Has it really???

I just pulled up my blog and it must be lying, it said I haven't blogged in 10 days...TEN DAYS! How is that possible? I think it must be the complete lack time that is causing it. I feel guilty blogging when I have so much to do (like the 2 weeks worth of laundry pied up) but it is important for me to blog for so many reasons. In my last post I talked about how blessed I am because my photography business was doing well, that busy-ness however, is a double edged sword. I need to work but I need to be there for my family. how do I find the balance? I am just hoping that this busy season will end and things will get better when the holidays are over. But again that double edged sword rears it's ugly head and I am missing this wonderful time of year. I told myself in a effort to enjoy my holiday season I wasn't going to take any sessions passed the Thanksgiving weekend, what ended up happening was that I packed the entire weekend with photo sessions and the whole time instead of enjoying the time with the family I was stressing about photo shoots! (I do that by the way, I get that yucky pit in the stomach, self doubt and stress every photo session, but that is a completely different blog post.) So back to balance...seriously i don't know why I have blog readers because i am so all over the place and completely random in my writing. UGGG...BALANCE>> I need to find it, where do I get it? I read blogs all the time that talk about finding the balance between mommyhood and the business world but nobody ever gives me any answers. I think the key to balance is organization. Something which I have none of. So if you, out there in blogland, have any help that could keep me sane and my family happy help a girl out!!! And because I know you all care, here is a shot from the hardest family session EVER!! Probably because I was in front of the camera and behind it simultaneously, as well as it being like 30 degrees and FREEZING wind!!


Being behind...

Some days it seems as though I will never catch up. Scratch that...every day it seems as though I will never catch up. Every time I cross something off my new handy dandy "To Do" app on my phone, I add 2 more....
Two steps forward..3 three steps back, we come together cuz opposites attract.
Sorry, I totally just went Paula Abdul on you. Please forgive me. Now back to your regularly scheduled blog post. OK now what was I saying, o yeah, I'm behind, AGAIN. Why does it have to be this way? So I had such grand intentions for this month, a blog post every day and that would motivate me to keep with my photo a day lul that I am in. Not to mention that I think my camera is tired of being used and abused. I have come up with a thankful post every day but not having the motivation to snap a shot to go with it has gone out the window with all my grand intentions. I am going to still share my thankful's for this week, just all in this post and with few pics...so here we gooooooo.

11.16.10 Tuesday
Today I am thankful for Netfilx. While sitting at my computer for 8 hours editing I was able to have constant streaming of videos to keep me going.

11.17.10 Wednesday

Today I am thankful for Technology. It has kept me some what sane in these past few weeks.

11.18.10 Thursday

Today I am thankful for the fact that my photography business has been doing well. I was able to go to costco and buy groceries with out stressing about how to pay for them!!

11.19.10 Friday
Today I thankful for my knowledge if hair cutting. Bonnie chopped the sides of her hair. This is the 3rd hair cut she has given herself. This one is by far the shortest. I was able to work with it and it did turn out cute. She is pretty bummed that there will be no more ponies and princess hair. Now to grow it out, uggg!



11.15 & 16.10

Today I am thankful for it being cold enough to wear my sassy boots to church. I always freeze in church but it's too hot outside to wear them. Well there is one positive thing about colder temps and that's that I get to wear my sassy boots!! I should have taken a picture because I was seriously sassy in my boots today!

Today I am thankful for amazing music teachers, They are such a blessing in my life and are instilling such a great love and appreciation for music that I could never do. Than you Miss Jenny and David!!




Today I am thankful for my 365 Project! I just went back through and printed some pictures for my mother-in-law for her scrapbooks and it was so fun to see my year in pictures. I love that I have documented this whole year, something I don't think I have ever successfully accomplished, at least for the last 6 years since I quite scrapbooking. It is so fun to have just one shot that defined each day (minus about 25 or 30 days that I have missed) I never blogged my pictures for October so here they are, and for those of you out there who think this is too small here is a link to my Flickr Photostream!



I am combining my thankful posts for yesterday and today. All in one picture, I got a new phone yesterday and took a picture of what my thankful thing today is...So I am thankful for my new phone and fuzzy socks because my feet are freezing! The camera on this little baby takes pretty good pictures but my favorite thing about it is the fact that I can use it to accept credit cards!! It's not an iPhone but it's the next best thing!!




Today I am thankful for those who fight so we can have the freedoms we enjoy.




Today I'm thankful for this kid...


How many 12 year olds do you know that would see that mom was having a hard busy day and just clean and vacuum the entire up stairs? SERIOUSLY! He is so sweet and loving. How did I get to be such a lucky mom? I think I getting the payback for the 15 lbs I lost puking while I was pregnant with him. I'm still waiting for the payback from when I was pregnant with Samantha. I might have to wait until she gives me a few grandbabies for that one!



I am thankful for this little spitfire. She keeps me on my toes and reminds me everyday why I became a mom. She is so fun and loving. I have never know a more polite 3 year old. She has always been quite self entertaining but lately she has been wanting me to play with her and I am so thankful for that because I want to engrain the mental picture of her and I playing dolls at her doll house and the way she talks with them like they are real. I want to keep her three forever.

I know I went a little overboard with the texture and what not on this photo but it's fun for a change.


Catching Up

I have been crazy busy this weekend and had big plans for my thankful posts for Saturday and Sunday but hence, as most things in my life, it didn't go as planned. Then today was taken up by sitting in front of the computer screen editing my little fingers off. (2 weddings to be precise!)
I did have a great weekend filled with photoshoots on Saturday that were super fun and church on Sunday. Which leads me to what I am thankful for...

11.06.10 - Saturday
Today I am thankful for the one and only Heather Abbott. I have had the pleasure of working quite closely with Heather over the past few weeks in doing these Holiday and Halloween Mini Sessions. I can honestly say she is one of the nicest people I have ever met. She is so genuine and sweet. I am so lucky to have worked with her and my Bonnie is lucky to have her as a preschool teacher.

[Insert photo of Heather Here]

11.07.10 - Sunday
I woke this morning to sunlight, yes sunlight, but I didn't have to get out of bed, it was a beautiful thing. To wake up at a decent hour and not have to get out of bed. I love when the time changes to "fall back" strangely I love it when we spring forward too, weird huh, I guess it's the same way I can be so excited for short sleeves and sweaters all at the appropriate season. So daylight savings made for a wonderful morning but and I am thankful for that however, I am more thankful for the lesson I had to plan for my primary class. My lesson was on The Sacrament, more specifically remember Christ while we take the Sacrament. It was a great reminder of how important is it to think about Christ while we partake and why we partake of the sacrament. It was a bit hard for my little class to think about sitting still and thinking about Jesus during that time but I tried to give them some help in that but suggesting things they could think about and things not to do, like talk to sibling and bug parents. All to often I find myself dealing with kids instead of thinking about the Savior. I challenged my class to try to do that but I also am taking the challenge myself. I hope I can be a good example to my class and more importantly to my children.

11.08.10 - Monday
Today I am thankful for the discovery of Adobe Lightroom. I edited 2 entire weddings today, TWO, that's almost 700 images, in a matter of about 5 hours. Life is good! I really wish I could show some images here but unfortunately I can't, maybe when I start doing my own weddings you will get to see them!

**Totally Unrelated Photo But AWESOME none the less, am I right??**



11.05.10 Today I am thankful for...

Stretch Jeans.

See yesterdays post for why!

11.05.10 Today I am thankful for...



I am thankful for hot fudge and chocolate sprinkles. Tomorrow I won't be. The end.

11.04.10 Today I'm thankful for


11.03.10 Today I'm Thankful for...

77° at the park, on a day with no school, IN NOVEMBER.

I got a text from a gal at church that she was taking her kids to Floyd Lamb State Park for the last day of the 5 day weekend and asked if we wanted to join them. I am so thankful that we did. My to do list was (and still is I might add) a million miles long but I said what the heck...We are going to the park. It was absolutely gorgeous. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect temperature. I had a hard time leaving. Just to sit a visit with other moms and let my kids run wild was awesome. Everybody brought snacks (except me of corse...duh!) We enjoyed carmel/white chocolate/brown sugar apples, delicious homemade bread and a very tasty pomegranate. Every day should be 77° perfect!

11.01.10 77 Degrees PER-FECT

I know I still need to blog the rest of Bonnie's Party, I'll get to it I promise!


Month of Thankfulness

I decided to do a month of thankfulness starting yesterday...then I got distracted, so I'm going to do 2 today to catch up and hopefully, even though I am busier than I have ever been, I can keep it up all month long!!

November 1st, 2010

I am so thankful that I am married to the man of my dreams and that he loves me in spite of all my many many MANY short comings. He is such a wonderful husband and father to our kids. He makes me want to be better every day. His outlook on life and raising children is inspiring! If I could put into practice the things he tells me my kids would be so much happier! He is a hard worker and dedicated. He is the most loyal person I know and rarely says an unkind word about anyone! He's not to bad to look at either, if I do say so myself!

09.28.10 Love Of My Life!

November 2nd, 2010

I am thankful that for the freedoms we enjoy even though we may not get to enjoy them much longer with the way this country is going. I am grateful for the inspired men who founded this country and men and women who have committed themselves to serving this country at all costs. I an thankful that we do have the ability to vote and put in office the leaders who try to make our country a better place to live (even if they don't get elected, crossing fingers for today!!)

11.02.10 DONE!