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Just About Perfect.

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Amidst the swirl of a busy life, this moment was just about perfect.

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Emmeline held little Lilly for the first time. Lilly’s mommy, Kim, babysat for our family several years ago. Emmeline was just shy of two years old. Carter was about to be born. Harrison wasn’t even on the map–humanly speaking. And Kim held my babies, enjoyed them, and cared for them.

Kim and Garrett, we think that Lilly is just about perfect.

The Community Garden 1.2015

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

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It always amazes me to see adults in our community take the time to get to know my kids and teach them about gardening when we spend time here.

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On this garden work day, we had the help of several students and members of the staff of St. Mary’s University.

The McNay

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Harrison and I enjoyed a few hours together at the McNay Museum today.  According to Harrison, the high points were the koi fish in the courtyard and the WWII Photography Exhibit.

Even though I was a bit bummed they won’t allow you to photograph inside the exhibits, I enjoyed a lot of good conversation with Harrison.

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Christmas 2014 (part two)

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

This year we gave Emmeline a violin.  She knew that it was coming because we wanted to include her in the selection process.

Here is her best fake surprise face. . .

 

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Harrison made a sweet card for me.  He insisted that I read it to Greg because he thinks that Greg doesn’t know basic Spanish.

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Emmeline made me a card too.  Carter created a whole host of goodies mostly for Greg–including a coaster that declares that he is “a detective for robbers”.

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Q: How do you get a 10 year old’s full attention?

A: You give him a multi-tool that includes a pocket knife.

“Carter, don’t have the knife out unless you are using it carefully.”

“O.k., mom.”

24 hours later, “Mom, I cut my finger on the knife!”  (No joke)

Lesson learned?

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I gave Greg some things related to his firetruck–including bunting for future parades and this pair of books about firetruck history.

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Emmeline was still getting the hang of her circle scarf.  I’m having a hard time not stealing it–even though I picked it out for her.

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Carter devours non-fiction books.

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Greg makes me laugh by reading aloud fortune cookie fortunes in a fake Chinese accent and by inserting the words “honor”, “lucky” and “ancestor” as much as possible.

I decided to buy him a whole box of fortune cookies.  The gift, I admit, was mostly for me.

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This is Carter’s face when he saw his new bike for the first time.  He has been asking for and waiting for a bike for over a year.

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Harrison has never received a new bike.  He has only gotten hand-me-downs from Carter which come with a lot of use and abuse.  He always receives them with the brightest smile.  He always celebrates when Carter gets a new bike.

This is how Harrison responded three years ago when he got Carter’s hand-me-down bike:

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And here a very sleepy, “I just woke up from my nap” Harrison watching Carter receive a brand new bike in November of 2011.

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This day I asked Harrison rhetorically, “Harrison, who is better than you for cheering on your brother and celebrating him as he enjoys a brand new bike???”

Harrison answered a plainly as can be, “Carter.”  He always thinks of Carter first.  He is the best friend Carter has in all of life.

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Harrison has not complained once that his current hand-me-down bike is unusable right now with a flat tire etc.

He has been patiently waiting for Carter to get a brand new bike so that he could get the next hand-me-down one.

We decided to knock his socks off and celebrate his contentment with a shiny, cherry red, brand new bike.   It was a total shock for him.  He celebrated by leaping into the air.  Mission accomplished.

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The day was beautiful.  Harrison took his bike for a spin at the track.  And as if the day couldn’t get any better for a 7 year old, we ran into a girl from his class whom he really likes.

She was playing with her family.  He made sure to get her attention.  He almost lost his balance while watching her.

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(Side note: Carter needed some coaxing/ encouragement to actually use his bike rather than treat it like a museum piece. He is sometimes afraid to enjoy the gifts he receives.  Later in the day, he rode his bike.)

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Emmeline and I left the park early for some girl time.  We wanted to watch A White Christmas, and we knew the boys wouldn’t be up for that.

On the way home, we took a couple of pictures in a pretty patch of light.

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The Bubble Chair

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

So over the last year+ of our family’s life, we have been making changes to our house. We have been rethinking our kids’ rooms to “fit” them better as they go into the next stage of their lives. And while we have been re-decorating, I have been doing just about everything I can think of to make our kids’ rooms brighter–better for taking photos of the stories that unfold there.

Emmie’s room is now bathed in white–except for a bright rainbow-colored rug. The centerpiece of her room is this hanging bubble chair. The photographer-mom in me couldn’t help but dream of telling stories like this. . .

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Back to School 2014-2015

Monday, August 25th, 2014

We’re back at it.
We reached the finish line of summer.
And we are at the start line of the school year.

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Carter is starting 4th grade in Spanish Immersion.

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Harrison is starting 2nd grade in Spanish Immersion.

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Emmeline is in 6th grade at a new school, the middle school in our district.
Emmeline walked me through her whole first day while I made dinner. She had a great first day thanks to a lot of hardworking, welcoming teachers and some good friends.

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2nd, 4th, & 6th grades. . .Here we come.

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One day the kids will hopefully say, “Mom, thank you so much for taking pictures of us while we were growing up.”
But to be honest, I offered them some extra screen time to get one picture of all three of them in the sweltering heat.

Happy Birthday, Dear Amy!!!

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Happy Birthday, Dear Amy!

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Coffee shop + Amy + drinks + mint colored Macbook = Amy in her natural environment

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Thanks for introducing me to Rosella’s this week.
Thanks for being my friend.

La Panaderia

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

The boys were at T Bar M day camp this week so Emmeline and I grabbed lunch at La Panaderia.

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Emmie had pineapple water, and I had cucumber lemonade.
Both drinks were amazing.

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The breads were the high points of our sandwiches.
And we grabbed the most amazing almond tequila croissant “cuernito” on our way out.

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So much passion and care has been poured into this business.
I hope they do really well in San Antonio.

Emmeline’s 5th Grade Graduation

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Emmeline said, “Goodbye” to elementary school on June 5, 2014.
Thank you, Cambridge, for 5 important years.
You have surrounded my daughter with lots of love and support.

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Normally, graduations aren’t the most exciting events. Let’s be honest. This one felt different and more personal. When they announced a child’s name, it was accompanied by a baby picture and current picture of that kid. They also interviewed the kids beforehand–asking what their favorite Cambridge memory was or what they think they will be doing in 15 years. The responses were funny, heartwarming, wacky, ambitious, serious, unique, and relatable. As they walked across the stage, the announcer also shared their response to one of the questions.

Here’s what Emmeline said, “In 15 years. . . I will be most likely still in school. I don’t exactly what I want to be but it will be awesome!”

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Yes, I took the obligatory posed photo.

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Emmeline, we do not know what the future holds for you. But we do know that the same God who has cared for you even before you were born will continue to write your story with sovereign care. There will be both joy and hardship, but He is faithful. And He is big enough and good enough to pursue you in love even as you transition to middle school.

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Emmeline got to announce the slideshow that closed the ceremony…en espanol.
Yes, she was nervous, but she kind of looks at home behind the podium.

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There are so many wonderful administrators, school staff, “specials” teachers and classroom teachers that made this day possible. Thank you especially to Sra. Ojeda, Sra. Willis, Sra. Hernandez, Srta. Herrera, Sra. Walker, Sra. Gamez, Srta. Hernandez, and Sra. Martinez, for teaching my daughter for 5 years.

Callie’s Family

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

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A few weeks ago, I spent the afternoon with my friend Callie and her family. Callie and I “met” online while taking a photography course. After figuring out that she lived in Austin and I lived in San Antonio (about 1 1/2 hrs. apart), we met in the middle in a town called New Braunfels. Since then, we’ve met every few months to talk shop and hang out. We have grown as friends and photographers in the last couple of years.

Callie’s work reminds me of clean, white, crisp hotel sheets. It’s classic and substantive. She isn’t after “flash”, she is after emotional connection. Take a look and see what I mean by clicking HERE.

A year or so ago, she proposed a photo swap. I would shoot her family then she would shoot mine. After months of patient waiting (on her part!), we finally scheduled it and made it happen.

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This was kind of my dream shoot. I felt like I could shoot like “me” and be myself.
I came to capture their home life and tell their story.

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Callie’s daughter is a spirited girl with spunk to spare. She is a straight-shooter.
At one point during the shoot, all she could think about was a jelly sandwich. We took a break and grabbed a bite to eat. She got her wish. I could have photographed her eating for hours.

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Callie’s son is an inquisitive, interactive boy and an eager learner. It was so fun to meet him in person after seeing him in so many photos.

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Super Mom meets Super Girl.

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My favorite kids’ author/illustrator + creative use of a book = girl genius (in my mind)

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Thanks so much, Callie, for letting me get to know you and your family.
Thank you for busting you tail to take photos of my family. Can’t wait to see the finished result!
Mike, you worked so hard too! Thanks for making it easy for me.