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Children 18 Months and up, playing, swimming, laughing, being serious, at birthday parties, painting and anything else they do!

This past fall was a whirlwind in my life. We moved to Bellingham in June, Silas was born in August and then in September Josiah and Autumn started two new schools on two different schedules. Every morning we all got up with Silas who was just weeks old and Brian helped get the kids dressed and fed and then I would drive Josiah to school at 8:20am, drop Brian off at work at 8:30 and then go sit in carline with Autumn for her 8:45am drop off at Montessori. All the while Silas screamed because he hated the car, especially when we sat not moving at red lights and preschool carline. Then I would get home around 9am, go back out at 11:15am to sit in preschool pick up carline to pick up Autumn, then we went him and had to get back out at 2:50pm to park at Josiah’s school, unload us all, rain or shine and go up to the school building to pick up Josiah.

It was a mommy nightmare of driving, screaming infants, rain, ceaseless anxiety that I would forget someone in my newborn induced sleep deprivation..and lets not forget Silas could not establish a nap schedule.

One day I was looking down Autumn’s class list of contact info and noticed that a boy in her class lived close by us. I thought about calling the family right then and asking them if they were interested in carpooling, but my social anxiety had gotten worse the more tired I got and the longer I was isolated by the move and postpartum stage. So I didn’t. Then one day Autumn told me she saw a boy from her class at Josiah’s school at pick up time. It occurred to me that maybe this family from her school also had a sibling at Josiah’s school and I asked her preschool teacher that week. Finally I sent Amanda an email and she was so sweet to schedule a playdate right away and invite us to join the carpool they already had going. Turns out her older daughter is in the same grade as Josiah at Columbia Elementary!

Since then Autumn and her friend Elli have become best of friends with weekly playdates, Amanda has taught me to coupon and Josiah and Grace even enjoy getting all together with Autumn and Elli after school. There are no words to describe knowing another mama has your back and can pick up your child in an emergency or having a mom friend with a child that your child loves so much its almost easier to have them together than separate. It’s just pure sweetness.

Last week we hung out and walked all over the Columbia Neighborhood for some photography. It was so much fun and here are my favorites! Enjoy!

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The daffodils are out in bloom in Mount Vernon and the views are breath taking! Just a quick 30 minute drive for all of us in Bellingham, makes these blooms a fun spring or Easter photoshoot location for babies through big kids! I will be offering 6 mini sessions  in the daffodils next weekend. They will take place on Saturday, with the possibility of doing some sunset shots Friday as well. These will be open to babies, toddlers, kids, families, sibling groups or pregnant mamas. Details such as times (we will give you the time that works best for your schedule) and specific location will be sent after payment is complete. Hurry and sign up today by using the button at the bottom!

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After a move from Ashland, Oregon to Bellingham, Washington this summer and having our sweet baby Silas in August, the holidays and 5 months of maternity leave from photography, I am back! I still really miss Ashland, but also love Bellingham, our new home and the people we met and places we have been so far. Here’s a little photo update form my life!

Silas’ Newborn Pictures in August

 

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Autumn in downtown Bellingham in September, just a mile from our house.

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Josiah, Silas and Autumn in my room in September.

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We all went to Ruston in October for my annual Pumpkin Patch Mini Sessions

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Right after coming back to Bellingham, Silas and I flew to Sacramento to photograph my brother in law’s wedding.

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All three kids in Ashland at the beginning of November

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Silas in November

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Josiah in December. He is in first grade at a great school here. He is still dancing and doing great in school.

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Silas, about a week before he turned 5 months.

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7 Bald Eagles we saw last week on the Nooksak River in Washington, about 30 minutes away from where we live.

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Me and Silas on the Nooksak River

So that is all for now, I am now a mom of three, living in Bellingham, enjoying exploring all the beauty of this area of the northwest and trying to keep up with my kiddos! I’m hoping in 2014 to start shooting births again (more on that later) and being more social and meeting and hanging out with more women and other moms.

Love,

Crystal

Today Autumn had Crazy Hair Day at preschool. We looked around the internet together last night and she told me she wanted pink unicorn hair. So here it is (it is also covered in glitter, but you can’t really tell in the photo).  In case you can’t tell her hair is pulled into a pony tail with an elastic in the front, hair-sprayed  to keep the short pieces in the back in place and then wrapped around 2 pipe cleaners and then prayed pink in two coats (her hair is brown so it needed two coats to show up well) and then top coated with glitter hair spray. 🙂 Happy Friday!