Tuesday, March 25, 2008


So yup, in a family of three sweet girl cousins and one RAMBUNCTIOUS boy, "ready, set, go", pretty much looks like this.

And what is an egg hunt with out documentation from both angles.
Sonia is so close to doing it all on her own.
And Rainn slept through the whole thing. Mostly in his mama's pouch.
But the best part of my easter was the 90 degree weather, and all the big kids stipping down for some water fun. Time with family is such a blessing to me. I am thankful for all my nieces and one little nephew!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

An answer to prayer

One of the best things about teaching is the collaboration you have with colleages. You bounce ideas off of them, you get ideas on how to get your kids to behave better, and you laugh about the things at your job that only YOU could find funny as a teacher.

Entering into a new profession, I felt like I was on an island working on my own. Sure, I could make a long distance phone call to my parents begging for photoshop help, but it is not the same as a real live friend in the flesh who can help you out. So I prayed that one would come my way......

Along came Michelle Nicoloff, fellow photog. Michelle can laugh at my mistakes, can tell me hers, but more importantly, we share the ideas, and joys we have in this job. I am so truly blessed to have her in my life. It was also an honor to be able to photograph your four beautifuls. What craziness, what fun!

Monday, March 17, 2008

My life is a TV show

Sometimes I feel like my life is syndicated programming. Like when I am in the grocery store, and CJ just won't listen to me, as if he has suddenly lost all hearing in his ears. And as he runs away from me with the glass jar of spaghetti sauce, I at least know that when I get home to review the tape, some lady with a strong British accent will give me some pointers and advice on better disciplining him. Or when I sit at my cluttered desk, instead of picking up everything around the office, I hope someone will waltz in and tell me that under fifty bucks, they will transform this space into a fabulously hip organized room fit for the pages of Martha Stewart Living. But as the family went shopping this afternoon, and I left my husband and CJ to return some things I came back to see CJ riding the carousel with his dada up there on a horse next to him. He was saying something to CJ that was making him crack up, and then my life was a sweet hour long show, where the biggest problem is that someone didn't feed the dog, and the happy family ate dinner together every night. And it made me happy to think we would have such great commercials at our breaks, like Hallmark, or Master card. They both saw me, and as they turned the corner, I heard my husband say to CJ, "wanna trick mama?" When they came into view, CJ had his daddy's sun glasses and sweatshirt draped on his head, and my husband had CJ's tiny little sweatshirt plopped on his. Neither were laughing. I was laughing hysterically. And I thought, I can only hope there are lots of reruns!
Camera phone

Friday, March 14, 2008

Fantabulously beautiful!

My baby sister...
is having a baby!
This will be CJ's third cousin in four months! I wish I could have shot all three sisters pregnant at the same time, but this skinny little girl didn't even look pregnant three months ago.

Who can be skinny and fat? such a conundrum. One that answers "not me" in my book. I gained over 80 ponds with my boy. Somehow I thought I would give birth to a 50 pound child. Maybe the Carl's Jr. Chili Cheese fries had something to do with it! (and they are back by the way!)

She is another radiant beauty in the family of fertile princesses!

Love ya tiff!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

March Favorite Image Contest!!!

Go ahead, try and chose a favorite from these adorable faces.
It was hard enough narrowing it down to these seven!

Miss O






Monday, March 03, 2008

And my heart grows bigger yet!

In absolute and total head-over-heels in love with my new nephew! Want to kiss his feet, hands and nose all day long. Love his sweet small eyes, squishy big lips, the way his sisters laugh at him hysterically, the way my amazing sister does it all! Wish I lived next door to this family for sure. I love you guys!!!!