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Katy, TX Lifestyle Family Photographer | {Spring Struggles}

WOAH! Long time, no see, everyone. The holiday season wound up being far busier than I had ever imagined for us! It seemed, between visiting relatives and weekends in a row of friends visiting us, things didn't start dying down until the end of January! And when they did, my SI Joints decided to flair up with problems again...needless to say, I've been resting quite a bit since then. As hard as it is, I'm still banned from running, but at least I'm improving by the week! Slow progress, but progress nonetheless. I had planned on offering up some easter mini sessions, but I'm still trying to decide if I'm up to the task physically. Currently I'm just taking things day by day! So we'll have to wait and see wink emoticon

I've been itching to get back to photography and after an incredibly stressful week last week with the little one, I decided what better time to pick up my camera again. It was truly one of those weeks where I especially needed to remind myself why (and just how much) I really do love my sweet little nugget, and so I was inspired to bring my camera outside with us during our daily afternoon outdoor play time - and I'm SO glad I did. I ended up snapping some precious pictures of Olive engaged in many of her favorite activities, from hugging and chasing the neighbor's dogs around, to playing with some of the older girls from our cul de sac. I hope you all enjoy them!

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Katy, TX Lifestyle Family Photographer | {Olive Turns One}

My sweet, sweet (and did I mention sweet?) daughter turned one year old today. I cannot begin to tell you how crazy that is for me. Simultaneously, I feel like she's been with me for a lifetime, yet also that she was just born yesterday. It's amazing how much babies change in the first few years...I can't believe on this same day, just one year ago, she was doing nothing but eating and sleeping, and I was getting zero sleep, a tired zombie. Now she's almost walking, talking, playing, laughing, giving me kisses, wanting me to read to her, eating real food, and - best of all - sleeping 11-12 hours a night (AND goes to bed without any fights)! Seriously, she's the best.

Everywhere we go, she always makes at least 3 new friends with her smiling, waving, and laughing at any and everyone; the first thing all strangers tell me is what a sweetheart she is, and then how she's the happiest baby they've ever seen. She teaches me everyday to become more extroverted, as I learn the intricacies of all the small talk I am now forced into thanks to her! 

However, the best thing to happen recently is learning to "give mama a kiss," which means when I ask for it, she will come over and gently put her hands on my head and lean her mouth to my cheek. It's the most precious thing in the world! Truly makes me wish these moments will never end. At our baby class on Tuesday, she was playing with a younger baby who fell over backwards. Olive got an upset look on her face, started squealing and making other upset noises, so concerned. I sat the girl back up and she leaned forward to crawl into her mom's lap, and Olive leaned forward like she does to me, and kissed the girl on her back! How she picked up these social cues I will never know, but it had all the mom's watching completely giddy over how cute that was! I can only hope such sweetness and good nature continue on through toddlerhood! I love my precious girl, and am so looking forward to seeing what the next year has in store!

And of course, who would I be if I didn't start this special day off with a mini session at home? Thus, the 1 year pictures: