This Halloween my kiddos have two of (what I think) are their best costumes yet!! A Bumblebee Princess and a Motorcycle Rider! Both such random choices really. But when setting out to look for costumes this year neither us or the kids went with anything specific in mind for them. I think it was MUCH more fun this way because in the end, both kids LOVE what they are dressing up as, and neither were disappointed that they didn’t find a specific costume. I fully realize we won’t have it this easy in the coming years though. 😉 I’m thankful that for now, just the idea of dressing up as anything is good enough!
Halloween seems to happen at the perfect time of year because as my busy season is winding down a bit, it gives me a bit more time to spend focusing on some of the fun things we do with the kids and as a family. This year I actually purchased Halloween decorations for the front of our house. ALERT THE MEDIA! I never do this. Call me a stick-in-the-mud but I’ve never been one for seasonal decorations of any kind (mostly because I can’t be bothered taking them down! HA!). But this year in addition to our normal pumpkin carving, I also bought a few other things to put up at the kid’s request…and I’m glad I did. Turns out, being in the spirit isn’t nearly as bad as I thought. 😉
Hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween!! I’d loooove if you’d head on over to the Danielle Lynn Photography Facebook page and tell me what YOU and/or your kids are dressing up as this year!!
Oh and in case you are wondering…the faces he is making in these photos are his tough Biker faces! When I asked him to show me what a tough guy face looks like, this was what I got. And I couldn’t stop laughing so I just HAD to post them. 🙂
P.S. When I took these photos we were on our way to the kids Halloween party at the Museum of Civilization and were in a bit of a hurry. This means I unfortunately didn’t get a photo of the two kids together! If I’m able to get one some time today I’ll be sure to come back and update this post!
P.P.S. This past weekend we FINALLY had the opportunity to take a few family photos! Hoping to share them all soon!
After my first Junking expedition with my friend Christine back in April of this year, I’ve had a hankering to go back in the worst way. Not necessarily to buy anything. But to just be there. Amongst the beautiful treasures, snapping away, being totally in my element. The inspiration that places like these hold for me isn’t easily put into words. I could spend hours upon hours just imagining, just creating, just reveling in the beauty. So this past weekend I brought my Mother in Law with me and hit up the junk yards once again. The best part? I saw things in a completely different way than I did before. I’m not sure it was that any of the junk itself had changed. But as I grow as a person and as a photographer, I’m learning to see things differently. I’m learning to see beauty in new ways.
Next time I won’t wait so long to go back. I will make the time in my schedule to do it for me. 🙂
Its 5:50am and as usual I am awoken by the sound of two chubby little feet running down the hall to our room. My eyes are barely open when I see her mass of tangled ponytail land on the pillow next to me. “Baby girl, today is your first day of school…” and her eyes light up. She really has been looking forward to this for a long time. There were no arguments getting her dressed this morning, no troubles getting her to sit and eat her breakfast either. Today she was a big girl. And Mama was just going to have to face the fact that her baby really is.
We walked into the class room and she hung her bag up on her assigned hook. She took out her lunch bag, her indoor shoes and proceeded to put them on. Her smile was one of the biggest I had ever seen. She was so proud. And I was proud of her. As I got ready to leave the classroom she pulled me down and whispered softly “Its okay Mama, you’ll always be my Mama“. I fought back tears, just as I am fighting them back typing this. I’m not sure where she found it in her to say that to me. But that’s one of the things I admire about her. She often knows the right things to say at the right times. Somewhere inside of me I do think there is a fear that my influence as her Mama will be replaced by that of her teachers and school mates. I’ve never shared this fear with her for obvious reasons. I think she must have sensed it anyway.
My sweet baby girl. You have so many people in this world who know that there are big, BIG things in store for you. Every single day I am grateful and proud to be Mama to such a smart, funny, caring, confident and beautiful little princess. Today you get to share these wonderful qualities with the rest of the world. For that I am so happy. I can’t wait to see your heart sing.