HBD Little One!

Sending the very best, extra-special birthday wishes to my little sister today!  Woo woo!  😀  Please enjoy the following photos from the past two years of this sweet pea, honey bear, cutie pie!  So full of spunk and light.  Here’s to many more years of shining bright!  I LOVE YOU, BOO BOO!


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Lots of love, hugs and kisses —



Home Sweet Home – Father’s Day Edition!

As some of you may already know, I got a new job!  Fortunately, I had some time off before starting, so I decided to fly home and surprise my family!  The catch?  I only had a few days. :/  But, it had been almost a year since I was last home, so I needed it badly and it just so happened to align with Father’s Day.

It all started early Saturday morning at the very awesome PDX airport with a standby flight.  I missed the first two flights (granted, we changed from the first flight to the second before I even left the apartment), but it was all good.  Had a safe flight over (full of photo editing and Anchorman 2) and spent the night with John’s parents.  It was so sweet spending time with them and Clarence!IMG_5686Areh came to pick me up bright and early on Sunday morning.  The plan once we got home was for her to go inside, take Daisy potty, then have me bring Daisy back inside.  I apparently looked like a ghost to everyone.  It was an awesome surprise!

I had such a wonderful time at home and took a ton of photos, so without further ado, I bring you a photo dump of home in Georgia in June.  Enjoy!

Mikey Art 2The products of art camp.  He created all of these entirely by himself!!  He’s so talented!  I couldn’t be more proud!Mikey Art 1A girl and her kitty!IMG_6903Cassie boo boo is so silly! IMG_6898 Ava BBallI had forgotten how hot GA summers are and agreed to walk with the little ones to the neighborhood playground…in the middle of the day.  We didn’t last very long…  😛Silly Cutie Pies IMG_6938 Malina Jumprope Mr Mikey IMG_6946IMG_6963 IMG_6964 IMG_6966 IMG_7000 IMG_7005 IMG_7012This picture makes me so happy because she wouldn’t have jumped in the pool last summer if I had candy!  And now look at her go! 🙂

IMG_7015Obligatory Father’s Day dinner pic. 😀  My apologies for the poor lighting but this photo is pretty epic in that it was the first time all the kids were at home in YEARS!  IMG_6971And here are the Father’s Day gifts.  The kids created some awesome handmade gifts. IMG_6975I just love this one!

IMG_6978 IMG_6982 IMG_6983We made a hand print tree for Daddy. 🙂IMG_6990 IMG_6997 IMG_6998This shirt is funny because it’s true!  My dad preeetty much knows how everything works and can fix anything.  He used to help me with my math & physics homework even through college…many years after he first learned it!  He has a very kind heart and a hilarious sense of humor.  I love you, Daddy!  😀Daddy IMG_7064 IMG_7066 IMG_7071 IMG_7095 IMG_7097

IMG_7137Mr Mikey2Well, next up will be pics from the second half of my vacay…camping in the high desert.  Woot woot!


Happy Belated Birthday, Daisy Boo Boo!


Happy happiest of birthday wishes to Little Miss Sassy Pants Daisy Cakes! 😉  This is Areh’s puppy who I had the pleasure to meet and photograph during my surprise visit home a few weeks ago.  She is spunky, yet sweet; silly, yet smart.  She could play tug with her baby doll for hours and is fiercely protective of her family (she gave me an earful when I picked up any of the kids).  I’m sad that I don’t get to see her daily, but thankful that Areh sends me lots of pics, often!  Sending big hugs and kisses and cuddles to Daisy for her 1st bday! IMG_7107 IMG_7113This one looks like she’s winking! 😉IMG_7119 IMG_7121 IMG_7121BW IMG_7079 IMG_7080

I love my darlings!


Little Golden Mulberry Park

Greetings!  I have been off here and there looking for a job and have neglected my photos!  I have so many waiting to be shared that I promised myself I would spend these weekend nights catching up.  I LOVE taking photos and am especially excited to edit them since my family got me RadLab for my birthday!!!  Anywho, when I sat down to edit the photos from our time in Colorado, I stumbled upon these gems that I had to share.

Before I moved, I took the little ones to Little Mulberry Park during the golden hour.  We had the most beautiful light!  These were all edited in Lightroom and Photoshop (using the RadLab plugin).


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Malina and Michael


And, because I thought it might be fun…OUTTAKES!  Here is what it looks like behind the scenes when you take three kids under the age of 10 out for a photo shoot.

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Have I mentioned how much I love photographing kids? 😀


…and we’re off!

Life is wonderful and wild and crazy and we’ve found ourselves in Portland, Oregon!  I have hundreds of photos to sort through from the road trip over, so I’ll try to get them posted over the next few blog posts.  Anywho, away we go!  The following are from before we left (spending time with family and friends) and our drive from GA to TN.  Nanny and Earle were so kind to let us visit for a couple of days in the beautiful Tennessee countryside.

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Oh, the country is so peaceful, quiet, and full of fresh, clean air!

Up next, Lawrence, KS!


Funnies from Home

IMG_2580Here are some photos I had forgotten I took back around Easter.  Enjoy!

These describe big M perfectly.  He is very silly, yet cuddly and he loves his big sissy!

Areh and Mikey Collage





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Nina and ArehThen we had some fun with hi-fives and shooting in burst…

John and Ava Collage 1

John and Ava Collage 2

John and Ava Collage 3

John, Ava, Nina Collage 1

John, Ava, Nina Collage 2Of course, I’ll leave you with a photo of my little fuzzy puffin muffin!  I can’t contain myself when I see his squishy-ness!IMG_2672