September 27, 2010

…cutest costume contest…

Halloween is just around the corner…and that means it is time for decorations, costumes and candy!

I remember when my children were little.  I had their costumes planned out months in advance and I made each of them  until they were about 5 years old.  My kids have been bubble bees, pumpkins, scare crows, and sponge bob, just to name a few.  And I have everyone of them captured on film.  Those photos make me smile and laugh every time I look at them.

I want to give you the opportunity to keep those same memories alive and participate in a contest as well.  Teresa Hill Photography is sponsoring a contest: The Cutest Costume Contest for children ages 0-8.  Each entry to the contest will be judged by your families and friends via facebook.  The winning entry receives a free family photo session.  Contact me via email, comment, or text message for more details and to schedule your session.  Space is limited so act fast to secure your spot.

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September 27, 2010

…the person who you cannot live without…

“You don’t marry someone you can live with, you marry the person who you cannot live without.” ~Anonymous

I had the opportunity to assist Millie Southworth of Amelia Kate Photography with a wedding recently.

The afternoon was brilliant with the bright Arizona sun, but nothing compared to the bright and happy smiles that radiated from Ashley and Kody’s faces as they stepped out of the doors of the Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple as husband and wife.  Their families greeted them with joyful cheers as they gathered on the temple steps for a group photo.

Later that evening the happy couple gathered with family and friends to celebrate their new lives together.  The DJ was a delightful part of the evening.  Just prior to the first dance he asked Kody to kiss Ashley the way he wants to be kissed every day.  Later the DJ asked Ashley to do the same.  Both kisses, like their first dance, were beautiful and full of tenderness.

The DJ kept the dance floor rocking all through the evening.  Some of my favorite moments from the evening took place on the dance floor.  Here are a just a few:  The bride with her father, the groom with his mother, and one of Ashley and Kody showing everyone how to be rock stars!

Lasting Impressions did a fantastic job with the wedding decorations. If you are interested in contacting Marlene of Lasting Impressions send me an email and I will send you her contact information.

A huge congratulations to Ashley and Kody and a BIG Thanks to Millie for taking me on as an assistant photographer for their special day!

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September 24, 2010

Ms. A…Back to School Session

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September 24, 2010

Double Trouble…Back to School Session

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September 24, 2010

Mr. L. A. | Back to School Session

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September 23, 2010

“Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.” ~Robert Fulghum

I love a good cookie!  and I have been wanting to bake and eat a good cookie all week.  So today that is just what I did…baked and ate a good cookie.  I also gave some away!

I came across the recipe for these peanut butter cookies by chance the other day while searching for a good recipe for oatmeal raisin muffins.  In my search for the muffins I happened upon the blog The Way the Cookie Crumbles.  This blog is full of delicious food photography….and I am a sucker for food photography.  It was while I was admiring the photography that I found the recipe.  Well, I did not find the actual recipe on her blog, just the images.  She shared a link to another blog which hosted the recipe, Jasmine Cuisine.  Jasmine apparently participates with Tuesday’s with Dorie and it was her turn to host a Tuesday’s with Dorie recipe and she chose Peanut Butter Criss-Cross Cookies.  When you go to Jasmine’s link for the recipe you need to beware that Jasmine is French Canadian and her blog is in French.  However, the recipe for Peanut Butter Criss-Cross Cookies is posted in English at the bottom of the post.  Okay, so now that I have that all out of the way I will share with you the pictures of the batch of these delicious cookies and the way in which I shared them.  Grab a glass of milk and ENJOY!

So, jump on over to Jasmine Cuisine blog and try out the recipe for these Peanut Butter Criss-Cross Cookies.

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September 17, 2010

who inspires you?

Who inspires you? For me it there are many people that do, some of which I have never met. For instance, I recently started reading the blog of Ashley Ann … an amazing woman! She is such an inspiration and so talented. She is able to give of herself and talents in great ways. I have been inspired to do more for my family and others around me…simple things…like baking cookies and taking them to the neighbors, create simple little gifts to give to family members…just to let them know you are thinking of them. She shares so many ideas on DO-It-Yourself projects and is a wonderful photographer. She is the mother of 3 boys and one sweet little girl. I would love to know her secret to keeping up with them and all of her other projects… I struggle keeping up with the four I have.

Today she is sharing some amazing thoughts (and a giveaway). Stop by her blog and share some bloggity love.

So who inspires you?

This post would not be complete without a picture….

of COOKIES… YUM! YUM!

Cherry Oatmeal Crispies, originally uploaded by little.tree.company.

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September 16, 2010

be the author of your own story…

I grew up in a small (very small) town in Central Utah.  We had a local show house and Lund’s Drive-in ( the local hamburger joint), when I was a teenager.  Weekends included hanging out at Lund’s, seeing a movie, dragging main (cruizin Main Street), video parties, high school sports, and driving around on the back roads.

We had to create our fun, and let me tell you…we sure created interesting things to-do, we had cemetery games, haunted graves and haunted house stories, glowing shacks.  A couple of times we even had a video parties in an old, vacant house that belonged to a friend’s family.

I mentioned driving the back roads.  At times we would play cat and mouse on these roads…kind of like a hide and seek game in the dark with your cars.  Another game we played while driving the back roads involved tossing a coin to determine which direction we would go when we came to an intersection.  Heads we turned right, tails we turned left. Our destination was determined by the flip of the coin.  We never knew where we would end up.  Sometimes we didn’t have the option to go either way, such as if the intersection went straight and right only.  Other times we came upon dead ends.  We made due and made changes as needed.  The amazing thing is that we always ended up back home in the end.

Our back road game is somewhat like life.  We have many roads (choices) around us.  Who determines which roads you take?  Do you decide by flipping a coin, reading your horoscope, make the decision by not making the decision, or do you do the decision-making, creating your own map and not letting outside forces, such as dead ends, right turns only, and speed bumps determine the course you will take in life?

In a previous post I mentioned my struggle with understanding philosophy and abstract thought.  Yesterday I finished reading a philosophy that actually made sense to me.  The existentialism philosophy.  To sum it up, existentialist dismiss some of the attempts of other philosophies in determining what is real and not real in the universe.  Existentialists look at “what it is that makes one’s life valuable to the person who lives it” (Gutek, 2009, p. 100).  Existentialists avoid making everything systematically, or a set standard.  Existentialists believe that individuals have freedom to choose their path without aid from some outside force.  They believe that through living in a given time and place we “construct (our) own essence, (our) own meaning of life” (Gutek, 2009, p. 101).

Existentialist believe that life does not fit in to a structured box, but life is complex, varied, perplexing, unstructured and unpredictable. In my reading of the existentialism philosophy I came across a beautiful statement about being the authors of our own lives.  I will attempt to share it with you in my own words:

Be the author of your own story.  Work on defining yourself.  Be conscious of who you are.  Know where you are, what you are, and move forward in life becoming who you want to be.  Always remember that your story will have many chapters and is always a work in progress.

The message above reminds me of something I have heard all my life:  Remember who you are and what you stand for.

I may not understand the other philosophies, but this one I do.  It actually has given me some much-needed inspiration at a time when I am needing a push to do better in my daily life and not sit back and let non-decisions decide my course in life.

I grew up with an understanding of the importance of setting goals and working hard to complete them.  I have lost that focus in my life now and then.  Now is a time in my life that I need to start setting goals again and complete them.  Now is the time to start a new chapter in my life, one that I am going to write with strength, dignity, love, and beauty…I will throw some integrity in there as well.

So my challenge to you is this…are you going to let dead ends, right turns only, and speed bumps determine the course of your life?  Are you going to make decisions based on the flip of a coin? Or are you going to determine the route you will take, be the author of your own story.

Reference:
Gutek, G. L. (2009). New perspectives on philosophy and education. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

September 15, 2010

words of wisdom…

“The reality of the other person lies not in what he reveals to you, but what he cannot reveal to you. Therefore, if you would understand him, listen not to what he says, but rather to what he does not say.” Kahlil Gibran

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September 14, 2010

I don’t do abstract…

I am currently working on a Masters of Elementary Education degree.  My current course is a philosophy course.  I truly struggle with this course.  I struggle with abstract thought.   I need a Philosophy for Dummies book, or cliffnotes or something along those lines.  Some of the philosophies I get, but most are just words on the paper, jumbled together in a clouded of print.

I find myself taking breaks to escape the world of abstract thought.  Today I took a moment to snap some images that assert what I am feeling right now.  I will let the images speak for themselves…if you would, please leave comments as to your interpretation of the images.  I am interested to see what thoughts they provoke in your mind.

Have a Happy Tuesday!

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