My Pet Kids

I grew up with dogs. All kinds. Lots of breeds, especially the mixed. In all my years of being a dog lover and knowing how owners end up resembling their pets, I never noticed how our kids could resemble them too.

Similar facial expressions.

Same Haircuts.

Deep thoughts.



Good days and bad.

Is it just me? Or do my kids have a dog’s life? Or is it the other way around, my dogs have a kids life?

Whichever the case, they all live the sweet life of a pet. They look like them. They act like them. They are spoiled and loved. It’s hard to tell them apart and I’m not sure what I’d do without any of them.

Brownie and Bridget, in need of a trim

Salem and Bridget, pondering deep thoughts, head to head. I wonder if they solved World Peace?

Brownie and Sydney with clairvoyant calls of distress. Is it time for a potty break?

By the way….Brownie is now six months old and ten and half pounds!

Also, I got a cloud diffuser for my flash this weekend. Not sure what all that means, I am still figuring it out. But I love these shots. I love the way the light falls. What a dramatic, fun fur family. I mean kid family. Ha.

Happy WW!

Wordful Wednesday: Engaging

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

So why not try some engagement photos? My cousin Tasha on Sydney’s dad side volunteered herself and her fiance as my latest victims.
You read that right, my first husbands cousin. I hate the ex-in-law terms and will not use that for any of his family. Period. These are my friends and FAMILY. It doesn’t matter to me that we are not supposed to get along.

I adore her mother and sisters just as much and I adored meeting her future husband, Jason. They got to meet my Jason and the little girls. It was wonderful to see them and capture their happiness and future.

They drove several hours to do this photo shoot. They put up with us shopping for furniture when they arrived. Then driving across town to Southlake and not to mention over 100 degree temps. Plus, Sydney and I were both sick with the head cold crud. Oh, and Jason doesn’t like having his picture taken (heh!).

Despite all that? We had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs. I am very, very happy for them. They are a beautiful couple.

Tasha starts nursing school on Monday. If you could send her some good vibes, happy thoughts, and prayers. It is a HARD two years. They will get married after she is finished.

Thank-you so much and happy Wednesday!

*I am still offering free sessions to get practice and portfolio photos, if I decide to start a side business. Seriously, take advantage.*

Wordless: Wordful Wednesday- A post within a post

It’s an inception post. Yes, I saw the movie. Inception is brilliant. It is exactly the kind of movie I love…..why? It has action, twists, and innovative ideas. Not to mention, I love Leonardo Di Caprio (yes, I know there are haters, but I grew up with him) and I love the Juno actress, Ellen Page.

I can’t always hear a movie word for word. What can I say….I have really bad hearing. If I have images, and things to see that helps me not worry that I didn’t hear every word. If the visuals are mind blowing, then all the better. Inception definitely delivered on that and more. The last hour of the movie, I was literally on the edge of my chair. I say again, brilliant. Go see it, if you like different, imaginative, and cutting edge.

One week ago, this was my post, Wordless Wednesday- A blast from the past. It turned into a photo caption contest. I am proud to say, I had my daughter pick a winner out of all the entries. This kid has a super power in wit, and her favorite caption (drumroll please)……….

“WOAH! That kid just put a ball from the skee ball machine in his mouth!!!”
-by Go, Pop, Go!

He just had a new baby, and I bet he has that exact same look on his face. Way to go Pop!

Now, for my wordless? wordful Wednesday post. Just in case you thought the last picture was a fluke of Sydney and I sharing like expressions. Maybe it wasn’t. 🙂

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Wordful Wednesday

Sorry for the lack of posting and blog visiting. Seems the spring cleaning bug bit me while on my trip. This is good! I have a lot to get done before I start work again and I need all the help I can get (aka motivation). I plan on catching up next week. I will be training out-of-town and won’t have the distractions: hungry teen, laundry, dishes, plants, mowing, dogs to potty/clean up after, commuting. It almost sounds like another vacation, yes?

Please send Jason some good vibes. Not only will he be dealing with his “normal” crazy life, but he will be stepping into the role of teen parent – helping me out while I’m away – seven years sooner than he should be. Pray. Ha!

Our trip was amazing. The wildflowers are blooming, especially between San Antonio and Corpus. Purple, pink, blue, yellow, and red stretch like flowing waves as if God dipped his paintbrush and painted a canvas of color. Pictures would not have done it justice and had we stopped for each beauty mark we would have never made it here and back (at least for many, many, many days).

We had a great time. Residence Inn had plenty of space for all three of us. The beach was just as sweet and calming as I had imagined. I never wanted to leave. Ever.

Trip pics

We didn’t forget the sunscreen, in fact, SPF 100 works very well. Yes, 100! I had no idea they even MADE that. Wow.

I love the seagulls. I don’t love feeding them, because they turn ugly real quick, but this one in the air is what I love most. The swift glide they have, and their soft float landings.

Just like a rock star, I really do wish I had her sense of fashion. It truly is inherit and not environment, or environment not inherit, whichever – her aunt is very stylish.

Sand art, courtesy of Jason, believe it or not, someone actually came by and took a picture (besides me that is). Heh!

Bug eyes and I Sydney and I took a nice two-mile trek along the beach. This was before, you don’t want to see the after. Walking on sand? Not easy (for me anyway), but I love it just the same. The exercise and the sights. We got to see a bride in her wedding dress being photographed. Awesome.

Bird? Plane? Size of shark? Don’t you love playing charades in the ocean? Surely she wasn’t jumping over that teeny wave? Hmm.

Perfect ending to a perfect trip. The eight-hour drive back wasn’t even that bad…. considering that SYDNEY drove a big part of it…YIKES. Luckily I had the sea breeze to meditate on – that doesn’t work when parking at Starbucks REAL close to another car if you’d like to know – but the sounds of children playing, seagulls calling, the smells of the salty air, and the gorgeous palm trees flapping in the gust. Ah. Those. Those work wonders while driving with a teenager.

Now, I’m off to mow the yard, then lunch with my matron of honor. Yay! Happy hump day!