I heart faces photo contest!

I heart faces is turning one!  And this week they are having a photo contest to celebrate their 1st birthday!  This is my first time entering a contest on I heart faces, but with the prize being a new lens, I couldn’t resist.  The rules of the contest are that the I heart faces logo must appear somewhere in the photo, either naturally or by the magic of photoshop :) , so I set out to find some of my favs (and include one of each kid) and got to work.   Check out the blog to see other fabulous entries!! 

Here are my 5 entries:

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“I am submitting these photos into the I Heart Faces logo photo contest. By entering, I am granting I Heart Faces LLC permission to consider my photos for use in the marketing and promotion of their website.”

Photo(s) of the Week!

I believe these are from early 2008, but not sure! 

In hopes of what may come tomorrow . . .


He is so excited!!

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This was the first snow that they remembered.

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Trying to catch just one flake . . .

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Going to make a snowball!!

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Hurry mom!  This is COLD!!!

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Maybe we will see a little of the white stuff tomorrow!

Christmas 2009

I made a short video of how we celebrated Christmas 2009.  The video covers 4 gatherings and several different families!!  I tried to get as many photos as I could in the video so some of the pics go fast.  And, I am not in a SINGLE picture from Christmas!!  I was there, I promise, but there is no evidence!!  Except the 500 pictures I took during our 4 days of celebration!

Here is a link to you tube.  Hope it works!  I have been fighting with this video trying to get it uploaded for a week.   There has to be an easier way. . .

Christmas 2009

And I totally missed my “NOT ME Monday”  post yesterday.  I will be back on track with my usual blog postings by next week.  Something about having 4 kids at home for the last two weeks and I just didn’t seem to have as much time as usual?  I don’t know, maybe I just imagined it.

Enjoy the video!!

The perfect Christmas picture!!!

Every year we try, and I mean TRY to get a picture of the grand kids in front of Nana and Papa’s tree.  Every year we have such high hopes of how the picture will turn out.  Every year we come up with a game plan, who will shoot, who will pose, who will do the funny dance in the back to get them to smile, etc. 

And every year, well, just see for yourself. . . .














Sooooo, yea, you pretty much get the idea, huh?  Well, there’s always next year . . .

Not Me Monday!

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

I have NOT put off finishing up my Christmas shopping until the week of Christmas.  And now the kids are out of school and I have 3 days and no idea how I am going to finish.  Hoping the stores have “extended” store hours this week!

I did NOT completely crash yesterday after having Nate’s family over for Christmas dinner on Saturday.  I would never totally space out and basically need a day in bed after planning and hosting a dinner for 10 adults and 8 kids.  And I did NOT leave the dishes from the dinner until last night before I washed them.  Besides just being gross, it makes your job twice as hard when trying to scrub dried broccoli off of a bowl!

I did NOT just say to my children “The next person that asks me for a piece of candy is going to get their fingers chopped off!!!”  Really, I find much better ways to explain to my kids that candy at 9 am is just not healthy and that mom is a little stressed and the same question asked 24 times in 6 minutes might cause her to lose what last bit of sanity she has left.  I would NEVER just shout out something that would make my kids run and hide in the other room!

Happy Monday!

Evans Family Christmas session

A few days ago I got to have a session with the Evans family!  It was fun and baby M was as cute as ever!  I picked a few of my favorites to post:

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Sweet family!

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I love her little hands in her lap!


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This one is my favorite!  Such pretty eyes!


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Showing off her pretty dress!


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Another fav!


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Can you believe those eyelashes??!!

Merry Christmas!  Thanks Evans family!

Photo of the Week!

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I think this was summer of 2007.  Playing in the fountains at Seacrest Beach is one of the kids favorite things to do!  I just love how you can see the excitement on J1′s face.  I love summer!

Not Me. . . Tuesday?

I admit.  I AM a day behind. 

I did NOT make a pot of coffee this morning, but forget to put the coffee in AND forget to pour the water in the back of the coffee maker.  If I had done that I basically would have just warmed up a pot of water!  And I am NOT that scatter brained that I would forget the 2 essential steps to coffee making!!

I have NOT put off ordering my Christmas cards until today.  Other people have probably already sent out cards with pictures that I took!  So, being the photographer behind others cards, I would NEVER have neglected ordering my own cards!

Nate and I did NOT sneak in a quiet meal at Texas Roadhouse this past Sunday while we were supposed to be out Christmas shopping.  We would never do that!  But if we did, it would have been awesome, and sooooo deserved!

I promise I will try to do my next “Not Me Monday” post on, well you know, Monday.

Family Christmas Session

Last Sunday I had a Christmas session with a sweet family.  It was a great session and the little boys, ages 1 and 2, did great!  It is always hard with young children to get them to feel comfortable and smile at a stranger!  And throw in a couple umbrella lights and the fact that they have to sit still and it can be a great challenge!  But these little guys did great!

Here are a few of my favorites:

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After we did some indoor pics we headed outside to get some of the little ones in action!

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