Monday, November 30, 2009


** glad that i captured sophie's juice cup.. i love looking back and remembering magical everday moments.. this morning she enjoyed fresh beet and red cabbage juice...YUM she said.. smiling at me wearing a ruby red smile!!**

this was my one quiet moment of the day... (other than now).
coffee... argh...not sure i want to start drinking you again.. never been a dedicated coffee drinker, but these days i seem to need a cup or two mid-day...

in the moment i took this picture above i was thinking of good reasons to get a flip... mainly, i want it for documenting the half marathon on the 13th.. sunday i ran the last 7 miles with my friend amber.. also known in my house as the workout goddess and my girls' favorite big friend...
anyway... it was raining, #1 reason - it hasn't rained in forever (ok, months, but feels like forever)... double full rainbow to my right(#2)... clouds parting allowing for illumination of pusch ridge on my left(#3)... raindrops falling onto my nose and exploding into fractals of light (#4)... rain shimmering on cholla so it appears to be covered in diamonds (#5)... running the 7 miles (#6)... feeling like i could go another 7 miles(#s 7 &8)... anyway.. a flip would be nice...

on another note... as i was running this past sunday, i noticed two things...
**1** the first 2 miles are the hardest. after the first mile i usually really want to quit... i mean every part of me screams STOP! i want to curl up on my sofa with a book and a glass of wine... i want my pajamas, my bed and my husband to curl up next to.. i want a bowl of chocolate chip ice cream and a hot bath... this is where my mind goes... but... i maintain.. i find my groove... i breathe deeper... turn up the shins or ani on the ipod and... i smile!
**2** smiling through the pain turns discomfort into pleasure.. really. yes really. i am a smiling fool on the roads... sunday i started laughing... seriously pain into pleasure.

ok.. i know.. it kinda sounds like a metaphor for life... i won't go there here.. but yeah... i made that connection.

enjoy a cozy evening and smile lovlies...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009



isn't he beautiful? i had a session with his human family sunday afternoon... talk about beauties... this family is gorgeous!

happy to have a chance to start editing tonight... happy to be staying home for thanksgiving... happy that my girls are in bed snoozing.. just so happy today!

wishing you a bliss-filled holiday weekend..

good night lovelies...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


the giveaway over at today's mama is incredible!  head over there for details to enter...

Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme
TodaysMama and Provo Craft are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.

1. What 5 items are on your holiday wish list this year? 

a new bicycle.. in green preferably :).. the bike above will do nicely :)
an iphone 
a date weekend with mike in cabo (a girl can dream, right?)

2. What is your favorite handmade gift you have received? 
so many... my top three are:: the side table my dad handcrafted, the inspiration journal my mom created, and the wizard my father-in-law carved... they are so magical and special!

3. What handmade gift have you always wanted to tackle? 

to knit mittens for my family... like these

4. What was the best Christmas gift you received as a child? 

i really can't remember a particular gift, maybe a green velvet dress but i can't remember if that was for christmas... what i do remember vividly is when i awoke to snow after thinking we wouldn't have a white christmas... i must have been 4 or 5... living in the desert is always strange for me at this time of year.. i am in a perpetual state of seasonal shock from thanksgiving to new years.. then i quickly get over it!

5. What items are on your kid’s wish list this year? 

my four year of wants to be a faerie.. so wings are in order
and my 10 month old hasn't said a word :)

6. What is your favorite holiday food? 

pumpkin pie and green bean casserole (not a healthy version, but the stuff made with campbells cream of mushroom and canned green beans)

7. What will you be hand-crafting for the holidays? 

hopefully finishing the string quilt for my family gift and now most likely i'll be making faerie wings

8. What is your favorite holiday movie? 

charlie brown christmas and home alone, which reminds me of my brothers who watched it over and over and over...

9. Favorite holiday song? 
oh holy night

10. Favorite holiday pastime?

playing board games by the fire with my siblings when we all lived in michigan (weepy now)

Monday, November 16, 2009



sharing a moment of pure love and light...
this sweet boy is magic... congratulations kathleen and jeff!



Holiday Special
45 minute photo session
one digital image file with reprinting rights
private online gallery with 5-10 proofing images
Holiday Special sessions scheduled on:
December 6 or 12, 2009 at either 2:00 pm or 3:30 pm
at Don Hummel Park (Limberlost Neighborhood)

email for more information!

**edited to change a session date... 
my original post listed dec. 13 as a option for a holiday session... 
but...i forgot that i am running in the tucson half marathon 
that day!  whoops!  sorry if i teased you!

**weekends all booked until January 2010.  if you are interested in a session midweek let me know.. i am sure we can work it out!

Saturday, November 14, 2009



from last week's shoot... elemental artistry... check them out!

Thursday, November 5, 2009



my baby turns 4 tomorrow! 4! wow!