Monday, September 29, 2008

Find me a Puppy

OK most people who know me realize I am not a very patient person. I am the kid who wanted to know what they were getting for Christmas because once I had decided what I wanted, I just felt better knowing for sure that I wouldn't be disappointed. I would open my presents and then re wrap them, if it wasn't something I wanted I had time to convince myself that I "should" like it, and if what I wanted most didn't happen to be there then I simply started figuring out a way to get it for myself. Enter my current dilemma... I have been thinking about getting a dog lately. As I've researched and discussed I have narrowed it down to the fact that I want a Boston Terrier Puppy. Problem is that I can't find what I'm looking for here in SLC. I search daily (I confess). There are a few available but their markings aren't right or it's a boy (I want a girl)or it's to old, or it costs too much money. So I'm just sharing a picture of what I want till I can share MY photos of what I get. Also if you know of any connections that might help me on my quest, I'm all ears!
Ohhhhhhhh I want this puppy!

photo credit: Elvis
Owner/Mom: Vira, Quebec

Brunettes definately have more fun!

It's fall... some people decorate their houses... some people work outside... some people change their hair... some people do all three. Kali was nervous about what people would say about her new hair color so I suggested letting me take a "few" pictures so she could see for herself what it looked like. That alone should explain all the pictures in this post. :-} I was outside on a beautiful day with my camera in hand. Then along comes Anthony, poor unsuspecting fella that he was, wondering what we were doing outside? I kinda wanted to know what my hair looked like too, so I begged if he would take a few shots of me, and maybe a few of me & Kali. Of course first I needed to take a few shots of him to get the lighting just right. Then I wanted to know how my hair looked in the sun. Then along comes Kira... so maybe it was a couple over a "few". (I have the most patient and supportive husband ever. He didn't even complain when I would make suggestions for improvement and ask him to take "just 1 more") When my family had retreated indoors for cover, I realized that my memory card wasn't full yet so I got a "few" more shots of my garden. But that will be a future post. So tell me what you think of the new hairdos?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Three Amigos

What a Happy Day when I get to see 2 of my dearest and oldest friends. Mary (and her husband John) flew in for a conference and Jamie took a break from her rigorous schedule (SLCC nursing program) so we could all hang out for a few hours. Sad that our lives are so busy that a few hours was all we could manage, but I will take what I can get. Jamie, Mary and I have been friends since we were 14! We all had Womens Chorus our freshman year of High School and the rest is history. I love you girls!! (Krista wish you were here too)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

IPPA Convention

Not a good picture but some great friends. I just got home yesterday from the Intermountain Professional Photographers Convention. Meet Jerrie and Tami. We have so much fun together. They are both board members so I kinda just follow them around. They are the kind of friends that you look forward to seeing because time and distance have no effect on us. We just pick back up where ever we left off. At convention there is a print competition, lots of speakers, a trade show, and lots of socializing. I am one of those chicken photographers that doesn't take criticism very well so the thought of submitting my images for a professional critique and public review just scares the heck out of me. I am publicly committing myself to ENTER print competition next year! I have wanted to for a long time. I've even had generous offers from others with more experience who will give me feedback and help along the way. I will take you up on it and will try to leave my ego at the door so I will be ready to listen and learn. I also learned some things about branding that I will need every ones help with..... more to come on that in another post. So- till next time.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Back to School- day 14

Okay, Okay I know this might be "old news" for some of you that actually took pictures of your kids on their 1st day of school however I sometimes run on my own timeline. (If you don't belive me just read my last post.) Anyway when Kira came home from school last Friday I thought she looked adorable. I love that they have to wear uniforms and I especially like the plaid jumpers that the girls can wear. They look so "school girl", classic and timeless. When Kyle and Kira saw me pointing my camera in their direction they said, "Mom, what are you doing?" I said, "I just want to take a few pictures" and they groaned in unison. (as if MY definition of a few doesn't match with their own?) I told them to just be natural and keep doing whatever they were doing before they saw me. SO I got this...
I laughed and said now really just pretend I'm not even here. And I got this...
and this...
and this...
I said, "Do you guys always have to be so obvious?" and I got this...
and this...
finally I gave up and said, "Okay, were done" and then I got this...

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Another Birthday Post

Well it's true I have a tendency to be a little less than punctual at times. However I also belive that "it's the thought that counts", "better late than never", "just do your best", & "take one day at a time". So all that being said I did NOT miss Anthony's birthday I just couldn't post about it yet. We are officially celebrating it tomorrow anyway so actually I'm EARLYish. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the best husband anyone could ever hope for. I seriously don't deserve you, but I thank my lucky stars that I have you! I don't mean to get all sappy either so I better stick with what I do best... pictures. September 10th- you are 39 (for the first time. I understand if you want to be 39 again next year, I can be bribed.)

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Mary, Mary quite contrary, How does your garden grow?

Am I the only one who is getting sick of squash about this time of year? Seriously. I think one plant could feed the whole neighborhood. Has anyone tried to make zucchini bread with yellow squash... it's on my "TO DO"list for this week... I will let you know if it works. The things we grew this year:
tomatoes (can't get enough with fresh basil and mozzarella)
yellow squash
cantaloupe- not ready yet
watermelon- small but delicious
green peppers
purple peppers- can't wait to try these
honeydew melon- way better than from the store
lemon cucumbers- love these.. can't get enough
mint- looks pretty, smells delightful but now what do I do with it?
pumpkins- threatening to take over the world- pictures to come later
peter pan squash- of course we are the Darlings you know!
red raspberries
yellow raspberries- sooooo much better than red.. trust me
Now tell me what is in your garden? Especially if you really like it.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Seems Obvious

I wish I could make my kids watch this till they really believe it. How many times do they ask me for something they don't need... but really WANT? "I'll pay you back" just doesn't work for me. "Save up for it, and I will bring you back here when you have the money in your hand." Am I the only Mother on the planet that thinks this way?

Monday, September 1, 2008

Happy Belated Birthday Kira!

"Tower of Ding Dongs"birthday cake credit goes to Lisa B.
Well since Kira's 10th Birthday came and went while we were at Lake Powell I thought her blog birthday wish would have to wait till next year. However when she very sweetly asked me, "When can I watch my birthday slideshow on your blog?" my heart melted and I decided better late than never. So here's to Kira's year in review- age 9. Yes that means all of my kids are in the double digits now! Bonus points if you tell me what one of your favorite pictures of Kira is....