The Beauty of A Second | February 2017 | Holly Springs NC

What's the big deal about a second?  Not much happens in such a short amount of time. 

There are so many little moments I do not want to forget but my mind and heart simply aren't enough to hold these treasures forever. I will surely forget that sweet toddler voice as it fades into distant memories. I will struggle to recall that precious chubby face as it grows into a man. I will be unable to open my heart in a way that allows my precious boys to see and hear the memories for themselves as they prepare to welcome their own little ones. 

For this and many other reasons as 2017 approached I decided it was a priority to start a video project. I am extremely dedicated to documenting our days with pictures that show our "real" and our everyday. Yet, I wanted more - I wanted to hear and relive those memories. I didn't want to just tell stories to my grandchildren, I wanted to preserve these moments in a way that allowed me to really share them. 

I am only in my second month of this project but it is already so near and dear to my heart and I cherish the sights and sounds I have already preserved. My typical Saturday starts at 6:30 am when my 5 year old comes bounding into our room a total ball of energy and they end around 11:00 with some quiet moments on the couch with the love of my life. That means I am surrounded by my "now" for 17 hours. That means I have 61,200 seconds of memories to try and hold onto. Now let me say not all of those memories are sweet and happy, some are maddening and loud. There is fighting, tears, timeouts and exhaustion but there is also joy, love, tenderness and giggles. I want to cherish them all. 

This project has taught me that every second can be beautiful and special. That's amazing to imagine isn't it? I mean most of us don't give a second thought to just a second - how much can happen in a second? Well this project has made me slow down - see the seconds - appreciate the mundane - and I am glad I have found a way to preserve them. It reminds me to stay present and soak it in. 

So here it is..... The Beauty of a Second | February Edition. Enjoy and thanks for watching. 

Make sure you follow along this month’s blog circle. There are a some amazing photographers and videographers participating in the one second a day project around the world. Up next, go check out Jenn Rusby at Jenny Rusby Photography!

Want to book your own family film? Email me here!

 

MILESTONES | Holly Springs | North Carolina | Family Photographer

And Just Like That You Were Five 

HOLLY SPRINGS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | HOLLY SPRINGS, NC

HOLLY SPRINGS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | HOLLY SPRINGS, NC

HOLLY SPRINGS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | HOLLY SPRINGS, NC

HOLLY SPRINGS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | HOLLY SPRINGS, NC

Dear Liam

I blinked - I shouldn't have done it, but it happened. I have no idea how it has been five years since August 7, 2011 when you bounded into this world making me a mommy for the first time. You were my best gift.

Today you turned 5. The day before your birthday we had your big party - I made it as awesome as possible, this is, after all, one of the big ones. We had a camping themed party and you had 6 friends spend the night in the tent with you......oh and mommy stayed and slept on the ground with you.

As the sun came up in that tent, you crawled over to me and whispered, "mommy .....mommy.....am I 5?" To which I replied "yes baby." The biggest smile came across your face and you beamed...... birthdays really are magical. 

You are no longer a toddler. You are one of the "big kids" now - but you will still snuggle with me and give me kisses without hesitation. You are able to now do so many things for which you used to depend on me. I am both happy and heartbroken by this independence. 

You are an energetic, loving, empathetic, curious, loud little boy full of love and laughter.

You tell us thank you all the time. You bring me flowers and rocks you find almost daily as little treasures to show your love. 

At 5 you are passionate and love music. Your favorite cartoon changes every day. You are very smart.....sometimes too smart. You bubble over with personality. You have almost mastered swimming - you are just on the edge of overcoming that challenge. Your favorite color is blue (at 4 is was green-nothing stays the same). Nerf guns and dodging nerf bullets have become the norm around our house. Nothing rivals chicken nuggets and "peanut peanut jelly time" sandwiches. 

HOLLY SPRINGS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | HOLLY SPRINGS, NC

HOLLY SPRINGS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | HOLLY SPRINGS, NC

You are an awesome big brother - you love Jack (even though you still aggravate him on some days) - that's what big brother are for thought, right? He wants to be just like you and why not? You are pretty awesome. 

HOLLY SPRINGS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | HOLLY SPRINGS, NC

HOLLY SPRINGS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | HOLLY SPRINGS, NC

HOLLY SPRINGS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | HOLLY SPRINGS, NC

HOLLY SPRINGS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | HOLLY SPRINGS, NC

HOLLY SPRINGS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | HOLLY SPRINGS, NC

HOLLY SPRINGS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | HOLLY SPRINGS, NC

HOLLY SPRINGS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | HOLLY SPRINGS, NC

HOLLY SPRINGS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | HOLLY SPRINGS, NC

HOLLY SPRINGS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | HOLLY SPRINGS, NC

HOLLY SPRINGS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | HOLLY SPRINGS, NC

HOLLY SPRINGS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | HOLLY SPRINGS, NC

HOLLY SPRINGS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | HOLLY SPRINGS, NC

HOLLY SPRINGS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | HOLLY SPRINGS, NC

HOLLY SPRINGS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | HOLLY SPRINGS, NC

HOLLY SPRINGS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | HOLLY SPRINGS, NC

HOLLY SPRINGS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | HOLLY SPRINGS, NC

I love who you are and I hope you never change. I can't wait to see what exciting things this next year holds for us. Five is gong to be great!

I love you baby -

Mommy