Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Fun Family session!

Sorry for the last post... this one isn't chuck full of pictures of me! (thanks goodness)
I got the chance to take this family out today! The boys were sooo good... they did get tired after the 1st 30 minutes. BUT I was able capture some great shots of this beautiful family... And doesn't she just look gorgeous in that second one?

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Pictures from this week

Daylight savings means it is still light outside when I get home from work and I get a chance to pull the camera away from my wife. I had a few minutes between MBA papers and readings, gospel doctrine lessons, sacrament talks, and work traveling, so I thought I would post a few of my favorites from the past few days. It is nice that I have access to a supermodel that I can shoot anytime I like, (she's the one in the red sweatshirt).
PS. After reading, leanne has requested that I make it clear that she is not taking and posting pictures of herself here, that this was, in fact, her husband Cyrus. Is it clear? Doesn't really matter, she will probably just delete these pictures of her as soon as I leave for work.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Family

Tomorrow I have to give a lesson on Celestial Marriage from a talk given by Elder Nelson from the October conference. He refers to the Family Proclamation quite a bit and I kept thinking... "i wish I had a big one hanging in my house" but I don't. Well, that was a few hours ago... I now have this hanging on my wall!
So, if any of you followers would like one done for your wall... come see me and we'll put one together. The hard part is done!

Friday, March 20, 2009

whatcha think?

I had a baby session today... I quickly edited a few of these... what do you think? Some babies are easier than others, well, I should clarify, most babies are difficult! Cade wasn't too bad but wasn't my easiest by any means...

Thursday, March 19, 2009

One of the reasons I love Southern California!

On Tuesday it was 87 degrees... we couldn't resist... we HAD to pull out the slippin' slide!


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Who needs Disneyland?

On Cyrus' commute to either Riverside or Redlands he is always scoping out spots for us to take people out to photograph. We went out the other day to a spot he always passes and thinks, "I want to bring my kids here" There are old cylinder cement tubes, trees, train tracks and other various obstacles that kids love climbing on. The kids had a blast playing around all these tubes, they would hardly hold still long enough for mom to photograph them.... but hey, they had fun! We love family outings like this. Garrett unfortunately was out with the scouts that day so we have no pictures of him... we missed you G man!

Marci always cooperating for her mother... She's a beautiful little girls that knows how to pose for the camera. She is also known as "mama marci". Always helping with the little ones.

Liam is just always happy and super cute! love my little guy.

Grant.... always on the go... he's a hard one to get to hold still for even a few minutes. BUT... let me tell you, he gives the best compliments. Everyday I hear from him, "mom, I like your hair.... mom, I like your shirt.... mom, I like your pants.... mom, I like these (pointing to my chest)...." he makes me laugh!

Chloe daydreaming about the day she will become a rockstar! She told me the other day that she didn't want to become a rockstar like the ones you see on "Guitar Hero" but more like Hannah Montana and HSM rockstars! Which is worse I wonder?

And Charly is just always cute! But she is getting a little bit of an attitude! She knows how to work all of us.... cry a little, hit a little, arch her back when I am trying to hold her still during prayers, say "no" like she invented the word.... she's turning into a 2 year old! I think the 6th child tends to get away with a lot more than the first one ever did!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Easter Video.... well worth a look.

These aren't paintings but photographs of people.... I really enjoyed it.

For many years the Mesa Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mesa, Arizona) has had exhibits on the temple grounds during the Easter season. This year, there was also a
'Reflections of Christ' photography exhibit in the Mesa Temple Visitor's Center. The photographer was given permission to photograph Pageant cast members for the exhibit. They traveled to various locations in Arizona that the photographer felt looked like the places in Israel where the events took place and recreated the scenes.

The photographer worked with a few other individuals to put together a 5 minute slideshow which includes every image from the exhibit set to the hymn 'Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.'

Friday, March 6, 2009

Where have I been? Catch up time for the blog!

Well... mostly I've been sick! It's been rather annoying. About a month ago I had some strange attack in the middle of the night, come to find out I have gallstones. So they are going to remove my gallbladder. Apparently you don't really need one... makes me wonder why we even have one!?! I'm hoping it will make things better.... the cool thing about it all is everyone keeps telling me that I will feel soooo much better and that I'll be like a new person! So, I guess it's a cure all. I'm just kidding. I don't think it will cure me of not wanting to do laundry, or make dinner or match all the odd socks together, clean bathrooms.... we'll see, maybe it will.

Anyway, the kids are off track right now and occasionally that drives me nuts but for the most part I enjoy it. It means that I don't have to get up at 6:30, make lunches, get them all ready and out the door at 7:10! I don't miss those things. But it does mean that I can't let them sit in front of the tv or xbox all day... yes, life would be easier if I did allow that but I do try and not let it happen too often! I tell my kids they have to go hike the mountain or go to the park, read books, build with legos.... and if they do that for a few hours, they may earn themselves a little bit of time on the xbox! Here is a picture of my kids hiking in the hills behind our house. I sent them there the other day and they had to call me when they arrived at the top. So I took this from my front door step... Love my kids!

Liam is growing up so much. He loves to read. He can read "Are you my mother?" all by himself. And he takes his Book of Mormon to bed and asks where we are so he can go and read all of the "the, and, is, Lord,.... well, all the easy words!" I think he's going to be a smart one too. He lost two teeth this week and the tooth fairy brought him a book and a lego set. He was quite thrilled... grant is now trying very hard to pull out his own teeth. Knowing him, he will suceed!

Our neighbors are putting in a swimming pool so we had bobcat sitting in our backyard for a few days. The worker saw my little boys out side almost drooling on the thing so he said it would be okay for them to play on it! They were in heaven. My little charly was the worst. She was so mad when I finally pulled her away from it! Wish we could go play on the farm in Idaho. Those were good times. I remember spending hours on dads tractor and playing in the wheat field ... picking potatoes.... hours of fun in the dirt! Kids love it. Wish there were a little more of that here in Cali.

I wanted to add this picture of Charly. The other night for Family Home Evening we colored pictures and Charly was designated as the judge. She was to choose the best! Here she is studying them all. Grant is chanting "PICK ME, PICK ME!"

Life is good! We're happy and almost healthy!