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Lucy starts 1st grade this year and Penn starts 9th grade and High School! I am so excited for them and the adventures and friends this year will bring.

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) 1st 9th elementary first grade high lakewood letterboard Lucy ninth Penn School wilson woodrow https://carissabyers.com/blog/2018/8/first-day-of-school Mon, 20 Aug 2018 18:15:00 GMT
Remembering Cheryl https://carissabyers.com/blog/2018/8/remembering-cheryl Screen Shot 2018-08-18 at 11.29.12 PMScreen Shot 2018-08-18 at 11.29.12 PM One of my favorite people in the world passed away this week. I loved her. Adored her. She was one of those friends I could trust and confide in and made the world significantly brighter. She was the most amazing mother in the world. She knew her children in a special, next level kind of way and nourished every part of them with such fierceness and wisdom. She was inspiring. She was patient and kind in the way that came from inside her like magic. Not in a way that can be learned or mimicked. She was insanely intelligent. She was fun and playful and involved.

 

She had the most beautiful, musical, Australian accent. She taught me about fun Australian traditions and I will always think of her when I enjoy a Tim Tam Slam or a meat pie or grilled banana. She was an artist and a writer and always learning. I even rehearsed the birds and bees talk I was going to give Penn on her! She leaves behind three exceptional little boys and a wonderful husband and I am holding them all in my hearts right now.

 

I met her about 7 or 8 years ago, I think. I can't remember now. It was before Lucy. Right after Lucy's birth she made me some magical Asian plum soup that she told me would heal everything. I wish I could make her some soup right now.

 

I was afraid of her cancer. Or, the Annoyance, as she called it. But I didn't expect this. Not so soon. And so I have many regrets for not reaching out more and doing more. 

 

I'll miss you, Cheryl. Oh so much.



You can read all of her beautiful writing at https://ittybittyfoodies.com/
 

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Cheryl Collette death friend love https://carissabyers.com/blog/2018/8/remembering-cheryl Sun, 19 Aug 2018 04:59:04 GMT
Galveston Vacation 2018 https://carissabyers.com/blog/2018/7/galveston-2018 DSC_2922DSC_2922
This summer we went to Galveston, Texas and the Miller Grandparents picked out the cutest beach house for us to stay in. All of my old memories of being at the beach, hot and crowded, left me thinking I wasn't actually a beach person. But after our time at the beach in Portland and here, I can officially say I was wrong!

 

We had a huge stretch of beach all to ourselves for the week. The water was warm and the weather was a lot cooler than Dallas. The ocean was right out the front door so we could wake up with leisure and pop out for a swim or a walk on the sand whenever we wanted. My dad and Daniel's parents both came! We grilled out and ate out and slept really well.

 

We saw the tall ship, The Elissa and enjoyed the Pleasure Pier and Rain Forest Cafe. Penn and I rented a Surrey Bike that seats 5 and rode the kids around the beach and for ice cream. 

 

The last hurricane left an old roof in the ocean that I fell on and ended up getting a tetanus shot. Our back windshield shattered for no reason we could find. But not even blood and broken windows could dampen my joy. It was the very best beach vacation ever. I did not want to come home! DSC_2912DSC_2912 IMG_9136
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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Beach Galveston Ocean Pier Pleasure Swimming Texas Vacation https://carissabyers.com/blog/2018/7/galveston-2018 Sun, 29 Jul 2018 18:00:00 GMT
Hi Beautiful https://carissabyers.com/blog/2018/7/hi-beautiful margot 7margot 7

Today is our Margot Rose's birthday. She would have been 9 years old. I found this thing I had started writing for her first birthday that made me feel all the ways I felt about her when she was first born. Such a fierce love and need to protect her. It's been 9 years, but it still feels like yesterday that she was here with us. She was so sweet. She loved music the most. I remember her dancing to any beat. Even the dishwasher. She was born in July and she passed in August of the next year, so we walk through these months feeling wounded, simultaneously mourning our loss and celebrating our life with Penn and Lucy and Milo.

The little video at the end, taken with some crappy cell phone, is of us at the library. Penn was making her laugh with this giant teddy bear. She was so loud the librarian had to come tell us to stop. We spent the rest of her life doing everything we could to keep her laughing like that. I love her every day and forever.

 

I spend my days holding her close with ideas that maybe I could put her back in. Keep her safe. Maybe if I rock her long enough I can encourage some sort of osmosis. Absorb her. And of course, I am. Just not literally. I imagine a bubble around her. Dreams and love and ideas are spun like sugar around us.

 

I spend my days kissing each roll beneath her chin, the back of her neck, the top of her head where the swirls of black hair spin around and around and into a peak at the top. I run my lips across the corner of her mouth, across the hill of her cheek and down to the bottom of her earlobe. I blow into her soft wrinkled belly button and the backs of her thighs. Her hands and feet find their way into my mouth like magic. She is the softest thing that has ever existed.

 

She burrows into my breast to nurse and heaves a sigh of contentment when we're all settled into one another. Her eyes close and her lashes are made from the feathers of baby birds. I am swollen with longing. I pray to Father Time to keep us this way forever. Or at least a little while longer.

 

When she cries in the arms of someone else I am pulled like a magnet. I am biologically wired to retrieve and protect but I wait. Smile. Gently take her when she's handed over and I coo and assure that it's okay out there in the world. That I'll always be here to come back to. Always. Always.

 

When she cries in her Daddy's cradle I wait longer. I whisper to her that her Daddy has never loved anyone more in the whole wide world and there are no arms better or safer for her to cry in.

 

Her Daddy stands tall and roars at the world with brawn and willpower promising excruciating elements to any who might harm her. Just as easily he turns and nuzzles her with such gentleness, golden whiskers and bright blue eyes. "Hi, Beautiful."

 

I spend my days holding her close and teaching her independence. Hoping I come upon some magical formula that can balance the two through the tornadoes of growing up. Hoping that someday she will be a woman, my daughter, and my friend, and we can sit back in our dreams, and love, and ideas, spun like sugar around us.

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) birthday daniel family loss Margot penn video https://carissabyers.com/blog/2018/7/hi-beautiful Mon, 23 Jul 2018 06:44:06 GMT
Portland Vacation 2018 https://carissabyers.com/blog/2018/7/portland-vacation ACS_0030ACS_0030

We had the most perfect summer vacation in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. The actual traveling part was easy and everything was on time. Our rented house in the Alberta District was lovely. Our neighborhood had everything we needed for living and for fun. The weather was chilly and a refreshing break from the Texas heat. Every meal was a joy in taste and family time. We planned nothing and followed our nose about to see the sites, which is my favorite way to travel. With no schedule or expectations, everything you do is a success!   ACS_0029ACS_0029 Milo thoroughly enjoyed his first plane ride.  DSC_3254DSC_3254 We ate at the Grilled Cheese Grill, which was a close walk from our house. DSC_3297DSC_3297 DSC_3326DSC_3326

Every business and house had a Black Lives Matter sign or some type of peace and equality signage. Every single one. It was a big impact.  DSC_3330DSC_3330 DSC_3339DSC_3339

We had coffee at Case Studies Coffee. Lucy and Milo were playing a rock counting game. Lucy asked Milo to count the rocks in his head instead of out loud. He put the rocks on his head. DSC_3369DSC_3369

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We saw the Goonies rock with the amazing Provisnal family. Kristina took all the photos with me in them. I'm in some photos! Then we went to the most beautiful beach. Quiet and enormous with gorgeous rocks and waterfalls. I'm still thinking about it. It was cold, but Lucy couldn't resist jumping in. Milo couldn't run fast enough from a wave and he ended up wet and was not nearly as delighted about it as Lucy. We had a fire and roasted s'mores.  DSC_3482DSC_3482 beachwfriends_17_42836336532_obeachwfriends_17_42836336532_o DSC_3545DSC_3545 beachwfriends_20_42836331862_obeachwfriends_20_42836331862_o DSC_3619DSC_3619 DSC_3729DSC_3729 DSC_3712DSC_3712 DSC_3840DSC_3840 DSC_3817DSC_3817 DSC_3890DSC_3890

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We ate delicious noodles and dumplings at XLB. We made wishes on someone's front yard wishing tree, ate shave ice at Wailu Shave Ice, enjoyed Finnegan's Toy Store and Powell's Books in downtown Portland. DSC_3929DSC_3929 DSC_3936DSC_3936 DSC_3944DSC_3944 ACS_0080ACS_0080 dinnerwfriends_06_28987970028_odinnerwfriends_06_28987970028_o dinnerwfriends_21_41050002260_odinnerwfriends_21_41050002260_o dinnerwfriends_07_42812180672_odinnerwfriends_07_42812180672_o

Kristina cooked an amazing dinner for our large families and we enjoyed their adventurous back yard full of fun. We went bouldering with them and I fell in love with it! On our last day we went to the International Rose Test Garden. DSC_3969DSC_3969 DSC_3975DSC_3975 ACS_0130ACS_0130

It was the perfect length of time. Where you want to stay longer, but are also happy to be going home. I've been wanting to get away just for fun. Somewhere far and not just traveling for work or family. (No offense work or family.) This vacation really filled me up.

 

Click here to see our past trips to Portland.

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) portland vacatio https://carissabyers.com/blog/2018/7/portland-vacation Sun, 08 Jul 2018 23:25:50 GMT
YMSL at Juliette Fowler https://carissabyers.com/blog/2018/6/ymsl-at-juliette-fowler DSC_2747DSC_2747

Penn and I volunteered with YMSL at Juliette Fowler. Our job was to help with their campus beautification by prepping the grounds for planting. Basically, shoveling dirt in nearly 100 degree weather. It was a lot of work! We hope the residents enjoy all the new garden beds.
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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) community dirt fowler hot juliette league men's service shoveling ymsl young https://carissabyers.com/blog/2018/6/ymsl-at-juliette-fowler Thu, 07 Jun 2018 18:45:00 GMT
Mommy Daughter time at Great Wolf Lodge https://carissabyers.com/blog/2018/5/mommy-daughter-time-at-great-wolf-lodge IMG_4069IMG_4069

Lucy and I took a weekend trip to Great Wolf Lodge with her bestie, Lyra. Time alone with Lucy is extremely rare. The kids are pretty much a package deal, so wherever Lucy goes, Milo goes, including sports, birthday parties, dance and school functions.  They have to share everything. Even their room. So this was a mega treat on a number of levels for us. We had SO much fun! We rode big slides and really enjoyed Magicquest. Big thanks to, Lyra's mom, Kouy, for having us on such an amazing trip!

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) besties Great Kouy Lodge Lucy Lyra mom staycation Wolf https://carissabyers.com/blog/2018/5/mommy-daughter-time-at-great-wolf-lodge Sun, 27 May 2018 02:45:00 GMT
Milo's 4th Birthday Party https://carissabyers.com/blog/2018/5/milos-4th-birthday-party DSC_7523DSC_7523

Milo just got brave enough to go down those big blow up slides by himself. We decided for his fourth birthday we would put up one of those big slides in the backyard and invite the neighbors over to play and eat cake. Then unexpectedly it decided to RAIN all day! So at the last minute we threw up some decorations and balloons and the house was filled with kids. They had a blast and I think every toy we own got played with. Also, I'm pretty proud of the Spiderman cake.

Milo is the best little boy ever. He is cautious and contemplative and snuggly. When he's comfortable he is boisterous and loud and daring. He's always ready to go outside and ride his bike. He loves soccer and his friends and reading the book "Yummy Yucky" over and over again. I love him more than I will ever be able to say.
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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) birthday cake family four Lucy Milo spiderman https://carissabyers.com/blog/2018/5/milos-4th-birthday-party Mon, 21 May 2018 21:00:00 GMT
Young Men's Service League https://carissabyers.com/blog/2018/5/young-mens-service-league DSC_7772-EditDSC_7772-Edit
Penn and I have joined the Young Men's Service League (YMSL).  "Young Men’s Service League is a non-profit organization that initiates and encourages young men and their mothers to pursue philanthropic involvement in their community and provides an opportunity to enhance mother/son relationships." We had our first boys meeting where all of the boys were elected to the job they will perform in the group. The boys will run meetings using the parlimentary procedure.  I am so excited to be a part of this first chapter in East Dallas.
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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Dallas East League Men's moms Penn Service teenagers YMSL Young https://carissabyers.com/blog/2018/5/young-mens-service-league Sun, 20 May 2018 18:45:00 GMT
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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) cedar family hiking lucy milo penn ridge https://carissabyers.com/blog/2018/3/hiking-at-cedar-ridge Mon, 12 Mar 2018 07:00:00 GMT
Kindergarten Valentines Day 2018 https://carissabyers.com/blog/2018/2/kindergarten-valentines-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

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) kindergarten lucy party valentines https://carissabyers.com/blog/2018/2/kindergarten-valentines-2018 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

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) beans milo play trucks https://carissabyers.com/blog/2018/1/milo-and-trucks Tue, 09 Jan 2018 07:45:00 GMT
Christmas 2017 https://carissabyers.com/blog/2017/12/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 https://carissabyers.com/blog/2017/12/christmas-2017 Mon, 25 Dec 2017 07:15:00 GMT
Lucy's Winter Dance Recital https://carissabyers.com/blog/2017/12/lucys-winter-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

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) b dance daniel grandma grandpa lucy mcfarlin miller milo smu soldier studio toy https://carissabyers.com/blog/2017/12/lucys-winter-recital Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:04:00 GMT
Lucy's 6th Birthday https://carissabyers.com/blog/2017/12/lucys-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 https://carissabyers.com/blog/2017/12/lucys-6th-birthday Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:15:00 GMT
The Ginko is My Favorite Tree https://carissabyers.com/blog/2017/11/the-ginko-is-my-favorite-tree-2  

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 https://carissabyers.com/blog/2017/11/the-ginko-is-my-favorite-tree-2 Thu, 09 Nov 2017 05:58:00 GMT
Halloween 2017 https://carissabyers.com/blog/2017/10/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 https://carissabyers.com/blog/2017/10/halloween-2017 Tue, 31 Oct 2017 19:30:00 GMT
Penn's Business Class Goes to the Rangers Game https://carissabyers.com/blog/2017/10/penns-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 https://carissabyers.com/blog/2017/10/penns-business-class-goes-to-the-rangers-game Sat, 21 Oct 2017 02:45:00 GMT
First Day of Kindergarten and 8th Grade https://carissabyers.com/blog/2017/8/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 https://carissabyers.com/blog/2017/8/first-day-of-kindergarten-and-8th-grade Tue, 29 Aug 2017 03:15:00 GMT
Lucy and Milo Playing in the Studio https://carissabyers.com/blog/2017/8/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 https://carissabyers.com/blog/2017/8/lucy-and-milo-playing-in-the-studio Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:15:00 GMT
Rainbow Cake https://carissabyers.com/blog/2017/7/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 https://carissabyers.com/blog/2017/7/rainbow-cake Sun, 09 Jul 2017 03:30:00 GMT
July 4th in Oklahoma https://carissabyers.com/blog/2017/7/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 https://carissabyers.com/blog/2017/7/july-4th-in-oklahoma Wed, 05 Jul 2017 03:59:00 GMT
Father's Day 2017 https://carissabyers.com/blog/2017/6/fathers-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 https://carissabyers.com/blog/2017/6/fathers-day-2017 Sun, 04 Jun 2017 05:30:00 GMT
Lucy's 2017 Spring Dance Recital https://carissabyers.com/blog/2017/5/lucys-2017-spring-dance-recital DSC_9750DSC_9750

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 https://carissabyers.com/blog/2017/5/lucys-2017-spring-dance-recital Sun, 21 May 2017 22:15:07 GMT
Milo's 3rd Birthday https://carissabyers.com/blog/2017/5/milos-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

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) balloons birthday cake candles daniel friends home lucy milo neighbors party presents https://carissabyers.com/blog/2017/5/milos-3rd-birthday 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 https://carissabyers.com/blog/2017/5/save-the-date Tue, 16 May 2017 05:50:36 GMT
Lucy's Winter Dance Recital https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/12/lucys-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 https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/12/lucys-winter-dance-recital Sat, 17 Dec 2016 06:45:00 GMT
My babies https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/12/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

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Dallas Lucy Milo Penn Winspear downtown portrait siblings winter https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/12/my-babies Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:45:00 GMT
Penn's 13th Birthday https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/11/penns-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 https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/11/penns-13th-birthday Sun, 27 Nov 2016 06:00:00 GMT
Milo's First Time Out https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/11/milos-first-time-out DSC_9736DSC_9736 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.
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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Milo time out, https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/11/milos-first-time-out Mon, 07 Nov 2016 05:45:00 GMT
Halloween 2016 https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/10/halloween-2016 DSC_8517DSC_8517 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.

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Batman Halloween Ken Bone Wonder Woman trick or treat https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/10/halloween-2016 Mon, 31 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT
Diner En Blanc Dallas https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/10/diner-en-blanc-dallas
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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!

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) City Hall Diner En Blanc Fireworks Itty Bitty Foodies White https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/10/diner-en-blanc-dallas Fri, 07 Oct 2016 18:42:09 GMT
Double the Love https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/10/double-the-love DSC_5839DSC_5839

I photographed twice the love with these precious newborn twins! An absolutely perfect girl and boy pair full of all the cuddly sweetness. 

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) baby newborn portrait twins https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/10/double-the-love Wed, 05 Oct 2016 16:32:25 GMT
Lucy and Milo at the Dallas Arboretum https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/9/lucy-and-milo-at-the-dallas-arboretum September 27, 2016 Lucy and Milo at the Arboretum I had the best time with these two at the Dallas Arboretum!  DSC_0728DSC_0728

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) brother dallas arboretum friends lucy milo siblings sister video white stripes https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/9/lucy-and-milo-at-the-dallas-arboretum Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:04:00 GMT
J. L. Long Cross Country Meet https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/9/j-l-long-cross-country-meet DSC_3965DSC_3965 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.

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) J. L. Long boys cross country middle school running sports https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/9/j-l-long-cross-country-meet Sun, 04 Sep 2016 20:43:33 GMT
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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Milo and black nap sleeping toddler white https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/8/milo-naps Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:15:00 GMT
Penn's First Day of Seventh Grade https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/9/penns-first-day-of-seventh-grade DSC_3535DSC_3535

Penn starts seventh grade today. Here he is armed for middle school with his saxophone and new contacts.

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) J.L. Long contacts first day of school middle school saxophone seventh grade https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/9/penns-first-day-of-seventh-grade Mon, 22 Aug 2016 05:15:00 GMT
Summer Sunshine Mural Family Portrait https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/8/Summer_Sunshine_Mural_Family_Portrait DSC_2426DSC_2426 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. DSC_3115DSC_3115 DSC_2457DSC_2457 DSC_3089DSC_3089 DSC_2517DSC_2517 DSC_2464DSC_2464 DSC_2550DSC_2550 DSC_2617DSC_2617 DSC_2666DSC_2666 DSC_2730DSC_2730 DSC_2747DSC_2747 DSC_3010DSC_3010 DSC_2639DSC_2639 DSC_2806DSC_2806

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Deep Ellum Sun Mural brick family kids portrait sun https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/8/Summer_Sunshine_Mural_Family_Portrait Fri, 19 Aug 2016 21:53:23 GMT
Baby on the Way! https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/8/maternity DSC_2204DSC_2204 DSC_2187DSC_2187 DSC_1893DSC_1893 DSC_2011DSC_2011

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) dogs field maternity porch https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/8/maternity Thu, 18 Aug 2016 04:34:30 GMT
Brother and Sister Mini Session Portrait https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/8/brother-and-sister-mini-session-portrait I first met this sweet boy when he was little bitty. Now look at him, taller than me and along with his sister! Truly one of the great joys of photographing family portraits is watching people grow. DSC_0531DSC_0531 DSC_0561DSC_0561 DSC_0628DSC_0628

 
 
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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Mini Session 2016 brother siblings sister studio https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/8/brother-and-sister-mini-session-portrait Wed, 17 Aug 2016 06:42:45 GMT
Good Golly Miss Molly https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/8/good-golly-miss-molly DSC_0249DSC_0249 She is one of the most delightful girls! We had the best mini session.

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Summer Mini Session portrait studio tween https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/8/good-golly-miss-molly Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:42:06 GMT
The Most Adorable Sisters https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/8/the-most-adorable-sisters DSC_1025-2DSC_1025-2 This is the most adorable pair of sisters! I love their big brown eyes and happy smiles and how much they enjoy eachother. 

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Studio Summer Mini Session sisters https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/8/the-most-adorable-sisters Sat, 13 Aug 2016 05:30:00 GMT
Baby Cadence Rocks the Mini Session https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/8/baby-cadence-rocks-the-mini-session DSC_1376DSC_1376 Look at this adorable little sweetheart! This family rocked the mini session. Mom and dad are bright and smart and happy and amazing and Candace is such a perfect combination of them. I love them!
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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Mini session studio toddler https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/8/baby-cadence-rocks-the-mini-session Thu, 11 Aug 2016 05:15:00 GMT
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I love this brother and sister SO MUCH! They had a great Summer Mini Session.

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Lucy Milo brother family photo portrait siblings sister studio https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/lucy-and-milo Sun, 31 Jul 2016 05:30:00 GMT
One Year Anniversary Portrait in Highland Park https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/couples-portrait-in-highland-park DSC_9393DSC_9393 We started early for this couples one year anniversary portrait in Highland Park. It was a gorgeous morning with soft sunlight and a gentle temperature. I love their light airy colors against the deepness of the summer foliage and their sweet playful personalities and willingness to get in the water with me. DSC_9411DSC_9411 DSC_9441DSC_9441 DSC_9458DSC_9458 DSC_9477DSC_9477 DSC_9547DSC_9547 DSC_9559DSC_9559 DSC_9629DSC_9629 DSC_9723DSC_9723 DSC_9739DSC_9739 DSC_9774DSC_9774 DSC_9792DSC_9792 DSC_9805DSC_9805 DSC_9844DSC_9844 DSC_9899DSC_9899 DSC_0018DSC_0018

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Highland Park couples frog kiss water https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/couples-portrait-in-highland-park Sat, 16 Jul 2016 20:15:00 GMT
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The kids and I spent some time walking around a Dallas park.

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Davis Park Lucy Milo Penn creek exploring wading water https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/exploring-with-the-kids Fri, 15 Jul 2016 07:30:00 GMT
2016 Summer Mini Session https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/2016-summer-mini-session summersessionsummersession

I haven't done a mini session since 2007. But it is SO HOT outside right now I would love to bring you all indoors for an awesome air conditioned Summer portrait!

 

There is limited availability on July 29th and 31st only. Each session will be 20 minutes in the studio. You will get up to 5 edited images in an online gallery. Prints and downloads are purchased separately. This portrait is going to be best for individuals, kids or small families. 

 

Click here to book your mini session online and we can discuss the details of making you a smashing Summer portrait!

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Summer Mini Session studio https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/2016-summer-mini-session Fri, 15 Jul 2016 06:15:51 GMT
Newborn Portrait for a Adorable Baby J https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/newborn-portrait-for-a-adorable-baby-j DSC_85682DSC_85682

I got to photograph sweet, brand new baby J. She is soft and cuddly and perfect and has the most adoring parents. Welcome, little one!

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) newborn https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/newborn-portrait-for-a-adorable-baby-j Mon, 11 Jul 2016 04:45:00 GMT
Summer Baby Portrait at the Lake https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/summer-baby-portrait-at-the-lake  

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We went out early in the morning to shoot a summer portrait for Baby T. The weather was gentle and his blue eyes were so sweet and sparkly. I've been watching him grow since he was a newborn and he manages to be cuter every time I see him! I love this stage where their personalities really start showing off. I also love that his amazing parents were willing to step in for a few, even though Baby T. was supposed to be the focus. They were great!

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) 15 months baby portrait summer white rock lake https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/summer-baby-portrait-at-the-lake Sat, 09 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT
Fourth of July in Oklahoma https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/fourth-of-july-in-oklahoma DSC_7236DSC_7236

We went to Oklahoma to The Farm again for the Fourth of July. We had a 24 hour delay to wait out Lucy's surprise stomach virus, but once on the road it was a great and healthy trip surrounded by friends, family, food and a huge homemade fireworks extravaganza. Since some of the cousins couldn't make it we were so grateful to have Penn's friend Bramm join us!

This was the first year Milo and I have gotten in the water and gone kayaking. It was a quick and busy weekend and not much captured in my big camera. Just enough for Lucy to remember how much she loves her cousin, Grace.  And Milo called all his Troop cousins Elsa because he thought they were the princesses from the movie Frozen. Which kind of melted me every time he asked for them. "Where's Elsa?"

Happy Birthday, America.

Click here to see last year.

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Bramm Daniel Family Farm Fourth of July, Lucy Milo Oklahoma Penn Pond https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/fourth-of-july-in-oklahoma Mon, 04 Jul 2016 21:30:00 GMT
Maternity and Three Year Old Portrait https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/maternity-and-three-year-old-portrait DSC_6417DSC_6417 DSC_6420DSC_6420 DSC_6439DSC_6439 DSC_6481DSC_6481 DSC_6491DSC_6491 DSC_6498DSC_6498 DSC_6526DSC_6526 DSC_6536DSC_6536 DSC_6601DSC_6601 DSC_6621DSC_6621 DSC_6718DSC_6718 DSC_6739DSC_6739 DSC_6839DSC_6839 DSC_6877DSC_6877 DSC_6900DSC_6900 DSC_6938DSC_6938 DSC_6963DSC_6963 DSC_6985DSC_6985

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Dallas Maternity https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/maternity-and-three-year-old-portrait Fri, 01 Jul 2016 05:45:00 GMT
First Birthday at the Northwood Club https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/first-birthday DSC_5903DSC_5903

I had the greatest pleasure to shoot this little guy's first birthday party at the Northwood Club! His beautiful and creative mother thought of everything! Every detail was exquisite and whimsical and a perfect backdrop to celebrate his first wonderful year surrounded by friends and family. I love birthdays!

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Northwood Club party https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/first-birthday Sun, 26 Jun 2016 04:15:00 GMT
Milo, headphones, "coffee" and Dino https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/6/milo-headphones-coffee-and-dino DSC_6359-2DSC_6359-2 DSC_6362DSC_6362

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) coffee dinosaur headphones kitchen milo https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/6/milo-headphones-coffee-and-dino Sat, 25 Jun 2016 05:15:00 GMT
Private Equity Firm Headshots https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/private-equity-firm-headshots DSC_5433DSC_5433

These headshots are photographed as the company requires them in a beautiful building in Downtown Dallas for a Private Equity Firm. DSC_5439DSC_5439 DSC_5449DSC_5449 DSC_6173DSC_6173 DSC_1694DSC_1694 DSC_1677DSC_1677

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Dallas headshots https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/private-equity-firm-headshots Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:15:00 GMT
Spring at the Arboretum https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/8/spring-at-the-arboretum DSC_4208DSC_4208

This family finally got to fulfill the portrait they booked in the Fall of 2015 in the Spring of 2016! It was a scorcher at the Arboretum but we were on a roll as soon as I found the funny in this handsome little man. His feet are stinky and that is HILARIOUS. This day was worth the wait!

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Dallas Arboretum fountain portrait spring toddler https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/8/spring-at-the-arboretum Mon, 20 Jun 2016 21:00:00 GMT
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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Daniel Father's Day Milo https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/on-fathers-day Wed, 15 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT
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I adore this family more than just anything. Some families just have it all together and that's always my impression with Allison and Caroline. They are all full of happy, smiley, giggly love. And dinosaur roars.

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) boys family portrait https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/8/happy-smiley-giggly-love Sat, 11 Jun 2016 06:15:00 GMT
Minecraft U at A-Kon https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/minecraft-u-at-a-kon DSC_1663DSC_1663 The littles and I went to A-Kon this year to watch Daniel speak with  Minecraft U speak for the second year in a row.

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) A-kon Daniel Hilton Anatole Lucy Milo https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/minecraft-u-at-a-kon Fri, 03 Jun 2016 18:45:00 GMT
Lucy's Dance Recital https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/lucys-dance-recital DSC_0523DSC_0523 Lucy participated in her 2nd big recital! They wore the most adorable blue velvet costumes and performed a ballet routine to the song Bippity Boppity Boo. I was the backstage mom helper which is the job only a crazy person will take. Luckily my mom flew in from Michigan and was there to help. Studio B has been really fantastic for Lucy. So happy to be part of their dance family.

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Bippity Boppity Boo Grandma Jeanne Lucy Studio B ballet dance mom https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/lucys-dance-recital Sun, 22 May 2016 04:45:00 GMT
Milo's 2nd Birthday https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/milos-2nd-birthday IMG_5657IMG_5657 On May 21st Milo West turned 2 years old! He got to celebrate with grandparents from Oklahoma and Michigan. He made whipped cream for his strawberry shortcake and cried when we sang him happy birthday. 

Milo is amazing. He is sweet and cuddly and smart and blonde. He adores Lucy and Penn. He went from hating the child care at the YMCA while I worked out to LOVING it and crying if we go straight to the pool. He loves swimming and is big enough to wear a puddle jumper. He likes choo choo trains and trash trucks and his toy microwave. He likes Peppa Pig and Mickey Mouse and chocolate. He loves chocolate. 

I love him. I love this age. I love his smile, his beautiful hazel eyes and how he says "Peeze" and "Thank you mommy" and "Wassat sound?" I love him. 

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) 2nd birthday Milo birthday candle daniel grandparents lucy mom penn https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/milos-2nd-birthday Sun, 22 May 2016 04:15:00 GMT
Penn Breaks His Arm https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/penn-breaks-his-arm DSC_7646DSC_7646

Penn broke his arm at a J. L. Long soccer clinic. A good break through the forearm and his elbow. He wore a long cast for six weeks. You might remember the last time he was hurt it was his broken clavicle while playing soccer at the SMU soccer camp. 
 

*Please don't be a trend. Please don't be a trend. Please don't be a trend.*

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Penn cast glasses soccer https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/penn-breaks-his-arm Wed, 11 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT
Easter 2016 at Tietze Park https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/8/easter-2016-at-tietze-park DSC_1254DSC_1254 I love Easter at Tietze Park! Some kids are real go getters with the egg gathering. The eggs are in a roped off section and when someone says Go! the kids rush in and fill their baskets.

My kids are kind of slow and thoughtful and methodical. Even when they are rushing it's more of a mental stressor than actual swiftness. Knowing this we were pressed right at the edge of the rope to be first in the gate. And despite being first and despite the hundreds of eggs everywhere, they came away with zero. Zero eggs. None. I mean, it was baffling how this could even be possible.

Which we were not making a big deal out of. But some sweet organizer saw them still digging around for maybe just one forgotten treat, went and got a bag of eggs and created a little Easter egg hunt JUST FOR LUCY AND MILO. It was incredibly generous. I was touched. You can see the sweet guy standing in the background of this first photo in the black shorts by the boxes.

He really made our day.

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Easter Generosity Lucy Milo Penn Tietze Park eggs face painting soccer https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/8/easter-2016-at-tietze-park Sat, 26 Mar 2016 06:00:00 GMT
Grandparents Miller Come to Visit https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/grandparents-miller-come-to-visit  

Grandparents Miller came to visit and we had a picnic at the arboretum from the Grilled Cheese Truck.

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Board Games Dallas Arboretum Daniel Grandparents Lucy Milo Penn https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/grandparents-miller-come-to-visit Tue, 16 Feb 2016 06:15:00 GMT
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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Grrrrr Hoodie Lucy https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/fierce-lucy Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:30:00 GMT
Headshots for Modern Message https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/headshots-for-modern-message DSC_3900DSC_3900 I had the great pleasure of shooting some some headshots for Modern Message. Modern Message helps apartment communities spread the word online about how awesome their residence is. It is also where Daniel works. :) You can follow them on Instagram,  Facebook and Twitter. DSC_4897DSC_4897 DSC_3609-2DSC_3609-2 DSC_4911DSC_4911 DSC_3758-2DSC_3758-2 DSC_4713DSC_4713 DSC_3738-2DSC_3738-2 DSC_4684DSC_4684 DSC_4081DSC_4081 DSC_4728DSC_4728 DSC_3983DSC_3983 DSC_4723DSC_4723 DSC_4194DSC_4194 DSC_4886DSC_4886 DSC_4227BDSC_4227B DSC_4853DSC_4853 DSC_4321DSC_4321

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Dallas Daniel Modern Message headshots work https://carissabyers.com/blog/2016/7/headshots-for-modern-message Tue, 05 Jan 2016 23:45:00 GMT
Lucy's 5th Birthday at American Girl https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/12/lucys-5th-birthday-at-american-girl

Lucy has been really into American Girl Dolls this year. We celebrated her birthday with lunch at the American Girl restaurant.

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) American birthday doll family Girl Lucy https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/12/lucys-5th-birthday-at-american-girl Fri, 11 Dec 2015 06:00:00 GMT
Lucy's 4th Birthday https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/12/lucys-4th-birthday Lucy turned 4! Sadly I didn't take many photos. But we ate lemon tarts for breakfast and went downtown to play and opened presents. She invited some friends to go to Studio Movie Grill to watch The Good Dinosaur. She got a Disney Princess Cookbook and I rolled my eyes because it's so Disney and Princess and I'm not really a Disney kind of mom. But this a great cookbook and we've made several tasty things! 

Disclosure: This post lacks detail because I'm back blogging after her 6th birthday upon realizing I never posted anything. 

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) birthday cake candles cooking daniel friends lucy milo penn presents studio movie grill the good dinosaur https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/12/lucys-4th-birthday Mon, 07 Dec 2015 06:00:00 GMT
Thanksgiving Break in Arkansas https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/11/thanksgiving-break-in-arkansas We went to see my Nana in Arkansas over Thanksgiving break. She moved to hospice care so we knew it might be one of the last times we all got to be together. It rained constantly for the entire trip so I just took photos with my phone. It was nice and sad and nostalgic to go back and hug her and see the old photos she kept around in her room. I love my Nana dearly. She taught me a lot about taking the high road and cooking. She might have had some strong opinions, but she was never judgemental towards me. I felt her love constant no matter my successes or my failures. She spent a lot of time with me at church, playing checkers with me and gave the best back scratches. Blanche LaJoy was a wonderful woman and I will always have good stories about her to tell my children while we make her chicken and dumplings.

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Arkansas Lucy Milo Nana Papa Penn family photo https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/11/thanksgiving-break-in-arkansas Wed, 25 Nov 2015 06:45:00 GMT
Penn's First Day of 6th Grade https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/8/penns-first-day-of-6th-grade
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Camp Grady Spruce 2015 https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/7/camp-grady-spruce-2015 CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Penn at Camp Grady Spruce 2015 &emdash;
Last year Penn and his friend Ian went to Camp Grady Spruce. This place is an 80's summer camp movie. By which I mean awesome. The grounds are huge and right on the lake and just manicured enough to get from one place to another. It's beautiful. It's not a resort. There is a lot of singing and chanting, shooting, horseback riding, swimming and sailing. Classic summer fun and he is looking forward to going back this year!

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Camp Grady Spruce Possum Kingdom penn https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/7/camp-grady-spruce-2015 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:19:00 GMT
4th of July 2015 https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/7/4th-of-july-2015 CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Oklahoma July 4, 2015 &emdash;
We went to Oklahoma to Daniel's family's farm for the week of July 4th. There was a humongous fireworks display, a lot of food and a lot of freedom. The kids swam and fished and rode in the ranger and played ping pong every day, all week. I love having a place to let the kids just go and make their own day. Lucy roasted her first marshmallow and Milo earned his first black eye in the bathtub. This is one of my favorite weeks.

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) 4th of july Lucy Milo cade carissa cody dale daniel family farm grandma grandpa jan marshmallow oklahoma penn photo pond roadtrip s'mores https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/7/4th-of-july-2015 Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:16:00 GMT
Penn's Last Day of 5th Grade https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/6/penns-last-day-of-5th-grade CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Penn's Last Day of 5th Grade &emdash;
Penn's last day of 5th grade was a whirlwind of celebration and goodbyes. The crossing guards dressed up as super heroes one last time. (We have the best crossing guards/volunteer dads ever.) The first student walked up and gave a speech with tears in her eyes and it was pretty much over for all of us.  The students gave amazing speeches. The classes walked up to the stage and were acknowledged for their accomplishments.  They recited poetry and sang songs and it all carried the feeling of something both close and quaint and magnificent. When school was out for the last time at Lakewood Elementary, there were more speeches and tears and gifts and a parade of decorated cars to honk out the last of elementary school.

Penn's class is really a lovely group of people.  It was never more evident as it was on this last day.

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) 5th grade lakewood elementary penn school https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/6/penns-last-day-of-5th-grade Thu, 04 Jun 2015 22:43:00 GMT
Lucy in the Rain https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/5/lucy-in-rain CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: LucyUmbrella May &emdash;
Texas has experienced record breaking rain and flooding this month. We are looking forward to the opportunity to dry out. In the meantime Lucy really loves her new umbrella.

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: LucyUmbrella May &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: LucyUmbrella May &emdash;

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) 2015 dallas green Lucy may rain umbrella https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/5/lucy-in-rain Sat, 30 May 2015 16:13:00 GMT
Milo's First Birthday https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/5/milos-first-birthday CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Milo's 1st Birthday &emdash;
Milo turned one year old on May 21st! I can't say enough good things about him. He is SO cuddly and so sweet. Like all his siblings before him, he is a thoughtful baby mostly content to observe thoroughly before jumping in. He cannot resist pulling Lucy's hair. He likes Veggie Straws, pretending to karate chop daddy to smithereens, the Ten Little Ladybugs book, dancing, swimming, putting things in things, putting tops on things and petting the dog. He really loves his yellow blanket. He loves his little fox in the last picture. Obviously.

For his birthday he had a hot dog party and played with the best kids ever. I made him a chocolate vanilla marble cake and it was not delicious. Sorry, kid.

Milo is amazing and fully reaping the rewards of being the last baby.

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Milo's 1st Birthday &emdash;

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CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Milo's 1st Birthday &emdash;

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) birthday Lucy Milo one party presents https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/5/milos-first-birthday Thu, 21 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT
Milo 12 Months https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/5/milo-12-months CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Milo 12 Months &emdash;
Milo is 12 months old!

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) 12 months baby Milo photo twelve months https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/5/milo-12-months Thu, 21 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/5/mr-smith-goes-to-washington CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Penn's 5th Grade Trip to Washington &emdash;
In May, Penn's class took a week long field trip to Washington D.C. with their teachers. They had a wonderful time and saw (among so many sites) the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Jamestown Settlement, took a ghost and graveyard tour, went to the holocaust museum, saw a baseball game, Mount Vernon, Changing of the Guard, the Capital, Supreme Court and the National Zoo.

I am so happy he got to have this experience and so grateful for the amazing teachers and chaperones that sent back photos regularly.

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Penn's 5th Grade Trip to Washington &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Penn's 5th Grade Trip to Washington &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Penn's 5th Grade Trip to Washington &emdash;

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) 5th grade penn travel washington dc https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/5/mr-smith-goes-to-washington Mon, 18 May 2015 21:55:00 GMT
Milo: 11 Months https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/5/milo-11-months CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Milo: 11 Months &emdash;
Milo is eleven months old. He is weary of being toted around and has decided to make some efforts towards mobility. He kind of rolls over now. He still thinks tummy time is a sick joke. He's taking a lot of wobbly steps holding on to our hands. Peek a boo is still a hit. He cannot resist pulling Lucy's hair whenever she is in arms reach.

He can eat food from a pouch like the rest of this first world generation. He's also really fond of ritz crackers, rice, pasta, hot dogs, cauliflower, bananas, avocados, beans and potatoes.

He has the most beautiful hair and the most beautiful eyes, but I still can't tell you what color either are.

He can say Mama and Dada and has words for dog, hot and stop. He makes the sweetest little grabby hands when he wants to be picked up.

Love him so much it hurts.
CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Milo: 11 Months &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Milo: 11 Months &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Milo: 11 Months &emdash;

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) 11 months baby carissa family love Lucy Milo photo https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/5/milo-11-months Thu, 14 May 2015 22:47:00 GMT
Milo: 10 Months https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/5/milo-10-months CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Milo: Ten Months &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Milo: Ten Months &emdash;

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) 10 months baby family Milo photo https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/5/milo-10-months Thu, 14 May 2015 10:08:00 GMT
Hammock https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/5/hammock CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Lucy Hammock, May 2015, 3 Years &emdash;
We have a couple of new hammocks in our life. There is something fantastic about laying down, swinging gently over the ground. The kids are so content in them.

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Lucy Hammock, May 2015, 3 Years &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Lucy Hammock, May 2015, 3 Years &emdash;


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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) back yard hammock ipad Lucy outside https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/5/hammock Sat, 09 May 2015 22:00:00 GMT
Milo: Nine Months https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/4/milo-nine-months CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Milo: 9 Months &emdash;
Milo is the most amazing ball of nine month old adorableness. I think those eyes might even stay blue!

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Milo: 9 Months &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Milo: 9 Months &emdash;

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) baby family Lucy Milo nine months penn photo portrait https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/4/milo-nine-months Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:45:00 GMT
Easter https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/4/easter CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Easter 2015 &emdash;

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) dye easter eggs feeding food Lucy Milo penn https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/4/easter Wed, 15 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT
Indoor Skydiving https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/4/indoor-skydiving CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Indoor Skydiving &emdash;
Over Spring Break we went indoor skydiving at iFly Dallas. It was the most fun experience! The crew was efficient and talented and we were entirely entertained.

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) daniel miller ifly indoor skydiving penn https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/4/indoor-skydiving Mon, 13 Apr 2015 07:54:00 GMT
Austin 2015 https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/4/austin-2015
CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Villalba 2015 Austin &emdash;
In January I had the opportunity to travel to Austin and photograph Texas State Representative Jason Villalba being sworn in. His beautiful family was there to support him. I adore being in the capitol building and watching the hub of government buzz. I was really fortunate to be able to take Penn in with me. While he couldn't get a seat on the capitol floor during the swearing in, he was able to watch a live stream from Villalba's office.

My mom also came down from Michigan to help watch the babies while I worked. I LOVE my job.

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CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Villalba 2015 Austin &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Villalba 2015 Austin &emdash;

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CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Villalba 2015 Austin &emdash;

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) Austin capitol family jason villalba Milo photo state representative texas work https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/4/austin-2015 Sat, 11 Apr 2015 11:53:00 GMT
Sillies https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/4/sillies CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Milo: Eight Months &emdash;
Sometimes after a client leaves I throw my kiddos on the background for a few photos before I clean up. I don't ask for much. Their hair isn't combed and their clothes don't match. But they are happy and silly and very much themselves.

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Milo: Eight Months &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Milo: Eight Months &emdash;

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) family Lucy Milo penn photo https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/4/sillies Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10:17:00 GMT
Milo: Eight Months https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/4/milo-eight-months CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Milo: Eight Months &emdash;
I love kids. All of them. I like watching things grow and babies are the epitome of this idea. I like watching them form opinions about who and what they like.  I like being able to turn loud scary helicopter sounds around into fascinating machines to watch.

I love every inch of Milo. Especially his smile.

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Milo: Eight Months &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Milo: Eight Months &emdash;

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) baby eight months Milo photo https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/4/milo-eight-months Sat, 11 Apr 2015 09:13:00 GMT
Penn's Spring Science Camp https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/4/penns-spring-science-camp CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Penn at 5th Grade Science Camp (Photos not by me.) &emdash;
Penn's 5th grade class went on a Spring Science Camp. Thanks to the magic of technology the teachers and chaperones took lots of photos and sent them back for us. I felt like I was there! They did a lot of team building activities, hands on science exploration, archery and fishing. He really had a great time. I'm so thankful for all of the opportunities like this his school provides.

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Penn at 5th Grade Science Camp (Photos not by me.) &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Penn at 5th Grade Science Camp (Photos not by me.) &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Penn at 5th Grade Science Camp (Photos not by me.) &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Penn at 5th Grade Science Camp (Photos not by me.) &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Penn at 5th Grade Science Camp (Photos not by me.) &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Penn at 5th Grade Science Camp (Photos not by me.) &emdash;

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CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Penn at 5th Grade Science Camp (Photos not by me.) &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Penn at 5th Grade Science Camp (Photos not by me.) &emdash;

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) camp penn photo science https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/4/penns-spring-science-camp Mon, 06 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT
Daniel turns 40! https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/3/daniel-turns-40 CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Daniel's 40th Birthday &emdash;
For Daniel's 40th birthday we had a backyard house concert party. Jacob Lofland played and we ate crock pots full of chili and carrot bundt cake. Children jumped and ran and played in the sand box and we laughed and felt all the warm fuzzies that these special milestone birthday's bring us.

40 is special. 40 years is real and right in the thick of it, full of all of the amazing rewards and wonders of children and ideas coming to fruition and perspective that senses the truth and weight of our choices. It's also old enough to know real joy. And real loss.

My husband is a lovely, strong and amazing person full of ideas and convictions and love, who tirelessly looks to improve himself and the things around him. I love him and delight in his every birthday.

Thanks to Kate for taking some of these photos!
CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Daniel's 40th Birthday &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Daniel's 40th Birthday &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Daniel's 40th Birthday &emdash;

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CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Daniel's 40th Birthday &emdash;

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CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Daniel's 40th Birthday &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Daniel's 40th Birthday &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Daniel's 40th Birthday &emdash;

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) 40 back yard birthday cake carissa daniel daniel miller danielmiller Lucy Milo party penn https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/3/daniel-turns-40 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:46:00 GMT
Minecraft U at Dallas Startup Week https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/3/minecraft-u-at-dallas-startup-week
CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Daniel at Dallas Startup Week &emdash;
Daniel began Minecraft U because he loves Minecraft and how well it allowed him to teach code and how to behave online to kids. You can learn more about the curriculum or sign up for a camp at www.minecraftu.org. He was invited to speak at Dallas Startup Week about it this year. Dallas Startup Week is a fantastic five day event that highlights the startup culture in Dallas. So proud of how he has built Minecraft U into such a great platform!

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Daniel at Dallas Startup Week &emdash;


CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Daniel at Dallas Startup Week &emdash;

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) dallas dallas startup week daniel minecraft https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/3/minecraft-u-at-dallas-startup-week Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:19:00 GMT
Milo: Seven Months https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/1/milo-seven-months CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Milo: Seven Months &emdash;
Milo's seventh month enjoyed a great cognitive growth spurt. More things are really funny to him, he tries to play peek a boo himself, he can roll over from front to back, he enjoys some solid food, he grew two teeth and he can sit up! He is such a sweet little sugar bear. This is my favorite sized baby.

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Milo: Seven Months &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Milo: Seven Months &emdash;

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) 7 months baby giraffe Milo photo seven months https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/1/milo-seven-months Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:58:00 GMT
Penn in Soccer https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/1/penn-in-soccer CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: 10.2014 Cheetahs Win &emdash;
Despite being a year round sport for Penn and bringing my camera to photograph as many games as I can, I haven't made mention on this blog since July 2013. The Cheetahs continue to be a great team winning a first place trophy for last season and slogging bravely through an indoor season. Practice has begun for Spring. This will be their last season as a team of elementary students.

Looking back through some games, it's always fun to see how many games Grandparents Miller were able to come to and how the babies have grown.

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: 10.2014 Cheetahs Win &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: 10.2014 Cheetahs Win &emdash;

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CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: 11.20.14 Cheetahs vs. Furia Roja 3 - 1 Championship Win &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: 11.20.14 Cheetahs vs. Furia Roja 3 - 1 Championship Win &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: 1.17.2015 Indoor Soccer &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: 1.17.2015 Indoor Soccer &emdash;

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) cheetahs dallas lhsa penn photo soccer sports u11 https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/1/penn-in-soccer Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:09:00 GMT
Milo: Six Months https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/1/milo-six-months CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Milo: Six Months &emdash;
I worried that I had a hard time coming up with some outstanding characteristics for Milo. Then I realized that the thing most outstanding about him is that he is so easy! Now I just have to get brave enough to offer him some sleep training so that he'll stop waking up at night.

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Milo: Six Months &emdash;

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CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Milo: Six Months &emdash;

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) baby Milo photo six months https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/1/milo-six-months Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:22:00 GMT
Christmas 2014 https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/1/christmas-2014 CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Christmas 2014 &emdash;

The holidays were wonderful and relaxed in Dallas, though tainted with illness. Lucy and I had a cold. Milo had the croup. Penn had a fever, cold and a face that was swollen and painful. Daniel eventually succumbed. Ai yi! It took practically the whole break for us all to get better.

We are well now and enjoying the trampoline we got for Christmas.

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Christmas 2014 &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Christmas 2014 &emdash;

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) christmas danielmiller decorating Lucy Milo penn presents tree https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/1/christmas-2014 Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:14:00 GMT
Lucy's 3rd Birthday https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/1/lucys-3rd-birthday CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Lucy's 3rd Birthday &emdash;
Lucy turned three on December 7th and she had the best outdoor petting zoo party in our back yard! We had chickens, bunnies, a pig, a goat and pony, cupcakes and nutella hot chocolate. The backyard construction project is not finished, but I was thrilled for it to finally be put together enough to have friends over.

Lucy charms me at every moment.  Her smiles and giggles and hugs are brilliant and contagious. She is a teeter totter between proud declarations of "I can do it!" and moans of, "I caaaaannnn't." She has quite clearly overcome mountains of shyness and she has boldly ventured into dance class.

I love her more than anything.

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Lucy's 3rd Birthday &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Lucy's 3rd Birthday &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Lucy's 3rd Birthday &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Lucy's 3rd Birthday &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Lucy's 3rd Birthday &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Lucy's 3rd Birthday &emdash;

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CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Lucy's 3rd Birthday &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Lucy's 3rd Birthday &emdash;

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CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Lucy's 3rd Birthday &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Lucy's 3rd Birthday &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Lucy's 3rd Birthday &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Lucy's 3rd Birthday &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Lucy's 3rd Birthday &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Lucy's 3rd Birthday &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Lucy's 3rd Birthday &emdash;

CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY: Lucy's 3rd Birthday &emdash;

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(CARISSA BYERS PHOTOGRAPHY) 3 birthday Lucy party petting three zoo https://carissabyers.com/blog/2015/1/lucys-3rd-birthday Mon, 12 Jan 2015 21:55:00 GMT