Month: August, 2013

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a sentimental friday fav

August 30, 2013

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Fabulous Friday Fav, and today I don’t have a yummy food or a shiny lipgloss, but just something that was filling my heart this morning.  Very rarely do I just blog from the heart, only because I feel like it takes so much time when I don’t have it, or it takes so much out of me, and it takes words that I’m just not good at coming up with anymore (I used to be better at writing, back in the day… 😉 ).  But for some reason this morning, I just felt a tug to write ~ like it would help heal a little.  I’m missing my mom today.  It’s not even a day that marks a special event or anything like that.  I know I do think of her a lot when school starts up again ~ maybe because she was such a fabulous teacher and I just always associate school time with my mom, or maybe its because I always talked to her about school starting up for my kids and all that they were doing, or a combination of it all.  I still ache just to call her up and ask her advice about friend drama with my boys at school (I thought only girls dealt with that?).  She’s been absent from this earth for 5 years and somehow my brain still can’t grasp it.  I have amazing joy that I will see her one day again, but I still just have days where the pain of missing her just sucks.

I know she was my mom, so I’m a bit biased ;), but she seriously was the best teacher ever.  The best.  No one compares in my book.  She had the gift of making a kid feel loved, but letting them know she meant business and they respected her and thought the world of her.  I mean, her name was Mrs. Smiley.  Is that not the best teacher name in the world?  And of course my sisters and I were the luckiest girls that we got to have her as our mom.  I remember her making such silly faces at us and making crazy donkey noises.  We would make spontaneous trips to the grocery store just to get a custard filled donut to eat on the ride home.  And, oh, how she loved us.  Even after I moved away from home, that hug that met me at the front door was magical.  The best medicine, most comforting thing I have ever known… a warm flannel blanket and chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven can’t even touch those hugs.  As I made pancakes this morning, I remembered one of my most favorite photos of her and I:
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Don’t you just wish you could jump into photos sometimes?

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back to school! {downers grove child photographer}

August 28, 2013

We went back to school at our house this week!  The guys started on Monday, but high school didn’t start until Wednesday, so I had to take our kids’ traditional back to school pics on two different days.    The youngest was so stinking excited for this day ~ some of his friends had gone back to school earlier than we did, and he was jealous.  The older two are over being excited about the first day, but they did seem a little happy to get back to seeing their friends everyday and some of those other fun things that school always brings 😉  I LOVE the fall and I do like getting back into the routine that comes with the school season, but I miss hanging out with these 3 all day…

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She got a little back to school gift made by Mya Bruce Designs… such a perfect message…

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Hope all you other back to schoolers had an awesome first day!

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micah… class of 2014 {downers grove senior portraits}

August 16, 2013

Loved meeting this gorgeous senior and her mom.  Seriously impressed by her outlook on life and her inner beauty.  You’ll be seeing more of her soon… 😉

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jump… i heart faces {downers grove child photographer}

August 6, 2013

Sometimes jumping on the bed is just good medicine.  Or watching someone jump on the bed.

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The theme this week at I Heart Faces is JUMP!  I’m thinking I need to do this more often 😉  Feel free to go enter a jump photo you have, too, or just go check out their site… they have lots of fun over there.
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  • Molly - · Posted August 7, 2013 at 10:14 am · Link

    Love this! great angle and fun scene.

    Thanks for your comments on mine (Zumba Jump)

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