I used to do a photo shoot exactly on my kids' birthdays when I had fewer of them. Now I am glad to have the pictures done in time for Christmas presents. Because fall is taunting me with all of its responsibility and busy-ness, I thought I should start on portraits. Maia is the baby who looks most like me. As I was editing the photos, I could finally understand why people have been telling me this. Her wispy blond hair and crinkly blue eyes make me feel like I'm a kid again, glancing at my reflection in the car window. Then, I'm snapped back to the present when I notice the shape of her lips and the twinkle in her eye. Those come from her daddy. When she was first born, I called her Maia the Papaya, sitting in a Papaya tree. I think she'll always be my little papaya. I love how photographs only enhance my love for my children. I'm looking forward to the new things I notice as I get to take each child's pictures this year. Here are some of my favorite Maia Jo pictures.
|posed preschool portrait look|
|Pickles actually decided to lay down and let us play with her!|
|Confused because there is a goat stampede coming|
|skittish goat is being friendly|
|Maybe she should have been named Heidi.|