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Broderick:: Three Years Old

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRODY!!!

Brody is three years old and loving it! He is very concerned with being the oldest, biggest, fastest, scariest, etc. I am pretty sure he has inherited the competitive gene…lovingly passed down from both of this parents. Ay Ay Ay. Lord, help us.

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Brody’s Likes:

–Laughing. He is seriously silly. He is at the age where we will start laughing together and it just keeps going and going and going. He knows what humor is and he sure has an awesome sense of humor!

–SPORTS. If you ask him, he wants to be a basketball player, a baseball player and a football player. Sometimes he adds a cop and spider man into that mix.

–Chewing bubble gum. This love started as a potty training incentive. He has not forgotten ONCE that he gets a bubba gum after he goes number two.

–Riding his green scooter. He used to call this his “tooter” and now he is too old for that. He still can’t quite say scooter but not it is called a cooter. We are working on our “s” sound. I want to bottle up his two year old voice forever.

–When daddy comes home. He runs and hides RIGHT when he hears Travis putting the key in the front door. Travis has to go find him while Brody yells “AH! Daddy…come find me…”

–Doing cartwheels(really just wild flips) on the trampoline.

–Our neighbors. His prayers every night go something like this: “Thank you Jesus for this day. Thank you for our neighbors. Thank you for Antonio, for Toby and Tucker and Elliana and Justin and Jenna and Hudson and Lizz and Cott(Scott). And thank you for all you do for us, God. Amen.” EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT Sometimes Mom and Dad and Sissy get in there if we are lucky.

–He loves getting a watch a show or two in the morning. He knows the computer password (GASP!) and knows how to move the cursor to start the next Netflix episode. I have to be mindful for he will watch more than allowed! He loves Curious George, VeggieTales and has just started to watch The Chronicles of Naria.

–We had to run an errand the other day so Travis dropped me off at the store front so I could run in. Brody said to him “But daddy, don’t leave mommy. I really love her.”

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Dislikes:

–He is not a picky eater in any way. But, he does not like “pagetti quash”. No, ma’am.

–He has a love-hate relationship with wrestling with Travis. He asks daddy to wrestle with him all the time but then he whines and says “top it(stop it)” basically right away. I think Travis is a little too rough but they’re both learning. 😉

–He is very concerned when kids don’t let him play with them. He is very, very sensitive(I think he got that from his daddy. Bless his heart). We’re working on what that looks like–how it makes him feel, why he should include other people, how to ask to be invited to play, etc.

–When mommy “raises her voice at me because she is fwustwated.” Oops. I’m working on that.

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We walked to the high school football field last weekend after dinner and Brody brought along his football. It was too early for the game and no one was really around but there was a young high schooler hanging out. Brody walked up to him and asked if he’d like to play catch. The kid said “sure” and played catch with Brody for a few minutes. Then Brody looked over and saw another even younger kid walking by. He yelled out “HEY! Do you want to play catch with us?!” The kid smiled and walked over. My heart swelled with joy. Brody delegated a little triangle of passing the ball. We later talked about how proud I am of how he included that boy and how happy that must have made him feel to be included.

Brody is very, very good with Brinley. There have only been a handful of times where he gets frustrated with her. It is so fun to see their relationship grow. They were out playing on the trampoline together tonight and she was chasing a ball he had thrown. He yelled “Good, job SIS”. I just love how he says that. His “SIS” is very enthusiastic. He is great at encouraging her. I think he sees this from his daddy, too.

Brody, you truly bring our family so much joy. You are silly, caring, athletic, energetic, sensitive and so very loved. We adore you! Happy THIRD birthday! And I am sorry for confusing you and having your party two weeks before your actual birthday.:)We love you!

(Photo cred to Katie Drake Photography)

Brinley::One Year Old

HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY, BRINLEY!

Does it ever get easier or slow down? I doubt it. This smiley, sweet and sometimes sassy baby girl of ours is now 1 year old! We had fun celebrating her with family and a few of her friends. It was such a casual day and I lovingly told Pinterest to go eat dirt.

Brinley laughed loudly and danced in her seat while we all sang her Happy Birthday–it was adorable and I will always remember that.

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Brinley is choosing walking over crawling a bit more but if she needs to get somewhere quickly, she still chooses to crawl. She doesn’t talk much besides saying “dada” but I think this is just her happy word. She says it all the time. She signs “all done” and waves “hi” and “bye”. Her kisses are the best slobber kisses and she loves following her big brother around–and he loves the attention.

Brinley is starting to climb things(which is giving me grays) and she loves it when I forget to put my phone up high so she can snag it and carry it around the house with her. She is still a paci girl and I am dreading getting rid of that thing. It is an easy plug when she has a bad case of the whines. She has two teeth on the bottom, two on top, and two more coming in on the top.

Ever since the morning of her birthday, it seems like she has grown up. She started walking super fast and all of sudden is much more giggly and social–although she really has always been great with people.

2015-10-18_00062015-10-18_00072015-10-18_0008 We adore her goofy smile, scrunchy face, chubby toes and sweet temperament. I kiss her often throughout the day but those quiet kisses before I lay her in her bed at night are some of the most peaceful moments in my day.

We love you, Brinley. We pray this next year of your life is full of many, many blessings!

GIVEAWAY

I hope you are all having a great weekend!

To add to the fun, I am doing a GIVEAWAY for one Mini Portrait Session! Head on over to my Facebook Page to enter!

And because these photos of my two kids in a “rocket ship” are cracking me up, here ya go. My daughter is full of sass! Look at that face! 😉

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Deadline to enter is Monday at 12pm. Winner will be announced Monday afternoon! Good luck and thanks for joining!

Welcome to my new space!

Welcome to my new website and blog!

This is super exciting for me as this has been a work in progress for some time and is quite frankly long overdue. I wanted my website to reflect not only my style but complement the style of my artwork as well. Classic, fresh and beautiful. And my husband said it looks “fun”.:)What do you think?! (only tell me if it’s nice. k?)

When someone is researching who they want to trust with their family’s portraits, a website is their first impression of your work. As a photographer, your website is your face!

(Side note:: The reason I put makeup on when simply going to the grocery store is because I will, without a doubt, run into a client if I DON’T put any make up on. Without. a. doubt.)

Anyways, some fun things to point out–my blog is now located on my website! This makes for an easy way for my clients to see all of my work in one space. Cool right? Maybe it’s just me…but I’m geeking out!

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Another exciting thing is that I am now strictly photographing Portraits, Births, and Fresh 48 Sessions. All of my galleries are updated and you can view all the pretties on my website!

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If you’re thinking “Oh my gosh! Danielle took my beautiful family’s portraits and they aren’t on her site!” Well, I’m slowly adding to my galleries as this takes time and I am in the middle of my busy season. So, thanks for your patience. I get to take photos of so many of you pretty people, how can I possibly showcase all of you?! 😉

Thank you so much for you support of my business! I can not thank you enough or with the right words but I truly wouldn’t have this business if it weren’t for YOU trusting me with you memories. You’re great! I am very, very thankful and blessed to have such a fun, thoughtful, beautiful group of people backing me! I continually thank God for this space here. It has opened many doors and fostered even more relationships that wouldn’t have otherwise happened.

With that said, don’t hesitate to email me with any questions that you might have regarding your Portrait or Photography needs.

YAY!

See you around…(that wasn’t meant to sound creepy)

Chico, CA Fresh 48: Twins G & B

Congratulations to this sweet family on the arrival of their twin babies! These perfect little ones were great models. What else could I expect coming from two beautiful parents?
And just a warning to you before you scroll down…these two will undoubtedly give you baby fever. You’ve been warned.
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