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.
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.
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!
Hey little one, this year holds big things for you, you are becoming a big sister, and going into pre-school. I am so proud of the little human being that you are, and the big girl you are becoming. The other day for example, I had cut some apples for you, you were playing outside and I called you to the door. I asked how many apple pieces you wanted to take and you said two. You immediately ran to your friend, apples in hand, and asked her if she wanted one. That was so kind of you, especially since I didn't tell you to. It came straight from your kind heart and it made me so proud.
Your last week of vacation was spent with many outdoors activities involving your friends and sister. We started summer doing so many activities. This year we visited Utah, Virginia & Florida. We spent a lot of time with great grandma Teteia and visited places like the zoo, the beach, Longwood gardens, and many parks and friend's houses. We slowed down after our Florida vacation because of mom's first trimester of pregnancy. You guys still got to have loads of fun outside with our neighbors and friends. To sum it all up, I think summer 2017 was a total success, and we are ready for fall and 5th grade.
She is feeling quite like the big sister. Even though my pregnancy is early on we have much love for the life growing inside of me. We are all excited about this new chapter in our family's life.
This cute little face she does when she wants to please mommy. I love her!
We woke up early to watch the sunrise, which turned out to be my favorite time of the day in Clearwater. I loved the soft tones in the sky and the beautiful city in the background where the sun rises.
This was definitely a highlight for Penelope. She loved getting buried. I have a video of her telling daddy to not get sand in her face, but she was laughing and smiling the whole time.
We had a wonderful time in Miami. Yasmin loved getting to play with her friend Samantha and to swim in the pools & ocean. She had many ideas for portraits. It's always so much better when she wants to collaborate.
I loved this photo of Yasmin from the Zoo the other day. I call her the animal whisperer. I think it might be her calm nature, but animals love her, and she loves animals.
This week we visited the Philadelphia Zoo. She chose a unicorn mask this time and was pretty happy about the result.
We visited Longwood Gardens with friends and Great Grandma. It was so much fun and everyone was exhausted by the time we made it home.
Yasmin always wanted to do this activity at the zoo, but we always had someone with us who couldn't go. This time Great Grandma watched with Penelope and we finally got to do it. It was so much fun, more than I imagined. Now we found out that Penelope is allowed to go right between us and we are so excited to do this again with Penelope next time we visit.
My lovely girl and some beautiful leaves.
I had an "off" week, with not many photos taken. This one was from last Sunday when we went to a farm with our friends. A Faceless portrait of P picking cherries. It was a super sunny day so I didn't get many photos but we did get a lot of cherries and strawberries...
I didn't get any photos of Yasmin alone at the farm because she was too busy playing with her friend John. She's usually not as pleased with me stalking her anymore. (thus the face)
She loves rocks! And if I'd let her bring them all home (and keep them) we'd have a castle by now.