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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Friday, May 26, 2017

A love of life

I am so grateful to be living this beautiful life.  I feel blessed every single day to call this house my home. I am sitting at the kitchen table and I just can't believe this is MY life! We moved in nearly 5 years ago.  So many things have changed since that summer and I have grown as a person tremendously. My boys are brilliant and the true light of my life. Today is the last day of school and I am ready for summer. I am truly blessed. I want for nothing. All my needs are met. I have found peace in my life with my family, my friends, and my belongings. I no longer look at others lives wishing that I had what they had. I am content.
After school got out at 12:30 today, the boys and I jumped on the trampoline with 600 water balloons!  It was so fun.  We picked cherries at a friends house then took dinner to our friend who just had surgery.   After we got home from our adventures, Edward rode the big motorcycle!  He has grown so much in the last year! I love this beautiful life! Happy Summer, my friends.
 Edward and Ms. Tricia, second grade.
 Ms. Arwen, Nolen, and Ms. Jenn, Kindergarten.

 It's possible I need a tan, but who wants cancer?  Not me!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Family Affair

Every year I pay to have our family photos taken.  This is a gift I give to myself.  I have them taken in May mostly because it isn't a super busy month and I sometimes have some extra cash laying around.  Also, May plays host to Mother's Day so I can easily bribe my family to give this to me as a gift.  This year, I saw a beautiful family session done by my friend and wanted to do the same thing.  She dressed in a stunning gown and dressed up her family to match.  I looked and looked for other photos for inspiration but couldn't find any.  I decided we could all dress up as if we were going to some formal black tie occasion.
Step 1: Find a dress- That was actually the easy part.  ($40 from Nordstrom's Rack)
Step 2: Convince husband to dress up.  Like really dress up.  I took him to Banana Republic to buy his very first "really nice" suit.  Stephen looks incredible in his suit!!  He is so handsome and has worked hard to lose some extra weight, so his suit fit perfectly! ($300 after 60% off discount)
Step 3: Get boys suits- I had actually purchased Edward a really great Calvin Klien suit from Macy's when it went out of business back in February.  ($150) So I just needed to get Nolen a suit.  I found one at Kohls.  ($60 after 30% off)
Step 4: Find a great photographer- Easy!  I loved our family photos from last year, so using Sunflower Six Photography was a no brainer.  Heidi totally understood my vision and captured it perfectly!!  Check out her site for packages and prices.  She is a true artist.
Step 5: Pick a very windy day.  Ha!  This is not necessary, just how it all worked out.  But it did wonders for my hair.
Step 6: Get nails done.  ($30 with a tip)

Step 7: Get make-up done.  I usually tell my clients to go to Mac and have their makeup done.  You just have to buy one thing.  I usually buy the false eye lashes and have them put them on.  ($17)
Step 8: Get your hair done. I had mine done a month ago by my friend Megan and I watched how she styled my hair. Sometimes, you can have your hair done the day before and just refresh it the day of the photo shoot. ($150 plus a tip)
Step 9: Bribe children and husband.  This is a VERY important step.  Do not skip it!!  I promise the boys I will take them to eat whatever they want or buy what ever toy they want.  They just have to behave for 1 hour.  My boys are actually pretty good for the most part.  They are used to having their picture taken, but even the best kids need bribing.  Also, bribe the husband any way you can.  
Step 10: Smile and have fun.  Be happy, after all, these are moments you will want to remember.  Candid moments are sometimes the best moments of the session.
There were so many great photos.  I would love to post them all, and maybe over time I will.  For now, here are some of my very favorites!