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My Violin

This girl has grown up living and breathing music. Even when I was pregnant with her, she used to kick like crazy when I would play in orchestra concerts. When she was just a few months old, she would lay for hours at a time listening and watching me teach lessons... without a peep. And when she was old enough to stand up, she used to beg to play her older brother's violin for her "practice" every day. She's only 2 so it's too early to really teach her how to hold the instrument (don't look too closely at her bow hold) but I just love that she loves "my violin"!

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Snow, snow, snow, snow, SNOW!

We had the best time staying at this little cabin in the German alps last weekend.  I always miss my Utah mountains this time of year, but this little piece of heaven definitely hit the spot and we can't wait to go back!!




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Waldkindergarten, Germany

“It’s harder to talk about, but what I really, really, really want for Christmas is just this: I want to be 5 years old again for an hour...I want my childhood back.” 

I have been thinking a lot about this year- this year when my oldest would go off to Kindergarten and that piece of me who had hardly ever left my side would be off experiencing new and exciting things...all on his own.  Would he suddenly lose his childhood and be forced to grow up too quickly? Would he remember to be kind, even when he's picked on?  Would he easily make new friends, or would he struggle at times to feel confident and likable?  Would he remember when he's having a hard day that he is loved so much it makes his mother's heart ache?  Not to mention....Would he be alright in a class where everyone speaks German?  Would he feel embarrassed and frustrated, or would he be excited about making new friends and experiencing new things?  

The past few weeks have been a bit bumpy.  There are certainly good days and bad days- for all of us. It's hard to be in a situation where you can't express what you'd like to say because you don't know the language. It's hard to get used to doing things differently. It's just hard. But one of the most positive things I have seen come out of this transition, is the love he has for his younger brother, who also attends the Waldkindergarten (Forest Kindergarten). They are inseparable. Of course they still fight and wrestle....all the time. But they have each other.  And that makes it easier to tackle their 4 and 5 year-old challenges each day.   Today when I was trying to separate them from a fight and make them sit on separate couches, the younger cried out: "But I love my brother. I always want to be with my brother." 
Jennifer J Lewis Photography - Kindergarten Photo Shoot
Jennifer J Lewis Photography - Kindergarten Photo Shoot
Jennifer J Lewis Photography - Kindergarten Photo Shoot
Jennifer J Lewis Photography - Kindergarten Photo Shoot
Jennifer J Lewis Photography - Kindergarten Photo Shoot
Jennifer J Lewis Photography - Kindergarten Photo Shoot
Jennifer J Lewis Photography - Kindergarten Photo Shoot
Jennifer J Lewis Photography - Kindergarten Photo Shoot
Jennifer J Lewis Photography - Kindergarten Photo Shoot
Jennifer J Lewis Photography - Kindergarten Photo Shoot
Jennifer J Lewis Photography - Kindergarten Photo Shoot
Jennifer J Lewis Photography - Kindergarten Photo Shoot
Jennifer J Lewis Photography - Kindergarten Photo Shoot
Jennifer J Lewis Photography - Kindergarten Photo Shoot
Jennifer J Lewis Photography - Kindergarten Photo Shoot
Jennifer J Lewis Photography - Kindergarten Photo Shoot
Jennifer J Lewis Photography - Kindergarten Photo Shoot
Jennifer J Lewis Photography - Kindergarten Photo Shoot
Jennifer J Lewis Photography - Kindergarten Photo Shoot


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I heart Stone Harbor

Life has been such a crazy blur these past few months.  With all the stress of moving, I haven't had any time to photograph, or blog, or do any of my FUN creative things.  I've missed it so very much.  We always have such a great time at Stone Harbor, NJ.  It's the one week every year that we can all just relax, be together with loved ones, eat ice-cream every night, take time for puzzles, and catch-up on family pictures. :)  Some of my favorite memories EVER are the memories we have at Stone Harbor.

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Bloom and Grow forever

Back in May, I had the opportunity to fly with my daughter to Utah to visit family.  It was such a wonderful trip, and it reminded me of everything I miss about Utah- my family, my friends, BYU games, the cool, dry air, the wild flowers, that wonderful thing called fry sauce, and those Utah mountains.... My mom knitted this adorable outfit for Cora, and we couldn't leave Utah without documenting it. :)

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Yo, Ho, Happy Halloween! (Only a few days late)

Oh Halloween.  You are just way too much fun!!  My boys have been quite obsessed with Jake and the Never Land Pirates recently, so I knew this is what we had to do for our costumes this year.  The boys got SO into it!  They helped me make their costumes (because I couldn't find a large enough Jake costume, or a Cubby costume ANYWHERE) and they were into every single detail.  In fact I got scolded when we tried to leave the house without the little J's on Jake's boots.  Such treasured memories (no pun intended). :)
 And here's a shot of the entire crew.  Happy Halloween everyone!

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"Adventure is out there!"

I think it was more than a year ago when my friend Song and I started dreaming up an engagement shoot based off the Pixar movie, Up.  She sadly moved away soon after and we didn't get a chance to make it happen.  I absolutely love the movie, and one day as I was watching it, I noticed that my youngest son, Josiah, looks an awful lot like Carl as a young boy.  And so the obsessiveness with finding aviator hats, making Adventure books and grape soda pins, and buying lots and lots of balloons started.  :)  I have to say it was quite the adventure even taking these photos with a baby, a toddler, and 48 balloons (most of which popped by the time we got to our location).  Last summer I enlisted the help of some family members and we took these photos to use for our Christmas card.  I am finally getting around to posting them on the blog, and I am happy for the reminder that I always need to keep a "spirit of adventure,"no matter how crazy things seem at times.
After moving, getting out of the Army, changing employment, and renovating our house, we now have an even bigger adventure ahead of us!  A new baby!

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Fell in love with two cowboys

Isn't that every girl's dream?  To grow up and fall in love with a cowboy?  Maybe not...but I certainly remember wanting that as a young girl.   I guess I got my wish because I am very much in love with two boot-wearin', horse-ridin' cowboys.  Someday my sweet boys will be grown and will know better than to let me dress them up and photograph them playing in their imaginative world.  But until then, we are having WAY too much fun.  
My two lil' cowboys

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Vintage Swim Shoot {Stone Harbor, NJ}

I'm kind of in love with anything vintage right now.  Several months ago, as I was dreaming about the Lewis annual beach vacation at Stone Harbor, NJ, I came across some ADORABLE vintage suits for my boys and the wheels started turning.  I had an absolute blast playing on the beach with my favorite little guys, and I'm really grateful for Jason Wellington (soon to be brother-in-law and a great photographer) for taking some priceless pictures of all of us.  

Before Justin left for Officer Training School in June, he made me promise I would take lots of pictures of the boys while he was gone.  Here's me keeping that promise.  J, we miss you tons and can't wait until you come home!!

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Have you seen me?

Jackson's school bus is missing... :(  It used to belong to Justin when he was little, and Jackson takes it EVERYWHERE.  Up until a few days ago, he couldn't eat without it, couldn't sleep without it, couldn't go to nursery without it...he couldn't even go from room to room without it.  In fact, whenever I take out my viola to practice, he yells "Stop, Stop" and insists that if I am playing, I am playing his favorite song: "The Wheels on the Bus."  Well, his best friend has gone missing.  Every night when he asks for his bus before going to bed, and we have to sadly say we don't know where it is, he hangs his head and says "Sowee Bus, Sowee..." {It breaks my heart.}  Wherever you are, Bus, I hope you will find your way back to us, or find someone who will love you just as much as Jackson did.

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"let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!"

Finally!!  Some snow!!  Where has it been?!  The beautiful big snow flakes today were the perfect cure for Jackson and me.  Mmmm, now for some hot cocoa...
Jax was SO sad to go inside, but nothing a nice warm bath couldn't cure :)

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Gorgeous Fall Day

Wow!  I could not have imagined a more perfect day!  Beautiful, historic Occoquan with "Grandma" and my two favorite little guys...




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