Monday, November 30, 2009

Bump Post

While I'm editing away at my sessions from this weekend, I thought I would post this 'bump' post that I posted on my family blog (and FB) earlier this year.

Check out #10...

Okay, Okay! Enough Already...

I have been tagged a ga-ga-gillion times to do this over on Facebook and I have kept avoiding it.

Mainly b'c I didn't figure there were 25 interesting things about me.

So I made some up.

All lies.

Just kidding.

Here we go:

1. I feel strange when someone asks me, "How many kids do you have?" Tough question. Technically, I have 6. Only 2 here with me.

2. God is up to something in my life at this very moment. Something powerful. Something that ONLY God can get glory from. Watch out!

3. For the first time in my life, I know what it means to be and to have Biblical friends. I know who my real friends are.

4. I miss the Lovells.

5. I met my Hubs when my head landed in his lap. Quite literally...

6. I am an only child. I had a sister who died at birth who's name was Jennifer.

7. I have an amazing testimony. Just pull up a chair and ask me.

8. My feet have to be pedicured every week. No matter the shoe season. And I'm too cheap to pay for one, so I do it myself. Worth it for some sweet feet!

9. All my life I wanted to be a lawyer. Even in my Senior year of HS, we had gathered all the information to UALR Law School. Then, I chickened out. Still my dream, though. Maybe when my kids are grown I'll go back.

10. If I had the camera of my dreams, I would do professional photography on the side.

11. I want more kids. Don't tell David. Nevermind, he already knows.

12. My name was supposed to have been "Ashley Elizabeth". Funny...that's my sister-in-law's name.

13. My natural hair color is the same as my kids. This is a box, people, but I love it and thank you for loving it with me! But, I get to have it professionally done soon! Can't wait!

14. My biological mother exposed me to just about every religion you could think of. We were Episcopalian, Nazarene, Lutheran, Methodist, and Mormon. I lived on the Mormon ranch for 5 years. After my HS years in the Assembly of God, I now am at Vilonia Baptist Fellowship...where I know beyond anything that God has placed me with his sovereign hand.

15. My daily dream still...I LONG to be an actress. I would love, LOVE, L-O-V-E to work for the Rep or Murray's. And anyone who knows me...well...nevermind.

16. I still use "touch math".

17. For the most part, I have a photographic memory.

18. I was born in Kissimmee, Florida.

19. I have probably been to Walt Disney World 100+ times in my life. But the best times yet have been the times with my kiddos.

20. I don't deserve my Hubs.

21. Every single day I have to cover myself in either lotion or baby oil. I'm delicate.

22. I'm still "Daddy's Girl" in every way. Trust me...that man still spoils me. When he hugs me he will say "Awww...Daddy's Baby!" and I'll return with "Awww....Baby's Daddy!"

23. Joanie is not my biological mom. But to me, she IS my mother, momma, mommy and best friend. And many people would have never guessed it. We have even had folks tell us we look alike (which is wiered b'c I look JUST Like Daddy).

24. I was there the day that the Challenger blew up in the sky. I saw parts hit the ocean.

25. I used to be a "cowgirl". I mean...for years. Authentic hats, jeans, boots...rodeos every single weekend...huge belt buckle. Yeah...

So, there you have it. I'm sure I totally didn't impress you at all, but I can finally get the "tags" off.

And I'm not tagging anyone else b'c THIS WAS HARD, PEOPLE!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Hankins Family

The other half of my Saturday afternoon session was the Hankins family. I have known them for years and our lives have been intertwined. I have watched these kids grow (and oddly enough taken their directory pictures for years) and become the beautiful kids you see below.

These are our 2 kids. They claim to have been on-again/off-again since Baby Girl was 2. They don't want to talk about it, but they both still blush when you talk abou the other one.

Here is Daddy and his girls

The whole family

My favorite of Mom and Dad. He LOVES her!

This is perhaps my favorite picture of the shoot. Both girls were 'captured' simply being with Danny Boy the horse and the results were strinking.

I mean...LOOK AT HER! She pierces me.

Hankins...I so enjoyed this session. And capturing your kids turning into the beautiful young people they are. I love y'all.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Kemp Family

I had a double family Saturday afternoon at what was quite possibly the funnest place EVER to take photos. It was at the sisters Aunt's ranch in Cabot.

She doesn't know this yet, but I have plans to move in with her.

Anywho, I know the Hankins sister from church and years of friendship. Her sister is the momma in the Kemp family.

And I just love them! I mean, see for yourself. What's not to love?

This was "Dad's" idea and I'm so glad he had it. Just look at 'em!

Sweet Taylor!

I could have kissed his face off. And actually, if this picture was in full size, you could see that someone did b'c he has lipstick on one side of his cheek :-)

This is the kids all together (hopefully I'll have their pics done tomorrow) with their parents behind. What a cute-o family!

Taylor was having a wonderful time trying to get to this horse without him getting to her. And watching her try to kiss him was priceless!

Well, Kemp Family. You were so much fun and so easy to photograph. I look forward to some more pics with y'all and perhaps then we can photograph in another 1/2 of the ranch. Sheesh!

*Maybe by then I'll be moved into the ranch*


Saturday morning I had the pleasure of having a session with Baby Girl's BFF and her brother. Their Momma hadn't had photos taken of them in quite awhile. So, hairbrush in hand, off we went!

Baby Girl's BFF, Anna

Very sweet!

Anna's Brother, Jay

Meet Squirt, Anna's show winning bunny. We had hoped to get these earlier than this, but didn't get a chance to until now. Isn't he cute?

While there may be 10 years between them, they love each other very much.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My Best Friend "Family"

My best friend from Wisconsin has been here for the last 3 weeks! So just before she was to leave I snuck out to her hometown to get photos of her family.

My Best Friend Family.

You see...I've known these folks for so long that they ARE family to me now.

This is Ben and Jack...her brother's boys

Hi, Ben!

All 4 of the grandkids holding onto each other for dear life.

This is her sister and brother-in-law. I LOVE Liz, but she should still only be, you know, 17 or so. Surely not old enough to be married with 2 beautiful boys.

This one stole my heart. I love Matt, her brother. I mean, and this picture...shesh!

And this little guy's faces cracked me up!

I love you all, Gorham family and am blessed to be a part of your lives after all these years.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Smith Family

What a fun family this was! I love people who will just get goofy with me and have a blast taking pictures. And this family was right up my alley.

This was darling little Aspen. She thinks she is taking these pictures so that they can send them to Disney World so that Mickey will know she is before they get there.

Good job, Mom and Dad!

Speaking of Mom and Dad...

After we took some of Aspen's pictures on this mom asked if we thought it would hold her. Look what fun!

Sweet family

What good are leaves if we can't throw them?

This was artwork by Aspen!

Thank you for a fun afternoon, Smith Family! Tell Mickey I said hello.


I have known these 2 boys since before they first batted their darling eyes to the world.

And Yes, they are brothers. Just one looks exactly like Momma and one exactly like Daddy.


Oh my at the handsomeness of Ethan

Meet sweet Grayson

Santa's Helper is the cutest helper I've ever laid eyes on!

And what kind of friend would I be if I didn't give these boys their very own Billie Collage?!?!?

I love you boys and it has been a treasure to watch you grow. I love you!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sweet Elise

This last weekend I had 3 sessions. The first one was sort of combined, but since they paid for 2, I'm working on them separately.

Meet Elise McKenzie!

She and her cousin had these matching Santa suits!

Wish my chubby face could rock a bomber jacket like this!

I wanted to kiss her sweet little arms in this dress!

It was a pleasure to meet you and your sweet family, Elise!