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32 weeks…

Wow – 32 weeks already.  It seems like time goes by so fast sometimes and other times so slowly.  I remember very distinctly last time I was pregnant with Alex at 32 weeks.  I would get up out of bed and get ready for work.  I would lay down again.  Get back up and dry my hair.  And lay down again.  I just didn’t know how I was going to make it another 8 weeks. 





8 weeks felt like an eternity!


Well, as things turned out – I only had about 2 left. 


This time is so different in so many ways.  I feel like I ONLY have 8 weeks left???? I feel so good that I only have 8 weeks left to “get things done”???  How am I going to do this? 


This past weekend I got maternity photos taken.  I thought about it last time when pregnant with Alex, but just didn’t feel pretty and good about it.  Know I know why – I was sick and didn’t feel good at all.  I’m going to post a picture from last time at 32 weeks – please don’t be scared.  The picture is pretty scary.  I’m not being one of those people who always thinks they look bad – no – this is different.  I think I look good this time – one of those cute pregnant ladies with a bump on the front and everything else looks pretty much the same.   But, this picture will make you pause for a second, or a minute.   It definitely did for me.  So, here it is.


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Kinda scary, right?  My face was very puffy and a totally different shape.  I have real hope and knowledge that this birth of our little girl will go differently than with Alex.  It has to – look how differently I looked and felt last time! 


I will get my maternity photos soon and post them here.  I saw a sneak peak and they are great!  You will be amazed at how different I look – pretty pregnant Mom with a handsome husband and a wonderful little boy.  I’m so lucky. 

Missing the Oregon Coast

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2 years ago



So little…

So little hair…

Can’t believe it’s been 2 years!


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It’s all in the details

Crayon collage 1

Alexis, part 2


Check out my photography blog for more pictures of baby Alexis – tell me which one is your favorite!

Baby Alexis


I can’t wait to hear what you think!

Spring has sprung

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Sneak Peak {Baby Alexis}

Check out my photography website for a sneak peak …

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Baby Phoebe, part 2


Here are some of my favorites from my photo shoot with baby Phoebe a few weeks ago.  I can’t wait to share the rest of the photos with the family.


Enjoy and happy Friday!

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A Father – Daughter moment

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The Beautiful eyes of a bright little girl

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Love this picture with the wall color that is just so bright and perfect providing a wonderful backdrop to her luscious baby skin!

 Phoebe BW (24) Here is one of those “in-between” shots that are my FAVORITE!  What a beautiful Mom nursing her little girl.  What a lovely connection they have.  This is one of my most favorite photographs I have taken – Ever!

Baby Phoebe

I recently had the pleasure of photographing lovely baby Phoebe.  It’s my first “REAL” gig as a photographer and I couldn’t have had a better subject.  Since I knew the family and photographed them before here , I really wasn’t that nervous, surprisingly.  I had my list of ideas that helped me when we needed to move on to another pose.  Also, so important was the interaction between myself and the her Mom and Dad – we were collaborating on ideas on poses and that was my favorite.  It wasn’t just me and baby – it was all of us thinking together and coming up with ideas together to capture these great moments.  I have more coming – I just couldn’t help but post a sneak peek!


There is a quote that I have been thinking a lot about lately:


“I think the best pictures are often on the edges of any situation, I don't find photographing the situation nearly as interesting as photographing the edges.” ~William Albert Allard


I can’t wait to share with you the best of the rest – I have some great, what I call “in-between” shots (or “the edges” shots) that are some of my favorite! 


Phoebe is a happy beautiful baby who is interested in the world around her.  She has beautiful bright eyes that I think were really captured in the photographs.  We took the pictures in her beautifully decorated nursery – I LOVE the color chosen for the walls – look at that rich color!


Thanks for letting me capture your baby girl Phoebe. 


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Spring fever


After the warmest January on record here in the Northwest – I totally have Spring fever!  The garden surely does, too!  Look at all these lovely colors!  The daffodils and tulips are on their way up out of the ground and, if they chipmunks don’t eat them all – so are the crocus!


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Garden remodel – follow up

This past fall we undertook quite a project…

We had 2 dump truck loads of gravel delivered along with 2 dump truck loads of compost & dirt.  It was a lot of work – well not so much for me – but for Lance.  See – I was newly pregnant at the time and so darn tired.  So, he did most of the heavy work, while I did some supervising (and picture taking!).

Take a look at the before here:


And the after pictures here:

 IMG_0690 FinalYou can see our new grass – so green and lush.  The new border bricks outlining all the gardens and the new (little for now) plants that will just love all the dirt and compost we put in the new gardens.   IMG_0691 FinalWe also made the entry gardens larger – they just looked like a postage stamp on a big lawn.  We made them big enough to be bold and have some interesting plants all year round.  Can’t wait for them to grow up! IMG_0692 Final Another view of the front yard showing the other entry garden with a japanese maple as the main plant in this garden.  IMG_0693 Final

And the new flagstone pathways – 2 of them!  They are beautiful and I love them!  As you can see from the photo – Bella is supervising the supervisor from inside the front window.  Lance and his Dad laid them this summer/fall and I just am so excited to use them this summer.  They were natural pathways and now are real pathways.

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AND – I had Lance “help” me move two small trees.  Now he will tell you they weren’t small – in fact they were the “biggest trees that had ever been seen!”.  But, as you can see – it’s really not that big.  They are two Dogwood trees with the lovely spring “flowers” that are really bracts/leaves.   See below.  They were tucked behind a BIG cedar tree not getting enough light or enough attention.  They were planted there by the previous owners and I’ve been wanting to move them to a more prominent spot for a long time.  What better time than when your 6-7 months pregnant?  I can’t wait to see what they do in these new locations up front with more water and more sunlight.  They will be BEAUTIFUL!

Cornus_Kousa_Chinensis_Bractsphoto shamelessly stolen from web 


P.S.  We are getting our house painted this Spring/Summer – I can’t wait to see everything all together – the new landscape, the pathways, new gardens, flowers growing, and a newly painted house!  It will just be fabulous!  Stay tuned for an update on that!

New logo

I just got a new logo for my business – what do you think? 




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28 weeks pregnant


Wow – a lot of people have said that my face looks different this pregnancy compared to last time – so I just had to take a look.  I guess it really does! 


Pregnant now with little girl T. (~28 weeks)

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Pregnant with Alex in 2007 (~28 weeks)