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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Family Time!

Every year we make our piles of presents and try to remember if this year we're going from youngest to oldest or oldest to youngest when unwrapping. Well, really Sheena always remembers (this year was youngest to oldest). Trenton will probably get Sheena the most recent Harry Potter movie and Sheena gets Dad chocolate covered cherries (see pic below!) And, of course, there will always be some creatively handcrafted gifts... :-) Between Sheena & I we ended up taking a lot of pictures! It was difficult to decide which ones to share (this year we had better lighting than usual).

So...we'll go youngest to oldest, starting with Trenton and his Rocky DVD:

Next we have Sheena.. Yes! I was able to get pictures of Sheena for once!! I made sure to get a lot of them since I finally had the opportunity!

Chelsie was super awesome & made presents for us! I got a comfy fleece blanket (love it!)

Here's her boyfriend, Brian, with his home-made critter à la Chelsie:

Sheena got me this cute kitchen timer...I love it! And here's my weird super happy face cause I got a Wii:
[photos by Sheena]

Next up is Dad & those chocolate covered cherries I was telling you about...

Then we have Mom & her new slippers!

After presents we played Apples to Apples, went to the mall for some shopping, and watched Avatar...

[photo by Sheena]

I think it was a pretty good Christmas...Hope yours was just as good!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Just wanted to wish everyone a safe and wonderful holiday season!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Chelsie turns 19!

I'm finally posting Chelsie's birthday pics. Her birthday was November 16th.
She opened her present from her boyfriend Brian (wrapped in colorful duct tape) and then we had some DQ ice cream cake!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Baking = my new hobby

I tend to like to have Mondays's just nice that way. I get to watch Big Bang Theory at 8:30, can run all my errands in the morning while everyone else is working or at school, and I can attempt to do laundry...which I still haven't done today (dang it!)

*Ok, I really do need to do laundry...I'm going to start that & come back to finish this blog*

I'm what were we talking about? Mondays! So, lately I've been baking here & there. I made some cinnamon rolls, chocolate chip cookies, and today double chocolate muffins. I think I might make a habit of baking on Mondays...or at least every other Monday. I think the people at Family Video enjoy sampling my efforts..

Click here for today's recipe!

What do you think I should try next?

Monday, December 7, 2009

Snowy brochures...

Since there's not much going on photographically speaking, I figured I'd use the blog as a way to let you know what's going on with my business...and just a way for you to get to know me.

So, with my day off today, I decided to have a short photo-shoot with my new brochures. That's right, I got super awesome brochures to give you this year! With the new year coming up and the new pricing structure...I thought you would appreciate something nicer than a sheet of paper given to you upon meeting me. I hope you like them:

As you can see...we have snow. And we're about to get more... hope you all stay nice, warm, & cozy this week!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Website Update!

You may have noticed that my website is under construction. Please be patient :-) I've got some work to do on it to match my new branding. Like the pic? That's my beautiful computer, Lolita, showing off the new website (same address,

Any questions at all, feel free to e-mail ( or call (641-414-4670).

I'm still looking for nominations for my contest! (See blog below for details.)

Hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving!!


Saturday, November 14, 2009

A week in Denver...

I'm back! Unfortunately I've hit a lull...I don't have sessions for a while now, so I may randomly write blogs about various things. Of course, don't hesitate to contact me if you would like to set up a photo-session!

Here's a peek at a couple things I did while in Colorado:

I went on some bike rides...

...and took pictures of the gorgeous scenery

Visited Downtown Denver

Made some cinnamon rolls with Holly...they're home-made from scratch...ya, we're awesome like that!

And of course we also took some time to get up-close & personal with the Rockies!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Colorado... where I will be tomorrow around 5:30. :-) Just wanted to give everyone a heads up, I'm going to be out of the state for a week!! So if you have any questions, comments, thoughts, etc. and I don't respond right away...that is why.

Hope everyone has a great week! I'll be back soon with pictures to share!!

And as you all know, I can't post a blog without a picture...I suppose I'll show off my new shoes (since they're so pretty!):

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Jenna + Drew: Engaged!!!

I love spending time with happy people...just gives you warm fuzzies inside. Speaking of happy people, I have more pictures of Jenna & Drew! These two met at Iowa State in Biology we wandered around campus for a while, played in the tiers in the library where we found a microbiology book for the ring shot, then went over to the new Alumni building to give Cy some love. After that, we got their "baby", Regis to pose for a picture or two. Thank you both! I hope you love your pictures & I can't wait until your wedding in July!

I just love these two...they're just too cute!

Fun at the library :-)

Ring shot!

Everyone loves Cy!...he's the bird of my dreams...

And last...but not least...Regis with his family :-)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Trenton's Birthday

I went home for my little brother's 13th birthday (on Oct. 16th). I made him a yummy chocolate cake, went shopping with mom for his new hoodie (his other present hadn't made it in time...), and wrapped it up with awesome Toy Story wrapping paper! He even let me *attempt* to work his bow...but I'm a total wimp & he definitely showed me up.

Me & Trenton

Playin with Franky :-)

Sheena gets the credit for a few...ok, most of the pictures on this blog. :-) Really, she won't let me take pictures of her, she just steals the camera from me whenever I'm around. Y'all need to leave a comment on how much you want to see some photos of her so I can convince her to model for me!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Sneak Peek: Jenna + Drew Engaged!!

I know I always go on about how amazingly awesome my couples are...but that's only because it's true! Thanks Jenna & Drew for spending the morning with me! You two really are fabulous!

Here's the sneak peak I promised:

Now these are my kind of people! :-) Not that I don't love my hawkeye fan's just they need to re-evaluate where their loyalties lie.