Kindergarten (*sniff*)... the days are long but the years are short, right?! The redhead is Emmett. My favorite picture of him is in the slideshow:  his white onesie is covered in food, his face is dirty, and you can see a fresh knot on his forehead next to the scar from his stitches from a previous fall. That picture perfectly embodies his personality. He's ornery and fearless, but loves snuggling... for now, anyway. Our two dogs, Hutch and Izzy came around long before the kids, and they're still an important part of our family. Izzy is essentially the nanny around here and 85lb Hutch pulls his weight by making sure everyone is safe. If all is well, he spends his days sleeping. Ah, the life. 

My husband and I have been married for 10 years. We met in high school choir and started dating in college. We've lived in three states and moved 8 times so if you ever need packing tips, feel free to call. We're originally from a little town in Southeast Missouri called Jackson and our family now owns and operates an orchard there. My parents still live there too, so we visit often, which is why you'll sometimes see photos from the farm. I could never pass on the opportunity to shoot in an orchard! 

A year ago, I felt a tug to quit my full-time job and stay home with my boys. I am so glad I followed it because doing so also allowed me to pursue this dream of starting a photography business. This isn't where I thought I would be on the first day of February 2018, and for that I'm extremely thankful. So, cheers to a new year and resolutions... even the ones we don't keep.