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So, like most of you, we’ve been busy….here’s a quick recap.  🙂

Cate’s birthday was lots of fun! She had both a friend party and family party.  We were super happy to have so many to help us celebrate our big girl.

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The cake.

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Lots of PINK (ya know, cause pink is very “girlish”).

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The princesses of the royal party.

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Cate, enjoying her new “rocker” toys.  Notice the amazing outfit.

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It was a great birthday weekend!  Thank you for all of your happy wishes!

Aaaaaaand in other big girl news…guess who’s been wearing BIG GIRL UNDER WARE?!!

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Right around Thanksgiving, Anna asked to wear her big girl under ware and she hasn’t looked back!  Wow, Team B is SO different!  Yay Anna!!

And last, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here!  Though we have our decorations up, we still have lots of shopping to do.  But it all gets done, we’re not stressed.  We’ve already seen Santa, shopped for our adoptive family, made ornaments,  went to Light Up Downtown, and just today Cate and I went to Nutcracker!

In trying to “get into the Christmas spirit” this year, I had a moment of clarity.  When you are a kid, the magic of Christmas is, well, magical.  But as an adult, it takes a little more to get in to it, certainly having kids helps a lot.  Anyway, this year, I realized the Christmas spirit is like anything else in my life.  I have the choice to feel the “spirit” or not. I have the choice to embrace the magic of this time of year.  It always feels good to remind myself that each day, I have the choice and its up to me to make every day, especially at Christmastime, magical.

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December 15, 2009 - 11:48 am

Amy - Yahoo Anna. Aunt Amy is very proud of you! You do a great job at making the holiday “magical” for the kids!

December 15, 2009 - 8:44 pm

Larissa - Hello Martha Stewart did you really make that cake? You are such a fun mommy. 🙂 Love the princesses and rocker pictures (and Cate’s rocker outfit!). Awesome.

JLP…Winter Edition

I’ve had SO MUCH FUN in my first, sort of, “season” of photography.  I’ve loved meeting new people, capturing memories for them, and learning lots!

So…what will I be working on this winter?  Well, a few things actually…first, I’m looking forward to spending lots of time with my sweet family and second, we’re going to get ready for baby boy!  We’ve got lots of preparation but first on my list is staying rested and healthy.

As far as photography goes, I’m not really equipped for indoor photography and don’t really like how “pose-y” indoor photos can be, with one exception…sweet little newborn babies!  If you’re expecting this winter, give me a call, I’d LOVE to photograph your newborn.

Thank you so much to all of my first year clients!  Thank you for taking a chance on me, thank you for your kind and encouraging words, thank you for giving my name to your friends, and thank you for being SO fun to work with!

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December 12, 2009 - 2:23 pm

Emily Weber - Oh Wow!! That is my sweet little baby girl! Thanks Jaime! What a joy it is to see our little one again so tiny! We had such fun with you that day!

Cate…The Slideshow

November 30, 2009 - 4:22 pm

Corey (Daddy) - Why is it so smokey in here it’s making my eyes water…

November 30, 2009 - 7:49 pm

Jennifer Morgan - .and just when I thought it couldn’t get any better…..

November 30, 2009 - 9:17 pm

Abby Miller - I can’t get the smile off of my face!!! That was by far one of my most faves ever! Cutest 4 year old I know! Miss you Lenharts 🙂 XOXO

December 1, 2009 - 2:36 pm

julaintexas - very, very, very cute!

December 2, 2009 - 11:29 pm

momma Dar - ok I am bummed, I clicked on the picture and got the language of japanese on the download. i will still keep trying. AT any rate…. I love everything you write, post and the pictures and the vision of where to take them and pose everyone… I just love you Jaima!

Happy Birthday, Big Girl!

Where does the time go?  Our baby is 4 and there really isn’t enough time to talk about all the things we love about her.  She’s kind and truly considerate, happy and silly, smart and cute, independent and confident, opinionated and direct, trusting and loyal…I could (and probably will) go on and on.  But first, a picture… (and I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty proud of these).

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Over the past few months, as Cate has drawn closer to 4, she has really changed.  She has shown such maturity and confidence.  She has always been a little character full of personality, but all of the sudden this amazing personality is paired with independence and she is simply blossoming.

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She’s into pretty typical 4-year-old stuff, she likes princesses, playing  babies, kitchen, store and dollhouse.  But her interests really lie in all things musical and imaginative.  She LOVES to dance and sing and thanks to her newest obsession, Taylor Swift, she LOVES to put on “beautiful dresses and high heels” and rock out, just like Taylor.  On most days she “is” one of her idols, either a “beautiful ballerina”, a “12 year old”, “Taylor Swift” or big cousin “Makayla”.  (Oh yes, Makayla is right up there with Taylor Swift!  She really is that cool).

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She’s also waaaaay into fashion.  Each day, she picks out the clothes that she wants to wear, and changes her clothes at least 3 times a day.  Her top choices are usually a dress or a skirt, but always her favorite pink high tops.  🙂  (So, if you see our daughter in some crazy outfit, she has most likely picked it out herself, don’t judge.) 🙂  The main criteria for her outfits is that they are “girlish”.  For example, here is  a recent conversation:

Me: How about these jeans, Cate?

Cate: No, they’re not girlish enough.

Me: Huh?

Cate: They look like boy’s jeans.  I feel like a farmer in them.

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So, if you were wondering, yes, she picked out her entire outfit for her shoot.  We went to the mall, and this is what she wanted.  She also begged me for a pair of jeans and sparkly top because it looked “just like a 12 year old!”.

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She was way into her photo shoot.  All of the sassy poses, all her.  It was so fun!!

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As I mentioned before, Cate loves music and LOVES to “rock out”.  So, after ever couple of shots, she would have to take a minute to rock out, then she was good to go for more pictures.  Here are just a few of her rocker stances.

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We’re simply oozing with pride over this little girl.  We hope that we can continue to foster her individuality and creativeness.  We are so proud of her kindness and gentle spirit and instead of being sad about her getting another year older, we will embrace the changes, enjoy the ride and thank God for every single moment we get to spend with this awesome kid.  Happy Birthday, Cate. We love you more than words can say.

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November 25, 2009 - 10:00 pm

Aunt Shari - Jaime, These are sooooo good. You have really developed your talent. Of course, look at what you have to work with here. Cate is a beautiful little girl and so fun. Happy 4th Birthday Cate! Thanks for sharing. I’ve been looking every day.
Aunt Shari

November 25, 2009 - 10:17 pm

Jennifer Morgan - oh…no words……..my Cate…..wow.

November 25, 2009 - 11:18 pm

Michelle - i cant tell you my favorites because i literally love them ALL. seriously, i want a copy of each one.

November 26, 2009 - 12:41 am

momma Dar - Okay, now that was fun!!! Pure fun! Thanks for sharing Jaima!

November 26, 2009 - 9:02 am

Amy - Happy 4th Birthday sweet Niece Cathryn! We can’t wait to celebrate with you. Cute Cute Cute pictures, they show your sassy side for sure!

November 26, 2009 - 5:17 pm

Jenny Meiners - First of all, I just LOVE that first pict of Cate walking with the balloons! What an amazing shot! Second, your description of Cate made me want to cry – it was so sweet and well-written and they will be words that I’m sure Cate will treasure in years to come.

November 26, 2009 - 11:22 pm

Kristin - Jaime, I love to see where you are at because it shows me where I am heading…I love your pitctures and your words. You are truly blessed with some many talents. So glad I know you.

November 28, 2009 - 12:56 am

Larissa - I love your “blogging” with the pictures…love to read all the details. I agree with Chelle about all of the pictures being awesome but I could look at number 6 and 7 all day long!!!! LOVE it.

Happy birthday pretty girl!

November 28, 2009 - 10:32 pm

Bethany - Jamie…..I love these pictures! You are doing such a great job with your photography! Can you believe you have a four year old? It truly does go so fast.

November 29, 2009 - 9:08 pm

Carol Downerd - How can it be that Cate is 4 and so grown up already!! The pictures are wonderful Jamie. Thanks for sharing them. It makes me feel like I am home in Ohio. Happy birthday Cate!! Enjoy being four years old.

December 1, 2009 - 12:26 am

Aunt Barb - Cate is SO BEAUTIFUL!! Can’t believe she’s four, WOW!! You did an awesome job with
her pictures Jaime, you are very talented!!

Love you all, Aunt Barb

December 3, 2009 - 10:18 am

Margie - awww- what a great photo shoot and blog post jaim! you captured all the sides of cate in those pictures. you are so lucky to have such a beautiful, sweet, sassy, smart little girl- and she is so lucky to have YOU for her mom! happy 4th birthday cate! 🙂

Lila

Okay, I know, I know…I promised Cate’s pictures soon, but well, I have these ones done and darn it, they’re just so cute!!  Cate picts soon, I promise.  For now, check out this sweet little girl, Lila!

Lila (and her mom and dad!) are good friends of ours and I was thrilled to take her 2 year pictures.  Like most 2-year-olds, she just wanted her Mama!  🙂  So, as you will see, we got some adorable pictures of this little cutie, but mostly just her sweet face so that she could be safe and happy in her Mama’s arms!  (So cute!)

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My favorite…

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We did manage this one of her running.  She spotted her binky and took off toward it!

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Happy Birthday, Lila!

November 19, 2009 - 11:11 pm

momma Dar - Ok, Lila is beautiful and another great photo session Jaima! Big hugs Momma Dar

November 23, 2009 - 5:41 pm

Aunt Barb - WOW, Jaime, you are really doing an excellent job with your photos!! They are all so
awesome!! You are very talented!! Love, Aunt Barb

P.S. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO NAME MY NEW LITTLE GREAT NEPHEW??

November 24, 2009 - 5:47 pm

Maria - Oh my gosh Jaime! You are doing an awesome job! And little Lila is getting so big! I’ll have to keep you in mind to do some family shots next spring. Want to do them when Aubrey is 1 (she won’t be changing as fast as she is now). Again good job!! Hope you’re feeling well w/that little boy inside you…Congrats!