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The hair, the wrist rolls, the smile, and then…elephants!  I mean, what more could I ask for?


My little rockstars both (yep…both) had bone graft surgery last week (which, in layman’s terms, means they took bone from their skull and grafted it into their gums to fill in the spots where they had deficient bone growth secondary to their cleft lip/palate).  They did amazing and are recovering really well, but the rest of our summer is now dedicated to recovery, which means very limited physical activity and a soft diet (not fun when you’re 8.  Or 37).

If you’ve noticed my posts have been a bit sparse, that is why.  We dedicated our extra time to helping the girls have as much fun (and eating all of their favorite foods) as they could prior to surgery.   They did humor me by allowing me to take them on a little shoot prior to the big day though (if we promised to let them go swinging).

I cannot say enough, how proud of them we are.  They’ve handled this entire thing with more grace than I ever could have expected and I can say, without a doubt, that I shed far more tears than they did throughout this ordeal.

I’m truly the luckiest mama. <3

I feel like it was yesterday that I was taking this little man’s newborn photos.  Time flies…and cheeks become even more fantastic. ;-)

I love getting to see this cutie every year around her birthday and to see how her sweet little personality changes.  This year, she even drew me pictures for my refrigerator <3.

When I start my family portrait sessions, I always stress that natural interactions are more meaningful than getting the perfect smile or the perfectly posed shot.  This family was the epitome of those beautiful, natural interaction with their little guy (who rocked the most amazing one tooth smile, may I add).  Such a joy to work with these three.