Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Family Picutres

With Mason just turning 1, I decided to work on getting family pictures done. 

After working on outfits (which is a chore in and of itself), making an appointment, and gearing up - we were ready.

Shortly after we got to the studio Mason started to act different and by the end of the session had a burning fever and a runny nose - perfect time to get sick, right? So for being sick, I think we got some good pictures - but I wish he would have been more smiley. However, I feel that the purpose of family pictures is to document a moment in time and don't have to be 100% perfect. 

Overall I'm very happy with them and I was so impressed with the studio.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Mr. Mason Turns One

My baby is ONE!

Part of me is a little sad that Mason's baby days are over, but everyday I am more in love with this little bug and am amazed at how much he learns and grows. He is just moving on to bigger and better things and has no more time for this baby business.   

All sad feelings aside, in true Jensen fashion - we made it an affair to remember.

We decorated to celebrate Mason and he LOVED it. 

We used our party decorations twice: first for breakfast with our favorites Jess, Mayara, and Baby Camden. Mason loved having friends over so early as he gets lots of attention from them.

They even brought him bubbles and balloons - again, he LOVED it.

The next day was when we really celebrated with his birthday party.

We moved the party outside and made sure it was sufficiently decorated:

I was quite proud of the cake I made for Mason: 
4 layers of cake + frosting + one bottle of sprinkles = this masterpiece.

The fun began when our families showed up. It happened to workout that ALL of the Jensen's were there - which only happens about every 6 months. It was awesome that we all had a chance to be together. Grandpa Clark came and represented the Clark family, and again, we had Mason's favorites the Hale's come. It was a party - and it was perfect weather to do it all outside.  

People were so nice to bring presents and I think Mason enjoyed opening them. He would get distracted with the ribbons or paper but eventually got to what was inside. 

And of course he had lots of help.

Then came the cake.

We sang to this little guy and it was the cutest thing I've ever seen. He was loving the attention and smiling from ear to ear, but then acted a little shy. It was so cute.

Then he got to dig in - and he was not timid about it.

He ate more than I expected and then had lots of help taking care of the rest of it. Mason is so lucky to have so many cousins and friends. 

The rest of the evening was spent as any party should: sprinklers and socializing. 

It was such a perfect birthday and he won't remember a thing. 

Friday, April 12, 2013

11 Months

I say this all the time, but where does the time go?!? 

Mason is now 11 months old and this comes with a whole flood of feelings - ones I didn't quite expect. I feel like I am now in the last month of having my little baby. I have always been a little sensitive to the fact that this is the only time I will have one baby and something about him being my first baby - so for this chapter to be coming to a close has me all sorts of emotional.

As I watch him play and learn and grow every day - I want to just scoop him up and keep him that way forever. I just love his little chubby baby hands with the dimples on his knuckles, his sweet chubby, round, kissable cheeks and the way they make his eyes disappear when he smiles, his soft chubby baby body, and his sweet little baby noises. My heart just aches thinking of how these things will all slowly disappear as he grows bigger. 

I became a mom with Mason and have learned and grown and become a different person because of his addition. I fell in love with being a mom and having a sweet little baby who is so much a part of me. I never knew what being a mom would be like and it is so much more than I could have ever hoped for. Sure, it has it's rough times and days that I would be willing to sell Mason - but there is a depth of love I have for him that I have never experienced. It feels like quite a spiritual bond and one I could never live without now. 

My moments of cuddling with Mason are few and far between - he often doesn't slow down enough to allow for any cuddling. So with my days of nursing numbered, I cherish our mornings in bed with him snuggled into the curves of my body - as if he fits perfectly next to me. His sweet, busy hands usually find their way to some piece of clothes, hair, or blanket to fiddle with as he eats. I stare in awe at the amazing miracle of life and am overwhelmed with the feeling of gratitude to my Heavenly Father for the opportunity to have created such a perfect body. 

Putting Mason to bed is the only other time I get to be snuggled close to him. I wrap his blanket around him as he rests his head on my shoulder and sing him his song "You are my Sunshine" a couple times. These days, my singing often get interrupted when his puckered lips find mine for a kiss. It's then that my heart melts and my eyes well up with tears - this little babe is such a blessing. I finish by snuggling him tight and whispering in his ear how much I love him - which is sometimes answered back with some babbling.

So as all mom's before me have wished and failed to do, I wish I was the one who could learn to stop time. I know each new stage and age comes with their own excitement and wonder - but there is nothing quite like babyhood, and I'm just not ready to give that up yet.

So please stay small, Mr. Mason.

Monday, April 8, 2013

So I Married an Artist

Cameron has some pretty amazing talents, one that I always am in awe of his is artistic abilities. I was never blessed in this area so anything and everything he does always impresses me. He can sit down and draw up anything and it looks fantastic.

So a few weeks ago he got an email from Jamie asking him to work on a family portrait for her. She sent him some links and away he went getting his creative wheels turning. He only needed to get an idea of what she was looking for and he turned it out like it was nothing (ok - nothing as in a few versions and revisions, but none of it seemed to be much of a challenge for him). 

I always love watching his creative process and watch nothing become something. It's almost mesmerizing.

I loved how theirs turned out so much that I asked him to keep going and do our family. I loved it just as much and love our sweet little family. Admittedly, the no face thing is a little different but I kind of love it at the same time.

It's now hanging on our wall and I love having something that Cam did that is so personal to us. I just love him.

He also did this one of one of our engagements. This one I particularly love and can't wait to get printed!

He is working on getting a bit of a side business that this is now my plug for him - if you are interested in anything (he doesn't do just portraits) you should check him out: 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Happy Easter

Apparently I only blog about holidays, but I guess that is ok with me as I feel they are probably the best days to document. 

This year Easter was as low key as they come - the extent of all my Easter preparations was buying an Easter shirt for Mason and 12 eggs for the family egg hunt. Other than that, I didn't buy a single piece of candy, no fun Easter surprises for Cam, and not a thing for Mason. Sounds fun, right?

Actually, it was quite nice. Easter morning we woke up and I made a special breakfast, we watched "Music and the Spoken Word" and just relaxed. It seemed quite an appropriate way to spend Easter and while we may not have many more like this until our kids are grown, it was a nice way to spend the morning.

Later we went to Dodee's for the Annual Easter Party. This year it was different with Dodee gone, but I loved that so much of it felt exactly the same. Her presence was definitely missed, but she still seems to be a part of everything through her memories and traditions. We kept it pretty close to how we have always done it, and I loved that. I have the best memories of Easter at Dodee's - memories now that I am forever grateful for.

The weather couldn't have been better - right? It was just perfect to be outside and made for a comfortable evening of just being on the front lawn from the pinata, to the egg hunt, to just being together. I loved it.

We had the egg hunt and obviously Mason was less than aware of what was going on, but we gathered some eggs for him and he enjoyed exploring some new spoils (notice the adorable bunny my cousin made for him - it's super cute).

As as with any family get together, Mason got tons of love. He has started to kick up his "stranger danger," which I am less than trilled about, but he still loves his grandma.

We are working on the Grandpa thing... clearly it's a work in progress (and you should have seen how he reacted to Grandpa Clark two days earlier - you would have thought he was a monster the way Mason reacted. Obviously we have some work to do...)

And while he didn't warm up to Brooke initially (which she hates) she found a secret weapon and just bribed him into submission. (deep down I know he loves all these people, he is just going through a phase - or at least I tell myself it is just a phase - any suggestions on this front?)

This happens to be one of my favorite pictures from the whole day. I think there is something so sweet about my quiet grandpa that just seems to take in everything around him. I love this man and all that he has shown me about being a loving, devoted spouse as well as the goodness in being gentle and kind. I know that life marches on and one day we will all age and I hope to be able to have my family around like my grandparents have been able to. What a wonderful blessing to have a family and a good posterity. 

 It really was a perfect Easter. I loved being able to remember the sacrifice and gift of our Savior Jesus Christ. It's so special to have a day to celebrate the promise of eternal life - which means even more now with such a recent loss in our life. What a blessing to have the knowledge of the Gospel and to know it's teachings are true. So often every day life seems to wear down the poignancy of this that a day to remember and bring it back to focus is always needed.