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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Saturday, March 31, 2012


My grandfather is dying.  My dad and uncles made the tough decision today to not put a feeding tube down his throat. He broke his hip a few days ago and had surgery to fix it.  He came out of it doing well but has taken a turn for the worse. My grandfather is 91 years old has lived an amazing life.  In 1948 he was in the Olympics over in London, and won the silver medal for shot put.  He has had success, loved the Lord, traveled the world, met all of his grandchildren and great children, and has been loved by my beautiful grandmother.  The last few years he has had dementia which has been sad to see.  As I talked to my family today and tonight I said it is his time to go.  He has lived a full life and how truly remarkable to be dying at the age of 91 from old age.  As we went about our day today this song, Good Life, by One Republic kept playing over and over in my head. 

My sweet Grandfather walking hand in hand with my father.

As we dyed Easter Eggs today, and watched the rain and hail I just thought about life.  No one knows the cards they have been dealt.  Life is a journey and some are given a longer journey than others.  My Grandfather is one of those lucky ones.  

Life is a gift.  I am grateful that my Grandfather was able to live a great life and will be leaving a legacy behind him. Today as we were out and about in town Weston said, "Let's pray for Papa Jim", and we did.  We prayed for him to pass quickly and without pain, for my grandmother who he leaves behind, and for all of us who are sad to see him go.  I am thankful my three little ones knew their great grandfather and will hopefully have memories of their Papa Jim.   

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Happy Weekend

Happy Friday!  What is it about Fridays that are so exciting?  All over Facebook you will see TGIF and is it Friday yet? For our family it means my hubby is home. Memories together as a family will be made.  A much needed project may get done.  I just may get some alone time to go shopping, get a pedicure, or not have to do the morning routine.  Weekends usually mean a break from the hustle and bustle of the week going ons.  A delicious well thought out meal will be cooked at least once.  Sports will be played, walks will be taken, and photos will be snapped.  Happy Happy Weekend to all.   

I found these fun Lightroom templates I have been having fun with. 

May you find your shadow this weekend. 

What are you looking forward to this weekend? Do tell.

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Monday, March 26, 2012


Childhood is a short season. ~Helen Hayes

This phrase is powerful to me. It has me snapping photos right and left to freeze time.   I want to remember my children right now doing things they love, smiling, laughing, and playing with their favorite things.

Makenna loves her baby doll.  The way she talks to her baby, holds her, and sings to her is the sweetest thing. 


On the way home today from being out and about we stopped at a new park in town.  This saucer swing was pretty neat and the kids loved it.  As I uploaded this picture tonight I thought when will I look at this picture and say, "Remember when all three of you fit on that swing?"


There is a tear jerker book called Let me Hold You Longer.  The author writes about how she wishes she had savored her children's lasts more and to not miss those "lasts" in the hectic busy day of life.  Last days of little league, last days of school. Books like this are such good reminders for me.  Life is busy with three kids.  It is so easy to want to hurry to the next stage of life where you think things will be a little easier.  As I look back at the last five years of motherhood I have noticed that some things have become easier and some have become harder.  One things for certain is that I miss some of those sweet baby days. I know I will miss these days and therefore I try to slow down and capture and savor life as we know it now.


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Three year old Princess Party

I was able to photograph a three year old's princess birthday party this afternoon at her beautiful home. What fun!

Just a little frosting on the arm!

Five year old Big Sis!

Proud parents!

These friends had fun playing and celebrating Maya's third birthday!

Happy Happy 3rd Birthday Maya!!

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Baseball, Motocycles, and Pizza

This morning was a very cold Saturday for playing T-ball.  No rain, just quite chilly.  The kids had fun though.

I love that they don't keep score and there are no outs. Just a fun time learning how to play baseball.

Landon asks for a motorcycle everyday. Today we found one off Craigslist.  It fits him perfectly.

Makenna and Weston think the motorcycle is theirs too. 


Tonight we joined friends and went out to a delicious pizza dinner in Sacramento.

This pizza was amazing!! If you haven't been to Pizza Rock you should go.  Waiters throw pizza dough in the air all while dancing to music, ambience is awesome, and the music is loud so the kids you bring along seem quiet.  I mean pizza with meatballs on it? Delish.

The kids entertained themselves after dinner by dancing around to the music...

Great dinner.  Easy conversation, fun friends, and awesome food. 
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