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This blog is about stories and how I've captured them with my camera -- some of the stories are about me and my family, and some of the stories are about other people, and some of the stories are probably a lot like yours. Here's a bit of my story: I am a momma of two ornery boys and a creative girl and married to an amazing guy. The house we live in is small but cozy, and our favorite thing to do there is what we call Family Pizza & Movie Night. I find dark chocolate extremely tasty, and I love baking, which leads to the fact that though I wouldn't say I necessarily love running, I do enjoy it and keep at it to try to stay sane and avoid having to buy an entirely new, bigger wardrobe. We have moved lots, which has been a challenge for me, but has taught me a lot, and drawn our family even closer together. I believe some of our crazy journeys have helped shape how I see life, love, and emotion through my lens.
My great grandma gave me her Brownie camera when I was about 8 years old. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Photography has grown from something I love to do into something that has become part of who I am. I'm passionate about capturing personalities, love, and the story of people's lives and reflecting it as art. Art that continues to tell the story, no matter what else has happened around us. Life is always changing… kids grow, we lose people we love, we add new people to our families and lives. I cherish being able to remember each part of the story along the way, and I adore helping others remember each part, too, for a lifetime. So that is a bit about me ~ I would love to hear a little of your story!
you guys, this is where I have been for the past 4 days. not moving. my poor children bringing me toast & birthday cake (I really wanted potato chips & cake, but we didn’t have any chips… why is it that only junk food sounds good when you have the flu?) on their long holiday weekend, & my sweet hubby bringing me Coke Zero (even though I haven’t had any pop in forever ~ again with the junk food). I am beyond happy to be feeling better, & I am getting off the couch today & venturing out!! my boys have one more day off of school, & we need to make a Target run, but hopefully we can do something fun after being cooped up in here forever (not that Target isn’t fun for me, you know, but the boys might like something else…)!! yay for Monday!!
I think for fabulous friday favs, I am going to start sharing some favorite recipes, too, along with whatever favorites are bringing me joy that week that I want to share with you. And you are really going to have to go make this recipe today, because today is kind of a holiday and your family and/or friends will love you. I have shared my adoration for baking here before ~ I’m a little obsessed with chocolate chip cookies and recently went on a quest to perfect my recipe. The problem with my love for baking is that I also proceed to eat whatever I’m making ~ the dough, the baked product… all of it. You know, to make sure its not poisonous before I pass it along to my friends and family. I also love making homemade candy. At Christmas time I always make divinity, which is time consuming, and sometimes takes a few batches before I get it just right. But it’s fluffy-white-heavenly-wonderfulness, and it is so worth it! Today, being Valentine’s Day, I got the bug to make something sweet. I thought it would be fun for the kids to take a little something to their teachers (since we aren’t allowed to share any treats of any kind with the students in their classes… so sad). I was going to make our favorite sugar cookies, but then I suddenly had a hankering for marshmallows, and I remembered I had made some years ago, but had not tried them again since. And then I remembered the kosher gelatin I had just ordered (to make homemade gummy bears ~ so fun!), and I knew it was time to try them again! They were really quite easy and did not take very long, and oh my. You guys. They turned out so ridiculously amazing. They are fluffy-sweet-stickiness, and when you dip them in chocolate…? Forget it.
I used Healthy Green Kitchen’s recipe and also used the grass-fed gelatin that can be purchased at Amazon. Did you know that gelatin has a ton of health benefits?? I was not aware. I love this article that helps describe some awesome ways that gelatin is good for us. So happy Valentine’s Day!! Go make some marshmallows!
This dear family is just a little too good looking. Like more than should legally be allowed in one family. Don’t you think? And, on top of that, they are even more beautiful on the inside. These two little ones have the sweetest dispositions I think I have ever seen in kids. And their parents have the most genuine and caring hearts. My family has loved getting to know this family even better over the past year since these photos were taken. My husband is 6 foot 5 and has a loud voice, and little kids either are scared to death of him, or they love him. It melts my heart every time these two see him coming ~ they go straight to him and jump in his arms. I love that we were able to capture these special moments for them to remember this time in their life.
Well, hello little blog. I have neglected you. It’s just been those crazy busy months of holiday photo sessions, the holidays themselves, and fun family days where I stayed away from spending too much time at my computer in the corner. I loved every minute of it, but now it is January again, and I am back to trying to catch up with you and fill you in on all that has been happening. I have so much that I haven’t told you about. Sessions from over a year ago. *GASP* I know you just can’t wait for me to fill you in!!
While the snow is still on the ground, I must share this fun little snow session. I could do sessions like this every single day. Gorgeous snow, gorgeous girl ~ it was perfect! It was one of those days where the snowflakes were falling big and wonderfully, and the wind wasn’t blowing, and the temperatures were only cold enough for it to snow, not too cold for us to to stand out in for several minutes so we didn’t turn into popsicles. A dream day. And my model was thinking it was pretty cool, too ~ doesn’t she remind you of Anna in the animated film, Frozen, with those big blue eyes and all the snow around her?