When I think back on my childhood and think of fun and special memories, I always think about summertime and spending time with family. My aunt would pack up her station wagon with us kids, lunch, sand toys and boogie boards and head to the beach. We would stay all day until our cheeks were red and our hair was full of sand. I look back at our annual family reunions and Christmas gatherings and remember how much fun they were and how much we LAUGHED. I still think of my little cousin Matthew as a little 5 year old kid who didn’t like candy or chocolate (I know right?!), who had a head full of sandy blonde hair and liked to play practical jokes and be silly. Now that little kid is getting married this summer and has found an amazing woman. Brooke is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet and she’s tons of fun. I am so excited for them and so excited that I am gaining another cousin. Maybe one day we can all pack up the car and head back down to the beach, just for old times sake. Congratulation Brooke and Matthew. Can’t wait for your special day!! Love you both! Dee xo
I have captured the Nguyen family for years now and now that we are back in San Diego, I was so excited to be able to do a little family shoot with them again. They have helped our family so much in the transition moving back to California and they are such a blessing to us. Thank you Nguyen family for everything you have done for our family and for being a perfect example of what true friendship really means. Love you all! xo
It has been a long time since I have blogged, but I am excited to kick off blogging again with some images of the Schafer family. Kendra and I have known each other for about 8 years and worked together at Alternatives Pregnancy Center back when we both were newly married and without kids. We both worked as administrative assistants, so we share the love of organization and details. It had been a long time since I had seen her, so I was so excited when she contacted me to take her family pictures. I loved finally meeting her little girl Tesla, who is as sweet as can be and it was fun capturing her and her big brother Lennon’s cute and spunky engergy.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 11:09am Posted in Uncategorized
I recently had the opportunity to participate in mini sessions for MOPS (Mother’s of Preschoolers), which is held at our church, Jubilee Fellowship in Lone Tree. Although Colorado weather wasn’t exactly spring-like, these sweet families still came out and braved the cold. I met some really amazing families and had tons of fun. Here is a little sneak peek from the sessions.
Meet the Kenna family. I was blessed with the opportunity to photograph this beautiful family. They are filled with so much love for each other and there is no doubt they have a ton of fun together! I had such a great time spending time with this amazing family.
Thanks again Kenna family! xo
Friday, February 15, 2013 at 10:44am Posted in Uncategorized
Not only is Heidi absolutely beautiful on the outside, this high school senior really impressed me with her maturity, humility, respectfulness, and her gentle, sweet spirit. I pray that one day my children will grow up to carry themselves with the same beautiful qualities as Heidi. Thank you Heidi for being such an amazing example. Many blessings to you and in your future as you graduate and move on to new and exciting adventures!
This sweet family is very dear to my heart. I did a newborn session with little Wesley a little over 2 years ago. You can see those pics here. He is growing up fast and is full of energy. He definitely keeps his mommy and daddy on their toes. He is going to have a new baby SISTER join their family really soon so we decided to go out and get some pics of their family before she joins them. I had so much fun capturing this beautiful family and I’m so excited to meet baby girl!
I can’t believe it! Just seems like yesterday I was bringing home my first born. I can remember it like it was yesterday. That sweet little newborn smell, his soft skin and the squeaky little noises he would make.
People would warn us about how much our lives would change and most of it was negative. They would tell us how we wouldn’t be able to just get up and go out to dinner and a movie at a moments notice, how we better get used to the lack of sleep or how we wouldn’t have any time to ourselves. I have to admit, I was a little worried about how having a baby would change our lives, but I never really knew how amazing it would be until the moment they first put him in my arms.
It was instant unconditional love and he has forever changed my life in so many positive ways. I believe I look at life less selfishly now and it brings me so much joy to watch life through his eyes. He has this laughter that is extremely contagious and I love watching him and the simple things that bring him happiness.
Today he is 4. I was fully aware that your kids grow up fast and that I should enjoy every moment. You hear it all the time, but I don’t think you are ever really prepared for it. It totally blows my mind that he is 4. I have enjoyed every moment of being his mommy, yes even through all the tantrums and frustrating times, and I look forward to all of the precious moments that are to come.
Here are some fun facts about my buddy, Elijah:
Favorite color: red
Favorite food: peanut butter and jelly shaped like the Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)
Favorite super hero: Spiderman
Favorite movie: The kid has so many favorites and they change every week, but for now it is Bolt
Favorite book: Harry and Horsie
Elijah has such a gentle sweet little spirit and he loves to help. He loves to help me in any way that he can such as folding laundry or cleaning up. He loves his brother and sister so much and is very protective of them. Yes, he does pick on them a lot, but if anyone comes near them or is mean to them, he is right there protecting them. He took swimming lessons this summer and his big accomplishment is that he can swim under water now. We are so proud of him and feel so blessed to be his mommy, daddy, brother and sister.
These are his favorite Spiderman pajamas. He wants to wear them EVERY day. He doesn’t even care if they are clean or not, so I have to sneak them into the wash.
And he still has his favorite blanky! Here he was about 13 months old…
Still LOVES his blanky!! It is definitely a lot more worn down now.
Happy 4th Birthday to my little buddy! I love you so much and I am SO proud of you!!
I feel so fortunate to have met the Jaspersons. They are such an adorable family and so much fun to be around. Their little boys are so cute and full of energy, as little boys should be. It wasn’t long before they were done taking pictures, but I think we still got some cute ones.
And little Ian is turning 1 very soon.