Monday, November 17, 2008

A Very Important Day

I don't have much time to blog because my eyelids are growing heavy, but I couldn't let the day pass without sharing something awesomely important in my life that happened today.

Today, Liam officially and legally became my dear wonderful husband's son! YAY! At long last I can breathe a deep sigh of relief that legally, our loose ends are tied. This is something I have not mentioned on here just because it was too important of a thing that I just had to keep it close to my heart until it was over.

We met in the judge's chambers today and it was all incredibly quick and easy. The judge said that by the testimony given and the big smile on Liam's face he was signing the papers. At that Liam turned around and gave Specer this huge hug. It was great...absolutely great.

It was all done before 10:00 a.m. and I didn't have to be at work until 1:00 p.m. so we decided to go have a nice big celebratory breakfast at Cracker Barrell. Below is a picture of my two men enjoying playing the famous peg game on all of the tables.

Liam's main thought of the day: "Daddy, I'm glad the judge made you my real daddy now."

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Some time back, my sister and I had a little photo excursion in downtown Covington. I have been delayed in editing them as other things have come up in the interim. So I have taken the time I have now to work on them. We didn't have the best of days for pictures as it started raining not long after we got to town but we did the best we could with what we had.

Is she not just absolutely gorgeous?This one is most definitely a favorite. . . . . .and another.
We got a few funny looks for the next few.

I tried a little photoshop trick with this one. Not sure I like how it turned out. I love the image of Sara though. Sara has the most beautiful smile.

After we left town and were headed home, Sara spotted an abandoned house that was too cool to pass up. I love this shot the most from that series.
Now I shall leave you to enjoy these images. It is extraordinarily early and I cannot sleep but must endeavor to.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


So I know I neglect my dear blog a lot more now than I used to and it makes me sad because I loved writing to all of you on here, but not much can be done about that. Life is a busy thing and we can only do our best to be able to slow it down at times just to enjoy it. Or if not slow it down, try to enjoy the busyness.

I am slowly but surely getting my website in gear. I have a shipment of beautiful business cards coming my way from Moo that will be proudly distributed to local and Atlanta boutiques. Let's hope that I will get a few bites. Let me explain that. I went to a friend's house for a girl's night and she gave me some great advice. She and her husband are entrepreneurs and they have a successful wine business. She said that it has taken them 10 years to get as far as they have and they would enter their wine into all kinds of contests and they would get their name out there. She told me that her husband, who loves to fish, always says that you can't catch a fish unless you dip your fishing rod into the water. Invaluable advice that I intend to put into practice.

There are some inspiring words for your mid-week and since I do not like to put up a post without a picture, I will give you some hydrangea pictures to remind you of Spring.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Sticks and Smiley Faces

So my son's school has this system of monitoring behavior that involves sticks, smiley faces, squiggly faces and frowny faces. Trying to keep it short, let's just say, the less you move stick the better and you get a smiley face. Alternatively, the more you move you end up with a frowny. Needless to say, you don't want your child to get a frowny face.

Liam has the tendency to stay in the squiggly face zone. This would be mainly from the seemingly hereditary talking gene. It is not unusual to hear Spencer or I telling Liam in the morning, "Okay, this let's get a smiley face today and move ZERO sticks!" (for the record, you can move one stick and still maintain your smiley for the day)

Spencer and I have resorted to a reward system to keep Liam's behavior in the smiley zone and it has been through some trial and error. Spencer promised that the first time Liam got a whole week of smileys that he would take him to Stone Mountain. Well it took about a month and a half to be able to fulfill that promise.

Since that time we have started rewarding him on a more reasonable basis. He went 3 days with no squigglys and got to go to Stevie B's pizza buffet. Two more days with no squigglys and something else small but equally exciting for him.

Point of this post being, we finally got to Stone Mountain a week ago and had a great time. Liam was convinced that he was going to run up the whole mountain. Ah the joy of youth. Once we got there, it didn't take long for him to realize that even with all of his "stolen" energy, this was an impossible feat.

It also didn't take long for Grandpa and I to relaize that even walking up the mountain was not going to be feasible if we wanted to enjoy the rest of the day (note to self: must go to gym more). In the light of that fact, most of these pictures were, yet again, taken by Spencer. I'm beginning to get jealous for my own camera.
I swear it looks like he is about to fall flat on his face here.SUPERMAN!! Or at least his little brother.Taking a little breather with GrandNettie.{{sigh}} Ain't he cute?The boy was not happy with me at all for making him put on a short sleeve short underneath his long sleeved "alien" shirt but he was glad I did after he realized how quick you get hot when climbing a mountain.Not exactly sure what is going on here...not even sure I want to know. Hmmmm.I love the shadowplay in this one. Not sure what he was doing though.So Grandpa and I were heading to the tram to ride up the mountain and Spencer called me to let me know that halfway up the mountain Liam informed him, "OH! I gotta go poo!!" And when Liam says this he means it right now. There were no restrooms on the way up so the resulting pictures look a bit like this...It really is a beautiful view from up there.Obviously he had already gone to the bathroom by the time I took this crazy picture.For the way back down, Grandpa, Liam and I took the last tram down the mountain and Liam loved it. Grandpa held him so that he could see. I love this picture of the two of them. I can't tell you how many times Steve has been to this mountain but experiencing it with Liam he was grinning just as broadly as if it was his first time.One last dear shot to round this long, photo filled post up. :) Love my two men.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

A Proper Introduction

After the trouble I was having with Blogger some time back I refused at the time to post all of the pictures we took of dear Isabella. However, since I now have had help in figuring out Blogger issues I can now give you a proper introduction to her.

I was able to meet with her parent's last night in order to deliver the long awaited for maternity photos as well as the dear photos we took below. It was so wonderful hanging out with them and it did my heart much good to hear how much they liked their photos.I have lost track of which pictures Spencer or I took that night as I tried to relinquish my hold on the camera in order to hang out with my friend and her new daughter. This one below I know that Spencer took and it is so incredibly lovely...and intimate.
I love newborn babies and their hats.
Here is la abuela with the dear new one. I must say though, she looks as little as a grandmother as I have seen, as young and gorgeous as she is.
I love the look on abuela's face here. The "awwww" look on her face is quite evident as she admires Isabella.
Did you notice anything different in the photos above? Hmmmmm. . .?
A good friend of Spencer and I loves Graphic Design and dreams of starting his own business one day. I approached him about helping me design my logo for my photography business. What do you think? I personally am much enamored with it. But would like any unbiased opinions you may give.