Saturday, December 3, 2016

The past two months have been a bit of blur.  It has been filled with sorrow, peace, joy, stress, business, gratitude, amazement, anxiousness, array of emotions and events.  So many that I just can't even quite to begin to explain, unfold or vent about.  This post is starting with TODAY!  Today has been an eventful (per usual Saturday in our house)  football game, piano recital, temple session, photo session, photo editing, 4 loads of laundry, grocery shopping, digital printing, christmas card ordering, christmas light hanging, phone call making, dinner organizing for 2 families.....and it is only 7:00 pm.  To document actually helps me realize and feel better that although my list is still not even close to complete.....I have gotten quite a load done.  

My lack of blogging has not been by choice, but rather by survival.  I miss my air time on this little space of mine.  I love to vent, to journal and to contemplate life while appreciating the little things all at once.  Writing and photography are a creative outlet.  I am old school....and so is my blog.  It is not updated, or fancy, or anything I am trying to prove.  It is my escape.  My escape and my creative  perspective.  My daughters room doesn't look as perfect EVER as it does in my few weeks ago post.  However, I love to post what I wish it would look like every day:)  I love to blog, I love to document, and truly miss it when time doesn't quite permit.  Like anything.....I just have to make more time.  I need to somehow manage to squeeze it into my list of to do's.    

We got family pictures done a few weeks ago.  I used a now friend that I have followed now for about 2 years.  She is an AMAZING photographer and I absolutely LOVE her style and editing!  I would describe her as "the perfect mix" for photography.  Formal, but not too formal, warm but not too warm, cool but not too cool....just right on all accounts.   Photography is an art and it is not as easy as it appears.  I have grown to appreciate a talented photographer more and more.  Elle Schabel is fantastic.  

I am grateful she captured my little family the way that she did.  I love to dress up and I love some good old fashion black and white with a hint of old school.  Peter pan collars, lace, oxford loafers, and suspenders are at the top of my list of favorites.  So naturally I bribed my crew with icecream and who knows what else to go along with my vision:)  

My best friend Deanne lives in an amazing gated community.  One of the most beautiful it was just the right venue for some fancy shots.  


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

I am catching up on blog posts.  Catherine's birthday was a hit, and seemed to go on for eternity this year.  I think it must have been because we took her birthday pictures early.  Trying to stay ahead of the game.  Catherine do I describe my little Cath.  

Zest for life
Life of the party
Character beyond
Cutie Cutie
Silly and Smart
Creative Thinker
Likes to think outside of the Box
Caring and protective of those she loves
Loves to teach (plays teacher every single day to Sam)
Bounce in her step
Bounce in her hair
Loves to dance and do cart wheels constantly as of late
Warm and loving
Easily entertained
Hard Working
Spunk and SPUNK

She has a lot of qualities I admire and am in awe of.  From the moment she was born she has been a light in my life.  Truly a little light, that can not be hid.  My little Cath turning 7.  

A preface to these pre - birthday party photos.  Catherine gets every bit as excited helping decorate for the party as she does to be at the party.  She had a list of decorations and activities for her party 3 months ago hidden in a secret spot.

In fact.... I tried to talk her out of  a party....but to no avail.  She has been scheming and talking for months.  Her list included:  flamingo decor, play bean boozled, swim, have a dance party, a craft, and a big pink cake!  Just a few...I had to cut the list.  

She wanted to invite EVERYONE to her party.  I decided that we should have a small intimate party (aka.... easy and calm).  Cath had a list of about a million people long she was determined to invite.  I told her she could invite 5 people.  "Just five Cath....that's all you need for an awesome party".  So we took around five little invitations to some of her closest friends.  

Well the birthday party came and went this afternoon and sure enough about 10 girls showed up.  Yep...not kidding.  10 girls SHE invited, and even given directions to....showed up to the party.  We all gave her a questioning look when they arrived, but she was confident as could be and lead the way. 

We swam despite small raindrops, had a dance party.....led by Catherine herself, did a craft, ate cake....but somehow managed to miss playing bean boozled.  She just walked in my little office while blogging to remind me.  Her little party mind never quite seems to shut off.  One of the many reasons we adore her.  

She had me take a million and one photos and had a million and one poses before the party even began..... and they were all too cute and CATH not to post!

Apparently her bestie.....

and bestie again....

Look of surpise....

In character.....I guess?....

confused  she is bunny......

look of questioning??
 Oh boy....there's more....

 and character....

the beauty pose......

ballet may be paying off?  Just not the hands.....:)

element of surprise.... dating till 18

and there we have it.  Cath and her 7th birthday party bash.....pre - crowd control.