A DAY IN THE LIFE

This guy – he has short legs like his dad. But he REALLY wanted to climb this.

And then he lost his shoe. And I laughed. And I took pictures. And then I helped him up after he got his shoe.

But. I laughed.

Can you find the Enoch guy!?

I noticed birds building a nest on our light. We have LOTS of great nest spots on the back deck. But NOT here. So I put a snake up. But they didn’t care. The tin foil worked!

Boxes from the FOOD PANTRY!! Imagination!!

Enoch’s favorite snack – dry elbow noodles!! I find them EVERYWHERE!

UNO!! SUDOKU!!!

BANDITS!!

We got LOTS of apples at the FOOD PANTRY so we made apple crisp!!

This guy – his mind RACES!! He’s getting stuck & obsessed again. It’s how his anxiety comes out. So we’re all working together.

And I can honestly tell you that the majority of our time together is joyful!

THAT PICTURE – can you HEAR his laugh!? It’s my new favorite!!

What are YOU doing to spend your days!?

A DAY IN THE LIFE

Filed under: an hour in the life,baby barden,bardenisms,creek exploring,family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,my family — admin at 11:30 am on Monday, April 20, 2020

Which one will win!?

He looks VERY nervous!

SNAKES!! Thankfully I’m not afraid of snakes – because we’ve run into LOTS of them!

We lost a car – and the boys tried their hardest to find it – BUT I had to stick my hand in that hole and search for it!

MEAT STORAGE!?

Mom – will you hold my hand!? YES SWEET BOY!! Because one day – you won’t ask me!

Throwing cars off the waterfall – finding the small silly things during this crazy time!

Another snake!!

MORE SNAKES!!!

Enoch said – Mom!! This looks like a tiny little honey bee nest. It’s so cute. Can you press it in a book so I can give it to the girl I’ll marry someday!?

And then my friend Ericka told me about Trypophobia!? Have you ever heard of that!?

ONE MORE POST about our day!!

THIS IS US

Filed under: bardenisms,creek exploring,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,love,my family — admin at 12:40 pm on Monday, December 2, 2019

We spend our summers outside. The past two summers have been spent creek exploring. WE LOVE IT!!

In September – I asked Megan if she would take photos of us in our FAVORITE creek!!

BUT – we grabbed a few shots with the neighbors first!!

The boys brought some LEGOS with them. Because this shale is the PERFECT place for LEGOS!!

I ADORE THAT SHOT!!

That might be my FAVORITE picture of us!!

LOVE IT!!

Those shots – they mean the WORLD to me!!

I LOVE THAT ONE TOO!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH MEGAN!!!! These are my FAVORITE family photos yet!!!

*J* FAMILY

Filed under: an hour in the life,creek exploring,family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,love,portraits,silhouette — admin at 12:02 pm on Thursday, November 21, 2019

Another year – another hour spent in the creek with this fun family!!

THAT TREE!! It’s my new favorite place!!

OH MY HEART!! THAT SHOT – SO BEAUTIFUL!!

THAT GIANT SMILE!!

These are my FAVORITE sessions!

We had scheduled our session for early October – but alas – the weather said differently!

Thankfully we got a lovely late October evening!!

I love her. Wearing her fancy dress & playing in the rocks!!

I LOVE THOSE SHOTS – so much happiness!!

*E* thought of this spot all on his own – that kid has an eye!!

Heather – THANK YOU SO MUCH for asking me back into your lives year after year!!

I can’t WAIT to bring the boys over & explore the creek!!

BROTHERS & SISTERS

Filed under: an hour in the life,creek exploring,family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,portraits — admin at 12:21 pm on Thursday, August 22, 2019

Amy makes leather jewelry. And I happen to LOVE leather jewelry. And she happened to need some pictures taken!! WIN WIN!!

And these kiddos NEEDED a creek to play in!!

THIS SPOT!!! THAT SWEET BOY!! THIS IS WHY I LOVE THIS JOB!!

SWEET SISTERS!!

EVERY GIRL NEEDS A SISTER!

THAT SMILE!!! Those brothers – the sweetest!

The rain held off until just about THIS moment – but we were done – it was PERFECTION!!

Every child should experience the creek – and find a hiding spot!

Amy – thank you SO much for meeting up with me!! I LOVED spending time with you and your family!!

*M* KIDDOS

Filed under: creek exploring,family,fifteen minutes in the life,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,my town — admin at 12:28 pm on Sunday, July 7, 2019

I’ve photographed these kiddos off & on for quite a few years!!

This little guy was NOT so sure about me – or about the creek!!

I ADORE THAT SHOT!!

CUTIE!!

She did NOT like having her little feet wet!

THIS SHOT – in black & white – SO MOODY!!

He warmed up to the idea – eventually!

He REALLY started to love the creek!

CUTEST!!

Thank you SO much for making the drive and joining me in the creek! I can’t wait to see you next time!

KEVIN & CARLA

Filed under: animals,creek exploring,family,fifteen minutes in the life,just because,lifestyle,mini session,my town — admin at 11:48 am on Saturday, July 6, 2019

I’ve known Carla for a LONG time – we grew up in church together! This fall will mark their 8th wedding anniversary!!

I haven’t seen them since that day – so I was SO excited to hear that they wanted to bring their pups for a mini session in the creek!

I LOVE THOSE SHOTS!!

SWOON!!

LOOK AT THAT BEAUTIFUL GIRL!!

She really did NOT want to get in that water!

Kevin & Carla – THANK YOU SO MUCH for asking me to photograph you and your sweet pups – AND for traveling so far!!

*B* FAMILY

Filed under: creek exploring,family,fifteen minutes in the life,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,mini session,my town — admin at 11:20 am on Friday, July 5, 2019

I typically only hold mini sessions in the fall BUT I had an idea for creek sessions in June!

Creek exploring is our FAVORITE thing to do in the summer!

This little guy was SUPER excited to get in the water!!

He was SOAKED within the first five minutes – but it didn’t stop him!!

ADORABLE!! I LOVE THAT SHOT!!

NO!!! Don’t DRINK the water!!

THANK YOU so much for bringing your family to the creek! This might have been my favorite session with you guys yet!!

*R* FAMILY

I met Angie & her family when her little guy was just a LITTLE guy!

This is the 3rd time I’ve taken their photos – and I LOVE that they keep asking me back into their lives!

She is SO bright-eyed!!

THAT SMOOSH FACE!!

Stay tuned for the rest of their session!!