Something about the Holidays just makes time go too quickly! Thankfully I was blessed to photograph quite a few sweet little babies for their first Christmas! I try not to work too much during the Holiday season, but these little boys and girls give me a moment to pause and appreciate the little things this time of year. It gets so hectic shopping and baking and mailing out packages, so I absolutely cherish those moments I get to just snuggle and pose these precious little ones.
Family! We all have one. We love them, we need them, we will do anything for them! Right? As a military spouse sometimes that means leaving your friends, your job (in my case my photography clients), packing up all of your belongings, and moving halfway across the world (well Alaska is pretty far away, and huge!) So that is just what we did.
2,537 miles: No cell service, holes in the windshield, almost hit a moose in the middle of no where, sparse hotels and gas stations, almost slid off a snowy mountain cliff with a heavy trailer attached to us, gorgeous views and wildlife, hotels that didn’t have parking for trailers or rooms for dogs, a new mortgage, 1 man, 2 pugs, 1 toddler, an on-edge anxious nervous wreck of a wife (me!) and 8 days later we finally made it!
I tell ya, that trip in the winter (which comes way earlier in Canada there hey!) is not for the faint of heart! But I was prepared. Plenty of snacks and food, I got Lilyanne busy bags for the trip, and of course she made her way through them all in the first day of the road trip. I also knew it would be cold so I purchased a portable potty to use in the car (stopped of course!), because I knew my child would need to go every 3 hours… and sure enough she did! (Toddler moms, this portable OXO potty saved our trip!)
Bobby (my husband) packed the car and made sure we had everything safety wise. What would I do without him?
It was quite the adventure! I can’t quite say that it is an adventure I would take again though. I am happy to say we all made it safe and sound, and that there is absolutely nothing that can compare to the amazing views we saw during this trip!
We bought a new home and we are getting settled in!
My advice: If you want to explore Canada and take a trip to Alaska, definitely go in the Summer!
My last hoorah in Minot North Dakota!
I thank every single one of my clients past and present for the great 3 years we spent in North Dakota. Watching your families grow has brought me so much joy! Some of the good byes were tough, but you never know where we could end up next!
Deployments! Agh that dreaded word! Most military wives (including myself) have to go through them. We may not be enlisted ourselves, but I promise you we are working hard holding down the fort at home and dealing with our own battles! Parenting alone and adding to the stress of not knowing where your spouse is or for how long, and not knowing the next time you’ll hear their voice is rough! But you maintain your strong independent self for your family, because in the end that’s what this is all for ❤ Deployments suck! But true love conquers all! ❤
I was so blessed to have 2 twin cake smashes in a row! How’s that saying go? Double the pleasure, double the fun? Well I say double the pleasure, double the mess, and I approve!
Benjamin & Thomas sure enjoyed their cakes and were such a blast to photograph!