Saturday, November 29, 2008

Giving Thanks...

For a wonderful family. Thanksgiving was lots of fun this year! Not only did we have my family, but D's, and Bria's.

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Bergstrom Family

This family is gorgeous. For a few months we were next door neighbors - wall to wall. They are such a sweet family and the girls are to die for...see for yourself!

2 parents, 8 siblings, 7 in-laws, 24 grandkids

The Landon's all met up for an early Thanksgiving! Things got a bit crazy at times (understandably so) but it was so much fun to shoot.

Here are a few from the family shoot....and yes, the blonde is all natural.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

"Happy" Place.

I never tire of this view, as you have probably noticed. Sitting outside on the porch of my parents house and just gazing off into this view brought me so much peace and comfort. It is absolutely beautiful. Saturday morning the sunrise was fabulous! When I woke up I saw a peek between the blinds of the bedroom we stayed in, so I ran upstairs to find my camera in order to capture it.

Do you remember when in school growing up they would tell you to envision a "happy" place, if you were ever meditating. Maybe I am crazy, but I remember doing this a few times! This was always my "happy" place. Where is yours?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Let me know!

I want to squeeze in as many shoots as I can this week, because of the beautiful weather holding out.
If you would like to schedule one email me.

P.s. Because Celine (Celine Dion) cancelled her concert on me this weekend, after a year of waiting to go, (tragic I know...and the reschedule date isn't until February and it's on a Sunday!...don't worry we got a refund) I will be in Burley Friday & Saturday, so I'd be willing to do a couple there as well.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


Gena (Avie's mom) is such a great friend and I was more than happy to take pictures of sweet Avenlie. She is such a good baby! I don't know if I have ever heard her cry! This was officially my first "baby shoot", next time we'll have dad there to work the smile.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The people.

Upon request from Deidra...
Kara & I...I didn't know I was so white!

Cade wearing Nixon's glasses

Sweet Nixon

Kate & Karen

Jakey boy.

Jac & I

RTL Reunion.

It happens every year. What a fun tradition this has been!! We were just sad we had to cut it short this year. But it was still fun to see everyone.

This year we changed things up from the traditional Best Western Cotton Tree in Provo and stayed in Park City.
Such a quaint little town.

And the game...

Congrats to the love birds...who are getting married in January!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Happy Guido Fawkes Day...

I don't know if "happy" is the word.

In Scotland it marks a holiday! - Guy (Guido) Fawkes Day! A day that people celebrate with bonfires. Bonfires? Why bonfires, you ask?...well let me give you a little history lesson. I think the whole thing is quite amusing.

Guy Fawkes was a member of a group of English Roman Catholic Revolutionaries who planned to carry out the Gunpowder plot. He had much experience in military endeavors and explosives and was therefore put in charge of heading the plot. The plan was to kill King James I of England, his family, and most of the aristocracy, by blowing up the House of Lords in the Palace of Westminster during the state opening of Parliament. Fawkes was tried with others in Westminster Hall and then taken to Old Place Yard in Westminster and St. Pauls yard to be hanged, drawn, and quartered...which means --

1. Dragged on a hurdle (a wooden frame) to the place of execution. (This is one possible meaning of drawn.) The more likely meaning of Drawn is the act of disembowelment.
2. Hanged by the neck for a short time or until almost dead (hanged).
3. Disembowelled and emasculated and the genitalia and entrails burned before the condemned's eyes
4. The body divided into four parts, then Beheaded(quartered).

Better yet...Fawkes was ranked 30th in the 2002 list of "100 greatest Britons"

and now they celebrate the day by having bonfires.


We were amazed as we sat and watched the TV last night only to witness history at a prime. My senior thesis this last summer focused much of my attention and studies to the Civil Rights Movement of the United States. Several of my heroes throughout history are men and women who made a difference by putting their lives on the line for the sake of equality. Many of them are still alive today. I can only imagine how this day feels for Diane Nash, John Lewis, and Jim Lawson, and what a miracle that they are witnessing it. It is literally amazing to me that only 40 years ago our country witnessed a movement that led the Blacks to freedom, and today the President elect of our great nation is an African American. That alone is proof that we have come far as a nation. Proof that we have progressed beyond any expectation onlookers had. And that makes me proud to be an American.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

I'm sitting here listening to D in the other room ATTEMPTING to upgrade our cell phone plan (because I talk too much), the poor kid cannot be understood. This happens sporadically and brings a smile to my face. As I am laughing out here, listening to the computer lady saying, "I'm sorry I am having such a hard time understanding you, did you say...?" for the tenth time, D said to me..."I'm glad someone thinks its funny!" You see the funniest part about it is when he tries really hard to be understood. Really accentuating his words, trying hard...just unable to get that American accent down. Inevitably what happens is he passes the phone to me and says..."you tell them." And I did end up getting the plan upgraded :) hehe.

Not sure why, but these instances typically occur when ordering food. When we go out to eat, or if we are ever at a drive through he gets the same "what was that?!" response. For some reason people cannot understand "water" So he repeats himself very slowly with 2 very distinct syllables, "Wa-ter." Still the lady at Taco Bell looks at me through the window very confused, and I say, "He would like a water." "Oh, okay," She responds. Does it really sound that different? Oh boy, you wouldn't believe how often this happens. It sure does make for a good laugh. At least I think its funny.