The Birth of Coraline

Labor happened exactly how Sara expected. Baby came two weeks early with a premature rupture of membranes and 4 hours of labor. Both sisters were present for labor and so excited to meet their new sibling. The oldest daughter was so involved in helping comfort mom during labor, she held her hand and poured water on her back once in the tub. Sara was incredible, checking homework, getting the right episodes of Octonauts started and doing hair in between surges.

Once Grandma and Grandpa arrived labor picked up quickly. Sara got in the tub and after a few more contractions she was ready to push. Sara's husband was right by her side the entire time and helped deliver baby! Big sister announced the surprise sex but got a little confused by her hopes for a boy. Once mama looked we all giggled when she realized Coraline was actually the family's third baby girl! Check back later this week for the entire birth film!

Documenting Gigi

While we were in KY for my sister's wedding I wanted to take some time with my Grandmother. Since I was a kid I can remember visits to my grandparents house where Gigi would have things hidden in every closet and under every bed. Dolls she made, hand-knit afghans, new paintings she was working and so many treasures from yard sales she would pick up for us. I would feel like a princess in her costume jewelry and loved watching her paint "happy little trees" with Bob Ross in her sunroom. 

Those days seem so far away and I wanted to bottle up as much as I could before the memories fade forever. Her dementia is getting worse and her body frail but she remembered me and as always wanted to show me all of her special trinkets. We walked through her room and she showed me her favorite jacket and put it on like a queen. My mother told me it belonged to Gigi's sister. We looked at paintings she crafted years before and I listened as she told me about the memories I have of her making them in her sunroom. 

Every time I see Gigi I fear its our last time together, whether her mind betrays her or she finally finds peace with grandpa, I am glad we had some time to reminisce about a long beautiful life and will cherish these photos and her beauty forever.  

The Perfect Father's Day Gift: Family Films

Let's be honest, dads are hard to shop for. When they need a new shirt they get one, tools are great but does he like electric or cordless and gift cards feel so impersonal. How do you find the prefect gift that shows just how much you love him? He's always there to play, laugh and teach. His hugs are the best medicine when you have a boo boo. Night time stories are only read the right way in daddy's funny voices. What can you get him that even begins to show how special he is to your family? 

When I look around our house I see Chris' love and care in every corner. The clean dishes, freshly mowed lawn, a stack of books next to Charlie's bed he read the night before; he does so much for all of us and is ready to jump in as soon as he gets home from work. This time is so special and I wanted to capture these moments before they become memories. 

I hope you enjoy our latest family film as much as we do. Happy Father's Day Christopher. We love you! Thanks for loving us!