Saturday, November 28, 2009

House update

Things continue to move along at a fast breaking speed. We couldn't be happier about it. The house has been dry-walled and is now being taped and mudded. I guarantee the workers think we are nutty coming over all the time with massive grins on our faces, saying "thank you" a million times. What can I say, we are SO excited.

I might note here, because I've been getting some grief, these pictures are all taken with my WIDE angle lens to get everything in. So while it is a sweet home, it isn't quite as grand (ie. large) as my camera makes it seem.



(and a sneek peak of my kitchen into the living room)

Full of thanks...and a whole lot of food

I've always loved Thanksgiving. I think it's due to the wonderful memories I have growing up and going to my grandparent's house on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, making homemade apple cider, getting dressed up for dinner (in a stretchy skirt of course), and spending time with my cousins and aunt and uncles around a huge fire made by my grandpa.

Though we were not with MY aunts, uncles and cousins this year, my kids were with THEIRS. I'd like to think they are starting to love the holiday as much as I do and they'll look back on these years spent with family fondly.

While I did not get pictures on Thanksgiving, I did the day after when we met up with my brother, sister, grandparents and their spouses, and cousin Sofia of course. We took the kids to Wheeler farm to see the farm animals, had a yummy lunch, games, naps and out to dinner for birthday celebration for my younger sister Laura. It was a wonderful day for all. I'm thankful for ALL my family!

Lucy and Sofia.

No animals were injured in the taking of this picture. In fact, this animal was not even aware Isaac was on him. Thanks Uncle Matt for putting my son on this ridiculously huge animal!

I thought we had moved past this smile. Apparently not.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Potty training

100% at home, not quite as good out and about. We'll get it though.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Harris Family

They welcomed another sweet baby girl 6 weeks ago and oh my is she darling! Just as sweet as can be, and not a cry to be heard. I was drooling from the moment I walked in their house as the mamma is an amazing interior designer, drop dead gorgeous and such a pleasure to be around. What a treat to take pictures of the newest member of this family!

Big sister.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Six girls

15 minute session with my six beautiful nieces and their parents...easiest shoot ever.

I LOVE this picture. It's so...them. Each of their personalities are oozing out in this shot.

Dover Christmas pictures

We had limited time and too much sun, but when it went down, we got the best ones of the evening. I love this family, even though I'm mad that Amy wouldn't let me post my favorite one.

If you're interested in pictures for your Christmas cards, book right away! I will not be taking clients after December 19th, till the second week in January so that I can enjoy the holidays with my family.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

House update

Many of you have asked me to keep posting updates on the house. If you weren't one of those people, skip over this.

Things are moving at lightening speed I am SO pleased to report. While I still am trying to not get my hopes up, word is there is a small miracle of a chance we might make it in around Christmas or shortly after. Send your prayers up to the construction faries for us.

The following pictures were taken the day I left for NY (Wednesday). The basement was beginning to be framed. Isaac loves to go out and work at his "job" as he calls it. The men are so cute to him and let him hammer away at things. Apparently he was a little put-out later that day when he told Geoff that he hadn't been paid yet. Wow.

We've been eating our lunch at the new "house" on good weather days. It's so fun to see the progress along the way.

And this picture of the back of the house was taken today. Top floor is just starting to be framed. That's a total of 3 weeks since ground breaking people.

Monday, November 09, 2009

New York, New York!

I got home in the wee hours of the morning last night from a whirl-wind trip to New York. It was my sweet friend (and old roommate) Kamilah's birthday. What better excuse to have a girls trip? She is just starting her own line of clothing, KGrace Designs, so I did a shoot for her while I was out there with a model. It was so much fun, and so hilarious of course. I'll post some pictures after I get her approval...I don't want to ruin the surprise! We did loads of shopping, walking, laughing, a memorable trip to the Manhattan temple, eating, karaoke and me making a fool of myself. I managed to have the worst of luck on this trip. I got locked in a bathroom, got my arm stuck in the Subway, nearly manhandled by an angry cab driver, and the list goes on. Sooo many funny memories. Here's a few pictures from the trip. Can't wait to go back with Geoff and do all the touristy things!

The birthday girl!

Despite this picture, she was real happy I was there. Promise.

The ladies waiting for the Subway.

Kelly, also mistaken for Courtney Cox.


All the ladies on our way to the Brooklyn Bridge.

Closeup of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Amberli, Kelly and I. Amberli was such a trooper. She walked everywhere and stayed up till crazy hours of the night with the wee one in the belly.

Can you spot the Statue of Liberty? Was really wishing I had a telephoto lens!

My family

My miracle worker of a friend, Kiera, took pictures of our family several weeks ago. It was a nightmare to say the least. Lucy was screaming most of the time due to some constipation issues (I know you wanted to know that), Isaac and Geoff got their hair cut that morning and I thought they had decided to join the Army, and the list goes on and on. So, you can imagine my surprise when she posted these on her blog, utter shock and amazement I tell you. I love them. I love her for working miracles. I love that we took pictures on what was a large mound of dirt at the time, but now looks almost like a house (pictures of that to come as well). And most importantly, I love my family!

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