We visited the new house to take some food for grandpa while he was installing the insulation. I got a quick portrait of you beside the garage. I already love this spot. Mid day photo with that awesome flare. Such a win!
She's so intense.
Couldn't stand the snow for too long but just long enough for a portrait of Yasmin. 49 weeks, I can't believe it.
All I know is that I love you.
A cold day at the park with my girls. No leaves on trees means many beautiful sunsets at Pennypack Park.
Hey baby, we reached week 26! It's cold out, Halloween and Thanksgiving have just passed, and we are now planning for grandma's birthday and Christmas. I know time will just fly from now on. It never flies when you're pregnant, and waiting excitedly to meet your baby. It doesn't fly to us mothers anyway, but this time it does feel like time is flying by. It could be that we are so busy and in the process of renovating the new house and I do not want you to come before it's done. I want time to slow down so we can get things ready before you come. Take your time in there... we are getting to the third trimester, we can do this...
Yasmin and I put the gingerbread houses together and you two decorated them, and ate some gumballs in the process, but mostly, decorated.
'Minecrafting' because it's the holidays.
Truth is, you didn't feel like portraits this day. You did everything you could to avoid me and to 'not listen'. Still I had to capture your little face. This week was a challenge for us. You didn't feel like listening, and you really tested my patience. In a few hours, you wrote all over your hands, you put on my makeup, made all my brushes dirty, colored your face with eyeliner and took all of daddy's shoes off the shelves. Then you took a sheet of paper and sat on the toilet and drew the most wonderful picture gave it to be and kissed my belly. The good definitely outweighs the bad. I love you for that!
We had a huge shift in the weather and haven't been outside as much this past two weeks, but this day we felt brave and decided to go to the park for a walk. We got there, the sky went completely dark, raindrops started coming, and we almost gave up, but decided to walk to a shaded area to try and do your portraits. 5 minutes later, the sun started shining, the rain and sunshine together made such a beautiful scene. Then we walked down to this river and found this beautiful scenery. Now I am in love with this photo of you and so glad that we persisted.
It feels like we are floating through the weeks. We are waiting for our house to get done and getting all we can in order in the meantime. For you guys, it has been pretty fun living with grandma and grandpa. They play your favorite card games with you, like trash and Uno and never complain. The temperature has been pretty low the past week and we barely went out of the house. On this day we decided to go for a walk at the park, but only endured about a half hour before feeling too cold and returning home for hot chocolate. You kept saying to me: "Mom, take a picture of me", while I was trying to take Yasmin's portrait. You sat there quietly on this branch with the most angelic face when I turned the camera towards you. I thought it was the funniest.
Always my willing model. You were the coldest since you didn't wear any warm clothing under your hoodie. Not because I didn't tell you to, because I did, but you didn't listen and thought you wouldn't be cold. You were okay though, you collaborated and was even happy after we got into the car. You were happy for having gotten out of the house after so many days cooped up. You were amazing this week with school work and participating in your classes. This year has been the easiest so far for me, because I allowed you to attend live classes and follow the teachers instructions, instead of us both trying to figure things out together. You have been to every class with perfect attendance, and every teacher has a million great things to say about you. It has been harder on you, but you are so eager to learn. I'm 100% proud!
We are loving on all things fall this week. Our Lorimer Park is looking absolutely beautiful with tones of yellow, red and green. The day of this photo you guys accompanied me to the park for one of my fall sessions, and you both behaved very well for grandma. On Sunday we visited Longwood Gardens together for our own family photos and you were promised an L.O.L. doll if you behaved and collaborated. Unfortunately while arriving at the store we found out that they had run out of these little dolls. You were so understanding and decided to wait until the next time we go to the store to get your prize. You're such a big girl!
We love playing with leaves for Yasmin's portraits. This one was taken a few minutes before my Saturday clients arrived at the park. I can always count on Yasmin to help with testing the 'light'. She was also amazing at our session at Core Creek Park this weekend even though she didn't need a doll as a prize for her awesome behavior. She took advantage of the time before we took our photos to capture her own photos around Longwood Gardens with my Fuji x100f. We all had a wonderful time.
Week 23 and you're fine and cozy in here. This past week was successful and we did so many things like going to the mall, grocery shopping, organizing after grandma's move, preparing for our 'quick family session', between a thousand other things. On both Saturday and Sunday we had photoshoots and walked A LOT. After all the commotion, Monday morning came like a holiday to us. We needed the rest and my body let us know that. I could barely walk Monday with an intense backache, but I knew we were okay. I just kind of overdid it. Ooops! This new week has been slower in the walking and exercising department, but we got a ton of editing done and we did a lot of sitting and resting so far. We are mid week now and so ready to be back out there again!
Another day at Pennypack Park. We got dressed to go out to the park and as soon as we opened the door we saw the heavy rain. We sadly retreated back inside and decided to make something warm to eat and leave the park for another day. We made some cupcakes and when we were done we looked out to see the most beautiful sunlight. We hurried to get dressed again and headed to the park with our rain boots on on a search for adventure.
Fall is finally looking proper. This week we visited the park three times to see the beautiful changes. I forgot my memory card the first two times and I blame it on pregnancy brain. We found this beautiful tree which is shedding its leaves, each with gorgeous unique tones of orange, red and green. Yasmin offered to do this shot, and of course, when the model is willing we must take advantage. She ended up not being able to open her eyes much but I love this shot. Collaborating with her is one of my favorite things in life.
Hey there baby boy! A few things have changed this week out here. Grandma and grandpa have moved in with us and we will share their house until our new home is move in ready. We got a lot done, you and I, around the house. I did a lot of cleaning, organizing and making space for grandma and grandpa's things in the house. I'm glad that you have not made me feel so tired as you did those first 20 weeks. I feel like I can accomplish so much, yet sometimes I need to remind myself that you are number one and I need to rest for us. I also had a photo-shoot over the weekend between all the moving and I photographed the cutest twins. It reminded me of the first couple of weeks when I was scared to be carrying two in there because of the tiredness I was feeling. Everything felt so different than when I had your sisters, something had to be different. I'm so excited to meet you in 18 weeks but take your time in there. Love, Mamãe.
Wait, what? 10 more weeks and we'll be done with 2017. This project has already given me more than I could ask for. I love going back to the early weeks and reading about the things we did and were so excited about. Even though it was a rough year for the world, we've accomplished so much for our family and I am thankful.
A good but long week, and we finish off here at our favorite tree, in our favorite park. Fall is not looking very fallish but we've found some spots here and there, this being our favorite.