Friday, November 30, 2012

Play Doh

I struggle to find things to keep my girls busy. 
We always have craft time and play time and nap time and TV time and outside time and errand time but
for some reason they always seem to feel like we have nothing to do!
I am always on the look out for ideas
and again I found one on PINTEREST
love that site!
flour, salt, water and food coloring

 separate into little balls and add food coloring
then you have homemade play doh!
Miss Belle is not a fan of getting her hands dirty

 but after the Julia showed her you could make little bug creatures she was all game.
I know what your thinking
 a girl that hates dirt but loves bugs
yep that's miss Belle
she's one of a kind
I love her

and the play doh did it's job! the girls were occupied for TWO hours!
and the only reason they stopped playing with it was because it started to dry out and the colors were all mixed up and turned an ugly brown color.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

such a sweet family

last weekend I got to hang out with this family
 These kiddos were so sweet and probably one of the top easiest kids to photograph!
smiles all around. love it
 I made a Christmas card for them and I love how it turned out
 Rick and Stacey are such a great couple. it's pretty obvious they love each other :) and that just makes me love my job even more! it's so much fun to capture these memories.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


I just LOVE these three!
 so much fun
 and my favorite little man is growing up so fast.....
 He's two!
Happy birthday JP!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


I got to spend a super fun afternoon playing photo shoot with this pretty little 5 months old Gabriella.

She's just gorgeous!

 and you know me I had to snap a pic of her little toes.

Monday, November 26, 2012

it's begining to look a lot like

how was your Thanksgiving?
Mine was good!
lots of food!
laughs, love, and memories made
I have so many pictures I need to chatch up on this blog 
the site says I have reached my limit of pictures for the month!
so I figured I will just post a little video 
remember the first one?
a lot has changed in a year huh?!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

make a difference! NOW!

As I was about to bring my Lil' Stella home from the hospital, My cousin Lindsay was on her way to the hospital to give birth to her first born.
this is the moment she had been waiting 9 months for
holding her son  Julien Ray for the first time.
 But that moment was cut short. 
The doctors  diagnosed Little Julian with VATER. which stands for Vertebrate Anus Trechea Esophagus Renal Syndrome. basically he was born with possible loop in his spine a tethered chord, no opening in his anus,  his esophagus was connected to the lung, and he has one functioning kidney. 
He was immediately taken to a children's hospital for surgery.

 He spent 18 days in the hospital recovering but that was only the first of many surgeries and hospital stays.
 The Doctors have high hopes that Julian will be a fully functioning normal little boy by his 2nd birthday. He has already proven his is a fighter and his parents have been there every step of the way to support and give lots of kisses when he needs them.
During the hospital stays Julian's mommy and daddy recieved much needed help from the Ronald Mcdonald house. 
There they are given a room, food, support, and consent updates on how their precious son is doing at times when they are not able to be with him. The cost is ten dollars a day, McDonald's understands the difficulties the many families face while they have a child in the hospital. so that ten dollars is a donation. Lindsay and Ricky have been able to help with the cost by collecting pop tabs!
Here is where you can help Julian and many other families with children that are fighting battles. 
I am asking that on this Thanksgiving everyone take two seconds and remove the pop tabs from the cans of soda or beer you will be enjoying and put them in a box, bag, jar anything! 
I will collect them from you (if your around the cincinnati area) and we will hand deliver them to the Ronald Mcdonald house where Julian's mommy and daddy have been recieving countless help from. 
We have a chance to really make a difference! 
and if you live in a different part of the country you can still collect your pop tabs and turn them into ANY Ronald Mcdonald house to help that location! 
So what do you say? Lets do this!
 Happy thanksgiving! I am grateful for my healthy family and grateful for the chance to make a difference for the families that need the support.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

ending Fall

I wanted to share our thankful tree.
we started this last year 
and it's become one of the best parts of the day when we find out what everyone is thankful for.
Miss Belle got to join us this year since she could actually semi understand 
 here are some of my favorite thankful leaves
my husband calls me his trophy wife :)
 Belle always had the funniest random things she was thankful for
 Belle again
 Julia decided she wanted to group all of her leaves together on the same branch.
 Remember my fall list of things to do? well we completed almost everything so I thought I would share with you what we did
of course some fall crafts:

 Pumpkin waffles:
 Taking lots of walks: (Belle loves her hats)
 Tell scary stories:
 Make new scarfs
 Pick and eat apples
 Go to fall craft festivals
 More walking
 Date night for mommy and daddy
 get out winter clothes
 photo scavenger hunt
 Make Halloween costumes
 Hay ride
 Carve pumpkins

 Soccer games
rake leaves
Chili contest (really bad picture but I thought it was cool how it shows the motion)
 play in the leaves!

The only other thing left on our fall list of things to do is enjoy thanksgiving dinner.
I am excited that Fall is over because next come my second favorite season of the year! CHRISTMAS!
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