Photostory Friday: She’s Growing Up


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My Emma, she’s such a dear.  She’s three and a half now.  It kind of makes me sad.  She’s my baby, my last little one.


She gives me flowers and drawings, checkups and haircuts, “fancy smooches” and funny jokes.

She’s bold and daring, sensitive and caring, insightful and amusing.

No more diapers for this one, she’s a big kid now.

I miss the baby she used to be.

Emma Lou

But I am head over heals in love with the child she’s become.


This one’s for you, Emma Lou.

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Photostory Friday: Why I Love Spring


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It’s pretty well known that I am not a big fan of winter.   So when spring finally arrives and the snow is gone for good (somewhere around now) I get my butt outdoors and take photos.   Overtime for mah camera!

But it’s so worth it when I get images like these:





Wouldn’t you agree?  🙂

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Photostory Friday: It’s Been a While


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Wow!  It’s been way too long since I’ve done this!  I’ve been in a blogging funk lately.  I always manage to post a few times a week, but I don’t really talk about much…mostly just posting photos.  (At least I’m still taking photos!)
I’ve  begun to make some lifestyle changes.  My family joined our local YMCA and I’ve been trying to get there and work out as much as I can.  I’ve avoided it for far too long.  I must admit, for a person who hasn’t worked out in over 10 years (shocking, I know) I’m adjusting well to it and I daresay that I kind of like it.
So that, along with keeping trying to keep house and dealing with all the crazy fun things that going on with my kids, I’m just too whooped at the end of the day to write it all down.
Please forgive me.  I have posted a pretty photo for you as a peace offering.  =)
I will try to blog more.  I can’t guarantee that it will be a lot, seeing that the weather here is getting gorgeous and all I want to do is to go outside and get rid of my blinding whiteness spend time outdoors with my kiddos and take a ton of photos, but I’ll do what I can.
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Photostory Friday: It’s a Springoversary, People!


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Ok, so not only is today the FIRST DAY OF SPRING (sorry about the caps…I’m just that excited to be done with winter!), but today is also the 3rd anniversary of photo mommy!

Three years ago today this blog was born.  I just recently wrote my 400th post and I’m still surprised I’ve kept with it for this long.  Yay for commitment!

Today is a happy day, ya’ll!  Winter is officially OVAH!  (Bye bye!  See ya in  9 months!)  Plus, we get to celebrate the anniversary of of blog that has done many things for me in the last 3 years.  It’s kept me connected with a few old friends, as well as helped me make a few new friends.  It’s gotten me in trouble once or twice…but that’s all water under the bridge.  It’s given me a chance to showcase my wonderful kids as well as my photography.  I love going into the archives and seeing how they {the kiddos and the photos} have changed through the years.

As I do every year (ya know, because I’m a sucker for tradition and stuff), I’ll post the photos of the kiddos from my very first post and then a photo from now.  It’s what I like to call The Kids, Then and Now”.  I know, original, right?

Aaron, 2006, 7 years old


Aaron, 2009, 10 years old



Taylor, 2006, 2 years old

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Taylor, 2009, 5 years old



Emma, 2006, 6 months old (Mah baby!)

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Emma, 2009, 3.5 years old


So, here’s to three, and many more!  Oh, yeah, happy Spring, too!


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Photostory Friday: Little Feet

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This week was spent trying to gain a different perspective on things, in my life and in my photography.  It is so easy to pass things by without a second glance.  I fear I do that too much in my life.  I need to start noticing the small things that make life great.
These are Emma’s feet.  Feet that I’ve looked at from the day she was born…feet that hate socks and like to have their toenails painted just like Mommy’s.  Feet that will take her anywhere she wants to go.   Feet that look really cute in photos…
I spent most of this session focusing on her face, but look what I would have missed had I not opened my eyes and looked at things differently.  A pair of little feet.
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Photostory Friday: You Know You’re a Redneck When…

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Your latest addition to your living room decor used to breathe.


Remember the deer Doug shot on Thanksgiving?  Well, here he is.  The newest addition to my living room.

This is “Art” (did you catch the pun?).  Yes, he even has a name.  Doug named him.  I really felt that “Buck” was a more appropriate name for him, but Doug insisted that he was definitely “Art”. 

I beg to differ.

At first I was against the idea of hanging a dead deer head in the house.  I resisted, I really did!  I suggested a great place for it…the garage!  He said he wanted to hang it over our bed.  That was definitely out.

So, as you can see, I caved, and “Art” now is our newest conversation piece.

It’s not so bad, really.  My main concern is that it was going to freak me out in the middle of the night, which hasn’t happened yet.

As long as Doug doesn’t try to give “Art” a buddy anytime soon, I think I’ll be ok.

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Photostory Friday: I Learned Something New

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As most of you know, I love photography.  People are my speciality…especially my kids…for one they are gorgeous(!) (No bias there…heh.) and two because they are readily available when I get the itch to get clicky.
This week I tried something new…I made my own backdrop using fabric, a couple of light stands, and some utility clips (I guess that’s what you call them.  I found them in the hardware section.).
I had read about other photographer making similar set ups and decided to give it a whirl. I got the light stands a few months ago but never even looked at them until last week.   I bought some plain black fabric (easy for a starter backdrop) and the clips at Walmart.  That’s all I needed.
I set it up on Monday morning, when the light in my living room was the best.  Emma was my only kiddo here, so she was my lucky tester person.
Sometimes she is not thrilled with being my guinea pig.
But she perked up eventually.  🙂
I was even able to get a few in of Taylor after she got home from school.
I was thrilled to get a smile out of her! 
Unfortunately, I do not have any of Aaron, yet…with him in school all day it hasn’t been possible, yet…but I’m planning on getting him this weekend.  Also, I am planning on getting one of Doug and me…the most recent (good) photo of us is almost 2 years old…time for an update!
I am really excited about this!  Now that I know what I’m doing (Heh.) I think I’ll start looking for different fabrics to make new and more unique backdrops.
This will definitely keep me busy until the deep freeze wears off and we can go outdoors again.  🙂
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Photostory Friday: Winter: Beautiful, but still Sucks

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I took this photo shortly after sunrise this morning.  It’s the first time we’ve seen sun in a while.

I looked at this photo and thought  “My gosh, winter can be so gorgeous.”

Then I saw that the temperature was like -2 degrees. -20 with wind chill.

Winter can be gorgeous all it wants, but it still sucks.

So, with that said…Call me when it’s spring! 🙂

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Photostory Friday: The Story Behind Emma’s New Talent

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Ok, so I know I totally posted this photo for this week’s Wordless Wednesday post, but my mom convinced me to write the story behind it because it is too funny.  Plus, this way I won’t forget it and I will definitely be able to use it to embarrass her some day.  (Shut up…you know you would, too.)
The story behind the crazy eyes:

Last Sunday, went went to lunch with my father in law, my brother in law and his wife.  As we were waiting for the food we sat and chatted…like normal.  Emma was sitting across from me and Doug was to my left.  I noticed that she had gotten awfully quiet.  Doug and I looked at her and knew something was up.  (I personally thought she was going to vomit…thank the Lord that was not the case.)

I asked her if she was ok and with out cracking a smile, she replied “My batteries fell out.”

Doug and I said “What?!” at the same time.  Before we could look at each other and shout “JINX!” (Shut up.) She said “My batteries fell out.” 

And then she made the face.  The cross eyed goo goo face.  And Never. Cracked. A. Smile.

That child had the entire table rolling.  Because, you know, once she found out she was funny, she had to do it 100 more times.  I so thought they were going to kick us out of the restaurant.

That’s my girl.

But seriously though, I have no idea where she comes up with half the junk she says.  She’s three for crying out loud!

I do know where she get’s her crazy eyes from, though…and it’s sooo not me.

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Photostory Friday: Taylor’s Artwork

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A few weeks back I mentioned the fact that Taylor was moving to a new classroom at school.  At first we thought it wouldn’t be until after Christmas break, but after a few “trial runs” in the new class she was ready for it, so it was decided to move her early.

This class is a lot different than her old one.  This class is basically a pre-k class, where her other class was more like one on one preschool, so she’s doing a lot more age appropriate activities now…which brings us to her artwork!




These beautiful pieces of art came home with her this week.  Her very first school art projects.

She has come a long way in three years.

Three years ago, she paid no attention to anything around her.  She was oblivious to the world.  She could not walk (at 2 1/2!) and had severe learning delays.

Now, she is a totally different child.  She can communicate, she’s walking, she pays attention to the world around her.  She still has the delays, but she has progressed in leaps and bounds.

And now she’s bringing home art that she (mostly) made. 

I am one proud mama.