letters to our daughters / november 2012

I’m running a day late for my “Letters To Our Daughters” post. But here I am! Today I wrote a letter to Olivia, just because.

Happy week!

 

 

Dear Monkey Oli,

Today I’m writing to you just because. There’s not a particular reason why, I just want to tell you how much I love you and how much you mean to me. I want you to know that I could not imagine my life without your cuddles, your smell, your crazy hair that no matter what we do, it just goes back to crazy. Your sweet big smile with your separate teeth that fit your personality so perfectly. You deep bright eyes with those pink glasses on top. Your tiny feetsies with your shoes always on the opposite foot. Your candy monsterness, your mischievousness, your cuddliness, I mean, you are the best cuddler in the whole entire world. Cuddling with you is probably my favorite time of the day. It’s perfect! It makes my nights and my mornings incredibly magical. It makes me start my days with a smile and go to bed with a heart full of love. I could have never imagined being so lucky to have someone like you as a daughter. You are the kind of girl that could make anyone smile just by walking by. You have that in you. I’m convinced that one of your  “jobs” in this life is to brighten peoples days, and lives. You are amazing and such a special little soul. I love you my baby. I love you more than the whole wide world, and more than the stars and the sun and the universe. And you told me that you love me more than  a million and even more than sweet Nicky’s (aka Sweet Micky’s the Candy Shoppe) which coming from you is huge!

A few months ago we were having lunch and you looked at me and said “Mom, wasn’t I lucky when I was a baby?” And I said, “Why were you so lucky Olivia?” and you responded “Because I had you guys as my family”. You said that out of the blue. It was just you, Lola and I eating at the table. There was nothing “special” going on, it was an ordinary day and that came out straight from your heart. I love your being I love everything about you. I would hug you all day long if I could. You inspire me, baby. I love seeing you grow but I also wish I could keep you this little forever. But I’ll let you grow because I love you. And I’ll keep all these memories in my heart and in all the photos that I take of you that I will forever be thankful for having.

 

Thank you for being my baby. I love you. Te amo mucho,

 

Mama

 

Please head over to my sweet friend Amy Grace of A beautiful Life Photography and prepare your tissues because everything she photographs and writes is filled with love and emotion.

 

the baileys / seattle children photographer

This was one of the most fun sessions ever, it took place back on May but I am just now getting around to blog it.

Take a look and see foryourself what an awesome family they are!

Happy week! It’s a big one since it’s election day tomorrow and also my birthday!

xoxo

letters to our daughters / october 2012

I’m happy to be back today with a post dedicated to my oldest daughter Lola.

Life gets busy sometimes and we don’t realize how important it is to have one on one quality time with the people we love.

These images are from this past summer when all fours of us went for a little hike on a Saturday afternoon.

http://www.jaimelackeyphotography.com/blog/you-got-this-letters-to-our-daughters/

Dear Lola,

 

I’m sitting here in front of my computer wanting to tell you so many things that I feel I don’t get to say to you as often as I would want to. Ever since you came to my world I loved you more than I would have never imagined I could love anyone (and you’ll understand what I mean once you have your own babies). I remember having all these dreams about you and imagining your little personality, your smile, your giggles, your tiny little toes, your smell, so many things I used to imagine. And you made every single one of my dreams come true. When I first saw you I couldn’t believe that you were there, you were that little girl that I had been dreaming about for over 9 months. I felt so lucky to have you, baby but I would lie if I said that I wasn’t scared too. It was probably both the most amazing and scariest time of my life (for your Dad too). We really didn’t know very much what we were doing but we both knew that we wanted  to have a happy family.

When we moved to Seattle you were only 3 months old. Daddy came a couple of weeks before the two of us to rent a place and find a job. We came later with Babi who was such a huge support for us (and still is) and she stayed with us for a little over a month and helped us get settled. I’m not going to lie to you, it was hard, so very hard to be in a brand new place, being a brand new Mom, having Dad working two jobs so that i could stay at home with you and having none of my friends or my family around to share your daily milestones, to share the happiness that your little sounds, smiles, made me feel or to share the fears that I had. We luckily had Grandma, Grandpa & Sue but they were also new to me at the time, but they loved you from day one and made me feel like I belonged.

I remember we used to spend all day together, just the two of us trying to figure out our brand new life and the brand new city. I would walk you in the stroller to PCC to buy some groceries for the day and I would get so terribly frustrated to not be able to find the “regular” items that you can find at the common grocery store (now I learned to love PCC!!!). Usually on our way back from the store we would walk around our neighborhood, go say hi to the ducks by the canal, play around there, and get back home to play some more. We cuddled, and danced and laughed and took naps and did all those things that Moms and babies do together. We had so much fun. And even though It felt very lonely at times, the fact of not knowing many people and not having friends around made it that we spent our time together with no other distractions, and we built that amazing bond. And even though I don’t miss the feeling of “loneliness” I sometimes miss the simplicity of our lives.

Then Grandma introduced us to Peps and other playgroups and we loved it and after a few months we had a playgroup to go to on every day of the week except for Mondays. In the playgroups we made a couple of friends and our social life started being more colorful. We started exploring more and hearing about some awesome parks and indoor playrooms, and open gyms and life started being a lot more social. And after then it never stopped. And now, years later, the two of us find it hard to find time to spend quality time together just the two of us and it’s been hurting the way we have been interacting. And I miss spending one on one time with you and I know you miss it too. You are growing so fast, Lolita and I want you live your childhood in the happiest possible way because the magic of childhood happens only when you are a kid and I want to take every opportunity to make it even more magical for you, my sweet girl.

I love you forever and ever and ever. And to the moon and back. And to a hundred and thirty ten (you used to say that number when you were little and wanted to express a big amount). You are just like you were in my dreams and more and I am so proud of you.

 

Te amo,

 

Mama.

Please continue the circle with the letter that Jamie Lackey wrote to her daughter

our project ten | october 2012

Welcome to the my October Project ten! Here are my Ten images. Have a great day!!!

Pony Tail

Walking to school

Morning Light

Guess who?

Like Mother Like Daughter (They have the same messy hair!)

Bath

Roughing it with Daddy

On Mom & Dad’s bed

Story Time

Tired kid

 

 


Continue the circle with my sweet friend Andrea Linn who documented a day at the fair!

anna + luke / seattle couples photographer

I just can not be more excited about these images from Anna & Luke’s engagement session. We had an amazing time, we biked (yep, I did too, with my camera on tow and all) and I may or may have not taken a few shots as I was riding. They also brought some wine, cheese & crackers for a mini picnic, they swung, made up a bit ;), laughed and enjoyed being together. I loved that Anna brought all of these ideas to me about what she wanted to do during their session, and am glad it all worked out so great!

I’m so thrilled and honored to be documenting their wedding this coming Saturday cause the love between them is inspiring!

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