Spring is here!


Happy Friday! Happy Spring! 

Ahhhh.... I think this past winter was one of those. The kind of winters where you don't realize you were in the midst of an emotional winter until spring starts arriving. Oh boy... I am loving the sunshine like never before! 

Now... whenever spring decides to finally... spring. That shall be cause for celebration as well. But for now, at least we know we're a few days closer to some greenery on the trees, longer days of sunshine and bouts of fresh air flowing through our windows. Ahhhh.

Sunday and I have been spending a lot of time together since I returned home from Haiti. I mean, like, a lot of time together. She seems to be willing to give up any activity if I will just hold her. "Hold me, mama." She says. So I pick her up and snuggle her. We're doing lots of tight squeezes to make sure that love gets where it needs to be.

Shortly after a good, long squeeze, I'll offer "Would you like to paint?" 

"No. Hold me, mama."

"I am holding you, baby! Do you want to watch Callou?"

"No. Hold me, mama."

"Okay babe. I'll hold you."

And she proceeds to smother me with kisses while I put away whatever I was previously doing. We sit and snuggle for a while. Thus describes all day, every day, for the last 10 days.

I complained to Tommy about it yesterday through text messages. Cuddling with a toddler all-day, every day is really the sweetest thing, y'all. For 5 days. Maybe 8. But it's been 10 and I am not getting anything else done. (Meh, I'm talking about work. I'm getting the dishes done... imagine that!) I feel like I have a newborn again!

Tommy responded "Just love her. She won't be this small forever."

I couldn't decide whether to brag about his encouragement or send him a virtual shove, instead. Because I was trying to vent and he responded like any grandmother would... you know? I know she's only this little forever. I know how blessed I am. And, okay fine, I do love to snuggle. 

So that's what we're doing. Every now and then (read: naptime) I've been able to plug away on some work projects. I'm excited to share a few sessions with you all next week on the blog! And I'm so overdue for a Letter to Sunday. Writing to Sunday gets more challenging the older she gets... how do I even bottle up all of the amazingness that she is into a measly little letter? Ahh. I'll keep trying. It's important to me... and I hope some day, the letters will be important to her. 

I hope you are all enjoying this new season! (Although, is anyone else following the possible development of another snow storm next week? Oh say it isn't so!)

Liz Cook

Liz Cook is a wedding, birth, and motherhood photographer based in Central Virginia. Her intuition and creative perspective allow her to connect both professionally and personally with her subjects, and thus, her portfolio is saturated with authentic emotion. Whether she's sharing her story with fellow entrepreneurs or enjoying quality time with her husband and two daughters, Liz is both present and passionate about capturing and celebrating life. Her work has been featured by O "Oprah" Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Glitter Guide, Essence Magazine, domino, Rue Magazine, among others.