Happiness is ______ {2014-W20} #happinessis

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We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do […]

Mother’s Day 2014

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My husband truly had no idea what to get me this year for Mother’s Day. What’s funny is.. I wasn’t sure either myself. It dawned on me, though, when I was photographing our little Mom and Me tea party soiree, the difficulty I was having zooming in on certain things, and how badly my 18-55mm […]

First Time Fishing

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It’s not that we, ourselves, had never fished, we’d just never fished with our kids. Together. Our older daughter had fished for catfish with her friend in Fort Polk. Our older son had fished with his friends, too. Both my husband and myself, we’d fished with our family and relatives on our own, but never […]

Parents, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

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My husband hates being late. No matter how early we begin preparing, somehow we always find some way to magically leave the house later than expected (especially for soccer games). (I’m thinking it has something to do with having eleventy-billion kids with eleventy-billion things to keep track of.) I hate being late, too, but I […]

Happiness is ______ {Week Thirty-Eight} #happinessis

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2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so […]

Tips on How to Take Your Own School Pictures (and Have Fun Doing It)

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We’ve hardly wiped the sleep from our eyes from the summer yet, and we’re already hip-deep in three school fundraisers, and school pictures were yesterday. What. I mean, holy cow, people. The school’s not messin’ around anymore. No dilly-dallying anymore, it’s game ON, people. Game-freaking-on. Yet again this year, in the flurry and over-abundance of […]

Happiness is ______ {Week Thirty-Seven} #happinessis

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2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so […]

Happiness is ______ {Week Twenty-Four} #happinessis

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2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so […]

Instagram Etiquette 101 – 6 Tips You Shouldn’t Ignore

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Guest post by Katja Presnal, the author of “Instagram as your Guide to the World”. Instagram has changed the way I plan my travels, and in fact Instagram is nowadays my travel guide when I travel to new places. I discovered new ways to search Instagram and use it as a reference after using the […]

Happiness is ______ {Week Three} #happinessis

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2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so […]

Instagram Changes TOS – 3 Tips For You with Instagram Alternatives

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Instagram’s change to its Terms of Service (TOS) happens to be a very hot topic right now, and even though Instagram issued a statement regarding it’s changes and changing the legal mumbo-jumbo because it caused “confusion,” a lot folks everywhere are leery, wondering what to do, and considering Instagram alternatives. While discussing this change on Facebook yesterday, […]

My Right Hand Baby {Video}

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I turn the corner in the kitchen, and she immediately begins to wail. She has to have me in her sights every waking moment, or else, she’s a massive pile of whimpering infant. I have never, ever had a baby this attached to me so much. It’s almost… foreign to me, the changes between this child and […]

Playdate at the Park and Proof Mom Truly Exists

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I’m the picture-taker. The memory-preserver. The life-capturer. But when I’m the one behind the camera shooting all the time, I’m rarely in the shots themselves, unless I use my DSLR with remote. Unfortunately, that isn’t going to happen right now, because I broke the lock off my memory card a few weeks back, and rendered […]

Freedom {Baby V Picture}

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My Twelve Year Old Photographer. Look! It’s a Tree!

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My oldest son had an important task this weekend. He was the camera-holder while I held Baby V and the diaper bag. He took his job quite seriously, and I could see how eager he was to use it himself. He’s always been interested in the camera, just a little itchy on his trigger finger. […]

Baby Dude Portraits

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I am not a professional photographer, BY ANY MEANS. It’s been over two years since receiving this Nikon D60 and I’m still sucking at it. But there is a substantial lack of pictures on my wall with my Baby Dude (i.e. NONE) because all the pictures I’ve ever taken are held digitally on my computer, […]

Weird Picture of the Day: Doll Humps Decor

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My daughter is going to suck as a babysitter, isn’t she? This (!!) is where she puts the baby doll down for a nap? Even creepier is the fact that this doll moves and talks when it senses motion. So imagine a completely quiet house, and you walk by and suddenly your decorative tree is […]

Kissy Face with Daddy

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Baby Sis gettin’ some smooches from hubs in her sweet-as-Apple-pie pigtails. Could you not just DIE from cuteness? Never miss a thing! Subscribe today for all kinds of crazy parenting fun!

Baby Dude’s First Big Boy Hair Cut

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“Mama, I pit ewe fwowaz!” (Baby Dude speak for “I picked you flowers.”) And then, as if on cue, he says “Cheese!” He goes to give them to me, “Here, mama!” But then kneels, holding onto his precious gifts for me a while longer. That’s okay. I kept snapping the camera, as I watched his […]

Just Keep Clicking…

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When we visited our soon-to-be-new city of San Antonio, TX over the holiday break, we were coerced into visiting the Alamo by our in-laws. I wasn’t exactly keen on the idea of sight-seeing just yet, considering there is much to scout-out before the big move, but I will say it was quite beautiful. The second […]

Back Up Family Pictures with Seagate #GoFlexMemories

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Some of you who knew me and my blog back in ’08 may remember the Great Computer Meltdown™ when not one but two computers met with serious disaster within two weeks of each other, and the resulting thermonuclear eruption (by me) when it happened. Friends, it wasn’t pretty. I was an absolute freakin’ mess. I […]

Best. Picture. Ever. from #roadtrip2010 (Day 5)

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Part of our road trip took us to Williamsburg, Virginia. Specifically Busch Gardens. With the yearly Anheuser-Busch “Here’s to the Heroes” offer, we used to go to Busch Gardens once a year when we lived close by, on the east coast. It will always hold a special place in our hearts, and this particular visit […]

My Garden Loves Me. No Really. Look.

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See? This is what my children and I saw outside today. How sweet is that? For more Wednesday fun, visit Wordless Wednesday, 5MFM, MomSpective, MomDot, Seven Clown Circus and We Are THAT Family. Never miss a thing! Subscribe today for all kinds of crazy parenting fun!

My Ten-Year-Old Photographer (and The Story of the New Headshot)

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I needed to submit a head-shot of myself to a new website I’m going to be working with (stay tuned for that announcement!), except the head-shots that I already had weren’t the best. Neither my husband nor myself really know what the heck we’re doing with this camera most times, so it’s of no surprise […]

Dressing Up Kids is Ridiculously Fun

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Oh me oh my! I can’t wait to get these on paper, in a frame, and on my wall. We brought out some cutesy clothes, and played dress up. You can’t go wrong with a pretty dress with matching coat and hat, now can you? And my sweet Baby Don Johnson is rockin’ the Miami […]

Kissy Face

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He was upset.For the eleventy-billionth time today.He bit his lip.And cried.And cried.Nothing heals better than mommy’s kisses.And soI fired ‘em up(my lips)and planted a few (thousand) on his snackable cheeks.Pretty soon the tears dried up. And mommy had tears of her own.It’s times like these that take your breath away.They’re only little for a little […]

Real Life

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Sniffly green eyes, in a constant state of coughing, these past few weeks Tired, bloodshot eyes, desperate for a tweeze and a rest Always a constant – comfortable attire; some sort of cotton t-shirt or tank top with yoga pants, jeans or these, hubby’s fleece pajamas, eleventy-billion sizes too big, masking feet in need of […]