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Friday, January 30, 2009


I never believed the people that told me girls were fundamentally different from boys in the way that they behaved; at least not until puberty and all of the hormones hit. I believed up until then boys and girls would essentially behave the same, with deviations existing only in their true nature.
I was wrong.
Really wrong.
When Sophia was born she would cry at the smallest sounds that startled her.
She still does.
And there is something that is so much more nurturing and tender in her than in my boys. More complicated in many ways. I watch her view her world in shades of gray, and not in the black and white that my boys tend to. I see her reacting because she feels sad, where the boys react feeling angry and even aggressive at times. But not Sophia. She sees her world in ways that amaze me, she takes care of things in her own way--the boys still rely on mom to do many of the same things for them.
It definitely makes life interesting--and I love the dynamic it brings to our home and our family. Sophia generally wakes up quite happy, but sometimes she just has mornings like this--I think the picture says it all.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Experimenting with light

It seems like I haven't picked up my camera and tried something new in a long time and I'm feeling a bit restless about it. Today it is really dark at my house-the clouds have rolled right off of the mountain and settled in to hug us. Davis says the sunshine must be tired, and I suppose I have to agree. But this was the perfect opportunity to get out my flash and play around with it. I worked for a while trying different settings (I tend to stay safe and use the exposure through the lens mode) and had a lot of fun. I got some good results and some bad results, but it's a great way to learn, right? But this is one of the more dramatic photos that I just love. My little girl has these big eyes that just stand out and normally I focus a lot on the eyes when I take pictures, but I love the little details about her too-her nose, her lips, her long fingers, and I love that the lighting in this highlights those less obvious, but beautiful, details that make her so unique.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


It is the strangest feeling when you start seeing yourself in your children--especially the nuances. You see them make faces that you make in photos that you don't even recognize in yourself, you see them shrug just the way you do, or furrow their brow in the same manner. I'm seeing more of me in Sophia lately, and not by the way she looks, but by the nuances in her's the most bizarre, joyful thing.

And in black and white, because I can't decide which I like better. :)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


It took me FOUR pregnancies to finally crave these, and now I just can't stop myself. It's bad enough that I already love pickles, but now it's just out of control!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

More of baby M

Now that I'm done editing this session, I had to share a few favorites.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

2 Days New

Meet sweet little Maggie, just two days old! My brother and sister in law have been waiting for her for so long and finally (FINALLY!!!) they got their little girl. We are all so happy for you both, and Candice, there is not a mommy more deserving than you!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New Year

No! I haven't dropped off the face of the planet :) I enjoyed my December without the rush of orders. The holidays were magic and we enjoyed our time together as a family. I hope each of you had wonderful holidays with your friends and family as well!

With a new baby on the way, I also took time to evaluate what I need to do to be more organized in all areas of my life (it seems like since I've had the last two children and started staying home with them, that life has turned to chaos most of the time--I was getting weary just thinking about adding one more to the mix!). I'm still figuring it out, but my sweet husband suggested reading a book he read in his Master's program called The Goal: The Process of Ongoing Improvement by Goldratt and Cox. So I did. I couldn't put it down. It logically works through the thought process of identifying the parts of our personal or business lives that start to pile up and cause problems and chaos everywhere else. I highly recommend it to anyone that reads this blog. Especially since many of you are starting to work on New Year's resolutions, it could be insightful and help you to be more successful in whatever area of your own life that needs a bit of restructuring or added attention.

I will be closed in June and July this year, so make sure to contact me for spring pictures in the coming weeks! I'll have some fun contests and specials this year so stay tuned!!