Wednesday, January 14, 2015

house on fire

What possessions would you take with you if your house was on fire?  Honestly, I don't value "things" very much, so this was tough for me.  I have always had the mentality that I can always buy more "stuff".  I'm a minimalist.  But there was something that called out to me:
My husband's Totoro drawings for the girls.  I would be devastated if these were lost. 
Click here to see Danielle's beautiful interpretation of this theme. 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

hungry thrifter.

We went out to lunch earlier today with a couple of friends in between rehearsal for Skyley and while daddy was at work.  Then while Skyley was back at dance I tried to hurry to Born Again (thrift store for kids) and Salvation Army (thrift store for me).  My shopping companion was beyond tired and fell asleep in the car, but woke up when I got her out of the car (but she wasn't upset because she got a rare treat) so I could shop for some stuff.
She loved holding the graham cracker with her chubby little hands :)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

now and then.

This is one of my favorite pictures of Skyley.
I've noticed a lot of people are trying to recreate old with Skyley's birthday approaching I thought I'd give it a shot.
                                  March, 2011                                                                                                 April, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

copy cat

We were hanging out in the living room the other day.  Skyley and Saylor started being really cute and silly....together.  I showed them how to "paint" your nails with markers...because who hasn't done that as a kid?
After they got all dirty, we decided to go outside and take some more pictures together.  I decided to get some shots of them with their new purses...a bunny and a lamb.  Gramma sent them to the girls (for an early Easter present).  I love my girls...
Saylor absolutely adores her sister and tries to copy everything she does.  They were being hilarious at this point.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

my new boss

Typically if I try to get work done during the day, Saylor will hang around right outside of my office.   We have a little hallway at the top of the stairs and she loves playing there.  And sometimes she does play in there...

But usually she will just stand there and squeal at me (which is why I can't work during the day).

Well the other night I had to look for houses online, so I let her play in my office.  She played with her horse on the printer.

And she got into everything.  And she just generally got into a lot of mischief, which is why I can't work when she is awake.

Yes, there is junk everywhere.  But we had a lot of fun.  And just a little while after I took this picture, Saylor was having some nakey time (which we've been doing a lot lately) and she peed on the rug in the hallway and then again on the floor in the office.  Unfortunately I did not take a picture of that.  But I'm just glad it wasn't the dog again!

 We've been looking online for housing this summer in Seattle for Kris's internship!  I've yet to find anything and we are starting to rethink our summer plans, but we are still undecided.  Wish us luck!

Saturday, April 5, 2014


There is still a tremendous amount of love in this sometimes nuts-o world.  Photos like these remind me this on days where our hope is tested.  Prayers and sympathy for Ft. Hood.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

i want to be a photographer when i grow up

Yeah, this was not what I said as a kid.

In fact, when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I always said I wanted to be a veterinarian, but there is no way I could handle being an animal doctor.  But I do still love animals.

My interest in photography began when I had my daughter almost 5 years ago.  I snapped photos without ceasing of her with my point and shoot, then, my husband bought my first dslr when Skyley was about 18 months old and I enrolled in a local photography class in McKinney, TX.

The first time I stepped into that classroom I was very afraid, but my mentor was wonderful and I slowly began to figure out what I could do with my camera.

Photography made me linger and acknowledge things I never noticed before then.

After that class...I continued photography as a hobbyist.

Once I learned the basics of photography, I thirsted for more and have since mentored with several amazing photographers.

For the most part, I feel like my journey as an artist is just getting started.  Finding your style and voice takes a lot of time.

The process of creating art with photos is enjoyable and stimulating and stirring and upsetting and pleasing and shattering and exhausting and exhilarating and depleting...yeah, you get it.

I'm in the process of trying to master balancing my love for photography my family and the rest of my life.

It has been so helpful to surround myself with people who support and love me and now I have the capability to do what I love.

I thought I'd share a little bit of our work the last year or so...our art.

One of my favorite landscapes was this a beach in Oregon.  We went there on vacation and had an amazing time.

Kris did all the editing on this one.