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When we were invited to a party in the Poconos Labor Day weekend (2016), we decided to make a trip out of it and camp for three nights. We enjoyed the campground activities, went to the party, where Jasper broke his arm, visited a fish hatchery, and went to a campground tricky tray, where we won two fun prizes plus a week’s stay at the campground to use this year!  🙂 On our way home, we stopped to walk by a lake.

I love looking back at these pictures. The raspberries we brought from our garden. The boys playing with rocks and sticks. Exploring the campground. Being the only people at the fish hatchery. Jasper not letting a broken arm stop him from having a good time. Enjoying the fresh air and time together.

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This was such a special day. Husband and wife going back to where it all began, this time with their son and a pregnant belly. Talking about memories of their time together before they were married, and of their wedding. This is the e-mail I received asking what I thought of the idea. I loved it, of course.

“We did most of our wedding photos in Grand Central Terminal. It was special to us. We did a lot of date good-byes there, coffee or drinks while waiting for trains. I have always thought it would be fun to go back for our 10th wedding anniversary and take updated photos of our family – whatever it looked like at that point – in GCT. Well here we are… 10 years later, one cute little boy and one on the way.”

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Erika Kao - February 28, 2017 - 11:56 am

Maegan, what a wonderful idea. I’m totally doing this when my husband and I hit 10 years!

My friend Jennifer…

She is one of the most loving, thoughtful, caring people I know. She is the kind of friend who drops off surprise gifts and sends texts to say she cares, and to remind me that I’m awesome. 🙂 Who wants to bring me a meal when I know I am getting a lot more self care than she is, and I should be the one making her a meal. She thinks of others before herself. The patience and playfulness she shows her kids inspires me. She is a creator and a nurturer and a teacher. She values her children for the people they are, and the love they feel from and for her is completely visible in their interactions.

So to be there for the birth of her third baby was an absolute honor and joy for me. It was leap year, and baby Carter was born on February 29th. Soon he will be one!

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More of Carter’s Family:
Expecting Baby #3
Childhood Summer

This birth took place at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ.

These are the days we will remember when our kids have grown. These weekend summer days. All together at the lake. Messy hair and clothes outgrown so quickly. Beginnings of independence. Pedicures together and bare feet in the sand. Three carseats in a row. The craziness and the happiness.

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Doris - February 5, 2017 - 9:46 pm

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During the last few days of 2016, I thought a lot about my life during the year. So many experiences and feelings, the significance of which could easily be forgotten if I don’t take the time to remember them and how they affected me. I may eventually add photos and more links to this post. It’s mostly for me, and I’m publishing it now in “done is better than perfect” fashion, because I don’t want it to become a permanent draft. If you decide to read, I hope there will be a little something you’ll take from it.

The year started off with some very special family photo shoots and births.

I upgraded my 2009 MacBook Pro’s hard drive and replaced the battery. I did. I can take the back off off my computer now like a pro.

We had our most difficult year financially, and experienced some scary times. Four years of self-employment have taken their toll on our bank accounts. Not a place I expected to be in my late 30s. I’m grateful for these challenges because they have shown us what our priorities are, how little we really need, how valuable our time together is, and so many other things.

We had an amazing two week family vacation in April. We had plans to meet my parents (from Montana) in Florida to visit my Grandma. We weren’t sure if we would be able to go because of money. And we were able to make it work, thanks to some good planning and the generosity of family and friends. We went to Gettysburg, stayed with my high school friend in Maryland (Thank you, Holly!), spent a day in DC, visited Jamestown Settlement, spent a few days in North Carolina at my aunt’s vacation condo (Thank you, Aunt Donna!), stayed with Paul’s aunt and her family in Jacksonville and Orlando (Thank you, Aunt Cherry and Alycia!) and then stayed at a wonderful Airbnb house with my mom and dad (Thank you guys!!!), explored Vero Beach with them, and spent time with my Grandma and Grandpa. It was such a special trip. We’ve learned since having kids how important travel and time away are, and how little the quality of the experience has to do with the amount of money spent.

I joined Spectrum Inspired and photographed two families who have children with autism.

My Grandma Pat died. In her last days of this life, she was surrounded by her 9 children and their partners, 28 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. She told us, “It’s been a wonderful experience.” I gained additional respect and appreciation for my family members, and desire for long-term community. I held her hand and thought of the similarities to birth, of divine timing, and saw the beauty in women being together during times of transition.

My parents were here and we spent time in the park where they met 45 years ago, and my kids now play. We cherish our time with them and wish we lived closer to each other.

We enjoyed months of picking raspberries from our garden.

We stayed with friends at their cabin in the Catskills fourth of July weekend.

I participated in Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project.

I went to doula training.

I took over the Birthphotographers.com Facebook page for a week.

Friendships became another a year stronger.

I had a really fun summer with the boys. I’m glad we didn’t put them in camp.

We enjoyed New Jersey’s nature centers and hiking trails and libraries.

In August we took an awesome family road trip to Phoenicia, NY, Vermont and Maine.

We camped in the Poconos Labor Day weekend, went to a tricky tray fundraiser at the campground, and won a camping trip to take in 2017.

Jasper broke his arm.

Xander started second grade. Jasper started full time preschool. I was ready for it and he was, too. I needed the work time. And I’m so so so incredibly grateful for all the time I was able to spend with him before he started school, and the time I have to spend with him now during the hours when he’s not at school.

We camped in New Jersey in October.

I took a video course and learned how to create family films.

I spent many days working with Emily at her house. We motivate and inspire each other. Having a friend who understands so many of my personal and professional challenges and successes is such a gift.

Fall was super busy with photography. I met my income goals for September and October. I photographed so many wonderful families. The percentage of shoots that I consider “ideal clients/ideal shoots” continues to increase. People who value what I do and why I do it are finding me. I LOVE my work.

Photos from a birth I photographed went viral. (Huffington Post, People)

For the second half of December, I really honored my needs for rest, enough time to myself, and keeping things simple. We had a very special Christmas and spent the last week of the year enjoying our family time together.

It was a good year.