Posts tagged ‘family’

February 10, 2011

Two years.

by Hannah

This tiny baby is turning two today.

Like many mothers, I am reflecting on a 40ish hour labor and the unspeakable joy it was to look at his face for the first time. I’m thinking about all that has happened since that night- how I fell in love with all 5 pounds 11 ounces of him, and more and more each day since. How he’s changed, and become this smart, funny, spirited little boy.

More than all the memories, I am thinking about who he is, and who he will be, and how this is only the beginning still. I wonder who he will be and what he will do. I hope that I will guide him well on the way.

Right now, he is affectionate and loving, stubborn and full of spirit. He loves to play outside. He has an insanely long attention span for his age. He likes to color and play instruments. His favorite shows are Caillou and Blue’s Clues. He loves to read with us. He adores his dad, grandpa and uncle (me and his grandma too, but you can tell it’s important to him to be one of the guys). His vocabulary grows every day, and he points out every car and airplane. He notices tiny details and points them out- like a crescent moon out in the middle of the day, or a bird high up in the sky. He amazes me.

Happy birthday, Seth my love.

February 3, 2011

the Joy of {LOVE} | day 2: what he looks like

by Hannah

What he looks like… when he’s playing with our son. I love this.


February 1, 2011

the Joy of {LOVE} | day 1: what he does

by Hannah

I am taking part in this month-long photography project/class offered by Willette Designs— The Joy of Love. It is all about documenting one person you love deeply, in many different ways. I am participating because I feel that I want to capture the essence of who my husband really is, right now- as a gift to him, myself and our family.

So today’s assignment was to capture what he does. And if you know Manny, you know this captures it well. At work, he’s at a computer, dispatching 911 calls, and at home, he’s often at a computer playing games.

January 12, 2011

Final Images of 2010

by Hannah

I do believe this is that last post of 2010 photos.

Christmas Day- we visited Manny’s dad at work at the fire station. It was Seth’s first time seeing it, and he was thrilled of course.

Seth’s first tricycle ride:

Me and my little sister, Eva. I love this kid so much. She’s visiting me this coming weekend- can’t wait :)

{p.s.- holding a D700 with one hand, getting it to focus and take a picture with both faces in it, and having a decent expression on your face while doing so- is an art form all it’s own. ;)}

And there you have it.



January 11, 2011

Christmas Eve

by Hannah

Oh yes, I still have plenty of photos from last year to share… I am catching up here and there on editing and am also waiting to get some film processed- if I’m sending it off I like to do so in batches.

Manny had to work a lot around the holidays, so our celebrating was a bit spread out this year. Seth and I visited my family on Christmas Eve, and as you can see it was a truly gorgeous day. My mom, Seth and I spent some time at a park in the afternoon, and later everyone ate and exchanged gifts. By the way, my mom is the greatest. :)

{sidenote: I keep feeling conflicted- which photos to share here, and which to post on my photography blog? For now, I’m mostly posting family stuff here and client work there. Sometimes I feel like having just one place for everything, but I feel committed to this blog and would not want to do away with it, and I’m not sure if my clients want to see all the pictures of my son and read everything I post here. At the same time, I am my business, so maybe it’s better not to separate things so much? I would love your thoughts on this, especially other photographers.}

But I digress… here’s Christmas Eve in Stuart:

January 3, 2011

I’m On Vacation.

by Hannah

Really, I am.
I’m not doing any work at all. {fingers crossed} ;)

We leave for Disney World in the morning, so I really will be on vacation for a few days, but I wanted to leave you these:

December 26, 2010

And all was quiet…

by Hannah

My first Christmas with a child, rather than a baby.
Joy, wonder, amazement, sensory overload, meltdowns, and now- peaceful sleep. He made the holiday magical for all of us again.

Yesterday my husband and his dad both worked. I am thankful for our firefighters and dispatchers, who work to keep us safe, 365 days a year. So today was “our” Christmas, and it was all wrapping paper and sweets and delicious food and the awesome craziness of family gatherings. I love every minute of it. Santa spoiled all of us this year, especially my son :)

I hope your holiday was wonderful, too. I was just looking over my calendar and to see only six days left in 2010 was a bit of a shock, though of course I knew that already. This year has gone by faster than any previous year of my life. It scares me- does that rate keep increasing as we get older? Time, please slow down. please.

I am filled with so much gratefulness tonight that I could practically burst.
For my son.
For my family.
For another year.
And yes, for my new printer, and film for my Polaroid, a lovely necklace, a French press for my coffee, Toms shoes, and some much-wanted books.

I am so very blessed.

December 25, 2010

Holiday wishes…

by Hannah

…from our family to yours.

I hope that your Christmas day is full of love and wonder!



{The photos above with me in them were taken by my friend April. Others by me.}

December 22, 2010


by Hannah

Decorating our tree. Manny’s parents came over to help.

Manny shot these:

And the next week, we went with them to get theirs and we all decorated it together.

{It was pretty cold (for Florida) for a while, with lows in the 30’s. Now it’s back to the 60’s/70’s, which is perfect for me.}

Here’s the whole group- shot using the timer and a makeshift tripod:

It is so, so great that we are all together, home, and healthy this year. I am so thankful. Last Christmas we visited Jackie in the hospital, as she was just finishing up her first round of chemo. What a huge difference a year makes!

And… a sneak peek at gifts I’ve been making. I made these felted hot mats for my grandma, who doesn’t read my blog, so it’s safe to post here :)
I’m kind of in love with felting things lately. The one on the left came out a little funny, since I had to kind of make them up as I went. I really like how they came out though, and might be making a set for our table.

And tonight, we went (very spontaneously) to the zoo where they’re doing “Holiday Nights” this week. It was so much fun, and Seth got to meet “Santa” for the first time. Thankfully, he didn’t ask for anything he’s not getting :-P They had LED Christmas lights everywhere. Our zoo is very conservation-minded. We have a membership and we just love going and walking around as a family.

Tomorrow, Seth and I are heading to visit my family until the afternoon of Christmas Eve. Manny works Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, so our Christmas celebrating will be kind of odd and spread out. I’m really looking forward to it though, and I’m busy finishing up my last few handmade gifts! It looks like I’ll be sending out packages the Monday after- but better a little late then never, right?

I’ll be back in the morning with a yummy recipe!

December 15, 2010

Reverb 10- 5 Minutes

by Hannah

Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010.

First of all, maybe there are a lot of things about 2010 I wouldn’t mind forgetting. But really, those are probably the things that taught me the most. This was a certainly a year of learning, and growing, in so many areas.

I want to remember every sweet and awesome moment with my family this year. In January Seth was still a baby, and now he is a little boy full of wonder. He started walking and talking this year, and got 13 teeth- maybe more by the time the year is actually over.

I want to remember that I worked so very hard this year, without always seeing it pay off. I never want to forget that any where I get to in the future, started with lots of late nights and tears and feeling defeated for a while.

I want to remember that this year, my family and I worked through tough times, and became stronger. We made a house a home. We grew up a lot.

And boy, that five minutes went so fast. I am so glad that I took so many pictures..

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