Love Always: Faith & Stephen

 

Faith and Stephen couple session. Central Florida photographer. // Those Crazy Sorokas

When I asked my sister to help model for me, she practically jumped at photos with her boyfriend of almost 4 years, Stephen. He doesn’t exactly like being in front of the camera. It completely baffled me though because even though I could tell he felt a little awkward, he was a natural.

Faith and Stephen couple session. Central Florida photographer. // Those Crazy Sorokas

Faith and Stephen couple session. Central Florida photographer. // Those Crazy Sorokas

Stephen is practically a member of my family at this point. He comes to almost every event. He’s super sweet and you can tell that he cares for Faith more than anything. They are so very different from each other. My sister is kind of a princess and he’s very laid back. Opposite attract, I suppose.

Faith and Stephen couple session. Central Florida photographer. // Those Crazy Sorokas

They were just too cute when we were out. Their love is undeniable and they goofed around a lot. I literally couldn’t handle the cuteness. Stephen is someone who I’m glad is in my life. Not just because he is a nice person, but because of how well and happy he makes my sister.

Faith and Stephen couple session. Central Florida photographer. // Those Crazy Sorokas

Faith and Stephen couple session. Central Florida photographer. // Those Crazy Sorokas

Faith and Stephen couple session. Central Florida photographer. // Those Crazy Sorokas

If you’re looking for someone to do a mini session of family photos, senior photos, or just-because photos, keep me in mind and send me a message. I would be more than happy to work with you!

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Best Friends Forever: Faith & Emma

 

Best Friends Forever: Emma & Faith. Central Florida photographer. // Those Crazy Sorokas

Best Friends Forever: Emma & Faith. Central Florida photographer. // Those Crazy Sorokas

I recently posted on Facebook on how  I wanted to try my hand at photography so that I could make extra money to pay off my debt faster (aka have my second child faster). I’ve casually taken some candid photos in the past but I’ve wanted to branch out and try my hand at portraits. All I have to say is that I have the utmost respect for professional photographers. It’s hard to come up with poses and angles! Maybe I’m just awkward but dang… anyways, practices makes perfect, right?

Best Friends Forever: Emma & Faith. Central Florida photographer. // Those Crazy Sorokas

Best Friends Forever: Emma & Faith. Central Florida photographer. // Those Crazy Sorokas

My sister Faith and her best friend, Emma, were seriously such perfect models. They have been friends for as long as I can remember and it’s easy to tell that they will be friends for a lifetime. They were so relaxed and were very easy to photograph. They unintentionally matched too which is funny and shows they’ve been friends for so long, they might as well be an old married couple.

Best Friends Forever: Emma & Faith. Central Florida photographer. // Those Crazy Sorokas

Best Friends Forever: Emma & Faith. Central Florida photographer. // Those Crazy Sorokas

I’m seriously so happy with how their photos turned out. Both of them are so beautiful and I can’t wait to see what each of them do from here on out!

Best Friends Forever: Emma & Faith. Central Florida photographer. // Those Crazy Sorokas

Best Friends Forever: Emma & Faith. Central Florida photographer. // Those Crazy Sorokas

Best Friends Forever: Emma & Faith. Central Florida photographer. // Those Crazy Sorokas

If anyone is interested in a session, just message me on Facebook and we can set something up. Thanks again Faith & Emma! You’re both beautiful models!

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Possible Home School for Pre-K

One thing that I really admire about the idea of home school is the luxury of catering an education to the child’s pace and family’s beliefs. I love the thought that I can be in control of what my child learns. At this point in time, Chris and I aren’t at a place financially where I would be able to stay at home with Addison. We also have some financial goals that require a second income (home remodel, debt, need a second vehicle, etc), so I can’t foresee homeschooling any time soon (also, she’s two so we still have about 3-4 years). That being said, even though Addison is not at school age, she is still constantly learning. She is learning even if I am not consciously teaching.

The other day after one of Addison’s doctor’s appointments, we took our first trip to the library to check out some books. There was a board of magnetic letters and Addison brought one to me. I casually asked her what the letter was, not thinking she would know. She excitedly said, “O!” I was shocked. It was an “O”. I’m not sure where she learned it (daycare? my mom’s? Super Why?) but she picked it up along the way. So it clicked. If she could recognize one letter, she can recognize them all. She knows what sounds animals make, why not letters too?

Where To Start
There is so much available and so many suggestions on what a child should know. Even for preschool, if you just take a glance at Pinterest, it can be overwhelming. I really like the Charlotte Mason style of teaching, so I’m going to be loosely following the preschool foundations: habits, outdoor play, read-alouds, and Bible. In addition to making a point to focus on those things, I want to set aside time for “school”. Addison already knows pretty much all of her animals and body parts, so those are things we will still discuss but not solely focus on. She is already starting to recognize letters and numbers, but still hasn’t mastered it. Here is what I think Addison is capable of learning by age 3:

-Recognition of letters of the alphabet and their sounds
-Recognition of numbers 1-10 and the ability to count up to ten
-Know basic shapes
-Know basic colors
-Know seasons

How To Proceed
Now that I’ve decided what I want to work on for the upcoming year, it’s then time to plan how we are going to achieve those goals. They say that children are sponges and the best way to learn is through immersion. I’m going to focus on one number, letter, and color or shape each week. Repetition. Repetition. Repetition. Then after a month or so of learning, we will have a review week where everything we have learned will be reviewed together. Maybe we’ll make a sensory bin and play I-Spy. Maybe I’ll make a color page and ask her to point something. I might have her help me in the kitchen and count my ingredients for me. I also know I want to do an awards chart. Addison loves stickers and she is always ready to participate if she knows she can get something fun out of it.

When To Teach
Working full-time means I couldn’t do “school” at the time that I would generally like to which is around 9am. I’m not going to do it in the morning before work because I hate the morning and we already have an established morning routine. That leaves the only time of the day left: afternoon. From the time we get home until bed time is about 2 hours. During that time we have to eat, takes baths, get ready for bed, and now fit in 20 some minutes for school. Sounds like a lot, but I think it will be doable. She’s two so that means that sitting down for anything longer than fifteen minutes is laughable. Whatever I plan has to be interactive and fun.

That’s all I have set in stone so far. I will probably do an entire post on how I prepare to teach her and what actually works. I’ll keep you all updated!

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A Model For A Day: Fort Myers Weekend Trip

This past weekend, our little family traveled down south to Fort Myers, to spend time with our best friends Karla & Anthony. We will have been friends for ten years in August (crazy!) and still are so close. They are getting married in October and will be living in Fort Myers after that.

A Model for a day: Fort Myers weekend trip // Those Crazy Sorokas

A Model for a day: Fort Myers weekend trip // Those Crazy Sorokas

Anyways, they needed Chris’ help for a project that they currently have in the works and it is literally taking everything in me not to blab to the entire world. Even though Karla, Addison, and I just sat and watched the men get styled and photographed, it was a really awesome experience for me personally. Everyone there is pretty young and yet so driven. They have ideas and plans. They’re creative and business-minded. They all have the mentality that failure is not an option and whatever they do, they are going to make it the best that’s ever been done.

A Model for a day: Fort Myers weekend trip // Those Crazy Sorokas

A Model for a day: Fort Myers weekend trip // Those Crazy Sorokas

It’s admirable and inspiring. It makes me wonder what I could do if I had that type of drive. It makes me want to find that the thing that makes me want to just improve upon and be the best at. Another thing is I just love seeing the people I love in their element and succeeding. I’m so blessed with my friendships.

A Model for a day: Fort Myers weekend trip // Those Crazy Sorokas

Chris got his hair cut and styled. Then he got to model. What makes me smile is that Chris is so awkward in front of the camera. He also has perfect posture at all times which makes it physically impossible for him to do the slouchy look. Regardless, my man look so good! I was just staring at him like, could I be any luckier?? No. I don’t think so.

A Model for a day: Fort Myers weekend trip // Those Crazy Sorokas

After that, we ended up getting some food and then headed back to the apartment. The apartment complex was beyond beautiful. Addison requested to swim so we went to the pool and relaxed. The pool was a resort style pool. It was huge. There were cabanas off to the side and everything. It was perfect. I’m debating on when I should move in over there (kidding).

A Model for a day: Fort Myers weekend trip // Those Crazy Sorokas

A Model for a day: Fort Myers weekend trip // Those Crazy Sorokas

A Model for a day: Fort Myers weekend trip // Those Crazy Sorokas

Addison slept awful. Then Sunday morning, she hit the floor with a bang and her arm broke. Which that’s where are beautiful weekend pretty much ended. If you want to read about the whole broken arm thing, just click over to my post I did on Sunday to read all about that experience.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

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Afternoon With the Leesburg Lightning

It’s crazy to me that you can live in a town for years and never really experience it. Even the tiniest towns have  their local spots that people love and know. For Leesburg, FL, that’s the Leesburg Lightning summer college wood bat baseball team (that’s a mouthful). I’ve been to a few games but Chris has never been to one. It’s funny because when we pulled up, he was surprised at the amount of people there. He thought it was a just-for-fun league. My mom and I just laughed. The Leesburg Lightning? Just for fun? No. It’s serious business. I’ve heard of people traveling with the team to watch all the games. It’s legit.

Afternoon with the Leesburg Lightning summer college wood bast baseball team // Those Crazy Sorokas
Because I’m such a mom, I had to get some pictures of my baby with everyone in my family. I just can’t help myself! I just think Addison is the cutest.
Afternoon with the Leesburg Lightning summer college wood bast baseball team // Those Crazy Sorokas

Afternoon with the Leesburg Lightning summer college wood bast baseball team // Those Crazy Sorokas

Afternoon with the Leesburg Lightning summer college wood bast baseball team // Those Crazy Sorokas

Afternoon with the Leesburg Lightning summer college wood bast baseball team // Those Crazy Sorokas
I just love the atmosphere of sports games. The team spirit, the smell of hamburgers on the grill… in a weird way, it feels like home. It’s just so comfortable. We ended up sitting in outfield and there were only two guys who sat out on the bleachers which was perfect for us because Addison was free to roam around without bothering anyone. We could also just chit-chat with each other and no one around cared.

Afternoon with the Leesburg Lightning summer college wood bast baseball team // Those Crazy Sorokas

Afternoon with the Leesburg Lightning summer college wood bast baseball team // Those Crazy Sorokas

Afternoon with the Leesburg Lightning summer college wood bast baseball team // Those Crazy Sorokas

For the game, I made Addison a little lightning headband and am pretty proud of how it turned out. It was my first attempt, so it wasn’t perfect. I loved it on Addison, regardless. I’m going to make Addison and I matching Leesburg Lightning headbands next year because they are so darn cute!

Chris, Addison, and Faith headed home halfway through the game. My mom and I stayed. It was so nice talking to my mom, just the two of us. It’s funny how when you’re a teenager, your parents drive you crazy but as an adult, everything changes. I loving talking and spending time with my mom. How do people survive without their moms?

Afternoon with the Leesburg Lightning summer college wood bast baseball team // Those Crazy Sorokas

Afternoon with the Leesburg Lightning summer college wood bast baseball team // Those Crazy Sorokas

Next year, I’m definitely going to try to make it a point to go to more games next summer. They are such a fun way to spend time with family and most importantly, GAMES ARE FREE. Sure, it gets hot and humid. But if you’re like me and don’t care, you will have a blast.

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