Share your passion. It’s something my husband always says. I totally get it because how cool is it to do something you absolutely love and be able to share those moments with your child…and have them truly enjoy it? I think every parent secretly (or not-so-secretly) hopes their child will be into whatever they’re into.

If you know my husband, you know he’s an uber-outdoorsman. Hunting and fishing are in his blood. He loves it and he’s good at it, too. If you know my son, you know he’s a mini version of my hubby. He can fish for hours. He loves to go scouting for deer…turkeys…whatever. He’s always up to go shed hunting and has a better track record for finding them than my husband. While my hubby is proud of his pint-sized shed finder, I think he’s also a little bit jealous. 😉

My husband has been bitten by the Musky bug. Over the past couple of years, you could safely say his obsession has grown stronger. And, not one to shy away from a challenge – he’s started tying his own flies. I mean, how much cooler will it be to catch a musky on a fly YOU created!?! Fishermen will get it.

So, I can only imagine what went through my husband’s head when our son asked if they could make some musky flies together. He got out all his supplies and our 6-year old bellied up to the bar (aka the musky fly-tying work bench) to watch his dad at work. He helped choose the colors for the fly. He asked questions. He sat still (which isn’t easy for a little dude) while his dad worked on his craft. He even helped name the finished products…and has come up with way better names than I could ever think of.

As a mom, I was beaming because I knew this was a moment for the two of them. This was just the start. My husband always jokes that “this is my life” now. I didn’t come from a hunting or fishing family. A lot of this is new to me, but being the observer that I am – I truly enjoy watching Callen as he gets into all of this. His eyes light up differently when he talks about seeing deer or almost catching a musky himself.

“Mom! I saw a musky! I didn’t catch it, but I saw it! Next time!” Words I never thought would be a part of my life…but are so awesome to hear as he runs into the house after a day out on the boat.

I know the importance of pictures – I’m a photographer, after all. So, while I can’t teach him casting techniques or how to make a proper turkey call, I’m able to give him these pictures. A way for my passion to collide with his. I know he thinks they’re cool now and I know he’ll appreciate them when he’s much older.

Sharing his passions for hunting and fishing has always been important to my husband. He doesn’t force it. He just does his thing and includes our son. He doesn’t have to tell Callen why it’s cool to do what he does. Callen has figured that out just by watching his hero.

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Our March/Spring Break Adventures.

Callen’s first visit to the Milwaukee Public Museum. If there was an animal in the exhibit, he was all about it.

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Callen wanted a butterfly to land on his hand in the worst way. One finally landed on his back and he didn’t move a muscle.

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My little rock collector was mesmerized.

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The female lions didn’t pay attention to us at the Racine Zoo. They were too busy listening to the male lions rawr-ing in the building next to us.

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Checking out the Tufted Deer. AKA the “Vampire Deer” according to Callen.

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Who cares about the giraffes walking around when there is a playground to conquer!?

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Our first time at Parfrey’s Glen. This might be the coolest place we’ve hiked in Wisconsin so far.

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Being a big sister is a big deal. Becoming a big brother is a big deal. Walking into the C Family’s home, I could see Miss H and Mr. F were very proud of their new titles. Little Miss N is in very good hands.

There were a lot of giggles and silliness while taking pictures of all the kiddos together, but there were also many of those subtle moments that can be easily overlooked when you’re surviving on little sleep and coffee. Those gentle moments of a big brother staring into his baby sister’s eyes. It’s a look of, “Wow. You’re so little. Life is never going to be the same…and that’s ok. (Most of the time.)”

But, I understand the need of older siblings wanting their own attention, too. It’s hard work being gentle, being quiet, and being a helper. It’s hard to share time and attention with someone who needs so much more of it. So, when it was time for Miss N’s feeding and changing – it was time to hang out with the big (but, still little) kids. It was time to see what was important to them right now and they were more than happy to show off their treasures.

Things like their Christmas story books narrated by their grandparents. Mr. F showing off his strength with his new Hulk Smash gloves. I can totally tell he’s been working out. You’d have to just to hold those big, green hands up! Miss H showed me her camera and the pictures she had taken. This little lady has talent! When I put my camera down to take a few selfies with her, I wasn’t just a photographer anymore. I was a playmate…and was asked if I could stay and play after we were done with pictures. 

If I could’ve been able to accept that play date invitation, I can only image what kind of adventures we would’ve had.

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As parents, we all know that our kids change with practically each blink of our eyes. Their likes and dislikes are different from one day to the next.

“Mom! I don’t like pork chops!” You liked them last week. “Mom! I don’t like them anymore.”

What you do for fun. What you do for giggles. What you do that seems to never get old for your littles will change, too. And, in my opinion – that is the kind of stuff I want to remember most. But, we’ve got to be realistic. As much as we never think we’d EVER forget something so funny, so cute, so weird…we will.

It was time for Mr. M to celebrate his first birthday. There would be cake. Oh yes, there would be cake. But, my time with the T Family was also spent paying attention to their “right now” moments.

Playing peek-a-boo by the crib. Holding on to mom’s fingers to “walk” toward his baseball. Showing off lightning-fast crawling skills.

A month from now, Mr. M might be over all that. It might be time to move onto something else. Some new trick, some new giggle, some new thing that will make him, well…him. But, mom and dad will now have these pictures to remind them how things were when he turned 1.

In the hustle and bustle of your everyday – these moments will get lost. They will be easily forgotten. Capturing the T Family’s “right now,” might not seem like the best-birthday-present-ever to Mr. M at this very moment…but, these pictures will be priceless when he looks back at these memories with HIS kiddos.

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I will be the first to tell you I am not in enough pictures. I’m taking pictures of Callen’s milestones. I’m taking pictures of moments that show who he is right now. I’m taking pictures of our adventures. I’m doing this so he has a visual when he looks back on his childhood. One day he might have kids of his own and I’m sure they’ll want to see what kind of crazy little boy he was.

He will have pictures of himself, but will he have proof I was even there? Nope. “Really! I was there! I was just taking the picture!” is not going to cut it.

It’s real easy for me to want to look “perfect” in photos. Wearing nice clothes, having my hair done just right, makeup applied perfectly. But who am I kidding? That’s not my reality. On any given day, Callen is most likely seeing me in jeans, a fleece, and my hair in a ponytail. He doesn’t care what I look like. He just wants me to be there.

When he wants to take a stroll down memory lane, as it stands right now, he won’t have many pictures of the two of us together for the first (almost) 6 years of his life.

I NEED to get in the pictures. Moms NEED to get in the pictures.

It’s not too much to ask someone to take a quick pic of us with our kids. We shouldn’t feel like we’re inconveniencing anyone by wanting to remember this moment. Right now, the picture is for us…but what it really comes down to is that the picture is for our kids. They will love to have this picture.

When I look through my parent’s photo albums, there are pictures of me and my mom. Not a ton, but some. Why? Because SHE was the one taking the picture. Of the pictures she’s in, her hair isn’t perfect. Her makeup isn’t perfect. She’s not dressed up like she’s going out to a fancy dinner. She just looks like my mom. Because when I look at these pictures, all I see is my mom…with me (and her questionable fashion sense). That’s all I want, really. When she’s gone I will want that even more.

Moms. I’m not telling you this so you will stop what you’re doing and hire me to take your family pictures so you’re actually IN some pictures. If you want to – by all means…let’s talk. But, really. The reason I’m saying this is because it’s something all moms need to think about.

We will always have at least a few pounds we want to lose. We will always wish our home was a bit cleaner. We will always think that we’ll get around to it tomorrow. At the same time, we have kids who love us no matter what.

These pictures were taken almost 3 years ago. I put my camera on my tripod, climbed up on the bed with Callen, and pressed the remote. Proof that I can be in pictures. The extra effort was totally worth it.

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