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>My Star of the Week

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My little poser – can you tell she already loves jewelry?
Running down the little hill
Staring at a little roly poly – love those little hands!
A beautiful flower we spotted during our walk

My *K* just received extremely important news. She found out that her turn to be “Star of the Week” at school was coming up! She has been waiting for this since the first day of school. She has been begging me to help fill out her poster which will help her classmates learn all about *K’s* favorite things. There’s also a spot to include a picture of herself and *K* kept asking me to take a new picture of her to add to her special poster. Of course, my little diva needs an updated headshot.

bella - March 11, 2011 - 6:59 am

>janet, omg K is so cute! i love the picture of her running! she looks so happy! in the first picture, she really looks like cousin d :). heehee…my girls loved being star of the week too…such a special feeling.

>Laundry treasures

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As a mom of 3 girls, I do laundry A LOT. I’m not good about checking each and every pocket before I put the clothes in the washing machine and I’ve ended up washing endless amounts of tissue, tanbark, and even my husband’s wallet (surprisingly all the bills came out squeaky clean without a tear!). This week, I’ve been finding little trinkets at the bottom of the washing machine every time I did the laundry. I knew instantly that these must be K’s as she has repeatedly told me that she “loves jewels and anything sparkly.” I’ve been setting them aside and today I realized that I have a nice little collection. As soon as I brought them downstairs to photograph, my little K screamed, “those are mine! I put them in my pocket!” She let me take a picture and then proceeded to glue and tape each piece together. Being 4 and finding such great joy in the little things is precious. I hope we can all take the time to find a bit of happiness in the small details around us.

Edited to add: Ok, my husband read this and laughed hysterically at how corny I was being but it’s true! Seriously- shouldn’t we all take the time to appreciate the small stuff? ok, now he’s really going to gag.

bella - February 24, 2011 - 6:49 pm

>janet, i know how you feel :)…the littlest things are what makes things so precious and its cute how our kids teach us that. :) hope you're enjoying your day!

p.s. i do so much laundry EVERY DAY! gosh, at least i know i'm not the only one…haha!

>Blessed

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Just one word for this post. Blessed.

Ok, I lied. I can’t just leave it at that.  But it’ll be short! Really!

Took these pics of the kids today. I opened up all the shutters  and let the natural light flood into the house. Ok, not really since it’s been raining all day and it’s really gloomy outside but there was enough light to make me happy. E was watching her favorite show so I just captured her sitting on the couch. I didn’t go all crazy trying to make her look at me – instead I just watched her. Sometimes, these moments are the best. And I realized I’m blessed to have a baby that thinks it’s completely normal to have a mom that covers her face with a huge camera all the time. When the kids came home from school, I realized that the lighting in the house was still great so I asked…ok, I told A and K that I wanted a quick picture of each of them. A literally gave me 1 quick picture before she ran off to play on the iPad. And I realized I’m blessed to have a big girl who holds me accountable for every word I say.  K was busy eating a banana and she refused to put it down. She let me take a picture but told me to make sure the banana wasn’t in the picture. And I realized I’m blessed to have a little girl who pauses her life to let me in for a quick moment. I’m blessed.

Caria - February 19, 2011 - 2:26 am

>awww- your girls are precious! you truly are blessed! :)

Caria - February 19, 2011 - 2:26 am

>omg- i realized caria's email was open so it looks like she made the comment…but it's me, bella ;). haha…

>First Dance

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A brought home this invitation for the dance and couldn’t wait to give it to daddy.
She made the blue swirlies to “fancy up” the card.  A’s first corsage made of mini roses.

Of course, I made them pose for a father/daughter portrait before they left. 

A special necklace to wear to the dance.
Walking hand in hand to the dance.

Picture taken when A was 17 months old – walking hand in hand with daddy.

I know there are going to be so many special “Firsts” coming down the line and I can’t document every single little moment, but I’m sure going to try! A had her first Father/daughter dance at school last week and she was so excited about getting “fancied up” with her daddy. She chose the dress she wanted to wear (a blue bubble dress from 2 Christmases ago and it fit!) and she told me how she wanted her hair done (absolutely no curls – just up).  I went and got her a small corsage and she also got a necklace to wear for the special night.  As she walked away from the house with her small hand enclosed in daddy’s hand, I couldn’t hep but wish she could just stay little. How am I going to feel when she goes to her first dance with a BOY! Danny has already said that he’s going to chaperone every single dance our 3 princesses go to, so I guess I don’t have anything to worry about!

bella - February 7, 2011 - 11:52 pm

>omg- i got teary eyed when i read this and saw the pics…esp. of A with daddy when she was 17mos. so sweet! so glad they enjoyed the dance :)!

joyfulheart - February 8, 2011 - 1:27 am

>Loved that you captured her holding her daddy's hands 17 mos ago and have one of her now….made me feel all sentimental with my daughter!!

christine - February 9, 2011 - 7:31 pm

>absolutely moving post/entry, janet!! how your kids have grown…thank you for letting us sneak a peek into your lives. :)

>Inspiration Contest: Nominate away!

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As a photographer, I am fortunate to meet so many different families – families who let me into their lives for a brief moment to capture special memories. Every family has a story. Every picture captures an emotion. Do you know a special family that deserves to have their story told? Nominate a friend, family, colleague – whoever has inspired you and JMP will be giving away one free portrait session.

Details:
-Email me at janet@jmpmoments.com or comment on this post nominating someone who has truly been an inspiration to you by Feb 7, 2011.
-Winner will receive 1 free portrait session and CD of your 10 favorite images.

A winner will be selected at random and announced Feb 9, 2011.

The rainbow in the picture? That was taken almost 5 years ago in my back yard. It holds extra special meaning to me as it was the day I returned home from a 5 day stay in the hospital. I was 5 months pregnant and rushed to the ER with a kidney stone that I had to have removed via laparoscopy surgery.  I felt like God placed that rainbow right there in my back yard as a reminder of His love and promise and He made sure that my baby (little K!) was safe and sound throughout the whole surgery. I haven’t looked at this picture in years and it’s the first picture that came to mind for this “Inspiration Contest.”