Skeen Family | Utah Family Photographer

I get emails sometimes that immediately draw me into who the author behind the text is. I knew that the Skeen Family were my type of people as soon as I finished the last line of Abby’s inquiry. Abby is an amazing mom and wife with a patience of a saint and some incredible skills. Abby makes the most amazing wooden signs you can find her work here. Her work reflects her family’s love of travel in the form of timeless and lovely wooden design. Tyler serves our country as a member of the military. I love working with military families as they always seem to have such an authentic connection with one another. Together their children have a spunk that is unrivaled but also accompanied with the best set of manners.

During our session we encountered a beached seal I was sure was not “with us,” any more, until I walked a little closely and the non dead trickster tried to give my leg a little slap. Needless to say I fell and nearly needed a new set of pants. As a girl from the Utah Mountains the whole anatomy of ocean life was a constant learning experience. We nick-named our ocean friend, Steve and got him to wave for a few photos, after which we called the Monterey Bay Aquarium to make sure Steve the Seal was ok basking on the beach in such a lazy manner. As it turns out seals need naps, week long naps. Maybe in my next life I will be a seal.

We had the best time at one Asilomar State Beach. I am so grateful for my the opportunity I had to live so close to the ocean. I’m sure I’ll ache for the smell of salty and fresh clam chowder when I am landlocked again, which makes spending time with amazing people I have had the opportunity to meet at such amazing places. I’m so excited to introduce you to the Skeen Family!

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Took this girl to @ultabeauty tonight and this was pretty much her the whole time! She acts just like a normal kid would in a candy store 🍭The girl loves makeup!!! She totally bamboozled me with her cuteness while we were there and walked out with a haul of chapsticks and nail polish. 💅🏻💄it’s moments like this (and all her level ten bossiness) that make me 110% sure she’s a mini-me.
I really have it good. Like so good. There isn’t much that @tysonkyhl doesn’t do. His one “nope” is cleaning up 🤮🤮🤮 which I’ve had the lucky privilege of doing three times this week. But really, I got a true partner in this crazy life when we got married. Even right now...he’s at the store with the little lady picking out doll clothes. He is so good to be a part of everything and I feel so blessed. And I know our kids are so lucky to have him. Our boys are learning all about what a real man is and our the little lady is learning what to expect someday. So big shout to him today...he isn’t perfect (puke duty could fix that), but he’s pretty close. #mushy #husband❤️
When your birthday is “after Christmas” you pretty much start getting excited the second you see any sign of Christmas anywhere. This gal has been counting down for weeks and her big day is here...what she wasn’t counting on was the stomach flu 🤢😢 Looks like instead of party time we are going to be having snuggle time. #birthdaygirl #biggirl #nofair
This girl thinks she’s going to have a birthday tomorrow...we will see about that. On the one hand I’m pretty stoked for the threenager phase to be behind us but I’m pretty sure I’m not ready for her to be a big girl. Can’t we just go back to when she was like 18 months? But seriously, why do they have to grow up so fast 😢 #babygirl #biggirl #birthdaygirl @siblinghoodlove
I gave this advice to my friend @morganslade_ today. Her little guy has this stuffed animal thing that talks to you and changes colors based on your emotions. I was thinking today about toys that we’ve chucked and pretended they were lost. Ninja turtles, ugly little dolls, more McDonald’s toys that I can count...but I’m doing it out of love. Because really what’s worse...a lost toy or a mom who lost her marbles??? Who’s with me? 🙋🏼‍♀️
So earlier this week I posted that this boy might have been faking sick. Turns out he is really quite sick. There are a few things it could be and we should know in a day or two which way it’s going to go. Fingers crossed and prayers said that he gets better on his own and we don’t have to deal with something more serious. 😢❤️
This is the face she gives me right before I say “whatever you want your majesty”. But seriously this girl rules the roost! We are definitely navigating how to spoil her with love because we just are so obsessed with her and all her cuteness and not having her turn into a total diva. Any tips?
Who’s with me? And with all the cute sunglasses now you really can have a new pair for every day of the week. And now you know, when you see that cute insta-mommy in her killer shades that she’s rockin’ those same tired eyes we all are. 🕶✌🏻
How’s everyone’s Monday going? I have been the queen of “side notes” and distractions lately. Just trying to keep my head down and get stuff done. Got some bit tasks today and no time to get sidetracked.
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“Nope. Not happening.” That’s what I’ve been telling this boy all day but he still insisted on having a birthday. The great eight. Such a big milestone and he’s been waiting a long time. It makes my heart swell. The thought of him growing up. He is my favorite buddy, my sweetheart, and so many things I can’t even but into words. He’s a hard worker, never gives up, loves his brother, is working hard to tolerate his sister 🤣 and always puts everyone above himself. Heavenly Father sure knew what I needed when he sent me this boy and I couldn’t be more grateful for him. Now I just have to figure out how to freeze time and keep him little forever. #mytripp #happybirthday #mommasboy #greateight
I’m scared. Next week my friend @biancamadsenphoto who works out like 10x as much as me wants to start going to the gym together. She lifts weights guys. And goes to classes. And other stuff that people do at the gym. Where all I ever do is walk on that treadmill and listen to great music while I pray an 80 year old does get on the machine next to me and out do me. I basically told her she is going to have to abduct me each day because if we schedule a time I’m going to make up a really long elaborate story about why I can’t go. But I’ve got to do something, because I just got a “can’t hide your fat face haircut” and all my chins are showing. #prayforme #gymtime
These three weirdos are currently laughing, and talking, and shooshing each other through the floor/ceiling vents. I love these little moments. The times when the schedule loving, desperate for quiet mom in me wants to go hollar “go to bed” but the other mom in me lets it linger on just a bit longer because it’s moments like these that someday they’ll say to each other “remember when” 💛 #abbeykyhl #beyond_motherhood #dailyphoto #honestmotherhood #ig_motherhood #letthembelittle #livethelittlethings #makingupmotherhood #motherhood #motherhoodrising #our_everyday_moments #posttheordinary #teammotherly
It’s funny being a mom. You feel so overwhelmed, so consumed, and sometimes so smothered by your little ones. Literally my daughter will sit on the back of my chair and wrap her arms around me as tight as she can until I’m choking. She’s smothering me in her love and all I want in that moment is a break. We feel this need for a minute alone on the daily, maybe even the hourly. But then when we are gone the intensity of the hole we feel is what is truly suffocating. For me, it’s two sleeps. After two sleeps I start missing them, our house, those arms around my neck so much that I start brainstorming ways to get home sooner. Reasons I would need to rush home. No matter how much fun I’m having away, no matter the amazing people I am surrounded by, my heart just always wants to be where they are. Anyone else feel the same? #momlife #raiseyourtribe #homebody
This...right here. My wish for all my kids. There is nothing more important to me than for them to be the person who is kind, the person who loves others, the person everyone will count as a friend. @lettersandlaurels, my house needs this asap 💛
Today I was setting up for Pinners Conference hauling in way more stuff than I should have been (especially given my fractured ribs) and I have to say I had this moment where I was absolutely shocked. I was carrying in this table all by myself and as I passed more than five young guys I couldn’t believe that they just watched me and didn’t offer to help. Granted it wasn’t heavy, it was just awkward but they just watched me struggle past them. Finally, a grandpa aged man stopped and helped me. All I could think to myself was, “His momma raised him right”. And I couldn’t help but think that a conversation or maybe many over time needed to be had with my boys. I hope all my children always offer help, always offer kindness, and always offer a helping hand. I know had my husband seen a woman today like me he would have helped. He’s pretty amazing like that so I want to make sure my boys grow up to see the need others have by watching him. I think in our world it’s so easy to be lost in our own minds, lost in our phones, but what people need, so desperately need, is human connection and to feel seen. So in a weird way, I feel some gratitude to the men who didn’t help me today because they reminded me of the importance of my job as a mother. And especially thank you to the man who did help me because truthfully I might have looked like I was fine but I was struggling and you were just the help I needed 👴🏼❤️ #kindnessmatters #raisethemright #motherhood #seetheneed