Our Families, Our Stories Part 2

condWe are collaboratively committing to capture the everyday lives of our families, to photograph things we don’t want to forget, to express our love for our families through our cameras. This is the second of hopefully many installments of “Our Families, Our Stories.” These images were created from November 20-30.


Pop’s garage has been a place where Shaw has listened to a lot of words of wisdom over the years, and when he was home from Stetson for a long weekend, this was no exception. I’d love to be a fly on the wall to hear what they talk about.



Her beautiful artwork adorned the entryway to Gramma and Pop’s house on Thanksgiving Day.


Lauren, you will never be this age again. You love your dolls. You love wearing anything costum-y. You love Tuesday evening gymnastics class. You fully love life. I hope you always will.



I believe in traditions. I have tried to live in such a way and raise my kids in such a way as to create traditions and to celebrate and revere our traditions. One special tradition for Thanksgiving is Gramma (my mom) cooking her mom’s stuffing. Shaw has been ‘breaking bread’ with her in preparation for the stuffing for many years.


Silly puppies. They follow us wherever we go in our home. They think they are four legged humans and have to know what we are doing at all times. On this particular afternoon, Lauren was decorating the front window for Thanksgiving, and the dogs were right there beside her, inspecting her every move.

-Much, much love from Mama (Julie)


Lucienne when I see you here holding your camera and looking up at me, it’s one of those moments that reminds me of how great the influence a parent has on their child. For now you want to be just like me, and it won’t always be this way. One day you will be your own person and those traits that are like me will either be the ones that bother you the most or that you embrace with love. I am down for the entire ride and will always see you as the child who made me want to be a better person. ❤


Nohl you are so lucky to have a Daddy that will get on every piece of playground equipment with you. May you two always share the playful gene and never outgrow the desire to run free. ❤


Lucienne you are so much like your Dad. Always trying to climb to the highest places. I can’t wait to see how high you climb in life.


Mathais you are so in love with your Daddy. You two share the most special of bonds and I know you will have his wicked sense of humor.


My family all together for one moment still ❤


He is so happy and proud to be a Dad and no one has ever done a better job ❤

We are so fortunate ❤


Nohl when you asked me for a picture of George Washington and told me it had to be on a dollar bill I would have emptied my bank account for you. Words cannot tell you how much love I have for you and I see the special qualities of your personality in ways I think only I can ❤


Baby girl you aren’t so babyish anymore but you still fit in the small spaces and as always you bring light wherever you go ❤

Love Momma Ronne


Middle Man and Little Man, I am so grateful that you have each other.  The two of you spend hours playing sports together. (The walls and doors of our basement are marked with the swipes of hockey sticks and pucks. So now you are stuck playing with mini sticks and soft balls.)  Although there is much competition and strong feelings between you, I know deep down that you love each a lot.


My sweet girl, you are so artistic and creative. Lately, you love watching  Youtube  “How To” videos so that you can make towns & objects for your Little Pet Shop toys. Tonight you were very busy making a Christmas toy slide for your beloved Hamster, Blossom.


O, this picture may not be very exciting but to me, it has so many elements of “you, aged 7” that I want to remember. You are still a very picky eater but you LOVE your bars and Cheerios (with no milk , of course.) You love watching mountain bike videos on your tablet.( In fact, you told me that you will one day ride in Redbull Rampage and play NHL hockey as well. Dream big, my boy.)  You are never without your T-Bird hockey hat. (I LOVE how your little ear is tipped down by your hat. It reminds me of my grandfather who had the same ears when he wore hats. So sweet!)  You only wear short shelve t-shirts right now (and your black Nike pants & sweatshirt. Every. Single. Day!)

fhweek2-7 Christmas is such a special time of year. Darling M, it is all still so magical for you and I hope that you BELIEVE in the magic of Christmas for all your days. Your sweet and innocent heart is just one the many things that make up the amazing you.

All my Love, Mama (Andrea)

_mg_0367-editDecember is truly the most magical time of the year and something I look forward to and dream of all year long!  Magic is everywhere in December and I love seeing this season through your eyes!  It is all beautiful and exciting!  My sweet girl, you are 8, and I think I always imagined that the magic would be over for you by now, but that could not be further from the truth.  I love how excited you are by our family traditions

_mg_0352Part of what I love about December, in particular, are all of the evenings spent by the fireplace, watching movies, cuddling and spending special time together in our home…

_mg_0591An unexpected visit from your bestie…and on a school night!!!  The two of you had so much fun “catching” snowflakes.  With all of the banging on the garage, I thought the house might fall down!  But even all of that noise could not compare to the sounds of your shrieks of laughter…

_mg_0451We try to fit in so many special outings during the holidays, but you have told me that of everything we do, the tradition of hot cocoa and cake at the Madonna Inn is your most favorite!  It’s a wonderful afternoon filled with love, laughter and sweet treats with the special ladies in our life.  I look forward to many more Christmas hot chocolate dates with you and your sister at this magical, completely over-the-top, gaudy, beautiful place!

_mg_0953More than the expectation of presents, what I hope the 2 of you remember most when you look back at the holidays, is the time spent making memories with the people we love.  These days are so fleeting and so special.  I hope you always spend December making time for what matters most…

Love you like crazy forever and always!  Mom