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san diego lifestyle photographer | what easter looks like | april 2012

I’ve been lucky to have met so many incredibly talented and wonderful photographers during this journey.  People who share the same desire to capture their own families in a real and beautiful way.  I’m teaming up with twelve of these women on a very personal and meaningful project called, “What ________ Looks Like.”

Our goal is to capture our own families in a real and beautiful way.  Some people call it “lifestyle”, some call it “real life”, some call it “unposed”.  No matter what you call it, our desire is to snatch the moments that represent the relationships, the dynamics, the reality, the beauty, the truth, and the life of our families and record them here on our blogs as well as in print at the end of the project.

Each month we will each choose to fill in the blank with our word of choice.  Some of us may choose to use the same word all year and some may choose to change it up each month.  We will each link to the next photographer until our circle is complete.

We hope this project inspires you to take more pictures of your own families so that those unique moments that make your family unique will never be lost or forgotten.Wendy VonSosen.

Each of us will put our own spin on this project, making it more meaningful to us.  I wanted my monthly post to be in the form of a letter to Brooks.  When the year is complete, I hope to compile the monthly letters and images into a book.  My gift to him and to myself.  Here is our story of April 2012.

Dear Brooks,

Where does the time go?  As I write this, we only have 5 more weeks of school until summer vacation!  I know you are already counting down the days, yet I’m not ready to have you move on to second grade.  We will enjoy the last weeks of first grade!

Our Easter tradition is to spend the holiday with your cousins in Santa Barbara.  On Saturday, we spent a gorgeous morning walking the dogs on the hill (your happiest place on earth) then a quick trip to farmer’s market for strawberries and pumpkin pie.

Uncle Joey warmed up the pool for you two and you swam and swam and swam.  You and Sky have so much fun together.

When we stay at Auntie’s house, I always leave the iPad out for you to keep you entertained while everyone else sleeps in.  I came downstairs to this face … so sad when you deleted your  game account.  Some lessons hurt more than others.

You two waited so patiently for the Easter bunny to hide the eggs.  It seemed as if he would never come.  You even left carrots for him out front, but we think the dogs ate them.  😉

After baths, you and Sky were ready to open your Easter basket.  This year the Easter bunny left each of you beach gear … I loved it a bit more than you did … you were hoping for a little more candy.

I’m so thankful that we got these pictures with Grampy.  Not long after Easter, Grampy’s health took a big dive.  This past week he stopped eating except for a little apple sauce or an egg each day.  It’s hard to get his medicine when he won’t eat.  My mom and brother are no longer able to care for him.  They had to make the tough decision that he needs to move to an assisted care facility as soon as possible.  We will head to SB as soon as Grampy is moved.  I’ll pray that it is a manageable transition.

You and Sky were the first to discover the Easter Bunny finally made his way to our house.  This year there was a little twist to the hunt.  Each of you had 25 eggs to find with your initial on it.  When you found someone else’s egg, you had to silently leave it.  You were such great finders!!  It was so much fun to watch!

 

Here is a bit of our month on Instagram!  You finally lost your first tooth … at 7:30 at night.  You raced into my room, with blood all over your chin and the biggest smile on your face.  You told me … ‘I dug my nail under my tooth, heard a crack and yanked it out!’  I had a Tooth Fairy book that I had saved for over two years, waiting for that first tooth.  You also wrote the sweetest note to the TF!  Just 10 days later you repeated the whole thing and yanked out another tooth because you wanted something to share at school that day.

A bee sting gone wrong … huge infection and a 2 1/2 hour trip to the ER resulted in antibiotics and a splint.

I had to get a snap of your room after a long, tired weekend … your Sunday night meltdown meant LOTS of tissues thrown dramatically all over the floor.

I missed this post last month so I’ll sneak in the only two images I have from the month… Brooks’ Character Counts Student and his Fun Run.

So proud to call you my son,

Mommy
xoxo

This month I’m so happy to continue with my talented, dear friend Becky Earl with What __ Looks Like.

If you missed the beginning, you can catch up on…
What Responsibility Looks Like
What the Last Days of Summer Looks Like
What Almost 7 Looks Like
What Making Memories Looks Like
What December Traditions Looks Like
What The Magic Of First Grade Looks Like

What Being a Tourist in My Own City Looks Like


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April 30, 2012 - 6:11 am

Jasmine - What a fun month! It’s so fun that him and S are about the same age and can have such a great time together. So sorry to hear about your dad. The one of him and B is priceless. I will pray for a smooth transition for him and your family. xo-J

April 30, 2012 - 6:19 am

shalonda - awwww that is a sad face i love how you so wisely say “some lessons hurt more than others” i just love you jules and how you capture EVERYTHING…prayers for grampy

April 30, 2012 - 9:19 am

Karlee - What an amazing post! Your Easter looked like so much fun. What wonderful photos of B and your dad. Prayers for your family during this difficult time.

April 30, 2012 - 11:34 am

Christina - What an eventful month and once again you did not disappoint with your story in pictures! Inspiring!

April 30, 2012 - 12:16 pm

Tamara - Always love your posts. Looks like you had a great Easter too!

May 1, 2012 - 9:07 am

Brenda - what a cherished set of photos you have Jules! That boy of yours manages to put a smile on my face every time I see him…especially the pool shot! I’m so glad you got those photos of your Dad and him too. I’m so so sorry about him and sending my hugs and prayers your way.

May 2, 2012 - 11:38 am

Stephanie Moore {Tucson AZ Photographer} - I WISH I picked up my camera as often as you do, you have such a treasure of memories. I love all these pictures, it’s always so fun to see what Brooks is up to for the month. And those black and whites are perfect 😉

May 2, 2012 - 12:33 pm

Sarah Cornish - I love each and everyone of these Jules!! Your sons freckles get me EVERY.SINGLE.Time!! You guys get to do the most amazing things as a family! I absolutely LOVE to follow you in this project and prayers for your family love!

June 1, 2012 - 5:46 am

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