Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Gracie is SIX!!

I cannot lie...this child absolutely takes my breath away. She is so full of joy at all times.  It is amazing! 
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I love this set of images because she was literally doing cartwheels all over the yard 30 seconds before.  I threw the tutu on over her shorts and stuck a headband in her hair!  Her hair is stringy because it was not combed...and I love it.  This is Gracie...a natural beauty.
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I won't lie about the other side of Gracie either...maddening!!  lol... There are times that I want to sit on her to get her to stay still!! 

This morning we all went into the girls room and woke them up singing "Happy Birthday" to Gracie.  She sleeps completely covered with her blankets, so as she emerged, it took her about half the song to wake up enough to understand what we were doing.  When it hit her, she got the biggest smile on her face I have ever seen.  It doesn't take much to make her happy... in fact, it doesn't really take anything.  She just is....happy.  She opened a few gifts from us and said "This is the best birthday party...ever!"  We are going to have a party for her, but honestly, I wouldn't have to. 

I pray, somehow, her birthmom knows that she is healthy, thriving, and happy!  I wish, somehow, I could thank her for choosing life for Gracie six years ago.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Senior Prom!

Yes...I have been absent from the Bloggy world for a little while now.  I have had good intentions...and lots to post, but just haven't made myself do it.  Oh well...I'll try to catch up this week.  Yesterday was such a big day, though, that it pulled me right out of my blog funk.

Yesterday was Bryce's SENIOR prom!!  I cannot believe it!  Now graduation is really just around the corner!!  I am so excited for him and so proud of him that it's hard to be sad for myself (although, I am just a little).  He has plans to attend LSU in the fall and live in a dorm on campus.  That is something I never got to experience so I'm excited for him (and maybe living a little vicariously through him :)  He is also planning to try out for the LSU marching band.. I can't wait!

It was supposed to be raining during picture time and I was already stressing.  We lucked out though and the rain held off!  We were able to use my front porch because of the overcast skies, so it was perfect! 
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Bryce and Ally
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Bryce and Christian.  These two have been in school together since 1st grade!!!  Hard to believe it!  Christian's mom is actually Wesleigh's teacher this year.  I love that they have grown up together!
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The group.  One of the girls didn't have a date, so she brought her own :)  Darth was pretty funny.
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Josh and Anna. Anna is a new friend of Bryce's this year. She was a complete God-send for him this year!
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I will try to get moving on this blog!  Gracie's birthday is Tuesday, so I will definitely have a post for that :)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Big News!

If you read this blog, you know that I love photography.  I have always had the dream of doing something more with it besides taking pics of my own kiddos, but have never felt like the time was right.  Well...I think the time is right. 

This is what I want to do:

I am going to focus on newborn photography, both in the hospital and after.  This is something I can accomplish during the day when the kiddos are in school.  I have some seniors I am doing also, but my afternoons and weekends are really limited.  I love this newborn photography and am so disappointed that I didn't know how to take these images when my boys were born :(

I am scheduled to take a set of twin boys in the hospital in the next couple of weeks!  I absolutely cannot wait!!!

So...if you're in the area, and know any expecting mommies...send them my way!!

And go check out (and like) my facebook page!!  This little light by Shine Images!!!

Baseball Season Once Again...My Happy Place

Here in the south, baseball is in full swing!  I am happy!!  Braden is on the high school freshman team this year, and Saturday I watched his first high school game.  I'm so proud of him.  He is a great baseball player, but more than that, he's a great leader.  I really see him stepping up to be a leader on that team, and that makes me very happy.

Look at him...all grown up :)  So hard to believe! 

Cade played this weekend also, but he was in a different city so I didn't get to see him.  No worries, he's playing on two different teams this year!  I'll be watching him this weekend.

In true Louisiana fashion, we watched in our flip flops Saturday, but froze yesterday.  That's why my trusty heater and blanket is always in the car!!

(Note the flip flop bag sitting next to the heater...come on spring!!)

BTW...just in case you are wondering, baseball season means laundry season!  Why am I shocked every year at the amount of laundry that comes my way in baseball season??  Oh well...it's worth it!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Finally....A Real Birthday Party!

I have been so lazy in my posting.  I have lots of excuses, but none of them matter.  I will be so mad at myself if I let things get so far behind that I can't remember what has happened!  If I don't write things here, there is no hope...they will be gone forever!
I have lots of exciting and funny things to share in the next few days :)
My first post, however, has to be Miss Wesleigh's birthday party.  For whatever reason, she has never had a "friend" birthday party.  This year, she finally got this wish.  She has been excited for weeks!
Her party was at the gym that they took gymnastics last year.  Everyone had a great time.

This is Sara.  You might remember that Sara came home from India last summer.  I was so proud of her for being so brave!

Of course, the theme was "Frozen"...what else could it possibly be?

This is my favorite shot.  She was so excited for her friends to sing Happy Birthday to her!


Gracie was happy to model all of Wesleigh's presents.

Such a fun day!  All her brothers were there to help her celebrate...and we get to do it all over again in a couple of months for Gracie :)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Today is Your Birthday!!

Wesleigh has been counting down the days to her birthday for months!  She was so excited last night, I'm surprised she fell asleep.   She is finally 6!!

Richard is stuck in S. Carolina because of the snow, so we facetime'd him this morning.  We all went in their bedroom and woke Wesleigh up singing "Happy Birthday".  She was thrilled!

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She is having a birthday party Saturday, but I had a gift for her to open this morning.
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Of course, it was something Frozen...but I was so lucky to find it!
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Such a sweetie pic!
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She's sharing Olaf cupcakes with her class today....SO excited!
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Aren't the adorable?  NO...I did NOT make these!
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