Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day Mural

I love making these posts! Sweet, short, specific, little posts.... I can tackle these no problem! But please, before we get started, look back at 2016 Valentine's day shoot to reminisce if you want and the boys mailing love cards here a few years back.
Okay, now on to a new project! We have a shed in our backyard with this empty bare wall. I've thought about making it a rock climbing wall. Painting a mural. Mounting planters all over it. Etc.
But I figured using it for every major holiday's background would be more fun. 
So here you go, a Valentine's Mural just for fun (behind the scenes pics at the bottom). 
And just so that this post doesn't disillusion anyone, photo shoot day isn't perfect. 
Here are some major fails: 
Major. Meltdowns. Please don't tell anyone this had to be photographed on two separate days because OH
MY
GOSH
Being a model is SO hard. 
And like I promised, here are some behind the scenes:

Have a lovely Saint Valentine's Day everyone! Cherish your loved ones and treat them nice!
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

She's 3 now....

That's right. Looooong ago, I had the most beautiful water birth in my mother's cozy home in the middle of rural Texas. It was literally a labor full of love. Family gathered, held, sang, swayed, and oooh-ed over her. In fact, everyone still Oooh's over her. She walks in and everyone's eyes light up. Her little eyes scan you to see if you're safe and she'll scurry behind me at times. She is the smartest little squishy thing I have ever made, owned, and loved. And today, she's 3. 
She wore a tiara around town and let everyone know that it was her birthday. She loved all the attention and invited complete strangers to her unicorn birthday party this weekend. 
An even longer time ago, I had little boys who were 3 too. Here they are in comparison to Elena. 
And here are all my nuggets that I squish and love and kiss and hug everyday because I can't get enough of them!!! 
I'm so honored to be their Mom. My hands are always full, but never in comparison to my heart! 

If you'd like to leave Elena a note, please email me so I can read them to her: sanlynet@gmail (insert the dot com...)

Have a beautiful day today! We hope to see you at her birthday party this weekend in Dublin! 
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Flashbacks and Throwbacks since 2008

I thought it would be fun to revisit and share some old photos from past Januaries. It's a lot less pressure than chronological posts (it's crushing me). The pictures are doing nothing but sitting in a hard drive so I thought I'd give it a go...
I get so caught up looking at these pictures and how far we've come and what amazing changes there have been for Gary and I. I definitely love him as my baby maker.
Also cliche, but hashtag blessed.
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017

I think it's safe to say that by Elena's first birthday, we closely resemble a zoo. Happy Thursday everyone!
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

small town charm - Dublin, Texas

I am no photographer but it won't stop me from enjoying snapping some shots of my family during a good visit to the country. I had asked them if they wanted to take a few pictures at the new Dublin Original soda that they've installed in downtown Dublin. Of course, my family obliged and my little brother even dressed up!
This new 'soda bottle' was installed back in November and I figured it was the perfect tourist spot for these native Dubliner's to enjoy and have some memories. 
Photo Credit: Dublin Bottling Works, Dublin, Texas
And as soon as we arrived, Elena took off like a madwoman. She ran circles around that thing and escaped my camera more times than I could count. Jonah was whiney because he didn't bring his jacket and Andrew learned to drop the peace sign, still with a toothless grin.
Moomie was selfie-ing it up with all her children and grandchildren. Next, she displayed her pint-sized love with the enormous bottle of pure cane sugar concrete. hilarious!
...and I was actually in some pictures too! i can't believe it.
this belle was as easy going as can be. she's down for anything, whenever, with whoever. I wish i had half her demeanor --she's my best subject. 



Of course we had to do the "jump" shot. I love that air and the enthusiasm!
this little girl had a lot of sass that day. it was adorable and scary. 
we took family portraits even though a sister was missing. and someone just really wanted to be in the photo...
you'll have to forgive my frizz mess....I have no excuse.
These cheese heads just wanted to goof off, which I love because it's fun to watch them but it was getting so cold I just wanted to finish up.
Loved watching the kids run around and play around with their aunt and uncles though. Sweet pics for the scrapbook now :) 
I'll leave you with these gems. If you're ever coming into Dublin on Hwy 377 from Stephenville, - look to your right and you can't miss this beautiful yellow wall depicting a rainbow gone terribly wrong and all things cowboy. It's the best.
Dawna and I tried getting the "jump" shot together and it was a no go--ha!
this wall.....it's my thing...i hope you understand.

I hope you've had a good start to your 2017. We have. So let's have another great week, do good and be good! 
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