Sippo Lake Family Photos

First, I have to thank the Big Red Couch family for the next 2 posts!  They sent these next two adorable families to me and, for my little biz, word of mouth is everything! So, thanks guys!!  🙂

This sweet family had to reschedule once due to our lovely Ohio weather, but thankfully, the day of their shoot was great!  I had a nice time with these four.  Their love and closeness to each other was so obvious, mom and dad were relaxed and so easy to photograph, and the kids!  Well, the pictures will speak for themselves….A.DOR.A.BLE!

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I loved that this family was up for casual, natural photographs…totally my style! And they picked an awesome location, Sippo Lake Park.

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Little sister…The beauty of doing this kind of low-stress shoot is that the kids are comfortable and natural.  The best shots of little “E”  were taken in the comfort and safety of her Mama’s arms.  Adorable.

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Big brother, “J”. I know!  Those eyes!!! That hair!!  He was a great little guy too, very personable and polite!  🙂

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I loved watching how little sister already looks up to her big brother.  She watched him so carefully, it was dear.

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Such a sweet couple!  Wasn’t it great guys, being all alone in the woods? It was so quiet and peaceful, like you were the only two people in the whole world!?

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Haha!  Any parent of little ones knows what a laugh that is!  This is what was really happening during this picture. 🙂

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Thanks so much!  I had a great time hanging out with your delightful family!

Have a good weekend, all!  Check back soon for another wonderful family photo session.

November 7, 2009 - 12:40 pm

Jennifer Morgan - Great job, Jaima!!!

November 8, 2009 - 2:39 pm

Larissa G. - oooo….love the blurry effects of the trees with them walking away from you. Great shot. The little ones on the blanket too…really good.

November 18, 2009 - 1:28 am

Kristin H - These pictures brought tears to my eyes….so beautiful!! What a wonderful gift you have.

Halloweeeeeen!!!

Halloween was SO fun this year!  The girls were way into pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating.  And selfishly, we just LOVE getting to do all of the fun Halloweeny stuff we did as kids, all over again!

So, here we go…up first, pumpkin carving!

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Every year, Cate’s favorite part is putting the pieces back in the pumpkin.  Although this year she did actually touch all of the “squishy stuff” in the pumpkin….Anna, not so much. 🙂

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Up next, trick-or-treating, of course! Cate was a “witch” and Anna was a “pumpkin”.  As usual, they decided on their costumes a while ago and never wavered.  Cate loved passing out candy!  She wanted “wild witch hair”, so I did a trick that my mom did with my hair when I was little…lots of little braids on wet hair, let dry, and wiiiiiild hair! (We used to call it Stevie Nicks hair).

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Our sweet little pumpkin.

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I did not take into account my big girl’s slight fear of the wind (for real) with this costume.  It took just one time for the wind to threaten to blow her witch hat up into the air before she decided she’d “better not wear that hat!”.  🙂

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The girls had so much fun trick-or-treating with cousins Lily the Cowgirl and Charlie the Lion!

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Nana and Papa had fun with all of the kids too!

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That pumpkin bucket is tooooootally hiding my big belly, right?

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Hope you had a Happy Halloween too!!

November 3, 2009 - 12:18 am

Momma Dar - Love love love this post! Thanks for sharing! I wanted to see the “big belly”! 🙂

November 3, 2009 - 9:21 am

Larissa G. - I agree with Momma Dar – love love love this post! One of your best yet! You realy captured so many great expressions on their little faces. Awesome, Jaim.

November 3, 2009 - 12:47 pm

Baby Boy - What shall I be next year? Spoiled!

November 3, 2009 - 12:50 pm

PaPa - I like the pictures but the lion didn’t hide my belly either. Cate really has some expressions.

November 3, 2009 - 2:00 pm

Corey - Cate really looks like she just landed in the yard of her broom. Well played Cate!

November 3, 2009 - 6:34 pm

Margie - love the pics- esp the one of anna and her pumpkin! that one is my favorite. i also want to see your belly- quit hiding it!!!

November 3, 2009 - 8:13 pm

Carol Downerd - I loved all the pictures. Your belly is wonderful! That is all part of the great memories you are collecting with all the beautiful pictures. Can’t wait for the Thanksgiving and Christmas pictures. Enjoy each precious moment. Love to all of you.

November 3, 2009 - 8:15 pm

Abby Miller - LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Which makes me miss you ALL even MORE MORE MORE!!! Cutest pumpkin and scariest, but cutest, witch ever 🙂 And your belly Jaime is my all time favorite! I will stalk you for more…hehe! Love you Lenharts!

November 4, 2009 - 7:25 am

Jennifer Morgan - What a flashback I get when looking at Cate’s hair! I think it was only last week that my little girl wore her hair like that…sigh. Love these kids beyond reason. Life is good. 🙂

Preschool

Within the past two weeks, both Corey and I  had the opportunity to hang out in Cate’s class for the morning.   It was wonderful!  I brought my camera to take pictures for Cate’s teacher, and Corey helped the class stuff a scarecrow.

We were both so pleased to see how respectful the teachers are and how much they care for each of the children.  We are so thankful to be sending our big girl to a school who’s values and beliefs are so very in tune with our own.

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Love this one!  It was “picture day” so the kids were extra spiffy.

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Cate and her buddies.

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Cate, so proud to be the “5 Minutes Left To Play” girl.

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She was also the weather person.

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Show and Tell. She and her teacher were looking in her bag for her show-and-tell item, but then Cate said, “I brought my mommy!”

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My baby is one of the tallest kids in class.  🙂

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Corey and I both had so much fun, but Cate is really the one who is THRILLED to go to school each day.  She’s already learned so much…making friends, sharing, and INDEPENDENCE!  We’re super proud of her.

October 29, 2009 - 4:47 pm

Carol Downerd - Oh what wonderful memories. I am sitting here remembering when Amy was there for picture day. Abby was in her class. It brings tears to my eyes to realize how fast time goes. Enjoy each day with your precious family. Love to you and your family.

October 30, 2009 - 12:11 pm

Sharon Schwab - I love opening your blog to see what is happening with your family! Cate’s class sure looks like a lot of fun! Great pictures as usual. Cate is a beautiful girl.
love,
Aunt Shari

October 30, 2009 - 5:20 pm

Amy - Love to see those pictures. Our posts are always similar. I have a school one to post this week and getting to help too. Wasn’t it fun to see how the kids are in class even when we are there?

October 30, 2009 - 5:46 pm

julaintexas - Such a sweet girl. Save her for one of my boys, purty please!

October 31, 2009 - 5:06 pm

Momma Dar - ahhhh so sweet, just so sweet. So Proud of you Jaima! So Proud! Your Mom and I always say…. “you raise your kids to be Independent… and then they are…. darnit!” Love you! Oh and yes, saving her for one of my grandsons… how cool would that be. We can all stay family!

The Pumpkin Patch…Past and Present

This weekend we went to one of our favorite places, the Pumpkin Patch!  We’ve gone to this patch for the last 4 years and always have a great time.  This year, getting the kids out of the house was a challenge…you know how kids can be when you’re reeeeally excited for something, they want to do the opposite. 🙂

Anyway…once we got there it was, once again, great!  So, I put together some little collages (that I’m freaking out over!) that show our sweet girls over the years.  There are none of Cate’s first year, and when Anna was just 3 months, she stayed with Nana and Papa instead of going to pick pumpkins.  And, by the way, these were all taken with our point-and-shoot, please excuse the quality.  🙂

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Okay, this one is the best!  I swear we didn’t plan Anna’s outfit to be the SAME ONE Cate wore when she was 2.  When you have lots of clothes you reuse, it’s just bound to happen. (So sorry, baby boy, I hope you like pink!)

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The girls loved feeding the bunnies this year and they got to help give a baby cow a bottle…

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The hayride was not open this weekend due to the wet conditions (darn Ohio!), but they got an extra long train ride instead.

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Thanks to my little cousin, Savanna, who made the girls their hats!  (They love them!)

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Stay tuned for pumpkin carving picts this week!

October 26, 2009 - 9:09 am

Corey - First comment! It’s funny to see that while their bodies are getting bigger they still have the same little faces of the years. By the way they think, they fed the cow but daddy got stuck with it in the end. Great post Jaime!

October 26, 2009 - 2:29 pm

Jennifer Morgan - I never thought they looked that much alike until I see the one of them in the same clothes at about the same age. Oh baby boy…you are going to have so many “mommies”!!!

October 26, 2009 - 7:36 pm

Amy - Family Traditions=Priceless. Super cute!

October 26, 2009 - 8:59 pm

Baby Boy - You are not putting pink clothes on me!! No no no.

October 26, 2009 - 10:07 pm

Nana - Those are two very adorable little girls! Wow!

October 27, 2009 - 4:24 pm

julaintexas - Aunt Julie to the rescue, Baby Boy!!! I have truckloads of blue you can wear. No fear.

Love those girlies!

October 27, 2009 - 6:44 pm

Margie - love the pics. we go to the same pumpkin patch every year too! i love love love traditions! 🙂

October 28, 2009 - 10:18 pm

Larissa G. - Love this. and love the hats!

October 29, 2009 - 4:54 pm

Carol Downerd - Can’t wait to see next year with 3 kids. I have a feeling the little boy won’t wear pink in public. Maybe when sleeping. But I know he will have plenty of boy clothes to wear. The girls are too precious. The hats are great. Have fun carving pumpkins and going out trick or treating.

Fall Family Photos

I had the pleasure of photographing another beautiful family last weekend!

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They had a gorgeous yard with a (dry!) patio for, of course… a couch!  Have I mentioned that I LOVE indoor furniture in outdoor photos?  🙂  I love the colors of the trees too, they almost look fake!  The family was brave and super cooperative. It was a cold and yucky day, but they all sat in the cold  for the shot.

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Proud Mom/Grandma, Pam, with her two children. Pam is a dear friend of my mom’s…which reminds me…thanks, Ma, for all of the business you’ve been drumming up for me!  🙂

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I LOVE those squashy cheeks being smoooooshed by a kiss!

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Pam’s sister, brother-in-law, and niece (who’s birthday was the day of the shoot!).

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My favorite…

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I had a great time, thank you ALL so much!

October 23, 2009 - 12:16 am

Jennifer Morgan - oh honey…I don’t “drum up” your business! Your work speaks for itself! Another great job! I love you!

October 24, 2009 - 10:32 am

Momma Dar - A fabulous job! I wish my entire family was here to do a Fall Photo Shoot! My favorite time in Ohio. Great job, wonderful pics and it was fun to see Pam and her beautiful family! Hmmmm…. if the leaves don’t all fall off today, maybe we could do just Tim and I. Hmmmmmmm……. Love you Jaima! Bunches and Bunches!