My Family

My Family


Welcome to my blog! I'm Michelle and am a mother and a photographer. You will see pictures of my amazing clients here, as well as my children. Grab something hot or cold to drink and take a look around!
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Elf on the Shelf

We are three days into the tradition of Elf on the Shelf. I love it.  The kids do too.  He is a little Elf that has come down from the North Pole to watch the kids. Every night he travels back to the North Pole to tell Santa how the kids have been .  Each morning the kids find him in a different spot.  Last year I wasn't that creative.  This year thanks to pinterest and people posting pictures all over Facebook, I have enough ideas to go for two months.  This little elf though will leave the night before Christmas right before Santa comes.

Just making some snow angels in the flour. Naughty elf. 

I told the kids that Santa gave me special permission to move Elf to the top of our tree so he would have a good view during the day of their behavior. They seem to buy it.  Makenna made Elf some tea today and left it on the dining room table.  I told her he would probably drink it when she wasn't looking. He did just that and she was completely amazed! 

Tonight Elf is fishing for gold fish.  The kids are going to love seeing this in the morning!

I am thankful to have found this Bunkhouse Blossoms blog that gives fantastic ideas of what to do with Elf. I love to steal ideas. 

Like Bunkhouse Blossoms says, Childhood only last 10 to 12 years. Make it unforgettable

Are you doing Elf on the Shelf this year?
If so, what fun ideas are you doing with Mr. Elf?

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Mr. T and Mr. J

I am on a roll with photographing cute boys.

This afternoon I put on my gloves and headed out to meet brothers, ages 6 and 3. Their mama and I met back when I did Strollerfit when the kids were little.  I think she is pretty incredible.
We met at a really cool parking lot filled with antique tractors and other farm equipment that I don't know the names of.  Ha! We wandered down a quiet street and I was able to capture some pretty sweet shots.  T and J impressed me with their cool poses and darling smiles.  Brotherly love was shown throughout the whole shoot. Love that.

 Love his expression, shirt, and the way he is holding on to the fence.

Mr. T here loved the camera.  He suggested a few of the poses he did for me. 

Mama and her boys. 

Thanks for coming out to play today!!!

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

W Family

I am thankful that the beautiful leaves are still on the trees in Sacramento.  Photographing adorable families among the leaves and trees is a true favorite. 

Smiling three and a half year olds are so fun to photograph. 

Photographing squishy-cheeked 10 month olds?  Love!

Just a little brotherly love. 

Krista and I were roommates at Chico State as well as sorority sisters.  Loved seeing her today with her beautiful family.


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Friday, November 25, 2011

Tree Hunt

I love the day after Thanksgiving. Besides the yummy leftovers, it usually means going out to find the perfect tree.  We headed out to Wilton this afternoon to Billy's Farm.  I love the fire in the fire pit, farm animals, hay rides, free hot chocolate and popcorn, friendly staff, and beautiful Christmas trees. Usually we hunt for an hour for the perfect tree and then cut it down. Not this year. Todd spotted a beautiful Doug Fir all cut and ready to be taken home.  We had to have it.  There is something to say about the trees from Oregon. Gorgeous. 
The weather was perfect for looking for a tree (scarves needed) and we enjoyed everything the farm had to offer. 

My cowboy...

Not quite sure why I stood like this. I promise I am not pregnant.


Our tree is laden with ornaments and some strands of lights that don't work.  (note to self to throw lights away after Christmas that don't light up).  Many of the ornaments are at the bottom of the tree and at perfect height level of a four year old.  It was very tempting to fix the ornaments to my liking after the kids went to bed but I have resisted.  The kids had the best time pulling them out and hanging them on the tree.  It was so fun to watch and listen to. 

Did you get your tree today?

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

New Traditions

Today was a Thanksgiving with new traditions.  We usually travel somewhere for Thanksgiving and battle traffic on some major freeway.  Not this year.  We stayed home and hosted my in laws which was such a nice change.

 Our day started out with joining others at the 3rd annual 5K/10K Turkey Trot in Elk Grove.

Our sweet Weston stayed home due to a fever, coughing, and a drippy runny nose. 

In the drizzling rain, the twins ran out a 1/4 mile and proudly wore their beloved medals for the rest of the day. They joined us for the 5K trot and completely impressed us. Makenna ran out a mile and a half without stopping.  We were thankful though, we brought the stroller so that they could rest when they wanted.  They both ran across the finish line at the end. I think we may have some runners on our hands.

The day was cozy and consisted of being together.

Every holiday after the festivities, I scan through the pictures upset I didn't get a picture of our family of five. This year I was determined to change this.  This is the best we could do. Blurry, Landon picking his nose, Weston sick and wanting to go to bed, and Makenna whining because she was tired from all of her running. Classic. I am happy though that I captured a pic of the five of us. Mission accomplished.

Our table was only set for seven (although Weston missed Thanksgiving dinner) which made for an intimate evening.

We said what we were grateful for and clinked glasses full of wine and sparkling cider.  The twins were excited to drink from breakable goblets just like ours. 

Our meal was delicious thanks to the help of my in laws who really know how to cook, and are the ones who taught my husband everything he knows about cooking.

I am thankful for this day.  I loved everything about it.  The exercise, rain, company, laughs, food, and sweet deals from online black Friday shopping.  Ha! 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope you felt blessed today and enjoyed it with people you love. 


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