How has motherhood changed me as a woman?
When I brought my oldest daughter Lana home from the hospital, it was so surreal, like I was watching motherhood happen to someone else. But, as all mothers are, you are thrown into it full force! My life went from me getting to decide when to eat, when to sleep, when I wanted to go out, when I wanted to be lazy, when I wanted to work… to every aspect of my life revolving around this new little human who needed me so much. Motherhood purged me of so much selfishness, in a shocking but wonderful way. As every year rolls by, the sweet feeling that comes from sacrificing for my children grows. I see how they flourish when I take the time to put their needs above my own. It is rewarding, hard, discouraging when I fail, and ever so worth the effort.
Tell us a little about your family-
Daniel and I met at BYU. We lived in the same apartment complex, and he came over to borrow a potato peeler. But really it was all a guise….he was just trying to meet new girls! My rooomates and I called him “the greek god guy” cause he was (IS!) perfection smile emoticon We married about a year later in the Manti Utah LDS temple. We’ve been married for 10 years now! It might sound corny, but whatever. He is the husband I always wished for. He never misses an opportunity to serve me, tells me he loves me every day, takes care of our kids when I don’t want to without complaint, kisses all over my face about 30 times while I am still in bed every morning before he walks out the door, and so many other things. I hope that occasionally I am the wife that he deserves, and will try to live up to his example for the next 10 years and forever.
We lived in Seattle for 6 years before moving to Utah about 2 years ago. Our first baby was Lana. She is 7 1/2, very VERY curious, wants to be a scientist when she grows up, and is constantly amazing me with her kind heart. She always saves part of her treats that she gets from school or church to give to her little sister. Our 2nd is Kennedy. She is 5, super excitable in the cutest way possible, a comedian, comes up to me to tell me she loves me all the time, and she wants to be “a karate” when she grows up. (if she were to be telling you what she wants to be, she would say, “I want to be a karate!……HI-YA!!!”, then would proceed to show you her many kicks) Cohen will be 2 in a couple months. He is my snuggler. At least 3 times a day, he leads me to my bed and says “snuggle??” So we snuggle while he sucks his fingers and plays with my hair. He LOVES bananas, cars, and his sisters. When we leave him with a babysitter, he is attached to the hip with Lana, and she loves to be his 2nd mom for a while.
I am a photographer in Utah, and I love it! Daniel is my second shooter at weddings and is so supportive of my little business. I was so excited for this shoot because I had been watching Lori’s work for a couple years and was so excited to have her work her magic on my family!
What is one family tradition you have raised your children with?- Dance Parties!! We love our living room dance parties! Hopefully our neighbors enjoy them too as our curtains are often open during them. wink emoticon
Favorite family vacation- We love to go stay at my grandmother’s house in Wyoming. I have been there pretty much every summer of my life. It is heaven on earth; the smell, the sounds, the garden, my grandmother snapping beans, my grandpa mowing the lawn. My grandma painted a cute little play house next to her garden. The girls love to go out there for hours and play what they call, “rain girls” (we still don’t quite understand what that is) There is a GIANT swing-set overlooking the garden. I have watched many sunsets from those swings. My grandmother graciously helps me with whatever sewing project I have decided to take on, even though me coming to her with a new question every 5 minutes might not be her favorite thing. My sister and I take turns singing while my mom accompanies us on the piano. There are so many things to love about going to my grandma’s house!
What advice would you give new mothers about raising children?
Never stop hugging your children! And I don’t mean the short routine hugs. I mean the ones that really mean something. I think we all need physical closeness and I am going to try to not lose that as they get older. I’ll let ya know if it works out wink emoticon
What are your beauty must haves as a mom?
Ummm, haha…a brush? I’m doin’ real good if I get a brush through my hair before carpool! I love vitamin E oil for under my eyes.
Words about your photographer?– Lori was wonderful at our shoot! Like I said before, I had been watching her work for a couple years, so I knew she was magica! My kids loved her, and picked little plants for her the whole time. Our shoot wasn’t hectic and rushed. It was perfectly relaxed and lovely, yet efficient. She got the organic look that I wanted and I will treasure these pictures forever!