I don’t photograph my kids or my family nearly enough. I do pull out my phone and snap pictures a lot during outings and what not, but those end up lost on my facebook among the rest of the low quality pictures I take. At one time, when my camera was brand new, I was taking photos of them all the time. I was practicing my skills and they let me. They had a different tolerance level then compared to now. According to them, I’ve taken my fair share of pictures, and getting these kids to all agree to sit for a photo can be like herding cats or pulling teeth (both metaphors work in this case!).
Even so… I really enjoy taking pictures of my kids so that I can do comparisons of then and now. My photography has taken a hiatus and I definitely like natural lighting much better than artificial lighting, but the result I wanted to get is still the same.
the youngest and wildest one..
Our youngest is 4 years old. She’s a ball of energy and doesn’t sit still for very long. We originally had agreed to have 2 kids and a family of four, but just before I turned thirty, something changed. We decided that if we were going to grow our family at all, that this was the time to do it. We want to be a young family and thought that a third child would old bring out little family closer and only improve our quality of life. So, along came our littlest.
She’s definitely something else! Compared to our older two, she hasn’t done anything the same in the same order. She’s unpredictable and has challenged what we thought parenting was all about. We wouldn’t change it for the world, but my husband and I do enjoy laughing at each other and how silly we where to think having a third would be EASY!
aw, our little Boy…
Just a little over 9 years ago, we had the scare of our lives. Our second child was unexpectedly coming into this world 2 months early and there was nothing we could do. We weren’t ready and thought we had time. Our third bedroom was still a storage junk room, we didn’t have a crib or really anything and we had just sent out the invitations for the baby shower. Yes, we were going to have a premature delivery. During the labor it was unclear if he would make it. There were thoughts he might only weigh 1 1/2 pounds and wouldn’t be able to breath on his own, until the moment he was born and he came out just over 3 pounds and within 10 minutes was breathing on his own. He had to stay in the hospital for 5 weeks and we had our baby shower without him, but everything turned out just fine.
We were lucky..
So, this guy is my miracle. He’s a survivor. He hasn’t had any real problems other than having his adenoid and tonsils removed. He’s strong and healthy and loves his sisters. He’s such a caring boy who would do anything for his family. He’s said more than once “I can’t wait to have a family of my own”. It melts my heart.
Here’s our first born. She’s just turned 11 and loves writing, art, and creating clothing for her dolls. She’s a self taught seamstress and makes adorable clothing for them out of old socks and pieces of cloth laying around. This girl reminds me of myself in so many ways. She’s independent, creative, always thinking too much, clever, quick witted and a patient sister with her siblings. She sometimes can be a little mommy too. It’s not that we encourage her to be a guardian, it just comes natural to her, and I think that’s ok. Nurturing individuals are needed in this world.
She’s recently started to express and need to feel different and unique. She wants to express her uniqueness with her hairstyles, and so I let her color her hair during the summer and shave the side of her head. In fact, I’ve been the one to shave her hair. I wont stifle her expression of self, but I will guide her when she’s got questions (or before she has questions) and I will tame her when needed. A unique hair cut though? Not something I will worry myself about. Who am I to project my own insecurities.. I would probably never shave my own hair, but that’s me. I will always protect her and be a guiding force, but blue hair or shaved heads is not a concern of mine. She’s a very good kid with great grades and a good attitude towards life and the future.
This is my little family. I love them with all my being.