Monday, November 30, 2009

The Polar Express

On Saturday, we took Trevin on the Polar Express Train in Heber City. Trevin is the BIGGEST fan of trains and has been for a long time! He loves to hear the trains in Nephi run through town. We always run out onto the deck to watch them pass.

He was so excited to ride the train. He asked if he could sit on the stairs while we were waiting to board...





My sister-in-law Tana, her sister Tia, and her mom also came along for the ride...

Getting ready for the train to leave. I wanted Trevin to wear his PJ's and my mom bought him the cutest little blue robe just like the boy on the movie! He looked so cute!

They gave us Mrs. Clause's homemade cookies and hot (I mean Cold) chocolate to drink. Trevin got most of the chocolate on his face...

They passed out Polar Express books and told the story while we rode to the north pole...

Trevin later got to meet Santa and got a bell from him as a gift. Trevin said, "Hi Santa!" and also gave him a high five and "Knucks" when he came to see him.

There are tons more pictures on my mom's camera but I was unable to get them off before we came back to St. George. Maybe I will post more sometime.

Trevin had a blast!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

A Moment in Time

I have realized that life goes by fast. I am only 24 years old and I already feel "Old." Sometimes I wonder if I am just letting life pass me by. I wonder if there is more I could or should be doing with my time. Is life all about cleaning your house, making sure the laundry is done, going to work, and paying bills? Is there more to life than always wondering what's next?

I have been thinking a lot lately about the little things in life. As I previously posted, there are stories I want told, things I want to remember, and moments I want to cherish.


I don't consider myself to be a professional, but since I have been doing photography, I have realized it's the little things in life that I should cherish. I leave my camera close by me at all times and find myself picking it up to flash a split second moment of my son. These are the little things in life you can't take back.

Today as I sat in church, I set some goals (I do this all the time and they never seem to work). I want to live in the moment and cherish my life a little more. I want to worry less about the messy house, the laundry in the dryer, and focus on my life.

I have been putting together the rest of my Project 365 and I love looking back on this past year and remembering day to day. I know its corny to say, but I can seriously remember those days like they were yesterday. I am so glad I have those little moments in my life. They make me who I am and who my family is.

Here's to living my life in the moment...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

It's my Family

I planned for this day all week! I was so excited! I had a vision in my head about all the cute photos I wanted taken...

But we had one little problem and that problem was my two year old! He did not want to be held, sit on my lap, sit by himself, stand by himself...NOTHING! I was starting to get frustrated and then I realized that once again, this is how my son is. This is how he acts. He is a busy little boy and a cute busy little boy indeed!

We started out the session of me holding onto him VERY tight while the photographers wife and cute daughter tried to get his attention. About one picture, and he was done with that idea.


Then we decided to just let him be himself, play in the dirt (while I was praying he wouldn't get his clothes dirty), and let him do his own thing while Colby and I had our own little photo shoot.

Finally, he decided maybe he could at least sit on the truck (but not look at the camera)...

So we tried other things like throwing rocks at him, letting him throw rocks, and also dancing behind the photographer...

He really liked me pretending I was going to tickle the photographer...

Then he decided to cooperate by letting me hold him, but no smiles from this little guy...

So we moved to another location and ate lots of goldfish, cereal, and candy on the way. When we got there we played the tickle game and got a few smiles out of him (but of course I look awesome)...

So it was back to Colby and I taking a few fun photos of us, alone, without our son...

Then he warmed up to the idea of tickling us and decided that was kinda fun.

Let me just say this is one of my favorite photos from the session! It may not be posed, planned, or perfect to some of you, but it makes me smile! It shows honestly how happy we are together as a small family! We love each other so much and have TONS of fun together!

AND THEN, we GOT IT! All of us smiling and looking toward the camera! I Love it! In fact, I LOVE ALL OF THEM! Why you ask? Because that's our family and that's how our life goes. It's never planned, posed, or perfect but we make it through and in the end it's our love for one another that makes us who we are!

As a side note...
The photographer who took these photos for us lives just across the street from us. They are some of our best friends and we LOVE hanging out with them. I asked him to take a photo of me for my Photography Blog since I don't have a portrait photo of myself.

I Love ALL of our family photos and couldn't be happier! Just wanted to share some of them with you!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Our Sunday Photos

Yesterday while sitting in Stake Conference, my mom suggested that we get a family photo. This was not a planned session by any means, but it was so much fun to take some photos together as a family. Tim (who is Hilary's boyfriend) was kind enough to take the pictures for us after I got all my settings set. These are not the best photos I have ever taken but they sure mean a lot to me...

My cute Mom & Dad (who are looking thinner everyday)...

And now let me introduce you to Hilary's Boyfriend Tim (I made him jump in and take a photo with her). These two are so cute together and have so much fun with each other!

Colby and I tried to get some photos with Trevin...

The poor kid was a little cold...

And this is what happens when he hears a plane in the sky...





Trevin playing with Grandpa Craig...


My Family means the world to me and I wouldn't trade them for anyone! I am glad we took twenty minutes for some quick photos. It's been a long time since we had a photo taken together!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

It was a BIG day for my Brother...

So we had to go re-live the moment! Can you guess why today was such a BIG day for Landon?


He got his first HOLE IN ONE today! This is the actual ball he shot his HOLE IN ONE with! I guess the cool people have their names on their balls...


One of my favorite pictures...


I love my brother so much! He was so excited to tell us all about his day! He lives, eats, and breathes golf! It was fun to be able to spend some time with him and document such an important day in his life!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Where's Grandma's Corn?

So almost everyday lately Trevin has been asking the question, "Where is..." and then he names someone's name.
Here is how the conversation usually goes:

Trevin: "Where's Dad?"
Mom: "I don't know. Where is he?"
Trevin: "Um, he at School."
Mom: "Ya, Daddy's at School."
Trevin: "Where's Landon?"
Mom: "I don't know. Where is he?"
Trevin: "Um, him's Golfing."
Mom: "Ya, Landon's Golfing."
Trevin: "Where's Grandma?"
Mom: "I don't know. Where is she?"
Trevin: "Selling Corn."

I laugh everytime he says my mom is selling corn because that's what she does every summer. When we came up this summer to visit (which was a lot) we would always stop by the corn stand first before we went to the house to unpack. Trevin loved to see the corn stand and would yell "Grandma's Corn" from about a block away.


Lately, he keeps telling us that Grandma is selling corn and we have to explain to him the corn is gone. So now when we pass by Reed's Drive in and Grandma's not there he says, "Where's Grandma's Corn?" It's amazing to me that he can remember that memorable spot that he once knew this summer for so many weekends. He loved to stop by and get an apple from Grandma.

I was looking through some pictures and I found these pictures we took on my parents wedding anniversary. My dad surprised my mom with a little getaway and the three children were in charge of the corn stand that day. It had been a long time since all of us were down there together. Oh, the memories of the corn stand!



I Loved the Peaches...


But I dislike Pears...

Me, Landon, and Hilary chillin' at the corn stand just like the good ol' days when we first started selling. We talked about the old days and loading the corn from the four wheeler trailer (before we had the corn wagon). We don't miss those days at all!