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BIG Announcement!!!!!!!

There are some MAJOR changes coming to Cassy Pack Photography VERY soon, but until they are ready, I have to keep them a little secret ;)  BUT, I CAN tell you one of them…WE ARE MOVING BACK TO TULSA, OK!  Yep, you read that right! After being in Dallas for nearly 11 months, Matt accepted a new job back home and we’ll be moving within the month!  As bittersweet as this is for our family, being able to reconnect with my past clients is one of the sweeter things about this whole deal.  So, as of now, Cassy Pack Photography is open to booking sessions in and around the Tulsa area!  Shoot me an email at cassy@cassypackphotography.com if you’d like more info or to book a session/wedding!

And because blog posts are waay better with a photo, here’s a recent one of my sweet little Naomi..

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My Baby Girl

February 3rd marked 5 amazing months since you were born and boy has time flown!  I absolutely love your slobbery kisses, high pitched squeals, open mouthed smiles, and little giggles that daddy and I try so hard to get! I love spending every day all day with you and couldn’t imagine not being able to do just that.  You are still a very happy, sweet baby. You love to be talked to, held and played with. You love your entertainment bouncer, chewing on anything and everything you can get your hands on, watching t.v. any chance you get (which we try hard not to let you do just yet), and standing up.  You hold yourself up so well on your tummy and have been rolling back and forth for a while now.  You also can sit up on your own for a little bit, but mommy stays really close in case you start to tip over.  You’ve been making noises and squealing, but recently started to make sounds like you’re trying to say words to us, like “ba-ba-ba”.  It’s so cute!  You also have started reaching for daddy and me sometimes and it just melts our hearts.  Daddy has been trying and trying to get you to laugh since you were born, and sometimes, just sometimes we’ll get a giggle or two out of you, but it’s pretty inconsistent.  You are still on a really good 3-4 hour schedule during the day and normally sleep all night.  Naps for you are really inconsistent.  Some days you go down great and sleep well for an hour or two. Others, you fight it and mommy doesn’t know what to do.  You were doing well with your laryngial (sp?) malaysia (where your larynx flaps close down and restrict airflow causing you to work hard to breath and make gasping noises) but then had several episodes in a row, a couple of them pretty scary, so we went back to your doctor and changed your acid reflux meds.  It has seemed to help since you haven’t had any episodes since.  We are praying that God would heal you of both issues and very soon! :)  You are such a beautiful baby and such a joy to be around.  Daddy and I are completely in love with you and not a day goes by that we don’t look at you in awe of our great God who created you and blessed us with you.  Our prayer is that we always, always point you to the One who loves you and knows you better than we do. And because these posts aren’t as fun without pictures, here are some recent ones..ok, maybe I should say ‘here are A LOT of recent ones’!


Happy Birthday!

Meet our precious baby girl, Naomi Claire…

 

She arrived exactly 1 month ago today by c-section and was 9 lbs 11 oz and 21.25 inches long!

As I’m sure you can understand, life has been a whirlwind since, hence the lack of blogging on my part.  From c-section recovery to learning to breast feed (no, it’s not as natural as one might think!) to not getting more than 2 hours of sleep at a time, I have been trying to get the hang of this thing called motherhood.  But, oh how much we are in love with this incredible gift from God!  She is such a sweet and beautiful baby and I feel so much joy knowing I get to be her mother.

Here are some fun things she is doing:

-Always has to have her hands touching her face (even while she was in utero she did this!)

-LOVES to be held

-Makes really good eye contact

-Likes to be swaddled to sleep in her crib

-Gives the sweetest smiles :)

-Loves to fall asleep on Daddy’s chest

-Really likes bath time and the warm water

-Has great awake time after her mid-morning feeding

-Sleeps pretty good at night

-Gets fussy right before a feeding since we have to wake her up for them most of the time

-Could sleep all night if I let her

-Loves her car seat and falls asleep pretty much once she’s strapped in

-I just discovered that caffeine=BIG NO NO!  I haven’t had any really since having her except for yesterday when I had a couple Dr. Peppers.  She was fussy all night and all day so far today :(  But this is not normal for her.

-Loves mommy and daddy’s kisses and even opens her mouth to kiss us back! :) I know, she’s probably just rooting, but I like to think she is trying to give us kisses :)

-Falls asleep eating most of the time and I have to almost constantly stimulate her with a cold, wet rag

Naomi is pretty much awesome ;) And I of course could not wait to get my camera on her!

Loooove those kissable cheeks of hers!

Stay tuned for the birth story, a few weddings and an engagement session I’ve yet to blog!


Our Story..

Way back in the fall of 2003 when I was a junior in college, I was hanging out over at my friend {K}’s apartment with another friend of ours who was a boy.  The boy had told us that his friend Matt was coming to pick him up shortly, but we didn’t put 2 and 2 together. See, my other good friend {N} had been talking about this guy that she liked named Matt  for weeks, but neither of us had met him.  When Matt got to the apartment complex, he decided it would be fun to just try to walk into a few before figuring out which one his friend was actually in. On his first try, he walked into ours, goofed around with his friend and then left to go do what he’d set out to do.  If you know me, then you know I would NEVER do anything like that and I thought he was crazy for it!  Once he came back, our guy friend introduced Matt to {K} and I and we finally put it together that this was the guy our friend {N} had been talking about all along.  We burst out laughing, the boys left, and we called {N} to find out why in the world she liked this weird guy!  {N} explained how sweet and funny he was and we just couldn’t understand what she saw in him from our first impression.  Over the next few weeks, I got to know and hang out with Matt through my friend {N} and finally understood her huge crush.

Over the next semester, we all, me, {N} and Matt, had classes together, ate lunch together, studied together, and hung out.  I got to really know this ‘crazy guy’ I’d met only 6 months earlier and without my approval, feelings started to develop.  At first, it was weird. We had become really good friends, Matt and I, but I didn’t know if my friend {N} still liked him and I certainly didn’t want to like a boy that my friend did. So I put my feelings on the back burner, cut them off, and didn’t even think about them.  My feelings were not going to ruin the great friendship I had with both of them.  Then one day {N} tells me she doesn’t like Matt anymore, but by then another friend of ours had made her feelings for Matt known, not only to us, but to him.  (He was such a ladies man! HA!) So, again, I put my feelings on the back burner, cut them off, and didn’t even think about them.  I enjoyed my time with Matt like any friend would, and our friendship grew.  I noticed something different about him that no other boy had made me feel, comfortable.  Normally around guys I felt uptight, nervous, and self conscious, but with Matt, I could be myself. Completely.  He made me laugh like no one else and also embarrassed me like no one else!  But I loved being around him.

That summer, we both went to a summer program in order to grow in our relationship with Christ, be challenged to share our faith, and pray for people and places I had never even heard of.  It was a great experience for me, but some aspects were really hard too.  I didn’t have the best attitude about things, and Matt noticed.  I remember that every time I would see him, he would compliment me about something.  In his eyes, it was to make me feel better, but for me it was confusing and angering.  The friend back home still liked Matt, and I was trying to not like him, so having him say sweet things to me all the time did not help the situation!  So, I avoided him, griped at him for the smallest things, and really tried to push him away.  But, he didn’t go away.

My friend moved away at the beginning of the spring semester and we weren’t on the best of terms.  But my friendship with Matt had continued to grow, and that spring, he asked me on our first date.  2 years later, he asked me to be his wife with one of the best proposals I’ve ever heard of, but that’s for anther post :)

Matt – Today, we celebrate 4 years as husband and wife!  I cannot believe how fast time has flown, how much I’ve learned from you, and how much my love for you has grown.  You have taught me so much about love, sacrifice, hard work, diligence, integrity, truth, the list could go on.. You have been an amazing encourager to me, my very best friend, and confidant.  You bring me so much joy and laughter and I am so, so, sooo blessed to call you my husband.  And our daughter is beyond blessed to have a daddy like you! You will be incredible and I can’t wait to watch you as you learn this new role.  You’re my favorite! Love you!


Movin’ South

Last weekend my hubby and I packed up and left our home, close friends and family, and what has been our lives for the past 10 years in Tahlequah, OK for a town north of Dallas, TX called Lewisville.  Hubby finally got the green light from his company to relocate after what seemed like forever to us not knowing where or when.  When he started his new job last year we knew eventually it would move us somewhere, but we had no idea where or when it would be.  We have always kind of dreamed of moving away from everything we know to have a little adventure on our own, and we’ve always liked visiting the Dallas area, so that became the area we hoped to move to.  And though I dreaded the thought of moving anywhere north, I knew it could very well happen.  A few months ago, we got the call that he would probably be relocated to Arlington, TX which was exciting because 1) it was SOUTH! and 2) it’s right by Dallas!  But, it could be weeks or months before they got everything squared away and we would actually have to move.  A few weeks later it was confirmed that it was for sure Arlington, but again, not sure when we would actually move.  A few more weeks pass and all that changes.  Now, they were relocating us to Lewisville, TX (also right by Dallas!!) and probably very soon.  So, that weekend we hopped in the car, drove down to Lewisville, and checked out places to live.  In one day, we saw 20 different apartments all within 5 minutes of Matt’s new job location (he had been making an hour and 15 min. commute to and from Tulsa sometimes 6 days a week since last August, so finding a place to live with zero commute time was at the top of his list!). We were excited and a little nervous that this was actually happening.  Then, more waiting… A month passes before they finally tell us it was time to move.  After all this waiting and plans changing, I wasn’t sure this would actually happen, but that next week when we actually started to pack up our house, I couldn’t hold back the tears.  This house, which I realize is just a house, has been our home for the past 4 years.  Matt bought it right after he got his job at NSU and just a few months before he proposed and we got married.  He had wanted me to go with him house hunting because he knew the house he bought wouldn’t be for just him, it would be for us.  I remember coming home from our honeymoon to stay there for the first time.  I remember waking up the next day and opening all of our wedding gifts together in our pj’s in the living room. I remember having lots of game nights, birthday parties, dinners, and hangouts there with our close friends and family.  I remember when all the walls were white, the woodwork was an ugly brown color, the vanity in our bathroom was small and outdated, the carpet was nasty and stained, the linoleum in the kitchen was old and grimy.  And after 3 1/2 years we had slowly remodeled this shell of a house and turned it into a beautiful home that we loved.  This house was more than just a house for us. It was a place where a lot of our favorite memories had happened.  So, seeing it get emptier and emptier, just overwhelmed me with sadness.  Not only were we leaving this house, but our closest friends who had become like family to us.  There were times when I would just lose it and start sobbing and Matt would just hug me and let me cry for a while on his shoulder.  That Friday, family came and helped us move all our stuff down to the apartment, then we drove back to Oklahoma since I had a wedding to shoot on Saturday while Matt and his mom got the rest of the house packed up and cleaned. Then Sunday finally came. We went to our church for the last time, went out to eat with some friends like we did every Sunday after church, and started our drive to our new home.  Instead of feeling excited about our new adventure that we had prayed and hoped for in the very location we had dreamed of, I was overcome with fear, anxiety, and sadness.  I’m pretty sure I cried most of the drive down, but once we got there and started getting things unpacked and put in their place, it already started to feel like a home.

So, all that to say that Cassy Pack Photography has also moved!  I will definitely be back for visits to the Tulsa and Tahlequah area, so please contact me at cassy@cassypackphotography.com if you’d like to book me for a session or wedding.  I will be taking off from August-mid October to recover from having our first baby!  We are thrilled about that and she can’t get here soon enough…well, yes she can, because we don’t have everything ready for her yet! :) HA!  In the meantime, enjoy the next few blog posts as I finally get caught up on blogging! YAY!


Summer Fun

(**Disclaimer – photos in this post were taken with an iphone or other point and shoot camera and are not professional photos)

This summer has been a crazy one with lots of weddings, travel, and fun activities!  The month of July felt like we were going, going, going with no time to stop.  We went to 4 weddings (2 of which I got to shoot), had a week long vacation, and went to see a Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals game.  Now that August has rolled around, things have slowed down as Matt and I are both getting ready to begin new jobs.  After long term subbing last year, I was hoping to find a full time teaching position, but after pursuing some options, it didn’t work out.  But, oh how God provides!  He has given me some great jobs this upcoming year that still involve teaching that I am so excited about!  Meanwhile, we are getting ready to take on a major flooring remodel at our house.  Are we crazy?!  Sometimes it feels like it!  But this is something we have wanted/needed to do since buying this house and I cannot wait to see the finished product.

So, like I said, this summer was packed full of travel.  We had our 3 year anniversary in June and Matt surprised me with a trip to Branson!  We went to Silver Dollar City one day, and shopped at the outlet stores the next.  It was such a great time hanging out together celebrating our marriage.  Over the 4th of July weekend, we traveled to Dallas for our friends’ Andy & Shannon’s wedding, and while we were there, decided to go see a Texas Rangers game with friends…

The next 2 weekends I shot weddings (which will be in the upcoming blog posts!), and then we headed out on our vacation.  We absolutely LOVE road trips, so since last summer we drove to California and back, this summer we decided to head east and see some good friends and family along the way.  Our first stop was in Atlanta, GA where we visited one of Matt’s aunts.  After that, we traveled to New Bern, NC where we got see my lifelong friend, Lauren.  She showed us around her cute little town, took us to the beach (beautiful!), and treated us to some great seafood!  Here we are with Lauren in her beautiful home…

We had such a great time relaxing and I loved getting to hang out with my friend since we hardly get to see each other anymore.  After spending a couple days in New Bern, we headed north a couple hours to Wake Forest to visit our good friends Chad and Mindy.  They moved from Tahlequah about a year ago so Chad could attend Seminary, and I have missed Mindy so much!  Here’s a photo of us the last night we were there..

They took us to Duke University where we toured the University Chapel…

Then we went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where I got to see the soccer stadium.  Growing up, it was my dream to play college soccer there…haha, that sure didn’t happen!

Yes, UNC Women’s soccer is that good.  And that’s why I wanted to play for them.

We decided to stay one more day than we had planned which meant a straight 19+ hr. car ride home.  Fun times.  The very next weekend we traveled to St. Louis to see the Cardinals play…

And after 10 innings of no runs, the Cards pulled out a W.

This summer has been so fun and we were so blessed to be able to make all the trips that we did.  And I’m so excited for what God has in store for us this upcoming year (I speak in school years apparently).

More from the 2 weddings and kids sessions to come!


The Reason

I feel like I owe an explanation about why I didn’t keep up with my last blog.  Not that anyone out there cares, but I want to be able to look back and remember why I started this online journal, again. My name is Cassy Pack, and the last time I blogged was 8-14-09.  Eeek!  Bad blogger. Bad, bad blogger.  But, I feel like I have a decent explanation for this.  As you may know, at this point in my life I don’t do photography full time.  I am a teacher, and last August I began subbing when the school year started.  Little did I know that in the coming weeks my freedom to go from classroom to classroom as a sub would land me in a full-time, long-term sub position at a very small school in town.

From the beginning I was scared to death.  You see, I have a degree in Finance, got alternatively certified as an elementary teacher, and have a passion for photography.  I’m ALL over the place.  So, even though I had my teaching license, I had not been able to procure a full time teaching job, and was left to sub, something I had been doing since January.  But subbing is very little like actual teaching.  Yes, you are in control of a classroom of students, and yes, you teach through lesson plans, go to recess, take them on bathroom breaks, etc.  But with subbing, every day is a different classroom, different students, different subjects, and a lot of the time different schools.  So, in my opinion, it’s very easy because you come in, keep the class from going crazy for 7 hours, then you leave.   No. Strings. Attached.  And I loved that.  But that all changed when I accepted the long-term sub position.  All at once I had to learn how to manage a classroom, grade papers, keep up with 2 gradebooks, and write lesson plans.  “I’m sorry, what did you just say?  Write lesson plans???”  O.M.G.  I hadn’t ever done that before and I had no idea where to start.  Luckily, I have an abundance of friends that are teachers and immediately began drilling all of them about how I was to take on this task.  They were gracious and so helpful.  Eventually, I got to a point where I wasn’t crying every day and was able to breathe normally again. Jokes, people.  But really I did cry every day my first couple of weeks.  I mean, who wouldn’t ball after being thrown into a classroom 6 weeks into school with no lesson plans and basically told, “it’s either sink or swim”?  I had no choice but to swim.  I wanted to be a teacher, and I had just been given this amazing opportunity to take on a class of my own.  It scared me to death.  I know that God allows things to happen in our life , good or bad, so that we learn to continually lean on Him, and this past year, I did.  I remember thinking I would be amazed if I made it okay through the first semester, and astounded if I lasted the whole year.

Our last day of school was May 14.   And I finished.  It was an amazing year.  I learned so much from my peers, the students, and also my mistakes.  One woman in particular took me under her wing, and I can’t thank her enough for her willingness to help me, to teach me.

So that is the story behind my bad blogging habits.  I got a day job that took up all my time and energy.  And to be honest, that same thing may happen again this fall.  But, I wanted to start fresh and really try to make this blogging relationship work.

I’ll end this post with some photos taken over the past year.  In the midst of my crazy busy life, I still managed (though I don’t know how) to take on some photography pursuits.  Hope you enjoy!

First up is an engagement session with an awesome couple, Jared + Sarah:

Next, is one of the cutest 2 yr. olds, Gunner:


Here’s an engagement session I did recently with some good friends of mine, Mike + Jess:

I can’t wait to shoot their wedding this July!