junior prom 2019

When my girls went to prom it was always a big production.  A production I loved!  Hair, makeup, dresses, jewelry, shoes, friends getting ready together, baking cookies for the gang.  I loved every second of the very busy day.

Then my girls were gone and my boys went to prom.  Now that’s a whole different animal.  The boys getting ready goes something like this.  Tuxes, shoes.  Yep!  That’s it!  So I try to make as much of a production as I can.  It’s a struggle but it all starts with their dad helping them with their tie and cuff links.  It’s not much but it’s all I have so I’ll take it.

I believe each of my kids have had at least one bad year with the weather.  That’s to be expected when you have prom in March.  Not sure why that’s a thing but it is.  So in spite of the cold, wind and rain, we pressed forward.  And my little man was handsome in spite of it all!

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avonlea

The second I heard her name I just knew it had to be from Anne of Green Gables.  One of my all-time favorite movies books 😉 (my kids judge me for preferring movies over books).

Probably one of the sweeter names I have heard in a while.  I love all of the older names and prefer them over new, faddish names.  Call me old-fashioned, I’ll take it.

Oh, and I was right!  Her mama said they got it from the book.  Points for me!!!

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yours, mine & ours

What a beautiful family!  When you blend together two families, there are usually bound to be issues and kinks.  I’m sure there are some in this group as well, but when I took their family photos, you would have thought they had been together always.  And with a new little one on the way, it will give this couple a round number of six.  And it’s a girl!  Good thing, because big sis is a bit out-numbered.

It was quite a humorous session.  With 15 mph winds, a temp high of 45 and no sun, you can imagine the chill that was in the air.  But we made the best of it by keeping the cars running and doing shifts.  Mom and Dad, just kids, whole family, just boys, etc…  You get the picture.  And it didn’t hurt too much either that I had a package of chocolate sandwich cookies in my car.  Hey!  I know this brood and what it takes to keep them on my side!  I, like most, am not above bribery for a good shot!

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classic love

These were taken on one of our last decent days before our first snowfall.  Wait!  Did I just say that?  Ugh.  Also with one of our last remaining fall-ish bushes.  I have done a lot of sessions over the last ten years.  And a lot of those sessions have been fun, heart-warming and memorable, but none so much as this one.

This couple was hilarious!  They were sweet, cute, understanding of my lack of Spanish comprehension and so, so patient when I tried to pose them.   I have literally never laughed so much at a session as I did at this one.  I think a close second would be my own with my husband because he cracks me up.  But then I was on the other side of the camera.  Anywho….  This session will definitely go down in the books as one of my all-time favorites.

But the most beautiful part to it all was the genuine love they have for each other.  I don’t speak a stitch of Spanish, but I didn’t need to in order to understand why they have been married as long as they have.

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bekah

There are many great rewards that come in life.  But my biggest are my marriage and my children.  I have never felt a greater sense of accomplishment in any other area than I have with these.  All I ever wanted as a child was to grow up, get married and have babies.  I did.  And with great success.  Not perfect but I definitely believe a huge part of me was designed to be a mama to my children.

When Bekah was born my heart swelled larger than I ever thought possible.  I loved her so much that within hours after having her (very traumatically, I might add) I remember whispering to her through tears, “I can’t wait to do this again.”  She was my first pride and joy.  And now, 23 years later, I can say with all honesty that I haven’t regretted one moment of being her mama.

Happy birthday Boo!!!  You are a beautiful gift!

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