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!!

A DAY IN THE LIFE

Filed under: an hour in the life,baby barden,bardenisms,chef fitzgerald,family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,my family — admin at 4:57 pm on Sunday, April 19, 2020

QUARANTINE 2020.

I wonder if the memory will always be so vivid in my mind. We were at after school care playing with classmates. The breeze was blowing and spring was on the horizon.

The governor called for all PA schools to close for 2 weeks.

We went to my parents that night. I had a wedding reception Saturday. I stocked up on groceries – those that I could – before coming back home Sunday evening.

It’s been a little over a month. A month of distance learning. Almost a month of Jared working from home. A month of virtual playdates.

A month of changes. A month of less spending. A month of less income. A month of social distancing.

I decided to carry my camera with me earlier this week to document our day.

Toys that have sat in the corner are being played with.

GAMES. Carcassonne. RAT A TAT CAT. Scattergories. DOMINOES!

Enoch and I were on a team for Scattergories and our letter was L.

Enoch – we need to think of a word that starts with L – something that you are afraid of.

Losing you mom. CUE THE TEARS.

Enoch – we need to think of a word that starts with L – something in this room.

Love mom. CUE MORE TEARS.

I asked the boys what words they wanted to put in our windows. Since everyone coming into town sees our house FIRST.

My mom made us some masks. And Enoch reminds me EVERY SINGLE DAY that he wants to go to Wal*Mart and get a TIME WATCH as soon as we are allowed.

Most days – I wake up and put on my robe. It’s chilly downstairs but our boys run hot. Clothes are optional at this point.

Our kitchen table has been reserved for SCHOOL. Thankfully we have an additional laptop that Fitzy can use while Jared works.

DISHES. SO MANY DISHES. SO MANY TIMES A DAY.

Helpers. Little chefs.

ART CLASS!!

It’s been a hard financial hit for us. I can’t work and Jared is working but not at full salary. BUT LOOK AT OUR FRIDGE. It’s full.

And so is the freezer. Because of food pantries & school lunch programs!!

We brought the basketball hoop to the kitchen since Jared is working in the playroom.

So. We do schoolwork and we play games. And we do dishes. And we listen to music. And we watch TV.

And we go outside. We play in the ravine.

We give accidental crazy haircuts. And keep them. To embrace our weirdness.

We race cars.

We play.

Stay tuned for the rest of our day!!

*N* NEWBORN . PART TWO

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,an hour in the life,family,just because,lifestyle,newborns — admin at 9:02 pm on Tuesday, March 3, 2020

SWEET BABY GIRL!

These are some of my FAVORITE shots – because they are usually ignored. But they mean the most to me!

BABIES in BLACK & WHITE!!

This precious girl is a rainbow baby. A rainbow baby is a baby that comes after loss.

This little girl came into this world with so much healing for her family.

Those little lips!

ALWAYS reaching for her momma!

MY FAVORITE!!

I love those ones!!

Heather – thank you SO much for letting me come capture this beautiful time for you!

I am SO thankful that God crossed our paths!

*N* NEWBORN . PART ONE

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,an hour in the life,babes,family,lifestyle,newborns — admin at 3:07 pm on Monday, March 2, 2020

I met Heather 2 years ago when I started taking photos for First Citizens! We traveled together quite a bit and discovered that we have LOTS in common!

When she told me they were hoping to get pregnant again – I put her name on my list.

I cried when she emailed me and told me that her daughter would join them in January!

STRETCH!!

SHE IS THE SWEETEST!!

PERFECTION!

I LOVE THAT SHOT!!

Heather REALLY wanted a shot of her two babies together!

THE SWEETEST!!

Stay tuned for the rest of this little cherub’s session!

 

WE ARE FAMILY . PART THREE

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle — admin at 12:16 pm on Sunday, March 1, 2020

MAKING MEMORIES!!

BUNNIES!!

I LOVE spending time with you guys!! THANK YOU for asking me to capture you year after year!

WE ARE FAMILY . PART TWO

Filed under: an hour in the life,family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle — admin at 12:12 pm on Saturday, February 29, 2020

SNOWBALL FIGHT!!

That puppy! SO MANY SNOWBALLS!!

ONE MORE!!

WE ARE FAMILY . PART ONE

Filed under: an hour in the life,family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle — admin at 11:54 am on Friday, February 28, 2020

I have a few families that ask to be on call for SNOW!!

This is my SECOND snowy session with this family!

She was SO excited to have her brother push her on the swing!

PURE HAPPINESS!!

I LOVE that shot! Stay tuned – I’ve got a LOT more to show you!

 

 

*G* TURNS SEVEN

Filed under: an hour in the life,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,parties — admin at 11:37 am on Tuesday, January 14, 2020

He LOVES the grab-machines – but didn’t win any prizes!

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THOSE SHOTS!!

HE IS LIVING HIS BEST BIRTHDAY PARTY LIFE!!

STEPHANIE – THANK YOU SO MUCH for asking me to celebrate another year with you!!

*G* TURNS SEVEN

Filed under: an hour in the life,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,parties — admin at 1:24 pm on Monday, January 13, 2020

I LOVE photographing birthday parties!!

I can’t believe that *G* is SEVEN already!

A DONUT CAKE!? YES!!

I’m watching YOU!!

WHOA!!!

ARCADE TIME!!

ONE MORE POST!! Because they had a GREAT time at the ARCADE!!

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