Tuesday, March 29, 2011

the warm days...

...are coming!  We had lovely sunshine today.  Let's just hope it continues to warm up!!

I looooove this one of Michael. Right down to the cookie crumbs on his chin and St. Patty's Day Necklace.  Not all little guys can pull this look off!

Oh my sweet Ry.

Sunday, March 27, 2011


For my Simple Things Entry this week...I am also sharing something for which I am truly thankful...that my little girl LOVES playing outside.  Her big brother is happiest when outdoors, and truly so am I.  I am just sooo relieved that my little lady has embraced exploring everything nature has to offer!  Her favorite thing so far?  PUDDLES.  Remind you of anyone?  ;)

Sandy hands, love it!

She loves seeing her boots in the puddles.


The guilty look that followed that splash.  :)

My girl loooooves to slide!
Pretty purples near the slide.  :)

Friday, March 25, 2011

have a great weekend!

I love this one.  You can see the sheer joy on Ry's face.  And the sheer annoyance on Michael's.  :)  Oh, and a little Jack Jack thrown in there. :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

joy of luck | days 1 & 2

I am terribly behind on my new Joy of Luck class.  I kind of spread myself a little too thin these days...but am loving every minute of it!  Here are days one and two.

Day 1 |  gift...the pups.  Definitely a gift I take for granted. 
Day 2 | green.  John Deere...enough said.  ;)


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

just another day in the neighborhood

This spring has brought nothing but good times with our wonderful neighbors!  We always have so much fun just hanging out...whether it is a planned event or an impromptu playdate!  These kids all love each other...even when sharing doesn't come so easy.  ;)

popsicle time

ry and sam :)


ava and michael...FREEZE!

our newest neighbor...

she is sooo sweet!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


My sweet Ryleigh took a little spill yesterday...right on her little nose.  The driveway was not too kind. :(

Someone wanted in on the photo taking.  I was happy to oblige.  :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

why i love this photo

Yet another adorable template from one of my favorite design sites...Paislee Press.

click to see larger :)

Monday, March 14, 2011

joy of luck

If you enjoyed the Joy of Love class...you should really think about giving the Joy of Luck class a try!  It is ONLY a week long, is FREE, and starts on March 16th.  It is for all skill levels and is truly inspiring!  So...if you like taking photos of just about anyone or anything...click one of the buttons below and sign up!




Sunday, March 13, 2011

simple things | signs of spring

It is Simple Things Sunday!  YAY!  I love being inspired to stop and notice the simple things.  It is truly therapeutic. :)  I decided to look for the signs of spring that I love so much.  I am sooo ready for warmth and green and flowers and longer days...I can hardly stand it!!

buds on the trees
my neighbors row of daffodils
my sweet girl sliding all by herself
a sure sign spring has already kinds started?  ry's shoes are definitely showing signs of outside play!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

first haircut!

Today was finally the day.  I took Ry to get her first haircut, aka the end of the mullet.  Personally, I rather liked the mullet, but I knew it was time to give my girl a style.  :)  So, I got her a cute little bob.  I am *trying* to get used to it...but everyone else seems to LOVE it.  Here is our day!

the mullet is gone

Here is just a little teaser of Ry's new haircut.  Full assortment of photos to come tonight!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

is my niece....

....adorable or WHAT!??!!?!?

best face in february

I have finally decided to participate in the I Heart Faces weekly photo challenge.  This week's theme is "Best Face in February."  I just love this photo of my little man.  Most likely because he will NEVER pose for a nice picture for me!  This one is a keeper.  :)

I Heart Faces - Photo Challenges & Photography Tutorials
Check it out HERE!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

the simple things

My sweet girl taking loving care of her baby.  I snuck behind a chair and bent myself around it to grab this shot.  She didn't even know I was there.  :)

Friday, March 4, 2011

fabulous friday {the return}

Joy of Love kinda put Fabulous Friday on hold for a bit.  But we are BACK!  The kids and I had a BLAST making Mickey's birthday card this year!  I set up the old tripod and seamless paper and we created a photobooth type card, inspired by yet another one of my favorite blogs (see below).  I have been so excited to share this!!

Click to see it larger if you want.  :)

HERE is the link to the blog post that inspired the project.  

And here is her super cute fan blinkie!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

embrace the camera

Trying something new...called Embrace the Camera.  As someone who looooooves being a picture-taker, I am rarely, if ever, in front of the camera.  (the unlost baby weight/vanity doesn't help either).  BUT, I want my kiddos to be able to look back and know what I looked like once upon a time.  Or at least, what we looked like together. :)  On my first attempt, you will notice a few things that I would rather you not:

1.  hair in dire need of highlights.
2.  ry's bink
3.  mismatched pillowcases that are a daily part of my life
4.  us lying in bed in the middle of the day

But what you will also most certainly see is me and my littlest doing something we looove to do...snuggle.

Where I got this awesome idea...and many others.  :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

back to everyday life

Oh how I will miss Joy Of Love.  What a positively inspirational month of photography!  I am excited to going back to photographing the every day.  The simple things that got me into photography in the first place.  To start off this wonderful month called March...we played outside all afternoon as if it were 70 degrees...

SOMEONE thinks she is super cool "riding" on her brother's ATV.

Every year, my batteries instantly recharge when I see this sight...I look for more each day.