Lily Is Starting First Grade! NO WAY!

Well, it was a rough time emotionally last week. I took a much needed break, but I am back. I am going to blog every day this week (M-F), so hold me accountable!

Today, I’m writing about Lily. Our oldest princess is starting first grade this Wednesday. I just can’t believe it!

Here she is on her first day of Kindergarten:

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And here she is today, on her first day of 1st Grade!

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Below, Tatiana did a mini photoshoot with Miss Lily right before I did her photos at the same location!

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Trading photoshoots is a perk of being a professional photographer! <3

Currently, Lily’s favorite colors are purple and pink. I have been re-finishing a dresser for her in the same purple and pink colors as her room. It’s still in the garage, but hey! I am workin’ on it!

Her favorite food is vanilla ice cream (I just asked her, lol). Her favorite sport gymnastics. Her favorite sports team is the Kansas City Royals (she lived in KC the first 5 years of her life! Sorry, Cardinals!).

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She recently went with me to the salon and got some purple streaks put in her hair. Her hair is light enough that my gal Hannah could just put the dye right on her hair, and we didn’t have to do bleach it at all (I probably wouldn’t have let her do it otherwise).

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During the shoot, there was some road construction going on. Lily has never been a fan of loud noises, so we got this gem of a picture when a particularly loud drill turned on:

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Lily is social, lovable, smart, kind, and spunky. She has the attitude of a 16-year-old, and the wit to back up that sass. Everyone always tells us to get out our shotguns since she’s so beautiful, buuuut … she can hold her own. No guns needed.

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Oh, Brother! – A Tribute to Max

Hey there, shutterbugs and onlookers! Kansas City Photography‘s other half, Tatiana, here for another sentimental blog about family and life!

Meet Maximilian, my baby bro!

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Max is a HUGE royals fan(I mean, who isn’t in KCMO? #foreverroyal)! He collects baseballs cards and loves to watch his favorite team win.

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With that baseball bat, he looks like he’s ready to hit the field!

He has never been a social butterfly, but once you have the privilege of getting to know him, he is truly an amazing friend who will always have your back!

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Here, I told him to pick whatever pose he wanted and he decided to be Superman!

He may not know this about himself, but he truly is a superhero (without the laser vision  … or the flying). He inspires everyone around him to be their best selves and achieve their goals. He is extremely special to everyone in his life and uses his own unique character to see the world in ways we cannot. Yeah, I’m doing the sappy big sister thing — I’ll only embarrass him a bit longer. 😉

Recently, he has been a part of a UMKC group called A.C.E.D., which “offers adults the opportunity to attend non-credit classes in an educational and social environment.”

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He recently graduated from one of those classes in fishing! My mom, and my boyfriend Eric, also went fishing with him and wanted to say a few words:

“Fishing class was so wonderful with my son! He had such a great time, heightened by the support of the whole family! He even made new friends along the way.”

Sadly, I don’t have any photos of my mom and my brother (cough-cough-read-this-blog- post-cough), but hopefully I will be able to get some soon!

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What Eric said was so touching, and hit me right in the feels:

“He’s a very kind and genuine young man! He’s always wanting to learn more and more about his interests, and boy, does he have many! I love being a positive male figure for him.”

Max’s other hobbies include playing pool at our local pool hall, building models, and now, thanks to this class — fishing!

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It was so cool to see Eric literally “pass the rod” over to Max when he completed his lessons, since fishing is a big part of Eric’s interests! Through this program, now they have something new to share together (I guess I’ll go out there with them too — once I bathe in bug spray >.< )!

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He even got a certificate for his awesome new fisherman skills! I have dropped the ball on framing it for him. But I was busy doing other… big sister… things… erm… LOOK, HE CAUGHT A FISH!

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Max has so many talents and he just keeps adding to them, seeing all that life has to offer! I can’t wait to see him conquer all the battles he has yet to face, as well as see more of that pretty smile of his!

OK — deactivating sappy big sister mode now.  Where’s my cereal box!? (Inside jokes are fun).

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