Houston Homes

Okay, so the coolest part of my job is watching babies grow – obviously, BUT, a very close second is  traveling all over Houston to see so many different amazing homes and hear their family’s stories. This little girl is going to have the time of her life hiding in all the nooks of her house . . . and her nursery . . . I think I could just live there and be happy for a long while. But, she will take her first steps in one of two states it seems . . .

The Story Behind the pictures

I have to explain the photos of her on the Theorem Vineyards box you will see below. Her parents are owners of Theorem Vineyards in Napa Valley. I think I want to visit and take her pictures there (wink, wink)! I can’t imagine how much fun they will have watching her run around the property at Theorem. The story of the property alone sounds like something I could sit and listen to all day. I mean, its own school house . . . American history at its finest. It seems her parents have done and are doing a first class job at reviving the winery to its former glory plus some, I’m sure. It sounds like a dream. I did totally just add myself to the newsletter so I can snag some Cabernet Sauvignon if they do sell it online again – because, hey, I’ll have a story to tell now too if I have a bottle;o) Did I mention I love stories . . . especially when they involve history, homes, beautiful land, babies, restoration . . . so, so many good themes.

The Poem

And last, I wanted to share about her wall in the nursery. It’d be a shame not to. The large hand painted tapestry on her wall reads:

Le temps a laissé son manteau
De vent, de froidure et de pluie,
Et s’est vêtu de broderie,
De soleil luisant, clair et beau.

“Le temps a laissé son manteau” is a poem by French poet Charles d’Orléans (1394 – 1465).  The title can be translated to English as “The Season Has Cast Off Its Coat”.  It’s about Winter turning into Spring.

“The season has cast off its coat
of wind, cold and rain,
And dressed up in embroidery
of glistening sunshine, clear and beautiful.”

Because she was a spring baby. Is that not the sweetest and most thoughtful decor

. . . but really aren’t all babies about a new season.

Now back to the sweet new baby:

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The full poem reads:

The Season Has Cast off its Coat

The season has cast off its coat 
of wind, cold and rain,
And dressed up in embroidery
of glistening sunshine, clear and beautiful.

There isn’t an animal or bird
That in its own language doesn’t sing or shout:
“The season has cast off its coat.”

Rivers, fountains and brooks
Wear pretty clothing,
Drops of silver from the smith,
Everyone gets dressed in new clothes:
The season has cast off its coat.

This site says, “Camille at French Today mentions how French kids learn this poem as an example of old French.  (The spelling above is modernized.)  It’s one of the oldest French poems and it’s often the first poem in anthologies of French poetry.”

This particular version tranlsated by Lisa Yannucci at Mama Lisa’s World.

What a lovely tradition. Traditions, another thing I love;o) I’ve maybe mentioned that once or 3oo times.

I loved taking his baby pictures in Spring Tx  because there was plenty of room for him to crawl for miles . . . I’m sure he is running by now, but I still wanted to get his little family up on the blog! He was one of the cutest newborns  I’ve ever seen . . . and now he’s one of the cutest (and fastest) one year old’s.

Happy First Year little dude.

You can check out his newborn sessions on the blog here. Wow, they are cute. And wow, he changed fast. He’s growing like a weed my grandaddy would say . . .

Baby Pictures in Spring Tx | Palmer baby palmer pictures with family baby crawling pictures of baby on porch pictures with mom & dad

Galveston Island baby pictures

I love going down to Galveston Island for baby pictures so much that my own children asked recently if we could ever go to the beach without taking pictures?? There is just something in the air that makes all the to-do lists melt away when you drive into an ocean town. So, if you can work there, why not!? And, I just realized I have not blogged her newborn session . . . oops. But, she was a really pretty newborn too . . . trust me;o) She must be the best baby ever . . . she mostly just smiled (except when she started eating the ocean and that was a wrap!!!).

More of her sweetness to come . . .

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Love so bright: Home Newborn Session in The Woodlands | Elise

I didn’t have to travel far for this Home Newborn Session in The Woodlands. This was one of those newborn sessions where we seriously just had too much fun to call it work. Well, I did anyway;o) I think it’s maybe always a bit stressful for the mommas. This momma and daddy have survived a streak of unforeseen surprises that make you think, “that’s not fair.” I won’t go into detail because that is their story to tell, but I cried when I looked at this picture below of her daddy hugging his oldest baby. I could feel the thankfulness oozing out of him that he is simply able to hold her and that she is healthy and as delightful as ever.

When a family loves this much, the pictures just take themselves. I could be there with an iPhone – wouldn’t matter. They were a breath of fresh air this summer!!

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This little video clip was just for fun to show how cute and HELPFUL big sister was during our whole session . . . see??! I told you she was a bunch of fun;o)

Home Newborn Photos

I love how a home newborn photo session dictates the final feel of the images. I just love that these will have more meaning to this sweet little girl someday. Getting to see the pleased look on her mom’s face, her dad’s face, her proud big brother’s face AND her grandparents who live on the other side of the globe!

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