Monthly Archives: November 2013

Family pictures Fall 2013


Our family pictures have always happened in the spring around the kids birthdays.  Since all three kids were born April 18-20th it makes it an easy easy time to remember capturing our family in images.  Self times and remote controls are not my thing.  There always seems to be something that goes wrong with a setting or focus, not to mention the obvious lack of an entertaining person to smile at!  We I love having a great photographer capture our family playing and smiling each year.  This was the first time we had a family session in the fall.  Now I am finally seeing from a mom point of view why fall is such a great time to do it!

How many times have you heard someone say {or thought it yourself} how they wished they had a or more pictures of them with their parent/s?  Probably too many times to count!  As parents it is one of our great responsibilities to be in pictures with our kids for them to reminisce and enjoy later in life.  The funny part is…  Later is just a few months down the road.  My kids have now delighted in reliving our family picture day a few weeks ago.  They laugh and talk about it as if they were still there.  It prompts them to offer up words of love with hugs, which is my favorite part!

Here are the pages for an album design of our favorite session images.  Can’t wait to have an album in hand and hang a big collage of gallery wrapped canvas prints on the walls of our new home!!!

My friend Morgan Henderson of Morgan Henderson Photography captured these images for us!!!   We all loved the experience and her great personality!!!

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Oh, and happy anniversary to my awesome Guy!!!

Happy Halloween 2013!!!



Halloween is so much fun.  One of the amazing things about being part of a church community is the, well for lack of a different word…

Community.

I’m from a very very large metro area.  Phoenix, AZ.  It is so large with millions and millions of people spread across the valley floor and beyond.  We have lived in the Garner, NC are for 8 years now.  With each successive year it feels more wonderful.  We know more people.  We feel more intertwined in all of its doings.  Our church family is a large part of feeling of right and love.

How funny.  This wasn’t at all the direction my blog post was going to take.  My original thoughts were just to mention our family celebrated Halloween with our church family last Friday.  Then on Wednesday the kids got to wear their costumes again for a school party.  Yesterday we headed out after school to the Garner business trick or treat at White Deer Park.  Different business and community organizations set up tables periodically along a mile long path handing out candy, flyers and the requisite toothpaste {when did toothpaste become a thing???}.  

We dressed alongside the car and set of excitedly to meet up with Guy who had to arrive separately.



We had our dragon/lizard, sherif Woody and Cinderella.


Being as how Guy wasn’t there yet, there was no one to rush me past a pretty site for a picture of the kids.  Yes, he, like most men, have little patience for stops not on task.


I quite love the resulting image.


Landon’s costume does have wings, but he did not think they were for him.  Thus, our little dragon was affectionately called a lizard.


This face kills me!


My little Blake is so ‘On Task’ with a serious quest to do the best he can.  Here, he was convinced that his hat would come off without his knowing it.  After a while he finally figured out it would stay on just fine  and relaxed.  

{man unknown}  Landon was lagging behind until I told him daddy was ahead.  


Little did we know he was actually coming from the side and behind us!  After getting a tap on his shoulder, Landon backed away until he realized it was his dad.  lol  This is where it starts to dawn on him it is his dad. 


At the beginning of a long event they are always so peppy and happy.  Twoards the end it was all….  “Mom, I’m tired. My tummy hurts.  Can I have a candy now?”


For the past year, I’ve been pretty obsessed with color images.  All of a sudden my love love of B&W images is back!  Did I mention yet it was a warm and balmy 75 degrees yesterday with thick low clouds?   Awesome!!!  It is never fun to pile on layers under, over or around costumes.Back to this image!  I adore Landon holding Guy’s hand, a little part of Maddie and Blake looking back.  :







They were checking out each others beginning hauls.  Soon the boys buckets were overflowing.


“Dad, I need to tell you someping.”


There are times I wished Landon looked 2.  He TOTALLY got Halloween.  He loved every moment of taking his bucket, saying trick or treat and watching his stash get larger and larger.  He was the only one who had to have a candy while actively trick or treating.  He would get there first, then circle back around the other kids to hit up the person for another offering.  lol  We tried to curtail this, of course, and teach him to only go once, wait his turn and the like.  If we weren’t super hawk eye watching the stinker, he was off to the next station or checking out the music blasting from the middle of the park.  Seeing a 4 year old kid isn’t a worry.  If you see a 1 or 2 year old apparently separated from their parents it is a worry.  Had he gotten farther away from us then he did, people would be unlikely to worry much seeing him not next to a parent.  Scary.



The kids were all excited about the pinwheels.  Of course, we passed one on the ground which I did not pick up after making sure we had our three.  Not 10 minutes later  Maddie has lost her pinwheel.  Why, oh why, did I not listen to the prompting to pick up that stray pinwheel??


This girl is soooo pretty to me.  I adore her.


The fall color is finally taking hold this last day of October.  


Towards the end when the kids steps got heavier, spirits lagged and the cowboy hat was toooo much for Blake’s head, daddy saves the day with head and hands full of kids items.  No, he isn’t mad, he’s just a big intimidating Guy with a strait face.


Guy took off to get his car while we stopped to give everyone an opportunity to veg & do their own thing. 


Madison Loved the teeth.


Blake had a tougher time figuring it out.


And wasn’t super excited to wear them…  She wore hers for 20-30 minutes.  lol


Even though we called Landon a lizard since he didn’t wear the dragon wings.  He called himself a dragon exclusively, because he loved to roar with his hands up in claws.  Too bad no one was paying him attention.  


Mad ran on ahead to the car so she could peal off her itchy dress that had already been half off most of the time.  :-) That’s my girl.  Loves the dresses and hates itchy seams.  Landon followed suit asking for his costume off as soon as his feet were in the car.  The car looked like we had been living in it with so many clothes items, lunch pails, shoes, hoodies, candies, camera bag and more strewn about.  Guy had to help me get it all in the house.