It’s August 22nd and people all over the world are mourning the end of Summer. I can’t help but think, “No, not yet. It’s not even September! We still have months of summer!” but in the end, it’s sweaters like this one, Harry’s “Mama Blankie Sweater,” that have shown me I am living in a different world than I’ve been used to.
Harry won’t take this sweater off. He loves it, and who can blame him? It’s so soft and cozy and he looks like the most ridiculously cute 19 month old fisherman in it. This particular evening, I tried to take it off him so he wouldn’t be too warm, and his insistence that it remain on his tiny body illuminated the yellow showing up in the tree line, the earlier sunset, and the chill that hangs around a little later in the morning and shows up a little earlier in the evening. He showed me that fall was on it’s way.
As the girl who lived in a perpetual summer for 4 years, I’m excited for the change of seasons, but I can’t help but mourn the end of summer the smallest bit. I would have never guessed I would feel this way, but with a 19 month old, you see the joys in summer you’ve lost sight of in the Southern heat. The ease of walking up to the castle at 7:30PM, not worrying about the layers you must pile on, or the sun disappearing hours before. Waking up after the sun, even at 6AM, and feeling energized in a way you never can when you beat the sun up. Wearing a dress without tights and feeling the warm summer air dancing on your legs. Watching your child dance in the summer heat, running as fast as his legs will take him, exploring and finding every single flower to stop and smell.
I’m ready for you Fall, but that doesn’t mean I’m not already looking forward to you, Summer 2015.
Do you take family pictures? We’ve decided to invest in these every year. One of my biggest regrets was not spending more on our wedding pictures, so we decided it only made sense to capture our family every year to see how we grow. I really love the idea of capturing our day to day so we can look back and remember little things like playing in Harry’s teepee or reading his favorite books in bed.
We hired Christy Nicole Photography to come over and spend a Sunday afternoon with us and I’m so, so in love with the results. Anyone on the Mississippi Gulf Coast or in New Jersey looking for a photographer, should definitely contact Christy.
Anyway, these are just a few of my favorites from the session. Head over to Christy’s blog to see SO many more! And tomorrow we’ll resume the Colorado photo dump. Because I know you wanted more photos of us.
This kid. So much fun. He spent the gardening time eating the strings on his hat.
Occupational hazards of a mobile seven month old: Bruise A + Bruise B.
Brown Bear. Funnier every time.
This was taken on the grass in front of a McDonald’s somewhere in central Mississippi last week. I kind of love it.
Seriously, this kid is happy just standing. How did we get so lucky?
As I mentioned on Friday, this kid seriously was a road tripping champion. This picture was taken on our only stop on the six hour drive home. You heard me. A seven month old, a car seat, six hours, one stop. My secret? Lots of toys, and, more importantly, traveling during nap time, stopping for dinner and a little photo shoot in the parking lot, and then hitting the road about 30 minutes before bed time.
This kid loves music. We need to get him a piano.
This picture just kills me.