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Baby Micah Has Arrived || Spring Hill Newborn Photography

Ben and Mackenzie are excited to present their very own Micah Thomas! He came into our world on March 30th and He. Is. So. Perfect. When I met him at their charming apartment with blue balloons attached to the door, he was making quite the fuss, but as soon as I started he was a champ! There was one tiny episode of protest, but I was grateful for it because I got to sit there and rock his precious self for a few minutes until he fell back asleep. We were done in less than an hour and a half, and here is the result…SarahMariePhotography_0377SarahMariePhotography_0378SarahMariePhotography_0379SarahMariePhotography_0380Perfect right? Congrats Ben and Mackenzie! You both will be amazing parents!

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Mason’s Newborn Session || Spring Hill Photographer

Mason came early, and was only seven days early when I met him during this session. He was the perfect baby, sleeping the whole time, as snuggly as can be, and with parents who love him so much!SarahMariePhotography_0358SarahMariePhotography_0359SarahMariePhotography_0360SarahMariePhotography_0362SarahMariePhotography_0363SarahMariePhotography_0364SarahMariePhotography_0365SarahMariePhotography_0366SarahMariePhotography_0367SarahMariePhotography_0369SarahMariePhotography_0370A new baby is like the beginning of all things – wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities. -Eda J. Le Shan

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Home Life Christmas || Spring Hill Photography

This family. They are special. I’ve been photographing the Jones’ for so long that the kids know what I mean when I say “test shot” and “pose.” Since we started when the middle one was an infant and have done two back-to-back Baby’s First Year Sessions, I’ve seen them pretty much every three months for the last two years. Lucky me, because they are sooooo wonderful. The kids are smart and funny and have the cutest smiles, and mom and dad are so kind and welcoming and make me feel like family when I come over. For this session we themed it Christmas, and I am SO excited to share it because it’s just stinkin’ cute!!!SarahMariePhotography_0333We started with the family pictures, and I just love the way they each have their own personalities shining through!SarahMariePhotography_0330Cute as buttons, these three.SarahMariePhotography_0329When we changed into PJs, the magic happened! I can’t even say how much I love this set.SarahMariePhotography_0328SarahMariePhotography_0327And they got to open presents for the occasion! These are the kind of kids that are grateful no matter what, so their expressions are sooooo sweet as they open up and see their little gift. They act like it’s the most exciting thing in the world!SarahMariePhotography_0325But of course in typical child form, the bag/box/wrapping is always more exciting than the actual present 😉SarahMariePhotography_0326SarahMariePhotography_0324Love this head in the bag…SarahMariePhotography_0323SarahMariePhotography_0322We decided to finish with a “night before Christmas” set. Sleeping first…SarahMariePhotography_0321Then running to the tree….SarahMariePhotography_0319And finishing off with the cutest reaction ever.SarahMariePhotography_0320Christmas always produces my favorite sessions ever, and this is no exception!

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Our Foster Family Christmas || Tree Decorating

Last night we decorated our Christmas tree as a family.
 
I’m not sure if you remember, but last January is when we started foster care classes, and one year ago is when we made the decision to go ahead and become foster parents. Jason and I had talked about being foster parents in our first date– it was always part of the plan. Doing it this early though was a direct result of our struggle with infertility. We always planned on having our own kids first and then when they got a little older we would begin fostering very young kids, raising the age as our own kids got older. Fostering before we had kids was never ever even thought about. When we went two years with no kids though we felt we were being led to start sooner. Why waste time when we have no kids anyway and there are kids out there who could need us now? That was our thought process, and I remember last Christmas saying that hopefully this Christmas there would be kids in our home, one way or another. God made that wish come true.
 
Decorating our Christmas tree is easily one of my favorite traditions every year. We go to the same lot every year, pick out a specific kind of tree and set it up the night before. White lights are a must, and though I’m not as precise as my dad always made me be growing up (we had to string each light to a specific branch. It took HOURS), I still weave the lights in and out of the tree to light the whole thing up. This year Cee held the lights behind me so I wouldn’t get tangled and we got it done in an easy 45 minutes. Steven Curtis Chapman’s old CD, “The Music of Christmas” is my absolutely-can’t-decorate-without-it-music-of-choice, and I continue my parents tradition of pizza and punch (made with 7-up and sherbert) for dinner while we decorate. Bee couldn’t believe I put ice cream in her soda, and Cee was singing along with the CD after the third round.
(Continued below. Sorry about the iPhone pictures…)
SarahMariePhotography_0334After the lights were strung up we put on the ornaments. I’m a little OCD about my ornaments, but I let Kay hang hers all in a row on the SAME branch, and then snuck them somewhere else later when she didn’t notice. She exclaims “I did it!” after every one and took a hug for that accomplishment each time. Cee wanted to reach to the top for EVERY ornament (just because she could) and we had to tone that down a bit, and Bee takes direction very well and carefully hung ornaments deep inside the tree as well as on the outside. We start with the generic ornaments, snap pictures, bump into each other, and drink more punch. As we go we start on with the important ornaments. The ones with our pictures on it, the ones we made as kids, Baby’s 1st ornaments, and of course a Hunger Games and Harry Potter ornament. Those ones we hang one at a time, and the girls love the special privileges of hanging those ornaments (Cee was thrilled with the Hunger Games one and Bee loved the globe topped with tiny presents I made one Thanksgiving in Maine when I was about 12 or 13). When its all done everyone gushes. Kay gives the tree a hug, and then another, and Bee says she’s never seen a Christmas tree as beautiful as ours. Cee adds that this is already the best Christmas she has ever had, and my heart is so so full. And I agree with her.
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