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Cute & Colorful family of five photoshoot in Los Angeles | Oh Lovely Day & photos by Jen Roper

Getting family photos taken is something I used to look forward to, but as we’ve had more children it has become a miracle to get all five of us in one frame. Figuring out what we will all wear (especially me, especially with my still very postpartum body that doesn’t quite fit into most of my things), picking a spot that is nice for photos but not so interesting that our boys will want to play or explore rather than have their photo taken, and picking a time where everyone is in the mood to smile (or at least not meltdown) — it is no easy feat! I usually leave thinking “there is no way we got one usable holiday card photo.” But my friend Jennifer Roper always works her magic and is able to not only get great photos, but capture our family and each boy’s personality just as it is. She freezes that stage of our family in her beautiful photographs, and I know that (not our outfits or the smiles or the setting) is what I’ll cherish most in years to come.

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At the end of every family photoshoot we do, Jennifer let’s Charlie take a few photos. He loves photography and is really interested in taking photos (he’s actually asking Santa for a camera this year and Santa actually asked Jennifer for her recommendation of a good camera for him and are going with this one) so he always looks forward to getting behind her camera. This is the shot he took this year, and I think it is one of my favorite photos ever. It is our family from his perspective and it couldn’t be more perfect in its imperfections, just like us 🙂

I am so so grateful to Jennifer for documenting our family over the years (since our engagement photos, then wedding photos). If you are in the Los Angeles area, I can’t recommend her enough. Thanks Jen! xo

This is my last post before the Christmas holiday and I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you, sweet reader of this blog or follower of mine on social media, or friend or family member in real life, or friend on this wonderful thing called the internet. Your support of this blog — my passion and the work that helps in a small way to let me stay home with my babies for a while — means the world to me. This space has evolved a lot over the years and it is finally starting to morph into a space where I’m finding my true passion: preserving memories and sharing experiences through my motherhood journey. I believe my calling, aside from being a mother myself, is supporting other mothers. Whether that is through this blog, or as a lawyer working outside of the home again someday, this blog and all of you have made me realize that is what I want to do. For now, I hope this space accomplishes that in at least some small way.

I have some big things coming this year: a rebranded look, the addition of a marketplace of my favorite brands, makers, and products, a new Battlefield Motherhood blog series focusing on the joys and challenges of motherhood and sharing experiences and perspectives of other mothers, and a BIG BIG BIG collaboration and giveaway with Babylist that you will not want to miss (sign up for my newsletter so you don’t!). I’m really excited about what 2017 has in store for this space and my family and I hope we can continue to spread the judgement-free love and support to mothers everywhere.

Happy Holidays and Merry Everything — whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, the winter solstice, all, or none: I wish you peace, love, and joy now and always. From my family to yours.

Credits: Photography: Jennifer Roper / Location: Micheltorena Stairs, Dallas Clayton mural, and surrounding neighborhood of Silverlake, CA

Wardrobe: Chandra’s skirt (old but you can find a similar one here and here), layered necklaces, watch & booties / Quincy’s bonnet, moccs, (shirt and sweater leggings are hand-me-downs from his brothers) / Calvin’s shoes (old Zara), sweatshirt, and jeans / Charlie’s shirt, Los Angeles tee, shoes

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