Jessica Wayne Photography

Raising 3 Boys on a Farm

 

Raising 3 boys, to be respectful, kind, hardworking gentlemen…is HARD work! I am so lucky God picked me to be these boys’ mom. I wouldn’t trade it for the world! But there are days, lots of them, that I wonder if I am doing “it” right. We live in the country, on a farm and farm life is amazing for raising children, especially boys. However, I don’t have any girls to compare my boys to. 🙂 haha. It is so important to me to make sure I tell my boys every single day how much they are loved and valued.  My 3 boys are different and also a lot alike. They each have a different personality and I always want them to know that I value their unique personalities and differences and also their similarities. 

 

   

My boys play in dirt and sand ALL DAY LONG. We have a large sandbox under their swing set in our yard and that is one of their favorite places to play. Along with our huge skid steer made piles of dirt and in the empty bean fields during the winter! People always say, there’s no harm in getting a little dirty. But, I think my boys  have taken “getting dirty” to a whole new level. And I think they have probably eaten their fair share of dirt and probably some, um…poop too…too much information Sorry! These three youngsters play hard and work hard. Raising a family on a farm is amazing. There is sooo much to learn on a farm. From raising Chickens + bottle feeding calves when their mothers can’t nurse them, to what type of soil is best to grow corn in. Every day on the farm there is something going on. There are times when I chase cows on the 4 wheeler back into the pasture, in my church clothes! Or chasing the pigs back into their pens, in my work scrubs. (I’m a nurse and a photographer). The chickens roam all over the yard and the cats are always up for a scratch on their chins. Farm life is amazing, crazy, loooooong hours + freeing.

Here, (during our family photo session) are my three boys, asking their daddy to show them how many bean pods are on the bean plants. Oh, and some pop up corn, (that’s not supposed to be there!) in the bean field. There’s something enticing about the country air. And no, its not the smell of cow manure, I mean, yes, the air does smell like that, but the air feels so much more free + open in the country. One of my favorite things to do is to look out my bedroom windows at night and look at all the bright stars in the sky.  They twinkle and shine from high above. And in that moment I know God is watching over us all. HE is keeping us all safe on the farm. Speaking of the farm, if you have any questions about farming, you can ask my oldest son, Remy. He knows pretty much EVERYTHING there is to know about farming. He knows WAY more than me… in the farming area that is. haha 🙂

 

  

Remy has always been a daddy’s boy. When Remy was a baby, I was in my last semester of nursing school and my husband would take Remy in the Combine and farm all day long. My husband, Jason, even had a bottle warmer plugged into his combine! Now, that is dedication. We had an extra infant car seat that Jason mounted up in the second combine seat. Rem was always daddy’s co-rider. And that is still where you will find Remy, during the summer or winter break, being a farmer. (If he isn’t on his skates on the ice rink, playing hockey.) Every day, Remy asks what he can work on, he LOVES to work. Seriously!

Bryson, our middle son, is in a lot of ways, opposite of Remy. Bryson is definitely a Momma’s boy, and boy do I LOVE that! Remy was always with daddy and Bryson, at the time, the baby, went with mommy. When Bryson was 2 1/2 weeks old, he became severely sick with RSV and we almost lost him. Since that time, he hasn’t left my side. Bryson has a heart of gold and LOVES to help me with my photo sessions. 🙂 He loves babies and loves to interact with my littlest clients to get them to smile and laugh. Bryson is loving being in Kindergarten and wants to read and learn EVERYTHING. (Again, a little opposite of Remy..Haha. )

Oh, and then there is Colton, “The baby”. He is such a snuggle bug and he loves YouTube. 😉 (I’m a little embarrassed to admit that). Trust me, first child, never watched YouTube or tv…by the third child…well, he is addicted! Whoops. Colton loves to ride in the Skid Steer and help feed the cattle and help daddy.  He loves going to hockey, to watch his brothers play and also so he can watch YouTube. And while Remy is a daddy’s boy and Bryson is a total momma’s boy, Colton is pretty much in the middle 🙂

My number one priority is to make sure my boys are raised to be respectful young men. Teaching our children to be respectful, hardworking and kind is such an important part of being a parent. There is a phrase I use daily with my boys, “Kindness Matters.” Two words, that mean so much. SO MUCH. You can never be too kind and you can never teach your children enough about being kind and why it matters. Everyone is fighting a battle, some battles you can see, but most you can’t. No matter what, Kindness Matters.

But let me tell you…there are times, and  LOTS of them, that I feel like I am failing as a mom. There are days when I don’t know if I am doing “it” right. This whole parenting thing is hard. I want to raise my boys right. I know there are days when I mess up but I feel like no matter what, I try to provide a loving and nurturing home. My hope is that my boys always know that I am here for them and that I will love them no matter what. I will always support them and try to teach them right from wrong.  Even though, there are times, like the photo below, when I just throw my hands up in the air and…laugh…. or cry… but mostly I laugh. (Maybe that is more to do with the fact that I am not a crier! So if you see me crying, you know something is really wrong!) 😉  Even in this moment of me wanting to throw in the towel on our family photos on the farm, there is Remy helping his little brother. 🙂  And Bryson, climbing up the tractor hood. Be still my heart.

I really feel like it takes a village to raise a family. SO…let’s all be a village to one another and help raise our children with admirable values and with kind hearts. 

 

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xoxo

Jessica

 

 

Santa’s Coming To Town

Mason and Max In Studio with Jessica Wayne Photography

Mason and his little brother Max came to spend some time with me in my studio before Christmas. And let me tell you, we had a lot of fun! Max and Mason sported some winter hats along with some Christmas sweaters 🙂  Be sure to check out Mason’s sloth sweater!!

Big brother, Mason has been busy this winter playing hockey for the Menomonie Youth Hockey Association. Baby brother, Max is his number one fan! I’m so lucky that I get to see these two at the hockey rink twice a week! I usually see Max in his stroller watching the BIG kids skate.

 

LOOK at that little tongue sticking out at big brother! And that poof ball on Max’s hat! GAH!

OOOOHHHH! His baby blues got my heart beating at a little faster pace! I’m a sucker for blue eyes!

You guys! Seriously! His little features and hat and Christmas sweater! I just LOOOVE him!

 

It was pretty cold outside, so we did our main shooting in the studio. However, we snuck outside for a couple quick shots! There is that tongue again! 

IN STUDIO WITH

PIPER AND OLIVE

There was a lot of love, smiles and a little bit of drooling during Piper and Olive’s session.

 

 

 

 

Piper turned 6 months old! She is sitting up, chewing on most things and has BIG smiles! She liked crawling towards me and away from me. Piper’s big sister, Olive came to have her photos taken too. Olive was a little more on the reserved side and Piper was a little more rambunctious…like my boys!  Olive sat like a proper little lady on my little vintage chair and had the sweetest smiles for me. Olive and Piper each rocked their adorable little headbands for their session.

Grandma was in town babysitting, so we snapped a few pictures with Grandma and Mommy too. I love when parents and grandparents are included in the photo shoot. These images are memories and they are your legacy that you will leave behind. I mean, who wouldn’t want to look back on their baby pictures when they are older and see photos of their mom and grandma too!

 

 

 

10 Things I can’t Live Without

Here is my list of 10 things I can’t live without. Ok, I probably could, but life would be soooo much harder and not as much fun!

  1. My boys. I have 3 boys, ages 8, almost 6 and 2. And of course, the number 4 boy is my husband…They are my life and I couldn’t imagine life without them. They drive me absolutely bonkers most days, but they are also the sweetest, loving, kind and hardworking little humans ever. My husband, is a farmer and just works his tail off to provide for us. I just love them! 
  2. Chapstick– I have a purse chapstick and a car chapstick, a bag chapstick and a home chapstick. I HATE dry lips and I think when I do not have access to chapstick my lips just know it! My niece came to my rescue when I forgot my chapstick while visiting and she let me borrow hers! Thank you, Kaydyn!
  3. My pillow. Y’all, I have some serious sleep issues and to help me fall asleep easily is my pillow. When I travel I have to have my pillow, earplugs and a sound machine. Ok, maybe I am exposing myself too much. Seriously though, I NEED my pillow to sleep!
  4. Pure Leaf Raspberry Tea– Have you tried this? It is AMAZING! I have to limit myself to one a day. Seriously though, I can’t wait to wake up in the morning and get my day started with this tea. I’m not a coffee or pop drinker, so my tea is my life line. Remember, I have 3 boys to keep up with!
  5. My calendar– Yes, I am old school, I still have a large paper desk/tabletop calendar. I also add everything into my phone calendar as well. AND I might just have a third calendar that I have in my bag with me at all times. With working two jobs and raising 3 kids, I love being able to see a large monthly view of my schedule. You guys, I seriously have to look at my calendar daily to keep on track! 
  6. My face moisturizer– I tend to have super dry skin, so I moisturize my face daily. I love to take a shower at night and then slather that lotion on my face as soon as I exit the shower.  Weird, I know.
  7. Permanent Markers. I LOVE office supplies. I swear, I was supposed to be a teacher. I love school supplies. That is by far my favorite isle in Target or Walmart to walk down. I have fine point and large point permanent markers on my desk at all times. I also always have some in my bag and purse! I know, I’m kinda weird! Back to school supply shopping is my absolute favorite! 
  8. Photographs. This one makes sense, right? Since I am a photographer and all. I just have to have pictures around me at all times. I even have printed photographs on my visor in my truck! I have photos on my desk, in all rooms of my house, including my bathroom…
  9. Raspberries. My absolute favorite fruit of all times is raspberries. I always have to buy a two pack when I buy them at the grocery store. We also have a raspberry patch in our yard, however I mowed them off this summer, so I need to start a new patch!  🙁 I’ll have to remember to put that on my list. 
  10. Lists! I am a total list person. I think I have probably 15 active “lists” on my phone right now. But I still prefer to have a handwritten paper list. I love to be able to check things off on my list, it makes me feel like I am accomplishing things! I’m not gonna lie, there are times I put something on my list that I’ve already done, just to cross it off! 

 

Gabriel 1 Year Session

Gabriel and his 4 siblings came to see me in the studio during Christmas break. Gabe is a whole YEAR old now and is an avid Menomonie Mustang Hockey fan! He is often found cheering on his big brothers and sister from the bleachers!

 

Gabe loves boating and camping along with chewing on toys and snuggling up with his mama.

Gabe’s favorite people in the whole wide world, are his big brothers and big sister. Gabe also LOVES being thrown in the air by his daddy! Gabe was hard to catch during his session, as he was walking all over and enjoyed having his mom chase him around the studio.

 

 

Gabe rocked his session in my studio and I also snagged a few photos of him in my house, where I have a gorgeous handmade (by my amazingly talented husband) barn board headboard that makes a great backdrop!