Happily Ever Parker


Snow Day

We are taking P to the snow for the first time in February and if the snow keeps up like it has in Tahoe, we are all in for a real treat! As a kid growing up we never traveled to the snow, despite being only a three hour drive from Tahoe. I think that's mostly because my parents both grew up in New York and had seen all the snow they wanted to. In turn we became a family of beach goers and always chose warm over cold when it come to family excursions. Evident of where my love of the beach comes from!

I have had fun picking out clothing for P to wear while we bundle up with friends in a couple of weeks. So if you're on the hunt for snow gear for the family I have some cute picks right here! Including that adorable snow all in one - I watched this puppy like a hawk waiting for it to come back in stock. Now that I have P covered that leaves me with not one snow ready thing to wear. Standard.


Life Lately

Since its been raining so much in these parts we've just been sitting back and enjoying the indoors. We even decided to break out P's kitchen (that I've held onto since last June!) finally for playtime. Also because rain for an entire week can equal two batty parents. These are just some snaps from the first couple of weeks of January.

It's obvious that P's room is the favorite and I am hoping this year to focus a little more on our bedroom. I can hardly call it a master (it's the same size as P's!) but it desperately needs some love. So onwards to my next project!


In hindsight


It's such an interesting thing. Sometimes it drags (hello Monday-Friday) and other times it seemingly goes at warp speed. We can't bottle it up, nor go back in time as much as we wish we could.  When I clicked on my timehop app on my phone I was all too well reminded that two years ago today was my first day back at work after having P. As soon as I saw the photo pop up it hit me like a ton of bricks. I remember taking this photo and subsequently sobbing after I put her to bed that evening.

Those first couple of weeks back at work were difficult. P was still not sleeping through the night and every morning I left her it felt as it my heart was breaking all over again. Honestly - she was just too damn little to leave - even with a generous maternity leave of 4.5 months. America has maternity leave so darn backwards.

However now, two years later, I can honestly say that I feel like everything was a blessing in disguise. Had I not returned to work I may have never developed my love of photography to the point of making it my other job. Maybe one day - my only job. Sure I likely would have picked up the camera more but I don't know that I ever would have begun taking photos for others.

Photography brings me so much joy. I love creating, composing and capturing details of our families life just as much as other families lives. After a great first year in business I am so proud of myself. I am proud that I did something scary. That I tried something new. That I allowed myself time and time again to be "uncomfortable".

I guess this is just my way of saying that even when you think things don't go your way - they just very well might be. You just need to give it a little time.

How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now, and there will never be a time when it is not now.
- Gerald Jamplosky