We traveled to Daniel's family's farm in Oklahoma for July 4th. We enjoyed the peaceful property and time with family. There was a lot of fishing and swimming and ranger riding and the gigantic fireworks show they put together. I shot an enormous gun. Lots of ping pong too, until Penn broke his toe stubbing it on a chair while going for a ball.
We are so lucky to have such a lovely place to gather with such wonderful people.
Lucy had the cutest Spring Dance Recital with Studio B at SMU's McFarlin Auditorium. The theme for the whole show was Where Dreams Come True and Lucy's class danced to Let's Go Fly a Kite, complete with kite props. The girls kept the kites a surprise from their parents for the whole semester! I've never wanted to be a backstage mom, but at Lucy's very first recital it was clear she wasn't going to give me a choice. Now I've embraced it and come armed with coloring books and card games to keep the girls busy until it's their turn to dance. I love getting to know all the girls and their sweet little personalities and learning how Lucy makes friends and follows directions.
I'm so proud of her bravery for getting on the big stage and smiling and dancing her heart out! This is SUCH a sweet time in her life and we are enjoying every moment.
I got to photograph one of my most favorite human beings on the whole planet for her Save the Date wedding card! They are the most fun and happy couple and I loved watching them love. Bessie owns the wonderful dance studio, Studio B, that my daughter attends. She's a true champion of our community.
I love telling this story. When Lucy started dance she was so shy and had so much anxiety around new people she would practically have a panic attack. When I took her to buy shoes for her first dance class she cried so much I was certain Bessie would call me the next day and tell me there was no way they were going to let her dance there. But she didn't and Lucy went to dance and Bessie and the teachers were so kind and patient and encouraging and without judgment. Lucy had so much fun and from there really grew into someone who loves performing. (Now we can't get her to stop!) I adore this lady!
Lucy's winter dance recital was the sweetest ever! Her class tap danced to the Hap Hap Happy Snowman. Lucy is so drawn to music, dancing and singing and it's a pleasure to watch her grow each year in the things she loves. She dances with Studio B and they performed at the beautiful McFarlin Auditorium at SMU.
Penn Lennon is 13, Lucy Pearl is 5 and Milo West is 2. They are growing up so fast and so sweet! I'm the luckiest woman in the world to be their mom. And I need to take as many photos as possible of this brunette, blonde and redhead together before Milo loses that great baby white blonde hair!
Penn turned 13 on November 27th. I have a teenager! We woke him up with breakfast and a candle like we have since he was little. He opened presents and we took him and some friends to play paint ball.
I am so lucky to be his mother. He has certainly made me a better person. He was born on Thanksgiving Day and I've always enjoyed the symbolism of that day. I love his dry wit and love of humor. I love how strong his convictions can be, his interest in music, good food and his obsession with playing soccer. I love his ability to forgive and his determination to move forward. I love his focus on the positive and how he doesn't let obstacles get him down. Penn makes me laugh and love and hope. Watching him grow and loving him is a joy and privilege.
Milo hit Lucy today and refused to apologize. This was his first time out. He had to stay there until he said he was sorry. It only took an hour.
Penn dressed as Ken Bone for Halloween this year. He rode his bike with Waldo to a Halloween party and waited until he got there to don his mustache and name tag. He came back with a lot of candy so I guess they had fun! Lucy dressed up as Wonder Woman and Milo dressed up as Batman. We had so much fun trick or treating down our street and hanging out with our adorable neighbors. I love this street.
My S'mores neighbors!
I had the great pleasure of shooting the fabulous secret party, Diner En Blanc for Itty Bitty Foodies. Check out her blog for a lovely post and in the video wrap up. It was spectacular! There were 2,300 in attendance. There are some strict rules. You must dress in all white from head to toe. This includes media, the band, and coordinators. Even the porta-potties were white! You bring your own all white tables and decoration and your own dinner. The location is top secret. Guests meet at a location to be bussed over to the surprise. This year was downtown at City Hall. It is such a spectacle of fun and friends gathered and I was so happy to be part of it!
I photographed twice the love with these precious newborn twins! An absolutely perfect girl and boy pair full of all the cuddly sweetness.
Penn ran his first cross country meet with J. L. Long this weekend. This is a great group of kids and they did fantastically! The Long girl's team came in 1st, the boys came in 2nd and Penn came in 25th.
Penn starts seventh grade today. Here he is armed for middle school with his saxophone and new contacts.
This one of my most favorite families ever! I was sweaty and hot. They were bright and beautiful and happy. Every time. They are magic.
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