Winter Wonderland

“Take vacations, go as many places as you can. You can always make money, you can’t always make memories.” -Anonymous

Over MLK weekend, we took our first family vacation of four to Tahoe. It was obviously hard with such a newborn, but it was well worth it seeing how much Jude loved sledding down the hills each day. Of course, being his mother I took him down the adult sized run after a day of sledding and after that he decided he didn’t want to sled anymore. I swear he had a ton of fun on all the smaller hills prior to my poor decision. Nonetheless, it was by far one of our favorite family trips. Now that he’s older, Jude enjoys everything so much more and hearing his delight and squeals make all the difficulties of traveling with a crazy bunch of boys super worth it. Before Jude turns into a full blown threenager this Sunday I wanted to highlight a huge batch of photos I had such a hard time narrowing down. These are all the happy joyful moments, not pictured would be the large alligator tears that streamed down his face as he screamed out on our drive home, “I need the snow!!! I need the house [hotel] with the elevator!” Since then, I tell him each day that mama and baba need to go to work to make money or we can’t take him back to the snow. The kid is getting his first lesson in the importance of working hard to play hard.

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Documenting Change

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” -Socrates

Before Ronan was born, part of me wanted to hold onto the way things were. Ken and I were doing well, we were starting to come to this sweet age where Juju was learning to be more independent, all the while making us laugh. I was afraid that my heart wouldn’t be able to expand to fit another human, yet all my mommy friends told me it just happens. They had been right about so much before and sure enough that’s how it happened. With every passing day my heart seems to grow, filling it with new love for Ronan. With so much of our lives filled with things to do and places to go and especially since I often shoot on the weekends, I don’t always take the time to use my camera to document my own family. But with the new year, something inside of me wanted to capture the change that’s happening before my eyes each day. Jude has started full time daycare/preschool, he’s turning 3 at the end of this month, my husband whom I’ve known since I was 14 has also changed and it’s a privilege to still love and grow old together, and my new nugget is slowly putting on the pounds. I’ll be heading back to work this week and I’m thankful I’ll have these photos to remind me of what I’ll be coming home to each day.

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