Thursday, November 18, 2010

In Case You Hadn't Heard...


Yep, that's right. My beautiful sister Arwen is engaged! Mike and I went with her and new fiance Bryan to take some pictures in Pasadena. What a fun day! These two are so much fun, and we couldn't be more excited and happy for them! Congratulations you two!






Thank you for letting me do your pictures. And Thanks Bryan for teaching me how to edit my pictures. Now, if I could only get them to look the same on blogger as they do in lightroom!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Turning 1







Yes, I know another post about Kennedy. I can't believe it has almost been a year already, but on November 3rd, this beautiful girl will be one!
Breana and Jordan let me do some one year pictures of this precious girl, and wow, she is really on the move! I think I learned a lot about doing photographs of a toddler though, mostly, don't expect them to stay put.
I love this girl, and I am so thankful to have her in our family, she has the best personality, and the funniest scrunched nose smile.
Thanks Bre and Jordan for letting me play with her!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Babysitting


Last week, Arwen and I had the chance to babysit Kennedy. (Yes, I will drive over an hour to get to spend the day with this adorable girl.) And, I have a new lens that I need to get used to, so I took the opportunity to do a practice "photo shoot" with one of my favorite subjects. Is this not one of the cutest girls you have seen? Thanks Bre and Jordan for letting us watch her!



Welcome Ethan!

As usual, it has taken me awhile to get these up, but here we go. Meet my newest nephew Ethan. It never ceases to amaze me how much I love my niece's and nephew's from the start, and Ethan is no different.


On September 19th, Mike and I finally got to meet this adorable boy, and we couldn't be more excited to have him in our family. Kevin and Monique have created an amazing child, and they are wonderful parents. Congrats you two!


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

2 Years


I can't believe it's true, but my adorable nephew turned two today. David and Julie threw an amazing cowboy and indian party on Saturday, complete with costumes. It was a great time.
Mike and I are so proud of Noah. He has been a great joy to our family, and we love him more than I ever thought possible. Happy Birthday Noah!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Faith

So, I know it has been a very long time since I last blogged, and a huge summer post will be coming in a few weeks, but until then, I wanted to share some uplifting words.
Lately I have found myself getting really down with things that have been happening in our Country. I also know that there are many people, friends and family that are having different trials. While looking up something on our Stake website, I came across this quote. How thankful I am for our knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I think it is very important to do everything that we can to better ourselves and society, and after all is said and done, we need to remember that Heavenly Father has a plan for all of us. Let us never lose faith.

"I testify to you that our promised blessings are beyond measure. Though the storm clouds may gather, though the rains may pour down upon us, our knowledge of the gospel and our love of our Heavenly Father and of our Savior will comfort and sustain us and bring joy to our hearts as we walk uprightly and keep the commandments. There will be nothing in this world that can defeat us.

My beloved brothers and sisters, fear not. Be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith."

President Thomas S. Monson, April 2009

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Kaylee






My beautiful sister-in-law Kaylee is graduating next month, and she let me take some senior pictures of her. I LOVE the way they turned out! The first one is my absolute favorite. Straight out of the camera and gorgeous. Some of the others look a little washed out now that I see them on the blog, so I'll have to play with the colors a little.
Kaylee is such a talented and intelligent girl too, and Mike and I are so proud of her accomplishments!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Benefit Auction

Wow, 2 posts from me in 3 days! New record.
Tomorrow, (Tuesday) my friend Amy, and her sister, are hosting an online auction on their website
Serving Pink Lemonade. This auction is to benefit the son of a very good friend of ours. He is only 9 months old, and suffers from a disease called Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa Herlitz. It is a terrible fatal disease, that cause blisters all over his body. The goal of this auction is to help raise money for his family to take him from California to Minnesota, for about a 3 month treatment.
Many people are making items to donate to this cause, and we were able to get some companies to donate also. Everything you see on this post has been donated, with 100% proceeds going to the Edling family. Visit the auction site for more information on these items, and to see what else has been donated.
There will also be a carnival/walk-a-thon in Norco, CA, on Saturday (May 1) to raise more money, if anyone feels like taking a small drive. Arwen managed to get a gift basket from Glen Ivy Hot Springs worth $160 that will also be raffled off that day.
For more information on Daylon, and the Edling family, please visit these:
Help Make A Miracle Website
The Press Enterprise

(Nie Nie All is Well Necklace)

(LynnDavid Clutch)


(Lucky Ranucky Headband)


(Any pair of earrings in stock from Little Lovelies)


(Scarlet Camera Bag from Jo Totes)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

These few days I have decided to be lazy...


So, it has been awhile since my last post, and I thought I would begin again where I left off last time. The day after our 20's party, we had another family party, with again more than one theme. We were saying good-bye to Beau and Christine, and Happy Birthday to Jana.
Just a little about Beau and Christine...This amazing couple received a great opportunity to move to Miami, and being such a close family, this move was hard on all of us. I absolutely adore Christine, she's one of those people that can make anyone feel comfortable. I really miss seeing her at family events.



As I mentioned, we also celebrated Jana's birthday. For those of you who aren't family, Jana is Mike's aunt, although she is younger than him. Jana is the life of every party. Loving and funny, you can't help but smile when she's around. Although this isn't the best shot of her, I love this picture, because the cake started to catch on fire. I think it captures the fun we have together.



These are some random shots from the party. I don't think I took any of these pictures, but I love the one Kaylee got of Kevin and Kennedy playing cards together. Yes, we start them early in this family.



I have practically no pictures of Easter, although it was so much fun! Arwen and Bryan joined us for the Pitt Easter Egg Hunt. My favorite tradition, because us older "kids" still get to hunt for eggs.



Finally, during Spring Break, I was able to go to Corona for a few days. Unfortunately, Mike had to work. However, one of the nights I was down, I went to a small carnival with most of my siblings. We didn't stay long, but it was fun to see Kennedy and Noah, (and capture some of their silly expressions), and to spend time with everyone who went. I love how excited Brian was to be there. He is so much fun, and he is constantly making us laugh.
So, that's it. It's been a fun 2 months!



Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Roaring 20's!


Mike and I have been having so much fun this last month, and that means tons of things to post. So, I have a lot to catch up on.
Julie planned a great evening for all of us a couple of weeks ago. We had a 1920's party, in the orange groves, to celebrate the first day of spring, and St. Patrick's Day. It was so much fun!



David and Julie did a beautiful job decorating, and I brought my record player, and some 20's records to help set the mood. The night couldn't have gone any better. It is always so much fun to spend time with my siblings. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to spend these times with them. Visit Julie's blog, for more pictures, and a short video of the walk to dinner. It really felt like we were back in time!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Baby Everett


Last Friday, I got the opportunity to take some pictures of this adorable baby. His parents are friends with Breana and Jordan, and they were nice enough to let me practice my photography skills on him.



Everett was not happy when we started out, but his mom got him smiling in no time!


How adorable are those big eyes!? I love them. I was really excited to take pictures of a baby that I'm not related to, it felt like a real job almost.

These are some of my favorite shots, and I really learned a lot. Looking back on all the photos, I realized there were some things I could do to make them better, and I'm actually really happy that I can say that, because next time, I will remember not to make those mistakes.
Thank you Terry Family, for the chance to photograph your handsome little boy!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Valentine's Day


This year Mike and I spent the weekend in Orange County. On Saturday, we met up with Bre and Jordan, (and Kennedy) and went to Cafe Rio, then David and Julie joined us at the Great orange County Park. I saw this on a friend's blog, all of the activities at the park are free, but it was pretty crowded that weekend. We decided to skip the ice skating, but we did go on the balloon. 400 feet in the air! If you could see my left hand in the picture, you would see that I am holding on very tightly. I'm terrified of heights, but the ride was brief, and pretty.
Unfortunately, I was also feeling pretty sick that weekend. I found out today that my tonsils are infected. I blame school. One week there, and I'm already sick.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

February 1


(Julie's beautiful wrapping)


So, normally I would never put a picture up on here like this of myself, but I just had to, because this is one of the few pictures I have of me and Kennedy, where neither of us are making really weird faces.
And, this is a post about my birthday. I have been dreading turning 27. I know to some, that is still young, but to me, it feels so old. Not just the number, but it is kind of a realization of how far I thought I would be in my life at this point. I've been thinking a lot about this the last 6 months or so. I really thought my life would be different. Some things I just didn't do, and some things are completely out of my control.
I really thought I would have children by now. In fact, I often think I should have a six year old, a four year old, a two year old, and a baby. Crazy huh? I know I can't control these things, but yet I still feel like I have been denied.
I don't usually write about my everyday thoughts on here, which is kind of weird. I never write about not having children, yet that is usually what's on my mind. I try to only write about the happy things that happen to me. So there you have it, a glimpse of what I think.
As I mentioned, I was dreading this birthday, but I actually think it was one of the best. Mike and I went down to Corona on Saturday, where we had a great party with my family. It was so much fun seeing everyone! Bre even put Kennedy in a special outfit for me! I got many thoughtful gifts, but having everyone there was more than a gift.
Sunday, we headed over to Riverside to celebrate Kevin's and my birthday. Again, it was so great! I cannot express how spoiled I felt this last weekend, and how loved I felt. I am so grateful to have such a wonderful family on both sides. Thank you to everyone!


Friday, January 8, 2010

New Year's Eve


This year (last year) for New Year's Eve, we went down to Corona again, for the annual dodge ball game. This year we also played some broom hockey too, and it was so much fun! Thank you to everyone who came, it's always better with more people.




We really got our money's worth with these dollar store brooms. I think only a few survived the night.


After dodge ball, broom hockey, a crazy game of horse, tag, red light-green light, and some races,(great ways to burn off the calories we knew we be eating) Mike and I headed to Riverside to play some card games and ring in the New Year. It was a great night, and we loved being able to spend so much time with our friends and family!