AJ my birthday girl is 10

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Today is my oldest daughters birthday, and I wanted to share a little tribute to her. Man, I love this girl and her spunk and energy and heart. She accompanied me to an engagement photo session, and we took some stolen moments to capture her in her essence here and there. I love this little collection of shots. I wish I took more time to capture my kids with my “big fancy” camera, but it makes theses images all the more special to me.

Birthday pictures

Since she is 10 today, here are 10 things I love about her:

  1. She totally gets that modest is hottest, and is more concerned about it than her mother.
  2. She loves to read out loud to me, and is an excellent orator (ask her teacher’s that brag to me about her vocal reading skills).
  3. She is wise beyond her years, she gets things about people, that adults struggle with.
  4. She is sensitive to the needs of others, observant of actions of others.
  5. She is very artistic and creative, and I love to see her artwork.
  6. She didn’t bat an eye when I suggested she really shouldn’t have an Instagram account yet (my bad) and that she could just LOOK and not POST for a while.
  7. She talks with me about maturing and relationships and the complexities of life like it’s no big deal. I love her open-ness.
  8. She loves colorful converse, which makes my heart soar. She also lets me take pictures of her and poses as I instruct.
  9. She’s amazing at hairstyles, and loves to be creative with her hair (I’m too lazy).
  10. She is one determined girl. She pushes herself to learn new skills until she nails it. I’m not that patient.



jumping silhouette picture

splashing water pictures

birthday photos

birthday photos pictures

laughing birthday picture

Those are her true blue’s, sun-kissed face, with a touch of lippy color, this girl is fresh beauty.

birthday smile


photo birthday shoot

My girl loves to watch silly you tube video’s like Dude Perfect and Studio C. She also loves Cute Girls Hairstyles and Brooklyn & Bailey. If you have a favorite silly/kid-friendly you tube video or channel that you love, share below!


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  1. Shawnna says:

    Happy Birthday Girl!! Love the pics!!

  2. Jacqueline says:

    Awesome! Happy Birthday AJ!

  3. norm+hill says:

    Wow, she is 10 already! How time flies. What a great relationship you have with her. All of your kiddooos, really. It is something to behold. Admired. Emulated. Nice picts as well. I read your blog for the family photos and comments. Always insightful. Occasionally surprising. Very satisfying.

  4. Raelene Hill says:

    She is so beautiful – inside and out. Love her soooooo much! Happy birthday sweet granddaughter!

  5. Nicole says:

    Beautiful pictures! Happy birthday to you, AJ!!!!!

  6. Alysia H says:

    She might like Bored Shorts TV on YouTube. Happy birthday terrific ten!

  7. Dana says:

    She is adorable! Where are those railroad tracks? I’ve been wanting to take pics of my son at RR tracks and don’t know of any in the Austin area that is safe.

  8. She is DARLING! Love the spunk in her that you can tell she has through the pics. šŸ˜‰ Happy Birthday.

  9. Shari says:

    So sweet! She is growing up fast…and into a gorgeous girl!!! Love all the pics šŸ™‚ Definitely gonna have to check out Dude Perfect šŸ™‚ I’m guessing my kids already know about it, but I’ve never heard of it!!

  10. Carol says:

    Great photos of your daughter! She is a real winning combination of her dad and you in looks.