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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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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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“I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as the sun.” {The Hunger Games}

My sisters and Mom recently made a trip out from Utah to see us and help with the new baby.  I don't get to see them very often so I was ecstatic to have them here!  Before Caryn went home, we celebrated her birthday by doing something I will never forget.  She told me all she wanted for a gift was a Hunger Games-themed photo shoot.  How cool, right?!  We literally walked a few feet past our backyard to do the shoot.  I love where we live!  And as pesky as the deer are, it's pretty cool to see them walking through our yard every day.  My favorite part of the shoot was finding things around the house to make the props.  The arrows were made out of old curtain rods and feathers from an old duster.  (We have been renovating our house).  The quiver was made from a cardboard tube we had laying around.  The bow was made from a stick and twine.
Caryn and Lisa, you girls are gorgeous and I love you so much!  May the odds be ever in your favor... :)


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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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Team Edgell

Who wouldn't want to belong to the fabulous Team Edgell?  Ben and Diana have an amazing story!  (Check out their blog here).  Diana is a physical trainer, and they are both heavy weight lifters and fitness experts.  When we first talked about doing family pictures, Diana said she wanted to incorporate their love for sports and heavy lifting.  I couldn't believe it when I saw the weights!  Seriously impressive, guys.  I can't think of a better way to take family pictures than to let everyone run around and just PLAY!  :)  Thanks for a great time, Team Edgell!

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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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Encore! Encore!

I know you are all DYING to see more pictures of this family!  I certainly can't get enough of them!!  So here is our encore: an English tea-party and garden concert.  One of the things I love most about Stephanie is her creativity and style!  I mean seriously...how adorable is this?!
Jayson and Aidan are wonderful violin students of mine.  I once asked Jayson what his favorite thing is about his violin.  Pausing only for a second, he excitedly stated, "Everything!"
Bravo!
Check out Song's blog for some more adorable pictures of this shoot!

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Field of Dreams

Every now and then, someone comes along whose light illuminates a dark world. 
Every now and then, someone comes along who inspires us...
-excerpt from poem by Randy Gresham

Stephanie is that someone for so many people.  She continually inspires me with her deep faith, love, kindness, and energy.  I have loved getting to know her sweet boys who never cease to entertain me...seriously they are hilarious.  I never leave this family without a huge smile on my face, and I'm sure you won't be able to either.
meet Arrow.  That's right- their pet frog. :)


 Song, my dear, dear friend is moving away soon and we only have a few more shoots to do together until our paths cross again.  Check our her blog here for some more adorable shots of this family.

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All Aboard!

 My dear friend Song and I have been planning this particular shoot for a very long time.  I'm so glad it finally happened because it was SO MUCH FUN!  How adorable and stylish is this family?!  They were so fun to photograph.  And the icing on the cake was that we all got a fun surprise at the end of the shoot!  :)
Just as we were getting everything packed up to leave, guess what came speeding down the track?!  As my little Jackson would say, "Choo-Choo!"

For more adorable pictures from this session, visit Song's blog!


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