Saturday, July 31, 2010

Day 351 - July 31, 2010

I'm feeling a little bit like Uncle Jesse from Full House today. Take a trip back with me to 1993. Uncle Jesse had just inherited an old night club which he decided to re-open and name The Smash Club. In this particular episode, Uncle Jesse had many difficult decisions to make regarding the new look of The Smash Club. One of those decisions being which colour of toilet to choose for the new washrooms. Toilets of all colours lined the Tanner's family room. A pink one, a yellow one, a red one, a black one, and so on. Uncle Jesse spent hours looking at and sitting on the toilets trying to determine the best choice for his club. As I recall, he chose black!

Well, I'm not opening a club, but I am in the market for a new toilet. The toilets in our house are the originals from over 25 years ago. They are looking a little tired and use far too much water with every flush. It's time to replace them with one of those fancy-pants dual flush toilets. So this afternoon, I'll be looking at toilets, sitting on toilets, and flushing toilets in hopes of making the best decision for our home. But unlike Uncle Jesse, I'll be sticking with white!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Day 350 - July 30, 2010

My plan for today was to get some photos of my 3-year-old nephew holding my latest DIY project, but my tired sweetheart made it very clear he was not up for a photoshoot. So we improvised and Micah decided he would like to be the one behind the lens today. Enjoy!

Guest Photographer:

Micah's View of the World

Looks like I've got a budding photographer on my hands!
Great job, Micah!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Day 349 - July 29, 2010

There is nothing like chasing after a little speedster to get your heart pumping! Thanks for the exercise today, Micah!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Day 348 - July 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Day 347 - July 27, 2010


• I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.
• I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
• I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.
• I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.
• I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
• I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
• I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final goodbye.

Author Unknown

Monday, July 26, 2010

Day 346 - July 26, 2010

You see this man?

This man is working 65 hours a week, 2,608 miles away

while I enjoy sweet summer days with family back home.

This man spends 12 hours a day, 6 days a week in an office

while I spend my time hanging around the park.

This man works tirelessly and without complaint to provide for our family

so that one day my dream of stay-at-home motherhood can come true.

This man is my hero.

Thank you for everything that you do. I miss you, babe!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Day 345 - July 25, 2010

John 16:32

A time is coming, and has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Day 344 - July 24, 2010

Happy Birthday to You,

Happy Birthday to You,

Happy Birthday to Micah,

Happy Birthday to You!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Day 343 - July 23, 2010

Micah-man, you have had me wrapped around your little finger from the moment I laid eyes on you. You make me smile each and every time I think of you and make my belly hurt from laughing so much when we're together. You are an endless source of joy. In the coming year, I hope you...

Laugh Louder!

Play Longer!

Run Further!

Climb Higher!

Love Unconditionally!

Live More!

Do you know how much I love you, Micah?

Lots and lots and lots!!

Happy 3rd Birthday, sweet boy!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Day 342 - July 22, 2010

It's been a while since I've photographed anyone other than babies and toddlers. So it was refreshing to shoot a beautiful group of friends last night. How nice it was to photograph a group that had an attention span of longer than 4 minutes. There was no bribing with M&Ms, although there was some bubble gum involved. I didn't need to clap my hands or play peek-a-boo to get their attention, although I did find myself counting to 3. There was no "Please take your hands out of your mouth" but I did find myself saying, "You may want to close your legs." But in all honesty, I had a blast with these beautiful women. Their laughter is contagious and their friendship is inspiring.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Day 341 - July 21, 2010

Wordless Wednesday...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Day 340 - July 20, 2010

With the happy couple now back from their honeymoon, I figured it was time to start editing their photos.

Enjoy some of the little details from their beautiful day!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Day 339 - July 19, 2010

Spending the morning shopping with a 3-year-old may just be the best birth control ever!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Day 338 - July 18, 2010

Psalm 18:1-2

I will love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Happy 23rd Birthday, Dave!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Day 337 - July 17, 2010


red white-handed!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Day 336 - July 16, 2010

Can't talk now. I have a house full of people coming in 6 minutes! But here's a sneak peek into how I spent my day!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Day 335 - July 15, 2010

I read something earlier this week that really resonated with me and has come to mind countless times over the past few days. Remember that book I was telling you about a few months ago, Strong Women, Soft Hearts? Well, I was reading the chapter about living beyond fear the other night and realized just how much I struggle with that. The author talks a bit about the negative voices in our heads that turn on when we walk toward our fears. Believe it or not, this blog is just one big fear. I struggle almost daily with the voices in my head that say, Why do you even bother writing? You know you don't have anything valid to say. Your words are surely not going to make a difference. And your photographs, they will never come close to being as good as that photographer you admire. Who do you think you are?

I don't write these things to throw a pity party for myself or in hopes that some of you will leave kind words of encouragement in the comment section. (Honestly, please don't. It will probably have the voices in my head saying,
They only commented because you said not to. You know their words aren't genuine.) I write this as a way of tackling one of my many fears.

As Paula Reinhart said, "...
fear can literally unlock the creativity and passion in our hearts--if we are willing to walk into it with a bit of courage." So today, I am attempting to confront one of my fears with courage by proclaiming it here in writing. Today, I will embrace what my father told me on Day 262, "Andrea, you have significant and valuable things to say. Fight those doubts and say what's on your mind. You are observant, articulate, and keen. Share you insights and have fun!"

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Day 334 - July 14, 2010

Wordless Wednesday...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Day 333 - July 13, 2010

Oh, so this is what happens when you leave your camera unattended at a friend's wedding.

Lesson learned!


Welcome to all you bloggers from Follow Me Back Tuesday! I look forward to meeting you and checking out your blogs!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Day 332 - July 12, 2010

Do you have company coming? Are you looking for a change? Or are you just plan sick of your current decor? Try this simple fix.

Buy some inexpensive black frames (Remember: Ikea is a great store for all sizes of reasonably priced picture frames). Find some nice photographs from a recent vacation or head outside and capture some great nature shots with your camera. Play around with cropping your image and focusing on one aspect of your larger photo. Print your photos out in black and white or a beautiful antiqued finish depending on your space. Opt for colour photographs if you're hanging them on white walls. Put the photos in the frames and hang! It's as easy as that. Switch out the pictures every couple of months to bring new life to your tired space!

This simple little face lift is inexpensive, but it makes a world of difference.

Remember: Black frames and/or black and white photographs are like a little black dress. Necessary to every interior wardrobe!