As I sat here tonight making my son’s lunch for school tomorrow for the first time, I thought I would be thinking how I couldn’t believe that our first baby was starting school tomorrow. And while those thoughts were floating around too, I mostly was thinking about my mom and the many years she spent in the evenings (or early mornings) making my school lunches. She always packed our lunches so thoughtfully, and while I was doing the same tonight I thought about making our son’s lunch perfect too. It’s like a simple sandwich all of a sudden will have the ability to let him know that I was thinking of him midway through his day.
I know I am not the only one tonight preparing for the first day of Kindergarten. All week (all summer), I kept catching myself glancing at my oldest and wondering how we got here so quickly. Those older and wiser than us told my husband and I that this would happen. That our little ones grow fast, and boy were they right. I feel like I have been holding my breath this past week in anticipation for this day. Even now I find myself struggling to find the right words or emotions I feel about it—can I feel all of them at once?
I am excited for him and I am relieved that he is excited too. But I’m also a little surprised by the fact that just by being at open house the other night I felt my eyes well with tears and had to hang back just to make sure I was composed. Then today, when we read a book about Kindergarten I found that same lump in my throat. I looked at my son and I said “If you see me teary-eyed tomorrow, know that it’s just because I am so happy and excited for you.” He smiled his adorable little grin and that was that.
What I can confidently say is that even if I am (partly) not ready for this to start, he is. We have watched him grow from this happy, easy to get along with baby, to a sweet and kind boy. I know he will thrive. I know he will make new friends and learn all of the things that school teaches us into adulthood, and I know he will do well! I’m wishing all of my mom friends, teacher friends, a very wonderful first day tomorrow! And a special thank you to my own mom, for the many school lunches throughout the years. xo
And if you stuck around this long— here’s a photo of my first day of Kindergarten 🙂 Yes, I had a pink Cadillac backpack!
As a creative, there are certain things that you may want to create, and sometimes you just have to find the right people to help your vision come alive. For me, these two have been there all along, so it really was a matter of timing. First and foremost, Eddie and Lisa are fondly referred to as our roomies. That’s right, we have known each other since college and subsequently I started dating my husband just a few months before Lisa and Eddie were “official.” Secondly, as soon as I saw Lisa’s bike that Eddie bought for her birthday, I knew we had to make a session happen. Furthermore, if you scroll all the way to the end, you will see other visions that just came to fruition. Like them being cool with laying in the surf and dancing in the water. As you can see, if you are willing to push the envelope just a little, you can create epic shots such as these.
Thank you two— we love you!
When Ali and I sat down to discuss her upcoming session on beach, we kept drawing upon the same word: Moments. I know this is nothing new, the idea of capturing moments, but photography is so much more than just taking a few family portraits or hours of documenting a wedding. It’s about all of the moments that are becoming tangible evidence of memories in the past.
Right now I have 6,294 photos and 286 videos on my phone. THOUSANDS more saved on a USB(s). I obviously love photography, but I love it more because of the memories it keeps for us. It is so important to document your days and special occasions, because they go by so very fast. And if you have photos taken, then what do you do with them? I’m a big fan of hanging them on walls in beautiful frames. (My husband can always get me to agree with him if he negotiates wall space to hang more photos) 🙂 Not only do I get prints, but every year, I put together a yearbook of our family. I am on our fifth year of doing this (prior to this I have albums of prints). I am working on rolling out this as a service to you, so I would love to hear your feedback on it!
I hope that you see the true joy that each family or wedding has and just what special moments we are capturing for them. Enjoy these sneaks from our session on Lover’s Key, Fort Myers, Florida.