Thursday, July 31, 2008

Birthdays, big trucks, and cookies.

Our summer has been packed with birthday parties, weddings, graduations, baby showers, road trips, vacations, and an occasional stomach flu. Mark and I celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary, my sister turns 21 next month, our nephew is turning six a few days after that, and Mark and I each have a cousin expecting a baby. One of my goals this summer is to capture as many of those moments on film. I am really an "everyday" photographer, and sometimes the big events yield the fewest photos.

This past weekend we visited my hometown for a birthday and a wedding, and visited with Mark's parents.

I loved Kaitlyn's cake! Shaped like a castle, with Kaity's picture on the front; it was simply adorable!

Cousin Josh and Evan really enjoyed the pool in Kaity's backyard.

Evan in the back of Tony's "big truck."

Mark, Evan, and I are heading to Sunriver for five wonderful days! We got a head start on the food preparations yesterday by baking chocolate chip cookies. Evan enjoyed licking the mixer the best!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Welcome, Cameron

Our friends and neighbors, the Kilpatricks, gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on July 10th. I invited Stephanie and new little Cameron for lunch on Wednesday, and she let me take some photos of the two of them.

Thanks for sharing your afternoon with me, Stephanie and Cameron.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Today, I am thankful.

Thankful for a little boy who adores me.

Thankful for a husband who takes me out to dinner + does the dishes + adores our little boy.

Thankful for my hobby. It truly brings me joy.

Thankful for a family who supports me + calls just to say hello + thinks my hubby is awesome.

Thankful for photos like these:

Thankful for my dear friends, especially Karen and Cindy. You are simply the best.

Thankful for the time I get to spend enjoying life. Taking in everything I love. Warm weather. Time at the park. Living my life the way I want to.

"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, never have enough." -Oprah Winfrey.

Happy Monday, friends.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Thursday, July 10, 2008

My first all Digital Layout!

I purchased the Digital KOTM from Lisa Bearnson's website last August, and I finally pulled it out and created my first page today! Granted, it looks exactly like the page Jessica Sprague did (because I followed her word-for-word instructions!), but I am so happy with how it turned out:

Well, I am just beat! All this digital scrapbooking has wiped me out. Happy Thursday friends.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

I've been a bad blogger lately :-(

Life seems to be getting in the way of my blogging, scrapbooking, etc. in the last few weeks. Going to try to change that!

Evan and I spent a week on the West coast visiting with family + friends. We have a fantastic time while Mark was in Pittsburgh on business.

Before heading out of town, we drove up to Loon Lake to celebrate Grandma Taylor's 86th birthday. Happy Birthday Grandma!

We lucked out with the weather in Oregon. Our day at the beach was fantastic...until we had to leave. Evan cried and cried b/c he wanted to "play at the water"! I felt so bad for him! He didn't really want to play in the sand, he was much more interesting in the giant crashing waves! One knocked him on his butt, and I thought he was going to start to cry...until he starting laughing and said "fun, mommy, fun!"

My 93 year old Great-Grandmother, Vivian.

My beautiful sister, Abby.

After our trip to Oregon, one of my girlfriends dropped off her little girl, Kaity, for the afternoon. Evan adores Kaitlyn, and has even started calling her by her real name! For awhile he named her "lellow." We're not sure where he got that... :-) He and "Kait-in" played in the sandbox + threw balls and had a great time.

Happy hump-day!