Monday, May 14, 2012

Ok, it is getting harder and harder to keep up on this picture a day project!  Actually, it's not the daily picture taking that's hard, those I got.  It's the scrapbooking that I'm behind on!  I am about 5 weeks behind, and need to get caught up!   Is anyone else doing this and keeping up on it?  If I just had 3 hours or so to lock myself into my office...

Thursday, May 10, 2012

This was our second attempt at getting some pictures of the Smiths.  The first time it was raining and so cold!  So we decided to try again, and I'm glad we did! 
Love this big gray barn door!

And isn't this little girl just so adorable?? 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I had a graduation photo session with Emmalee yesterday at DC Ranch.  Here are a few pictures that I found while going through them that caught my eye.  If you are a senior and still need your pictures done, give me a call!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

I took some impromptu pictures of Amber's baby while she was in town from Alaska.  What a doll she is with her big blue eyes and chubby cheeks  :)  And she was such a happy baby too, so easy to take pictures of!

umm, could you say that again?  You want me to do what??!

Here is a sneak peak at a few pictures for Andrew and Melanie.  They were married March 3rd at St. Andrews church in Mesa.  What a fun couple!  We did pictures in 2009 for some friends of theirs, so it was fun to see so many familiar faces at the wedding.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Between working at Seniors camp, several work days out at the church for the hubby, having company, services, a few photo shoots, a sick baby, and visiting out of town company, I feel like the month of February just flew by!  I have lots of pictures to edit, and a wedding on Saturday, but then I am hoping that life slows down just a little! I am a little behind on my 'picture~a~day project, but not so far behind yet that I feel like giving it up!  Here are my pages for week 6 & 7...

And a few pictures that highlight the last few weeks around here...

Taryn 'helping' me make caramel rolls....caught in the sugar bowl!  My first time making them on my own, and they turned out great!  Sorry, no pictures!

Out to eat with the in~laws... 
I keep hearing about the ribs at the white chocolate grill, so I tried them this time.  I still say that the balsamic ribeye is better!

Squeezed in Dustyn's baptism while Reino and Diane were here so Reino could baptize him.  Both sets of godparents are from out of town, so my mom held him.

Four generations!

Love this picture of grandma with Dustyn!

Lots more pictures to share, but will save them for another day, as housework is calling me!

Friday, February 10, 2012

whew, it's been a while since I've last posted!  This last month has been busy, busy, busy around here!  We've had lots of company and more is coming :)  Love this time of year!
I'm still keeping up on my photo-a-day project.  I think I have only missed taking a picture one day so far.  A lot of the pictures from the last two weeks were taken with my cell phone, so the quality is pretty poor, but they are better than nothing!  And they work just fine for this project.

 It sure was fun having Andrea here!  But the six days she was here flew by way to fast!  Hopefully she makes this an annual trip like she says she wants to! 
 With lots of company tho, comes lots of cleaning....And it really does feel good!  We had our carpets cleaned this week so I had furniture all over my kitchen and family room for a few days.  We used zerorez,  and they sure cleaned it up good!  I also had them clean my 11 year old lazy boy that was in desperate need of it.  And while it didn't clean up to look new again, it sure looks nice compared to what it was! 
Trina and Taryn were having a ball running around the next day in the booties that they gave us...

At what age do you others start letting your kids do some baking/cooking?  Lindsey has been begging me to let her make cookies, and I was just dreading it.  But then I realized that I had bought this sugar cookie mix from costco at Christmas time, so I thought, how hard could it be?  I helped her make one batch, and the next day I let her and Kierstyn do them on their own with little help from me.  But I told her that baking also includes doing all the dishes.  She did them!  And the cookies were good :)  I just need to relax a little I think, and have her start doing more in the kitchen!  How else are they going to learn? 

Could my baby be teething already??  He is almost 3 months.  He has been drooling like mad this last week,  sucking on his fingers and has been kind of high maintenance.  Toni sure has the magic touch tho to get him to settle down!  

Have a good weekend everyone!  It'll be a busy one here! 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

I had a fun photo session with the Simonsons last Sunday at DC Ranch.  I know some of you may have already seen the pictures on Facebook, but thought I'd post some here as well.  It was a bit challenging trying to arrange 20 people when they are all pretty much the same height, but we managed!  I have photographed several of their kids weddings, and they are always so much fun!

And the whole gang...

In other news, my company arrived last night, and we stayed up far too late last night visiting!  So much fun to have Andrea here...but now, I don't think she is having all that much fun today.  She left Seattle with sick kids at home and woke up herself today with the pukes!  No fun at all!  She went to lay down around 4:00 today, and I don't think she will drag herself out of there until tomorrow morning!  I sure hope she wakes up feeling better!  What a drag to be sick, but especially on vacation!

And couldn't resist this picture of Trina tonight...totally into her Archie comic!

and this one of Dustyn from the other day...they make me smile :)

I think I am going to wrap up early tonight too...


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Today was one of those days where I would have loved to sleep in till noon!  But with a doctor appointment for Dustyn, that wasn't possible.  It was a busy long weekend with many late nights, and I need to do some catch-up in the sleep department before more company comes tomorrow night.   I have a feeling that we won't be tucking in early from tomorrow until next Tuesday! 

Isn't this little buddy just the cutest?!

Today was his two month well-child visit.  He is in the 90th % for height and weight!  Topping the charts at 13 lbs 14 ozs! He's my big boy :)

Hope you all are having a great Tuesday!  I'm going to put the kids down for naps, then try to get some chores done around here...we're lacking in that department lately too!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Well, I'm on a roll with my picture~a~day project!  I got week three done :)  So far it hasn't been hard getting the pictures taken, so I really hope I can keep it up.  I may not always have my camera with me, but my phone pictures are just fine for this project!  This week looks to be all about Taryn :)

It's a lazy Sunday around here.  Frans and two kids are napping.  Girls have friends over and are busy on the Wii.  I got a phone call in to a friend and now some computer catch up time and maybe a nap before a photo session in a few hours...or maybe instead of the nap, I'll go outside and enjoy the weather with my book!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Good Morning!

Forget breakfast...let the games begin!

And how could a person wake up grumpy with this little guy cooing away at them?  (Not really grumpy, but just wishing I could crawl back under the sheets for an hour.  or two.)

We had a great time with some of the family last night out to eat and then to mom and dad's for coffee.  Love when we have out of town family come to visit!  Please excuse the poor poor quality of the picture...

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

First things first....huge congrats to my sister Kendra and Paul on the birth of their BIG baby boy!  He was born last night, and was 9lbs 14 oz!  Wish I was closer so I could snuggle that little man!
picture stolen off Pauls Blog... Isn't he darling?!

I have been wanting to do a wall in my house that I can display the kids art work when they bring it home from school for a long time.  Well, I finally did something!  I had tons of frames just sitting in my garage, so I bought some spray paint, and got busy painting them!  They won't all hold you can see I have a clock in one, and a picture in another one.  But that's ok.  And it's not exactly what I had pictured in my head, but I think it turned out ok.  What do you think?  Is it ugly?  Does it need something else?  Obviously all the frames aren't filled yet...but they will be.
( and this is why I hate decorating...after going to my sisters house last night, I wish I would have done them all in different shades of white.  She is a white person!  We'll see how long it is before I buy more spray paint and redo them all ;) )

I got this canvas idea from a blog I follow,  and thought it was so cute.  I used WA state because that is the first place that Frans told me he loved me :) (that, and it still kind of feels like 'home' to me!)  I just printed out an outline of the state onto photo paper, spray painted the canvas, and then mod podged the picture on.

Maybe I need some kind of vinyl wall saying above the collage?  Or should I take the canvas out of the collage and just leave it with frames?  critique please...

that's it for now...