Monday, August 29, 2011

{Claire} |Bloomington, Illinois Senior Portrait Photographer

Absolutely one of the most beautiful girls I have EVER photographed!!! Loved her!!! And we had so much fun. Thanks for playing Claire!!! ♥

{Clara} |Bloomington, Illinois Newborn Photographer


{Alex} |Bloomington, Illinois Senior Portrait Photographer

I spent the evening with Alex and his Mom out at Funk's Grove last Monday. Really nice young man and so very polite and sweet! And his Mom was great too!!! After the session we stood at the car's just talking and before we knew it, it was dark out!!
Alex, good luck this next year! And have fun!!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

{Birthday festivities}

We took Jack to Steak n Shake for breakfast for his bday and then we had lunch with him and school and took birthday treats for his classmates.
Jack was so proud handing out the cute!! And Ava absolutely loved being in Jax class and even got to sit at one of the empty desks.
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{Happy Birthday little Man!!!}|Central Illinois Child Photographer

My baby is 6 today!! So proud of this little guy! Not a day goes by that he doesn't make me laugh. And his sweet cuddles each evening are the fuel that keeps me going each day.
He is silly and insightful. Sweet and passionate. Determined and faithful. Loving and fun. He is my buddy and my helper and I could not ask for more in a son.
Skateboarding, bike riding, riding his razor scooter, going out for ice cream, reading books, writing and drawing, and saving money are a few of the things that Jack really enjoys right now.
For the 3rd year in a row he has chose Hyashi for his birthday dinner. Sushi is still one of his favorite meals.
Jack is one unique and very special boy. He is definitely his own person. He knows what he likes and what he doesn't and he is afraid to tell ya! I think this is a great quality to have! He is a leader...he sets his own pace and likes to create his own little style.
So proud of who you are Jack and can't wait to see what the future holds for you!
♥ Mom

Monday, August 22, 2011

{Jax Carnival Party (six)}

We had so much fun at Jax 6th birthday party on Saturday. We had so many friends and family here to celebrate and everyone had a blast!!
Jack had so much fun handing out tickets which was the whole reason he wanted the carnival themed party! :)
Thanks to everyone that came to celebrate our little man!!
*WARNING* There are a ton of pictures in this post!!!

{Decked out in new Duds}

Jack was all decked out in some new birthday gifts today for school. He got a Batman back pack and necklace with his name in chinese from Grandma and Grandpa and the cool watch and shirt from aunt Becky and aunt Heather.
He really felt cool today!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

{My 1st grader}| Bloomington, Illinois Child Photographer

Jack starts 1st grade today!! I am so excited to see what this year has in store! Jack loved Kindergarten and just really loves to learn. I know he will have a great next year!!
So proud of my little man!!!

{ice cream truck}

I asked Jack what he wanted to do today since it was the last day of summer vacation. He said, "well, it would be nice to get ice cream from the ice cream truck!"
Thankfully the ice cream truck come strollin by this evening so we went out and flagged him down and the kids were able to enjoy a yummy ice cream!! We are going to miss these summer nights...
And we are really going to miss being able to run around barefoot!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

{1st grade}|Central Illinois Child Photographer

Amare is excited to start 1st grade in just a few days!!! He will have Mrs. McGowan. Him and Jack are really looking forward to a great year!! We are so proud of these boys!

{Happy Birthday Amare}

We had a fun little celebration for Amare since he turned 6 today!!! We baked orange cupcakes with cream cheese frosting which we all couldn't get enough of!!! And he loves Cars so he got 2 new cars that him and Jack played with for quite awhile this morning.
Happy Birthday buddy!!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

{Teacher gift}

I was making the chalkboard frame for my back2school sessions and had the idea to make this for Jax 1st grade teacher as a first day of school gift. We found out yesterday that Jack is going to have Mrs. Barke!!! He is so excited. This is who he wanted. He really likes her.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

{Baby Bump}|Central Illinois Maternity Photographer

I was so excited when Kellee emailed me to set up a Maternity shoot. A few years ago I had the pleasure of taking their engagement photos and photographing their wedding.
Can't wait to meet their little guy next month!!!
Kellee you are absolutely beautiful and I know you are going to be a terrific mom!

Monday, August 8, 2011


Mark and I are celebrating 8 years of marriage! This past year of our marriage to be honest has been the hardest we've had. We have been through some trying testing moments in this past year. I am so thankful for God's healing power and for the patience, faithfulness and unconditional love of my husband. I have fallen in love with my husband all over again this year and I hope ineach year ahead that our love continues to get stronger and deeper!
We've come a long way in the past 8 years...
On August 8, 2003 it was just us...
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...but we had hopes and dreams of beginning a family and today we look more like this...
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I can honestly say I am even more in love with my husband today than I have ever been!
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