Sunday, November 2, 2008

Portraits, Baby Elvis and the Terrible Twos

A few days after her birthday we took Ruby and her "baby brudda", Elvis, to the lakes for their very first photos together.  What went down we had no preparation for!  Ruby went ballistic! Granted, I do usually take a more 'creative' approach when I shoot pics of Ruby (or any other toddler for that matter), but I just wasn't prepared for the torrent of emotion that she let loose. You would have thought that the baby was a carrier of the black plague and Ruby was the only one who knew it.  We tried bribing her with candy, we tried reasoning with her, we even tried bribing her with "you can hold baby brother all by yourself" (we were so desperate), but all we got back from her is "baby brudda is YUCKY" (something we had not heard before or since).  I was completely gobsmacked by all of this.  I have NEVER had a problem with other children, but shooting photos of your own is a whole other beast all together!  Alex had to keep reminding me of that because my confidence as a photographer was really waning.  Poor little Elvis slept through the entire ordeal, so I got a few good ones of him all by his lonesome! Here's hoping that I didn't buy their little coordinating outfits in vain (b/c I have about a years worth of them)!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Ruby's 2nd Birthday!

Ruby's 2nd birthday was last weekend.  Let me tell you, the realization that your baby is growing up is a hard pill to swallow.  I find myself just staring at her in complete disbelief at how BIG she is. Now, she's no bigger than her friends that are her age, but my goodness she seems like a giant compared to her little brother!  I also can't help but let my mind wander to what she'll be like when she's 5, 10 . . . 50!  Are we doing right by her?  Are we raising a wonderful future adult? Argh, parenting is confusing and totally stressful! Though, outweighing the stresses and confusion are the most wonderful things anyone could imagine!

Ruby's party was awesome! All of her best buds were there. . .Owen, the boyfriend; Grady & Brookston, buds forever; Nana Becca, the best aunt ever; Camryn, lil' sis from another mother; not to mention grandparents galore and Mommy & Daddy's friends!  It was an art party with painting, sidewalk chalk, lots of messiness, and cake & CHOCOLATE ice cream to top it all off! 

We are so fortunate to have our amazing 2 year old Ruby!  We love every day with her, but wish it would slow down a bit!