Thursday, July 16, 2009

Trying out a new blog...

I'm currently updating my blog.  Please excuse the hiccups along the way.
The view the new blog (or to make suggestions) please visit:

Thursday, July 9, 2009

If you're a photographer, enter to win a Tamron lens from MCP actions

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Phone calls

Currently, my phone service has been temporarily disrupted. I will post when I will be able to receive calls. If you do need to contact me, please email me at

Thank you for your understanding.

Truth: My phone saw the inside of a washer and dryer.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Music is Ready!!

Although, I'm trying to work out the 'kinks' or should I say 'skipping' of the music.
Visit my website to hear the music!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

New Music on my website

I'll be introducing new music on my website from Renee and Jeremy. The featured song is "Welcome to this World".

Friday, June 5, 2009

No more school!!!

My oldest child 'graduated' from elementary school yesterday (he'll be going to junior high in the fall). He wrote a note to all of his teachers thanking them for the positive impact they had on him. When we walked into his 'old' kindergarten class, I could not help but remember the first time he started. His kinder teacher was (and still is) so wonderful. Her present kinder class were in 'awe' of my son.
How time goes by so fast.

So one by one, we dropped off a single flower (like the one posted) , thank you note and a thank you gift. Thank you all to the teachers that make a positive impact on our children's lives.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


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Friday, May 22, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

How they grow...

Our puppy is growing up so fast. He weighs 30 lbs at 5 months. Since he's a 'mutt', we do not know how big he'll get. He may get 50- 60 lbs. He's still chewing EVERYTHING, but he's a very good dog. He loves the kids and is getting protective with them.
I have yet to get a session done with him, but it's always great to get snapshots these days.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Kids art masks

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

couple more of this cutie!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Monday, April 6, 2009

Caught in the act!

Yes, he is eating my sofa.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Cooper, my puppy

I thought by now Copper, our puppy, would have his first photo session, after all he has me. When I look at him I think he needs a gray backdrop because he's a black dog. Maybe I'm using that as an excuse to buy another backdrop. He's growing up so fast. Last week at the vet he weighed 23 lbs. He's 3 months old.

Cooper is the reason why I haven't photographed him. He wants to eat my camera equipment. To him a softbox is a white chew toy. He's already ate my sofa, shoes, rug, blanket, Barbie's hands and many other things. If I touch him, he instantly falls down. He rolls over on his back for a tummy rub.

I'm hoping soon I'll have some photos of him.

Monday, March 30, 2009

My grandpa, age 90

Yesterday, my family had a birthday party for my 90 year old grandfather. To me, he's "grandpa". 30+ years ago, my grandparents took care of us while our parents worked. So we were always around our cousins. Life was about family.
Unfortunately, when my grandmother passed away 18 yrs ago, so did the family gatherings.

It was nice to see family I haven't seen in years. The funny thing, I didn't want to take out my camera, I just wanted to enjoy the day in front of other cameras.

We almost didn't make it to the party. We hit a detour. Or should I say my son hit a wall. The wall won. My son received stitches.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

He has a name!!

Last night we decided on our puppy's name. His name is Cooper. My 5 yr old picked it out. It stuck. Then again, she said "Cooper, the Pooper."

My 8 yr old said, "Yes! Now we all have matches." Matches? Our names. There are now 2 D's, 2 P's, 2 K's, 2 C's. She is including the cat and pigeon.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Our new puppy

We've been busy.  We adopted a puppy from SNIPSA.  They are a fantastic organization. 
They are currently accepting leashes for foster families. 

 We've had him for over a week now.  His name is "Puppy" for now.  We named him Jelly, Pepper, Barkley, Barley and Dog.  Nothing is sticking.

He's a great puppy.  Well, I take that back.  He's a great puppy when he's sleeping.  He's destroyed a couple of pairs of shoes, my rug and my cat's life.  The cat is still not happy he's here.  Duncan, our cat, gives me a long stare when the dog does something.  I could swear that Duncan is about to shake his head in disgust.  

The positive thing,  the dog doing a great job with crate training.  He is 10 weeks old.  He's sleeping through the night!!
His mom is a German Shepherd, dad: Unknown.  The vet did mention he has some Sharpei in him because of face.  Bottom line, he's a mutt.

Here are a few snapshots of him:

Friday, March 6, 2009

Is Spring here yet?

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Today's mail...

I received a postcard from Ten West Bird & Animal Hospital saying that my pet was past due for annual check-up.

The animal in question is our pigeon. The funny thing is--I need to call tomorrow to make the appointment. I never thought I would make yearly appointments for a pigeon. As my friend in New York City calls her, "a rat with wings".

Friday, February 6, 2009

"Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

---Robert Frost

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

When I went to the Humane Society to get a kitten, there wasn't many to choose from. I wanted a black kitten because I love black cats. I miss my black cats I had for over 10 yrs.

Then I saw Duncan. Duncan had a long tail. He looked like a monkey because his tail was abnormally long. He had such a skinny body with long legs. He wasn't a cute kitten. There was something about him that I liked.

He's still proving to be an odd cat. Each day he runs to the bath tub if anyone is taking a shower/bath. He'll wait and stare at the shower curtain. The other day, he went into the bathtub with 1 inch of water.

Today, he went into the water for about 4 minutes as my 5 yr old was taking a bath. I ran to get my camera. For some odd reason, I'm sure I'll have more opportunities to photograph him in the bathtub.

Which is stranger... a cat that likes water or a pigeon that likes to be petted? My cat thinks he's a dog and my pigeon thinks he's a cat.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Lack of snooze button on my alarm cat...

Yes, my cat still continues to be my alarm cat, including weekends. However, for the past week, his timing has been off by 30 minutes. 30 minutes shouldn't be a big deal. I should welcome the 30 minutes. I could work out with the Wii Fit for 30 minutes.

...but at 4:30 am?

This morning, he tried to wake me up at 4:30 am. I refused. He batted my face with his paw and gave a loud "Meow". When he first started doing this, I thought it was cute. At 4:30 am for the past week, he needs a snooze button.

He tried for 10 minutes. I just put the cover over my head. He got the message. He left.

5:09 am, he tried again. This time, during his usual loud "MEOW", he stretched and I started to feel his claw going through my thigh.
I knew what was next. He bumps his head against my face. When that doesn't stir me up, he sits on my face. He's a strange cat.

He did get what he wanted. I was drinking coffee by 5:12 am.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Cow Eggs 4 Sale

(Ok, these are pigeon eggs. Pigeon eggs are about 1 inch)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ode to Mo Willems, a pigeon person

As my 3rd grader would say, "The only people that do not like pigeons, are pigeon haters."

True. Although, since we have a pigeon, we've grown to love pigeons. Since our pigeon adopted us (Peck, the pigeon, flew in our house), she's learned to yell louder for her demands (she likes quiet when she's trying to lay an egg).

We are pigeon people. We love the Mo Willems books. My 3rd grader made this pigeon out of clay as an ode to pigeons around the world.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

What's on your Ipod?

My top 20 songs on my Ipod: (no particular order)

1. "Photograph" by Emily Lord
2. "Beautiful World" The Mary Dream
3. "How Could I ask for More" Cindy Morgan
4. "I don't want to live on the Moon" Shawn Colvin (Elmopalooza)
5. "I hope you dance" Lee Ann Womack
6. "Into the Mystic" Van Morrison
7. "Home" Michael Bublea
8. "Pictures of You" The Cure
9."Ready, Set, Don't Go" Billy Ray Cyrus
10."There goes my life" Kenny Chesney
11."This one's for the girls" Martina McBride
12. "To Make you Feel My Love" Garth Brooks
13. "What a Wonderful World" Luis Armstrong
14. "The World I know" Collective Soul
15. "Your Song" Elton John
16. "Tell Me You'll Be There" Everyday Sunday
17-20 JAMES BLUNT!!! (Love him!!)

I love a variety of music from "Fur Elise" Beethoven to Rock. My favorite kids music is from "Elmopalooza". I have all those songs on my Ipod. I listen to them WITHOUT kids around.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Duncan, the cat

Two days, two gallons later, I am done with painting! Wish I could say the same about our bathroom. I can say that Duncan, the cat, did not fall through the cracks... or should I say get stuck in between floors. He tried.
He also tried to attack my paint brush. He was constantly hanging out by my paint bucket. He bit me a few times I walked by. He loves give 'love bites'. Love? To him. To me, it's a bite.

Paws near my head. He did smack me with them a few times (no claws were used).

Watched me as I was painting the window sill. He took a moment to look at the dogs.

I've never seen him lick.

He heard a noise! (Have no idea, but he didn't leave).

Saturday, January 3, 2009

An image I wish wasn't mine.

I've been 'busy' with life. MY BATHROOM! Hopefully by the end of today, I will have a new bathroom. The 'thing' that we are most worried about is the cat trying to explore. We could see him getting stuck between the floors.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Marley and Me

I love going to the movies. Although, with children, it's not always realistic (making sure it's rated PG, if I have a baby-sitter, etc).

Today, I promised the kids that we would go see a movie. We've been working on the house. Long story short. Water damage in the bathroom. We are replacing the sub-floors, toilet, and cabinet. I'm painting my bedroom, my husband is doing the bathroom (never done it, but he's extremely handy).

The kids wanted to see "Marley and Me". The trailer of the Owen Wilson trying to hold onto Marley, as Marley tried to escape out of a moving car... that part made them want to see the movie.

I heard that it's a tear-jerker. Most of the movie, I laughed. If you haven't seen the movie, you will quickly get why it's a tear-jerker. Yes, I cried.

See, 2 yrs ago we went through "the last 20 minutes of the movie" with our dog, Bourbon. Bourbon was our 'first' son. He was such a rambunctious
puppy. He ate many shoes of mine. He would ALWAYS get into garbage. I would often find a trail of coffee grinds all over our house.. on my carpet!
He was that way until he passed away. We loved him, but at times he frustrated us.

We also had to tell him 'good-bye'. I watched him take his last breaths.

So the movie brought back all those old feelings. Remembering how over-whelmed I was with a dog and small children. Also thinking about Bourbon's love for us. How protective over he was with the kids. Always thinking he would be with us forever.

I had the privilege of taking his last photo. This was done on the day we said "good-bye" to him. He was looking out the french doors. I knew he wanted to go. I told him it was ok. I have this exact photo in my living room. It makes me smile and remember only how much I loved him.