childhood unplugged

2017, childhood unplugged, us

She has been asking to spend some time just her and I, to take a “girls day”.  So we snuck away for just a little bit the other afternoon.  I think she was thinking more along the lines of shopping and lunch, maybe a movie, but with the little time we had we went to get another look at these wildflowers before the summers heat sets in and they are all gone.  And as we were walking back to the car she was sure to remind me that she still wanted our “girls day” to happen.

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childhood unplugged

2017, childhood unplugged, us

On school nights I tend to drag my feet a little at the mention of getting outside to watch the sunset across the street when all I can think of is washing the days dishes, tossing kids in the bath, brushing teeth, reading a book and getting everyone to bed at a decent time, but I’m always thankful when we do. The slower pace of nature and the freedom the kids feel is like a little reset button for all of us.

Spring is here and the hillsides in Southern California are greener than I can remember them probably ever being and flowers are blooming everywhere you look. I look forward to the longer days when the sun sticks around for just a little longer once the time changes.  And it brings the anticipation of those warm summer evenings that are just around the corner.  But the mornings, truth be told, they feel like we are actually being robbed of sleep somehow, I know we aren’t but getting out of bed when it is still dark outside has been rough this time.

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childhood unplugged

2017, childhood unplugged, us

Since this kid has decided that he is done with naps, although between you and me it’s safe to say that he really still needs them, I try to get him to take some quiet time to rest in the middle of the day, and maybe, hopefully be still.  I still haven’t mastered this, and I’m not sure how those of you that get your kids to take a quiet time all by themselves in their room actually do it.  But we’re working on it.  As you can see it all started out with jumping on the bed, like I said, we are working on it.

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childhood unplugged

2017, childhood unplugged

We spent the morning across the street, walking the dirt trails, collecting and balancing rocks and dodging a few being thrown into the water by a certain little 2 year old and enjoying the water down under the bridge after all the rain we’ve had.  I think it’s safe to say that these hills are happy by how green they all are.

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childhood unplugged

2017, childhood unplugged

We took advantage of our warm December afternoon and headed to the beach.  The water was cold but the sun was warmer than I expected.  I didn’t know how long the warmth would last but I knew if I packed snacks, buckets, and sweatshirts we’d get to kill some good time.  And the little broken sand dollar made her day.

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2016, childhood unplugged, kids, us

A quick picnic next to the stables up the road, followed by finding the best climbing tree and well, climbing it over and over. Then there were some contests that involved jumping off the table to see who could jump the farthest and who could touch the trees leaves.

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childhood unplugged

2016, childhood unplugged, us

It was getting close to sunset so I grabbed these two and we set out for one of the highest hills in the neighborhood.  It’s not always easy with the schedules of four kids, but being intentional about slowing down and getting outside with no real plan keeps us grounded and honestly keeps my head on straight.  They may have gotten three thorns stuck in some toes but it was quickly forgotten about when determination set in to collect the perfect sticks to build a stick teepee and an ant bridge, all while the sun crept lower and lower in the sky.  We sat and watched the sun dip below the hills in the distance and then headed back down the hill.  All and all I’d chalk it up to an okay Friday evening.

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2016, childhood unplugged, Uncategorized

Ringing in the last day of summer spent at the beach which happen to be almost empty because we are one of the last schools to start, which by the way I am not complaining about.  Now it’s back to schedules, running a tight ship on bedtime routines, packing lunches, and living half of my day in the car.  I am going to miss the unpredictability and ease that summer holds.  I’m usually more of a fly by the seat of my pants kinda girl and too many schedules can sometimes overwhelm me a bit.

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childhood unplugged

2016, childhood unplugged, us

We dug up some left over fourth of July sparklers one evening before bed and the kids were pretty thrilled to say the least.  We were all a little surprised with Jax and how he didn’t hesitate for a second about holding his own sparkler, actually he insisted that he hold it alone.

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A Mother + Child Session // Ashley Jennett

Mother + Child, Photography

As I was driving over Ashley, the mom, sent a text warning me to ignore their dog, Jimmie, and not to make eye contact with him or he’d pee on me.  Let’s just say, at that point, I was curious as to what would happen when I arrived and met this dog and was laughing all by myself as I walked up to the door.  Fyi, it’s harder than you think to completely ignore a dog that is trying with every bone in his body to get your attention, but I succeeded and stayed dry. Final score… me – one : Jimmie – zero

I spent the morning with Ashley and her three boys.  The two oldest were wild and full of energy as you would expect from any well-rounded young boy.  They both stole my heart right away and reminded me of my son. Hooper, the oldest of the brothers, was just as energetic, but I caught glimpses of his sweet, quiet side as he loved on his mama and took care of his baby brother.  Van was cracking me up as he bounced off walls and was excited to show me his ants crawl up his arms. And then there is baby Sonny, and well, he’s a baby with that adorable baby body so what’s not to love there.

We shot in their home which is every bit of wonderful and, I oohed and aahed at how it was decorated as I turned every corner. The whole shoot was so easy and carefree I could have stayed all day.  Ashley is hilarious and tells it like it is and, has a serious talent at being behind the camera. Do yourself a favor and go check out her work here if you haven’t already.  Oh, and i snuck dad in just as we were wrapping things up.

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