Sunday, November 28, 2010

Photo shoot....

Extra special because it's my daughter......


Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010...

What a wonderful Thanksgiving
we spent part of our day.....

plotting and planning for the Black Friday sales....


cleaning up leaves....

playing with Bella Boo....

and just enjoying being together with family and friends.
I cooked and cooked and cooked! At least I have enough leftovers that I won't have to cook for awhile!
we had.........
Turkey and gravy
mashed potatoes
sweet potatoes
roasted potatoes
veggie salad
lima beans
broccoli salad
cranberry relish
mac and cheese
chocolate pie, pumpkin pie
pineapple upside down pie
fudgie cookies
and daddy's dessert!
which is an ice cream dessert made with cookies and cool whip but we don't know the name of it.
we call it daddy's dessert because my hubby Johnny makes it!

I hope all of you enjoyed your Thanksgiving.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Bella Boo....

My new pup Bella Boo has been very sick
apparently, she ate some wild mushrooms out in the backyard
they were not toxic but they made her extremly sick
I took her to the vet and they pumped some fluids into her and gave her 2 different medicines.

Now, she's feeling better and ready for Thanksgiving!!
and thinks it is ok to sit on the end tables!


Monday, November 22, 2010

Monday...Nov 22nd

some creative title there huh?
Last year was my first year of decorating before Thanksgiving.
I loved it
And I'm doing it again this year
I started last week

Part of my evening ritual is throwing a tennis ball for Chrissy from the den into the kitchen. (yes, this is related to decorations) And this evening was no different except that I did not take into consideration that I now have a little pup who likes to chase Chrissy every where she goes.

So I threw the tennis ball into the kitchen and they took off, collided and then slid into the little Christmas tree in the corner of the kitchen! The tree fell over and landed right on Chrissy's back....and it was pretty dang funny.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

The most wonderful time of the year.....

or better known as......I have more things to do and not enough time to do them!
which I know is probably true for everyone......well, for mom's that is!

There is cleaning, grocery shopping, cooking, baking, Christmas shopping, wrapping, decorating, sleeping....oh wait, there's no time for sleeping!!

But it is still the most wonderful time of the year!!

We are going to see Trans Siberian tomorrow night.....and this will be our 5th year of seeing them. Such an awesome show and if you have never been, put it on your list of "to do's". That's right, just one more thing to do!!

Saturday we will be celebrating Thanksgiving with my family...parents, sibs, inlaws, nieces, newphews, great nieces & much family, so much food and so much loudness and fun!!

Sunday I will be doing a senior photo shoot which is my last for this year. Which is probably a good thing since I have so many other things to do!!

will post pictures of the weekend later on...when I can find some time to sit!


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Very rare...

A photo of me...very rare indeed!!


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Doggie names....

Johnny never calls our pek-a-poo by her name, Chrissy
he has a different name for her just about every month

here are a few............

Mooney Bugs

Mickey Sue





So now our new puppy is Bella Boo
she has been with us for a week and a half and I don't think he has called her by her name yet

So far he has called her Billabong....and my Bella Me!


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Doggie Photo shoot...

This past weekend I did a photo shoot for a friend of mine
of her 5 dogs....and there was no way we were
going to get this wild group together for a picture
So we opted for single pics

This is Tucker, her trouble maker but boy he is one beautiful dog.

and this is Leroy...he is deaf but oh so sweet.

This is Mia her diva....and she posed the best for the pictures, but of course!!

This is Winston, one of her rescues...very sweet, but rowdy with Tucker.

and this is sweet Jackson, her 3 year old Jack Russell

This was the first time I did a photo shoot with doggies and it sure was fun!!


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Some things change....

and this blog is one of them!

here's background.....I started this blog back in 2007 because I stumbled upon some blogs and thought they were cool. Some were decorating, some crafts, photography, food, parenting, etc. So what would my blog be? I love sewing and  crafts....mmmm, love cooking and my passion.... my family and photography! I just didn't see how I could focus on one thing so I decided it would just be my family journal and I could include whatever I felt was blog "worthy".

Jump forward a little........turns out some people think I shoot good pictures. Actually, they think I shoot pictures good enough to pay me! So I start taking classes and learning as much as this old brain can handle. And I started doing real photo shoots!! (which still amazes me) I worried a lot in the begining about putting my work out there. I didn't want to be compared to other amatuer photographers. (and I claim to be amatuer due to my training but believe me, I'm very amatuer....still learning) But during this journey I soon realized I had my own style and I didn't need to worry about if my photos were like all of the other amatuer photographers. Yes, I edit...but I don't make people look perfect. I want them to look real, like they are. And yes, I enhance color because really, why not! But my style is unique...I am very much a "fill the frame" photographer, love great color and love playing around with black and white photos.

So I took the next step and set up a website not really knowing anything about how to do that! And it wasn't hard but wow, once you start adding to the site, the $ signs start adding too!

and now for the present day.....Every night I check my Facebook, then my photo Facebook, my website and then my blog....whew! And my website, that's costing me money and I'm not really getting anything out of it!
And what I'm learning is that I don't need to have 2 outlets for my life and 2 outlets for my photo business! My photo business is a big part of my life 2 people falling in family blog and my photo website are going to combine!

I'm not sure if I can stay with blogger....might have to go to another and I'm checking all of that out now. So if anyone has suggestions on sites they use, please let me know. I'm actually thinking of going over to no like?

So please, I hope you will hang with me through all of this and continue to follow me....blogwise and life's journey!


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Bad, bad blogger....

I try not to go this long without blogging.....
but whew wee....I have been so busy!
so you know, this has to be a bullet point post!

**My mom was operated on the 27th of October for her breast cancer. She is doing wonderful....and we all continue to be amazed by her strength and attitude. What a wonder woman she is!!

**On the 29th of October I received an early Christmas present...... A PUPPY!! and she is a doll baby. She is called a Teddy Bear pup....part Bichon and part Shih Tzu and that's what she looks like...a little teddy bear. Her name is Miss Bella Boo and I just love her.

**My Chrissy girl though...not so much! Though I have caught her playing with Miss Bella but when she knows I see her, she stops.

**And speaking of my Chrissy girl......she turned 11 years old on November 1st. She's probably thinking this is the worst present she has ever received!

**I will finish up my photoshop class tomorrow. I sure did learn a lot from that class. Where I thought I knew how to do something, I only knew the tip of the iceburg! Amazing and very cool stuff......

**Halloween was fun! All of the kids came over for soup, football and CANDY! Johnny had to work a double shift so it was really nice that they were all home with me instead of being alone.

**I voted...and it always feels good

**I have been taking a lot of pictures and doing a lot of editing. Now I only have 2 more sessions scheduled for this year. I need to start getting things done for the holidays!

** is Nov 3rd and my Halloween decorations are still up..haha

and let's close this post with a picture of my cute little teddy bear!