Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Levi is 4

He has been hanging out with me since he was eight weeks old and today he is four. He ordered a cake at my house and a cookie cake at his; clearly he knows how to play us.

He is pretty comfortable here as he has started making plans for how he wants to change Kate's room when he moves in. I am equal parts amused and threatened. I do love this boy but it is best he goes home at the end of each day so I can recharge for his return. Levi is a force to be reckoned with but also quite entertaining and I happen to love him.

Happiest of birthdays to you, Levi Jax.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Father's Day Weekend

Because our children share our interesting sense of humor, this is the gift they purchased for Greg. He loves it.

He spent his Father's Day weekend detailing my car (it's gorgeous) and roasting a turkey breast. This man is awesome and appreciates low-key approaches to celebrations.

We hosted Benjamin overnight Friday and enjoyed having his energy back in our home again. We took him bowling and out for frozen yogurt before unleashing the boys into the construction zone behind the house with light sabers. A sprinkler under the trampoline wrapped up our visit before we drove him home.

The girls discovered we were all wearing hats Saturday and snapped this quickly before they each headed out to different pool parties. I wish Lauren was here too. Looking at photos like this, I realize why they call me a copier. None of us can deny anyone in the family. The DNA is pretty strong around here.

Sunday, June 10, 2018


Sometimes I get ideas into my head I can't shake. When it comes to photography, I am glad I can usually talk someone into playing along. Our couch was safe this particular session and there was no stress involved as I refused to coordinate outfits or plan poses. I simply invited the kids to breakfast. They came hungry and ready to relax in front of the neighbor's camera. Our photographer has a sweet, shy smile and doesn't say much but she appears to think I am crazy. Despite that, she executed my vision perfectly. I am delighted with the results. Nothing is Christmas card worthy, but that's more than okay with me. These images capture who we are a family.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Austin's Three Month Photos

Lauren, Taylor and Austin drove into town for Memorial Day weekend when Taylor learned he had a five day weekend. When he and his dad drove back to Georgia so Taylor could work a couple of shifts and his dad could play golf, we got to keep Lauren and Austin. That week was wonderful with a lot of baby snuggles and so much time spent talking with Lauren. There is nothing like finding a deeper level of connection with your daughter as she navigates motherhood.

Once Taylor returned on Friday, they relocated to Taylor's dad's house for the remaining ten days of their visit because they have a guest room and private area that doesn't send anyone out of their bed for extended periods of time like our house does. They are still traveling around seeing so many friends and family and as usual, Austin is rolling with the chaos. This little guy is pretty sweet and very patient unless he is hungry. His personality reminds me a lot of his mom at this age.

Having them in town when Austin turned three months old meant I got to play with my camera and my favorite subject.

 They simply don't come any happier or sweeter than this baby. We adore you, Austin Ryan and will be quite sad to let you return to Georgia this weekend.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Celebrating Makenna's Graduation

It's official! Three down. Two to go! Makenna graduated high school yesterday. Greg and I were able to attend with both sets of grandparents. Several friends and a lot of family helped us celebrate afterward with a whirlwind open house that left us speechless a few times as we were surprised by some who took the time to travel and surprise us. We have awesome people in our lives.
She never shed a tear. She was ready to be finished and is eager to move forward in life even though exactly what that looks like is still a bit of a mystery. We have encouraged her to take a semester off to think about life a bit. The world is so big and overwhelming and at 17, she simply doesn't know what who she wants to be when she grows up. We have faith she will find her path naturally and soon. She is pretty amazing.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

The New Kid

 This guy ran the house until a few weeks ago.
 And the reason he has accepted a demotion is exhausting.
 Ada Jane moved in with Erin almost two months ago.
 She is confident house rules do not apply to her.
Sometimes (rarely) they are friends.
But even the crazy dog is concerned.
Oliver and I often share the same opinion. 
She is pretty cute but man oh man, she is busy.