Josh and Melissa (of Melissa Tomeoni Photography!) just welcomed their second child into the family, Autumn. She was a tough cookie to photograph (as it seems all photographer babies are! lol). We persevered, and in the end came out with a gorgeous set to remember how small and perfect she was when she first arrived. Congratulations Tomeoni family!!
This darling baby will be well loved and protected. Her big brother is very doting!
What made this fall family photo shoot extra special was the fact that the day we took these was their wedding anniversary! AND we took them at the same location that they got married at. How fun it will be for them to put some of these next to wedding photos and see how far they’ve come. I’m sure the addition of their spunky little boy is the greatest and proudest achievement.
October 24, 2014 | 3:21pm | Verity
Greg and Verity were reading a book and she was being so animated and pointing every single thing out. I just love this look on her face. It’s like Greg has said something verrrry suspicious ; )
October 24, 2014 | 4:40pm | Amity
Our trip to the apple orchard. Boy, this is a story! I will try to be brief. We have wanted to visit out dear family friends at their apple orchard in Orondo, WA for quite a while. This summer we made plans to take them up on their long standing offer to visit. We decided to come in the fall! This was the longest car ride we’ve done with both of the girls together, and they did great. It’s a six hour drive but was an eight hour trip when all was said and done. We arrived on a Thursday night at about 8:30pm. Adam was out with friends for a men’s group at church, so we got the kids settled into bed and then caught up some with Hannah. We went to bed about 10:30pm. At 11:00pm Adam got home and after getting ready for bed was leaving the bathroom when a glow from the living room caught his eye. After getting closer he saw that the entire detached garage was engulfed in flames. He told Hannah then called 911. Hannah yelled down into the basement where we were sleeping in a firm but calm voice, “Greg and Katie! Our garage is on fire.” I can’t tell you all the things that went through my head at that moment. Then I thought…no sense in trying to figure out what is going on. Just get the kids and get out. Right as I was about to swoop Verity up out of the pack’n’play Greg said, “Hold on. Let me go see.” So I waited while he ran to the top of the stairs and then promptly ran right back down and said, “Yeah. We need to get OUT.” I grabbed Verity. Greg got Amity. I had him get my purse while I grabbed my shoes. We went up the stairs and then saw the flames for the first time. I saw immediately that we would not be exiting the same door we came in that night. Hannah ushered us to where the front door was. It was so weird being in a house where we didn’t know the layout. At the time I didn’t know the garage was detached. The living room was bright from the light of the fire.
We all congregated on the front lawn near where our car was parked. Both of their cars were in the fire. Hannah remembered that our car keys were on the kitchen counter. Greg set a sleeping Amity on the ground to run inside and get the keys. I was standing next to her trying to pull on my sneakers and watching the huge flames shoot into the sky from behind the house. I couldn’t believe Amity was sleeping through it. There were explosions. Adam had Ver and was helping to move everyone further back away from the house where Greg would pick us up in the car. I picked Amity up and with a racing heart joined Adam, Hannah, and their three kids. Hannah was counting kids over and over. We piled into our car, Greg and Ver in the driver’s seat, Amity and I in the passenger seat, Marshall and Eleanor in the kids’ carseats, and Hannah and Beckett in the back SUV trunk space. We pulled away from the house and parked far away, where we stayed to watch the fire fighters work for a little bit.
October 25, 2014 | 10:43am | Verity
As you can see, we all survived the fire. It was terrifying watching with our friends their house burning. Adam stayed behind with the house and waited until the fire fighters arrived. They were able to save the house. The garage, two cars, and obviously everything in it burned to the ground. The side of the house closest to the garage had caught fire and sustained a good amount of damage but nothing that can’t be renovated. Evacuating a house that is on fire is so scary, but then your mind races with all of the “what-ifs.” I am so thankful that no one was hurt and what was damaged can be replaced. We stayed that night at Hannah’s parents’ place and then the next day even returned to the house (we slept upstairs that night! : ) We were able to do many of the fun things that we had planned for the weekend.
October 25, 2014 | 11:36am | Amity
October 26, 2014 | 7:22pm | Amity
Home again, home again. Oh how sweet it was to be home. Such a crazy trip. After a busy day of unpacking, cleaning, cooking, and getting ready for the week the girls were bathed, and I found them like this. Sweet moments like this are rare. Bickering is more common. So when I spot these sweet moments you’d better believe they are getting documented!
October 26, 2014 | 7:24pm | Verity
I’ve probably said this already but Verity is forever mimicking Amity’s every move. I had put Amity’s jammies on first, and while getting Ver’s on she was watching her sis read. So as soon as I was finished with her she went over and got a book, plopped herself right next to sister and read too.
October 27, 2014 | 6:28pm | Verity
Somebody’s tired!! We had some family photos taken by my friend Ashley this day and afterwards went out for a quick dinner at Chipotle (one of our favs! Just wish it wasn’t across town from us!) They had been at school all day, then the photos…so yeah, they were tired.
October 27, 2014 | 6:31pm | Amity
October 28, 2014 | 11:17am | Verity
Trying to help her big sis out. Amity was actually letting her help, too. They were a pretty good team for about 30 seconds ; )
October 28, 2014 | 11:19am | Amity
Then they dumped it over, Ver took off, and Emily and Amity did the puzzle again. Amity really likes to repeat the same puzzle over a few times now.
October 29, 2014 | 7:23pm | Verity
Sooooo spooooky! Greg started the pumpkin carving by making the monster pumpkin for Amity. We took pictures of it, and then Verity started to really freak herself out about it. “Scary Monster! Scary Monster!” So Greg made her a puppy dog pumpkin (mad props for free-handing it, too; no template!) Scroll down to the Halloween photos to see the puppy ; )
October 29, 2014 | 7:24pm | Amity
October 30, 2014 | 6:43pm | Amity
Happy Birthday to our FOUR year old Amity Lynn. Boy, I love her more with every day, every month, and every year that passes. She has my heart forever and always. She is very fierce with her love for me and every time she gives me an unsolicited, “Mama. I love you,” I just melt and think, “okay, I’m not doing such a bad job after all.” I am so lucky to have been given her as one of my daughters. She is a gift in every sense. Smart as a whip, funny, out-spoken, loud, and so loving. I feel like birthday number four is a pretty big milestone…she steps out of toddlerhood and into kid status.
October 30, 2014 | 6:46pm | Verity
Not to be left out! Must do everything that sister does!
October 31, 2014 | 4:59pm | Amity
Much earlier this year I saw this costume idea on Pinterest and knew it must be for Amity and Verity this year. Thankfully, I have a friend, Kara, who is uberly talented, and she made the costumes! I found Amity’s shoes on Zulily and Verity’s at a local thrift store. We had one of the best Halloweens to date. Well, it certainly trumped last year’s (Verity sick with ear infection!). We trick-or-treated in the neighborhood over from us and let me tell you: it was TEEMING with children. Wow! I’ve never seen so many trick-or-treaters in one spot. The street was bustling with activity. At first Verity was having no part in walking up to a stranger’s door, but after 3-4 houses she was off! No need for mom and dad.
October 31, 2014 | 5:00pm | Verity
Citizens of Salem! Fear not, for Batman and Robin are here to Save the Day!!
October 15, 2014 | 7:30am | Amity
Once in a special while I allow a meal to be eaten on the couch. Often it’s breakfast. On a school day. Because I’m in a hurry and need them to multi-task! Our typical morning routine on a school day is wake up, eat breakfast, get dressed, watch a 20 min show (while I finish getting ready), do hair, shoes, and coats then heard them into the car : )
Whats the green light on her breakfast plate? I have no idea what it’s really called…a finger-brush-saber-light?! She got it for her birthday and it was all the rage for a few days. We even had to brush her back with the “green light” at night before bed.
October 15, 2014 | 6:22pm | Verity
How cool is this fancy new kid sized trampoline?! Also a birthday gift : ) Amity and Greg had just left for Awana and I had the pleasant task of distracting Verity from a complete meltdown over not being able to “go too!!!” Thankfully I had this new treasure in my back pocket and she quickly moved on to jumping.
October 16, 2014 | 10:15am | Amity
The girls and I went to the pumpkin patch at EZ Orchards on what turned out to be the most beautiful fall day. We stood in line for fresh warm pumpkin donuts, raced ducks down gutters, fed a few animals, looked at pumpkins, and played on the huge tube slide.
October 16, 2014 | 10:25am | Verity
I wasn’t sure if Verity was going to be brave enough to make it to the top of this slide without me but I also knew that if I did it with her the first time I’d be stuck climbing this mountain of hay over and over for the next 20 minutes. So I cheered her on, cajoled her, and had her sister help her. She made it! Then we had to convince her to come down the slide. The first go around was lots of effort but she quickly got the hang of the whole thing and by the end was flying down the slide. I had to drag her away when it was time to head home.
October 17, 2014 | 7:27pm | Verity
Oooo the concentration! Putting together an Iron Man puzzle. She is very lucky and once in awhile gets to pieces that just snap in place : ) She is very proud.
October 17, 2014 | 7:28pm | Amity
This is one of those photos that show me how much she’s grown up. Such a KID now. Not a toddler. She has the patience and desire to do things like sit for longer amounts of time to read long books and complete puzzles. I love her so.
October 18, 2014 | 6:35pm | Verity
Up at a park in Lake Oswego for a family session I was doing for our friends. I’ve photographed this sweet family many times now and they are clients turned friends so I brought Greg and the girls. After the photos were finished the three girls were super happy to sit next to the chicken coop and eat their smarties. I mean, that does sound like toddler bliss, doesn’t it?
October 18, 2014 | 5:20pm | Amity
Have you seen the Curious George special: A Halloween Boo Fest? We have. Looooots of times. That was pretty much their go-to show this month! In the show the scary creature is a “no-noggin.” (A scare crow that had a pumpkin for a head but then lost its head…soooo….it had no noggin) Anyways! We arrived at the park and these scare crows were all over the community garden. The girls were freaking out with excitement. They couldn’t believe there were No-Noggins!! Amity was really hesitant to even get this close to the No-Noggin for this photo. But in the end, she was brave.
October 19, 2014 | 4:39pm | Amity
More family photo shoots! I was photographing our friends Candace and Ryan and their kiddos. About half way through Amity was really starting to loose her cool over something and we finally figured out it was because she wanted to be in the photo with Emberly!
October 19, 2014 | 4:49pm | Amity
Remember that time that Candace and Ryan had 5 kids? Yeah…thats because they only have 3. Apparently my kids only know how to be in FRONT of the camera and not behind it!! haha! Again…they sat themselves right into this group shot. No one asked them to get in this! Verity is looking very cozied up and in no hurry to move along.
October 20, 2014 | 6:24pm | Verity
Verity likes Lady and the Tramp. Can you guess why? Doggies!! She was trying to convince me to put it on, but sorry girl, no dice. Dinner was just about done.
October 20, 2014 | 6:26pm | Amity
We recently got these tables and chairs at IKEA for the girls to be able to sit down together and do art projects. The price is certainly right so I really don’t care how grubby they get and they are the perfect size for their small bodies. Craft away my little ladies!
October 21, 2014 | 3:15pm | Verity
October 21, 2014 | 4:02pm | Amity
I took Emily and Amity to the Gilbert House this afternoon and they had a blast. They were so good and played hard! Their favorite room was the theatre room . They took turns being the “singer” and the “dancer.” The dancer wore one of the dress-up ensembles and the singer did not but got to use the microphone. So that’s cool.
October 22, 2014 | 5:28pm | Amity
I had just picked them up from school and as we were walking out the door Amity fixated on this puddle right away. I was busy telling her “no…get in the car…don’t step in the puddle…don’t jump in the puddle…etc, etc.” when I thought…you know what? Who cares? Why not let them do it. We are just going straight home anyhow. Sometimes I get so busy instructing them on what they “should” be doing that I forget to stop and think about what they could be doing. They have no sense of time and I have been really trying to slow down for them. I feel like I’m constantly telling them to do this, hurry up, go here, hustle, time to do this…when maybe its just not. Maybe it is a great time to jump in a puddle and get soaking wet.
October 22, 2014 | 5:29pm | Verity
And you know it…whatever big sissy does, she does it too!! Splash!