Red heads and footed jammies

I was peacefully sleeping this morning in my bed.  It was WAY too early for anyone to be awake and yet through my dazed sleepiness I heard the clouded sounds of children screaming at each other.

As my ears grew increasingly alert to the sounds they were hearing, I realize that it was indeed my children fighting over heaven knows what in the living room.  

My mind was a bit clearer now as I opened my eyes and I realized that unless I moved fast I too would be yelling in less that 5 minutes time and (trust me) NO ONE wants that.  

Before I made my move I heard a faint and undistinguishable sound that caused me to freeze in my cozy bed .  “What’s happening now?”.  I asked myself.  Wait….listen….wait….listen….wait........ listen………. 


In a frenzied 1 second WHIP, those covers were sailing across the room and I was running for the bathroom in what could only be described as a scene from the Walking Dead (you know - where Rick and gang are almost being eaten by zombies and they’re running for their lives?). 

Breathing heavily, I slammed the door behind me, twisted the lock, flipped on the fan, turned on the shower, and scurried on all fours (Yes. You read that right.) to the corner of my closet where I hid behind every layer of hanging clothes I own.  Just in time to hear BOOM BOOM BOOM and then a very muffled voice yelling in what was certain to be the infamous tattle of my red headed 2 year old.  I giggled in some sort of “mommy’s-gone-crazy” way knowing the pure angst his unheard tattle would cause and I enjoyed every second of it.  

My actions, judged by some, would be considered harsh for a sweet 2 year old but I’ll tell you what - the temper of a footed jammie wearing red head at 6:30 AM is nothing to mess with. 

Dearest Parker, You are going to send mommy to the looney bin sooner than she ever thought.

This little toddler thought it would be helpful to "weed" mommy and daddy's planter today.  Thank you Parker for such an amazing ability to tear those "weeds" to shreds and show them who's boss.

I wonder if the greenhouse's guarantee on perennials covers 2 year old boys? ;) ;)

Baby {A} - Salt Lake City Newborn Photography

Baby #5 has arrived for the {D} family and she is beautiful!!  I have been lucky enough to shoot this family for the last few years and they are awesome!  I want to give a shout out to dad for introducing me to the coconut almonds from Costco.  A bag of which I bought on my way home because they are AMAZING!  I'm telling you, if you love a good Almond Joy you will be obsessed over these.  Do yourself a favor and go buy some.  :)

3 year old {M} - Salt Lake City children's photography

When I arrived for my session with little {M}, he was less than thrilled with the idea of having his picture taken.  If you could have seen the theatrics going on behind the camera by his mom, you would die laughing.  A million thanks go out to the mom's and dad's who stop at nothing to get smiles out of their kids for pictures.  THANK YOU!!  :)

The "R" Family - Mapleton, Utah family photography

This family braved some pretty cold and windy weather for their photo session but it was totally worth it!

Is there a secret to being able to raise this many children?  Seriously!  How do people do it?  If I had this many kids, we would be lucky to show up half dressed with our teeth brushed to our family photos.  And I mean LUCKY!  I can barely get my 2 kids ready just to go outside and play in the dirt each day.

I found myself in awe of this family.  Like literally.  I was kinda speechless.  AND THEN I found out that this amazing mama made all of their outfits.  YES PEOPLE she made them ALL!!!  Once, I tried to make Turner some PJ pants and they ended up small enough to fit our 9 lb miniature wiener dog.  How that happened I will never know.  :)

On a serious note, this mom is expecting her 7th baby very soon.  She was diagnosed with a very serious pregnancy condition called placenta accreta and I know she is in the prayers of many many people including myself.  I found it only fitting to spend one-on-one shooting time with mom and each of her babies.  Any mom who is successfully raising almost 7 kids deserves the world!

Lot's of love to this family!  It was a pleasure spending a little time getting to know you.  :) :)