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you… the everyday

my sweet addi b





its funny the “title” five year old seemed to instantly turn you into a girl, not a little girl, not a baby, not a toddler but a girl…and a GIRL that someday will be leaving me.  I tried to be strong today and swore if daddy let me boo’hoo about it yesterday than today there would be no tears…well…i guess i lied.  I layed next to you on the couch for what seemed like an eternity and only a few seconds all at the same time and watched you sleep lastnight, knowing full well there was nothing i could do to stop it, nothing i could do to ensure you would still be four when you woke up this morning.  I twirled your hair, to give you a break because afterall you DO still twirl your hair in your sleep, i counted your freckles ( i lost count after 22 thru mommy tears), i giggled at your blonde tipped eyelashes that seemed almost nonexistant in the twinkle of the christmas tree lights.  unfortunatly, you got those from me, and baby, we are just the kind of girls who will always desperately need to wear mascara, and hey there’s no shame in that:)….but despite all of this it still happened…we all fell asleep and…

this morning ,

woke up in all your “super happy morning person-ness”, the most bright eyed and bushytailed FIVE YEAR OLD THERE EVER WAS!!!!  I thank God everyday that five years ago today, on a very cold december day very much like today, you came into this world and were handed over to me!  I could never have imagined the squished nose, very long and skinny little thang would become…well would become YOU! 

i truly can not sum you up in one word, or two or heck even ten, you my dear require a book.  There is so much of you that i truly believe has to be reminenscent of me and how i was as a…girl…Your lanky long legs, your typical first-child-type-a personality, your innate desire to be praised when you do something so right and even down to the fact that you will seriously erase through paper until you get that A juuuuust right ( i may or may not admit to this later so take it while you can, take it while you can).  But then there is so much of you that is so much more than i ever could have dreamed to be myself.  Your honest and true compassion for others truly breaks my heart with pride.  You my dear daughter can almost always be heard before you are seen, typically singing anything and everything that comes to your mind.  Meeting new people, any and everywhere, is a thrill for you, you love and i mean L-OVE chatting it up with anyone, adults, teenagers, kids, it really doesnt matter as long as i am close by…oh and when i say “chatting it up” i mean YOU do the talking, and they do the listening!  Those long lanky legs and my genes combine to sometimes make you a little on the clumsy side but what you lack in catlike reflexes you more than make up for in razzle dazzle performance!

while i am “pulling a mommy moment” i will admit i am so very excited about what this year will have in store for you…starting kindergarten, learning to read, and even tying your shoes!

happy birthday, my sweet BIG girl…i say it every year but you will always be the one that made me a mommy and that is the best gift i have ever been given.

i love you to the moon and back my baby/big girl!




Jenny - oh for the love…all teary over here! What is it with the number “5″ seriously Mr. C will be 5 in April and I dread it. Happy Birthday BIG girl :-)

jodie - Oh man! My middle kiddo just turned five and I couldn’t even write about it! Mine has a little speech impediment so she still sounds little to me even though the things she says and the things she does and how she carries herself are getting bigger everyday. More mature. It’s thrilling and sad all at once you know? Happy birthday to your big girl! Truly, for my first, the 5-6 year has been my favorite! They seriously blossom in amazing and beautiful ways! Enjoy this year with your baby girl!

charlotte - You write the sweetest blogs! Such a sweet mommy. Happy birthday to your big girl Addison!!

Brandi - so perfect in every way… wish I could keep my girl little too. {hugs} and enjoy 5!!

Tanya - Awwww, Happy Birthday to your sweet girl. 5 is a big year in a little girl’s life. :)

beverly wright - love it! your whole family is just sweet and wonderful and your girls are blessed to have you as their mommy!!


Jennifer Cusimano - I’m crying. So very sweet! Happy Birthday!

Cassie - you know I read it! :) thanks for the heads up though! haha as always, sweeter than sweet! perfectly written! Cant believe you have a 5 year old! Happy Birthday Addi!

mimi - My wonderful daughter you always amaze me. You are the best mommy to my beautiful grandaughters. I could barely finish reading the 5 birthday letter.My tears just rolled down my face.You are the most amazing daughter. I am so very proud of you and i love you so very much. Happy Birthday to my precious grandaughter. I love you so much more than you will ever know. You are so a mini version of mommy. I love ya’ll very much

Jenn Schell - Girl…you’re going to make me cry! My little one and only turns five in just over a month and the growing up makes me teary also. Happy Birthday little one!

Jessica - Love it! Wept as I read it. Why is it that being a Mom is the hardest job we have, but also the best? : ) Love you photos as well- long link as to how I got here but your dog-eared now and I come back all the time to wander and giggle! ~Jess

wake up call… personal post yep thats right » Chubby Cheek Photography Houston, TX Natural Light Photographer - [...] to do…my mind said “no maam your plate is full”, i convinced myself my yearly birthday letters were good enough.  i sadly [...]

letter to my daughters…the woodlands tx child photographer » Chubby Cheek Photography Houston, TX Natural Light Photographer - [...] that i have always written letters to my girls randomly but always on their birthday’s…well THIS WAS HER LETTER last year funny i feel like it was just yesterday that i wrote it but sadly or excitedly it was a year ago. [...]

if you are the browsing type….

and you know who you are ;)….would you be so kind as to leave a little blog love sometime, just every once in a while maybe…really, it totally makes my day and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside…not to mention the family you are commenting on might feel kinda special too…and these are just my girls when we did a trial run of the all wrapped up christmas minis way back in sept, the final set up was way better than these but i never got the chance to take them back out there, so this mommy will be happy with these…

****and again a HUUUGE thansk to The bake shoppe on grant for making the most delicious sugar cookie gingerbread men…i have to admit they did look at me a little weird when i preordered ginderbread men cookies on SEPT FIRST for crying out loud:)

jennifer - Shalonda, your girls are soooo cute! I adore that last image! :)

Jenn Schell - I love this shoot….the pajamas, the cookies, the bed…all of it! I think that you inspired me to think a little outside the box for my xmas shoots next year!!

Danielle Hobbs - I would fill my days browsing your page and leaving love if i could ;)

Chantal Bergeron - *Aww…you caught me!* lol, no really, I love the set up–with the milk, the gingerbread, the jammies, the bed, and the Christmas tree farm location–just perfect for holiday photos!

Tabby - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! This is one of the cutest Christmas mini scenes I have EVER seen! I love your work!! I am always reading your blog.. Your sense of humor is awesome and your ideas are so creative!!

Tabby :)

Angela - Awww…these are 100% perfect! I love the jammies, the location, the light…love!

Shira Zimmerman - <3 these are adorable!!!!!!!!!

Heidi K - oh oh oh…ADORABLE!!! Girl you just totally rock the shots…(are you girls REALLY photog kids??!!) they are just so stinking cute and you seem to beable to get them to cooperate and have fun lol..Something that i truly fail at with my own babes.

LOVE your work..

Jess Gilbert - I have been crazily dying, er, I mean waiting patiently to see more from your minis. Love the glimpses you’ve been posting. What sweet little girls! Precious.

Tammy - Seriously adorable!!, love them all!!!!

brittany stover - Hey Love! YOU ARE THE BEST! I love your ideas—-they are just so genius! Really, you’re fun personality shines through in your work. LOVE. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE!!!

Alecia - I love these! I love your work in general, and hope to use your mad skills in the future. :) I only wish I knew when to sign up for the Christmas minis, from the look of these they are going to be adorable! How do you notify when your next minis will be?

Nicole Halbert - Ok, the lips of Cheeks 2 in that middle picture kissing. OMGoodness is that the CUTEST thing!!! Pucker up! LOL.

Jessica - ahhhhahahah i die over these pics! i love the pictures of them when they were teeny weeny and uber chubby but i think i might like the photos of them older even better! love that you get to see some of their personalities show through.

Jessica M - Holy Smokes….. These are adorable! :) My K just said “those cookies look SOOOO good!” hehehe!

Becca - ADORABLE! love the nostalgic plaid detail, gingerbread… just beautiful!

jodie allen - Oh I’m such a stalker! Never commenting and just loving the images through my reader! :) But comments (that aren’t spam) are always great… totally understand that! LOVE your work and love following your blog!

Stacey - I NEVER send out blog love! But I just had to thank you! I wandered over here from Pinterest> Inspire Me Baby (April 20) > chubbycheekphotography.

Your words made me weep at the missed moments I have missed not wanting to lug my camera around with me. I WILL TRY HARDER.

Thanks so much for writing that.

Becca - ok I love everything about this!

Sarah C. - I’m usually just a browser, but since you asked…
These are precious. Love your concept, color scheme, props… all of it! Your girls are so sweet together.

Off to pin it now! :)

April A - I’m an admitted stalker. Looooooove your posts and work.

Amanda - gorgeous, as always! And I’d love to know your secret for convincing people to dress in long, flannel pajamas and sweaters when it is 100 freaking degrees outside in September!!! :)

Olivia - I guess I can stop being a “creeper” and leave some love. Love love all your work :)

Sophie Giroux - Hello!! I regularly drop by your blog.. and now I’m taking the time to say that you’re very talented!! You always have very original ideas!! In this shoot, I love the one with the gingerbread cookie!! Happy Holidays!

beverly wright - absolutely AWESOME!!

Heather G. - I have been following your blog for some time now and just wanted to leave a message to say that your photos are amazing and I really enjoy your posts! Looking forward to the next one :)


jennifer - Hey! Leaving some love here. Yep, I’m the looky loo. hahaaa
your photos are adorable- I especially love the Christmas photos on the bed. Did you break down a bed for that one? Or do you have a house to store your photo props.LOL! That’s too cute. I can so relate to how fast our girls grow up. We have 2 girls they are so fun.

Michelle - LOve, love, love! I am doing a photoshoot with hot chocolate and two adorable girls on Friday and I was looking for some inspiration! Where did you find the bed?

Summer Triompo - I check your blog weekly and love your work. If I lived in Texas I would give anything to have you photograph my family…but we are in North Carolina! Just wanted to comment and let you know that you very inspiring!

kellytonks - I am in H E A V E N–love your style and a m z i n g images. I am my pre-k photographer so my early images were more lifestlye, once I started “studiying” I am more formal protrait, swinging back and T H A N K Y O U for the wonderful inspiration. :-)))


kelli taylor - LOVE these!!! Your girls are just too cute!

Tiffany - A.MAZING! Absolutely love them!

Deana - Love your sweet girls! You are SOOO creative!

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cynthia - Adorable!!! love love love!

jingle bells jingle bells…. magnolia, tx family photographer

another hint at how awesome the all wrapped up sessions way back in sept went….yes we all wore jammies at some point but we wore regular clothes for a bit too:)did you figure it out yeeeeet?!

kate robinson - OHHHHH K!!! This is so beautiful… and i love love love the Christmas leopard!

Kristen - Thanks Kate! Someone else love leopard as well.

Amory - These all wrapped up sessions keep getting better and better! real clothes and pjs, and cookies, and a christmas tree farm (maybe??)
Just loving it!

Olivia - I love her little dress! Lovely mom & daughter picture