Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Christmas Card Mini Sessions

I'm very excited to announce my first Christmas Card Mini sessions. For the price of $125.00 you get:
30 minute outdoor session (location to be determined)
25 Christmas Cards (folded 5x7 or 5x5 cards with envelopes)
CD with 15-20 high resolution images

If you need more cards you can always order more. All sessions must me done by November 15 to assure delivery of cards by December 1st.

Sessions are for immediate family only...other relatives will have to schedule a session separately...sorry:( Contact me for further detail.

****The 1st 2 people to leave a comment and book their session will receive a free
8x10 from their next session!!!****

To book a session or for more information please email me at

Will be posting more samples of cards soon...

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Her First Day in VPK!

Well, for those of you who don't know, I started homeschooling my baby girl last year. I worked on the Pre-k curriculum and she did very well! (Thanks Emmi for all your help and guidance). This year we're working on Kindergarten curriculum and that's going very well also. A couple of mom's however suggested I take advantage of the 3 hours the government provides with the VPK program. She was born after September so I couldn't put her in last year. I decided to do it because honestly, Miss Alyssa has many cousins and friends...but not her age. So finally, she started on Monday (10/19/08). It's more for her social life than anything...hee hee.

The school is less than a mile from my house so I walk while I push them on the sport stroller that we have (it's really cool, you can connect it to the bike as well). So, on my way I ran into one of my "mom" neighbors and after telling her where we were going she asked me "how are you holding up"? I thought to my self "this is no big deal" and I responded "oh, I'm fine and she's super excited". So we went along our merry little way. As I walked, I started thinking about the days my mom use to walk my brother and I to school. That school was quite a walk away, but I remember liking it. It was my mom, my bro, myself, and of course...a thick long branch in case a dog tried to attack. Awww, those were the days! So yes, the kids and I got to the school.

(Check out Mr. Caleb opening the door for his sis)

I walked her in and the Asst. Director takes her to the morning circle and introduces her to the class. It was really cool. Caleb in the mean while is playing with the Lego table not to far away. She joins the circle and immediately the boy next to her taps her shoulder and says "Hi, are you my friend"?

(Check out Mr. S tapping Alyssa, he's super cute and very polite).

It was just too cute. Well, although they encouraged me to stay for as long as I wanted, I decided to give Alyssa her space so she can do her thang. I reached for Caleb and told him we had to go. I guess that's when he realized Alyssa wasn't coming with us (his partner in crime). He wanted to cry so bad but he held it back. He tightened his mouth but his eyes got watery. I quickly said, "Hey, lets go to the park"! He immediately changed his face with a smile and said "okay"!

So, off we went to the park but...guess what happened to me as I walked away towards the park. I STARTED TO CRY! It just hit me, my baby girl is growing up! I think the beautiful memories I have of my mother and all the sacrifices she made and still makes for us had a lot to do with with emotional outburst. Whatever, I'm a girl! I was done by the time we got to the park and I had a great time with my little man, as I pushed him on the swing for A HALF HOUR STRAIGHT! Yes, half an hour, but...those are the sacrifices we make to make our children happy, didn't matter that my arms wanted to fall off.

Well, I was anxiously waiting for the 3 hours to go by so I can pick up my baby girl and she could tell me all her fun stories and the names of all her new friends. Finally, time was up and we picked her up. She was very happy to see us which was a very good feeling for us all. As we're strolling back to our humble abode I begin asking her questions.

Me: So baby how was it?
Her: Good.
Me: Do you like your teacher?
Her: Yup.
Me: Did you make new friends?
Her: Yup.
Me: What are their names?
Her: I forgot.
Me: Mami, tell me about your day.
Her: I wish I were in kindergarten.
Me: Oh yeah? Why mama?
Her: Cause their playground is a lot better.

And here I was thinking she would feel unchallenged because most the kids would probably be younger than her! It was like pulling teeth getting her to talk. I found it rather amusing. At any rate, she totally loves it and I must say she barely had to adjust. She just dove right in. She even went on her first field trip yesterday and loved that too.

My little superstar!

This was a long post, I know. Thanks for taking the time to read about our lives!

Stay tuned, will be posting about the Christmas Card Mini Session special next!

Friday, October 17, 2008

I should soo be sleeping...

But I'm not. I'm up doing things that I didn't have a chance to do during the day. My heart is broken people! My baby has been hurt. No not Irving. No not Alyssa. No not Caleb. It's my third child. Do you guys know who I'm talking about? It's my camera! For all those who REALLY know me know that I treat my camera like a third child. Every where I go I count, 1,2, and 3 (Alyssa, Caleb, Camera). I Never leave home without it (okay, almost never but when I do leave it, I hide it incase someone breaks in...I'm serious). I barely carry a purse anymore, I carry a camera bag. She's a big part of my life (yes...it's a she, someday I'll name her). Anyways, what had happened was...I went to the park yesterday with all 3 kids (ha!) to fly their kites. I couldn't really take pictures of that because I was kinda busy keeping the kites up in the air. (Side note, I hadn't messed with a kite in forever...more than 20 years, and I have to say...it was fun! Kids kept saying "mom, let ME fly the kite". Sorry kids, mom got a little carried away). Okay yes, back to the camera, so...after we finished with the kites I took them to the playground. Now was the time for me to bond with the third child, HOWEVER, something wasn't quite right. Camera was on, button was being pressed but nothing was happening. I messed around with it and still nothing. My happy mood was so gone by then I just wanted to go home. Once I got home, I switched the lens and came to the conclusion it was the lens I had on it (my favorite lens) and not the camera which I guess is somewhat good news. I bought the lens a little over a month ago so I took it back to the store. It's under Canon warranty, which is good, but guess who won't have her baby for the next 3-6 weeks? ME! Whaaaaaaaa!!!!! Seriously this hurts in so many ways. I had soo many shoots scheduled for the next 2 weeks which will have to be postponed. The lens my camera came with is not a great one. Okay for everyday pics but not photo shoots. This is really not cute. I have a pending shoot of 3 week old twin girls (really cute little girls by the way) which will be 6-9 weeks by the time I get it back! They'll be walking by then! I'm totally having a tantrum right now...I know. Okay, let me calm down and focus on the positive. I'm okay. My hubby's okay. My OTHER two children are okay (ha,ha).

(Oldy but a goody. Photo taken in March of this year, cousin's wedding)

Sorry I was gone for so long. I'll try and be better.