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    My name is Jess.  My hubby is Brett.  We are crazy about each other, our 4 babies, and our art.  Welcome to our world.

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Monthly Archives: October 2008

oh, children.

My six year old son Adin walks down after taking a nap for a little while.  (Yes, I still try to make my kids nap.)  It has turned to fall weather here, and the kids are having a hard time giving up shorts and tees. Here is what he walked up to me to say….

Adin:  Hey Mom.  I’m mad.

Me: Why?

Adin: I feel like I’m gonna die….know why?

Me: Why?

Adin:  Because you are making me wear all these warm clothes, and it makes me dizzy.

October 9, 2008 - 3:18 pm

wrecklessgirl - hahaha :)

October 9, 2008 - 4:06 pm

Annie - That is adorable! I can’t wait until our kids are talking like that!!! = )

October 10, 2008 - 4:17 am

Alex - All the same problems that we had at this age…

So cooool your little man!

Best
Alex

October 13, 2008 - 1:30 pm

Maya - Ha ha ha!!! Warm clothes can do that to you!

just a bunch of randomness.

My dear wreckless girl Kristy (whom I LOVE to death!!)  tagged me on her blog, so you get to hear some randomness about me.

4 things I did today

1. Woke up from a not so good night of sleep at 7:00, went downstairs and made breakfast for my family, kissed the hubby off to work, began returning emails.  (my usual morning)

2. Did school with the kiddos.

3. Went to Ikea to scope out some new cabinet handles for my newly painted kitchen cabinets.  Now I’m more confused than ever….but I picked up a super rad tropical plant for the living room.

4. Make some tea, put kids down for “quiet time” and I am getting ready to read some bible.  Now that I wrote it, I have to or I am a liar.

4 things on my to do list

1. Figure out how to balance the ever growing problem of life and all that it entails….home schooling, family, home business, organization, house cleaning, laundry, bills, etc.  (I think this will remain on my “to do” until I am an empty-nester.)

2. Wrap my nephew’s birthday present for his party tonight.

3.Find out some good junior biographies to read to the kids for history.  I am horrible at taking the time to read to the kiddos.  I am way too ADD.  I need to get a few books soon to get me on the right path.

4. Figure out how to get the basement painted for our studio, the outside windows stripped/painted/caulked before winter, and clean out the garage that we were supposed to do last spring.  (Maybe I need to change this to: “Hire someone to help with odd jobs around the house so Mama don’t go insane.”)

4 of my guiltiest pleasures

1. Chocolate in any form.  But the darker, the better.  I also love ghetto desserts…like those fake brownies you get a a gas station.  Little Debbie’s are so nasty, but OHHHH so stinkin good.  (Brett is gagging right now.)

2. Music.  I could get lost for hours and have trouble coming back.  I love exploring new people/new tunes all over the web.  I am super fortunate enough to have a sister, brother, and two brother-in-laws who are psycho obsessed with finding new music.  Since I don’t have as much time (imagine that), they do a lot of the work for me…and I am never without new tunes. Never.

3.  HGTV.  I don’t have cable but if I am around it, I am nearly glued to this station.  I want to have my own show.  Kind of like a, “What Not to Wear,” but about home decor. :)

4. Poetry. Reading and writing it, although I seldom have/make time to do so anymore.

4 random facts about me

1. About my looks: I have a dent on the side of my nose…I call it “character”.  My dad is a dentist.  I could have free veneers, or a plastered Hollywood smile, but I’m cool with the mouth God gave me. (Don’t think I haven’t been tempted!)  I am missing a knuckle on my left hand.  No joke.

2. I was always a bit obsessed with Winona Ryder.  When I was 13 I wanted to be just like her in “Beetle Juice.”  I loved how she always wore black funky outfits. I still laugh every time I put my ninja suit on to shoot a wedding. I never thought I would live out that dream.  I like it. :)

3. If I wasn’t a photographer I would have loved to gotten into home interior design.  My brain hurts (in a good way) when I pour over my design magazines.

4. Brett and I were in a wreck 10 years ago this month. We were dating then.  We were crazy lucky to walk away from it.  I think God may have had some plans for these little lives of ours.  I’m quite happy to be here.:)

5 people I’m tagging
1. Kelly of Daphne Photo Studio - wassup girl!

2. Lee of LuvLee Photography- had the pleasure of meeting this beautiful Aussie at the Brianna Graham workshop.

3. Mark Brooke Photographer -the first photographers to comment on my blog.

4. Alex of Photo Finish – this is my new friend from Germany. Alex, you have to translate so I can read it though!

5. Betsy of Betsy and John – I like her. :)

October 8, 2008 - 10:39 pm

esther - I’m with you on the chocolate and HGTV! If only I had money to do all those cool thing they show you. So what color did you paint the cabinets? Black? White? Red?

October 8, 2008 - 11:53 pm

betsy - Oh no you didn’t! Awwww, you are so sweet. I like you too. : )

October 8, 2008 - 11:58 pm

betsy - PS You have been to a Brianna Graham workshop? Oooh, do tell! I want to find a good workshop for me this winter. If you have any thoughts or reccomendations, i would love it!

October 9, 2008 - 4:33 am

Alex - Jess :-)
I´m tagged here…. I can´t believe it!
That´s the turning point to translate all my blog entries in to my lousy English ;-)

All the best to you and your family from Germany
Alex & Sanne

October 9, 2008 - 10:53 am

kelly - How fun! I can totally see a resemblance between you and Winona Ryder!!

October 9, 2008 - 6:18 pm

holly rouse - i like betsy too!
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October 9, 2008 - 4:52 am

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our week of rest {part I}

We had such a great relaxing time on our family vacation a couple weeks ago.  The weather was “less than perfect” most of the week, (rain, wind, and 70 for the high is not the best for the beach), but I was determined to make the most of the time away since we had not been on a vacation in 4 years.  We were really in need of some down time, away from the computer, telephone, and being forced just to be together.  As it turned out, it was not hard at all to just chill and enjoy each other. We rented bikes, movies, walked the beach, collected shells, went hiking, went crabbing, made yummilious dinners with fresh seafood, and Brett and I even snagged a date night and drove to Charleston for dinner.  Brett’s Dad and step-mom came on the trip with us, and having them with us made the trip even more FUN!

So here are a few photos to start off my VA-CA photo series.  These are from days 1 and 2.  The second day was nice, and probably the NICEST day….that is until we decided to stay an extra day at the end which was SPECTACULAR!!! More on that to come.

taking photos while riding bikes….we SOOO live on the edge.

The first day we visited the beach it looked very stormy and was windy.  We were not sure what Gabe would think of the sand, but he LOVED it.  He would sit alone and just dig and put sand in his bucket.  So cute.

First (of many) bites of sand.  mmmmmmmm.

Next day, blue skies with patches of SUN!!!  We were thrilled.

Priya was sad because she got “shell-shocked.”  The wave took her and she was covered in shells and sand.

I was lifting Brett’s hat to see the camera just as Gabe jams a giant spoon full of sand in my mouth. Wow.  Thanks for sharing Gabers.

Brett’s Dad and Step-Mom out walking the beach with Adin.

Riah was thrilled.  He has the personality of Tigger. He doesn’t walk, he bounces-and he is happy as could be. I love this photo because it pretty much sums him up.

Adin refueling.  We never let them drink much of anything but water….so they thought this stuff was like “pop.” :)  Yeah, yeah, we deprive our children.

This is the “stop taking my DANG picture and HOLD ME!!!” face.

I love this shot of Brett out in the water with Gabriel.

More to come.

October 7, 2008 - 5:25 pm

bobbi+ - I’m strangely in love with your family. Does that make me weird? Yes. These photos are perfect in EVERY way. Glad you guys had FUN :D

October 7, 2008 - 8:35 pm

lucy - i heart all of you. man, gabey is so darn cute even with sand on his face! i love that picture of priya, man she looks so disgusted. i love it! i love those pics of gabey sitting by himself playing with in the sand quietly. that’s what happens when you let your kids CRY IT OUT!!! LOVE IT!

October 7, 2008 - 8:50 pm

Heidi - Ooh…it makes me want to be at ol’ Edisto :) I’m so glad you enjoyed your trip.

October 9, 2008 - 2:40 pm

Maya - Glad you guys had a relaxing time! I love the coloring on all of these photos. And the scoop full of sand…cracking me up!

June 28, 2010 - 2:34 pm

betsy - Just clicked on this as it’s one I “might also like.” Wow, this makes me SO want to go on vacay! Just loved this post.

You are BEAUTIFUL girl. And yes, I so see a Tim Burton character in you, in a beautiful way though. : )

Love and MIss!!!!

October 23, 2008 - 4:15 pm

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my girl turns 9. {could someone please stop time?}

She is so tall, so strong, so beautiful.  My only daughter. The older sister to three brothers.  She is the best mini-mama in the world.  I can’t believe that 9 years ago I was having my first baby, who stubbornly waited 17 days past her due date.  Not much has changed…she walks to the beat of her own drum, but with a heart so sweet and generous, she brings tears to her Mama’s eyes almost on a daily basis.

These are a couple candid shots I snagged with my point and shoot camera on vacation…

She “modeled” for me (not very happily) at this cool old gas station we found. :)

Happy birthday to our Priya Bella!!  We love our beautiful girl.  She makes us so proud.

October 6, 2008 - 10:38 am

bobbi+ - Priya is such a beautiful young woman. Come on though… look at her parents… it’s not that much of a shock :)

Happy Birthday!

LOVE!

~bobbi

PS. you took all of those with just a point and shoot?! WOW!

October 6, 2008 - 11:22 am

Annie - LOVE the second one especially! She has such a lovely energy about her! = )

October 6, 2008 - 11:30 am

kelly - Wow!! I remember being in yearbook class my senior year when I heard the news that you finally had her…so crazy how time flies! She is absolutely gorgeous though…I love the gas station picture :)

October 6, 2008 - 12:01 pm

betsy - She’s gorgeous!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

October 6, 2008 - 1:11 pm

aaron - hi, i’m aaron, just wanted to let you know #3 is too sweet.

October 6, 2008 - 5:51 pm

Ida - Wow – she’s really beautiful! And she looks just like you on the last photo – wow!! Happy Birthday!

October 6, 2008 - 8:46 pm

lucy - she’s my beautiful baby girlfriend. i love her so and she also makes me so proud. she dreams so big, expects so little, and loves so much. i’m so blessed to have her in my life and even more so to watch her grow into such a wonderful little woman. man, she has good parents.

October 6, 2008 - 9:26 pm

wrecklessgirl - taggity tag tag tag. you’re it! remember those days? your daughter probably still plays that!!! :) check out my blog, i linked ya.

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October 7, 2008 - 4:35 am

Alex - Can´t believe that such a young looking woman has a 9y old child :-)

Happy birthday from Germany
Alex & Sanne

October 7, 2008 - 7:51 pm

jason - HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRIYA BELLA!!!

October 9, 2008 - 2:41 pm

Maya - Happy Birthday to her!