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My everyday continued... | Placerville Everyday- Family Photographer

Well if you have followed me at all you know I have belonged to blog circles before. Blog circles are posts that connect with other bloggers somehow so that you can see what they did with the theme of choice that month. It is so fun to collaborate with other photographers in my "virtual" life and bring some of the talent to your doorstep. But what I really love is that all these ladies are just that talented that they might somehow rub off on me! Well this month the task is this; I need to take a little bit of time in one day and take ten pictures. Well, as you know I have been taking one picture every day (or somewhat every day) for a while now, but ten pictures in one day was surely a challenge! I am going to be honest. I had a really hard time with this. I may have to rethink my strategy next time. I can't wait to see what others have some up with. So Easter day my parents came to visit us. I figured this would be the perfect day to get pictures of the kids being with the grandparents and having good time collecting eggs etc but as it turned out, the rain overtook our party and everything had to be moved indoors. No big deal! My kids didn't care.

Let me first let you know that I am not one of those parents that "overdo" any type of holiday. Easter is no exception. The bunny came to hide eggs (that we colored ourselves) and thats it! No baskets. No candy. Nada. Some of you may think I'm crazy but I really don't like to overdo things. Next year I may even jump to the step of teaching my kids what Easter is really all about. Baby steps. This was our first Easter at our house officially in forever so I didn't want to set the standard high. ;)

The other plans I had for that day were that we needed to get some cooking done. On the menu were English Muffins, Pumpkin Muffins, Apple-Carrot Muffins, Pizza Dough, Challah Bread, Dried Apple Rings and Dried Banana Chips. Ok, so I didn't get around to making all of that but I got close. Here are some of the pictures from my day. After cooking was over and before dinner we decided to play a good 'ol game of UNO. Man! I hadn't played that in YEARS and it was so much fun. A new favorite in our family now as my parents gave us the game. HAHA! Can't wait for more quality family time.

At first I was all excited because I was planning on showing you every step to every recipe I was making all day long. That quickly faded when I realized that it would take me too long and as I am an inherent lazy person, I chose to do just a sample of each. And if you watch closely you can see the "photobomber". Sneaky dog. I love my new puppy so much! I just couldn't stop laughing when I took this. She is totally into everything and my pictures should be no different!

So first up was my Dried Banana Chips. I placed them in this lemon water solution for about five minutes to soak, then we had to let them dry on the plate. I just bought my dehydrator and I have been itching to use it more often. Today was the perfect day for that!

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Next up, I had my daughter take the bananas and place them on the trays for drying. One look at the recipe telling e to dry them for up to eight hours, made it apparent that I would not be drying any Apple Rings today. Bummer. Those are my favorite. Another day!

My everyday continued... | Placerville Everyday- Family Photographer

My everyday continued... | Placerville Everyday- Family Photographer

Next up was the Pumpkin Muffins. I tell you what, these are just the best darn things anyone could ever eat and they are literally three step easy. Mix, pour, bake. Done.

My everyday continued... | Placerville Everyday- Family Photographer

All this and my parents weren't even over at my house yet for the egg hunt! Once they did get to my house the fun actually began. My kids had all morning to search and find and "leave" the eggs in place. They were ready to win the egg hunt! As you can see they certainly did! My parents never had a chance!

My everyday continued... | Placerville Everyday- Family Photographer

My everyday continued... | Placerville Everyday- Family Photographer

And I just want to say really quickly here that this photo is not the most flattering for my family but it's a moment that cannot be forgotten and I love it to pieces. All our moments are worth keeping.

Next up is English Muffins. This recipe has a four step process that is labor intensive and difficult. Oh who am I kidding?! It does have four steps but they are all so easy that anyone could do these and I don't have an after photo but man trust me. Homemade english muffins are literally the best. You will never go back to store bought ones. Ever. I guarantee it.

My everyday continued... | Placerville Everyday- Family Photographer

In between steps on my English Muffins and starting my Challah Bread we got some good quality time in with the grandparents and played some UNO! I love love love UNO. Doesn't take that much thought and it's fun. You always want to play another game. I want to note here that I take a risk when posting this next photo. My mother will love it! Inevitably she will ask for a copy of it and I will say ok but then I will forget. It's a life long struggle for me to remember to send photos to the people in them when it comes to family. Like I don't have enough to do?!

My everyday continued... | Placerville Everyday- Family Photographer

My everyday continued... | Placerville Everyday- Family Photographer

So if you are paying attention you have figured out that I did not get a chance to finish my Apple-Carrot Muffins or my Apple Rings but man oh man that Challah bread was something else! So good!! If you want to take a look at some of my other everyday pictures then go ahead and take a look at some of my previous blog circles and don't forget to leave a comment. I love hearing from you! Next in line for this circle however is Lisa and I am sure you will be pleased if you go on through the entire circle.

And don't forget, if you want everyday photos like this then you can call me, email me, text me anytime! Just contact me! I am waiting for you to build the session of your dreams. If you would like to know a little bit more about my contest going on through April 20th then please head on over to my Facebook page and take a gander at this post. You might find it interesting!

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Heather

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My Kids Were Here September 2014 | Placerville Family Photographer

Sometimes in life we just have to take many steps at the same time because life is moving forward so fast and we got left behind if we keep taking one step at a time.  --Unknown This month has been a whirl wind. The kids and I have been so busy and I am just sitting down now realizing how much we have actually done in the last month. It's these special moments that help us understand that the things left behind are bits of childhood lost. They are tidbits you will never get back and they must be remembered. Somehow at all costs I will try to document my kids lives as if they were here and as if they meant something. Remembering all the things that get left behind are just as important as the things that are being done in the present.

My Kids Were Here September 2014 | Placerville Family Photographer

My Kids Were Here September 2014 | Placerville Family Photographer

My Kids Were Here September 2014 | Placerville Family Photographer

My Kids Were Here September 2014 | Placerville Family Photographer

Thanks for stopping by again! I can't wait to share the rest of the circle so head on over to Leslie to see what she has to say!

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5 on 5 Day in the Life August 2014 | Placerville Children Photographer

"Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans." John Lennon

Today was one of those days. I knew it was coming and I had fully prepared myself for it. I was ready. We were going to be busy. It was a day of errand running and doing some of the "not so fun things" about life but in the end it was worth it because the rest of the day was going to be what we had been waiting for! The anticipation was building and I couldn't wait for it...to be over. Let me take you through my day.

First we had to go shoe shopping. It was not something I remembered taking very long in the past. I was wrong. Well, the first store we chose to go to had some "not so quality" options. I had decided in my head that we were NOT going to buy shoes here...but after a bit of convincing my daughter won me over and we ended up buying her a pair of sandals that she just had to have.

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After spending too much money at THAT store, we went to a REAL shoe store at our local outlet center. Both kids got a pair of new shoes here too. And no--I do not shop at Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet! Too expensive for my taste! We are a GAP kind of family. New school clothes here we come!

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Basically I will just tell you that I was literally running from store to store because I was so afraid that we would be late to our next destination- the eye doctor. Both kids needed check ups on their eyes. Thank goodness all turned out well and no one needs glasses! Phew! But waiting there is always a complete bummer.

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Fortunately, our visit there was short and sweet so we go to our next destination a little early. I got to relax a tad in the car. Not for long though as we had to change and meet one of our best friends to go to dance class.

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I had to leave my daughter at dance on this day while she was in class. Not to worry- lots of friends and other dance mom's there to watch over her needs while she was awaiting her daddy. Now off to a Cub Scouts meeting. First one of the year! Can't wait to dive into all the new material and learn how to be a better person.

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Next was dinner and a "mommy" Cub Scout committee meeting while having dinner at the local pizza joint. Just because we don't have change doesn't mean that we don't have fun at the game room! Back home by 8:45pm. Get ready for bed and for the love of Pete...let's go to sleep. I am bushed...

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Kinex and Legos: My Kids Were Here July 2014 | El Dorado Hills Family Photographer

"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going." Beverly Sills My son is fantastically interested in Legos. He is one of those kids that can spend hours at a time playing with them and creating with them. He will follow the directions that comes with the box but as soon as he is bored with that toy he will take on a new creation that is all his own. When he grows up he says he wants to be a "train driver" We tell him that is called a train engineer and to do that he needs to be really good at subjects in math in school. I have been told by people smarter than me that working with Legos and other such toys will give him a good foundation for his dream goal. Cool. I have no problem with that. When he turned 5 years old, someone gave him a box of Kinex connectors. Now, forgive me, but the box said it was made for ages 7 and up---so I put it away for a while. Now my son is 9. the box has been "down from storage" for a long time and I thought he would never get to putting it together! Well last week, he did just that and what a site. He did it all on his own and he incorporated some other "shady characters" into the build. I was so proud of him and can't wait until he takes this down just to make something else. If this love for building thing continues he may just choose to be an architect and build me my dream home! A girl can dream.

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5 on 5 Day in the Life June 2014 | Eldorado Hills Children Photographer

Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they're going to catch you in next. ~Franklin P. Jones

This quote makes me laugh! Welcome to another episode of my 5 on 5 blog circle! I am so excited today because I have good news to report. My kids are actually getting to spend more time outside! They don't actually like it still but we are working on that! I wish we had more activities for them to play with but in the end I know that is not necessary. My kids need to learn they have imaginations and its ok to use them. My son actually complained the other day that he had no where to sit outside while he was eating his popsicle. I told him that it was ok to sit on he step on the deck. He complained saying that it was dirty. (Disclaimer: It was a little dusty with some pine needles but maybe about two.) I told him he was 9 years old and that it was ok to get a little dirty outside. He still has yet to grasp this concept. Today they are just choosing to read outside. My opinion on it is that at least they are outside getting fresh air while I work. The other day we went to a friend's house for a BBQ. We ate A LOT of food and had a lot of laughs. Kids did a fun activity with their friends (they painted on rocks!). The best night and the most perfect medicine for me! Can't wait for what the rest of the summer brings. If you like my work please contact me to schedule the custom session of your dreams!

5 on 5 Day in the Life June 2014 | Eldorado Hills Children Photographer

5 on 5 Day in the Life June 2014 | Eldorado Hills Children Photographer

5 on 5 Day in the Life June 2014 | Eldorado Hills Children Photographer

5 on 5 Day in the Life June 2014 | Eldorado Hills Children Photographer

5 on 5 Day in the Life June 2014 | Eldorado Hills Children Photographer

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My Kids Were Here May 2014 | El Dorado Hills Family Photographer

Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars..and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. - Osho I am not sure who Osho is but I love this quote. Its so important to remember that there is a bigger world around us. And we are supposed to be enjoying it! This month's theme in my blog circle is "crafty". I actually kinda chose to run with this one. My daughter is really into those pretty rubber band bracelets that everyone seems to like right now that you make on a loom? I am so annoyed by the fact that she was given this as a present at an age where she could not do the project herself. That meant I had to help her. Well as time has gone on she actually has gotten better at the actual placing of the rubber bands but I still have to use the little notched handle to put it together. What is so frustrating is when the thing hasn't been looped right and it falls all apart! Ugh! But for the love of my daughter I choose to put it back together and try again. Its the little things in life that make her happy and therefore make me happy. It amazing how we forget this on a day to day basis. Their lives are precious and all they want to do is...look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars. Shouldn't we do this with them? Don't miss all the "simply happy" moments.

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5 on 5 Day in the Life May 2014 | Folsom Children Photographer

"There's nothing like a day in the backyard to make a really nasty bathtub ring"

 Author: Dee Ann Stewart from "What Spock Forgot"

This month has been a little rough. My business is kinda taking off and I have been so busy that I haven't had the time to take personal photos. This will change next month! I need to take pictures for myself and it makes me happy. Looking back at this month I realized I don't actually have that many photos to share. But, the ones I do have are keepers.

My kids are notoriously cranky when it comes to playing outside. Now when I was younger I was outside ALL THE TIME. Riding my bike, playing house, running around our property and playing on our play set. We also had this hill (we called it a "butte") in our back yard that we would run up and down and it had a lot of large rocks on the top that we would run around and fall off of and really PLAY with. Our imaginations were everything to us back then. Now today- you would think I was killing my kids when I tell them to go outside and play. They get so weirded out by it! They have this incapability to stay out there for more than 20 minutes without complaining. It makes me sick to my stomach. To think my kids won't have the same type of memories as I have playing outside is truly something sad to me. Well on this one day....this one day... I caught them having a good time. It was amazing and I couldn't take enough photos. I hope that there will be many more to come. Lets PRAY...or shall I say PLAY.

5 on 5 Day in the Life May 2014 | Folsom Children Photographer

5 on 5 Day in the Life May 2014 | Folsom Children Photographer

The other thing is that this month I have been kinda down in the dumps! One of my favorite lenses broke and I have not been in the mood to really photograph anything with my "big girl camera" but I was still being inspired by the things I was seeing outside so I started to use my iPhone. I was so amazed by the images I was getting from my phone. A little "phone editing" and wa-la! A beautiful picture! These next images are those from around my town---which I truly love and this time of year is the best because everything is green and pretty. It doesn't last long so you gotta catch it while you can. I sure am glad I did. The outdoors are wonderful! Have you spent some time outside recently?

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5 on 5 Day in the Life May 2014 | Folsom Children Photographer

5 on 5 Day in the Life May 2014 | Folsom Children Photographer

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My Kids Were Here April 2014 | Folsom Family Photographer

Give yourself permission to dream. Fuel your kids' dreams too. Once in a while, that might even mean letting them stay up past their bedtimes. - Randy Pausch Tonight was amazing. We had some good food with good friends and my kids stayed up WAY past their bedtime. It is a Saturday night! Who cares right? When I was a child we had these family friends that we would visit OFTEN and have good food and stay up late with all the time. These friends just happened to have two daughters the same age as my sister and I. We would play outside until we couldn't see anymore and then we would turn on the outside lights so we could stay out longer. Playing tag in the moonlight was the BEST. Those are some of the fondest memories I have EVER. I miss those days. Carefree and careless. Acting like a child and learning as you grow, learning as you go. Learning from your mistakes but watching those in the lead and doing by example. My parents weren't perfect but they were PERFECT. Now as an adult I cherish the fact that I can give that same experience to my children. Good family friends, good food and great memories of late nights.

Kids deserve to be kids. They need it in fact. They need to be pushed to their limits of imagination and inquiry. They need to never stop trying and they need to understand failure. They need to be surrounded by love only so that when they do fail they know they are still loved by those surrounding them. Failure is the key to success. We learn from our mistakes. If we don't move past these then we will never achieve greatness.

Those that know us well understand that we try to give our kids a lot of possibilities to have fun and to learn. We are members of Cub Scouts and we enjoy every minute we spend working on new activities. Lately we have been working on learning the art of photography. Obviously a near and dear subject to my heart I decided to take it upon myself to teach my son and a few other boys the basics of how to take a good photo. Because the idea of taking a good photo is actually very subjective I mainly focused on things based on lighting and composition. The boys just loved it.

Recently we also went to a place called Daffodil Hill. As it clearly describes it is a hill with lots of daffodils on it. Pretty awesome place. And did I mention it is free? Completely and totally free. When we got there, not knowing what to expect, my son asks for my camera to be able to take pictures. "What?!! No way! You can not use my camera! It may break!!" Yeah- that was me freaking out internally without speaking a word. I silently then reminded myself that this was a perfect learning opportunity and I needed to just chill out and take it easy. What do I have insurance for anyways if I can't use it!? I handed over my camera to my son and he took a couple photos. To look at these you would never think of them as professional quality but to me they are a work of art in their own. My son was able to look at them and decide what he liked about them and what he didn't. They were his learning experience. But all in all I think he did a fabulous job. One is out of focus and one is a little dark but they are true quality just because of the heart and soul put into them. that is all I care about. Copyright…my son. Hehe. I am so glad he took this learning opportunity and tried it out or else he will have never learned form is mistakes.

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5 on 5 Day in the life April 2014 | El Dorado Hills Children Photographer

"You are braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think." -Christopher Robin (Pooh's Grand Adventure)

I was reading this book to my daughter the other day and it actually made me cry. It may have stemmed from more than the story line but non the less, there I was crying to my daughter as I read this story. It's a story about a boy who goes to school and his friends get scared that he is gone and possibly in trouble so, they go in search of him to help him. Along the way they find things out about themselves that they didn't know about before. Like the old saying goes- God will never give you anything you can't handle. This philosophy has been so engrained in the past seven years of my life that it is kinda the way I live life. What ever happens, happens and I know I can handle it. I always want my kids to feel that way too.

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There are a lot of little achievements that happen in a child's life and believe it or not- they can handle them. What we as parents need to do is make sure we understand that they need to do these things to grow and to become better people- not only for themselves but for others. I am not too proud to say this but just yesterday I started forcing my daughter to brush her own teeth! She is 6 years old and just learning how to do this. She has known "how" forever but giving her the power to do it herself is just outstanding. She may not do that great of a job but how could she when she hasn't practiced herself? We went to the doctor the other day and if you know our family history- you know we have been to the doctor's office sooooo many times for various unrelated and seemingly crazy things. My daughter did great. She is always a trooper at the doctor and she doesn't ever seem to be scared or upset. She just gets it done and now that she is old enough we can talk to her about what she is going through so it helps her a lot. One quality that my daughter lacks is bravery. For heavens sake you think this child would be from another world comparing her brother but what I love about her is that once she gains the confidence she will get so excited. She recently was a part of a talent show at her school and as a kindergartener that is a huge accomplishment. We were so proud of her. It was an awesome experience for her to test her fears.

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Now lately I have been doing my best to exercise a little more. My problem is that I have this love for food that seems to be unnatural. I can't get enough of the foods I love. It is really hard to stop eating things when it tastes so good!! I have been trying really hard however to do a "couch to 5K" program and do a little more running and hiking and it even makes it better when a friend will come along with me. My dogs are too old to go out and play on the trails anymore so I am glad when I have company. My fitness goals aren't elaborate but I know that when I do get outside I feel so good about myself and so proud of what I have accomplished.

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Much like when my daughter is trying something new that makes her happy. It's a win-win! Even if it is a little messy to let her try something new...

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So when you least expect it you may surprise yourself. The problem is getting yourself motivated to do something out of your comfort zone. That is the hardest thing for me to do. And just like Winnie the Pooh and his friends- I will always find it in myself what is necessary to move forward and just "get-it-done".  Hopefully there is not a storm brewing in your life but if there is I hope you can do the same thing. Follow your dreams and anything is possible.

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To continue on with this blog circle please visit Lori | Ann Arbor Family Photographer and see her wonderful work!

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My Kids Were Here March 2014 | El Dorado Hills children photographer

Oh my, its that time again. Time for another post of my blog circle. This month has been crazy busy! I just don't know where the time goes! We have been really distracted with life.  Its amazing how the good things go by so quickly and the bad things seem to linger on. I wish it were the other way around. Never the less here you go! This month we bought a new tractor for our farm. Yes, we have a farm. Mostly chickens right now but we hope to expand. We sell and breed a rare breed of chicken called the Penedesenca. Well, anyways, back to the tractor. We bought a new one and it totally rocks! We have yet to use it however…..Blame the hubby on that! Or the rain? Yeah well its been raining all week so he hasn't had time to play. The lady at the tractor dealership gave my son a cool toy. No, this is not a replica of our new tractor. We don't have THAT big a farm. hehe. He played with it a lot that day until it was left here for me to wonder who was actually going to be putting it away!

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Because of all the rain we have been stuck inside A LOT. So after school and on the weekends when we have no other plans the kids like to play video games. We limit it but once you are done playing the TV version then why not play the action figure version? hehe.

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Thanks for stopping by again! I can't wait to share the rest of the circle so head on over to Andrea (Andrea | liveloveclick.wordpress.com) to see what she has to say!

Don't forget to visit my full portfolio to see all of my work. Please contact me to schedule a consultation. Stay in touch so you too can read all the amazing things my blog circle will have to share.

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Heather

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Blog Circle 5 on 5 March 2014 | placerville family photographer

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

So my son has this stuffed animal. His grandmother gave it to him when he was 9 months old. Back then it was a nice stuffed animal that played music and we put it in his bed every night for him to sleep with. We weren't sure why but as most kids will do- they will attach themselves to that one item that they won't let go of. We called this stuffed animal "Duckie". Now looking back I am not sure why we called it that. Its really hard to say what it is for sure but it's yellow and so hey- it's a duck ok? Flash forward to the present. Duckie has gone through a few transformations. He doesn't have his string anymore to pay music because I cut it off when it stopped working, although the "tail" still remains. Duckie has gotten a new pair of "shoes" and a "nose job" but he is still Duckie. My son is now almost 9 years old and Duckie still sleeps with him and does just about everything else you can imagine. He isn't as "yellow" as he used to be but he is still loved like the first day he was grasped by my son's tiny little hands at 9 months of age. So here's to you Duckie and all those "duckies" out there.

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This year marks a few changes for me. I have started doing my favorite thing in the world (outside of taking care of my family) by working on my photography dream full time. I have started a couple blog circles and I have been actively pursuing an official 365 project. So I hope you continue to follow me in my journey while I do these things that I so love to do and am so passionate about. Please continue on with this circle as I am sure you will find the work by Lori very inspiring as well.

Don't forget to visit my full portfolio to see all of my work. Please contact me to schedule a consultation. Stay in touch or just hang out a while so you too can read all the amazing things my blog circle will have to share.

Much love

Heather

 

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My Kids Were Here February 2014 | placerville family photographer

My Kids Were Here February 2014 | placerville family photographer So continuing on with my blog circle this month I was a little stumped. The theme we were given is LOVE. Well being that it is the month of Valentine's Day I guess that would make sense. We don't really celebrate Valentine's Day in our home but the kids have their parties at school and they enjoy getting all that candy. So instead of talking about love in the mushy sense, I am choosing another route…

My Kids Were Here February 2014 | placerville family photographer

My life is awesome. My kids are doing all their chores and they are behaving like little angels. They NEVER argue. We get our homework done on time every day and we are having no problems with eating all our healthy foods. We make it out of the house ON TIME every day for school - which by the way they just love being at! Ok…so that isn't all true but what can I say? A woman can dream can't she?

Now for the real story… My kids remember their chores only because we have this really cool program called ChoreMonster that rewards them for their awesome doings. My kids fight with each other at least 2/3 of their day. The other 1/3 is spent sleeping- if you get my drift. We actually do get our homework done every day but no one said it had to be early right? We are at least 10 minutes late getting out the house every morning but I do always have a healthy lunch packed for them now. Whether they eat it or not is a different story… My son actually tells me that the only thing he likes about being in school is recess but that is normal ok? My daughter is young yet as she is only in kindergarten so give her time…

Well, on a happier note I do not expect to be perfect nor do I expect people to care that much about my life but I have to say that the last month has been perfect. Me being at home full time just working on the job I love - my photography business - has been the most enjoyable and stressful thing all at the same time. So, to get back to Dr. Seuss…my reality is better than my dreams and I am enjoying every minute of it. Continue on with the circle here with Misty and see where it leads you! You won't be disappointed!

Don't forget to visit my full portfolio to see all of my work. Please contact me to schedule a consultation. Stay in touch so you too can read all the amazing things my blog circle will have to share.

Much love.

Heather

 

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My Kids Were Here January 2014 | placerville family photographer

“I suppose it's like the ticking crocodile, isn't it? Time is chasing after all of us.”― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Time is chasing us. They are getting older. The slight remembrances of your own youth. Are they good memories? Do you aspire to have your children be as happy as you once were? We have this problem nowadays that we try to make our kids grow up faster than they need to. Its not really our fault. The media has made us think that our kids need to be smarter than the next kid and - oh yeah - at a younger age. We buy into it because its easy to believe that your kids can have more than what you had and they will be able to go farther in life than you did. They will get that Master's degree in some really smart topic in school and you will be very proud because they made it farther than you. (Of course this is assuming that you have not done those miraculous things- as much of us have not…but I digress.) Although there is nothing wrong with wanting more for your kids than you had, it causes a problem. Children these days are losing their youth.

My Kids Were Here January 2014 | placerville family photographer

I blame myself for my kids not acting like "kids". I don't force them to go outside. I always make them do things they don't want to do just because it will make my life easier. It is a never-ending cycle. I get so mad when my kids leave things on the floor and when they don't pick up after themselves. But one day I realized that it doesn't matter. All that stuff will get done eventually. All they want is to be loved and have fun. Everything else will follow.

"But sometimes a person we love through no fault of his own, can't see past the end of his nose." Mary Poppins

Don't let this be you. Let your kids be kids and let them experience life as it is now and not as you wish it to be for them later. My goal of 2014 is to focus on the now. Focus on my kids and focus on their (and my) happiness. Its a funny thing when you look at your life from above. You see things that maybe you weren't able to see before. I suggest you try it. Try acting more like a child and let them have fun…with you. Thats the important part. That is what they want the most. So as I understand the importance of doing the laundry and picking up after your kids and making sure they do their homework- understand that life happens and you don't want to be the one caught up in the future only to realize you've missed the past.

My Kids Were Here January 2014 | placerville family photographer

So this blog post (and some future ones this year) will be dedicated to my kids and the fact that I realize there was a time that they "were here". Lets celebrate it. Don't look forward for it to be over. Don't lose sight of who they are now and most importantly don't ever ask them to change.

If you like reading about "my kids were here" and you want more please follow along. My dear new friend Andrea will explain this topic in her own words. It will be an amazing read I guarantee. Continue on in the blog circle until you reach me again. Have some fun while you are surfing the web. Don't be so serious.

Don't forget to visit my full portfolio to see all of my work. Please contact me to schedule a consultation. Stay in touch so you too can read all the amazing things my blog circle will have to share.

Much love

Heather

 

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So I am in a blog circle | placerville family photographer

Well this year is all about changes and new opportunities. I am starting off a new life in a way. I have two beautiful children and I have a wonderful supportive husband and I just can't say enough how happy I am that I live where I live and I have the friends I have. That all being said I am also starting on a new stressful journey. I actually quit my job the other day to begin a new journey in photography full time. Many things have contributed to helping me make this decision however the most important of all of them are my kids. They have driven me to want to be with them more often and take care of them more efficiently and I just can't do that to the best of my ability without being home. Because I worked a full time job that took me into the night time hours and I was also spending time doing photography on the side, I never had time to officially be comfortable with how I was treating my kids. So now I can begin a new story about not just life around here with new changes but also life around my kids! I am very truly excited to be starting this wonderful venture and I can't wait to share it all with you! My kids mean everything to me and as I often tell them, "Everything I do, I do for you". Corny I know, but they get my point. That time that I came home late from work and wasn't able to say goodnight or that time I yelled at them because I was so stressed and overwhelmed with a due date for my favorite job (photography) that I snapped. Come on, we all have those moments when you are stressed and overwhelmed. My husband never seems happy with the house wife that I am and unfortunately I just don't have it in me to be that "super-mom". Well times are about to change.

One of my many goals this year was to join a blog circle. What is a blog circle you ask? A blog circle is a blog where you always reference another photographer and there are only so many of us in the circle so eventually it will get back around to me. We all share talking about the same thing. This blog circle is supposed to be still life photographs about my kids. Photos that say my "kids were here". Now at first I was not really very excited about this theme to tell you the truth! After I signed up all I could envision were photos of my dirty house! But now the more I think about it the more I am excited to show my kids personalities without showing my kids. This is surely a new direction for me and something I have never tried before so I hope you enjoy as I begin this new journey of blogging and trying out my new lifestyle…as a photographer.

 

So I am in a blog circle | placerville family photographer

Don't forget to visit my full portfolio to see all of my work. Please contact me to schedule a consultation. Stay in touch so you too can read all the amazing things my blog circle will have to share.

Much love

Heather

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