Sunday, September 30

we have reached a new level

Cora's dress obsession continues. Dresses everyday. Now, last Sunday she did wear jeans to church. For whatever reason, she wanted jeans. Other than that it has been all dresses.

The other day my mom came across my old dance tutus from when I was a little girl. She brought them over for my dress loving Cora. Oh man. My girl is in dress up heaven. I had to work really hard to convince her that she couldn't sleep in the tutus because 1. she would get to cold, and 2. they are scratchy.
Last night I told her I wanted to take her picture in one of the tutus. Lucky for me Cora usually likes having her picture taken. Unlucky for me she wanted to run and dance in her "new" tutu and didn't have much time for me and my camera:
Love it. Love her.

Friday, September 21

a new quilt

My little Ada girl is a lover of tags. Tags on her blankies, tags on her bibs, tags on everything. Now there is a whole line of "taggie" products for babies. Greatest idea ever. Good thinking on that one. When my mom saw how much Ada loves tags she whipped her up a new quilt:
My mom is the most amazing seamstress. Look Mom! She loves it!
Hello little hands. Gosh, I love her.
I should have taken a picture that showed the whole quilt. It is adorable: large pinwheels with pretty ribbons looped in for nice silky little tags. Thanks a million for making Ada this quilt, Mom. Now Ada is rolling everywhere, so it is a bit hard trying to keep her on the blanket. When she is on it she loves it!

Monday, September 17

travis & theresa

Hello there! I have been working away on my computer lately, editing this beautiful wedding. Travis and Theresa were married on September 1st--Labor Day weekend. The same weekend that remnants of hurricane Isaac threatened with monsoon type conditions. I was nervous about the weather. Luckily the rain held off for most of the day, and we ended up with photo friendly overcast skies. The humidity was another story, and I felt like I was melting all day. You'll have that! Better than a monsoon!

I know Theresa through her older sister, Mary. Mary and I roomed together for a year at Ball State. I think at the time Theresa was twelve. When Mary first inquired about me photographing her sister's wedding I said: "Your sister can't get married! She's twelve!" Theresa grew up, and thus was allowed to get married. Smile!

I kind of went crazy adding pictures to this post. I loved so many of the photos from this wedding...

If there are any brides-to-be out there please steal this color scheme for your own wedding. Navy + deep red + a dash of turquoise. It was beautiful. I told Theresa that this color combo looked like September. Not summer, not fall, but September. Loved it.

Nope. Theresa is not twelve. So pretty. (Side note: I feel old.)
Earlier the rings were in this little box. Right before the trip down the aisle they were replaced with Smarties. Perfect!
How gorgeous are these flowers?? I absolutely loved them. I had berries in my own wedding bouquet, so any time I see berries in an arrangement I tend to love it!
Downtown Fort Recovery, Ohio. Oh my goodness. Theresa and Travis, you two were such a wonderful couple to work with! This picture might be my favorite...
There were so many details at the wedding and reception that Theresa put so much though into. There were Ball jars on the tables (Good job. Ball jars make everything pretty!) at the reception filled with flowers that Theresa's family grew in their gardens. So awesome! They were all so pretty, and to know that they were grown for this day was so neat. Stunning, right?
I had so many favorites from this wedding, but this one might top all of them. First dance. So happy. Don't you think that this photo just looks happy and in love?
Theresa and Travis: I can't thank you enough for choosing me to be your photographer for your wedding. It was an amazing day, and you two were so great to work with. Congratulations!

Thursday, September 13

five months

Five months old! Time is going by so fast with this little one. She is technically almost six months old now, but I am just now getting around to blogging these five month pictures. Gosh I love this tradition.

Baby blue eyes! I wonder if Ada's eyes will stay blue, or if they will change like Max and Cora's both did. Max had the bluest eyes when he was a baby, but now they have changed into a gray/hazel type color. Ada is kind of like my "Mini Max", so I just wonder if she will follow suit. I have said it before and I will say it again: baby cheeks and drool are so cute!
Hope these teddy bear pictures make you as happy as they make me!

Wednesday, September 5

the first day

Max started preschool today! It is really hard to believe that he is old enough to go to any type of school. So crazy. Today Max even said to me: "I can't believe I'm in school now!" I know, buddy. I know.

So, here are the obligatory first day of school backpack pictures. Gosh, he looks old. (Please ignore all the junk on our porch. Thanks!)

Andrew took him to get donuts this morning before preschool. Max pretty much thought he hit the lottery. Time with Daddy! And donuts!
When you're five it doesn't get much better than that. Heck, a good donut still makes my morning too! Someone asked me if I felt emotional about Max starting preschool today. Not really. Then I looked at the picture of Max and Andrew and I did feel a little something. Not sadness, really. Just the sense that I need to really look at my little Max and talk to him. Look in his little eyes and listen to his stories. Not pretend listen, but really listen. Play Legos even if I don't really want to. Encourage his imagination and read him stories. Let him help me cook even when it takes twice as long. Hug him and kiss him and tell him I love him. Pray that he knows that his mommy is always here, no matter how big he gets.

Ok. Now I'm emotional. Please, someone send donuts.