The Birth of Our Son – Braeden Is Here

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Sep 19, 2017
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As of September 17, 2017 at 8:20 p.m. Braeden Lucas Bearden officially entered the world.  He arrived a healthy weight of 8 lbs 9 oz and a length of 20 inches.  Braeden was born 9 days early.   In the words similar to what Kevin Hart would say, I wasn’t ready.

Johanna’s First Day of Kindergarten

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Aug 8, 2017

Today was the big day.  Johanna’s first day of kindergarten.  She took her Ariel backpack and lunch tote and began her journey as a school girl.  As a father what comes to mind for me?  I’m getting old.

First Day of Kindergarten

We dropped Johanna off at her school this morning.  They allowed us to play with her for a few minutes before she entered her classroom.  We said her goodbyes and left.  No tears, no crying, everything went in stride.  A few other students were crying as their parents left.  Johanna was too excited to miss us as we left.  I should count my blessings.

She only goes to school for 4 hours a day this year.  Her school starts at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Luckily we don’t have to wake up early like all the other school kids.  There is no rush in the morning.  So now I have 4 extra hours in a day to do something productive.  What to do, what to do.

Well, my first inkling is to make this blog post.  I’ll do more work that I need to do.  In a month though, our baby boy will be coming into the world.  So we will be starting all over again.  Johanna no longer has total dependence on us.  She now has to depend on her teachers for a period of time each day.  Our son though will now depend on us.  It’s like starting from scratch.  5 more years and we will be doing this all again.  I’ll feel even older then.

We did get a few photos of her special milestone today.  Hopefully as the years go by we can keep doing something similar.  That’s the hope at least.  It may not be the cool thing to do when she gets older, but hopefully she will put up with us.  I even got another photo for my SAHD Project.

Ariel Backpack and Lunch Bag First Day of Kindergarten

Stay at Home Dad Project

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Jun 3, 2017

A few years back I decided to do a photo project with my daughter.  I entitled it, “Stay at Home Dad.”  My passion for photography and my life of as a dad was blended together in one art form.

I created the project as a self portrait.  A self portrait in what it’s like to be a father and more specifically a portrait of one who is actively involved in raising my child.  At the time I thought I was complete with the photo series.  I documented the photos in my Wedding by Photo website.  A few years late I had wished I had continued with the series.  With another child on the way I decided I want to continue the series.  So as the time progresses I will add more photos to this website.

The original photos that I post below began with a photo I took with Jolene taking away my xbox.  That was the only staged photo in the series.  That photo sparked my idea for the series.  Each photo can be difficult to take, since my hands are in all the photos.  So it’s not very easy to get many photos, and often the photos I do attempt to get I never really get.  Although, hopefully soon I will have more.

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