Almost Forgot to share.

I just realized that I didn’t share our St Pattie’s day shenanigans!  The leprechauns were extremely mischievous this year!  They turned everything upside down, turned our milk green, turned the eggs green and marked the kids faces up with green paint!  There was a shamrock trail that started at their room and led all the way to a pot of gold.
OH and we can’t forget they even peed in the toilets and turned them green TOO!

We rented Darby McGill and the Little People but have yet to watch it because we rented it on Tommy’s iPad and I can’t seem to connect it to our TV!


And this photo of ruby sneaking into the boys candy is priceless!

Holding on…

I was looking for a certain photo that I had taken a couple of years ago on my iPhone when I came across a folder called iPhone dump.  I am constantly creating folders called dump when I am in a hurry and need to dump my cards and get out the door.  Sometimes I totally forget what I’ve dumped and never go back to look what’s in those folders, but today I was so excited to look through every one of these photos that recorded our time as a family from 2009 to mid 2010.

I’ve been known to spend hours looking through old photos, hanging on each one and reliving the memories it holds. I guess it’s only natural that photography has always been one of my loves, even before I turned it into a profession I was always the one with the camera at all the family events capturing our lives and holding on to those memories.

As I looked through these photos, I can remember each and every event that it captured.  I can remember where I was when I took it and why I took it.  They tell my story, one that if I didn’t have photos I might not remember completely.  They help me hold on a little to the past.


Mo - March 30, 2012 - 6:33 pm

Brought a few tears to my eyes

Tommy’s 4th Grade trip to Sacramento.

I was so excited to go on Tommy’s 4th grade tip to Sac…apparently I went on the same trip when I was in 4th grade but I don’t seem to remember anything bout it.  I wish I would have payed more attention in school, because I learned so much on this trip.  I was WAY more interested than I was in 4th grade.  I wanted to stop and pause on everything that we were learning, as Tommy was trying to rush me through it all, always trying to get on to the “next thing”.  I find it very hard to be in the moment, usually.  There are so many distractions, so much of life that gets in the way, but on this trip, I was able to stop for a while and be present.  Be present for Tommy and also for me.  We woke up at the crack of dawn with The Hubby and Tommy rushing me out of the house by 4:30am, all the while I was saying I had plenty of time because the plane didn’t even leave until 7, and we only had to drive to Long Beach.  As I was driving, my eyes were still trying to wake up and focus and by the time we got to the airport, it was 5:32.  Tommy was sure that we had missed the plane and that his class had left without us.  He found out very quickly that we had over 1.5 hours to wait.  There was so much buzz in the terminal, all the kids were exploding with energy.  That I do remember form my childhood.  Whenever I went anywhere on a trip, or even an early car ride somewhere, I was the morning person…singing and ready to go.

We boarded the plane, and Tommy was a little scared.  It was very foggy and the plane was delayed 3 times, so we didn’t even take off until 7:30.  This cut into our tour time drastically.  Once we finally arrived at the airport I felt so rushed.  Not only by Tommy but by the tour guide and the other people responsible for the tour.  I get that we have to stay on a schedule to see everything that was planned for us, and I guess that’s why I’ve never really liked tours.  If I am interested in a particular area over another, I’d like to spend more time there.  I am constantly breaking away from the group and exploring the areas that we aren’t supposed to be going.

I did enjoy the knowledge that the tour guide (heather) imparted on us, things that i’ve always known, but to have the actual facts to support what I knew was cool.

We got to ride on a bus, play on trains, shop in old town and pan for gold.  We even got to go into the main asembly room @ the capitol while it was in session and hear our congress vote on bills and listen to them tell their stories.  Very cool.  I am sure that back in 4th grade, I heard and saw those same things but I don’t seem to remember them.

I got to relax, to photograph the kids and their experiences so that hopefully they will remember better than I have.

Sarah + Danny + Baby. Modjeska Canyon Maternity Photography

These two are expecting their first baby. They are so in love and totally enamored with each other. Sarah is me in a former life. Total hippie freak who is super conscious about what she puts in to her body as well as the environmental impacts of her surroundings.

I must say that every time I go out on a shoot, I have a preconceived notion of what the shoot will be, or how I think it should go.  I have ideas about wardrobe, location and an overall vision…every single time my vision is completely changed within seconds of arriving.  Sometimes I have a hard time going with the natural and organic nature of the shoot, but mostly, I embrace it.

I don’t bring props (although I always think I want them) and I don’t force my clients to be someone they aren’t.  Even if that means that my preconceived notion of a hippie girl and her hippie husband should be wearing clothes other than what’s in my vision.

I guess what I am trying to get at is that it’s much better to just let my clients be as they are, because being as they are is absolutely prefect as you can see.

Last week he looked like this…

This was Tommy last week, his first time pitching ever.  Look at him.  Look at his concentration.  Like I’ve said before, sports are not really my thing, but I was truly excited to see my boy pitch this game.  Actually any games that my kids play in bring me extreme joy.


Again, this was him last week…



Tomorrow, Tommy has a big game that he was supposed to pitch in again.  That was until we had a little accident.

This week he looks like this.

Last night, The Hubby and I were at at an appointment when I got a text from my Mom, it read:

“are you guys on your way home?”

My Mom never rushes me when we have a few moments without the kids, so I figured something was up.  I called her and she confirmed my suspicions.

Mom: ” we had a little accident, Tommy got hit in the face with a baseball”

Me: “How did that happen?”

Mom: ” Well, Grandpa and Tommy were playing catch at Lucas’ baseball game and Tommy got distracted by one of his friends as Grandpa was throwing a ball to him, and it hit Tommy’s face, his nose is all bloody and swollen”

I told her we’d be home soon and just to ice it, figuring that he was fine and Mom was just overreacting. That was until I got home and saw Tommy’s nose and how swollen, bloody and crooked it was.  I knew it was broken.

We waited until this morning to take him to the Dr. thinking it was mostly swelling, but I was wrong.  It’s fractured and he suffered a concussion. It kinda stinks cause he had his first CFC (canyon football club) soccer game this Sunday and because of the concussion the can’t play.  I guess they take these things much more seriously than they did when we were kids.

My Mom has been texting me all day worried about Tommy.  I guess things don’t really change when you go from being a Mom to being a Grandma.  The worry never stops!


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Mom - March 11, 2012 - 7:34 pm

These pictures of Tommy pitching are awesome. I hope to see him pitching soon.

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