Well, last minute I decided to try to make the long drive to Illinois for my Grandma Martin's 90th Birthday Party.  Dad had asked me a few days prior if I wanted to car pool & so I thought about it for a few days & then decided I would try.  I got the time off & worked out some details and rescheduling for the photography business.  Called dad after that was all worked out & he had already bought a plane ticket to fly up.  Alas, I wasn't sure what I was going to do-so I called my mom and asked her if she would drive up with me, and she agreed-we talked Molly into going too!  It was a fun yet exhausting trip!

We arrived in Golden Eagle late Friday evening.  Spent a little time talking to Grandma & a few other family members who stopped by for a squeeze-then off to sleep we tried to go.  I don't think any of us slept well the entire time we were there.  Saturday we spent the entire day with the Haug side of the family.  We had a big cook out and almost everyone was there-all moms sisters & both her brothers were there.  After dinner and it got dark, we had a fire & sat around talking & having a few beers.  Sunday morning we got up and headed to my Aunt Barb's in Godfrey-to hang out with her a bit before grandma's party.

Boy what an emotional mess I was that day.  I just kept crying & couldn't stop myself from all the emotions I was feeling.  It was rather ridiculous actually.  You would have thought I was at a funeral or something.  I wasn't really able to hold myself together-though I tried.  I even cried when I called Billy to tell him how wonderful the party was.  It was great to see my family again, though some times I felt a bit like a stranger.  I wish I would have been able to grow up with these fine folks & really had gotten to know them.

We plan on trying to make another trip in the Summer of 2016 when the kids are out of school.  I can't wait to show them all around the county & let them swim in Aunt Susans & Aunt Barb's pool!

For my Girls

Heart Break Swing

Olivia fell off the swing today at the park. And when she realized she was okay had several remarks that she told herself and me!

1. I need to be more careful.
2. I don't want to fall off and hurt myself.
3. I'm gonna be more careful next time.
4. Mama you pushed me to hard.
5. I almost broke my heart mama.

My Little Free Spirit

Wedding Photographer Clothing

Help.  I need a little help.  For years now I have been in search of a really pretty black dress to be able to wear to weddings, as the photographer.  Maybe, I shouldn't even wear a dress-maybe I should wear leggings & a really long tunic.  IDK.  I need help deciding.  Here are a few ideas I had.  Please share your thoughts!

or maybe

or maybe just black pants, black shirt & black shoes?

Toms for Us

So I finally have lost my mind.  I have finally done that weird thing that people do with their kids & got matching shoes with Miss O.  Yeah, maybe it's time to be committed.  I have never looked down on parents for being matchy matchy-but it always made me laugh & think "that's weird"....until today!

I was searching to get Miss O some cute brown canvas shoes to wear this fall/winter.  I settled on some  Cute shoes for a great cause, each pair of shoes you purchase a pair of shoes are sent to a child in need in a developing country.  Yep, so I bought her a pair & thought-they are so cute-I'll just get me a pair too!

And in two seconds, we became matchy matchy weirdos!  But at least we'll be weirdo's together ah O?


One of the things that Weston gets to do for me aside from assisting me at shoots is that he is a test subject for me to set up my camera for the lighting.  Of course, he's not smiling-of course-but that doesn't take away from his handsome little face.  What a sweet kid.  I am a lucky mama to have such a great little soul.


Oh Deer! 

Ashton Maternity

The beautiful Ashton modeling for me in Bell Florida.  Can you not get over that gorgeous light?  Me either!'s almost as gorgeous as this sweet mama!  I first met Ashton years ago, long before there were babies - and she hasn't changed a bit, unless you mention how gorgeous her hair has gotten with all those extra vitamins flowing through her body during her pregnancy, lol!



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