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Small Style :: Formal Wear

5 Apr

My daughter has never been one to shy away from the girly.

Her favorite color is pink, she loves getting her nails and makeup done and would wear at least one dress, if not 3 every day if she had enough.

So when she found one of my dresses in a pile of folded clothes she just had to put it on. Of course, it’s not even close to her size….but we made it work. Even if it was backwards.


She even ASKED me to take pictures of her.


I love that a knee-length dress on me becomes a formal dress with a train on her.

She looked so beautiful and so happy.


I can’t wait until we get to go dress shopping for real. Then again, never mind. I want her to stay my baby forever….

Hooked up with Small Style over at Mama Loves Papa.


29 Mar

It’s been a while, I know, but I haven’t forgotten about you, I promise!

Life has been crazy. For the past 6 months, I’ve been working four jobs. Now, at 30, I’m down to only 3 and they are all separate options in the photography industry.

I get off my main full time job at 3:30 and have the rest of the day and the full weekend to do my other two jobs (photography and business consulting and helping other photographers).

This also means I get to spend more time with my amazingly inspiring husband and incredibly crazy daughter.

The two of them love each other so much and I am so happy I get to see them more often!



I love these two! So much.

And now that I have more time, I’ll be able to post more and be around your blogs more too! Hurray!

A Letter to my Daughter on her Third Birthday

19 Jan

To My Dearest Aviendha,

Holy cow, you are three! THREE!  How did that happen?

One day, you are my little baby and then suddenly, you’ve become a passionate, opinionated, talkative, brilliant little girl. It’s amazing.

Over the past year, you’ve moved from your “Avi-ese” language into full blown English. To where strangers can understand you. Granted, they still have some trouble with some words, but you are very good at getting your point across.

This morning was wonderful…you woke up when Daddy was making coffee and I was putting my makeup on, so we got to do a wonderful “Happy Birthday” snuggle. Your Daddy said “Happy Birthday” to you and then asked you how old you were and your little voice shouting “THREEE” so happily made my morning.

You bring so much joy to my world. Fully weaned, sleeping in your own bed and almost totally potty trained – you really are a big girl now.

I cannot wait to see what this next year brings. Whatever it does, it’s going to be amazing.

Because you are incredible. You know when your daddy has a headache or when he is sleeping. It’s normal. You handle it so well and are so amazing.

Just to share the difference a year can make, two different dancing videos. One from your last year birthday and another from this year. You grow up so fast!

2011 Dancing Queen   2012 Dancing Queen

Merry Christmas!

25 Dec

I hope your Christmas holiday was as wonderful as ours!

Avi got a camera and a bike as well as far too many other things.



She loves rolling around in her new bike, rocking the lip gloss and passing out candy canes to “everyone”.

I hope yours was amazing an as blessed as mine was. Having Ryan home made it a million times better than last years.

Day Eleven of Gratitude :: Something Old

11 Nov


I love this girl with all my heart and would do anything for her.


The love of a mother for a child is ancient.