My Family Life, Unfiltered

My family and I were recently part of a lifestyle photo shoot with our family photographer. I honestly did not know what to expect from this experience, but as you will see below, the outcome was simply amazing. I absolutely LOVED the realness and rawness behind this shoot and even though I will always love the "planned" photos of my family, this really made me realize what a beautiful mess we all are. 

Here is a quick rundown of our morning with the incredibly uber talented Jennifer Kielich and some of my favorite shots (although to be honest, I love them ALL!)

Just Do You

Before she came, I asked her if we needed to wear anything specific or have anything ready like props or whatever. Her response was very typical Jenn, "Just do you," she said. Okay, so we did. 

My daughter is OBSESSED with waffles. I mean, she could eat them day and night. And not the easy-to-make frozen kind you pop into a toaster oven. No, not this lady. She loves the homemade Belgium-style waffles with a little bit of cinnamon. So, since my husband and I both have very busy work schedules, and I don't think it's healthy for a tiny 19-month old to eat a waffle every day, they have become our weekend "thing." This photo below is one of the best because it shows us just doing our thing as if no one was watching our every move with a very expensive camera.

Master of the fork. 

Master of the fork. 

Open big!!!

Open big!!!

Little Girls and Their Mama's Things

Another one of my daughter's obsessions? Playing with my vanity and all my accessories. I am not sure how, but as a self-proclaimed tomboy, I have managed to raise the girliest girl on the planet. Jenn followed us upstairs after breakfast and we did her next favorite thing to eating: playing dress up with mama's things. While she gets all her looks from her daddy, her mannerisms show she really is more like me than I thought. Even when we first met and I had no idea what I was doing or how she would turn out, I knew we had a little more in common than I thought. 

"Pretty, mama." As she puts my hair ties on her tiny, chubby wrists. 

"Pretty, mama." As she puts my hair ties on her tiny, chubby wrists. 

Hair ties and tutus. 

Hair ties and tutus. 

They Won't Stay Little Forever

Truer words have never been spoken. In less than 19 months, I have watched my tiny baby turn into a beautiful little girl. It's unreal. The way she communicates and plays and makes us laugh ( she is absolutely hysterical!) has made my heart explode. I just cannot believe it has gone by this fast, but yet, I cannot believe how much she has changed in such a short period of time. 

Since we were already upstairs, we sort of let our morning pan out like any other typical morning. I am trying to instill good hygiene and make it fun at the same time.  

Brushing our teeth has become our new favorite ritual, even though it's mainly foamy toothpaste-filled laughs. 

Brushing our teeth has become our new favorite ritual, even though it's mainly foamy toothpaste-filled laughs. 

Babies bathing in sinks are simply the best! And it's the only way to get all that sticky waffle off.

Babies bathing in sinks are simply the best! And it's the only way to get all that sticky waffle off.

She insisted on the ears. How could I say no?

She insisted on the ears. How could I say no?

You'll Want to Remember These Days

I hear that all the time. All.The.Time. And I have actually even started telling new parents this on a daily basis. Even through the mess, the chaos, and the exhaustion, these have been the best days of my life. My husband and I have never been closer, and I have the little girl I have always dreamed of. This is now my promise to my daughter: The laundry can wait, work is not life or death; I will alway find the time to play dress up, to build forts, to walk the dogs in the park, to bake cookies and let you help make dinner, to watch your favorite movie on rainy days, and to be the mom you deserve to have. 

I mean, come on! This face! She wore the bunny ears on her own accord! 

I mean, come on! This face! She wore the bunny ears on her own accord! 

The laundry can wait, work is not life or death; I will alway find the time to play dress up, to build forts, to walk the dogs in the park, to bake cookies and let you help make dinner, to watch your favorite movie on rainy days, and to be the mom you deserve to have. 

World, Meet My Family 

I hope you enjoyed seeing this photos as much as we enjoyed creating them. Here is a glimpse into our little hectic life, and I wouldn't change a single chaotic moment. (Click the images below to see the rest of the photos.)