Monday, October 31, 2011

{School Halloween party}

I had fun at Jax school Halloween party today. Mrs Barke mixed up a witches pot of chex mix :) and they played pin the stem on the pumpkin and even danced to Michael Jackson's Thriller!! So fun!!!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

{Captain America}

Jack decided that he wanted to be Captain America this year. He loves his costume and thinks he is so cool when wearing it! And he gets so many people tell him how cool he looks in it when he is wearing it too!! Even strangers!

{Woodland Fairy}

Happy Halloween!!!
I made this beautiful woodland fairy costume for Ava this and all! We put it on and had a photo shoot last week and she hated it!!! Ha!! She was just really uncomfortable.
But at least we got some pictures of her in it.
Then a few days ago she saw Dora wearing a bumblebee costume and kept telling me she was going to be a bumblebee... so she is trick or treating in a little bumble bee costume. :) We went to Trunk or Treat at church tonight and she was buzzing at everyone...she loves her costume! she is as a woodland fairy...

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Monday, October 24, 2011

{Sweet Boy}|Proud Mommy Photographer

My boy is such a kind hearted sweet boy. He is loving and cuddly and compassionate. Just today I hurt myself and he ran to me to see if I was ok. Then about 10 minutes later when most kids would have forgotten about it he popped his head in the bathroom door as I was in the shower and sweetly asked, "You doin' ok Mom?" Yep, he is one great kid!!!
When we were in Chicago a few weeks ago he was really concerned about all the homeless people on the streets. We couldn't walk past any of them with him giving them money. His heart is still pure and innocent...he doesn't judge them nor is he wondering as I was if they really were homeless or just trying to get some extra cash. He just wanted to show each and every one kindness...
He kept saying I love Chicago! He just loved seeing all the buildings and having a great time as we explored early Sunday morning. He even let me take a few images of him! And he took one really nice one of us too!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

{shelby.senior.portraits}|Illinois High School Senior Photographer

I had so much fun with Shelby the other night. She is so beautiful on the inside and out.
Good luck and have fun this year Shelby!!!
You can see all of the images here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

{Green family}|Illinois Family Photographer

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{A visit with the Green family}

11 years ago Vicky picked me up at the London airport. I hadn't met her the first time I went to England...she was actually in Chicago at the time!
She offered to drive to the airport with one of my other friends to pick me up and we hit it off immediately. We formed a really special friendship when I was there for 6 months.We had so much fun and made some really great memories. We like to call each other 'kindred spirits".
We have managed to see each other about every 3 years this last 11 years. We have vacationed together in Florida a few times and this year they came to spend 2 weeks with us!!!
We were so excited anticipating their arrival!!
On October 1st we drove to the airport to pick up our Brittish friends.
Yay!!!! They are finally here!!!!
The kids really hit it off immediately. The boys were 2 & 3 last time we saw them so it was like meeting again for the first time. This was the first time they were meeting Ava and she just loved them!!!
They came bearing lovely English gifts...Jack recieved an English soccer shirt and necklace and Ava scored a cute little tea set and a shirt and necklace. So cute!!!
There were lots of snuggles during our 2 weeks together.
And of course lots of play and silliness...
We had a fun girls night at Beck & Heather's...
We took them to Rader farm and had a blast. They don't have anything like this over there and they have never carved pumpkins before!
Thanks to Becky for babysitting we got out a few times for date night...just the adults!! We took them to Alexander's for awesome steaks one night and to Biaggi's for amazing pasta another night.
James even got to spend a day at school with Jack! A day in the life of an American boy. He even got to ride the school bus which they don't really do in England until about Junior high age.
We carved pumpkins...
Had a fire and ate S'MORES!!!
And spent the weekend in Chicago. Andy ran in the Chicago Marathon while we were there...
We also made a trip to Krispy Kreme while they were had to be done!! :)
We really had such a wonderful time with the Green family. It was so nice to see Vicky and reminisce a bit but it was also really nice watching our children play together and our husbands really get to know each other better and have some fun guy time.
I met Vicky when I was 22. I was very different then. Single, young and carefree! Its awesome that we have remained friends throughout the many changes in our lives and through the many many miles in between.
Not only are we great friends but our families are really great friends! We can't wait til the next time we get to be together! It's our turn to go to England!!! YAY!!!
Good bye for now...See you soon!! ♥

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