Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Christmas, oh how I love Christmas. It's truly my favorite time of year. Sometimes I wish Christmas time lasted two months because it's always over in a flash. Probably one of the reasons I love Christmas is because I love shopping for presents for friends and family. It just wouldn't feel like Christmas if I wasn't out on my 800th shopping trip a day or two before Christmas getting one or two more last minute things. Although I must say I did quite a bit of online shopping this year and that is definitely the way to go! Especially when Free Super Saver Shipping is involved! Here is a collection of iPhone pictures that I've been taking to document my December! :)

This Christmas my best gift will be that my whole family will be here to celebrate it and everyone is healthy! Is there really any better gift than that? I know Christmases like this one will be the ones I cherish forever. I had a discussion with some friends earlier this week and talked about our FAVORITE Christmas presents we have ever received. Even though I have been beyond spoiled over the years it was pretty hard to think of an all time favorite gift/item. The thing that stands out to me were the memories of the time spent enjoying Christmas with my family and being ever so thankful for the reason we celebrate Christmas, the birth of my Savior & King!

I have always loved the Christmas story as long as I can remember. Setting up our nativity scenes was one of my favorite things and it still is :) My heart fills with gratitude thinking back to that first Christmas and the humble way Jesus Christ was born. Two years ago I heard a song by the group, BarlowGirl, and it really touched me. When I hear a song I like, I often imagine music videos in my head, and this song was no exception. Last summer I decided to go ahead and make the music video in my head a reality, and it may not have turned out exactly as I pictured (not that they ever do, haha) but I hope it's able to help the song speak to you.
So here is my Christmas gift to you, Merry Christmas!

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
Luke 2:15-18

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Hutchens Family & baby Audrey {Davis photoshoot}

I headed over to the Davis Arboretum with the Hutchens family. I love it over there, so many great places to shoot! We wanted to get some cute pictures of Audrey who just turned 11 months and I think we were able to achieve just that! I don't think it gets any cuter :)

Love those baby girl smiles! :)

Audrey is just over 11 months old and she is already standing & walking! She's probably trying to keep up with her big sister Margaret :)

Speaking of Margaret, here she is! Hurray for sisters!

This is definitely one of my favorites from the session.

At 4 years old, Margaret sure knows how to work the camera!

And now for a family shot. I think Margaret found it funny that I had to run on & off the road to avoid being hit by cars, haha :)

So sweet :)

As I was saying earlier, the Davis Arboretum is such a pretty place! And all the ducks swimming around are just icing on the cake!

Thank you Hutchens Family for being so great to work with! I had a great time!

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving & Apple Hill

This maybe the biggest post to date... but I have SO MUCH to be Thankful for, so I guess it's rather fitting. The pictures are from our recent trip up to High Hill Ranch at Apple Hill :) I'm going to interspese things that I am thankful for between the pictures. I hope you have your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving and take time to reflect on everything you can be thankful for!

I am thankful for my family. So thankful, I don't even know if being thankful for them cuts it... I would be lost with out them, I love them so much.

I am thankful for my parents and the Godly example they are to me. I hope I can be as good a parent to my own children someday!

I am thankful for my new brother in law and I am thankful that my sister Katie is married to such a great guy, a true man of God.

I am so thankful for my friends, new & old. The time I was able to spend with old friends this year was so treasured, old friends are invaluable. And the new friends I made this year are such a blessing to me, they already have influence my life in more ways than I can count.

I am thankful for the smallest dog with the biggest personality that I know of. Reese you're such a brat and yet such a heart breaker ;)

I am very thankful for two wonderful jobs. Working for my dad at his investment company and now my photography business that God continues to grow, it's so exciting! I am so blessed for God's provision from both!

I am thankful to live in America. Our country has been blessed with so much, and I pray that we remember the true reasons why our country is the nation it is.

I am beyond thankful for mine & my family's good health. My mom is doing so well, I can't even believe the improvement in her quality of life. It's a true miracle. And with so many people hurt by sickness & disease I try to not let a day go by without savoring having a happy, healthy family!

I am thankful that God created such a beautiful, amazing world for us to live in.

I am thankful for having a church where I have the freedom to gather with other believers and worship my God & Heavenly Father.

I am thankful that God has a perfect plan for my life, because if I was in charge I definitely would have made wrong choices and not be where I am today.

I am thankful for the little things like Dr. Pepper (or Mr. Pibb rather, haha), mashed potatoes w/gravy, chocolate chip cookie dough, sushi, and chocolate croissants. Well maybe they aren't so little, food plays a pretty big part of my life, haha!! ;)

Lastly, and most importantly, I am so thankful that my Savior Jesus Christ loved me so much that He sacrificed himself so that I will be able to spend eternity with Him in heaven. His extraordinary gift of grace just blows my mind, I do not deserve it yet He still takes pleasure in giving it to me.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 107:1

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Ashlyn & Rose {Dixon Photoshoot}

I had such a fun time doing this photoshoot with Rose & Ashlyn! Rose and I go way back... She took my senior pictures when I graduated high school and not long after, I started working for her doing everything from office work, editing, deliveries, and even the occasional assistant at a photoshoot. You could definitely say she was a huge part of helping me discover my love of photography! :)

Rose and I have been trying too coordinate a session for a while now and the weather finally decided to cooperate! Ashlyn is just over 6 months and she honestly could not be any cuter!

Ashlyn, you are such a happy, adorable baby!

I love seeing Rose with Ashlyn. There is no denying that she loves that baby girl to bits. It's the sweetest thing!

DJ stopped by for a little while so I was able to snag a couple family pictures :)

This is what being excited for Fall looks like! ;)

Thank you so much for asking me Rose, I had a great time with you guys as always! :)

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