Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Asking for pictures????

I just realized that I didn't post some photos I did of the girls last month.  I had to get some images of Paige in a fancy tutu for a children's clothing company.  They gave me the dress is exchange for a few photos and I thought it would be cute for her to wear to ballet.  While I was getting her ready, Molly starting begging me to take her photo too.  I was like... um... OF COURSE!

So here's the small handful I got of Paige.  It was quite breezy out and she was cold and not into it at all.

But I got a TON of images I loved of Molly.  It did scare me a little to really see what a beautiful young girl she is becoming.  Wish I could keep her little forever!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Garrett's modelling session for a magazine

Last month I got a fun photography assignment from the editor of Childhood Magazine, a new Sacramento parenting magazine.  I was asked to shoot for their main story on summer road trips, and she wanted to photograph little boys with a car that she was planning to borrow from a local dealership.  I let her know that I just happened to have a cute little boy that could model for us.  So we styled the session and went out one afternoon and shot it.  Here's a few of the images that Garrett was in, several of which are going to be published in the June magazine!  So exciting!

Monday, April 8, 2013

The things Garrett says...

Sometimes Garrett completely cracks me up with the things that he says.  I often put his "Garrett-isms" on Facebook, but I thought I'd post some of them here for posterity.  Here a conversation we had after he came into the room dressed like this, complete with ballet slippers...

Me:  Are you a Superhero Ballet Bunny?
Him:  No... I'm Prince Charming.
Me:  Um...what?

In another one of his superhero moments (no costume this time), he walks into the room and says, "I think I'm turning into Spiderman. I'm going to go try and climb the walls now."  And then he just turns around and walks down the hall.

And in his typical flirtaceous way, here's a small conversation he had with his Nanny (Charley) a couple weeks ago:
Garrett to his Nanny: You're pretty like a flower.
Charley: Thank you Garrett!
Me from the other room: What a flirt!
Garrett: It works every time...

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Easter 2013

Easter "week" started with Spring Break off of school for the kiddos.  Usually, that would be a wonderful thing.  Unfortunately, the plague (read: the virus from hell) hit our household and everyone OTHER than me was sick and house bound for the entire week.  A whole week with sick, grumpy kids stuck at home... not the ideal way to spend Spring Break.  BUT we did gather energy to partake in a few fun things, including egg dying.  Here's the kids with their favorite eggs.  Molly preferred the "wax crayon drawing and then dying" technique.  Paige preferred the "sticker encrusting" method.  And Garrett only wanted green eggs... no other color would do.

By Easter Eve, I had finally contracted the plague, however everyone else was feeling better.  Unfortunately, there is no downtime for a sick Mommy on Easter, so I pushed through it.  We got the Easter baskets assembled and eggs hid and went to bed.  Unfortunately for us, Molly was just a "little" excited about Easter and proceeded to wake up at 2:30 and 5:00 and 5:30, until Steve basically forbade her to come out of her room until at LEAST 6:30.  Here's their Easter baskets that Molly pre-labeled with their names so that the Easter Bunny would know whose baskets they were.

In the morning the kids ripped through their baskets and hunted for eggs, before I made a big breakfast for everyone.  It was fun to watch them hunt for eggs and to see Molly "help" Garrett and Paige get some too.  She was pointing eggs out for them which was so sweet!

We didn't have too much time to be leisurely because I was playing with the church band, so we had to leave the house by 9:00 a.m.  But church was SO much fun, and the kids enjoyed their class and yet another egg hunt!

I had a fabulous time playing with the band.  Three of the five guys are/were professional musicians and they are so ridiculously talented.  They make it so much FUN!  Here's a little video of the last song of the service celebrating that God will "take us there".

Then we went back home and had naps before heading to Aunt Nancy and Uncle Fred's for dinner.  The kids were so excited to see their cousins, and it's great that they have so much fun when they're together!  Take note of Garrett's bowtie... he actually asked me, "Mommy, can I please wear a bow tie for Easter?"  How could I say no?

One of the highlights for the kids (other than the ridiculous amount of treats) was when they found a frog in the pool.  Uncle Fred helped them "rescue" it (although I think it was probably happier in the pool) and they all took turns holding it before releasing it in the back swale. 

All in all, despite my ridiculous cough, it was a fabulous Easter.  I am so thankful for our real and church families that we could celebrate with.  He is Risen!