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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Simplify


Can you tell things are busy around here by my lack of posts?  It has.  I cannot stand being this busy and more importantly I cannot stand having a home that is this busy.  It's gonna have to change.  I'm just not sure when or more importantly how that's going to happen.
But one thing that keeps coming back again and again is is the new coloring supplies that Mimi got for Christmas.  I kinda felt bad (ie cheap) when her "big" gift for Christmas was coloring supplies.  Cause let's face it, I didn't spend much.  But she loves to color so couple new coloring books, a black pad of paper and a new set of colored pencils and markers were purchased.  In total about $15. But here's the thing... this is the one gift that keeps getting pulled out time and time again!  The littles keep getting out the supplies at the kitchen table and will color for an hour or so.  Daily! And not just Mimi either but all 4 little ones!
I'm super impressed with the Melissa & Doug Coloring Pads. I'm not all about staying in the lines but these coloring pads have big pics that the kids seem to be drawn too. And you woulda thought the new box of markers (washable mind you!) were gold bars by how much they love them!
And I'm reminded that the greatest joy often comes in simple (and cheap) packages.
Now to slow down my days and figure out how to go slower!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

She done good!


I'm gonna toot my girl's horn today.  This morning, after 2 1/2 years of working hard at her job, stashing her money away, forgoing many o' Starbucks and pedicures, my girl bought herself a car!  And we couldn't be prouder that she was able to set a goal, work really hard for it and do it 2 1/2 years later!  We live in an affluent part of the country.  Kids, Livy's friends and classmates, are given really nice new cars on their 16th and 17th birthdays as a matter of course.  Truth be told, I was given a car around the same age.  It was a Volkswagen too, yet it was far from new.  But my girl has taken a different path for her first car.  She bought it herself!

A quick celebratory photo shoot was in order!
Livy, 
I know you're caught up in being giddy about your it's-all-yours car.  But I want you to know that this is a big deal to your papa and me.  It's kinda huge!  You did it!  You set your mind to something and saved and you did it!  We know that there were weekends you didn't want to work and it wasn't so easy.  Doing something that's hard, for a long period of time.. well it's a big ol' deal of an accomplishment!  Baby, you're gonna rock the world with that skill set!   
Luv, 
Your very proud Mama  

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Part III in which there was finally snow!



There's part I when there wasn't much snow at all, part II when I may or may not have dropped the baby, and now finally part III in which we FINALLY got snow!  And not just snow, but winter wonderland,  10" loverly blanket of turn everything white and perfect snow!
We woke up New Year's day (ya I'm a little behind in the blog) and the littles rushed to the windows to see to see it, and it was all I had hoped!  

This is one of my cutie patootie nephews.  He and Jude had a lot of fun together making snow mischief.  
See?  What'd I tell you?  Mischievous little imps aren't they?!

But they weren't the only ones being a bit naughty!  See the two cute sisters playing so sweetly below?  Give 'em a moment...
... and one will take revenge on her little sister when she least suspects it!  
It snowed off and on while they played, and sometimes the snow fell out of the trees and landed on some one's head and went down her sweater and wowzers was that cold!
And not only did we wake up with snow, but icicles too!  The kids were pretty sure that icicles were the best thing is the whole wide world!  And I can't say that I disagree with them. 
And Patch even made an appearance (never you mind that he's wearing sweats!  It wouldn't surprise me if he had flip flops on too, cause Patch is Patch, and that's just not a hill I'm willing to die on!) and had a sword icicle fight.  And Tess,with her big brother to play with and a weapon in her hand and a battle to fight.., died and went to heaven right then and right there!
Good golly I love this boy!  He's just so so SO sweet!
And then the sun came out, and our little winter wonderland got even better!  
So after all that finger crossing and hoping and hoping and hoping, we finally got our snow!  And we were crazy desert rats playing in the snow... and it was bliss.  More than I dared hoped for. Just the type of holiday we needed to start the new year off right!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Blue Lily, Power Pose and a weekend of awesomeness!


I spent the weekend with Blue Lily.
If you haven't heard me gush about Blue Lily before, well let me just tell you they, Wendy and Tyler, are freakishly talented photographers.  And the cherry on top is that they're kinda everyone's best friends once you meet them.
The reunion was this weekend in Las Vegas and it was for folks that have taken their workshops in the past.  And oh my my my!  This was the most amazing group of people.  And when I say amazing I mean super, amazing, so hugely impressive photographers that shoot professionally all over the country, (Canada too!) and top it all off with really really NICE and funny like you wouldn't believe and humble and really attractive to boot!
There was a lot of networking that went on.  An ├╝ber amount of knowledge shared.  Sometimes photographers can be a bit, how shall I say this... "stingy" with their knowledge.  But I can honestly say that there wasn't a person in the room that if they knew something they weren't willing to share it with others.  And they did too!  I learned so so much about photography and the industry!  
Ya, that blue wall was insane!  
I had a wonderful time with this amazing group!  Aside from all the shop talk, and ya there was a LOT of that that went on from morning to night, it was a weekend of laughing and building friendships.  

This is my good friend April below.  And my new friend Caty, above.  More friends that understand nonstop talk about photography = better!
The amazingly talented Summer below.  
The locations were amazing!  Below is one of the crazy awesome places outside of Las Vegas that we shot at.  I think I drooled a bit when we arrived.  
Ben and Miranda below.  (see note above about more friends)
Below, Wendy Whitacre of Blue Lily. (Can't believe I don't have a pic of Tyler, her amazingly handsome other half.)  If you've met the Whitacres you know that there are no words that do them justice. It's not that their nice... they're crazy nice.  And it's not that their generous... they're crazy generous!  And it's not that they're talented.  They're crazy ridiculous talented!   And yea that's a balloon tied to Wendy's head.  Because that's how Blue Lily rolls!  
And this last pic has something to do with a "power pose."  I'm not exactly sure what that meant but there was a lot of it going on all weekend, and I'm pretty sure they kidnapped that sweet baby to do it!
And even a pic of yours truly that I LOVE taken by Las Vegas Photographer, Lesli!  Thank you, Lesli!
If you have an opportunity to have my best-ies at Blue Lily take your family pics, I really really recommend it, but they fill up fast so head over there now.  They shoot all over the world, (including in lots of cities in the good ol' USA ) and are moderately priced (read-under priced for how much skillage they offer!) The schedule of cities they'll be at in 2015 is HERE.  I already scheduled my shoot for the fall of 2015 and can't wait to see them again!

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