snow day

In Georgia the weather is unpredictable. This winter especially. Christmas day it was in the 70's!  It has not been especially cold this year, so when the temps dropped in January it was a little surprising as I was kind of hoping that spring had sprung early (really REALLY early I suppose).

Today however when our two boys woke up they were so excited...well okay, we were so excited, to see the snow outside! I was hoping for a little snow this year and it was thrilling to see some snow, albeit only a couple inches dusting our yard. After pancakes, devotions and the 20 minute gathering and dressing of two little ones we headed outside! 

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We had been cooped up a bit indoors this week with a lot of rain and a lot of cold. I think we were all eager to get out and explore. I was just as thrilled as the boys to be outside in the fresh air. And the snow! So pretty. I thanked God this morning during my quiet time for making something so pure and beautiful. 

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On our walk today we brought along our trusty "sled". A makeshift sled that is actually a body board for the ocean. We have faithfully used this with any snow we've had here in GA and for reasons that I don't even know (okay we never seem to think of it when we SEE an occasional sled) we have not picked up a real sled. Okay so maybe this will be the year? 

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It doesn't really seem to matter to the boys who are light enough to be pulled along. Their giggles and squeals and Jonah's panting from running (ha, kidding Jonah) make it clear that their sled is most definitely a "real" sled to them. 

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I love wintery days like this when we can really earn our cup of hot cocoa after being outdoors. It makes me feel like we have a small part of the north with us without all the work that goes along with a full snowy winter. I'm thankful for our snow day, for these boys, for this man I get to lovingly call my husband and best friend. 

It's all melty out there now, but I'm so thankful for the memories and photos from the day. 

the dixon family

The Dixon's are a young family with a 3-year old and a 1-year old. I remember well what it was like with those ages (since our own little boys are also two years apart and only slightly older), so I was excited to photograph their story. 

When I met with Rhonda before their session, she said she wanted to remember the simple things of what they do in their everyday life. Some of their favorite things to do together involve chasing daddy in the front yard, dressing up as rapunzel (complete with ace bandage as the "hair"), making all sorts of foods from their play kitchen, playing games together, reading stories, and just slowing down to rock the littles to sleep (almost!).

I love including portraits in a story, so we started our time together outside in their gorgeous back yard. Seriously, look at those fall colors! After portraits, I stepped back and let them step into their everyday. When I shoot I try to let families just live, without much prompting or posing from me, and in the end I feel like their story is colorful, beautiful, and filled with memories unique to them. I just love watching families do their everyday together. I know how quick this season is with children, and I know how quickly we forget some of their favorite things. What a blessing it is to me to be able to document a glimpse of their life. 

Thanks Dixon family for such a great story, and for being such awesome clients!