Saturday, July 30, 2011

Off the Grid

I know this is a family blog and all, but last night I got a comment from one of my dearest friends on Facebook that kinda nailed how my life has been. She said how she knows when I get super busy because I fall off the grip and I start posting a lot of amazing photos. LOL... I totally feel like I have fallen off the grid! Jory and Lincoln went with Jory's family to Red Fish Lake this week. I was soooo excited to be at home by myself for about 5 days. I thought it would be very peaceful and relaxing. Maybe, just maybe, I'd even go out with a girlfriend one of these nights. Well, that I will! Only... it's to team up to shoot a wedding! I have shot 38 babies again this month at the hospitals, gone to Nauvoo, shot sessions on my own almost every other day and today I am shooting a wedding while hosting a shower for my sister inbetween the bride's ceremony and reception. This week, it's been pretty much every day sessions-one day it was mulitple sessions. I am in NO WAY complaining here-just simply stating the facts. Yesterday I cleaned up my house, stayed up late editing the wedding from Nauvoo-not even half way done of course. I made chocolate covered strawberries for my sister's shower today, ran a ton of errands, printed and picked up orders for my wonderful brides!

Right before I left for Nauvoo, I didn't have anything on my books for July and I was a little nervous. I came home and my books have been filled clear till almost the end of August. Last week, I booked two weddings in one week. ??? AWESOME! At the beginning of this year, I had this feeling that it was going to be a good year with photography. That it has! I have been so dang blessed! I was worried that I would have to go back to the Dental field and I didn't want to do that because they work long hours. I have been so happy not to have to go down that path! So now that you are caught up on my crazy life, let me share with you what I have been up to! (well, just A FEW anyways...) ;)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Chip Series

Here's some art work for the grandmothers soul...

This evening, Jory threw some chips on the patio while we were sitting outside because they just looked funky. After Jory left and it was just Stink Bugs and I, he saw them laying on the floor. Surprisingly the dog hadn't wolfed them down yet. Lincoln was quite intriqued...

Off he goes to check out the chips.

Better taste them just in case...

Oh yikes, not sure if I like these mom!

Yeap, pretty sure I am NOT going to keep these in my mouth! I can't believe my Dad wolfs these nasty suckers down so fast! Blah...

These are just sick mom!

How's that for cuteness? Today was Lincoln's first day feeling like normal since last week. He's still not eating hardly anything. I took him into his Pediatrician this week and in two weeks, he's lost half a pound. He was pretty worried about it and wants us to come back in a month so he can monitor his weight. Lincoln weighs 19.3lbs right now and is only 29inchs. He said if he doesn't get his weight up soon, it will start to stunt his growth. He gave us a Rx for Pedia Sure for the next 6 months. We went and picked up the 3 different flavors they have so he could try them all. Of course I had to do a taste test to see what they tasted like. The Strawberry was pretty good! I don't see how anyone can like that chocolate flavor! Yuck!

He hasn't been a huge fan of them yet. Man, I hope this gets better.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

SLC Library

I LOVE this library. I haven't been there often as we don't go in that area often, but this place is amazing! I did a session in this area last spring and as they were running late, I took advantage of shooting the library. I posted this series in B/W on my portrait blog as well. Sometimes, you just gotta take time and doing something for yourself!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Crappy Week

It all started Sunday night coming home from dinner from a friend's house. We were driving home and had made it to Lehi when the car died on the freeway. Yes. AGAIN. I was so mad. It was really late and we sat in our car baffled not knowing who to call. I told Jory we just need to make some friends cuz we don't seem to have any! Jory called his BFF Cort and luckily they were driving back from their trip to Idaho. They were still in Ogden however. I got on the phone with Melissa and asked her to see if she could find some numbers of a tow truck to haul the piece of crap away. There was only ONE person that answered his phone and he said it would cost $125. REALLY?? Are you insane? Not even 10 MILES?? Cort and his family arrived to take me and Lincs home. We got there around midnight and by this point, I was just ready to THROW UP!

The next morning, Lincoln had woken up acting like he had the stomach flu, my babysitter had called last minute saying she couldn't watch Lincoln at all this week and we both had to work and were down to one vehicle. Oh man, I could tell this was going to be a bad week. Jory said I just needed to stay home with Lincoln today since we didn't have a sitter, he was sick and we only had one car. However, it just doesn't work like that. People in the real world unfortunately don't care if you're having a crappy day. So I told Jory we would just have to go to work in shifts. Since I only had 3 babies to photograph, I went first cuz I could shoot them, come home and do my editing and uploading from home. My car was ready that evening and it was only the fuel pump that went out. I say "only" because last time it was the engine. Still, close to $700 dollars later (including the towing bill) I was bummed out.

Tuesday, Jory went with some Rock Solid boys to Canada to cut (or maybe the right word is mark) corn mazes. I knew I was in for a long week because I ended up having to cover a shift for a girl that got sick, work 3 days, shoot 2 night and find a sitter for Lincoln. Our stake girls camp was this week so my options were very limited. Keep in mind I have like no friends these days so I was already limited! ;) All week long I was frantically searching for a sitter and super stressed about it.

Work this week has been CRAZY! I ended up shooting 18 babies at the hospitals. I truly love this job and would love for it to work out, but I miss my boy and I miss being a mom. Some people say it gets easier to leave them as time goes on. Well, for Lincoln and I, it hasn't. We belong together you know? Because of the instability of him being with a lot of different people this week he doesn't really know, he's been having MAJOR separation anxiety. My house is as trashed as it can be down to the sticky (I mean SUPER STICKY) floors and there's not a lot I can do about it because he is scared to be with out me right now. My mom was here yesterday and was in awe about my floors being so gross. After spending the day with us and seeing Lincoln freak out anytime I got up to just go get something, she realized WHY my house looked so bad.

Friday morning I woke up and was getting Lincoln ready to take over to my sister in law's house. I was determined it would be a good day. As I sat down to eat my cereal, I noticed that it was NOT cold at all. I was, once again, baffled at what was going on in my life! I went to the fridge and much to my delight ;) found out that somewhere in the night, the fridge had stopped working. AWESOME!!! This was JUST what I needed. I was beyond depressed by this point and decided to just leave the house. I couldn't deal with it! I went to work and shot six babies and left to work from home. I was super bummed that most of the moms kept telling me how poor they were and that they couldn't buy anything (keep in mind this job is commission only). I kindly let them know if they didn't want me to shoot, it was ok. They INSISTED that I still shoot pictures even though they weren't planning on buying any. Weird...

I went to pick up Lincoln around noon and Geena mentioned he had not been a happy boy. I felt SO bad! She has enough stress already and has 3 kids she's looking after. I went home thinking he'd cheer up, but he just didn't. Finally, I stuck my finger in his mouth and sure enough, there were THREE molars coming through. Yikes! I guess that explains it.

I was suppose to shoot a wedding Friday night, but with Jory gone and not really having many options as far as sitters, I had to let the wedding go. Good thing I was only assisting another photographer! It would have been nice because I miss shooting weddings and with my credit card about maxed out with fixing both cars and having to purchase a new camera (old one was breaking down), I REALLY could have used the money. In the end, it was better that I stayed home. Lincoln needed his mom. We spent the evening cuddled, watching movies. We went for a evening walk to help calm my nerves (I'm pretty sure I've walked close to 10 miles this week to help calm me down) and when we got home, Lincoln was out cold. Oh good, a few minutes to myself! I decided to try and do some editing since I have PILES to do. When Lincoln woke up, he was acting weird-almost lethargic. He was also really HOT. So much for being calm right? He wouldn't hardly move. I tried to take his temperature (which was nerve wracking trying to keep your 15 month old pinned down). The best I could tell was that it was 102% But really, I've never felt him so dang hot before!

He finally went back to sleep at about almost 1am. Blah... At 6am Saturday morning, he was up and ready to go. I knew my mom was coming down for the day to visit which could only mean one thing... Pedies and Kneaders Day!! Oh how I love my mom, she is so generous! That and I think she took pity on me after seeing my boy not doing well and my gross floors. We went to Kneaders first cuz we both were just starving, then we headed to the mall for some delicious pedicures. Oh man, it was wonderful. It's amazing how a pedicure can just brighten your day. We went and picked my sister up to do some wedding planning and went back to kneaders to see about a wedding cake. Apparently Lehi doesn't do them. We figured while we were there we might as well eat again. And that we did. I seriously never get sick of Kneaders!

Jory finally came home later Saturday night. He went to the grocery store to pick a few things up and get us a Red Box movie. I so very much needed a movie made for adults!

This morning Lincoln still was just laying around acting weird. He drank some milk out of his sippy cup and not even a minute later threw up on our bed. We both felt so sad for him. He's been like this all morning too. I am truly praying for this week to be so much better! You know when you just go through a bad week, you just need something good to happen to you? That's where I'm at right now.

Thursday, July 14, 2011


I'm sure my brother will be barfing that Lincs has been running around in his diapy so much, but it is bloody hot around here and this boy can NOT keep anything clean longer then a few minutes. I know this is how boys are, but it's secretly driving me CRAZY! Anyways, Lincoln is learning about chores pretty quick these days. The next post you'll see him doing dishes. I am going to have this kid trained so dang fast! I want him to grow up to learn that it is important to help his wife (and mom) around the house. I don't believe it's just the woman's job to take care of the cleaning and cooking. Jory learned that very early in our marriage and has been quite helpful with the household chores. Kids will learn from their parents habits.

It was a beautiful night when I took these pics. He was so dang cute flopping around that hose. I have some more hilarious ones to post later. There's also some fun ones of Lincs and his dad to post too that I know my mother in law will love! So stay tuned Tammy!!! =D


Oh yeah, that's right... we make Lincoln earn his keep around here! ;)

He is quite an adventurer these days. He loves to climb and explore. We were cleaning up one night and Lincoln had figured out how to climb on the dishwasher door. Normally this is a no no for me, but since this was the first time, I allowed it long enough to get some pictures. He sure loves to play with the dishes though! Crazy kid!

This Summer...

Has been a busy one! I have been shooting more then ever and have had a lot of friends and family come visit! It's been amazing. Right before I went to Nauvoo, Laura brought her girls out for almost a week. It was great to see her! Here is a few pics the Sunday while she was here. Of course I have LOTS more, but it's already too late and I have to work tomorrow morning. Blah...

More on her trip later.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Bangs & A Tie

I have been insanely busy. I have been shooting every day this week and have shoots all weekend for the next month. Not to mention, my car died yet again on the freeway Sunday night. We had to tow it yet again. I was beyond irritated. Anyways, I cut bangs. I haven't had bangs like this since Senior year back in 1998! Still getting used to them... My girlfriend Jeanie gave me some ties for Lincoln to wear to church. Aren't they so dang cute??

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Dear Aunt Cami

I think you should come visit and SOON. My mom loves taking photos and is dying to do some family photos of you guys in the Orchards. Here's what you are missing out on...

Are you packing your bags to come see us now? I really miss you!
Lincoln =D

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

JD & Steph: Engaged

Here are some more Engagement photos of my cute sister and her fiance. If you follow my blog and Face Book page, you'll have seen a lot already. But it's my sister you know?

To see more of this session, check them out here

Steph got her dress a few weeks ago and it is INSANE! I can't wait to shoot her bridals. She is going to be one smokin hot bride! I designed her announcements the other day. They are so pretty. Maybe I'll post them soon.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Just In Case...

You were wondering what we had for dinner,

It was CLEARLY Spaghetti! So messy, but SO delicious!