Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Alayna and Minnie

One of the gifts Alayna received for her birthday was a set of Minnie Mouses that can be dressed with little plastic clothes.  She LOVES it and plays with it constantly.  She has birthday parties for Minnie and tries to feed her food from the tea set.  It really is quite adorable and I love that she can play like this.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Apple Cider Donuts at Snowline

I love living so close to Oak Glen.  The kids and pop up there quite often (it's only about 7 minutes from our house).  Last week it was rather warm and I thought it would be nice to get out of the heat for a bit and get some yummy apple cider donuts.  I lugged along my camera for once, and then felt kind of bad because all I did was try to take pictures instead of enjoying being in the moment.  I figured I never take pictures of my own kids in Oak glen (just lots of other people's, lol), so I wanted some for the blog book :)

Ethan scarfed them down and was kind enough to share just a couple with Alayna and I, lol.  We got to taste raspberry apple cider (which I loved) and cherry apple cider (which I didn't care for too much), and the 11 variates of apples they had out (all very yummy).

My kids also thought it was really fun to drink out of the decorative fountain they had, but I didn't take any pictures of that (gross!).

They loved watching the lady make the donuts.  Since we were like one of three other people there she turned it on and made some just so they could watch her.

I set my camera on the table and took these next three shots of Alayna and I using my timer.

Oh, and if you notice my pictures are a little different, it's because I've switched over to Lightroom from Photoshop and I'm still learning my way around :)  One thing I know, is that it's pretty darn awesome and is cutting down my processing time by quite a bit.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ethan's Scavanger Hunt

The other day I put together a little scavenger hunt for Ethan to do.  I glued pictures of items on an egg carton and he had to go around and find the items and then put them in the egg carton.  The activity was good for about 15 minutes of fun for him.  He was excited to find each item but refused to find a rolly polly and snail shell.  I guess that's his sister's department, lol.

Cookie assisted....

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


My latest attempt at self portraits...

 I was on my way home from a photoshoot in Oak Glen and thought this place looked lovely.  I was by myself, so I set my camera on a stump, and used the self timer.  Not too shabby considering I even had to set the focus points to focus where my head would be.

It's kind of a fun challenge to actually take a decent self portrait.

This was taken at the park one day.
I was snapping away at my kids and decided I needed to be in at least ONE picture :)

This weekend was big for me.
I photographed my first wedding (as THE photographer).
The other wedding I shot as THE photographer was just 2 hours at a courthouse, it was nothing like the one this weekend.
I met the bride and groom nearly a year ago when I did their engagement pictures (they found me when they saw someone elses' engagement pictures I had done).
They then hired me to do their wedding.
I've been excited (and nervous) ever since :)
I'll admit, last week was filled with a lot of nerves... big time nerves.
I did a lot of preparation (as much as you can do as a photographer),
rented this really nice zoom lens (which I'm now lusting after big time),
brought along this cool macro lens (which my dentist lent me, is that awesome or what?),
had an awesome second photographer assisting me during the formal portraits (thank you Mark, you totally rock!),
had a very cool photobooth run by two more awesome photographers (thank you Stark Love Photography),
and worked my little heart out.

I have never done anything as hard as that day was.
It was so much fun...
and so much work...
non stop work.
I took 15 minutes to sit down and eat dinner during my 9 hours of shooting.
I came home and have never felt so tired in my life.
It took me a whole day to recover,
popping pain relievers and resting.
But I ended up with great shots,
so I'll be editing all week....
I took a few thousand photos.
Of course I'll only be using the best 500-800 ;)

My next wedding is in November, at the beach.
I'm stoked.
I'm hooked.
I love wedding photography (but I don't think I could do it every weekend, lol).

I'll make sure to let you know when I get all my pictures finished and up in a gallery,
because I know you're dying to see them, right??  ;)

 So other than all the photog stuff, I've just been up to my normal mom stuff, and of course still going to the gym faithfully :)  I had a goal when I started back at the gym in February that I wanted to look and feel better than I have in a LONG time by my 30th birthday.  That is only a couple of weeks away, and I'd say I met that goal.  I feel in better shape than I can ever remember.  I love feeling strong.  Weight wise I've only lost 5 pounds, but I also dropped my body fat from 19% to 16%, so that is great :)

Ethan has been challangeing me tremendously lately.
I know I've said that a lot, but right now he is particularly challenging.
Matt and I talk daily about how to best parent him.
I have to start every day in prayer that the Lord would help me be the mom he needs.

Okay, enough of me :) 
I'm going to go read about you...
on your blog :)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Alayna's 2nd Birthday

I can't believe I haven't posted pictures of Alayna's birthday, since it was a week and a half ago.  It's been an insane week... photoshoots, shooting my first wedding, day to day life stuff.... you know :)

So, without any further delay, here is Alayna's second birthday.
She woke up to the morning and me, Matt and Ethan walked into her room and sang happy birthday to her.  She then walked out to the bar decorated with a few presents for her.
Notice the life size Mickey Mouse courtesy of my friend Jessice from TMOMS (thank yoU!)
She was tickled at all the stuff.  It was just too cute.
I made a banner of sorts out of some of the pictures from her two year photoshoot.

She was thrilled about her Minnie Mouse and had to hug her right away.
She's really into Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
She loved her bracelts...
as did her brother.
We had a few tears over him wanting those.

 Thankfully she's pretty graceous and shared with him, 
even though he kept trying to take ALL of them.
 She loved her sunglasses,
I got her two pairs.
 Of course brother had to wear one of them.

After nap time we had a little party for her with our family and the Flores'.
We grilled up some tri-tip,
set up our little bounce house,
had plenty of sugar and lots of fun.

Jolene made adorable (and tasty) cupcakes for her.
I loved the white chocolate mickey mouse heads, too cute.

 She was a little unsure about the candle, but quickly figured it out and devoured her cupcake.

She loved opening her presents and wanted to stop and play with each one.
She received a tea set, and pretend ice cream, a teddy bear (with a hand made outfit) and two little plastic Minnie Mouses that you can dress up.  Too cute.  She LOVED her gifts.

Uncle Mike with Cookie

 Matt's brother Dan was in town to visit, so it was fun to have him be able to join in the festivities.
The three Hekman brothers

I just can't beleive my baby is two....
so sad :(
It sure has gone by fast with her!