Oh dear Oregon. Give us a break this Memorial Day weekend pretty please? Look at the Kauai & Guam weather forecasts causing you shame.
Our awesome neighborhood library threw a “Fancy Nancy” party the other day and the girls were so excited about it! They dressed up, Malia in Little Mermaid of course and Jenna picked a ladybug costume. We added a ton of accessories like necklaces, bracelets & rings. But we didn’t forget the stunna shades! We arrived on time and the room was filled with little girls and boy dressed up in their fanciest! The girls colored some pictures of Fancy Nancy, got a pretty flower temporary tattoo put on her hand, made a beautiful butterfly with coffee filters and pipe cleaners, created a pencil with a plume (that’s a fancy word for feather) and finally had a parfait (that’s a fancy word for an ice cream sundae) that they ate with their fingertips. Here’s a photo (taken with the iphone) of the girls in their most fancy iridescent, positively radiant outfits!
They will indeed be looking forward to the next “Fancy Nancy” party next year!
I’m not perfect. I make mistakes. I feel guilty. I am human. I’ve had a hard life. I’ve had a great life. I’ve hurt people’s feelings unintentionally. I’m sorry for that. I’ve made people laugh uncontrollably. I’d love to do that again. This is my life.
Let me let you in on a secret about me. I’m real. Things haven’t been the same for me the past couple years. It might have been everything leading up to this that has caused it. Sickness, death, life, pain, sorrow. All of it. It’s made me a different person inside. I used to blog a lot. I used to laugh a lot. I used to get up from bed happy and sprightly. But a lot has changed. I’m fighting that bad feeling. Not fighting change because that’s what’s made me, me. I just need to look forward, be happy with what God gives me. Even if it is bad, because it teaches me lessons and that life needs lessons. Good, because it teaches me to live life to the fullest.
If you’re still with me, I thank you. I thank you for following me on my journey.
Every year, we make it a tradition to go down to the downtown waterfront to take photos at the cherry blossoms. I thank God for the blossoms, for the beautiful city, for my wonderful family. Spring is here to tell us that it’s time to grow again. To spread your wings and fly and make life worth living.
The weather is starting to warm up, the sun is out longer & the flowers are starting to bloom! I brought the girls out to a park this afternoon and the field was filled with yellow blooms. Here are a few that I took of the girls.
Oh and just to note, a great friend of mine, Andrea R. was able to resurrect my old blog posts from waaaaay back. So please excuse the mess if you are heading back to my earlier posts. There seems to be a \ or a / next to any apostrophe or quotation mark that was made. I’ll hopefully have some time in the future to fix all that up. Thank you Andrea. You are amazing.
16 years ago, I was attending the University of Guam. I was working on getting my degree to become a middle/high school science teacher. It was my second semester and I was determined to finish up my general requirements first. A class called “Culture and Education in Guam” opened up. It was just a trial course but it did satisfy as a general course. So I took it. Fast forward to the first day of class. It was in a room in the university library. Air conditioned and I was bummed I forgot to bring a jacket or light sweater. The tables were formed into a big U shape. I took my seat. Our instructor, when through the syllabus and then we were put into groups. He was in my group. Let’s fast forward a couple weeks. He decided to call me one night. To ask if we had any homework. I was perplexed. We’ve never been assigned homework in this class. Hmmm. We ended up talking a lot the next couple days. We shared information about our likes, our dislikes, our dreams and aspirations, our family, our friends. He asked me to marry him two weeks later. No really. We were on the phone in the early morning and he just asked. I said, “Yes.” We married 4 years later. Now here we are. Our life hasn’t been all roses & smiles. There have been some very difficult times. But we’re still here. It’s made us stronger. It’s made us love each other more. It’s made us cherish our lives together.
I attended the Sandy Puc Family Tour last night and was once again pleasantly happy as I drove home. This is my third seminar. I attended the Bellies & Babies tour two years ago and the Tots to Teens tour last year. Every year, I leave with a wealth of information & inspiration. Last night was no exception. I left knowing what I’m doing. What I’m put here to do. What my role as a photographer is. It’s to capture memories. Freeze a moment in time. I need to remind my clients & friends that THIS IS IMPORTANT. You don’t purchase the paper the photo is on. You purchase the memory printed onto it. And I thank you. I thank you for allowing me into your lives. For allowing me to do what I love.
but still as hot as can be!
Just wanted to wish one of my BFF’s Emily of emily g photography a very very very happiest of birthdays today. In a few days she’ll be adding another sweet thing to her brood. A great week for her indeed. Another decade older & the arrival of Griffin soon!
Here’s some photos I’d like to share of my sweet friend, her family and her belly.
From our photo swap back in October last year…
I adore her family so.
And from her maternity session taken December of last year…
The lady is stunning inside and out. I’m honored to call her my friend.
Happy Birthday Em. You are loved.
My youngest sweetest girl has been admitted into the hospital for the second time in her short 3 year 3 month life.
The first time she doesn’t really remember. It was the day after we were released from the hospital. I delivered her via c-section just 5 days prior and she was jaundiced. That stay lasted less than 2 days. She was a very compliant little baby girl.
She was extremely sad and crying when she found out her daddy & Lia had to go home. She kept crying “I want my daddy and sissy. I want to go home too. I’m all better.” Breaks my heart.
The machine for oxygen saturation keeps beeping because her level keeps dipping below 91%. They might give her oxygen later if this keeps up. She’s tried to pull her IV out 5 times already while in deep sleep. I guess this momma isn’t going to sleep any time soon.
The doc says she may be released Monday but most likely Tuesday. I’m so happy she’s in good hands. The Lord is watching over her and a ton of people are praying for her quick recovery.
About a week ago, I was given the opportunity to celebrate a friend’s 50th birthday party! Doug turned 50 on Halloween. You probably remember Doug from a special engagement session a few months ago. Usually his birthday party is a held at home and the guests are in costume. But this time was different. Turning 50 is a big deal! His partner, Dan organized a wonderful party. Everyone was in cocktail attire and the party was in the screening room at the Hotel deLuxe in downtown Portland, Oregon.
I took photos during the party and boy was it a blast!
This photo was taken during the secret slideshow that was shown on the big screen. It was so fun to see Doug throughout the years.
Friends & family came from near and far to celebrate with Doug.
Here’s the birthday boy, Doug partying up with friends!
Dan had his turn to get down on the dance floor too. Man, those Container Store employees do know how to PARTY!
The snazzy birthday boy in is nice grey suit with his partner and party planner extraordinaire Dan.
Dan and Doug’s mommies watching the festivities.
Dan’s mom and dad. So cute!
Did I mention that there were hot guys at this party. Well, look there’s one right now! I asked him to dance with me several times.
And I danced with some of my funny, awesome buddies from the Container Store too. Woohoo!
Good food, good friends, good music, good dancing! Thanks Dan and Doug for having us and a very Happy Birthday to you again, Doug! Wishing you 50 more awesome years!