31 December 2010

Road Trippin'

Yep, that's right...we're packin' our bags and headin' for the hills or er, the mountains.  Taos is calling our names and we can't wait!  A little winter get away suits us and because I know you're already thinkin' it, we're not skiiing cause I might break a hip!  A little snowmobiling and snow tubing will be enough as well as the relaxation, and this view from the dining room (I think it's covered in snow now)...

And I get to wear these bad boys...

Sorel Tivoli Boots

I'm still undecided on taking my macbook after "the incident" but we'll see.  Oh, wait.  Did I not blog about the chai tea incident?  Oh well, maybe another time.  In the meantime, I have a little packing to do, a trip to Barnes and Noble to buy some books for a little fireside reading and dinner at Senior Tequila's for a burrito with some of my favorite people.  If the macbook makes the journey west with us, I will start my 365 project and post photos.  If not, I will have some catching up to do when we get back!  I'm looking forward to 2011...a whole new decade!

So proud...

I have this completely, talented, amazing husband who can build things.  I mean really really beautiful things.  Here's a recent project completed for clients of a high end store in town (I won't mention names, but it's on Brookside).  Can you imagine having a piece of wood and making that wood look like these?  This isn't the first time he's done this, just the first time I've blogged about it.  And I recently finished building his website so everyone else can see how talented he is too ;)  Apparently he gave Bella a lesson on saws and what they each do.  One day she may follow in her daddy's footsteps ;) I think Jude is going to be a photographer or an architect.  I can't keep the camera or legos out of his hands these days.

The China Study

I've been wanting to read The China Study for along time now.  Then today on Whole Foods blog, I ran across this video.  Scary, but true.  When I cook at home, we eat healthy.  We don't eat a lot of meat.  It's the eating out that scares me.    I whole "heartledly" believe that we are what we eat.  The tough part is giving up the western diet that we've been raised on and re-learning how to eat. When I discovered that I was gluten intolerant, I had to learn how to eat.  It was tough at first, but eventually I got the hang of it and lost 40 pounds, felt better and made much healthier choices. Eating out was difficult to do gluten free so I didn't do it much and if I did, I ordered a healthy salad and soup instead of the burger.  Processed foods were more difficult to find gluten free and more expensive so I had to bake and cook things from scratch.  Now, over a year later, I cheat.  ALOT!  The result...I feel like crap.  Bad moods, gaining weight, aches and pains are back, headaches.  I'm eating out more and making bad choices.  The cravings are back b/c I put the bad food back in my body.  When you change your diet, you go through a detox phase and it's tough.  But your cravings for starchy sugary foods quickly fade and you just naturally start eating to nourish your body instead of eating to make you happy.  Now, after a relapse, I'm determined to eat more veggies, limit meat/dairy and avoid gluten.  I deserve it, and my family deserves it.  I'm heading to Barnes and Noble to pick up the book today.


28 December 2010


My friend Stephanie brought her boys over yesterday so I took the opportunity to get some pictures.  Caleb is the best baby, you know the kind that make you want to have another...the snuggly,giggly, gerber type of baby.   But fortunately I get to play with him all the time and give him back to Steph so no need for more.  Ever.  Period.  I love my monkeys and they are all I need :) 

21 December 2010

Sleep Wake.

As a photographer, I find myself always thinking about different creative projects I could take on.  Something different than portrait work.  I plan on starting my photo a day project January 1st, but that's been done.  Today I ran across Meredith Andrews Sleep/Wake project.  I loved it for many reasons.  Most of us might think it's just funny. I think it's genius and gutsy.  She basically woke people up in the morning and took portraits of them.  The truth is that we all look pretty bad in the morning and if you think you don't, prove it to me.  I'll be over about 7am with my Nikon ;)

05 December 2010


We recently ventured up north about 50 miles or so to Woolaroc.  I have to admit that I wasn't to thrilled about seeing buffalo roam free or smell buffalo burgers cooking or see indian artifacts.  I did see an opportunity for a family photo opt so we loaded up and headed north.  Well, I have to admit it was a blast.  The scenery was beautiful and the museum was surprisingly fun.  I don't remember that when I was school and we visited Woolaroc for a field trip.  Of course, it was for school and so I was probably more interested in boys and hanging out with my friends.  Who knows. Bottom line, if you live near there, go there.  I did not eat a buffalo burger although I've heard it's much healthier than beef and all buffalo are grass fed which makes it cheaper than grass fed beef.  Bleh!  Im sorry, but they're just too ugly to eat.

This is how the kids enjoyed the view...head out the window and sunroof. I can hear the wee woo's right now.

Then off to my new favorite location.  Sorry, it's a secret :)

Baby Reece.

This beautiful girl did not want to sleep.  Her parents are clients of Tristan's and so that's how we met.  I brought my sis-in-law along for help and we all worked hard to get this beautiful girl to sleep.  She did, but not for long.  There is nothing funnier than watching 4 grown up women doting over a newborn and seeing the things they do to keep a baby asleep.  At times, it wasn't pretty, but mom and grandma were so wonderful and helpful and Celeste gave me much needed moral support.  Oh, and fortunately, Miss Reece was such a charmer and was patient with us the wholetime.  She just didn't want to miss anything.  Neither did Duke, their bull dog!


Ava and Catherine

I have been photographing these beautiful girls since the little one was 2 weeks old.  I met them and there beautiful parents at Southern Hills for a fall photo session 2 weeks ago.  The weather was perfect and so were the girls.  I'm really looking forward to our next session together!

Miss Ruby Sue...

my adorable dog niece had an impromptu mini session a few weeks ago.  Girl can pose.  That's all I can say.  She has the sweetest little face and longest little legs.  A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E.

Grandparent's Day.

The 2nd grade had a special performance and Bella played the xylophone. It was pretty cute!  Jude managed to sneak paw paw away for some donuts in the cafeteria after the performance and then got granny and dad into the library for some book buying.  Thanks dad and granny for coming!