Friday, October 18

just one for now

I have an entire list beside me of every daily photo I've taken in October so far. I've done well. Most of them are edited. I am only sharing one today because the 5th of October is currently trapped on my phone, and so the long list will wait until that photo is retrieved. I just know you love my long excuses and explanations.

Here's the first of October for you. Sisters:

Monday, October 14


I know I promised an update of daily photos today, but that was before my friend Lindsay gave me a Liebster Award!

What is the Liebster Award, you ask? Liebster is a German word meaning "dearest". Basically it is a fun way for bloggers (with small, less than 200 subscriber blogs) to network with one another and for readers to discover other blogs. Fun! Thank you Lindsay for passing this award on to me. Since I have known you, you have always been my biggest cheerleader, so genuinely rooting for me. Thank you! If you haven't already checked out Lindsay's blog, you should! You will get a peek into her decorating brain, and get a dose of her humor too. Love her blog!

So, to participate I just needed to answer some fun questions and pass on the award to someone else. So, get your coffee and have fun learning some random things about me!

1. I started blogging because...

Way back in 2006 I went to a church conference and attended a breakout type session about blogs. I didn't even really know what a blog was! Our pastor had a blog, and I was really just intrigued by the idea. I have always enjoyed writing, and thought it would be fun. I started writing here and posting pictures since 2007. So, I've been blogging for about six years now! Before I had kids! That is just crazy.

2. I'm currently reading...

Two books: While We Were Watching Downton Abbey. I know! Just a little something to tide me over until January when season 4 airs in the US. Soul Shift. Just started it. Very good.

Here's a little fact about me: I have a bit of a book problem. Like I continue to buy them and check them out from the library knowing that I don't have much time to read them. You should see the stack on my bedside table! I have always loved books. I would rather buy books than clothes. When I was younger (like little girl) I used to read 3 or 4 books at a time. Now I have memory problems due to motherhood, so my mind can only keep track of two at the most.

3. My favorite quality about myself is...

I guess my favorite quality about myself is that I'm creative, and that I notice details. I take pride in a job well done. I think those things wrapped together are my favorite thing about myself.

4. My favorite beauty product is...

I love it when I read about other blogger's favorite products! I have a couple!

I love Mary Kay's eye makeup remover. It works better than any other kind I've tried!

Purpose Cleanser. I really like this face wash! It is cheap, and it does a good job. It is gentle enough that you can use it on your eyes too. It is made by Johnson & Johnson so it has a slight baby shampoo scent to it, which reminds me of my babies, which makes me happy. (Unless they are fighting and or crying while I am trying to take a shower. Then I am not happy.)

5. The song/artist/band I can't get enough of right now is...

I'm not really what I would call a "music person". I like music, but it is not something I really think of all that often. Is that weird? I do listen to music in the car, and I just listen to the regular old radio. I listen to KLOVE most of the time, but I do listen to a couple local country stations too. KLOVE and country. That's about it!

6. The last new recipe I tried was...

I'm trying to incorporate some healthier dishes into my collection, so the last one I tried was quinoa with salsa and beans. It turned out pretty good! (I am trying my best to like quinoa, but the texture is just a little weird to me. I am open to suggestions!)

7. If I could have one superpower it would be...

The power to make decisions. I would be Decisive Girl! Given a variety of choices I could pick one that would be the best without further thought, worry or guilt! You may be laughing, but this would be awesome. Andrew gets it. He wishes I could be Decisive Girl too. Luckily he is Great Listener Husband so he can help me sort out all of my decisions.

8. My favorite holiday is...

Is January a holiday? Or October? Hmmm. I love January and New Years and all of the clean slates and empty calendars. I love October for the beauty and coziness. I guess I didn't really answer the question, but it is my blog and I can do what I want!

Ok, now it is my turn to give out the Liebster award to someone else, and I pick my partner in photo crime, Sarah! Sarah has a photography blog, and you all (all five of you reading) should pop on over there to take a look at her beautiful photos! Sarah, I love having you to bounce photo ideas off of. I love that you can read my mind while we work. Basically photography is a lot more fun with you around!!

I hope you had fun learning a little bit about me. The photos are coming, promise!

Friday, October 11

so happy

"Im so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Me too, Anne Shirley. Me too.

I've been busy living and loving October. I plan on getting a post of all the daily photos ready for your viewing pleasure on Monday, but I wanted to share these three with you before then. Cora made a little leaf bouquet, then said to me: "Mommy, would you like for me to stand here with my leaves? What if I close my eyes?" I love that she loves my camera. (Side note: Used to it would totally bother me that Cora has on a bright patterned sweatshirt. I would think: Oh, I love that picture, but her shirt! Now I don't really care what the kids have on in my pictures anymore. Sure, I may try (usually very unsuccessfully) to get the kids all dolled up for pictures, but I so cherish the daily, imperfect pictures of our days. Crazy patterned shirts and all. They are the pictures that always grab my heart.)

Enjoy your October weekend!

Tuesday, October 1

so long september

A few photos (and thoughts to go along with them) to bid farewell to September. I loved September!

Sweet Henry. You've met Lora before. I love her. I shot her wedding, and captured her pregnancy. I love her sister, Lindsay. Love love lovey love. So, it was only natural that I loved her new Henry too. I can't wait to edit the rest of his newborn session!
*Thought*: After you have a baby, you feel far from photo ready. I know after I had my babies I really didn't want my picture taken. However, I was so happy that Lora let me take this photo of her and Henry. So beautiful Lora!

We had an auction on Saturday, and one of our regulars happened to have a truck bed full of pumpkins. We bought some, of course. Then we came home, placed them on our porch, and our sweetie pie Coconut chewed them. Mostly just the stems. I knew she would.
*Thought*: If your dog has a track record for chewing things, don't leave things on your porch. I wonder if Pinterest has any awesome ideas on how to make chewed up pumpkins look not so chewed up. Probably making a pie is the best bet.

Sunday was wonderfully rainy. We went to church, then we came home and stayed home. All of us. I loved it.
*Thought*: Rainy days are sometimes the very best days.

The girls like to paint with watercolors. Ada had on a newish outfit, so I was happy I had the forethought to take it of before she painted it.
*Thought*: There isn't much cuter than a baby (toddler!!) in just their diaper.

September was great. Looking forward to October!