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Fri-yay! Weekly Recap #8!

Fri-yay! Weekly Recap #8!

So before you get all Judgy McJudgerson on us, we know, we know...we missed last week! Sometimes, life just happens, ya know? And by "life" we mean it was like 117 degrees and we spent the weekend sipping mojitos by the pool. Sometimes, you just gotta sip a mojito and take a week off.  But now we're back, ready to give you the low down on the last week or so!

Last weekend we celebrated the birthday of one of Titus' little buddies. The party was downright epic. I simply have four words for you: Gigantic. Blow-up. Bouncy. Waterslide.


Megan spent the first half of the week in all-day meetings, getting ready for the upcoming school year. She is planning on doing some tutoring for our homeschool group this fall and was learning about the new material and doing some training. Yes, we homeschool. No, we aren't weird. There are no Canadian Tuxedos in this house, thank you very much! 

So while Megan was learning about participles and adverbs, I got my Dad on, and watched the kids for three days! Let me first just say, as we've said before, Momming is NO JOKE. Being a mom is 100%, without a doubt, the toughest job EVER in the history of the universe. I was humbled by all the work Megan does on a daily basis to keep these three tiny humans fed, clean, know...alive. Not to mention they usually learn stuff, are happy, and somehow are growing up to be pretty darn awesome. How she does it, I'll never know. Mind. Blown.

Now, once I got over the initial shock of the sheer amount of awesomeness Megan must possess on a daily basis, we got down to business. The first day, I took Eli, Olivia, and one of Eli's best friends to mythical wonderland known as Dave and Buster's. HOLY CASINO FOR KIDS, Batman! This place was unreal. Flashing lights, tickets flying everywhere, kids shouting for joy, food and drinks galore! The only thing missing was a ridiculously expensive stage show. I mean, if they could find a way to fit a Cirque Du Soleil into one of these places, it would be like Vegas for kids. All in all, it was a pretty good time and the kids had a blast and walked away with some cool prizes. So next time it's 115 degrees and I want to take out a second mortgage for two hours of fun, I'll be heading back to Dave and Buster's!

Day two was not quite as eventful. We chilled out, trashed the house, and watched Zootopia (great movie, btw). We successfully wore out our PJ's that day. I'd show you a picture of all of us in our PJ's watching movies, but this is family establishment and we're trying to keep things PG around here. Awkward. Ok moving on...

Day three of being Mr. Mom, we did our best to embrace the heat! Unfortunately, responsibility prohibits Mojito drinking by a pool when you're the only parent on duty, which is kind of a shame. So we improvised! Now that our backyard is done, we put our new grass to good use by getting the hose out and soaking each other! We played games and spent most of the day basically annihilating each other with the garden hose. A little word of advice: the "Jet" setting is not for the faint of heart. Who knew water coming out of a hose could make a grown man cry?! Thankfully, there were other hose settings available and we all survived the great garden hose battle with limited scars, bumps, and bruises. In my mind, any activity without blood being drawn is a success in my book!

So there you have it! We will be back again next week to tell you about dance recitals, birthday parties, and any other exciting adventures that might pop up in the meantime! Have a safe and happy weekend! 

Mother's Day Mini Session Giveaway!

Mother's Day Mini Session Giveaway!

We've said it before, and we're about to say it again: Mothers need get in front of the camera. We've seen it happen far too many times during our photo shoots. Mom's are the ones brushing hair, making sure collars are straight, and licking their fingers to wipe a bit of dirt off of children's faces. More often than not, mothers are the ones standing behind the camera, telling everyone to smile, while making goofy noises, and silly faces to try and coax those "real" smiles.

We understand, photo shoots can be slightly stressful affairs. We do our best to calm everyone's nerves over the course of the session, but that still doesn't take away the urge to get that "perfect" shot. And too often we see that mom misses out on that perfect shot, because she's too busy serving the rest of the family. Mothers are the most selfless human beings on the planet. They spend every waking moment serving and sacrificing for someone else, and a lot of times, photo shoot day is no different.

That's why every year we try and give back, just a little bit, to the funny faced, goofy sounding, face licking moms out there and this year is no exception! On Sunday May 1st, we are donating a free Mother's Day mini session to a couple amazing moms. We want to give the mom or She doesn't have to be "super-mom", because, well, in our humble opinions, every mom is "super-mom." Every mom deserves at least one day a year (preferably more than one!) to be treasured, cherished, and served like she does every other day of the year. If you know a mom who you feel needs a little extra recognition and appreciation, then head on over to our Facebook page, share our Mother's Day mini session giveaway post, and nominate someone in a comment! If you are selected as our winner, the nominee and the amazing mom you nominate will receive a free Mother's Day mini session! And when you're done doing that, go hug your mom and tell her she's awesome!

Mothers deserve a little extra love.

Mothers deserve a little extra love.

Moms. Everybody's got one. And yet, despite their ubiquitous nature, we should treasure their existence. We've all read the articles about how mothers are underappreciated, undervalued, and underpaid. But despite the severe shortage in salaried positions, stock options, and PTO for mom's, they still exist and we need to celebrate them! 

I mean, who else in their right mind would sign up for the job description of MOM?! Can you do 43 things at once without getting distracted? Can you deal with a wide variety of bodily fluids without spontaneously gagging uncontrollably? Are you able to deal with a wide variety of minor (and sometimes not so minor) emergencies in a calm and collected manner? Are you willing to feed, clothe, house, care for, nuture, and keep healthy another human being(s) and completely sacrifice any right to privacy, free time, or breaks of any kind (including, but not limited to, going to the bathroom, showering, eating, sleeping, etc.)? Are you willing to do all these things and more and get paid solely in hugs, tantrums, kisses, sass, and cuteness? If so, then being a MOM is just for you!

In case you missed how valuable our mom's are, just go read that quick job description again. Say what?! Mother's are just ridiculously awesome. Can we all agree that mom's are like the closest things to angels on this planet? They are miracles in human form. They are utterly amazing. Everyday spent as a mom deserves to be written about in the paper, broadcast on the news, and should commence with a fireworks show that is greater than or equal to this one

Sadly, there are no massive, daily fireworks displays in honor of mothers that I know of. No news stories. No TV broadcasts. Most mom's just go about their daily lives with little, to no recognition. Other than the occasional, "Thanks Mom!" or impromptu hug, a mother's work typically goes unnoticed. But we can change that. Right now. Let's get our moms noticed! We can't do fireworks shows, but we can take pictures of these beautiful ladies who do so much for all of us!  

We are strong believers in mothers getting in front of the camera and looking gorgeous! Too often they are behind the scenes, being fabulous, and we grow up and we never see how utterly radiant they are. We forget those loving glances, caring smiles, and little tickles that make us giggle! This Mother's Day, it's time to give back to mom. We will be offering Mother's Day mini sessions every weekend in April, because...well it's just our little way we want to give back to all those special moms out there. There are limited spots available, so book your spot now! Contact us for details and pricing! Because, like I said before, moms are pure awesomeness and they deserve to be celebrated!