Wednesday, November 26, 2008


A day off school! HURRAY!!! I have been counting the days for a couple weeks now. excited to have 5 days off! I have a big to do list for the next five days and can't wait to get some of it done:

  • Sleep in (already accomplished that one...but I definitely plan on taking advantage of it daily!)
  • drag the Christmas decorations up from the basement
  • take a Christmas card photo of the kids
  • do some creating - stamping and scrapping
  • wait for the cable guy to come
  • sit around and "play" with all our new cable channels and DVR
  • start reading Twilight
  • watch more episodes of Friday Night Lights
  • decorate for Christmas
  • upload all my Christmas tunes onto my iPod . . . including my NEW Harry Connick Jr Christmas CD - can't wait to listen to that one!!
  • order Christmas cards
  • make some of these little ornaments with Jenna
  • watch some of the Holiday decorating shows that are on HGTV this weekend
  • RELAX!
  • take photos for the photography class I am taking
  • start our Christmas countdown
  • start our trip to Texas countdown
  • take some photos to put on this's been photo-less for 2 posts now! Yikes!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Just us....

After several photos of family sessions, I decided to take a break and give a quick update on our family instead. . .

  • Basketball season has officially begun. Jacob is playing on a 5th grade team at the Y and has already had 2 games. Chris has been practicing for a little over a week and is fully into basketball coach mode. I always hate the beginning of the season adjustment and the end of the season burn-out the most. The middle isn't so bad (remind me of that in January!).
  • Thanks to Cheryl, I am fully addicted to another TV show. She came over last week and brought season one DVDs of Friday Night Lights. Why haven't I watched this show before? I am offically hooked!
  • I have started Christmas shopping...and really have a pretty good start. Jenna and I went last Friday and got quite a bit done. Chris and I are planning to go this weekend to do some shopping for the kids. Our weekends between now and Christmas are pretty busy due to basketball games, so we need to squeeze in the shopping whenever we can!
  • It is FREEZING here...and we have even had a dusting of snow on the ground and rooftops. I'm so not ready for cold weather and snow. Yuck!
  • The only good part about the cold and snow is using our fireplace. I absolutely love our new gas insert!
  • My most exciting news of the day . . . We just upgraded our cable, so we will finally have digital cable...and most importantly DVR. I'm so excited!!
  • As of next week at this time, we will be off school for 5 days. I CAN'T WAIT!!
  • I had an appointment with the rheumatologist on Monday. She said right away how much better I looked. She commented on how tired and exhausted I looked before. Basically things are a little better so I will continue the medicine I am on. I still experience achiness daily, but it is not as severe most days. There are times when it really gets bad, but if I continue to limit myself and take it easy then I do pretty well. She also prescribed an additional medication to help me sleep. I still have a hard time sleeping all night and still feel exhausted when it's time to wake up. Hopefully the side effects aren't too bad and I can actually take this one (the last one knocked me out!). I don't have to go back until March!
  • And a Jenna funny . . . Her teacher recently put out a telling notebook where the kids could write their "tattling" instead of constantly telling her. Jenna wrote in it yesterday and basically said "I can't go to the movie (PTO sponsors a movie the Saturday after thanksgiving) because my dad has a basketball game". Ummm....I don't think the notebook was meant for a place to tattle on your dad Miss Jenna!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

{Werts Family}

Last week I had yet another family session. Tiffany suggested that we meet at her Dad's horse barn...and it was the perfect photo taking location. I may have to borrow it again sometime. We were fighting the sun and had to keep moving the whole time so we didn't lose daylight, but we still managed to get lots of photos - including several clothing changes. I started with photos of Lainey and Camdyn and later dad joined us for some family photos.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

{Pazitka Family}

I met the Pazitka Family and took their photos on the same day as the Pittner Family. The two families are friends and Vickie was kind enough to arrange photos for both families. They have two gorgeous little girls who were a little shy and not too sure of me at first. But within a short time they warmed up to me and were ready for lots and lots of photos.

Monday, November 10, 2008

It's Tuesday....

....and that means my weekly get together with Cheryl and London. Last Tuesday I had to cancel since we still had flu germs spreading around our house. Instead I met Cheryl and London in Van Wert on Wednesday evening for some quick photos and then dinner at the Chinese restaurant. I love these photos from Wednesday. I really wish I would have had someone to take photos of me with Jacob and Jenna when they were itty bitty and brand new. I'm just so excited that Cheryl lets me cuddle with London and take tons of photos of him so I can get my weekly baby fix.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

{Pittner Family}

Vickie is one of my sister Jill's best friends from home. I took their family photos last year and she contacted me earlier this fall for a repeat session. In fact, we even went back to the same location in Stow. It is one of my absolute favorite places to take photos -I wish we had a place like it here! We had perfect weather, lots of fall leaves, and cute little boys dressed in cute sweaters. What more could you ask for?

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Just a friendly reminder . . . .

Miss Jenna showing off her brand new haircut and fun election shirt (compliments of Old Navy for $1.00 - can't beat that). She wore it in support of our school levy. Cross your fingers that it passes today!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Jacob and Jenna.....and a fun new location....

Living in a small town, I tend to use the same locations over and over. A few weeks ago - after our visit to the pumpkin patch - I decided to try a new location I had spotted. Just as I was getting ready to take Jacob's photos, the man who owned the business (and the building?) drove up (in a fun car!). I checked with him to make sure it was okay we were taking photos there, he gave us permission and then he gave me a brief history of the building. I took photos of both kids and then used the great older car the man had driven. It made a great backdrop, too! This location also gave me a chance to use some fun actions in photoshop - kind of old school or grungey looking. This spot will definitely be added to my list of favorite photo locations. I can't wait to use it again.

Warning....LOTS of photos below. I had a hard time narrowing them down to just a few favorites.