Cleaning Email

I was cleaning up my email this morning and I saw a folder marked “Arionna”. It seemed weird to me because I couldn’t imagine what I would have in that folder. Turns out, it’s a folder of email pictures from before I started using Flickr.

So there are such gems as:

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That’s my darling niece, at one week old. Kind of takes your breath away, doesn’t it? Also, that is the onesie she was wearing during her newborn photos (including the one framed in my house) which must have been this day.

Today, just over four years later, she looks like this:

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And she’s still my darling girl. I am so grateful for photographs, it’s amazing to be able to look back and remember.

Four and One

I have birthday posts coming up for them, but until then, here’s photos of Arionna turning four and Camden, turning one.

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(I included that even though I don’t love the black and white here, the reason to use the conservatory is for the great light and amazing colors, which you lose in BW).

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This is a beautiful photo, even though she looks stiff as a board. This other one is better…my favorite of her.

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Yep, love that.

Little guy? Far less cooperative. He would not sit for a picture without Arionna, so there are none of him alone. All the solo shots she had to get by zooming or getting closer to cut out big sis, and he didn’t love that either.

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Even though he is not smiling, I do love that pic, I used it in his frame.

This was one of my favorites of the two of them together.

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But not my all time favorite, that honor went to this little gem.

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Kierstie was trying to get him standing and her sitting, but right in the middle, he just bent over and put his head on her shoulder, snuggling in. It melts me. Such a perfect capture of their ages. He could care less and she’s still trying to sit and smile like she was supposed to. Four and one.

 

Selfies

Little kids are notorious for selfies. Give one a camera and they will, invariably, take a cheesy photo of themselves.

A few weeks back, Simon was visiting and he picked up my camera. He’s always had an abiding interest, I probably have a hundred Simon-selfies.

True to form, he first flashed the camera his mug:
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Then again, with a bit more fervor:
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At this point he turned the camera on me:
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(Arionna had given me the dolly and told us both to take a nap)
Then he was after Arionna:
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She was harder to capture, but he was persistent.
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Very persistent.
And then he turned the lens back on himself. I took the opportunity to interject, “you know if you’re going to take pictures of yourself, you could at least smile and look handsome in it.”
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Well, how about that.
Then he drifted away with my camera, out of my sight. He was gone for a bit, but I wasn’t worried. There’s not too much he can get into.
A few minutes later, he came back, giggling like a maniac. Immediately suspicious, I asked, “what did you do?”
He laughed out loud and handed me the camera.
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“I took a picture of my BUTT!” His glee was uncontrollable. Arionna heard and ran over to see. She was laughing like a loon as well. I’ll admit, I laughed. How do you not? He bent like a pretzel, and took several tries to figure out a way to take his first ever butt-selfie.
Then, sweet little Arionna turned to her cousin and said, “DO MINE!” and turned her back. Which is exactly how we ended up with….
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Ah, kids. Wacky and priceless. But someday, I’ll get to torment them with the story of the butt-selfies!

Two Weeks Old

My beautiful nephew is two weeks old today. Instead of photos I took, I’m going to share his newborn pictures.

To begin, the big sister and little brother together.

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*heart melting*

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And that’s a weird angle, because he looks WAY chunkier than he actually is.

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I love how he’s smirking at the idea of being forced to pose with this bear that isn’t even his.

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So precious.

They took several family photos and they are all great, but I think this one is my favorite.

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I love this one. My mom made him that hat.

This next one might be my favorite of the day…

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Except for maybe this one…

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He was rapidly losing his patience at this point, and did not care for being naked.
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But, just before the end, she grabbed a couple little extras that Emily didn’t even ask for.

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And I don’t know whether I like them better in black and white or that amazing pink color that you can’t replicate in nature.

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Hard to say, isn’t it?

And those are the photos of Camden from his newborn shoot. Technically he was only 6 days old when those were taken, but they needed to be shared.

Which one is your favorite?

One Week Old

For those keeping score at home, my nephew Camden is one week old today.

Just to play it fair, I’m going to blast a few photos out into the world.

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This was from Friday 2/15, his first doctor’s appointment, where I was his chauffeur. I was cracking up at how big that baby hat is on his peanut head. It kept slipping down to cover his face.

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Also Friday, when I finally got to hold him. He was staring right into my eyes, for the very first time.

Jumping forward in time, to yesterday:

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That was from his newborn photo shoot. He was an angel, slept through the whole thing, right until his own close up time, then he woke up and stared into the camera. Angel.
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Oh, God, he’s just so beautiful.

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This is rapidly becoming one of my favorites of him. I love the pose, the look, those sweet baby lips….I think I’m in love.

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Seriously, if you can look at that and your womb doesn’t ache, then either, A) you’re not a woman and therefore do not have a womb or B) you may be made of stone.

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Lastly, my new picture with my nephew-angel. Me and Cam-Cam the Sunshine Man (as I like to call him, which never fails to elicit a giggle from his big sister).

Summer Lovin’

In light of the fact that I saw the first flakes of the season, I’m going to use this opportunity to post some of my favorite summer photos.

I didn’t get a chance to blog about most of the summer things I did, I was just too busy. But I still took photos. If something strikes your fancy and you want to know more, mention it in the comments and I’ll do a little write up. Without further ado, here are my favorite photos of Summer, 2012.

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There it is, my down-and-dirty recap of the Summer of 2012. A visual representation of memory.

Things I Love

(in no particular order)

the johnny dance

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that my mom always hugs and kisses me goodbye

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the anticipation of starting a new book – especially one i’ve been waiting for

that my mom sends me home with leftovers when i visit

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chocolate – really any kind, but dove is my favorite

christian kane
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date night with laney

my birthday
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that the friend i most enjoy talking on the phone with is…justin

that yesterday my college friend jason heard a song on the radio that reminded me of him and he text me the chorus. i text back the artist and we were both happy

that when he was three years old clayton was playing on the computer and drew this

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and said it was a valentine for olivia. it still makes me smile

bunny cakes
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that certain songs remind me of certain people and then when i hear the song, i think of the people i love

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and that kelly has known me since I was ten years old

christmas lights
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pasta and mexican

corvettes
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card catalogs
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singing – i’m better than carrie underwood…when no one is around

cupcakes
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books
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teaching children about books
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librarians
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and the fact that every time i visit she always seems happy to see me

corey koskie

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purple
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the fact that so many items on this list start with a “c”

sunsets
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taking pictures

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arionna
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halloween
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my pool
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(it was their 25th wedding anniversary….not the 52nd)

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that my love of old cars came from my dadphoto

and that he always knows the make/model/year when we see one

that i’m smart enough to appreciate the people i know, the places i’ve been, the things that i do, and to acknowledge that i’m very fortunate. life is good. i love my family. i love my friends. i’ve done many exciting things. and there is always tomorrow.

i hope your day is filled with love and you take a moment to count the people and things that mean the most to you.

happy valentines day