Life Lessons from Library Time with Peanut

While I am in Houston with the girls for a few days to take sweet Quinn’s cake smash photos & look at some houses, I stole away with Peanut to story time at the library.

Watching her sit there in the midst of all of the other little kids, getting completely absorbed into the story, I couldn’t help but smile. My biggest girl seems to be a book-lover, and that makes this mama happy. It was also really interesting to watch her sit back and watch as the other kids stood up and danced the hokey-pokey and sang Twinkle, Twinkle.

I was a little surprised that my outgoing girl didn’t jump right in to sing and dance along, as she’s sooooo full of personality. But the more I thought about it, I realized she’s so much like me (despite looking so much like her daddy!).

In a new place or situation, I tend to sit back and watch at first. I’m not normally the first to jump right in or strike up a conversation with someone I don’t know. Sure, when it’s orientation I can turn it “on”, but that’s also zone I’m familiar with.

As I sat there wishing my sweet girl would join in on the fun, it made me think about how I’m going to need to push myself to just jump right in as we move to Houston. I’m going to have to push myself to reach out to other creatives. I’m going to have to push myself to join in on networking events – and push myself to really network & talk to people rather than just hanging out by the food.

So Peanut, here’s to us jumping in hokey-pokey style as we start a new chapter in Houston. And here’s to more mommy-daughter dates to the library!!

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Monthly Photo Project – May

My goodness has it been crazy around here the past two months! This time of year is always exhausting & full of long hours at work, and then we added in multiple trips and I’ve been spent!

I have to admit that May sort of slipped my mind as far as photographing the girls for the Bucket List (and apparently so did posting the photos since it’s almost July!!). I did still get some photos of the two of them, and they’re about as “real life” as can be. (I feel like this has become a bit of a trend… not exactly what I had in mind when I decided on the photo challenge, but I really do like getting more of the everyday reality of what our life looks like – and what their relationship looks like – rather than perfectly posed photos in perfect set ups each month.)

Houston photographer images of daughters Pumpkin & Peanut for bucket list monthly photo challenge

This is so life for us right now – Peanut constantly trying to love on her sister (who usually doesn’t have too much patience for it). And I think we’re mostly over the potty training hump now, but the pull-ups were definitely a reality for us for a while.

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(And don’t worry – Max was right behind Peanut’s chair the whole time in case she got a little wobbly!)

 

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Monthly Photo Project – April

So I’ll be honest and say that April was a crazy month & I didn’t get to do a dedicated shoot for the photo project. That being said, I still got photos of them together… Peanut jumped into photographer mode again with her sister (this time with an old waterproof disposable camera) & I can’t help but love these images. There’s something about Peanut’s wild hair & bow that doesn’t match the dress she picked out to wear that day. It’s the reality of a lot of our weekends, and I like having photos like that of my girls.

Peanut grabs her camera all the time now (which y’all know I love), but she’s started to get so serious about “taking photos” of Pumpkin.

Nacogdoches photographer images of daughters Peanut and Pumpkin for monthly photo project

She was so cute continually praising her sister. She’d call her name, pretend to take a photo, and then tell her “goooood job!” (while I just melted on the spot… It’s a wonder I ended up getting any photos at all!)

Nacogdoches photographer images of daughters Peanut and Pumpkin for monthly photo project

Love this one!

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Pumpkin was getting a kick out of her sister trying to pose her for the next photo.

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So so so sweet! Gosh I love these two girls! And I love the thought of someday having framed photos of Pumpkin that Peanut took… and again, there I go melting into a giant sappy mama puddle!

Nacogdoches photographer images of daughters Peanut and Pumpkin for monthly photo project

 

You can find previous months in the Photo Challenge here: