Thursday, November 6, 2014

A Beautiful Day with a Fun Family | Solano County Family Photography

It’s hard to believe how fast time has flown by. The last time I photographed this family was in November of 2009! Things sure have changed since then.

They have added a new family member since the last time so we were sure to take photos with him at home.

I’ve never met a dog that posed so well! :)

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With a quick change of clothes we then headed to a nearby park for some more photos.

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THIS is my favorite one from the day!

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During family sessions, I like to encourage the parents to also have photos of just the two of them. I adore this one of mom and dad!!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cuteness in the Park

Last weekend, I headed to the Suisun City Waterfront with this little cutie for her 3 year old birthday photos. Her birthday was in the summer, but the weather was way too hot to do her session then.

I adore my little niece SO much!

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Her eyes. They get me every time. :)

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Can’t you just picture her on a children’s clothing ad?

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One of the things I love about her is her many expressions. Though I love her smiling photos the best, this is one of my favorites. There is just something in her soft expression.

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Here is the smile that can convince me to do just about anything for her!

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Friday, October 3, 2014

10 Things I Have Learned from Cody | Down Syndrome Awareness Month

I originally wrote this post in July 2010 when Cody was just 4 years old. I read it the other day and thought of how fitting it still is and was worth sharing again.

  1. Keep trying – if you keep trying, you will eventually get the outcome you want.
  2. Don’t give in to expectations – if Cody only lived up to the expectations people have of him they would never see his true potential. I love that he can prove people wrong!
  3. Keep smiling – even when he was laying in a hospital bed connected to a ventilator, he never stopped smiling. Even when he is sleeping I catch him laughing and smiling while dreaming. I want his dreams. :)
  4. Never hold a grudge – the boy can’t stay angry for the life of him. He can be super mad at me one minute, but as soon as I smile at him, he forgets all about his anger.
  5. Be able to laugh at yourself – when he falls, he is the first to laugh. If he bumps his head, he is the first to laugh. I think being able to laugh at myself and things I do reminds me to not be serious about a lot of different things.
  6. Make friends everywhere you go – Cody is like a friend magnet. Adults and kids love to talk to Cody and he is always open to chatting with them as well. Not that I’m not talkative, but it is a reminder that you can never have enough friends.
  7. Don’t forget to be silly – Every day items turn into a hat or a toy. He can crack himself up for half an hour with a basket or a silly dance. I try to be silly with him and his brother as much as I can.
  8. Show your love often – Cody has an endless supply of hugs, kisses and “i lub yous” to give away. Hug someone and it can make their day. :)
  9. Be there for someone – If ever anyone in the house is upset or in trouble (aka the puppy or his brother), Cody is the first one by their side to comfort them or stand up for them. (He is also likes to help scold them, but that is after he has comforted them).
  10. Enjoy life – Cody can turn anything he does into something fun and enjoyable. I think us adults need to do that more often!!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month – 5 Things I Know Now

It has been quite awhile since I’ve written here. I need to get better at it. There is no better time to start back up than for Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

When we first found out that Cody would have Down syndrome, we knew little about Down syndrome. We were worried about the journey. Worried about his future. I was worried that I would not be the voice he needed me to be.

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Now, 8 years later, I can look back at those worries and say to myself, “Woman! What was wrong with you?” Smile

I know the feeling that a prenatal diagnosis can bring. I know the worries of “am I ready for this?” Honestly, are we ever ready for a child, typical or one with special needs? I know that all the parenting books in the world didn’t prepare me for DJ to walk at 8 months, much more climb and jump off everything in sight by 9 months!

If you or someone you know has received a prenatal diagnosis or even a birth diagnosis of Down syndrome, I am more than happy to speak with you. You are not alone. The potential for your child is far greater than what a medical book will tell you.

If I could go back to 9 years ago when we received the diagnosis, I would tell myself:

  1. You WILL be that voice for him. You have it in you. I hate confrontation. I dislike arguments. When it comes to what is best for Cody, though, I will follow my mother’s intuition and fight for what is in his best interest. Cody has proven his potential time and time again. I will not be the one to stand in his way of being who he was meant to be.
  2. There will be challenges, but he will bring you more joy than you can imagine. I have been through more emotions in these 8 years than I have in my 41 years of life. I have watched my baby endure heart surgery. I have watched him fight for life on a ventilator for 28 days. I have witnessed him terrified to go to school and made the choice to home school him so that he can receive a proper education. All those challenges, though, are worth every ounce of joy that that little boy brings into my life. When I’m feeling down, he is the first person to offer a hug and an “it’s okay”. His heart is in his smile.
  3. Follow his lead. He knows what he is capable of. Even when you and everyone else may doubt him, he will often prove you wrong.
  4. Remember every moment, even the bad ones. There will be many moments that you will want to savor. There will also be those that challenge your heart. In the future, those challenges will remind you of just how far you both have come.
  5. Enjoy the journey. It isn’t about how fast you get there (whatever there may be). Just enjoy the journey. Savor every moment with him. He will grow up faster than you want him to and you know what, he will be okay.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tula Yoga and Jiu-Jitsu–Longview, WA

While visiting Washington state recently, I had the opportunity to stop by and take photos for Tula Yoga and Jiu-Jitsu.MRS Photography -8166

Upon walking in, this serenity greets you.

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To the right of the studio, the Jiu-Jitsu mat resides. The space is open, bright and inviting for those that want to take a roll around the mat.

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To the left, is the calming and relaxing ambiance of the yoga studio.

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I enjoyed the small, purposeful details of the studio.

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If you are ever in the area, be sure to stop by Tula. Let them know Michelle Slape sent you. If you get a funny look, it is likely because one of the owners is my sister-in-law, also Michelle Slape. Winking smile