Archive for December, 2007

Cuter than cute!

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

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Oh man.  This little guy was just adorable.  I had so much fun hanging out with his mom (a friend from high school!) and dad, who are SO relaxed for being first time parents.   I could have watched them interact with little L all day.   This wonderful family has been through a lot with L during pregnancy and the first month of his life and he’s perfect and healthy and I’m just so happy for them.

I braved a major snowstorm (at least it felt like it!) to drive out to Castle Rock, and it was SO worth it.   Thanks for having me (and for the delicious lunch) and I sure hope we can see each other in Phoenix sometime???!!!  (hint hint!) 

 ~m

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We’re Back! :)

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

Our trip to Colorado was phenomenal.  White Christmas, tons of snow, sledding, family time, visiting with friends, playdates, 2 incredible photoshoots (not to mention fun snowy pics of Peach), great meals…

 Just finishing up some editing.  I know some anxious parents are waiting for their sneak peek.  Coming soon, guys (later tonight, I promise)! 

~m

We’re Back! :)

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

Our trip to Colorado was phenomenal.  White Christmas, tons of snow, sledding, family time, visiting with friends, playdates, 2 incredible photoshoots (not to mention fun snowy pics of Peach), great meals…

 Just finishing up some editing.  I know some anxious parents are waiting for their sneak peek.  Coming soon, guys (later tonight, I promise)! 

~m

{Merry Christmas}

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

Yeah, it’s a little early, but I wanted to get this out there and wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  I’ll be taking a bloggity break for a week while we celebrate, do some traveling and just have fun together.  I’ll be taking lots of pics, of course! 

I took this picture of Peach and Santa yesterday.  It’s my new favorite pic.   He just whisked her up into his arms and all she could do was stare.

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I love:

*her gaze — she’s amazed that it’s really Santa!

*Santa’s beard

*their real eye contact

*the lit wagon in the background

*(this one is from my sis) it looks like a posed Norman Rockwell — it’s like Santa’s going to offer her a Coca-Cola 

*Santa’s arms around her

*Santa’s plush suit — looks like the real deal!

Happy Holidays and safe travels to those of you taking off for a bit.   ~m

“Want to take some pictures of me, Momma?”

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

[Translation:  Come watch me play in the front yard!] 

I always oblige when she offers to pose for pics!     

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We had fun with this blue snow hat (bought in preparation for our winter trip to Colorado to see family and friends).    Since it’s been semi-cold lately, it didn’t feel that silly having Peach flit around the front yard with her hat on.  :)   It looked cute, warmed her little ears, and was pretty great for a spontaneous game of peek-a-boo with the camera. 

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Besides head and finger warmers (we’re hoping to go sledding), I’ve been collecting fuzzy blankets for photo shoots (newborn shoots, especially) so she also had a great time getting snuggly in this soft-as-a teddy-bear blankie, too.   I’m SOOO excited because I get to photograph a one-month-old cutie in Colorado.  Can’t wait to see him and catch up with his Mommy!  Now to decide which blankie to bring…hope there’s some room!   ~m

“Want to take some pictures of me, Momma?”

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

[Translation:  Come watch me play in the front yard!] 

I always oblige when she offers to pose for pics!     

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We had fun with this blue snow hat (bought in preparation for our winter trip to Colorado to see family and friends).    Since it’s been semi-cold lately, it didn’t feel that silly having Peach flit around the front yard with her hat on.  :)   It looked cute, warmed her little ears, and was pretty great for a spontaneous game of peek-a-boo with the camera. 

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Besides head and finger warmers (we’re hoping to go sledding), I’ve been collecting fuzzy blankets for photo shoots (newborn shoots, especially) so she also had a great time getting snuggly in this soft-as-a teddy-bear blankie, too.   I’m SOOO excited because I get to photograph a one-month-old cutie in Colorado.  Can’t wait to see him and catch up with his Mommy!  Now to decide which blankie to bring…hope there’s some room!   ~m

“Want to take some pictures of me, Momma?”

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

[Translation:  Come watch me play in the front yard!] 

I always oblige when she offers to pose for pics!     

img_1066furry-webcopycr.jpg

We had fun with this blue snow hat (bought in preparation for our winter trip to Colorado to see family and friends).    Since it’s been semi-cold lately, it didn’t feel that silly having Peach flit around the front yard with her hat on.  :)   It looked cute, warmed her little ears, and was pretty great for a spontaneous game of peek-a-boo with the camera. 

img_1036defixcpop-copy.jpg

Besides head and finger warmers (we’re hoping to go sledding), I’ve been collecting fuzzy blankets for photo shoots (newborn shoots, especially) so she also had a great time getting snuggly in this soft-as-a teddy-bear blankie, too.   I’m SOOO excited because I get to photograph a one-month-old cutie in Colorado.  Can’t wait to see him and catch up with his Mommy!  Now to decide which blankie to bring…hope there’s some room!   ~m

Rockin’ Book Review: Tails by Matthew Van Fleet

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

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Here’s the thing.

I love children’s books.  Always have — as a kid, teacher, mom, I could/can never get enough.  Books and I have this special relationship :)  …I just can’t stop buying them.  SO, I thought…why not review a cool kid book every week or so for those of you that might be interested. 

I’ll say a little about the book and why we like it — have pics of my kiddos reading it.  Maybe branch out to pics of other kiddos reading a book they recommend.  That might be fun! 

So, here’s the first review.

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Book: Tails

Author:  Matthew Van Fleet

Got this book:  from a friend for J’s birth (I was totally shocked I’d never seen it before — it’s great!!!)

Rating:  10 Golden Grahams (that’s good!!!  10 is the best.  :) )

About:  This board-like book is great fun for the little ones.   The text rhymes and it talks of tails of various animals.  It certainly appeals to all senses – kids touch furry tails, smell a skunk tail, drag their finger along a bumpy tail, hear the cute text, and move little strips (like a pop-up book, but durable) to see various tails move.  There’s also a fancy sparkly peek-a-boo page for the peacock, which is an absolute hit.   It’s a very interactive, colorful book and would be a great gift for someone’s child or a total hit for your own library. 

*It’s not as thick as a board book, but pages are extremely well made.  Ours has lasted for quite a while and shows no signs of trauma from little hands pulling and prodding all the time.  :)

Age: Baby-Preschool

Price: $13.95  ($10-something @ amazon right now)

=====> IF any of you have a book we should take a look at, let us know!  We’re always looking for the latest and greatest books.  I hope we can find some new, awesome books out of this, too! 

About the pics…no flash, taken last-minute before bed because the kids were being so cute (couldn’t resist!) Because of the no flash and low light, I had to use an ultra-high ISO — makes pics grainy if it’s too high, but I took care of that with some software I recently purchased.  I did have the kids reading right next to a light, which helped a bit. 

Thanks for reading and here are a couple more pics — just couldn’t narrow them down today!   ~m

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Rockin’ Book Review: Tails by Matthew Van Fleet

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

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Here’s the thing.

I love children’s books.  Always have — as a kid, teacher, mom, I could/can never get enough.  Books and I have this special relationship :)  …I just can’t stop buying them.  SO, I thought…why not review a cool kid book every week or so for those of you that might be interested. 

I’ll say a little about the book and why we like it — have pics of my kiddos reading it.  Maybe branch out to pics of other kiddos reading a book they recommend.  That might be fun! 

So, here’s the first review.

img_0958-bookpic.jpg [click pic if you'd like it bigger]

Book: Tails

Author:  Matthew Van Fleet

Got this book:  from a friend for J’s birth (I was totally shocked I’d never seen it before — it’s great!!!)

Rating:  10 Golden Grahams (that’s good!!!  10 is the best.  :) )

About:  This board-like book is great fun for the little ones.   The text rhymes and it talks of tails of various animals.  It certainly appeals to all senses – kids touch furry tails, smell a skunk tail, drag their finger along a bumpy tail, hear the cute text, and move little strips (like a pop-up book, but durable) to see various tails move.  There’s also a fancy sparkly peek-a-boo page for the peacock, which is an absolute hit.   It’s a very interactive, colorful book and would be a great gift for someone’s child or a total hit for your own library. 

*It’s not as thick as a board book, but pages are extremely well made.  Ours has lasted for quite a while and shows no signs of trauma from little hands pulling and prodding all the time.  :)

Age: Baby-Preschool

Price: $13.95  ($10-something @ amazon right now)

=====> IF any of you have a book we should take a look at, let us know!  We’re always looking for the latest and greatest books.  I hope we can find some new, awesome books out of this, too! 

About the pics…no flash, taken last-minute before bed because the kids were being so cute (couldn’t resist!) Because of the no flash and low light, I had to use an ultra-high ISO — makes pics grainy if it’s too high, but I took care of that with some software I recently purchased.  I did have the kids reading right next to a light, which helped a bit. 

Thanks for reading and here are a couple more pics — just couldn’t narrow them down today!   ~m

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Rockin’ Book Review: Tails by Matthew Van Fleet

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

 img_0934cballbwweb.jpg

img_0942l-copy.jpg

Here’s the thing.

I love children’s books.  Always have — as a kid, teacher, mom, I could/can never get enough.  Books and I have this special relationship :)  …I just can’t stop buying them.  SO, I thought…why not review a cool kid book every week or so for those of you that might be interested. 

I’ll say a little about the book and why we like it — have pics of my kiddos reading it.  Maybe branch out to pics of other kiddos reading a book they recommend.  That might be fun! 

So, here’s the first review.

img_0958-bookpic.jpg [click pic if you'd like it bigger]

Book: Tails

Author:  Matthew Van Fleet

Got this book:  from a friend for J’s birth (I was totally shocked I’d never seen it before — it’s great!!!)

Rating:  10 Golden Grahams (that’s good!!!  10 is the best.  :) )

About:  This board-like book is great fun for the little ones.   The text rhymes and it talks of tails of various animals.  It certainly appeals to all senses – kids touch furry tails, smell a skunk tail, drag their finger along a bumpy tail, hear the cute text, and move little strips (like a pop-up book, but durable) to see various tails move.  There’s also a fancy sparkly peek-a-boo page for the peacock, which is an absolute hit.   It’s a very interactive, colorful book and would be a great gift for someone’s child or a total hit for your own library. 

*It’s not as thick as a board book, but pages are extremely well made.  Ours has lasted for quite a while and shows no signs of trauma from little hands pulling and prodding all the time.  :)

Age: Baby-Preschool

Price: $13.95  ($10-something @ amazon right now)

=====> IF any of you have a book we should take a look at, let us know!  We’re always looking for the latest and greatest books.  I hope we can find some new, awesome books out of this, too! 

About the pics…no flash, taken last-minute before bed because the kids were being so cute (couldn’t resist!) Because of the no flash and low light, I had to use an ultra-high ISO — makes pics grainy if it’s too high, but I took care of that with some software I recently purchased.  I did have the kids reading right next to a light, which helped a bit. 

Thanks for reading and here are a couple more pics — just couldn’t narrow them down today!   ~m

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