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Our Real Life Lately | February thru May

While my client work allows me to opportunity to document amazing moments for families, my regular everyday existence revolves around my own.
My days are primarily filled with outdoor adventures, books, mediating sibling squabbles, teaching homeschool, and feeding three growing kids. (No one told me they would eat this much!) It is messy and beautiful, and I'm so thankful for every second of it (even if sometimes the thankfulness comes later)!
Here's a little peek into my life over the last several months. 
(You can always see a lot more of it over on my Instagram feed too! And I blog about homeschooling, home, health, simplicity and a variety of other things at Seeking Equipoise.)



earth day at kai kai farm

Soon after my husband and I made the decision to homeschool our children, I attended the first Wild + Free conference in Virginia Beach. My involvement in this awesome international community has influenced my homeschooling and parenting in more ways than I could describe. After returning home from that conference, in hopes of a similar community right here at home, I started a local chapter—Wild and Free South Florida. This group has grown tremendously and has become a wonderful tribe of like-minded families, which I'm so thankful to have in my life!

A year ago (how has it been that long already? I have no idea.), we visited a local organic farm for Earth Day. Kai Kai Farm is located in Indiantown, FL. Their mission statement is "Grow and package fresh, safe and nutritious vegetables which customers want and are willing to pay a fair price for, enabling sustainability, growth, and innovation in fresh produce production." 
It seemed the perfect place to bring our kids to celebrate the planet. The farm provided crafts, a wonderful tour teaching us about some of their sustainable farming methods, and even a drum circle, making it truly a perfect day. 



my heart | week 2

So I've already missed weeks in this project I only just started, and two of these were taken with my iPhone, but I'm not letting that get me down. It's my project anyway, so don't I make the rules? 
We just returned from a week-long roadtrip adventure to the North Carolina mountains and back. Yes, six hours a day in the car with three kids. Yes, I'm still recovering. It was absolutely wonderful though.

my heart, week 2

Eaden. Every day you do something new. Yesterday it was chewing on your toes. It's amazingly cute- your little legs folding up to meet your torso, making you look round and even smaller than you already are. You have a heartwarming smile for pretty much anyone who looks at you. You are pure joy. 
I took this photo- a self portrait- for Wherever I Am With You, a monthly collective I'm part of. At first I hated the way my body looks in it, still so soft from carrying her within me just four months ago. But after a moment of reflection, I grew to love it for the very same reason. I carried her within me, just four months ago. Holy freaking miracle. I hope to become stronger and healthier in time, but my body will never be 100% the same and that is fine with me. I deeply hope that I will pass down an attitude of self-acceptance and self-care to my daughter.

Isaac. You have such a sense of humor. Undeveloped, yes, but ever-present. Currently poop and farts are some of your best material, but you also throw in some seriously funny faces, sound effects, and elaborate stories. You really enjoy making people laugh, and I just love that about you.

Seth. You have many interests and talents, my dear. You want to learn and try everything, just as I always did. Sometimes this can mean that we never spend enough time honing just one skill, because we're dividing our time between too many things. Watch for what really pulls at your heart. When you discover a real passion and set your mind to it, the sky's the limit. You can do anything my love.



my heart (1/52)

One of the driving forces behind my career choice is the universal truth that kids grow too fast. These chaotic days a family with young ones are fleeting, and I want to document the joy, truth and beauty of it for my precious clients to look back on. We as parents always wish we could just freeze time, and this is as close as I've gotten.

In an effort to freeze it for myself, too, I'm committing to at least one photograph of each of my three little ones each week this year. I'm a week late in starting, but it's never too late, right? Of course, I've always taken more than one shot a week of my kids, but in the past year or so, many have been with my iPhone. Now, they pack some sweet little cameras into phones these days, but it still simply doesn't match up to my "real" cameras and the way I can make them express my vision.

So that's the challenge I'm giving myself, and I've decided to share it here my blog as a bit of an accountability measure.

my heart | week 1 of 52

Seth. You've changed so much recently. You're almost 7 and making a transition to "big kid"—you're capable of so much and learning constantly. You have great ideas and you rarely stop talking. I love the way you look out for your siblings and love making little paper gifts for everyone in the family.

Isaac. You are energy, passion and movement personified. You're at 100% during every waking moment. There's no chance you'll let yourself be overlooked, my middle child. You challenge me daily but delight me and melt my heart with your sweetness just as often. Sometimes it might seem like you simply do everything your brother does, but I see your uniqueness, and it's more and more apparent as you grow.

Eaden. My precious girl with ocean eyes. Yesterday was your 4-month birthday. You seem to be in a hurry to grow—it's both exciting and heart wrenching to watch. How can you already be so different from the newborn I held just four months ago? You've been rolling over for almost a month now, and you end up on your tummy almost every time I put you down. I think you'd really like to start moving forward already. I love every moment with you my dear. Every day I'm in awe of you and the fact that you're my daughter, and I just feel so incredibly lucky. It gives me goosebumps just thinking of it. 



wherever i am with you

As a photographer, I am the documentarian of my family. There are countless photographs of my three children and my husband, but of course as I'm usually the one behind the camera I'm absent from most of these images. 

When my children look back on our family photos years from now, I want them to see me with them from time to time. I want them to remember what I looked like in my twenties, when they were small. I want them to remember me playing, laughing and cuddling with them.

This year I've been part of a project with a group of other photographers. It's called Wherever I Am With You, and it's simply a challenge to get in the frame with our kids each month. I was pregnant for 3/4, and missed a few months mostly due to sheer exhaustion, but I'm so thankful for the images I got for this project. I'm looking forward to continuing this in 2016, and hopefully every year after. 

Happy New Year my friends!