I was absolutely positive that I would attend Auburn and become a veterinarian.
I got an A+ on the report. Which may or may not have had something to do with the calligraphy and decoupage on the cover. But my vet plans easily evaporated as I realized the vast amounts of science and math that would be required.
a brilliant photographer and helping them style their shoots.
Funny how that wasn't really an option as I rode my bike to the local library to research careers on the microfiche machine. No Google in my day, friends.
I love the process. The brainstorming. Planning with Drew on what would work, what we could do that is new, fun, original. Chatting colors, locations, shoes, details. Those are a few of my favorite things.
Seeing it all come together, when it was almost falling apart?
Happiness. Just happiness.
Do I make my husband a little crazy?
With a van full of stuff that has to be dragged through a field or down a sandy beach?
Maybe a little. But he indulges (tolerates) me, because he is just that amazing.
In the moment, when it is crazy and chaotic and we are racing against the sunset.
When I am forcefully whispering through a smile and gritted teeth to my kids to NOT BE SO CRAZY!!!!
When we sneak alone to take some pictures of just us together as the girls collect shells, we look at each other and smile.
It was worth it. All of it.
Drew on the other hand was a case study in serenity.
She calmly, quietly corralled my band of wild ones exactly where they need to be without them even knowing it. Then she let them be who they are. Who we are. Nothing stresses her. Nothing worries her. She switches cameras, lenses, locations, and light with ease. She knows the exact perfect moment to bring out the gummi bears.
Somehow through all of her peace and grace, she keeps snapping away and gives us these forever moments. Bathed in sunshine, love and pretty light.
Like I said. This right here? My dream job. Pretty fun that I get to do it for those I love the most.
Now what should we do next year?
******************In case you are nerdy like me, and want to know where things came from, here is a list of the rainbow goodness.
Hello Sunshine bunting- Tidbit.
Rainbow quilt- Target clearance, last summer. $12.97. Don't hate.
Janey's patchwork dress- Peace of Cake Kids.
Lulu's apron dress- Matilda Jane, with a new apron made by my sweet mom.
Halley's skirt- Darla's Clothing Boutique.
Janey & Halley's leggings- made with fabric from Ruffle Fabric using No Big Dill's tutorial.
Headbands- made by me using Haute Blue B's rosette tutorial.
Yellow coat- found on Ebay, shipped from Hong Kong. That could have gone badly. So glad it didn't.
Aqua mum earrings- Angel Face Designs
Table- from our old kitchen, legs cut down and spray painted.