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Sacramento, Cali, United States
38 year old Christian California Girl, wife, mother, photographer, crafter, dreamer, planner, eater, lover, music appreciator.....

Monday, November 29, 2010

Day 25-28 of gratitude




And a man that helps in the kitchen!

Grateful I hired a photographer

We're back from a fabulous trip to the coast, the whirlwind of Thanksgiving's are over. I'm sort of feeling the post holiday blues today, plus I'm pretty sure I'm fighting off a bug so the head and body aches aren't helping my mood. But my spirits are lifted because the portrait preview is up of the session I had done with my son earlier this month. I love them. They've been posted all of an hour and I think I've looked at them 20 times already.

I found Sheena via the August Break project this summer and have been following her blog ever since. I love her work and when she posted that she was coming to my home town and wanted to book a few sessions I couldn't let the opportunity pass. I'm so glad I didn't.

Today I am thankful for these pictures:


I'm fishing through all the pics of our holiday weekend now and will post them and my catch up thankfulness soon

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Day 24 of gratitude

Busy, busy, busy. So much to do before the big day, big weekend actually. I was running around trying to find the "perfect pair of pants" to meet Devin's family this weekend.

I absolutely admit I have a problem with shopping and clothes and the need to have something new for every occasion...if there's a support group for this I'll sign up!

Anyway, after a mad dash to my store (Nordy Rack) and three trips to the dressing room I found what I needed in the time I had to do it. SUCCESS! However, I forgot to eat and I'm shaky from lack of food. So right now...

I'm grateful for this chicken noodle soup and saltine crackers. Classic, warm, and filling.

I'll have to play catch up for the rest of this weekend's gratitude on Monday as I'll be out of town. Hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday weekend full of family, friends, food, laughter, warmth, and love.

Don't forget to wear your stretchy pants!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day 23 of gratitude

Today I am challenging myself to be grateful for my body.

It runs, plays, carries, embraces, dances, loves, heals, comforts, and it's mine.

We as women are so hard on our bodies for not matching up to what we see around us, but instead of beating my body up for falling short today I praise it for all it is and the beauty of God's creation.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Family Shoot

This family shoot was so fun! The adorable sisters were a blast. When it was all wrapped up I felt like we'd spent a fun day hanging in the foothills together. I think the good time comes across in the photo's. Here's a sneak peek.

Day 22 of gratitude

Today I am grateful for "re."

Restart, renew, reestablish, restore, return, reopen, resume, recover.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Bits of yellow

In between the rain and clouds, bit's of bright yellow bring a smile to my face and a warmth in my heart.

Happy Sunday!

Day 20 and 21 of gratitude

Yesterday, Today, and every day since we met I'm grateful for him.

Sweet, smart, witty, kind, Godly, loving, affectionate, quirky, adorable, sexy, hardworking, romantic, passionate...the list goes on as does my gratitude for him being in my life.

Love you Devin.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Day 19 of gratitude

Today I'm grateful for the ability to laugh at myself.

So I sort of had a lil incident with a full garbage can a few weeks ago that resulted in some damage to my car and a lesson learned about putting my phone away when I drive. I've shared this story with a few friends which of course means I get teased frequently about it. I ran across this sight the other night roaming the streets with my camera and probably would have snapped the shot with out the relevance of my recent mishap, but now it's even sweeter because it cracks me (and most of my friends) up!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Day 18 of gratitude

Today I'm going to be nice and shallow and say that I'm grateful for reality tv.

I know, I know, so much of it is trash and although I compltely admit I can easily get sucked into the trashy stuff my favorite show has been and continues to be the not-so-trashy show Survivor. It's such an interesting study in human nature, even if it's all staged and scripted, this show always has me sitting at the edge of my seat and rooting for/hating someone in the cast before the season is over.

This season hasn't been the nail bitting, bouncing in my seat, can't wait for Thursday, fastest hour on tv show that the past couple seasons have been. Perhaps it's the move to Wednesday. I can't tell you how that put a wrench in my family Survivor night but with online episodes and the support of one another we're coping. Last night's episode finally gave me the drama I was craving and certified my hero in the game. Yay! So thank you Mark Burnett for creating such a great show and please, when you decide it's run it's course hire Jeff Probst to host the next reality idea you come up with!


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Day 17 of gratitude

Today I am grateful for taking flight.

Whether it's a new job, a new man, a new challenge, whatever is starting in your journey taking that first leap is always a thrill. A little fear wrapped up in anticipation hiding in our bellies as we make the leap and then, when it's blessed and meant to be...we soar.

I love catching a glimpse of a flock of birds in flight. This time I actually had my camera in hand to share the beauty.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Day 16 of gratitude

Today I am grateful for my son.

From the moment I knew you existed my life was rocked to the core.

The life that I was living was not good enough for you
so I surrendered my control and with hands lifted I placed them in my Fathers
to take and guide us to a new life of love and peace and growth.

The change didn't stop there.

Being your mother has been a constant and beautiful journey of wanting to be, and becoming a better woman.
You amaze me every day with who you are becoming and I strive every day to be worthy of the role God gave me as your mother.

You bring so much joy into my life and the life of everyone that knows you.

You are special, talented, hilarious, smart, gorgeous, you are a gift from God, you are amazing.

Thank you for loving me.
I will always love you.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Day 15 of gratitude

Wow this month is half over already?!?!

Today I am grateful for my job.

I'm grateful I have a job, that my boss is nice, I have fun co-workers, they pay me, they provide benefits for myself and my son...for all these reasons today I am grateful.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Day 13 and 14 of gratitude

Yesterday I was thankful I didn't lose my phone.

It was crazy busy day, I double booked myself so I had to skip out on much of the WOF conference I'd paid for to have portraits taken of my son and I. I was bummed but the photographer is someone I discovered via this blog/flickr community of photographers who's work I really admire and she was only in town for the day...I had to! I scrambled to get home from the conference, get pretty, get my boy dressed, and drive an hour to meet her. In the process of using the gas station potty and connecting with her to follow to the location I managed to lose my phone. I, like most of you would, panicked. When the shoot was over I asked her to call my phone so I could try to listen for it in the car....nothing...then when I pulled my head out of my car there it was:

Sitting on top of my car. It had survived the quick drive to the location thanks to the cover with grip I have on my DRIOD. THANK GOD I DIDN'T LOSE MY PHONE!

Today I am thankful for DayQuil.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Day 12 of gratitude

Today I'm greatful for my ticket to the Women of Faith Conference that starts tonight. This is gonna be good.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Casillas Family sneak peek

These are just a few of my favorite's from the family of 5 shoot last week. These girls were having way too much fun in the park to be bothered with modeling but I managed to capture the cuteness anyway!

Almost done with the final touches. Thanks Charlotte for the opportunity to photograph your beautiful family!

Day 11 of gratitude

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Day 10 of gratitude

Today I am grateful for these:

Last night my sweet boyfriend drove an hour to spend a little time with me and had these in hand.

This was the first time he brought me flowers. I'm so glad he's the kind of man that understands what a simple gesture like surprise flowers can do to brighten a girls day.

Love you Devin.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Day 9 of gratitude

Today I am grateful for instant peaches and cream oatmeal breakfast with my sweet, sweet boy.

Between our late night bed times, our non-morning-person-ness, and my usual habit of laying in bed till the last moment breakfasts together on weekdays don't usually happen.

One good thing about the time change is our internal alarm clock hasn't adjusted yet and we're up earlier. So this morning we had time for snuggles in the bed AND breakfast together.

A great way to start today.