Entries from April 23rd, 2014

Taylor and Addie + SBP // Senior Photos

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Have you ever dreamed or envisioned something and then it came true? Actually not just true, but better than true? That’s what happened right here with these incredible senior photos of my daughters. Last week Sam stopped by with positively the most enchanting package I have ever laid eyes on! Seriously the cutest branding and packaging I’ve ever seen, plus the most sincere and genuine hand written notes to boot! I literally haven’t been able to stop looking at everything, the photos, sweet surprises and even the packaging since we received it all and I don’t see that changing any time soon either. Everything was personalized for us straight from the shoot. Talk about making your clients feel special and truly loved. I was swooning! To take a peek at what we received from Sam (trust me you definitely want to) when she so sweetly hand delivered our surprise package to our home head to her blog post here.

With my two oldest daughters graduation looming near (like just over a month away, insert crying face here) plus their impending big move out of state all on their own…I’m like a complete roller coaster of emotions. And looking at all of these amazing captures just brings it all out and right to the surface, basically I’m a bit of an emotional disaster right now. Every single one of these photos gives me a lump in my throat (not the scary kind of lump) the I’m so amazingly proud and am choking back tears lump.

Sam captured the essence of both my girls so well and literally every single photo turned out better than we could have ever imagined. I really (like reaaaallly) wanted to share all of them with you (and it may look like I did, but I promise, I didn’t) because they are all A-Mazing. I mean, I know I’m their Mom…but for realz…every single capture is just jaw-dropping. Well, just see for yourselves…

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It was so fun hearing, watching and helping my girls prep for this photo session. I was excited right along with them and happy to help them bring their visions of these photos to life. We hit thrift stores, Target and a few others shops in search of just the right outfits. And when they said they wanted floral crowns and asked me if I’d make them some I was more than pleased to. Listening to them chat and talk and share pins with each other of what they wanted from this shoot was so good for my heart. Bohemian, natural, free-people, urban outfitters inspired…but the biggest thing I grabbed from all of their chatters was how they wanted to share and show their upcoming life changes. It’s big! Right?! I mean, they’re graduating, moving out and on with their OWN lives. A huge step, and one I’m sure most of us remember as a pretty poignant time in our lives as well. They wanted these photos to be different, not the typical “senior photos” and to show all of that. But most of all they really wanted to just simply have fun with it and Sam completely nailed it.

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For 10 years now these two girls, sisters, have had a friend in each other. They were only 8 (Tay) and 7 (Addie) when Will and I started dating and new we’d soon be married. I’ve watched their relationship ride it’s own wave and settle into a perfect calm. I do not know what its like to have a sister, so I don’t have much to compare their relationship to, but I do know they are so good for each other and in my eyes have a beautiful relationship. Of course they bicker and get frustrated with each other like any normal sibling relationship, but from where I sit I would feel lucky if I were in either one of their shoes. To have someone you love to adventure your first part of living your own life with who knows you, trusts you and now matter what will always have your back…what a wonderful feeling that must be. I’m just so beyond grateful they have one another and always will.

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As you can see, Sam is beyond talented and seriously is the sweetest soul you’ll ever meet. She made the girls feel so at ease with everything and was so fun to be around and work with and not to mention completely funny….always cracking silly jokes and making the girls laugh. Her and her cute helpers (her darling husbands) attention to detail and ability to take my girls visions and bring them to life was more than we could have asked for. I’m so glad our paths crossed and know it was not by chance. Sam is a true gem and I’m so grateful to call her a friend. Oh, and if you want to peek in to Sam’s personal life you should follow her on Instagram here. She’s adorable and has the best style in the world! Also, check out her latest blog post here where she shares more amazing photos from the girls senior session. She’s amazing. Seriously, I’m telling you, if you’re in the market for some photography work, she’s without a doubt the gal you want.

Aaaaand….Guess what!! We have a fun little treat for you! If you book an event or session with Samantha Broderick Photography you can get 20% off by mentioning code: “MIKO+SBP” (*code must be mentioned with initial contact to be valid). But hurry discount is only good through May 11th which also happens to be Mothers Day..hint hint (tell your families you want some amazing new photos for your Mother’s Day gift this year, yeah) So, now head on over to SBP and get on it! I promise you will get the photos you’ve always dreamed of plus have the best time while you’re at it.

 

A Photo Session // behind the scenes

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This past weekend my daughters, Taylor and Addie, had the opportunity to have their senior photos taken by the adorable and amazing Samantha Broderick. They had been planning for months and dreaming up all kinds of ideas for what they wanted them to be like…not like anyone else’s and symbolizing their exciting adventures to come. Sam and her Husband Taylor were the cutest team and nailed it. I can’t wait to see the real ones…but in the mean time here are a few behind the scenes shots I snagged.

If you’re in the market for an incredible, cute and just all around amazing photographer please get in contact with my girl Sam at Samantha Broderick PhotographyI promise you will love her!

Over the weekend

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Will & Liliana // at Liam’s soccer game early Saturday morning.
Liam // has moved on from skiing to soccer…he puts his heart in to everything he does and does it with the biggest smile.
Liliana // holding “dat baby girl” Anneke, the barely two week old daughter of the best neighbors ever…she couldn’t get over how tiny her hands were.
Me // made some floral crowns for my girls senior photo session
Tay & Addie // had their senior photo shoot…over two days and it was exactly what they had dreamed it to be thanks to the incredibly talented Samantha Broderick.
Mathew & the baby chick // which is lucky to be alive…actually we all kind of are. For some reason I had a really hard time sleeping Saturday night. I was feeling a little uneasy and was tossing and turning for no reason at all. I finally got up out of bed to stretch my legs, went in to the kitchen to grab a drink of water, glanced at the clock and saw that it was 1:04am, walked through the house a bit and then headed back to bed. Not but 15 minutes later I awoke to an odd beeping sound. I opened my bedroom door and immediately smelled smoke. I headed straight for the sound and when I reached the top of the basement stairs looked down to see the whole basement filled with smoke. So what did I do next? What any Mom would do I suppose. I screamed “FIRE” ran to the bedroom to get Will up. Ran upstairs to get Mathew (Tay, Addie and Aden were at their other parents) out of his bed..only to realize he had slept in the basement. Ran back downstairs to the main floor, grabbed Liam and Liliana (who had made a bed on our bedroom floor that night for a slumber party) and threw them out the front door. Called 911, only to hang up on them because just as soon as I hit the send button I heard the calming voice of my Husband say “Everything is okay, I’ve got it under control”. Then moments later both he and Mathew (carrying the baby chick) emerged from the smoke filled basement. The cause of the chaos at 1:20am…the heat lamp for the baby chick. Mathew had moved the chick out of his room and into the basement bathroom so he could try to get to some sleep (little chirps all night long aren’t the easiest to sleep through) but being the sweet boy he is slept in the basement playroom so he could still be near her. However, he attached the heat lamp to the wall with duct-tape. At some point in the night..I’m assuming around 1am the lamp fell from the wall and into the baby chicks basket, setting the towel that the basket was lined with on fire. Thankfully the damage was minimum, just a scored mark on the bathroom cabinets and a lingering smoke smell days later. But I’ll take that over what could have been our fate. I know there was a reason for my uneasy feelings that night…and I know with out a doubt that they were placed on me so that I would be aware and ready to deal with the situation. I’m grateful to the Man upstairs for always watching over us. He’s a good one that guy.

Daughters // grow and change

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I adore this blurry shot of my two oldest daughters for a number of reasons. One, is that it really is so hard to get a normal picture of them together. Seriously, they are always pulling faces, or being silly in some way..but this capture is what I see everyday they are together. Smiling, laughing, glowing girls all in a blur. Blur, because lately I’ve been reflecting a lot about my part in raising these girls and its really just gone by so fast…just like a blur. Time is closing in on us. Soon they will be moving on with their own lives, away from home and on their own.

The Haiti mission trip that these two recently returned from was beyond wonderful in a number of ways for them. I knew and hoped they would grow and change from it. And boy did they. More than I ever expected. They seriously left one way and came home with a whole new perspective on life with new doors open to them that they didn’t think possible before. You see, when they left they both had their lives for the next four years planned out (or so I had thought). They were both working on achieving their MA (Medical Assisting) certificates while finishing up their senior year of high school. Upon graduation they were both going to head to college at the UofU, living on campus in the dorms and working towards getting their degrees in their prospective fields. Addie Pre-Med and Tay was still undecided but leaning towards something in the Humanities and Communication fields.

But all of that changed. Within a week of returning home they started plotting out big changes for their futures. And before I knew it I was being told to clear my schedule for Saturday night to make time for a major meeting with all parents so they could discuss a “plan” with us. A “plan”…what kind of a plan? My immediate thoughts “holy shit…their pregnant..or wait their doing drugs…or wait..none of that makes sense”. Because why would we all need to be at this meeting? 6 parents in all? (Yes, 6…if you’re confused…read the FAQs or ask me) If just one was pregnant, or doing drugs why would we all need to be there? For moral support? All I know, is man, your mind does some crazy ass things when you’re scared and stuff is unknown. Especially when it comes to your kids!

Being the impatient Mom that I am…I managed to get the idea of what the meeting was to be about out of them before the big meeting this past Saturday. The “plan”. They are moving at the end of the summer. “Moving? Yes, I know you are” is my response. “No, I don’t think you understand” said my daughter Taylor. “We are moving out of state.” Wait, whaaaat? So…long story short, not only are they moving, but they are bypassing their acceptance to the U, giving up their scholarships and closing that door for good.

To be honest I wasn’t really too surprised with their desires to leave Utah. They have both always shared a love for New York and had always dreamed of heading there after high school for college. We had always encouraged their dreams and kind of secretly hoped that they really would come true even though we knew the likely-hood of it happening was pretty slim. But Haiti opened new doors for them. New ideas. Ideas of adventures and risks. Ideas that flat out scare the shit out of me.

Watching your children grow up and make choices of their own can be oh so hard. Especially when its not exactly as you thought it was going to go or as you had planned. Sometimes as parents its hard to remember that its not about you. Not about what you want or how you want it to go. Especially with raising teenagers. All you can do is hope that you have instilled a good solid foundation and pray (like hell) that they make wise decisions…but even if they don’t it’s okay. They can fail. We all have. And its what makes us who we are, each of us. We wouldn’t be where we are had we not had multiple failures and successes. So with that…my heart and head feel good. I have faith that it will all work out as it should. It always does. And with the biggest part of their beings these girls know that. And they will be just fine.

So watch out Washington…my girls are coming for you and are ready to see and take in all you have to offer. And last night they purchased their first piece of furniture…a vintage couch for 35 bucks. So, they’re set.

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