Our First Born

Some may think Brayden is the oldest.  However, he’s actually the middle child.  Hauggy, our miniature schnauzer mutt, is our oldest.  He just turned 11.  We happened upon him at the pound right after we got engaged.  Just a tiny two month old, scared, little puppy.  For 5 years this guy was king of the house.  He got to take pictures with Santa.  We threw a graduation party for him when he finished obedience school.  And he always had the best Halloween costume.

And then the kids came.  And his whole world was flipped upside down.  While he might not get enough attention from me, the kids more than makeup for it.  They love that grumpy, old dog more than anything.  And he loves them too.  Most of the time.

When I told Brayden that it was Hauggy’s birthday he insisted we throw him a party.  Because we are always looking for an excuse to eat cupcakes.  Brayden and Kennedy even made Hauggy his own birthday cake (we used the peanut butter receipe from here).  I think Hauggy appreciated the gesture.  Even if he doesn’t look thrilled.

*** All images taken with Canon 5D Mark II, 50 1.2

F 2.0, 1/160, ISO 1000

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F 2.0, 1/200, ISO 320IMG_1066 copy

F 3.2, 1/200, ISO 400

I made my aperture more narrow (increased the f stop number) because I wanted all three of them to be in focus.  If I would have shot this at 2.0 and focused on Hauggy, only he would have been in focus.

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F 3.2, 1/200, ISO 400

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F 3.2, 1/200, ISO 400 IMG_1126 copy

F 3.2, 1/200, ISO 400

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F 3.2, 1/200, ISO 400IMG_1187 copy

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F 3.2, 1/400, ISO 400

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F 2.5, 1/320, ISO 400 IMG_1365 copy


  1. Jennie says

    What an adorable post and the pictures are awesome! My favorite is the one of with your son’s legs and the dog laying on the floor next to him. So cute! Thanks for sharing! You brought a smile to my face!
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  2. DebZorn says

    Adorable! Your kids are getting so big and are SO cute.

  3. Heather says

    These pictures are too cute! Brynn keeps wanting to look at them, and wants to be invited to Hauggy’s birthday next year ;)

  4. Tira says

    Awe! This made me smile so much! So much fun Drew! Thanks for sharing.

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