She cherishes her children with an insanely deep passion rivaled only by the love she holds for her husband. She is one of the most sentimental mamas I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with, and I could chat with her for days. From everything about motherhood, being a wife, to surviving a remodel, she speaks my language.
This is her family. This is her life.
The youngest is the light of the family. Wherever she is, there is life. I think she knows it, too.
Her son is pensive. He is deep in his own thoughts. I think I need to spend some more time with him. He’s very relaxing.
He treasures his car toys that were his dad’s when he was a boy… which made me get all swooney in my mildly dramatic way. I love the idea of holding onto just a few special items to pass on to your kids.
I haven’t met a family yet that didn’t live the bulk of their lives in the kitchen… if I had this kitchen, I’d live there, too!
Her husband is relaxed with a subtle humor that kind of catches you off guard. I nearly missed a few shots because I wasn’t expecting a rush of laughter. Incidentally, being caught off gaurd is the best way to laugh.
I think their oldest will do something big to save the world. She’s already an advocate for peace and fiercely protects slugs.
Two things about these pictures above – the one in the middle is fabulous because they just danced, played, and connected. It was awesome. The photo of mom brushing her youngest’s hair moves my mommy heart. We spend so much of our time taking care of our kids, don’t we? But there will be a day when we won’t need to. At first, it will seem glorious, but then the reality will sink in that they are becoming independent. We can’t stop it, so we might as well enjoy it now, yes? Or in the very least, get a pretty picture of it to remind us years down the line.
The kids have a wonderful handmade privacy sign hanging on the bedroom door… I would definitely be sure to give them their space since they were so polite about asking for it. ;)
The photo above on the right is a favorite of mine… there is something so sweet about the way the youngest is looking down over her shoulder at her older sister. I’m not sure what made her stop her ascent up the bed, but the picture reminds me of how little ones look up to their siblings. Even if it seems that they just like to pester, there are sparkly moments woven in throughout the day.
Ahhh yes, the kids all have their very own fruit and vegetable garden! How fantastic is this?! When I came home, I showed my husband this photo and simply said “I want that.” Guess what I’m getting for Christmas? :)
Everything tastes better if you grow it yourself.
I believe all families need a few portraits. And, I believe letting the kids style their own picture is equally important.
I thank this wondrous family from Los Altos for allowing me to spend so much time with them. I enjoyed every moment of it and the pictures make me happy. XOXOXO!
I hope everyone is able to take some time to be with their families this holiday season. Me? I’m enjoying as much hot chocolate as we can drink and reading as much Harry Potter as my kids will let me. :)