Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Holiday Photo Shoot Special

Ok so its that time of year. The time when there is a crispness in the air. Where you realize that it's time to wear that new coat you bought on sale last year! Where you want to stay sleeping longer because it's darker later. And of course it's that time of year when we all start thinking about the HOLIDAYS!!!

As we approach this much anticipated season I start thinking about family, fun, sweet treats and gift giving. Oh I love this time of year! 

I want to let you all know that I will be offering a special on all family photo sessions from October 29th - November 30th. If you are interested in doing a family photo session in UT please email me at ASAP. Slots are filling up fast. I would love to take advantage of the beautiful weather and amazing colors we are enjoying in UT right now.  

$200 Special includes:

* One location - up to an hour ($25 per extra location and $50 per extra hour)
* Session fee - my time which includes the session and editing time
* Rights to all custom edited photos - CD of at least 25-75 photos - this way you are free to choose the photos you want to print and where you would like to print them. They can be used for Christmas cards, grandparent presents, there are limitless options really!

** If you are interested in purchasing a session as a gift for someone else please contact me and we can work something out. 

** All sessions need to be booked within the time frame listed in order to receive the special rate. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The GLAD game

Growing up I loved watching the movie Pollyanna. If you have not seen it you should! It is truly uplifting and allows you to see life through the eyes of a positive little child. Pollyanna plays a game in the movie called the "glad game." No one can understand why she is always so positive and happy even though she faces some real challenges in her life. She decides to look on the bright side of life and think about things she is glad for during hard times. Well times are not hard for me right now, but I decided that today I want to play the glad game. After putting the kids down for a nap today I opened my email and found a sweet love note from my darling husband and so my glad game starts....

1. I am glad I have a husband that loves and appreciates me. I am glad that he holds my choice of motherhood in such high and noble esteem.
2. I am glad that my children look like angels when they sleep. It makes me realize how close to heaven they actually are. I sometimes wonder if that's where they visit when they are sleeping.

3. I am glad that today is so beautiful and that we were able to play in the leaves with the kids. There is something magical about falling colorful leaves. It summons change of a season and the start of the WONDERFUL holiday season.
4. I am glad that my 83 year old Nana has such a positive attitude, despite the fact that she broke her leg and had to have emergency surgery and now will be in rehabilitation for months. She always seems to have a smile in her voice when I talk to her on the phone and she makes me realize that when life presents challenges embrace them... there is always something to be learned!
5. I am glad that we have fresh producee in the house. I love cooking, and eating for that matter, fresh vegetables they make me feel healthy and happy.
6. I am glad my parents taught me to serve others. They have been the greatest examples of kindness towards others that I know. They never see differences. They embrace and love everyone. I love that!
7. I am glad I have a best friend. Adrienne, we are so excited to see you soon. I am glad that Adrienne and I have each other to talk to, to lean on, to cry and laugh with. What a blessing in my life she is.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Pumpkin Patch Time...

I love going to the pumpkin patch. It has become a family a  family tradition since we had little Addy. Today James took off a couple of hours of work and we were off. I am so grateful that he was able to come. It's never the same without "daddy"! He took us on a tour through the corn maze and we actually got to where we were supposed to be without to many twists and turns. Couple his speed with my amazing sense of direction and you have a power that can't be matched. I LOVE YOU JAMES!
Here are a few (ok more then a few) pictures from our fun adventure!

Oh what a beautiful day!

Today Luke and I had a great afternoon together. I love our alone time. It doesn't come that often but I each afternoon after I put Addy down for a nap I wait an hour to put Luke down so I can have some selfish alone time with my sweet boy. We had a fun time playing today. I just love my little man.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

Picture updates

Moments I cherish

Today when I was putting Luke down for a nap I told Addy she could play for a few minuets before she had to go to sleep as well. While I was rocking Luke watching his little eyes close I took a mental picture. I love those moments when babies start to fall asleep, especially my babies. After I put Luke down in his crib I went into put Addy down, read a book or two and then good night. When I walked into her room I expected to find her twirling around in her new ballet dress (thanks Mimi...its a hit!), but that's not what I found at all. Addy had put herself in her bed with her babies surrounding her. She was nearly asleep when I came in the room. Ahhhh.... it was so tender. My little girl is really growing up! I love it!

Luke has reached so many milestones in the past two weeks. He is now crawling all over the place, climbing up the stairs (which he is so proud of), he can go from crawling to sitting on his own. He is pulling up on furniture (which he thinks is so funny), and he is talking up a storm (well its more a babble of different sure it cute!). But alas, once again the poor guy is sick. We are heading back to the Dr. today to have him checked out again. I am not sure what it is this time around. Hopefully they can give us some answers.

**Sleep update... After a trying weekend (thank you to Lisa who babysat for James and me and subsequently SAVED MY LIFE and my KIDS too for that matter), Luke and Addy both AMAZINGLY were asleep by 6:45pm last night and slept through the night without waking up! Addy woke up once at 5:30am but went back to sleep until 8:30am. Luke on the other hand woke up for the day at 5:30am. Oh well. I guess I can't have it both ways. There is something fundamentally wrong thought when your baby wakes up and its dark and they take their first nap and its still dark outside. Don't you think? We went to bed early so it was ok getting up that early. I am just glad our fervent and desperate prayers were answered for a peaceful, uninterrupted night of sleep. What a blessing.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

This is just really REALLY funny!

Will I ever know a good nights sleep again?

Will my children ever sleep through the night again???? Someone please give me some hope! I don't know if I can take it anymore. I feel like I have a newborn all over again except this time twins! For the past month Addy and Luke have both been waking up several times during the night. James and I feel like we are living in a comatose state. We are cranky, irritable, and easy to snap at each other and the kids. I want this to stop! If I can only get a few good nights of sleep my life will be restored and there will be some harmony and peace in my mind and home. You know its bad when you have to crawl on your hands and knees out of your child's bedroom and close the door ever so slowly in hopes that no noise is made that will suddenly ajar him back into his wakeful state (this is after 30 minuets of standing at his crib side, almost falling asleep myself as I lay my head against the rail.) All the while praying that this will be the night when they won't wake up (this is after they both have already woken up once, but before I am actually asleep so that does not really count, right?) Arggggggggg!!!!!!!
Please pray for my kids to sleep... PLEASE!!!

PS: I know I need to let them cry it out but at this point when 1am 2am 3am comes around, I am so tired I just can't muster up the strength to listen to them scream for 2 hours. Also, if one cries the other is bound to wake up! It's hopeless!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Addy Saves The Day!

Today was a great day until about 5:00pm tonight. We had a fantastic last day visiting with Mom and Bryan, we miss them already!. Ok so the story goes this way... After dropping off mom and Bryan off at the airport, we headed the hour drive back home. On the way we needed to stop at Ikea for a potty brake (Addy is doing pretty well! YEA ADDY!). On my way out I put Addy in her seat and then strapped Luke in and we were off! About halfway home I hear Addy calling me from the back of the car. "Hi Mommy! Hi Mommy!" When I looked in my rear view mirror I saw, to my horror, Addy up out of her seat standing on the floor. A flash went through my mind... I DIDN'T STRAP HER IN HER CAR SEAT!!! What kind of mother am I? I quickly pulled off at the first available exit and pulled onto the shoulder to quickly strap her in her car seat and be on our way. Disaster averted, YEA! Wait there's more... As I hopped out of the car I tried to open Addy's door. Locked...darn. So I went back to my door pushed the unlock button, shut my door then I realize to my horror that I didn't press the unlock button I pressed the lock button!!! OH MY GOSH!!!! I just locked my kids in a running car on the shoulder of an exit on a busy highway. Am I CRAZY??? Trying to stay calm on the outside I quickly flagged someone down (remember my phone was in the car with my two children, one of whom was out of her car seat with the keys in the ignition (recipe for disaster)), this is Utah after all. Anyway, a very nice man stopped and looked as bewildered as I did as to what to do next. Then a thought of genius struck me. Addy is out of her seat...she can open the door. After trying to coax her to open the two back seat doors unsuccessfully she climbed into the front seat passenger side and she unlocked the door!!! YEA!!! Addy saved the day! I think I am still in denial that this really happened because things could have gone very very wrong. Oh MAN! I need to go to bed!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Ride m' Cowboy!

Mimi and Uncle Bryan have been in town visiting so blogging has taken a back seat for a while. Sorry. I have been meaning to post a bunch of thoughts I have been having. Oh will come at some point. For now I wanted to post this cute picture my mom took of the kids. Addy has been enthrawled with horse rides lately. Usually they are with her dad but during this picture dad was not home so she picked the next thing that could move and was on the floor, Luke! I was laughing hysterically because he was actually crawling still with her on his back. This boy is STRONG!!!