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Illinois Family Documentary Photographer | A Perfectly Imperfect Day with The Blank Family

Some days.

Some days include waking up too early to get the kids off to school, but you still need all the sleep.  You pack the lunches.  Someone "doesn't feel" good, but you're not sure what that means.  You do the drop-offs and the carpools.  Your work won't stop calling, and you need to fix things.  There are dishes in the sink from...whenever.  You can't remember the last time you saw the bottom of your sink.  You have your list of things that must get done today "or else", then the school calls.  You're on your way back to school to pick up the one who "doesn't feel good".  You divide and conquer.  You almost forget about gymnastics tonight.  Now, you have to break it to the kids that they won't be going to the pumpkin patch after all, as you promised.  There are tears.  Take out is for dinner.  You're still taking phone calls at bath time because well, it's work, and you have to.  Now, it's bedtime and kids get a little wired.  There's homework.  Always with the homework.  Kids are in bed.  Good night.  You still need to eat dinner.  

Then, some days.  

Some days you wake up early and your kiddos smile and kiss you good morning.  Everything is good.  You write sweet, encouraging notes and put them in lunch boxes.  In between hugs, you steal a quick kiss with your spouse by the sink.  You play fun songs in the car and dance.  You sing loud.  You swing.  You laugh.  You visit with friends.  You laugh a lot.  Everyone gets a pickle, and everyone is happy.  You're spontaneous.  You'll go wherever anyone wants to go.  You divide and conquer.  You wipe tears and give hugs.  You make it all better.  You sing some more.  You make everyone fly.  You read stories with special voices.  You cuddle.  You give love and feel the love. Day is done.  

Even the not-so-good-days can be the best days.  It all depends on how you see it.  On this day, one very special day in October, with one of my dearest and closest friends in the world, I saw a family.  A loving family.  Doing their best to be the best for everyone.  And, it was beautiful.  After all, what is more beautiful than love?

Some days, are perfectly imperfect!

A Morning With Milo | Child and Family Documentary Photographer

Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.
— Dr. Seuss

Today, my son learned to climb into and out of the recliner without falling out onto his head. Something he has gotten used to lately.  It takes him awhile to throw his leg up and slowly inch his way up and into the chair, grunting and whining, as if he's climbing Mt. Everest.  He couldn't do that the day before.  He waves, he hugs, he kisses, he stands, and he couldn't do any of that a few short weeks ago.  In one year, he has learned so much.  In that year, I too, have learned so much.  Now, I'm not sure if it comes with the territory of having a second child, but I have learned that without a doubt, I do not remember what I thought I would remember.  I don't want to forget.  My life, my children, my husband, my family mean everything to me.  These little movies are reminders of just how important they are...and when I'm 80, I hope I can watch them and FEEL how important they are, too.


To book a session with me,  just reach out and contact me and we can chat about what memories are important to you to remember.  

A Boy and His Trampoline | Illinois Family Documentary Photography

So far, the best purchase we have made this year, in the name of fun, has been this trampoline.  When you are six, you can just jump, jump, jump your way through the day.  No matter the weather.  It's been one hot summer, but you can find this kiddo outside playing on his trampoline.  You will have no complaints from his dad and I.  This sure beats hearing, "but, I am so bored" on repeat. 

As August comes around, first grade will be right around the corner, summer will come to its abrupt end, and I'll be so thankful that I have spent what time we have had outside documenting our family and the summer of 2016.  In the months to come, this trampoline will feel its share of thunderstorms, will collect plenty of snow, and will be anxiously awaiting spring like we do every year after suffering through cabin fever from December-March.  Hopefully, next year he won't be "too cool" for his trampoline.