January 365| A Personal Post


As some of you already know, this year I decided to take on the 365 Project.  The idea behind the project is simple: take a picture everyday for a year.  Document your days.  As a photographer I have slacked on pulling out my "big"camera for my own family.  Instead of feeling guilty about it any more I am doing something about it, hence this project.  I am documenting my life just as it is right now.  This has been such a great experience so far.  Not only am I seeing the beauty in the "mundane", but also I am learning my camera in a whole new way.  Surprisingly, one of the most difficult parts of this project has been to only choose one photo each day.  So, I am including some in this blog that didn't make the cut.  Hope you enjoy!



From the moment you laid eyes on Judah you were intrigued. And the first time you held him you couldn't hold back the proud smile. Now you spend each day trying to think of ways you can interact with him. Tonight you pulled your chair over and made a solid effort to put on your brother's hat. Good work my sweet son.


My brand new baby. My 3rd son. My littlest miracle. You are one of a kind and yet you remind me so much of your older brother, Noah. You have so many of his features and yet you can look so much like your sister, too. I stare at you all the time wondering what you will be like and how you interact with your brother and sister who absolutely adore you. We are blessed to call you ours.


and just like that you lost your first tooth... You were little stunned by it. You meant to wiggle it, but that tooth was just ready to come out. You cried and asked me to put it back. but after you gathered your composure you were so proud to tell everyone about this milestone. I'm not sure I am ready for you to grow like this.


Just a little couch jumpin' on a cold day. I usually have to convince you to let me take your picture. And today was no exception. but I am so glad I pushed for this. I want to remember how much you loved to jump on the couch. Your dad is constantly telling you not to, but today I encouraged it because I know all too soon you will be too old for this.


my middle babe. Oh how your eyes can melt me❤


curly baby toes❤ I wish I could capture every little perfect, tiny feature of yours. You are beautiful.


Sometimes you just need a impromptu dance party on mom's bed. Top songs on the list: Justin bieber "baby", Taylor swift "shake it off" and Jason Aldean "big green tractor."


some screen time. Everyday is a battle for balance. The screens pull at you both and admittedly they pull at me, too. but our best days are spent without these distractions.


totally enthralled in your game. You are a thinker. A reasoner. I love you so much❤ 


you ask me everyday, multiple times to hold him. Your voice gets the sweetest high pitch tone when you speak to him. You already love him so much and talk about how cute he is. I pray that your bond stays this strong forever❤ 


tractor ride. This is one of your absolute favorite things to do right now. I love watching you ride on the same lap and same tractor I rode on growing up. The land has changed some but it is still the same soil I grew up on. And that man that you are sitting with is the best man I've ever known. The bond you have with your Poppy melts my heart to watch. You told us the other day that he is your best friend. I love the way you love him and your tractor rides together❤


morning cuddles. These three may never understand how deep this mothers love is


trains. Today you got your trains out and played alone at the couch. You placed each train just so and made sure to include them all in the line up. You are obsessed with all types of transportation. I love your sense of wonder.


pretend play. Today you set up an animal hospital on the bed next to me while I sat and nursed your brother. You have such a vivid imagination and it blows me away to watch you think of creative games to play. We have been cooped up in the house quit a bit lately. I know you love to be on the go, but your fantasy world comes alive when we stay home for days. I smiled when you brought out your computer to take notes on the panda's medical history. You asked the best questions and used the word biology over and over (in totally wrong context). I just can't help but wonder what you will be one day. I hope you know how proud you make me. 


you love the outdoors. You have a fun sense of adventure and you are so coordinated. One day I know you will be sitting in these swings, but for right now, it's belly swinging for you. This mamas heart wants to keep you small forever.


Some pictures I cherish more than others. As soon as I took this one I knew it would be close to my heart forever. You are two and a half and you will soon be leaving this crib. I look forward to coming and getting you out each morning and afternoon. You always grab your 3 essentials: big blanket, blankie and doggie. Your doggie is most loved by you. Each day before nap I pretend that your doggie is calling for you to come cuddle with him. You can't help but smile every time I make his doggie voice. Here in this picture you are holding him close to you as usual.


lazy days when boxes become airplanes


I walked in to find you sitting in this beautiful light. Messy hair and pjs on. beautiful as always. I will never grow tired of seeing the way you look in the early morning hours.


The day we got a minivan. Apparantly, 3 kids earned me a new car.


you have a love for music. You are constantly asking me to play your favorite songs on my phone for you to dance and sing to. Today you serenaded me so seriously in the playroom with a worship song. I thought my heart would explode❤


Auggie is still trying to figure Judah out. He is so curious about him.


you are a month old now. The time has really gone by so quickly. I cherish each of these newborn days with you because I know that soon you will not be so tiny. As of now you don't like your diaper changed or being cold. And you love the sound of the shower running and being held. You may be small but you hold a big place in all our hearts Judah Karl Yates.


My boys. If I could just get a glimpse of the future and what your relationship will look like. Right now it is one of the sweetest things I could witness. One of my favorite sounds is hearing "hey buddy" each time you are together.


I want to never ever forget every single perfect 6 year old feature on this beautiful face. 


today I offered to pull out the play doh. You both let out squeals of delight! It doesn't happen often because of the serious mess, but you both played for over an hour. We listened to music and pretended you were baking cakes for me. It was worth all the mess to see how happy it made you both.


this week you learned how to do laundry. I always thought that I would be the one to teach you, but instead it was your daddy. You both decided to bless me one morning and start a load. Now that you know how you have grabbed the laundry basket for me, dragged it across the entire house and started washing them all on your own on multiple occasions. You have the sweetest heart and thankfully I was able to capture you in action this morning.


what started out as a portrait of Judah turned into this. I seriously can't keep you guys away from your brother and I'm kind of ok with it.


An afternoon of legos with your Aunt Tutu. Seeing you spend time with family makes me happy.


back in the swing of homeschool after a nice long break.


It was another lazy morning today. You were begging me to put justin bieber on so you could dance and sing. You were standing in this morning light. I loved the stripes in the light with the stripes in your shirt. I may or may not have bribed you to take a couple pictures before I put on some music for you.