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I love Christmas. December is a busy month, especially wrapping up all the final sessions before Christmas Cards can be sent out. (And everyone trying to get their cards ordered before there is crazy shipping to get your cards) I love the holidays – I think I always have a bigger list for what I want to do than what actually gets done, but I always need to remember the reason for the season, slow down and spend time with my kids, and enjoy it.

My mom’s Christmas present every year is an album of photos of the grandkids together. The girls happened to be in town right before Thanksgiving and Suzanna’s Antiques was so nice to let us photograph all of them there together. The kids had a fun time and then we went out for a big breakfast afterwards!

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Super Simple Goals for December:

1.Build a Gingerbread House

2.Work on our Jesse Tree Ornaments

3.Read lots of Christmas books

4.Decorate the tree

5.Finish the 2015 Free Holiday Minis (Shooting and Editing)

6.Drive around a few times a week at night to look at Christmas lights with the boys

Merry Christmas!

Halloween was just so much fun – Harrison was very motivated to say trick or treat and thank you once he saw the candy. He was still very shy though, and mostly wanted me to hold him while he asked for candy. We walked a big loop around the neighborhood and were exhausted when we got back last night. We use light up pumpkin buckets for the candy, and it really helped us keep an eye on Owen when he ran ahead a little bit. (It’s so hard to be patient when there’s just so much candy everywhere!)

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Goals for November:

1.Finalize all of our plans for our first Santa Mini Sessions with Little Apple Styles (Contact us for more info about the Free Holiday Minis – free when booking a 2016 session. I think right now we have one spot left on 11/21 and a few spots left on 12/2)

2.Edit, Edit, and then edit. I think the biggest part of November for me is going to be editing. Lots and lots of editing. I never watched Friends (I know!) So I’ve been watching Friends and the Fixer Uppers while editing to keep me going. It’s raining right now which means I’m not out shooting but editing, editing, editing.

3.Decide on a better organization system for our garage. I have props ya’ll, lots and lots of props. And then add on all of the kid gear – double bob, red wagon, (vintage and plasic) old sled, big wheel, scooters, city mini, joovy ergo, single Bob. (yes I have a lot of strollers.) and a lot more. I know Michael would love all of this organized so I’d love all of your favorite garage ideas.

4.Decide on a Christmas card, get everything organized and sent out.

5.Christmas Shopping. (yes!) I do not want to wait and do this all in December. Most will probably be done on amazon or online. I love when I start getting all of the free shipping emails.

 

 

 

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Oh, I LOVE Anne of Green Gables, and now I watch to watch both – Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea. Who else read all the books growing up and watched the movies over and over? One mama played Anne of Green Gables while in labor during a birth I photographed. (Great way to pass the time – you never know how long labor can last!) I remember my brother and I fighting over whether I got to watch Anne of Green Gables or he got to watch Star Wars. That’s another thing to put on the to do list – watch all of the Star Wars movies. There are so many, but it’s been so long since I’ve watched them.

Goals for October

  1. On the subject of Anne, I’d like to read “Anne of Green Gables,” My Daughter, and Me: What My Favorite Book Taught Me about Grace, Belonging, and the Orphan in Us All
    . If I finish that one, next on the list is Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World
    , and then I need to find another one! (And as always, I LOVE book recommendations, so if you’ve read anything good lately, send it my way!)
  2. Reschedule every session that has been rained out or is about to be rained out by the cold fronts + hurricanes this weekend.
  3. Start working on a monthly newsletter. (If you haven’t signed up, you can here!) This month will be my first one.
  4. Take the kids apple picking and to the pumpkin farm. I am hoping these do not get rained out.
  5. Launch something new for our clients – stay tuned to the newsletter for more info!
  6. Try to go to barre class every other day, at least 3 times a week. (It is so hard if you miss too many days)
  7. Make a super fun October chex mix for Owen’s lunchbox.

 

 

 

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Oh September is teaching me a lot about rain and patience. And even though the sun is peeking through this very minute, the ground is just way too muddy to be out photographing. Sigh. So many reschedules are up in the air right now..and then, out of nowhere, a hurricane is coming this weekend during our super cute minis with Little Apple Styles. (Whatever she designs is just magic, and these will be oh so adorable, just not sure when they will be held right now with the hurricane. It looks like even our back up day will be washed out.) I am holding out hope that next week will be filled with sun and photo sessions, too!

We have eased into kindergarten life. There have been some really cute days where the class read Blueberries for Sal and the mamas brought in blueberry snacks. Then Johnny Appleseed came in to visit which included apple snacks, apple art, and of course, apple juice! The former teacher in me loves these super themed fun days for the kids. It just makes learning more fun.

1.Settling into a carpool routine makes life so much easier. So thankful for a good friend and a sweet husband so that we’ve worked out a great carpool in the mornings and afternoons Wed-Fri which makes it a little bit easier for Harrison to nap and for me to get a little bit of work done. Figuring out how to get Harrison on a good nap schedule has been one of the biggest challenges since starting kindergarten. Monday and Tuesday I still do carpool in the mornings and afternoons so I get time to catch up on reading.

2.Books I’ve read this month-

It’s still kind of unbelievable that I read two books this month and I’m almost finished with a third. Part of it was carpool and part of it traveling. The first book I read was All the Light We Cannot See.I will admit I had a really hard time reading the first chapter or two and was avoiding the book everyday during carpool. I had another friend who told me she kind of felt the same way about the beginning, so that made me feel better that I’m not the only one. What I found on our way to DC was that I needed a big chunk of time to really get into + read the book. It was so great, so if you get into this book, carve out a little bit of time for the beginning. I also re-read the beginning once I got to the middle. (you’ll understand when you start reading it) Highly recommend this one – looooved.

We flew to Disney and Michael held Harrison on the way there while watching Netflix on his phone. On the way back, I was going to hold him and realized I needed something to read,etc since he will sleep. And flying just makes me a little bit nervous. Holding Harrison helps calm my nerves. We were major delayed, and it was late so I knew he’d sleep (he did) I downloaded The Fault in Our Stars, and it was so good. I really felt like I was lucky with both books I chose this month (and I’m just about to finish a non-fiction one I’ll share next month) I haven’t seen the movie to this book, but I just might have to watch it now. It was a very quick and easy read, and I might have sobbed a little. Anyone seen the movie – what did you think? What are you reading this month? Send me some recommendations!

3. Not to forget to pack your ponchos at Disney. (usually around 1.00 at target) Disney in September is way different than Disney in January. Since we’ve mostly been in January, we haven’t experienced the sweating all day heat or typical Florida it rains once a day everyday. We probably pulled out our ponchos at least once a day, too.

4. I realllly love traveling for sessions. We went to DC this month to meet our friends’ sweet baby boy, and what a joy to see them and photograph them. The boys also loved visiting museums and seeing the White House, too.

5. The Fitbit HRis my new bff. So, I have really loved this fit bit for many reasons. Yes, I have the purple and I just accessorize it with other bracelets so it doesn’t stand out as much when I wear it with non workout clothes. The caller ID function is great, so if I’m working, I can see if it’s the babysitter calling by looking at my wrist instead of having to get my phone out of my bag. I also love that during pure barre, when my phone is in the other room, I can still see who’s calling on my fitbit. I also turn the screen lock off when running and watching my heart rate on the app. (I set it up on the treadmill where I can see it.) My fitbit was crazy steps when we went to Disney, and it always fun to see how many steps your friends have each week. (Let’s be fit bit friends – find me if you have one!)

6. Suzanna’s Antiques has the best pumpkins. If you are looking for pumpkins – stop at Suzanna’s (see here.) How fun that they have Cinderella pumpkins, gourds, white pumpkins, big and little orange pumpkins, and all kinds of whimsical and antique decor. Definitely one of my favorite places ever.

 

 

 

I know it’s just September 1st, but I am getting so excited about fall and pumpkins. I know it will still be a while, but I am sooooo excited. I may or may not have already bought some pumpkin treats for the boys. It does make me a little sad that labor day is coming and the pool will be closing. We have so many sweet memories from this summer and I love looking back at all the photographs. We spent this last weekend in DC and had such a fun time at the museums and walked up to the White House.

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Goals for September:

1. 10,000 steps a day. I’ve been monitoring my steps this month and some days I don’t get close so I’m working on it.

2. Blog a preview for the Holiday Minis. All the info has been sent to 2015 clients and if you want to know more about the Free Holiday Minis (they are going to be sooooo cute!) contact me for more info and to see a preview!)

3. Decorate for autumn/buy and plant mums. Even though they don’t last that long, I just loooove mums. (and fall, and pumpkins.)

4. Finish planning a special family trip at the end of the month.

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Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh Family Photographer featured in People Magazine and on several blogs including Let the Kids Dress Themselves and Lemonade and Lenses. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about family photography and travel sessions.