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Recent Fave’s

Here’s the post where I’m showing off sharing some of my recent photography favorites. 🙂 I thought I’d post a few here since I’m not always super-duper good about being consistent with the business blog. But that’s not a surprise, right? I’m not even super-duper consistent with THIS one! Ha! So I’m happy that I’ve had a few newborns lately. It seemed for awhile like I just couldn’t get any in. It’s been fun even though it is a LOT of work for those little wee one’s sessions. It’s nice to enjoy working with the babies though. Honing in on what I really like to do with photography has been a process because there are so many facets of it. This is my favorite image of my session with Maricela. She was a challenge! While she went to sleep really well, she startled very easily so positioning her in any way that was different from how she fell asleep was hard. AND I discovered that she objects to being on her tummy (so I’m glad I managed to get this shot) and she HIGHLY objects to being unclothen. Poor thing.;) Still I got some cute photos of her anyway, and here’s the one the only ‘nakey’ shot that I managed. the rest were all in wraps, and that’s okay. Like I tell the parents, it’s the baby’s show and we’ll let them decide how it’s going to go. Even in a wrap, she’s still cute! And ya gotta love that hair!! Bentley was SUCH a good model. He took awhile to konk out, but once he was out, he did splendidly! His only objection was the one time I had to take a cold wipe to his lil hiney. Yeah… that’s no fun I’m sure. 😉 I think this one is currently my favorite NB photo. (It changes from time to time) Hmmm… Actually maybe THIS one is my favorite… “Prop Shots” are new for me. I’ve mostly just done the bean bag poses with the little ones. You look at shots like this and think, “No sweat, I could do that!” Then you get into a session and realize that getting them INTO something without waking them up, and keeping their little face where you can see it, is a LOT of sweat. Especially when you’ve got the temp cranked up to the 90*’s in order to keep baby snug. Yeah…. So, I’m experimenting with the prop thing... read more

Broccoli Chicken Casserole

This was a hit! 🙂 We ate this on my “carb day” so I wasn’t cheating. 😉 Qade liked it so much that he said, “We should have this for lunch!” Since he often takes issue with the lunch options that I give him, ha ha!! Ella, loved the stuffing part of it too and signed “more please” over and over till I was concerned that I wouldn’t actually get a bite. 😉 It’s an easy meal, and goes together in no time! Nice for a busy week night or a lazy weekend, either way. 😉 We had some chopped cucumber for a side and some celery with Almond butter after. The boys LOVE celery with almond or peanut butter, just love it! And they’re pretty nuts about cucumbers, carrots, broccoli and any fresh fruit. So here’s the casserole. Try it sometime, it’s yummy! Broccoli Chicken Casserole: 1 1/2 c. water 1 pkg (6 oz) Chicken Stuffing mix 2 cups cubed cooked chicken (I cheated and used one 12.whatever oz can of chicken breast) 1 c. frozen broccoli florets, thawed (I didn’t thaw them first, ha) 1 can condensed broccoli cheese soup, undiluted (I actually had this, surprise surprise, but you could use the “cream of something” soup here instead) 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese In a small saucepan, bring water to boil. Stir in stuffing mix. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 5 min. Meanwhile, layer chicken and broccoli in a greased 11x7x2″ baking dish. Top with soup. Fluff stuffing with a fork; spoon over soup. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350* for 30-35 min or until heated through. (6... read more

Kids and grass, and a healthy dose of dirt

Our grass has been slowly coming back. The poor stuff really has to fight for it’s life out here. First off… we don’t live in an area that’s really hospitable to nice fluffy, easy on your feet, green grass. Think trying to grow grass in a sand box…. or on the beach, but not that wet. 🙂 But Stu has been working with this stuff all spring and summer. He has seeded it a couple of times, uh… the birds I like to feed might have something to do with some of the seed disappearing… and the ants too. 🙂 And he has faithfully watered it and mowed it all summer. Not to mention cutting back the tree “sprouts” that spring up all over the yard and are very tenacious! His hard work really has payed off though, because the grass is much thicker than it was and it is even growing back in the bald patches. The kids now like to play on it, and I’ve let Ella crawl around out there from time to time now that it’s cooler and there aren’t as many bugs. The one drawback to this great grass is that these horrible wasps called (from what Google tells me) Tarantula Hawks like to crawl around IN the grass. They are HUGE and black and have rusty orange wings that make a terrible sound when they fly. And from what I’ve read, while they aren’t aggressive, they have one of the worst stings EVER. *sigh* So I have been reluctant to let Ella just crawl to her heart’s content on the grass for fear she’d crawl over one of these. Though why they like to hang out in the grass is beyond me. But I check the grass patch thoroughly and then let her go. The boys know enough to stay well away from the wasps and they come running to tell us if they spot one. We spray them when we get a chance. Ick. Grass is so fun! And if it’s not grass, it’s dirt, so de Bella gets grass. 😉 Myles prefers dirt, however. And can be seen merrily tossing all over his head at any given time of day. 🙂 Qade likes to inform me of the particulars of the latest bug that he has discovered. Seriously, he finds the weirdest things. The other day he came running in to tell me about a BIG green caterpillar that he found.... read more

Bad News

Did I get you’re attention with that title? 🙂 No, I don’t have any bad news for you. And I’m sure that’s a good thing because we all have had enough bad news I think. I’ve been especially weary of “bad news.” One of the reasons I avoid Fox and other news networks is because of all the bad news they spew all over. The economy is bad, the weather is bad, the nation is bad, the president is bad, congress is bad, the world is bad… bad, bad, bad! I get so tired of bad. I was thinking about this the other day and how it relates to church. Have you ever gone to church and left just feeling bad? Not bad as in “wrong” but just bad. Discouraged, down in the dumps, run down, depressed, disheartened, hopeless, just…. bad? I have. I have plenty of times, and ya know, I think it’s wrong of the church to make believers feel bad. I’ve come to that firm conclusion. When I read the Bible, I don’t feel bad. In fact, I find it just the opposite! I find victory in the Bible. I find Hope, Love, Forgiveness, Redemption, and GOOD NEWS!!! Yes, there are stories of “bad” people and bad things that happen to people and nations, but there is always hope in God even in those darkest of times. Why doesn’t that come across in church? Why do we seem to have the “need” to react to all the bad news in our culture and proclaim it through the teaching and testimony of church? Why???? Honestly, I don’t need preachers and teachers and church leaders to tell me things are bad. I see that all around. I hear it on the radio, and news, and Facebook, and anywhere you look. Bad news is all around us, we don’t need the church to tell us things are bad. What we, or at least I, need from church is some encouragement, and reminders that amidst the bad news of this life there is GOOD NEWS that trumps it all! I’d like to leave church, or the radio program, or even fellowship with believers feeling that I had received some good news! Uplifted, encouraged, strengthened, and hopeful. That’s what we need to be. As believers in Christ and followers of Jesus, we have the GOOD NEWS. Lets live like we have it! Live like we believe it! And above all, share... read more


I have long been against the “fad” diets, and I have always found (not being an excessive carnivore) the low-carb diets to be rather repulsive. BUT I did give it a go as you know, since I seriously needed a kick-start to more weight-loss. The first go round it did work. Not as fast as the book(s) say. I never saw a 5 lb per week loss, but then, I didn’t have 50-100 lbs to lose so maybe that’s why. Dunno. I found the diet to be very difficult to follow. Partly because it’s so limiting, and when I have that in the back of my mind, it seems like all I can think about is food. So maybe that’s why it hasn’t been so successful for me, but here are my personal thoughts on the matter. 😉 LOL… for what it’s worth. The first time I lost 10 lbs bringing me back to my pre-preg weight. It took MORE than a month, but was still, in my mind, a success. However, even though I was eating oodles of protein I “felt” hungry much of the time. I don’t really understand why that is. But if I had bacon and eggs for breakfast I’d be STARVING for lunch. Perhaps I just didn’t space my meals well. It is harder to do that when you’re chasing monkeys after all. But I started to notice on my Carb-days that I felt much more satisfied after eating a bowl of granola or oatmeal for breakfast, and while I was generally ready for lunch by 1 (which is typically when I have a chance to fix myself something and eat) I wasn’t ready to bite chunks out of the cabinets because I was SO hungry. Weird. When I would eat a substantial protein meal, I often felt “full” but not usually satisfied. Hmmmm…. Then there were other things that irked me about it. I often had tummy aches and there were times that it even felt like my kidneys hurt. Long story short….. I don’t like that diet! Blah!! I have given it a try 2 times since the first successful trial run and the weight-loss has been insignificant. Certainly not worth the effort of conforming to the strict diet and the subsequent discomfort. This week was my last attempt and I was encouraged because I dropped 2 lbs at first. Then I went back up one and that’s where I stayed. When... read more

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