It's FALL!

I’m my 7+ years of living in the Bay Area I’ve found that Northern California is usually a month or two behind the rest of the country when it comes to Fall. As much as I would love to join my friends in other states in dressing in sweaters and leggings, drinking hot Fall beverages and taking pictures amid the gorgeous changing leaves, I can’t. It’s still in the mid 80s here in CA, very few of the leaves have turned or will turn for at least another month, and to be honest I tried wearing a sweater and leggings the other day on a zoo trip and it didn’t go well. By the end of the day I was soaked with sweat, and the minute I got home I raced to my room to change into shorts and a tank top… It was gross and definitely did not meet my idyllic Fall vision.

Last week though I was determined to get some “Fall” shots and we managed to find a couple fun places with some golden fall vibes and there were actually some leaves that had turned!! Yeah California!

Learning to ride

So a few weeks ago, D-man learned to ride a bike! Let me preface this by saying that he’s 3 1/2, he has a balance bike, but had no interest whatsoever in a bike with pedals. Then one day, he just decided to go for it. He told me he was going to ride his big boy bike. No training wheels, no nothing. No joke, it took him less than 10min and he was riding all by himself! He even learned how to start and stop! Now I don’t know about anyone else but I did NOT learn to ride a bike at 3, and I definitely did not learn to ride in 1 day. So obviously, as a proud mama, I immediately jumped to the conclusion that my child was some kind of bike riding prodigy. Luckily for me I have family members with the power of google at their fingertips and I was assured that he was completely normal for his age.... Apparently kids today learn to ride bikes at 3… Who knew? So yeah, I’m still his proud Mama and I had to post a few from his latest milestone :-)

The Upside


Have you ever been in a slump? I feel like I always think about baseball when anyone talks about being in a slump. But have you ever just been in a life slump? Unsure where to go from wherever it is you’re stuck? I’m a mom, I have two small kids and most of life revolves around them, as they both are too little to be able to do much for themselves. I love being a mom. I totally do. I think my kids are the absolute coolest little humans ever, but being a SAHM mom with small kids can completely wipe you out, mentally, physically and emotionally. Does anyone feel the same? Just me?…. See, my life revolves around the kids schedules, nap times, feedings, playdates, activities and sooo many conversations about Paw Patrol… So many… I swear I sing the Paw Patrol song in my sleep…. Seriously though I’m not trying to complain (too much), our life is awesome and keeps us super busy, but it doesn’t always leave a lot of time for me (as selfish as I’m now realizing that sounds)…

So recently I totally found myself in a creative slump. Nothing was inspiring me and I would walk by my camera every day and I just could not will myself to pick it up. Now obviously I’m completely attributing this slump to being a mom with small kids… Let’s be totally honest, it’s because kids are super easy to blame. For anything. If you doubt me, try it, it’s kind of fun! lol. I’m joking, I’m jokiing… Mostly… But anyway, this slump went on for a couple months until finally one day I realized that I had to be the one to change it. My family LOVES Lindsey Stirling and she has this amazing song called “The Upside”. I was listening to it (on repeat because yes it’s that good) and I started to pay more attention to the lyrics:

“Holding on and I'm upside down
On my way to the upside now
I'm on my way, on my way out
I don't know if I'm right side up
I'm inside out but I won't give up
On my way, I'm on my way

To the upside now”

Lindsey Stirling -The Upside

I realized that even if I felt like my creativity and drive for photography were “upside down” that I needed to move forward. Even if I didn’t have a clue as to which way forward was, I needed to at least move. If I wasn’t actively pursuing my photography, nothing was going to change. I would continue to daily walk by my camera and pass up the chance to capture life -Life in all of it’s crazy, messy, sometimes mundane glory-Life that looks a lot the same on a daily basis. So I’ve decided to search for the beauty in the mundane, to search for the fun in our everyday moments and I’m challenging myself to break the slump and move forward into the “Upside”. :-)

Apple Hill

One of my very favorite fall traditions is our annual trek to Apple Hill. We drive for about 2 hours (which with a 3 year old and 1 year old is an adventure in itself) and the proceed to completely and totally stuff ourselves with every apple creation known to man. Seriously, this year we had apple donuts and apple milkshakes which were legit. Like, I can’t visit there more than once a year because I don’t want to become addicted legit.

We also love to pick apples and this year I found my new favorite u-pick orchard, Goyette’s Ranch. It’s amazing and they have so many different types of apples. We ended filling a huge box and my kitchen is currently covered in apples and pie making equipment. I’m freezing them for future dinner parties and who knows what else. I’m also hiding all the pies at the back of the freezer so it’s harder for me to find them when I’m in a sweets mood. Apple pie may be one of my serious weaknesses…

Anyway, the trip was so fun! It’s never perfect, 4 hours round-trip in a car with small children can be brutal, and as much as I would love to say that I have perfect children who don’t whine, cry, or have giant sugar crashes because their parents pumped them full of sugar… I don’t. Let’s be honest, those kids are far from mine… But the joy on my kids faces while tromping through orchards, pretending the picking sticks are swords and the trees are monsters, getting super muddy, and eating their weight in sweets and apples is totally worth it.

what’s your favorite fall tradition?

East Bay Family

Current Mood: Worn Out....

Music: Horses - Keith Urban

Man these two were a blast and so full of energy.  I think the shoot ended up being more of a fun play date for all of us.  They are the perfect blend of cute, wild, imaginative, hilarious and fun!


Road Trippin

Mood: Wanderlust

Music: Road Trippin' - Dan and Shay

I have a confession to make.  Even though I live an amazing life with an amazing family I'm still consumed by wanderlust at times...  Like a small part of me is missing when I'm not out in the woods or hiking in the mountains. Any of you feel the same?  Having grown-up-jobs and two littles (under 2 1/2) tends to make travel harder than it used to be when it was just me and J and I find myself dreaming of just getting out on the road, having no plan, and just seeing where the road takes me.  Nowadays we have to plan everything because Lord forbid we forget a favorite toy or binkie... but I'm hoping against hope that somehow I can raise my littles to be wanderers/adventurers. Lovers of nature and seekers of beauty.  Now to figure out how to do that while living in the burbs of the East Bay.  Anyone have any ideas?  If so please share!

Ooh la la - First Post on the new site!

Mood: Excited

Music:  Ooh La La - The Well Pennies; Easy Things Hard - Matt Wertz

New Beginnings.  I'm fairly fickle when it comes to my current right brain interests.  I love starting projects and have so many ideas and paths to try and it's all very spitball and rapid fire fun, but once the initial allure and excitement wear off it’s hard to really feel inspired to finish. Honestly that's why this site has taken so long to come to fruition...  But I'm turning over a new leaf.  I'm unfickling my life - so to speak.  I'm officially re-branding and starting fresh the business (more posts on this to come soon).

So welcome to my new site and blog!  I'm super excited to share with you all.

SF East Bay Area Family Photography Selah Vie