June 2014 Archive

Holding Tight

My littlest one is growing up. They all are. Pretty much at warp speed and there’s nothing I can do to stop it.  I have always held my children as much as possible.  I smother them with kisses until they push me away.  And then a few more to top it off.  I never wanted them sitting in a baby seat longer than absolutely necessary, and always carried them as newborns.  I always wanted to feel them in my arms and for them to know that I was close.  I learned how to do many tasks one handed just so I could keep holding my babies.  Pancake breakfast from scratch one handed?  No problem!  Responding to emails with one hand to punch out the letters?   Still worth it!  But the thing is, they’re getting too big to hold anymore.  Asa is almost as tall as me and I don’t think I could catch Finley if my life depended on it.   I still hold Bea as much as she’s willing (which, thankfully is still pretty often) and I don’t want to forget what that’s like. Ever.  Sure, there will always be babies to hold but they won’t be mine.  When you are a mom it is the most wonderful feeling in the world to know that you can provide the ultimate comfort.  That no one else will do quite as well as you.  It’s a huge responsibility and sometimes you long for the days when you could breeze out the door without any type of guilt or goodbye drama.  But mostly, you love it.  Because knowing that you are loved and loving back with your whole heart is the greatest gift in life.

My hope is that neither one of us ever forgets what it felt like to hold and to be held.

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And thank you to my mom for taking these impromptu pictures of me and Bea one afternoon.  I will be forever grateful.  Sometimes I wish I could still curl up in her arms and find the most peaceful comfort there.

XO~Kate

 

Heather & Jimmie | Married | Cobb Hill Estate

If there’s one thing that I could share with you from this wedding, besides these lovely images and the pure joy from this couple, it would be the incredible smell of the mountain air mixed with lavender and wildflowers.  Heather and Jimmie were married on a mountain top in Harrisville, NH  overlooking Mount Monadnock, the very spot where he proposed and they began this journey.  The day started with the threat of rain but it never came, and the sun peeked in and out of the clouds all day until finally, it was a glorious view.

Heather and Jimmie put a bit of themselves and their love of nature into every detail of this wedding. Heather is a Marine Biologist and Jimmie is an arborist so they wanted their wedding to be a nod to nature.  From the center piece stand tree stumps that Jimmie cut from his parent’s land,  to the flower arrangements that Heather made herself, their hands were a part of every detail.  As nature lovers they wanted their wedding to be eco-friendly and used dried flowers in recycled glass bottles for their tables, and beautiful felted bird nest balls to decorate their pergola.  The felt came from a local farm where Jimmie worked while growing up and I just love that the birds can take the bits of felt to line their nests.  They served Mexican food (their favorite) and Heather’s sister made the beautiful cake.

Heather and Jimmie are so perfect for each other and their love shines through wherever they are.  It was truly a day filled with joy, love and laughter. And beauty.  So much natural New Hampshire beauty.

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Congratulations Heather and Jimmie!!

XO~Kate

Shannon & Jonathan | Married | Bedford Village Inn

Shannon and Jonathan were married on a beautiful spring day at the Bedford Village Inn. It was the kind of day that went from sunny, to pouring rain, to sunny again, and it decided to rain exactly at the time of their ceremony.  That didn’t dampen their spirits at all though, and surrounded by so many wonderful family and friends, they danced the night away! They had a very sweet and special first look and were both overjoyed and smiling non-stop, exactly how it should be.  Jonathan and his guys were cracking us up all day and Shannon was well taken care of by her doting group of girlfriends. I adored Shannon’s soft color palate and especially loved her flowers and Jenny Yoo bridesmaids dresses.  Not to mention how incredibly gorgeous she is in her Nicole Miller gown and what an amazing couple they are together.    Enjoy!

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XO~Kate

A Walk in the Woods | NH Children’s Photographer

What a wonderful state we live in, especially if you’re a kid.  There are endless trails to hike, ponds to explore and walls to climb. And mosquitos.  Many, many mosquitos.

I spent a lovely evening with this family. After a few shots around their beautiful antique home we went for a walk through some nearby conservation land.  The kids had a ball throwing rocks in the water and running on the bridges.  It’s a wonderful thing to watch families just being together and enjoying themselves, especially when they’re so darn cute!

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XO~Kate

 

Change is Hard

I’m not a big fan of change.  Even the good kind.  It makes me uncomfortable.  Of course I realize that it is inevitable, especially with growing children, but I still resist it.  Spring is a big time for change around here.  All the boys have their birthdays (don’t even get me started on how emotionally draining those are!) and then the school year comes to an end.  Another year slipping by. 

Last month this guy turned eight.  Eight!!  What?

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And just recently, Bea has started wearing big girl pants.  Just like that, right before my eyes, she has lost the last bit of babyhood.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad that she’s not wearing diapers anymore, and I’m really proud of her for practically making this transition on her own, but my soft sentimental heart is aching with knowing that this is the end of baby life in our house.  I am not able to take down the crib just yet but I know that is coming soon too.  It’s just that it all happens so fast! One minute you’re holding a brand new baby and the next you’re sending them off to school.

 

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I know she’s still little but I also know it’s fleeting.  I am trying my hardest to appreciate every single minute and every beautiful stage that all my children go through, but I’m not always sure I’m doing it enough. I am trying to be excited for the future but can’t shake this aching for the simple baby days.  I just want to squeeze these little legs and kiss these grubby cheeks and never let them go.

So, today, I think I’ll do just that. There will be a lot of squeezing, and kissing, and holding on tight, and maybe I’ll be able to stop time.

XO~Kate