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Last week I had the pleasure of meeting newborn Dane who is the latest addition to Ty & Lindsay’s family. Ty & Lindsay were one of my very first wedding couples and I also photographed their daughter Finnley as a newborn a few years ago. It is so fun to watch families grow and I am honored to document it.
Norah is at such a fun age but I remember this squidgy newborn stage – so sweet!
Little Dane has quite the head of hair!
My assistant got a little distracted! Blow dryers are fun!
Two weeks ago we moved Norah up to the nursery and out of our bedroom for nighttime. While bittersweet, one thing that is has meant is that I’m back to reading in bed with Strider as my sidekick which has been SUCH a treat! I’ve been trying to head to “bed” by 9 or so and read for 45 minutes-ish (if I don’t fall asleep first) each night.
It’s been fun to re-visit my Pinterest board of books to read and choose ones. I’m definitely erring on the lighter side of books these days and one that has been on my list for awhile was “The School of Essential Ingredients” which former bride Talley had recommended. Each chapter follows a different character and I loved the vignettes and stories. It was very absorbing and was a good way to ease back into reading with a chapter a night.
I’d recommend it – good read as the weather warms up!
Clearly I have been thinking a lot about time lately. I posted this blog a few weeks ago and now I’m back again. For the past year or more I’ve tried to blog five days a week. Sometimes it’s felt easy because I have a list of topics to blog about and tons of images ready to go but as the end of the quiet season approaches (and I launch wholeheartedly into busy wedding season) the well of topics has felt a little dry. After coming across this article (“I’ll finish the dishes when I’m dead“) I’ve decided to take a step back and blog a little less these next few weeks…or perhaps longer. No doubt when the season starts up again I’ll have lots of fun images to share but for now I’m going to try and enjoy a little less computer time and make a little more time (besides being with Norah) to do the things I love – reading, crafting, being outside in this glorious warmer weather.
I always say that your list expands to fill the space you give it and I think the same thing can be said for “feeling busy.” With Norah I try very hard not to be on the computer when she’s awake, checking my phone, etc. – I want to be present for her and not distracted by important (or unimportant) things – they can wait for the most part.
On and off I’ve experimented with block scheduling – the idea of scheduling chunks of time to do certain tasks (20 minutes for email and then you’re done, 1 hour of blogging, etc.) – I’m going to re-visit this idea with a timer in hand because yesterday I felt like I frittered away Norah’s nap by answering each new email that popped up and really not getting the work that I intended to done. It felt frustrating and silly – like I could have spent that time better by signing off the computer and reading a book if I wasn’t going to get anything done anyway.
So that’s what I’m thinking about this morning and will bring those thoughts forward into the next few days.
Be present and enjoy THIS day!
A few Norah photos from February – she’ll be 5 months old later this month – hard to believe (I think I should get used to feeling that way!). Enjoy!
The doggies are having a tough winter
Hanging onto Dad during a bottle feeding
Wearing my old snowsuit!
Grandma came to visit in early February – we LOVE when Grandma comes to visit!!
Finally got a photo of the quivering lip – it doesn’t happen too often thankfully!
Don’t leave Grandma!
Early morning snuggles with Dad
The usual babysitters
Norah came to work with me on a real estate job one day and thankfully snoozed the whole time!
Back when tummy time took a bit more effort
Meeting Auntie Carter for the first time!
And enjoying some Grandpa time in Pennsylvania
A particularly difficult snoozing day ended up with both of us in our bed!