Wednesday, April 29, 2009


From A to Z, I'm addicted to photography. What does that mean exactly? Oh, just that I love everything about it. And I love this CUTE fam. We really had a good time.

Alright, no more posts from me for a good week. I need to get ready for my trip down to UT where I'll get to see my college sisters, and two of my best girlfriends, and my sweet grandparents and lots more family. And... I get to meet Jamie Sampson of Jamie Sampson Photography. (She asked me to make her a hat, so I'm hand delivering it. :)) Woo hoo!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Kiss Me

This first picture totally reminds me of the song Kiss Me by Sixpence None the Richer, I guess because it was taken of this cute couple out in nature at sunset. Or maybe it's just because I love that song.

Anyway, for fun, here are the lyrics:

Kiss me out of the bearded barley
Nightly, beside the green, green grass
Swing, swing, swing the spinning step
You wear those shoes and I will wear that dress.

Oh, kiss me beneath the milky twilight
Lead me out on the moonlit floor
Lift your open hand
Strike up the band and make the fireflies dance
Silver moon's sparkling
So kiss me

Kiss me down by the broken tree house
Swing me upon its hanging tire
Bring, bring, bring your flowered hat
We'll take the trail marked on your father's map

Oh, kiss me beneath the milky twilight
Lead me out on the moonlit floor
Lift your open hand
Strike up the band and make the fireflies dance
Silver moon's sparkling
So kiss me

I had high hopes of getting more than just two pictures edited from this photoshoot tonight, seeing as I took these pictures nearly two weeks ago! But as the clock approaches midnight and as I glance at what I still need to do before tomorrow, I'm going to have to settle with just getting a few pictures up for now. For those of you who know Randi, this is her beautiful baby sister. She's getting married in August!

In other news, I realize my blog has been favoring photography lately, and that I haven't posted much about us, but I hope to soon!

Until then, here's us in quick review:
Maggie cut her bangs to the root, right in the middle of her forehead today. I discovered this while in line to pay at the grocery store. Recognizing that I had an audience of strangers to witness my reaction, I started giggling and then laughing out of shock and nervousness. I pray Maggie doesn't really think I found her snippity artwork at all amusing.

And remember how Magson used to laugh when I'd get upset with him for biting me while nursing? Well, he hasn't bit me in a long time, until tonight, when he chomped on me his hardest yet. This time, however, my painful and loud reaction actually made him cry as though I had somehow hurt him! I felt bad that my reaction scared him, but also kind of victorious. Hopefully that problem is cured for good.

Last night Magnet was telling me all about a book he is reading. It's about how to get the world out of poverty in twenty years. He's really passionate about developing third world countries. It was one of those conversations that only required an "uh huh" here and a "hmmm" there from me. Before long I decided to roll over and drifted off to sleep while he kept chatting away. That is, until I made an appearance from my dreams to say, "I didn't know computers could do that." There was a big pause as he realized I'd been sleeping and as I realized that what I said was way off topic. Oops!

Finally, for family home evening tonight we finished up our garden. We had so much help from our neighbor with this--seriously. We built our garden box out of his left over wood with his tools. He had his cousin deliver dirt to our door. We finally got some seeds planted this evening. It felt good and awkward. I'm quite an illiterate gardener and it was particularly apparent tonight as I dug holes with an old spoon and watered with a plastic pitcher. I'll let you know if anything decides to sprout out there. I sure hope so!

Oh, and one more "finally." Preschool is at my house tomorrow. I'm planning on baking cookies with eight kids. While working on this post, I've been baking cookies in advance for their snack tomorrow. Yeah, I just went to take the second batch out of the oven and they're black as coal. The first batch was ugly enough seeing how I put the ingredients together in the wrong order. Why did I choose a baking theme???

It may not sound like it from all my little stories, but life really is good. It's really busy and exhausting and full, but for wonderful reasons.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Blueberry Eyes

I've loved getting to know the "Auntie Jessie" to these precious little girls. She asked me to photograph her nieces as a surprise gift for their mommy and grandmas for Mother's Day. Well, the surprise part didn't work out-- it's hard to keep secrets! But that's OK. Anyway, she's such a great aunt! And Jen, the girls' mom, happens to be quite the photographer herself, so it was really generous of her to let me practice on her beauties. Throughout the photoshoot she kept telling them to show me their blueberry eyes. So cute!

Monday, April 20, 2009

In Love on a Rainy Day

Umbrellas served as more than just props last Monday for my photoshoot with Tyler and Natalia. Because these newlyweds are out-of-towners who had to hit the road home to Rexburg later that day, we decided to brave the steady drizzle. Although I stepped in slushy dog poo, and it was a little tricky to juggle my umbrella and camera, and my pants were soaked to my calves, I'm glad we persevered because it was such a treat to meet and photograph you two love birds! Give Idaho a big (wet) hug from Washington for me!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I Love Big Families

As promised, here are the rest of the kids that make up this cute family. They were all so sweet and fun! I'm the oldest of seven kids, so being around them made me miss my family. I loved growing up with lots of brothers and sisters!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Sweet Sliver

Whew, what a full and happy weekend! Between Easter, my birthday, a wedding, and a photoshoot, it was packed! I thought I'd share a sweet sliver of the photos I took of this curly-haired Shirley Temple. She was the most adorable little model! And no, nobody perms her hair--she's only two! (Can you believe people ask her mom that all the time??) Anyway, stay tuned for pictures of her five older siblings. I hope to get them up in the next day or two.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Hat Happy

While listening to General Conference this past weekend, I crocheted a bunch of hats--so much fun! I have the greatest little hat models at my finger tips, don't ya think?

And conference, wow. I always come away from conference weekend feeling so strongly that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. God has not abandoned us in this world. He has given us living prophets, who I know if we follow, we will feel true peace and happiness in life. I'm so proud and thankful to be a part of such a wonderful church!

Anyway, here's a peek at my cute kids in some of the hats.

I've been trying so hard lately to get pictures of Maggie and Magson together. I was so annoyed with myself for not getting Magson quite in focus for this one, but I still love it.

Maggie pretending to talk on the phone.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Sneak Peek!

Here's a quick sneak peek from my most recent photoshoot. This little doll is my good friend's baby girl. She turned one just a few weeks before Magson. Happy Birthday, Miss H!

This was so much fun for me! Thanks, you guys!



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