Monday, August 31, 2009

Photo Shoot

Stella agreed to model my latest creation for Ruff Edge Design, a pink onesie with an original, hand-painted, cupcake design. I had envisioned a light-hearted, playful tone, but Stella thought a brooding, moody feel was better. We went with that. As soon as I upgrade to the latest version of Photoshop (later today), I'll get to work on my Etsy shop and put the onesie up for sale.

Photos taken 8/31/09

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Early Evening

Dennis, Caddie (the dog), 2/3 of the brood, and I took a walk down the road as the sun contemplated going elsewhere for the night. Seeing it as an opportunity to try out some photography techniques I just learned, we brought the camera. Sure enough, the suggestions about portrait photography at sunset were spot on.

Photos taken 8/30/09

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Happy Birthday, Luke

My firstborn is 13 today. Yikes, I am the parent of a teen! If the past is any indication, though, Luke will be a great one.

Photos taken 7/7/09 and 8/27/09

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Clean in Green: A "Thursdays" Substitution

Stella will be ten weeks old tomorrow and should be featured in that post, but I'm moving things up a day. Luke, who celebrates his 13th birthday tomorrow, gets that slot.

Photos taken 8/26/09

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Just Fooling Around

It's so nice when the silliness ends in smiles and giggles, instead of tears, foot stomping and shouting.

Photo taken 7/23/09

Thursday, August 20, 2009


On Monday, I got Stella to laugh for the first time. Today, however, not even a jaunty hat could make this nine-week-old smile.

Photos taken by Bridget 8/20/09

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Ever Evolving

Jack seldom sits still. When he does, you notice how much he has changed since the last time he was stationary.

Photo taken 8/13/09

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Sam's newfangled, battery-operated bubble maker was so much fun, the kids barely noticed the sweltering heat.

Photos taken 8/17/09

Thursday, August 13, 2009


At eight weeks, Stella is happy in a hand-me-down from her cousin Gianna.

Photos 8/13/09

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Fuzzy Stella

Stella loves a cool bath on a hot day, and her mussed-up hair looks pretty darn cute.

Photos taken 8/10/09

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Much Better

Today, Stella was content long enough to let me get some great shots of her. This cooperative behavior should make up for Thursday's disappointing disposition.

Photos taken 8/8/09
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Friday, August 7, 2009


Whenever Jack tells a joke, he finds it so funny that his hands fly up to his mouth, his eyes twinkle, and he giggles.

Photo taken 8/1/09

Thursday, August 6, 2009


After seven weeks, Stella seems to be tired of the paparazzi (mostly Mom). This is all she would give me today. Don't worry, we'll try again next week. Heck, we'll probably try again tomorrow.

Photo taken 8/6/09

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Long Distance Celebration

Bridget's 11th birthday was on Sunday, the same day as the Ruffing Family Reunion in Loudon. She was very happy to make the trip and celebrate with family.

Photo taken 8/2/09

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Rainy Day Activity

Soccer on the deck: what else would you do in a downpour?

Photos taken 8/1/09