Fall Family Photos 2017

So many families are good about taking family photos every single year, sadly we are not one of them. It’s not that I don’t want the photos, (Because if you really know me, you should know how much I LOVE photos.) but it has been more of a budget/cost thing. The least thing I have wanted to do is to spend “big bucks” for a limited amount of photos, that I may not love, when I have a perfectly capable camera in my very own hands.

Usually every other year I realize the photos really need updated, suck it up and book an appointment. But this year we chose to go another route. Instead of paying someone to take photos for us, we decided to trade with a friend. I’d take pictures of her family, she’d take them of mine. Worst case scenario they don’t turn out and neither of us lose a thing.

We picked a day, picked outfits and met on a Sunday for family photo shoots. I took the photos of mine that I could, she did hers and we took photos for the other person as well. It was perfection. We both got some really great shots and it only cost our time. 

Here are a few of my favorites

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Fall Family Fun List 2017, October

It’s crazy to think that I shared our Fall Family Fun list well over 6 weeks ago and it just now feels like the fall weather has arrived. So much of our fall felt like summer and we struggled to mark anything off of our list for the first month. But regardless of that, our list is about halfway done. Today I wanted to share our progress and a few fall photos we’ve taken along the way too. 

What we’ve done so far…

Go on a hayride
Date night
Halloween Movie Night (we’ve had 2)
Attend a Fall Party (we attended 3)
Get lost in a corn maze
Bake a pumpkin treat (One, Two, Three, Four and counting…)
Hot Rod Reunion at MoKan
Bonfire & S’mores (I think the bonfire night count is at 3)
Try a new soup recipe

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3 Things Every Young Family Needs

I have been meaning to write this post for months now #butlife.

It isn’t often that I talk about serious things and me dishing out advice is even more rare. I mean I’ll tell you how to bake cookies but much further than that, your on your own. For some reason giving advice always seems to be a quick way to step on someones toes. In the spirit of honestly I should probably admit that there is a little part of me that could careless if I step on toes, as long as my message is truthful. However, I typically stay in the safety zone on the ol’ blog. Having said all that I will cautiously proceed…

3 things every young family needs to have in place to be prepared for their future.

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A date with dad

When I was first heard the term “date your daughter” I was curious. I mostly just thought that it sounded cute. I was picturing frilly dresses, holding hands and ice cream parlors, not that those things aren’t sometimes a part of it. It seemed like an excellent way for a father to spend some quality time with his daughter. But, I never even considered the benefits further than just fun. 
I didn’t think about how much Russ is an example to them. The example of how a man should treat them, love them, serve them and speak to them. This is groundwork! The way their relationship is with Russ now will influence their relationships with men for the REST of their lives. That by him being proactive in their lives from a very early age it will help to grow and secure a bond. And prayerfully, by this bond being made they will never feel the need to find validation from “men” that was missing from their father.
 Dating your daughter is a beautiful thing. 
Last night was our local Chick fil-a’s annual daddy daughter date night. We love it! They organize such a great event and who doesn’t love an excuse to eat some Chick fil-a! For the past few years we have use this as one of our date nights that Russ has done with Marissa.
Here they are at the first event they attended in 2012
And again before they left in 2013
Dating your daughter doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact it is probably much easier if it isn’t. Here are a few of our favorite tips.
Turn you cell phone off, or at least on silent.
Do something different and/or something that is special to your child.
If you have multiple daughters take them separately when you can.
Let her set the dress code. If she wants to be frilly dad should dress up to.
Talk about things that she loves, engage her, ask her questions.
Don’t embarrass her.
Laugh, have fun! They grow up so fast.
This year my amazing husband was brave enough to tackle this very crowded event with both girls. This was Marissa’s 3rd year to go and Emily’s 1st.
Emily isn’t much for looking at the camera. 

They came home giddy! They had an amazing time! So amazing that it took them quite a while to wind down and fall asleep. Which was fine by me when they slept in this morning.
They are priceless.
Don’t ever let them doubt that.