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This sweet sweet family, they remind me of one of my most favorite songs.  In fact, I usually start singing it while I’m on my way to meet them and always on my way home from a session with them.

“I’ve got sunshine… on a cloudy day, when it’s cold outside, I’ve got the month of may!  I guess you’d say, what can make me feel this way….”

I sing it because no matter what is going on around them or with them;  no matter what chaos or craziness the day might be bringing them, this family always brings a little bit of sunshine and a lot of happy wherever they go!

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The Van Zetten’s are no stranger’s to this blog or to being in front of my camera!  We’ve been to the beach, we’ve been downtown in roller skates and we’ve been doused in glitter!  One thing always remains the same:  I always leave happier than when I came and I am incredibly blessed to spend time with such an incredible family!

This time, we met for a quick mini session in a beautiful open field in between rehearsals for plays, singing lessons and play dates!  It was short and sweet but I was able to capture some of my most favorite moments up to date!

Be sure to check out one of my most absolute favorite memories at the very end that just melts my heart!  Make sure your sound is on too because you won’t want to miss a thing!

Everyone is just growing so fast and although we all can’t get together as often as we would like because everyone is so busy driving our little’s around to all their incredible activities; the time we DO get to spend together is so amazing!  I appreciate every tiny second of it!

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Everyone, come join in now!

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Oh my goodness… and these delicious little blonde curls!!!

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Who has the best big sisters in the whole entire world?!!!

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And because there is nothing like a little video with the most ADORABLE ending (spoiler alert, these two ^ singing) let’s just add a video!!!!

 

 

 

 

Oh ya’ll, I know some of you loathe the little friend of Santa’s that flies around the house bringing creativity and mischief, but I LOVE him!  When I was growing up, my brother and I had elves and this was way before the shelf one made an appearance.  My mom was just cool like that.  I like to think she was the first creator of the tradition and these shelf people were just copiers.  Anyway, our elves (Christina was and still is my elf’s name) watched over us all YEAR long (take that shelf people) and would leave a wrapped present by our door Christmas eve with a handwritten note.  It’s pretty genius if you think about it because that was the one gift my brother and I could open as soon as we woke up on Christmas morning no matter what time we woke up.  It totally gave them an extra hour of sleep!  GENIUS!  Anyway, so you can see why I love the elf tradition!

Our little guy is named Fargus McGummySmiggens.  Yes, Linc totally  named him that himself when he was barely even two.  I don’t know how or why but that is his name and it’s also kind of genius.  Maybe we had been watching the movie Elf way too much at the time, who knows.  Anyway, last year was fun because he had started to understand the concept of Fargus.  He would look for him and actually would talk to him!  He expected him to move around and knew that he would talk to Santa and report back.  This year however, it’s a game changer.  Not only does he truly understand the concept of Fargut, but he also is completely into his magic!  It’s AMAZING!  He looks for Fargus everywhere.  He talks to him.  He leaves him treats.  He is freaked out by the fact that Fargus talks to Santa.  He wants to know all about his home and what he does during his “off”season.  It’s a mother’s dream, especially this mother.

Now let me get to the good story, most of you know my kid.  Linc is wild and crazy.  He is super strong willed and very athletic.  He never sits still for a moment and most of the time he’s a pretty good/goofy boy.  Sometimes though, when he is tired or hungry, or heaven forbid both, he is terrible!

Fargus made his appearance after Thanksgiving on our Merry Time Disney cruise and that was super fun.  We even had our stateroom guy Bart in on the fun of Fargus and not being from the United States he was super confused and enchanted.  When Fargus flew home though, he was exhausted.  He kind of sluggishly moved about the house for a few days and finally ended up driving our little red truck with the Christmas tree in the back.  When we finally settled back in to a normal schedule with Linc back to school, you could tell Linc was exhausted.

He was watching Fargus but he wasn’t doing a super great job of listening to mom and dad.  Fargus wasn’t impressed.

Finally one afternoon/evening after coming home from school and not even being home for 5 minutes, Linc’s attitude hit the fan!  He wanted a snack but dinner was being served and he threw a full on tantrum.  I mean the dramatic’s were on point.  He threw himself on the floor (it was emmy worthy) screamed at the top of his lungs (I”m sure the neighbors heard) and started to kick and punch!  And Fargus had a front row seat.

There was name calling involved (Linc on mommy) and the whole scene progressed upstairs to Linc’s room.

After about 10 minutes or so when Linc had time to calm himself down, he wandered back downstairs, apologized and began to look for Fargus in the red truck.  I mean hey… the guy had a front row seat to his anctics, he needed to make sure he was good so that he wouldn’t report the outburst to the big guy.  Guess, what though, Fargus was no where to be found!

Fargus was OUT.  He flew the coop!

Linc panicked.  Where was Fargus?!

We explained to him that Fargus got scared when he started screaming and flew away back to the North Pole!  He doesn’t like it when he has to report to Santa that Linc who usually is a good listener wasn’t listening that day, or wasn’t behaving and he was really afraid to tell Santa about the outburst that evening.

Linc asked when he was coming back and we said we didn’t know… but of course I do,  Fargus and I talk!

I’m telling you, this was great for us.  Fargus had been away for 2 days and Linc had been on his best behavior!  He constantly asked about Fargus and I just told him that Fargus was still checking in with Santa and it was Santa’s call when Fargus could come back.  I totally had a plan for when Fargus made his re-appearance, and it was going to be a slow one!

Seriously though Ya’ll… how many elves only make it 5 days and have to leave because of a kid’s behavior?!  I mean is that a thing or is it just our house?!

Fargus ended up coming home and Linc was ecstatic!  I am happy to report that his behavior has been pretty stellar!  We made a slow drawn out (very dramatic) reappearance starting with a beautiful elf door.  Santa gave Fargus special permission to put in this elf door since he was using up so much of his magic in reporting all of the shenanigans that had been going on so far.  Santa thought the door might be easier for travel.  Fargus also made Linc a special behavior chart in the elf workshop so Linc could see how he was doing and when he was in danger of a “Santa report” and could make a change if needed!

So far, it’s been an amazing turn around and Fargus is happily back to his fun and silly games.  But I mean.. it’s only December 6, can we take bets on how long he will last this second go round?

Anyone else have similar stories?!!!

 

 

 

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GAH!  Right?!  Can we just all agree that this family is gorgeous?!  Want to know what’s even better?!  They are really wonderful people too, and I mean like really wonderful!  I just LOVE this family!  They are incredibly sweet and genuine and salt of the earth people!

What I love best about them though, is that they really pay attention to the little things!  We always say, it’s the smallest things that matter the most.  The little details, the little moments and the tiny adventures that mean the most at the end of the day that truly sink in to our hearts and make a difference.  Those are the details that stick with us long after we walk away and continue to make us feel something.  Chris and Kaitlynn have a way with these small details.  Not just with those around them, but especially with their little ones.

It’s hard to explain really, it’s not something I can exactly put my finger on because it’s just something you feel with you spend time with them.  It doesn’t take long either.  It can just be a five minute meeting in town just to say hello, but you feel their warmth and you notice a difference!  It’s the little things in the way they take the time to greet you, or how they are completely engaged when they are chatting!  I never notice a cell phone when they are playing with their children and it’s crazy how rare that is these days.

They take the time and give you their full attention, and you know what, that just feels nice!  It’s always those little things!

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We spent our afternoon in a field on a perfectly cloudy day for their family Holiday session!  We laughed a lot, we ran around a lot and finally the sun decided to come out for the last little bit of our time together!

I had to hold back a few of my absolute favorites because I’m super excited to share that they will be making their way to family and friend’s mailboxes pretty soon!

So here are a few of my other favorites from our afternoon together!

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Seriously ya’ll this one ^ be still my heart!!!

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