Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Blog Warming Party

Welcome to my new blog! I feel as though I have been working on this for months. I have not let Brian look at it so he would be able to experience the unveiling when the blog was all put together. Here is our conversation last night:

Me: "Hey, tomorrow I am going to point my domain name off of the old blog site and direct it to the new one I have been working on for so long."

Brian: (Worried look) "I am afraid I am not going to..."

Me: (Interrupting) "Know what to wear? Casual attire is fine, maybe a dress shirt with khakis."

Brian: (Smiling) "No. I am afraid that I am not going to react with the level of excitement that equals the amount of work you have spent on it."

Me: "Fake it then. Drink heavily and prepare to gush."

So with huge gratitude to Carrie of Carrie Loves Design, who designed the blog and photography section. She maintained nothing but professional kindness as I tried to speak "techie talk" to explain what I was looking for in a new blog. She used (what I can only imagine as) magic wands, fairy dust and behind the scene tricks that I do not even pretend to understand to have the blog reflect the feel I wanted for it. 

Thank you to Brian who went to bed without me too many nights as I sit working on resizing photos, importing, exporting, reading and researching. And of course my boys, who may have had cereal for dinner a few nights too many as I was working on the blog. 

And to my family, my girlfriends and random strangers who say they enjoy reading my thoughts and looking at my world through my camera lens, thank you for all the love and support. 

Love & Light,

Here are snapshots of our world at Thanksgiving.

Brian and Chef Cheyne
The preparations. 
Best buddies.
The annual kiss
The biggest turkey
The kids table. Shirt, shoes and sitting in your chair, optional.
Nolan, leaf jumping.

The boys attempting to catch a squirrel.
A box arrived at our house, the boys made cars, houses and trains out of it.

This is how I found Cole when I went to check on him before bed.

Friday, November 16, 2012

This Old Dog and her Blog

I have been working on creating a new blog. To those of you who think you are fairly tech savvy, you realize how little you really know once you enter the underground of the technological world. And really, I know very little considering I am still not fully sure how a television works or really anything you plug into a wall. If I thought too much about it, I might start walking around mumbling to myself because my ignorance far outweighs my understanding of probably about 95% of just about everything. This is okay with me; keeping it simple right here. However, creating a new blog is forcing me to think outside of my comfort zone. I hired a very talented web designer to help me, so she is doing the bulk of the work and she is probably shaking her head when she receives multiple middle of the night e-mails of my ramblings trying to understand widgets, buttons, pages, imports and exports.

My switch to a new blog is mostly for financial purposes, it gets expensive to run this blog and because my photographs are large, I keep having to purchase disk space. There are times when I just want to junk the blog and not do it anymore but then that same day I will get an e-mail from a friend who said my blog made her laugh. Or when I think that my kids will someday have this diary of photos and random thoughts, a chance to know me as a young mother; it keeps me writing. Mostly though, I feel it is my plug into a creative piece of myself that I probably would not otherwise use, instead I would spend my late night evenings watching multiple reality shows and eating Lucky Charms from the box (and just the cereal part because the boys ate all the marshmallows, GRRRR...).

So I continue to try and figure out codes and read how to use conversion tools to change formats to export and import images, to try and learn to speak a bit of a different language to convey what it is that I want. Brian finds me on the computer at 2 am ,and he just shakes his head. But I tell him I am trying to learn. I am trying to keep that part of my brain active where I still have the capacity to learn. I am testing that old school belief that it is never too late to teach an old dog new tricks. And this old dog is working hard.

Here are just a few of my favorite photos of a family photo shoot I did a few weeks ago. This family was not only super cute but very, very nice and I really could feel the love between them all.

Love & Light,


I love the dad and son profile photo. So sweet.

This (above) is one of my favorite shots.

I love the photos that capture what a mom's life is REALLY like. Posed photos are nice for the Christmas cards but I love the candid moments because they are a glimpse into each family member's personalities and lives.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


 We traveled to North Carolina this past weekend to walk with our friends in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation annual walk to raise money for children with Type 1 diabetes. Keith & Andrea's son Glen was diagnosed at 3 years of age with juvenile diabetes. This little boy is so sweet and has been through and continues to go through so much at such a young age. Keith and Andrea are amazing and really work together to make sure he is taken care of and is able to enjoy just being a kid.

Here are a few photographs from our visit. Sending them love and prayers for a cure in the near future.

Love & Light,


Grace is Glen's big sister and Andrea (Glen's mom) designed the logo and t-shirts.

The crowd was huge and the team to support Glen came ready to walk.

Glen's dad, sister (left of the stroller) and little brother in the stroller.

I like this photo above because at the moment both of our boys were being PAIN IN THE BUTTS and Brian just breaks out into a big smile.

Glen brings smiles wherever he goes.

Keith and Andrea took us to a North Carolina State football game after the walk. The boys were in HEAVEN!

The difference in a 18-55 mm lens (regular) and a 10mm-20 mm (wide-angle) lens. Cool.

Cole and Glen get eggs on their farm. Cole wants a chicken for Christmas.

Glen and his kitten. I love these shots.

You can feel the sweetness he embodies.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Candy for Dinner, Cake for Dessert

Cole turned 7 years old on November 1st. Brian and I noticed that this was the first year that he read all of the birthday cards on his own, with his toothless grin. He is a good kid. He is a blend of Brian's laid back personality and my somewhat sensitive/fiery alter egos. Mostly he is just himself; his free spirited, big brother, fun-loving self. He is one of my greatest joys. Happy birthday Cole, may your 7th year be filled with blessings, good times and love.

Love & Light,


And of course, the celebration begins on Halloween!

And this is Brian's alter ego, Joe Dirt.

Tasha's Halloween party. She really went all out to make this day even more exciting. She is fun, creative and such a good Mama!

Hanging worms.

Mishka (top), Elena (bottom).

This is the Halloween snack I made the boys. Of course, I found it on Pinterest!

And then we went to our Goddaughter Elsie's Second birthday party. This cake was AWESOME!

And the beautiful birthday girl herself. Sweet little Elsie. Happy Birthday baby girl, we love you!