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The King of the Wild Things and the man of my heart.

That was then, this is now! Three kids, a military career and 4 states later....

That was then, this is now! Three kids, a military career and 4 states later….I met him when he still played with legos- er, well, ok, he still plays with legos, but when I met him, we were just entering middle school. We had a five year plan that included a picket fence, a forestry degree, a big white wedding and 2 kids in the forest.  God had a good laugh.

He is enlisted now and I have to share him with Uncle Sam; his service has taught me the amazing sacrifice that military families and members make. I love working with military families- I know just how precious photos can be when your loved one is away. As a military spouse, some of my most precious photos, personally, are from good byes and welcome homes.

One of my most precious homecoming photos, when the girls saw their daddy for the first time.

One of my most precious homecoming photos, when the girls saw their daddy for the first time.

Thing1 loves animals and horses are no exception- in fact, they could be her favorite!

Thing1 loves animals and horses are no exception- in fact, they could be her favorite!

The oldest of our Wild Things, Thing1. Back when there was only one Wild Thing, they didn’t seem so wild, or maybe thats just her. We toted this lil’ one all over- hikes, quads, ocean, boats- you name it, this kid probably did it before she was three.

Thing1 enjoys her time at the stables; Horses for Heroes has given her  a great  boost of confidence and something amazing to focus on while Daddy is deployed.

Thing1 enjoys her time at the stables; Horses for Heroes has given her a great boost of confidence and something amazing to focus on while Daddy is deployed.

Now, she is a generous, caring little girl, concerned with the environment  animals and homeless families. Her favorite thing to do is ride horses and play with friends outside. Her little soul is just so precious- except when she is being mischievous and teasing her siblings, but as the oldest, we couldn’t have been luckier. She is a wonderful sister… when she is’t being overly mischievous

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Thing2, posing for a shot in an outfit completely styled by her. It doesn’t get more original than this little gal!

Thing2 is a girl through and through. She believes in ribbons, bows, pearls and high heels, even though we wont let her wear them. She likes everything just so and is very precise. It can be a challenge to keep up with her: her brain, heart and mouth move fast.

Thing2, posing an impromptu "inspiration" shoot.

Thing2, posing an impromptu “inspiration” shoot.

She has an expectation and believes life will live up to her expectations- watch out life, for disappointing Thing2!  Possibly the most stubborn, if it hadn’t been for the arrival of….

Thing3, the man child. Boys are just different.

Thing3, the man child. Dont let his innocent look fool you- child can charm his way into anything his little self desires.

Thing3, the man child. Dont let his innocent look fool you- child can charm his way into anything his little self desires.

This particular one is rugged and a little rough on the edges. That is not to say he doesn’t have just as open and warm a heart as the girls. Its just that he shows his love…Differently. Occasionally there is a bruise leftover from a forehead that connected too solidly with a chin, but usually it is only a hollow thump of affection, head on chest or shoulder. Sometimes, its even a spectacular moment, like the one below, of him kissing me.Thing3 Beware his current small size! Affectionately called “cannonball”, he can take you out with one well placed behind the knees tackle. He believes in all things little boys should- Superman, Firefighters, Airmen, Rangers and going really really fast (like lightning!)- but his favorite thing in the entire world, is trains.

 

Well there you have it! The Wild Things one and all. In case you are wondering, I call them that for a few reasons. The first is that they really truly are wild, all in their own special ways. The second is that it brings to mind the Maurice Sandak book “Where the Wild Things are”, a book about imagination and the power of childhood. I like to keep that in mind when handling my kiddos- they can be trying at times, but they are so precious and are only children still! The third, and final reason, is that I prefer their names not be widely discussed on the internet or known by strangers. I choose to make bits and pieces of my life and my art vulnerable by posting photos and text online, but I would like to protect my family as much as possible. It can be quite a struggle to share my life with readers but protect my families privacy! But Its just safer and better that way. Thanks to everyone for understanding and respecting their somewhat limited but no less valued privacy. I appreciate it greatly.

Spring Showers

I spent some time working a new shower curtain for the girls. I know it’s not directly linked to my photography, but given the oh- so-dreary and oh-so-freezing weather we had, I needed an indoor project to keep my hands busy and my mind calm (being cooped indoors all day with Wild Things can do strange things to the inner workings of a mommy mind!)

The very dreary weather that hovered and fell over us during our "ice storm".

The very dreary weather that hovered and fell over us during our “ice storm”.

For our new bathroom, we (we being the little wild women and I) knew that something cheerful and fun was called for. Not to mention, something a little more “big girl” than the rubber duckies. Nothing I found at Target or Walmart was really doing it for me, and despite the girls best efforts, I wasn’t having a hello kitty or dora bathroom. After all, it might be their bathroom, but I have to spend time in there too! Plus, I really didn’t want to buy new towels, so we were hoping to make the aqua work with our new theme.

I found some fabric and decided to just do it myself! Afterall, it couldn’t be that hard right?

The cheerful, fun fabric we chose to help liven up the bathroom.

The cheerful, fun fabric we chose to help liven up the bathroom.

Actually, it wasn’t really that hard. It was just time consuming and a wee bit boring, since long straight hems are not my forte when it comes to sewing.

Sewing ribbons on the back of the curtain so we could "hook" it to the curtain rod if we chose to.

Sewing ribbons on the back of the curtain so we could “hook” it to the curtain rod if we chose to.

So I rewarded myself between long hems with breaks of fun things; I took some time out to watch the rain with my little man, and enjoy the sound as it bumped the roof.

Showing off his joy at the storm. After all the dust and heat of Nevada, rain is one of his favorite things about Arkansas.

Showing off his joy at the storm. After all the dust and heat of Nevada, rain is one of his favorite things about Arkansas.

Thing3 and I spend some time just watching the rain drop into the puddles. My little Nevada man is enamoured with the rain and spent nearly 45 full minutes just enjoying the show Mother Nature put on for us.

Thing3 , my little Nevada man is enamored with the rain and spent nearly 45 full minutes just enjoying the show Mother Nature put on for us.

Also, I took a moment to step outside and see the icicles that were forming on the rocket box. Curiosity didn’t kill this cat, but it nearly got her wet!

Icicles on the rocket box after only three hours of the storm! Next on my at home list is curtains, because the drafts slipping through the house gave us goosebumps.

Icicles on the rocket box after only three hours of the storm! This photo was taken from the safety of the our front porch. Wow. That was only 3 hours into our “storm”.  When they say “ice storm” they do mean “ice storm”. I have it on good authority that this was just an itty bitty teaser of a storm and nothing like the hard freezes they get in the dead of winter.

Yipes! I hope I have enough indoor projects to keep busy; after  Nevada, I am not terribly accustomed to my photography being limited by Mother Nature and her whims. The weather was almost always pleasant enough for an outdoor shoot, unless the winds were kicking up some serious dust storms, so this whole “rainy day” or “ice storm day” for that matter, was a new concept for me! Now I understand why so many outdoor, location photographers only shoot during the summer- Winter schedules are risky business when you are at the whim of Mother Nature.

As for this little sampling from Mother Nature, I will call the downtime a success.

The fun, bright blossoms are just what the girls needed to brighten up their bathroom and the blue goes great with the towels.

The fun, bright blossoms are just what the girls needed to brighten up their bathroom and the blue goes great with the towels


The girls enjoy their new shower curtain and it helped keep away the cabin fever. I may have had to endure three days inside during these Spring Showers, but our indoor shower is just blooming.  I can pat myself on the back with a “job well done mommy” and begin hunting for other fun things to do during the downtime Mother Nature provides when there is a down pouring of ice, hail and sleet. Maybe those indoor, homey projects will help make our new house our new home.