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strawberry picking at 35 weeks pregnant

Last year we went strawberry picking for the first time. It's something that I've wanted to do for quite a while, but we finally did it together as a family! It's a lot of fun seeing the boys grow and become more independent so that they can really participate in activities with us! As it turned out, we actually ended up picking at two different farms. The first was fun, but the second one, we spontaneously (somewhat) headed to on Mother's Day was our favorite. 

For Mother's Day last year we did something a little out of the ordinary. While we usually head to church every Sunday (Mother's Day being no exception), I chose to do something different for the sake of my own heart. I shared about that day here.  Spending the day with my family, was a wonderful and restful experience all around. And I LOVED the strawberry farm we visited. 

This year I really wanted to head back to that farm. God has been so gracious and with joy, we are expecting our third son. Our rainbow baby. (35 week belly below)

 

Every week we like to plan for a family activity together, so for the week before Mother's Day we chose to go strawberry picking. I realize at 35 weeks pregnant it's not a really easy feat, but I really wanted those sun ripened strawberries. Plus the home made ice-cream isn't so bad either!

The farm is about an hour north of us and it's called LCCL Strawberry Farm, in Rome. Their price is terrific to pick your own, and of course they sell strawberry ice-cream that you really have to buy after picking out in the fields.

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We picked about 11 pounds altogether, which surprisingly (even with a big pregnant belly) didn't take us that long. The boys have learned which ones are good for picking, how necessary it is to "sample" some while you pick, and which ones to leave on the stems for ripening. I'm a homeschool mom, but a natural teacher (well, Jonah more than me) so we can count this trip as a field trip, wrapped into a family day. The best! 

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strawberry picking, lccl farm, rome, GA, family, lifestyle photography, its the everyday
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Oliver is getting pretty good at using our camera! 

Oliver is getting pretty good at using our camera! 

It was a great day and we recommend this local farm to anyone in our area. The drive isn't really too bad, since it's north, and the warm sun ripened fields of strawberries are worth it! Store bought strawberries just cannot compete with taste. We have a freezer full of berries, that I'm sure will be eaten up too soon, but some wonderful memories from our day at the farm.

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! 

Monday's musings

I woke up to the smell of apples and cinnamon baking in the house. In truth they weren't baking but simmering into yummy apple butter, thanks to the dedication of my dear husband! He made it his special project to finish off our apple stash from our recent trip to the orchard.  

This Monday I am so content to be home in our warm, apple-scented home, as the fall weather shows off with crisp air and chilly winds.  

After the unusually slow start to our day (I blame the cool temps for our late rising today!) I finally started feeling productive once the lunch dishes were put away.  

I've been feeling reflective this particular morning as I slowly puttered through my list of to-do's. A very un-Carrie thing to do. I'm not really a list kind of girl.  

But I wanted to share some of my musings.  

Our weekend. 

We had our very first family campout together! It was a perfectly chilly evening for it (temps dropped to 40) but the excitement on the boys faces (well, more so Jonah's!) made every cold moment of the adventure worth it. We decided to leave the camera at home since we would have plenty of other things to keep an eye on, but here are a few iphone snaps from our trip:

Headlamps! 

Headlamps! 

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Camp cocoa is the best. 

Camp cocoa is the best. 

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Cocoa for little hands. I just love our tin cups. 

Cocoa for little hands. I just love our tin cups. 

We enjoyed an early morning hike around the lake. 

We enjoyed an early morning hike around the lake. 

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First time shooting a BB gun for Oliver. 

First time shooting a BB gun for Oliver. 

My boys love to bring me flowers. I will always take whatever offering they give! 

My boys love to bring me flowers. I will always take whatever offering they give! 

I was a soup server for lunch (with our group we camped with). 

I was a soup server for lunch (with our group we camped with). 

Littlest were served first for lunch. Lucky for aleksandr.  

Littlest were served first for lunch. Lucky for aleksandr.  

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My main squeeze. No one I would rather adventure with.  

My main squeeze. No one I would rather adventure with.  

Truly it was a great weekend! I am eager to print a book of our photos.  

 

Scripture:

My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever. (Psalm 73:26) Amen! Isn't this great truth??

 

Readings:

Finally I wanted to share a blog post I have found to be so encouraging. I read this post back when we had miscarried, and today I read it again, and found it be just as encouraging. Walking through suffering is hard, but remembering what His truth is, is so important. I love how transparent the writer is in her own struggle with just being human, just feeling what you need to feel and bringing that to God. To read it, click the link below. I hope it's an encouragement to you too.

Talking myself through suffering

 

Now on to the rest of my Monday, I hear a little boy calling me that has just woken up from his nap. 

Happy Monday friends!