happy day of thanks.

Across our country today most people are gathering around with friends and family, trying to remember the things for which we give thanks.  As my sister Ashley said in a comment on the post below, I have always made it a point to share what I am so thankful for and in return I force others to as well. :)  Like the year I showed up at my parents with a large tree branch and tons of little cut out leaves with pins on them…I had everyone fill out things that they were thankful for, and then pin it to the tree which we lovingly called “our thankful tree.”  (Or at least I did.) :)

We just got back this evening from my parents house where we had a ridiculously large and fattening dinner, and then we all sat around and talked for a while. Tomorrow Brett’s Mom, brother and his family are coming over for brunch and then I have my big “Friend’s Thanksgiving” at our house this Sunday, so today was just the beginning!! But I LOVE it.

Before we left today, I snagged a few shots of my babies.  In my life I feel so incredibly blessed.  These 4 little pint sized mini-Bretts and Jesses are reminders to me of God’s abundant grace, mercy, and love in my life.

Priya worked hard on her Indian headbands…she even made them for her and Adin’s Bitty Babies. :)

Ok, ok.  Looking at this photo made me realize something else that I am SOOOO THANKFUL FOR!!!!  DO you realize how horrible my kids are at sitting still and looking at the camera??!  I mean, literally I took photos for about 3 minutes, and as evidenced below, they were so done, they were DONE.  I remember sweating bullets with Priya as a baby at “Picture People.”  Heck NO!!  NO MORE.  My biggest inspiration for starting this business was realizing that photographing my little girl in her own natural environment and not making her stare into the camera produced the right results-her true personality.  This set up was a big reminder that I love doing what I do, and it is an absolute privilege to be invited to get to know someone through my lens.

This is what you get when you “SAY CHEEESSSE!!” :)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!  I am going to go cuddle with my wonderful hubby and watch a movie. It has been a couple months since we have done that. :)

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November 27, 2008 - 10:57 pm

rebecky - riah is so cute in the 3rd picture. Love the 3rd. Want a copy for my fridge.

November 28, 2008 - 12:33 am

holly rouse - i’m setting one of these as the background on my computer!!!!
the bitty baby twins!!!!

November 28, 2008 - 12:44 am

lucy - i love how gabey’s feather is virtually non-existent! LOVE IT! i am thankful for your uterus. those babies are precious to me. happy thanksgiving studio3z!

November 28, 2008 - 1:14 am

betsy - AWESOME! Your kids are so beautiful! I wish so much that we were neighbors. : )

November 28, 2008 - 1:50 pm

Ashie - I love my babies….they keep me forever thankful.

November 29, 2008 - 11:46 pm

“Silent Stalker” #1 - Jess, the look on your kids’ faces is priceless!!!

I wonder what I wrote and hung on that “our thankful tree” three years ago…. Good times…

Oh, before I forget, I am thankful for God’s daily blessings upon my family AND http://www.google.com.

Happy Belated Thanksgiving, guys!

November 30, 2008 - 9:39 am

Lauren Relojo - Hi Jess! It’s Lauren, Lucy cousin ;) Happy belated Thanksgiving! I LOVE your guys style of photography!!! Outta the photos above, the first one has to be my fave. What a great crafty theme. LOVE IT.

Oh, I used to work at Picture People and HATED IT! I always felt so bad for the lil kiddies coming in there…

December 1, 2008 - 4:05 pm

jason - these photos make me smile and miss all of you.

December 1, 2008 - 4:07 pm

Vickey - sooooooooo adorable.

December 1, 2008 - 11:54 pm

Adrienne - oh my goodness!! they are so precious! haha… what funny, cute, sweet, well-dressed children. :)

December 2, 2008 - 8:22 am

Ginelle Payne - These photo’s are BEAUTIFUL! Jason shared them with us… Old friends from college!!

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