Hi! I'm Holly Brimhall, a newborn photographer in Gilbert, AZ. I am the mother of 4 and a lover of ALL things baby. This blog is where I share the life of my family and favorite pictures of my newborn photography sessions.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Christmas Break is Over

It was a little rough getting out of bed this morning as alarms started going off at 6:00 am. The hustle of showers, making breakfast, packing lunches, finding backpacks, picking out clothes, finding socks...I wasn't ready for it! Not at all.

I LOVED having the kids home - even if a lot of the time it was just me running them to and from different friend's houses. We squeezed in as much family time as we could - going to see the new Star Wars movie, the movie "Sing", a hike to the Wave Cave, sitting in awe at Symphony Hall in Phoenix where Sav and I watched "The Nutcracker", making gingerbread houses, driving around to see Christmas lights, acting out the nativity at my parents house on Christmas Eve, etc. It was great!

 (Don't mind the marshmallow man eating yellow snow....boys...)

Christmas Eve the kids all got new Christmas pajamas and a new book

Sure do love these crazy little (or maybe not so little....wah!) monkeys of mine!

Christmas morning was magic...it always is, isn't it? The kids opened our door at exactly 7:00. Pretty sure they'd been waiting outside our room for a bit. Ha! I only snapped a few pictures that morning, but I guess it's better than nothing. I wish every Christmas could be on a Sunday...and having church at noon could NOT have been any more perfect! We ran downstairs to see what Santa had brought, emptied stockings, opened gifts, and made the most delicious breakfast! Hash browns, bacon, eggs, waffles, whipped cream, strawberries, ebelskivers (pretty sure that's going to be our new traditional Christmas morning breakfast), and buttermilk syrup. While we were making breakfast and the kids were laughing and running upstairs to put their gifts in their rooms...my favorite moment of Christmas day occurred. One by one the kids and Brett surrounded me in a group hug...and everything seemed perfect! I stood there and squeezed them all and soaked in the love. I'll admit it, I cried...knowing next year will be different. Jarom's plan is to be on a mission and it will be so weird to be missing him in our home. Man, I love these people! Nothing makes me happier than to be a wife and mother!

Some things the kids got for Christmas:
Jarom - Elite Xbox controller, waterproof camera with wi-fi so he can email me pictures from his mission, gas card, socks, etc
Bryson - funny t-shirts, crazy socks, bluetooth speaker, watch, mousepad, a "make America great again" Trump visor, etc
Savannah - clothes, dance clothes, jewelry, etc
Grant - Dak Prescott jersey, NBA 2K17, tickets to a Suns game, football gloves, etc.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

{Picks up mic}...tap, tap...is this thing still working?

I cannot believe it's been over four years since my last post! Where has the time gone? Four years ago Jarom was in junior high. Today he's half way through his senior year in high school and talking about starting to fill out his mission papers. Every time I think of him leaving, my eyes fill up with tears and spill down my cheeks. I honestly don't know how you spend 18 years raising the most beautiful baby boy into such a great young man...and then let them leave. And maybe go to another country, speak another language, learn another culture...and get to talk to them FOUR times over the two years they are gone. I don't think I've taught him how to make enough dinners. He's a great breakfast maker...but dinners? I have so much to teach him and not nearly enough time. Four years ago I still had a little munchkin at home with me, making runs to Costco, and living it up with daily dates with my little boyfriend. And now Grant is in the middle of third grade, playing basketball and football every spare second that he has or watching sports or memorizing players stats.

I'm a little mad at myself for letting four years of our lives go partially undocumented (thank goodness for Instagram)...yet showing compassion for myself as I think about all that I've been through, experienced, overcome over these years away from my blog. And someday I want to write more about that journey - more about what I learned about myself as I went through some pretty intense counseling once I finally decided it was time to get professional help for my depression. After I listened to Elder Jeffrey R. Holland's talk "Like a Broken Vessel", I knew it was time to get PROFESSIONAL help.

One thing I know for sure...is that writing is good for my brain, good for my heart, good for my soul...and I want to do more of it. I often find Savannah reading through old blog books and I want to have more of those. More books with my writings to remember the good, the bad, and the ugly. Reading the good brings me joy beyond measure and reading the bad and ugly reminds me that I can do hard things. And I want more books filled with pictures, pictures I've taken that have captured my family and life. I cannot even tell you how I sadly never take out my big camera to take pictures and be creative anymore. I'm determined to take time for me to take pictures and write again! Thanks Kristal for the nudge...it's been on my mind for a long time...

And here's a picture of me and my sweet Jarom from family pictures a few months ago, who really is growing up to be such a fine young man...

Monday, December 17, 2012

Brett's seminars made life crazy...

But we decided to try to make the best of it all. Having him work Monday through Thursday and then head straight to the airport to catch a plane and teach a seminar Friday-Sunday, just to fly home and start it all over again started to get a little old....especially when it was week after week after week. With no break. Okay. I'm not gonna lie. It started to get a LOT old. So I tagged along to a few of them. One time we went to Denver and a few weeks later I tagged along to New York City. C'mon. You know you would've too. New York City? Heck yes! I need to see if I can find the pictures from NYC. Apparently they never got downloaded. I must find them!

But a different weekend, we decided to take the whole family to his seminar in Los Angeles. Grant had never been to Disneyland and we thought it would be the perfect time to go. The day we were leaving I got these texts from Jarom at school....and they are too funny to NOT include....ha ha!

J: I'm not going to Disneyland because I have to much homework.
Me: Whatever. Yes you are.
J: I swear, I have SO MUCH homework...I can't go.
Me: You're going. Period.
J: Then I'll get 9th hour. The reason is I just have too much homework. Please understand.
Me: You're just going to stay home by yourself? Nope.
J: Can't go. PLEASE! I have so much homework I can't stand it. I can't go. I can't miss a day at school. Please let me be able to do my homework at home. I just have to much. Please understand. Work comes first, than play.
Me: Oh my heck. Knock it off. You can do your homework in the car and then play at Disneyland.

I was literally laughing out loud. What kind of kid BEGS to not go to Disneyland so that they can do their homework? I mean I know his grades are important to him....and I'm super glad about that....but c'mon, bud.

Needless to say, he went to Disneyland and had a GREAT time! We all did! Friday, September 28th, Brett got to join us...

 Grant, our little Lightning McQueen addict, LOVED "Cars Land"!

 I was too lazy to carry around my big camera, so my trusty dusty little ole point and shoot got the trick done for our whole trip :)

 Grant was in heaven when he got picked to do the Jedi Training!
 Except he was having issues "activating" his light saber....

The next day, Brett was off to teach his seminar and the kids and I enjoyed another day together at Disneyland and California Adventure!

 Passing time, posing for pictures, while waiting to ride Radiator Springs Racers...

 Savannah got soaked on Grizzly Rapids. Ha ha!

Hey, Nan. What do you think about the ferry ride? Yah. Me too.

And Sunday, we spent the morning at the beach, before heading back home that afternoon. It was a quick trip, but we loved it!

This picture cracks me up! The water was cold...um, really cold. Love Jarom's face....and Savannah's silly dance moves in the background :)

I'm pretty glad there are NO MORE seminars until the end of January! We needed a little bit of "normal" back in our lives. Not that life has been normal. It feels like it's been anything BUT normal. We bought a new building for Brett's practice and are remodeling that and working on cleaning out the old building and trying to get that sold. We are hoping to open the new office mid-January. We are pretty excited about it, because he will be SO much closer to home! Close enough to run home for lunch. Close enough for me to drop by when I'm out running errands and steal a kiss. Close enough to have him home earlier every night. Yay!

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