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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) cedar family hiking lucy milo penn ridge Mon, 12 Mar 2018 07:00:00 GMT
Kindergarten Valentines Day 2018 DSC_2125DSC_2125

I attended Lucy's kindergarten classroom Valentine party. It was so fun watching them bustle around to hand out their Valentines and stuff them into the Love Bug bags they made! DSC_2107DSC_2107 DSC_2184DSC_2184 DSC_2174DSC_2174 DSC_2237DSC_2237

(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) kindergarten lucy party valentines Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:15:00 GMT
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Milo loves his trucks! A long time ago Lucy asked if she could play with the beans that were in our bulk bin. I said yes and they have been a staple in our playtime ever since. They are being contained here in an old kinetic sand tray. DSC_6610DSC_6610


(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) beans milo play trucks Tue, 09 Jan 2018 07:45:00 GMT
Christmas 2017 DSC_7806DSC_7806 Christmas this year was simple and and fun. Our tree stayed green and fragrant through the whole holiday. We made ambitious cookies and gave them to our friends and neighbors. Lucy is obsessed with the book and cartoon The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. We made it a mission to get her a copy and she reads it now several times a day. She and Milo keep asking if we can keep it, fearing it's a library book that will have to be returned. We listen to the audio recording in the car.

I ordered a Whole Foods meal instead of cooking this year. The littles are at the magical age of play and I just didn't want to miss a minute of it over a stove or a dish washer. We enjoyed unwrapping presents, of course. Half of them were pictures and items from around the house that Lucy had wrapped up in whatever paper she could find. One of my favorite parts of the day was a random and epic sword fight between Penn and the little ones with swords that belonged to Penn when he was a toddler. 

I loved watching Lucy and Milo wake up Penn to open presents after breakfast. In 2011, it was Penn waking up baby Lucy.

I got Lucy and Milo a toy called Toymail. The kids can send and receive voice messages to approved contacts through their toy. Lucy especially has the hang of it and I love the funny messages between her and Papa and the sweet things she sends to me.

Christmas was good and delicious and delightful!

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) 2017 bob christmas cookies daniel decorations grinch hatchimal lucy milo penn socks swords toymail tree Mon, 25 Dec 2017 07:15:00 GMT
Lucy's Winter Dance Recital DSC_1421DSC_1421 Lucy had her Winter dance recital with Studio B at the beautiful McFarlin Auditorium at SMU. She was a toy soldier this year and I enjoyed another round of being the backstage dance mom. I've learned the ropes and come with a bag full of coloring books, playdough, puzzles and books because the girls have to manage staying in their hair, makeup and costume and stage ready until it's time to dance. Then there is a whirlwind of getting everyone out of their costume and into their other clothes for the stage filling group bow of all of the dancers. This is a real feat for a group of little ones. 

They danced beautifully and had so much fun. We were overjoyed to have Papa and Grandparents Miller in town to watch her! DSC_1353DSC_1353 DSC_1430DSC_1430 DSC_1455DSC_1455 DSC_1425DSC_1425 DSC_1472DSC_1472 DSC_1445DSC_1445 DSC_1478DSC_1478 DSC_1507DSC_1507 DSC_1509DSC_1509 DSC_1516DSC_1516 DSC_1544DSC_1544 DSC_1561DSC_1561

(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) b dance daniel grandma grandpa lucy mcfarlin miller milo smu soldier studio toy Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:04:00 GMT
Lucy's 6th Birthday DSC_1654DSC_1654 Lucy turned 6 this year surrounded by her friends and family at ASI Gymnastics. SIX! Lucy has been a bright and shiny beacon of light in my world since she was born. There is no one like her. As her reading skills bloom her other artistic and musical talents become more vibrant and intentional. Lucy is very creative. She sings and plays the piano and makes art constantly.  She performed in her first piano recital this year and didn't miss a note. She said she was really nervous and her heart was beating fast and you could see the relief when she sat down, but she was so composed up there! She participated in a musical theater class and continues dancing with Studio B. 

She jumped and ran and smiled with her friends at her party and has enjoyed meeting so many new people at school. She had cupcakes and singing in her class on her birthday week. We were so happy to have Grandparents Miller and Papa in town to celebrate such a wonderful occasion!

My children's birthdays are a momentous feeling for me and her party was a total success. Happy Birthday, Lucy!

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) asi birthday cake candles carissa daniel foam grandparents gymnastics jumping lucy miller milo papa penn pit swinging Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:15:00 GMT
The Ginko is My Favorite Tree  

DSC_1080DSC_1080 The Ginko is my favorite tree. There is one a block over from us that turns into the most brilliant yellow tree every fall and every time we pass it, which is at least twice a day on school days, someone says, "There's mom's favorite tree!" It's gorgeous. Ginko leaves are like rose petals. They are soft and smooth and they flutter if you toss them into the air. They do not turn into a crunchy dirty mess. It's like a silk rug around the bottom in the fall. I love them.

This year the property that this tree is on was sold and the house is currently vacant for remodeling. We were driving by and I happened to have my camera and the tree was almost at the end of losing all of its leaves. I pulled over and we had the best time playing in the yard.

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) fall family ginko leaves lucy milo tree yellow Thu, 09 Nov 2017 05:58:00 GMT
Halloween 2017 DSC_7700DSC_7700 For Halloween Lucy was a Witch, Milo was a kangaroo and Penn was Gumby. We trick or treated on our fabulous street with our fabulous neighbors. Penn went out on his own with friends. There was a Halloween party in Lucy's kindergarten class with crafts and fun. The teacher's dressed up as the letter corresponding to their classrooms and the kids taped words starting with that letter on them. They had a lot of fun! And collected just the right amount of candy which is to say, not too much, but we still have some leftover in the cabinet. 

I cleaned out the toy drawers and passed out small toys, bouncy balls and packets of organic honey as well as the standard fare.  DSC_7686DSC_7686


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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) candy class daniel gumby kangaroo kindergarten lucy milo party penn witch Tue, 31 Oct 2017 19:30:00 GMT
Penn's Business Class Goes to the Rangers Game  

Tamara Walker teaches Penn's business class. She works super hard for J L Long and her kids. Charles Schwab funded one of her Donor's Choose projects with a major bonus surprise donation of $10,000 PLUS a surprise trip for her class to attend a Ranger's Game in true VIP style. The kids were bussed over, fed, doused in swag that they were able to get autographed, met the players, got to ask them questions and had a tour of the stadium. Ms. Walker has more Donor's Choose Projects to be filled, if you're interested!

Thanks to Deborah Stewart for taking all of these photos!

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) autographs baseball business charles choose class dallas donation donors penn rangers schwab stadium surprise tamara texas walker Sat, 21 Oct 2017 02:45:00 GMT
First Day of Kindergarten and 8th Grade Lucy started Kindergarten and Penn started 8th grade this year. For Lucy it's just the beginning. For Penn it's the last year of middle school! Both are exciting times in our lives. We are looking forward to seeing Lucy find her way academically and meet new friends. She is ready and excited! Milo misses his best friend.



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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) 8th grade carissa daniel j l long kindergarten lakewood elementary lucy milo penn school signs teachers Tue, 29 Aug 2017 03:15:00 GMT
Lucy and Milo Playing in the Studio Sometimes after a studio shoot the kids wander in and I take a few photos of them.

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) lucy milo studio Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:15:00 GMT
Rainbow Cake We made a rainbow cake just for fun and had cake for breakfast.

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) breakfast food lucy milo pajamas rainbow cake Sun, 09 Jul 2017 03:30:00 GMT
July 4th in Oklahoma 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 toured the Masonic Temple in Guthrie, Oklahoma. It was built in 1923 for 3 million dollars!

We are so lucky to have such a lovely place to gather with such wonderful people.

Lucy wrote a great book about her experience.
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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) cousins family fire fireworks fish fishing gun guthrie lucy marshmallows masonic milo oklahoma penn pond ranger smores sparklers spider temple Wed, 05 Jul 2017 03:59:00 GMT
Father's Day 2017 I invited my neighbors over to do a Father's Day craft and photoshoot. We put on Dad tattoos and took photos and made handprint cards that had a photo insert. They are the cutest!

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) dad father's day friends neighbors tatoos Sun, 04 Jun 2017 05:30:00 GMT
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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 Kitecomplete 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.
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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Carissa Daniel Disney Let's Go Fly A Kite, Lucy McFarlin Milo SMU Studio B ballet costume dance family flowers photo recital stage Sun, 21 May 2017 22:15:07 GMT
Milo's 3rd Birthday DSC_0598DSC_0598 Milo turned three! We had a fun party with friends, family, and neighbors at the house with cupcakes and balloons. It warms me to live in a place where most of his guests are able to walk over. He felt special and loved. I know three is the last age of babydom.  Three is my least favorite age because there are so many mental and physical transitions to go through. They become more coordinated and have a big vocabulary boost. But they also have potty training and still not as much coordination and vocabulary as they would like. Milo was such a sweet little baby and he is still such a sweet little toddler. He's smart and patient and self aware at a level that is so enjoyable to parent. He is boisterous and vivacious in comfortable company and a quiet little lap lump in new environments. He relies heavily on Lucy, but she enjoys his friendship. I can take him anywhere thanks to his dependable calmness. He is interested in everything. He'll happily sit at a restaurant table for an hour or walk an art museum with little complaint. He is not the rough and tumble boy full of wrestles and raucous, but more of a contemplative boy who is observant and funny. He fits right in. I love him more than anything. DSC_0606DSC_0606 DSC_0615DSC_0615 DSC_0617DSC_0617 DSC_0621DSC_0621 DSC_0625DSC_0625 DSC_0628DSC_0628 DSC_0641DSC_0641 DSC_0645DSC_0645 DSC_0648DSC_0648 DSC_0652DSC_0652 DSC_0662DSC_0662 DSC_0668DSC_0668 DSC_0672DSC_0672 DSC_0675DSC_0675 DSC_0679DSC_0679 DSC_0688DSC_0688

(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) balloons birthday cake candles daniel friends home lucy milo neighbors party presents Sun, 21 May 2017 05:00:00 GMT
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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!

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Lake Lucy Rock Save the Date Studio B White portrait Tue, 16 May 2017 05:50:36 GMT
Lucy's Winter Dance Recital DSC_4145-2DSC_4145-2 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.
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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Hap Hap Happy Snowman, Lucy SMU theater, Studio B, dance hat stage tap Sat, 17 Dec 2016 06:45:00 GMT
My babies DSC_1841DSC_1841 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! DSC_1796DSC_1796 DSC_1819-2DSC_1819-2 DSC_1823-2DSC_1823-2 DSC_1780DSC_1780

(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Dallas Lucy Milo Penn Winspear downtown portrait siblings winter Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:45:00 GMT
Penn's 13th Birthday

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. 

*first photo credit to Brandon Hutchinson.


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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) 13 bed birthday candle carissa family gatsplat paintball party penn teenager Sun, 27 Nov 2016 06:00:00 GMT