This is Rhett’s third month blog post and I’m actually impressed that it’s only 9 days late!! I’m sure I’ll fall behind this year but as of right now, I’m doing ok and I’m actually thankful for the monthly-post commitment to keep me on top of editing our family pics each month!! While people say “the days are long but the years are short”…. I would say EVERYTHING feels short right now!
These weeks are flying by. It’s honestly hard to keep up with them. Every week I’m just in SHOCK that it’s Thursday. It seems like every time I turn around, it’s Thursday!!! Our work days go by the fastest but our weekends fly by too. Right now, we have help Monday through Thursday so that we can get work done when we’re not feeding the babies. It feels like a lot some days. Some days I literally have no idea how stay-at-home moms who run photography businesses get anything done. I thrive at night and so I’m getting extra stuff done after bedtime but whew…. what a wild ride it is right now.
We love having three kiddos. It feels crazy at moments but we have sweet times of just taking in the fact that we have three children! We feel like a BIG family and while I know there are MUCH bigger families out there, there is something about THREE that feels like we have quite a crew around here. Our craziest moments look like….. Graham having a tantrum and Evy being very emotional and melting down while Rhett is hungry and screaming while also sitting in a dirty diaper. Those moments are hard… but then there are moments when Graham is saying the sweetest new words while Rhett is laughing at Evy at the dinner table and I look at Michael and smile…. almost as if I’m saying “can you believe this is our life?”. We started dating at 16 and I always tried to imagine what it may look like if we got married and had a family… and now I’m living it… everyday. It’s such a precious gift and even though we’re so tired, we’re trying to treasure this season with such tiny kids.
Recently, on a coaching call, we were challenged to celebrate 2-3 parenting wins a week…. and not dwell on the moments that feel absolutely out of control and like we failed. Recently, our wins have been….
These are the things that we celebrate when we feel like we’re struggling and it helps us keep perspective! Here are somethings I want to remember about Rhett in his third month!! :
Our sassy, funny, expressive, and gorgeous girl. Evy you light up our days!
The wild one who gets more and more handsome every single day. We love you Graham. We love your new words, your new songs you just recently started singing for us (“Nowhere, nowhere”) and your sweet, soft voice.
These pictures make me wanna just go find him in the basement right now and squeeze him!!! What a cutie!! Stay this way!!! I love this sweet (and challenging) season with Graham Boy!
This one picture is worth ALL the work. I was literally sweating trying to capture these!
Mimi snuggles and crazy hair day!
Graham and Grandaddy share the same smile AND the same love for tractors!!!
The big kids went camping with Mimi and Grandaddy by themselves and they LOVED it!!!!
Notice Evy is in most of these with Rhett…. it’s hard to get her out of them. haha
We went to Great Wolfe Lodge with Grammie and Pa!
And Emy and I went on a girls trip to Charleston for two nights and it was wonderful!!!!!!
The day started with bubbly personalities and bubbly drinks in the historic Linden Row house in downtown Richmond. I walked in, found Leah and then one by one I met her amazing bridesmaids. From the moment I met them all, I knew this was going to be a fun day, not lacking any energy! I loved the way this day started…. however, it got even better the moment dad walked in.
It’s an exciting day in Youtube land! We have just launched a brand new series that we’re really excited about!!!! So often when I’m going through KJ All Access episodes and editing our behind the scenes coverage of our wedding days, I find myself noticing a lot of scenarios that require a lot of thought and problem solving in order to create a FINAL image that I love!!
Gosh it feels good to do what I love to do again! This was my first shoot back since maternity leave ended and I loved every minute of it! I have known Matt and Abby for years and years and so while this was a true portrait session with paying clients and outfit changes, etc…. it was also a shoot with dear friends and it was wonderful to spend some time with them!
First of all, let me just say, I do NOT endorse not hiring a professional birth photographer! As you read this, keep in mind that I desperately wanted to have my friend and fellow photographer Jill with me during my fourth birth. I was heartbroken that she wasn’t allowed to be there!
Have you ever showed up for a wedding or a portrait session and took one look at the location and thought…. “You’ve got to be kidding me!!! How am I going to make this work?!” I have. I have had so many scenarios in my career where I have thought….“Ok, how in the world am I going to make this lousy location work as a great portrait location!!?”.
It still feels surreal to tell people about what we do for a living. We photograph weddings and we teach other people how to photograph weddings. It’s quite literally a dream job for a creative like myself who loves people! Every month when we do these Student Spotlights, I’m reminded all over again how much of a privilege it is to be a part of these photographer’s lives and play a small role in their stories.