2018 Family Moto

35 They were desirous to be baptized as a witness and a testimony that they were willing to serve God with all their hearts; Mosiah 21:35

"Make sure they remember joy yesterday, experience joy today, and anticipate joy tomorrow."

Motherhood Mission Statement

To provide a loving environment that is centered around God and His commandments while effectively teaching my children to love, honor, and respect all Men no matter the race, creed, or background.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Birthday Party!

It's not often I can just sit back and photograph my children while they play.  Saturday, I was asked to photograph a friends birthday party and my boys were invited.  IT was SO fun!  It was held at Engineering for Kids.  They built a bird robot and hit at a pinata!  I had a blast just taking pictures and sneaking a tiny cupcake.  SHHH!  Don't tell my healthy self.  HA!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Sunday

Easter is such a fun holiday.  I like that it is easy, fun, and we spend it with just our little family.  I would love to one day have a huge family Easter celebration, but since we live far from family, I don't see that happening any time soon.  Anyhow, we keep it nice and simple here at the Barnes home on Easter.  
We woke up, got ready for church, then hid the Easter eggs in the yard.  The boys love hunting for the eggs and this year, Stephen hid the eggs in really hard places.  This is so much fun for the boys!  They were hunting all over the yard to find all the eggs.  I wonder if there are still eggs out there?
Anyhow, we had fun.  We talked about the Resurrection of Christ and the purpose of Easter.  
I tried to have a fun singing time in primary at church.  I think the kids really liked it.  We hunted for eggs and sang the songs we have been learning through out the year.   
So fun!

 And a blooper just for fun!!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Sometimes, I'm a photographer

Remember this post? The worst Class Picture, EVER!
I just couldn't take how awful the school picture turned out.  It was hideous!  I mean, seriously! I do not claim to be the best photographer, but I do know some things.  You know, that one time, I took a ton of classes and learned about photography.... so, you know, I could run a LEGITIMATE business to make some extra money to pay for Nolen's $30,000 dollar therapy bill. 
Well, I have actually learned a few things.  I invested in some great equipment, but I also learned how to actually use it correctly.   I have had some major ups and downs with my photography business and I have learned that business and friendship don't mix well.  I have learned what kind of photography I am good at and what kind of photography to avoid.  
One thing I know, I am GREAT with kids!  
(If you know me, that is funny).
It might be because I am silly and I don't mind looking silly in front of anyone.  It might be because I have two kids who are incredibly difficult to photograph.  It might be because I have patience for taking pictures of kids.  I know it takes time.  I LOVE taking pictures of children.  They don't complain about their looks.  Their parents LOVE every single picture taken of them and, did I mention, I really don't mind looking like an idiot to get a laugh.  
Maybe I should have gone in to stand up comedy. 
That's a story for another day.  By the way, my kids hate my comedy.  WHAT?! Do they know who I am?  I am an easy laugh.  I love to laugh.  I LOVE TO LAUGH!  I could laugh with any one! 
Anyhow, that is not the point of this post.  The point is, I think after two years of paying my business taxes, I am getting much better at photography.  
SO, I asked if I could retake Nolen's class picture.  The school had his teacher edited out, but that wasn't the worst part.  The picture is fuzzy, blown out, and in the worst light possible.  I even called lifetouch to see if they would come out and do a retake.  They said no.  They did give me my money back, but that didn't help the situation.  I wanted a great picture of the class.  To remember them by.  I love collecting memories.  
Here is the before: 

And here is my go at it:

Anyhow, if you are in the market for some family pictures, I would LOVE to capture your family.  We still have about $10,000 left of the autism debt.  I am so grateful to all the jobs I book.  I know that you could choose any old soul to take your picture and I am grateful for the opportunity.