4.28.2010

Sneak Peek: Spring Photo Shoots

The past month, I have had the privilege of doing a handful of photo shoots.

And, they were all different types of photo shoots, which made it fun and gave me some variety.

Here are a few sneak peeks of some of my favorites!

First up, I had Mason's 1 year photo shoot!
How adorable is Mason?
Mason is such a good little boy, he was really cooperative & so easy to take pictures of!
This is my favorite one of the session!
Tegan & Mason drove down from Sacramento for the session!
I had so much fun with you guys!

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At the end of March, my friend Kelly asked me to take pictures at her & her husband's 10 year anniversary vow renewal.

During the cocktail hour, the beautiful couple:
I was also able to get some cute pictures of some of the kids running around.
Tyler, their sweet, precious son:
and, their daughter (& Kate's friend) Nicole:

And, their 2 nieces:
What a great smile!
During the ceremony, there were a lot of smiles & laughter...
and, a lot of hand holding...
Happy 10 years to an amazing couple!
Thanks for letting me be a part of your special day!

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When we were in Pebble Beach my younger sister Becks and her boyfriend Jason allowed me to do a photo shoot of them on the beach at sunset.

I wanted practice doing beach & sunset photo shoots.
Thanks to Jason & Becks for being my guinea pigs!

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Then 2 weekends ago, I had a photoshoot with my first repeat client!
(that made me feel good!)

I first did a session with these 2 brothers last fall for their family Christmas card.

They are 13 months apart & didn't sit still for a minute!
Their mom wanted some fun Spring park pictures of them playing & just being boys!

I was literally running around the park snapping pictures of them!
Big brother was cheesing it up for me:
But, the little brother was more shy & didn't want to smile for me.
This is one of him giving me a "courtesy" smile. ha!

I have a few more sessions coming up in the next couple of months that I am looking forward to!

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Even though life is crazy busy & chaotic right now, I love squeezing in time for photography.

I can escape behind my camera & capture beautiful moments amongst the chaos of everyday life.

And, lately there has been A LOT of chaos with our moving situation.
The last two weeks have been a roller coaster ride.
We still haven't closed with our old house, there have been some major hiccups with the buyer's lender/bank/appraisal, etc.
It is really, really frustrating & stressful.
We were supposed to close on our old house last Wed (4/21) and our new house was supposed to close today.
I am not sure everything is going to work out & we might have to start over with the whole process of buying & selling. Just typing that makes me want to cry.

We would appreciate the prayers!

4.14.2010

2nd Annual DMV Contest

**Edited on April 15th at 11:15 pm to add 2 more pictures. Scroll Down to the end**

Last year, my friend Wendy had a contest on her blog for the Dirtiest Mini Van.
While, I don't have a Mini Van (I refuse to drive one)
I do have a Dirty Chevy Tahoe.

Guess who WON last year's contest?
That's right, your truly.
Here was my winning entry last year.

The DMV contest has arrived for 2010. I have a title to defend this year!

This year is no different. My car is still filthy.
Same dirty Tahoe, same usual suspects.

You must watch this funny video that I posted last year...
It will help you get in the Dirty Car Spirit:


Here we go with my 2010 DMV submission!
Let's start with the door on Claire's side...splattered with milk from her sippy cup:
She loves flinging her sippy cup around.
Claire's side of the car:
Close up of her carseat area:
Kate's side of the car:
More back seat:
Front Seat Console:
More front seat mess:
Here is what I got for winning last year:
Trunk Area
(note the pink sippy cup that is tucked into the high chair, it had been there since Easter. I took these pictures 6 days after Easter. ewww!!!)
Want to see the "science experiment" that was in the sippy cup?
Totally nasty chunky milk! *gags*

***Edited on April 15th at 11:15 pm to add:
Kevin left this morning for his guy's weekend in Tahoe.
Tahoe might get snow this weekend, so he had to bring my car because it has 4 wheel drive.
So, at 7:45 am before school, I had to rapidly clean out my car.
I may or may not have filled up 3 garbage bags of crap.
Kevin took out the girls carseats because he had to pick up 2 of his friends at the airport on their way to Lake Tahoe.
He took pictures of what he saw when he took out the carseats:

Exhibit A:
Exhibit B:
What can I say? I give my girls lots & lots of crackers while we are in the car. I now know where they end up.

Kevin said in the name of integrity, then I need to add these pictures to this post.
And, I think he is a little bitter that he spent 30 minutes vacuming & wiping down my car.

I'm just excited to have a semi-clean car when Kevin gets back from his guys weekend!
Hopefully, the girls (and I) won't trash his car too much in the next 3 days....

Now, go to Wendy's blog & check out the other entries!
{Click the logo to see the other contestants}

And, it's not too late to participate, you have until midnight on April 15th to enter!
If you are too embarrassed to enter.....that means you should enter!
Go take pictures of your dirty car!
Voting begins April 16th!
I don't think I am going to win again this year, the competition is fierce!
Can't wait to find out who is going to de-throne me!
And, I can't wait to pass on that annoying rubber chicken!

4.12.2010

I Heart Faces: Dessert

The theme this week at I Heart Faces is Dessert!
I am a big time dessert lover.
I love to make dessert & I really love to eat dessert!

And, guess who the guest judge is?
The one and only Bakerella!
I have been following her for over a year. I love everything about her site...her pictures, her recipes, her gorgeous creations!

I knew I had to enter this week with a photo of one of my favorite desserts:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes!
These are true crowd pleasers! And, they are SO easy to make!
You can find the recipe HERE.

Check out the other dessert entries at I Heart Faces they will make your mouth water!

4.10.2010

10 on 10 :: April 2010

Here is my Ten on Ten for April 2010, which will also be known as moving day, or the last day we lived in our current house! We still have some more stuff to pack up and the escrow doesn't close for another 8 days, but today was the "Big Moving Day" since Kevin will be at his guy's weekend next weekend.

This is Claire waking up in the morning....the last morning in this house.
Last night, Kevin and I packed up a majority of downstairs (and I sold my family room furniture on craigslist!) so when Kate came downstairs this morning, she was quite concerned about where all of our things were!
Here is our wonderful POD. It fit most of our house. I can't believe how much it actually holds!
Kate decided to dress up in this dress up outfit she got for her birthday. Kate has never really been interested in dress up clothes. But, today, on moving day, she decided to dig out all her dress up clothes & try them on. She called this her Snow White outfit (it's actually is a cheerleading outfit)
Auntie El was one of our hero's today. She took the girls on a walk this morning & ended up watching them ALL day so we could pack & get things done. Thanks Auntie El!
(Kate decided that she didn't want to get in the stroller & she wanted to walk instead. That lasted 2 houses!)
One of Kevin's very best friends Brian came to help us load up the POD.
He is a master packer & we wouldn't have been able to fill our stuff in the POD if it wasn't for him. Thank you, Brian!
Here is our lunch, Hawaiian Pizza....my favorite!
While packing up our house, I discovered that I am apparently a wrapping paper hoarder.
I didn't realize I had this much wrapping paper. I found some in the garage, in the hall closet & in our storage space under the stairs. I have enough wrapping paper to last me a lifetime.
Check out my vintage roller skates that I got at a thrift store when I was in college. Kevin hates them. I think they are awesome & I refuse the get rid of them. I have used them maybe once, but just can't give them away!
We moved stuff all day & nothing broke...until 6pm when I was moving a load of stuff to Elyse's garage & my teacup fell out of my car. This isn't just any teacup, it was a teaccup photo prop that I used the teacup for these ridiculous photos when the girls were babies.
R.I.P teacup. You will be missed.

We are about 3/4 done packing up our house. But, we are officially living at my parents now & will finish packing up the little stuff at our house this week. I still can't believe we are actually moving! But, we still haven't found a new house to buy....please pray something comes on the market that we like soon!

If you participated this month, tell me in the comments so I can see your day in pictures.
Hope you are having a great weekend!

4.02.2010

Empty Tomb Easter Cookies

Need a quick, easy and last minute Easter activity to do with your kids that is actually meaningful?
Here is a fun one that I read about a few years ago & couldn't wait to do it with Kate.
We made these last Sunday (on Palm Sunday) but it is really meant to be done the night before Easter Sunday.

Empty Tomb Easter Cookies
Here is what you need:
1 Cup of Pecans
1 Cup of Sugar
1 tsp. Vinegar
3 Egg Whites
Zipper Bag
Wooden spoon
Wax Paper
Pinch of Salt
Tape
Bible
Directions:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Place pecans in zipper bag and beat them with the wooden spoon to break them into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested that He was beaten by the Roman Soldiers.
Read John 19: 1-3 and smell the vinegar.
Put 1 tsp. Vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink.
Kate asked me where all the pictures are in my Bible. haha!
Read John 19: 28-30. Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life.
Read John 10: 10-11. Sprinkle a little salt, taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sin.
Read Luke 23: 27. Add 1 cup of sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is the Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him.
Read Psalm 34: 8 and John 3: 16. Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed.
12-15 minutes is a long time for a 3 year old to wait...Kate had fun with the tape while we were waiting.
After the 12-15 minutes, your mixture should look like this:
Explain that the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.
Read Isaiah 1: 18 and John 3:1-3. Fold broken nuts into mixture.
Stir:
(Don't let your kid taste the mixture...raw eggs! Oops!)
Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus body laid.
Read Matthew 27: 57-60. Put cookie sheet in the oven:
Close the door and turn the oven off. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain the Jesus’ tomb was sealed.
Read Matthew 27: 65-66. Go to Bed!! Explain that we may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight just as Jesus followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.
Read John 16: 20 and 22.
On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie.
Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow!!! On the first Easter, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
Read Matthew 28: 1-9. Christ has risen, hallelujah!
I think this is going to be a new Easter tradition for us!
Happy Good Friday (& Happy Spring Break to me!)
I hope you have a wonderful weekend with family & friends celebrating all that Christ has done for us!

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