Archive for January, 2010



We took Ella’s four year portraits today at Picture People.  Ella gets almost excited about portrait day as I do!  🙂  She is always asking me to take her picture and then wants to see it on the camera.  She had fun posing today and Asher had fun running out of the studio a couple of times and trying to get into her shots!


when it’s too cold to play outside

I give up. I’ll do the extra dishwasher load for 30 minutes of independent play time.  Go ahead and put your mouth on every cup and lick every bowl.

From January 2010

ella’s day

It is our family’s tradition on our kid’s birthday that we storm into their room and wake them up singing ‘happy birthday’ while holding a donut with candles for them to blow out all while videotaping!  I know it will be so much fun looking back at all their birthday mornings one day!


Ella went to preschool on her birthday and the highlight was getting to serve birthday cookies to her classmates.  She also came home with a birthday certificate that she was pretty proud of!

When she got home she got to open up her present from Asher and then we headed to Gattiland for dinner!

Barbie mermaids for the bath!
Anna and Ella
Anna, Ella, and Rilyn making music together
air hockey
horse races with Jakers, Ella, Rilyn, Anna, and Levi!

We saved the big present (from mommy, daddy, grandma, and grandpa) for last! When we got home, the big reveal was… a Barbie House!

Rilyn was SUPER excited when she saw this!

What fun being sisters-they share all the toys!

Next up? Ella’s princess birthday party on Saturday where I hear Snow White has been invited!


four years ago today

Our dear second daughter was born in Katy, Texas at 3:31 p.m.  She was our ‘hefty’ girl at 7 lbs. 15 oz.  She looked just like Rilyn (or so we thought!), but was a lot calmer than her older sister, (or maybe we were a lot calmer since we just had done this 19 months before…we were even in the same exact hospital room where Rilyn was born!)  Four years ago, the night before we were induced, we watched on the hospital room TV t.u. win the national championship and I’m afraid, this week, they might do it again!  Four years ago today, our lives were forever enriched by a silly, fun-loving, squirmy, emotional, loving, sharing, cuddly girl who brings us so much JOY every day!

Happy 4th Birthday dear Ella!

Ella showing off her sassy new hair cut and putting up four fingers!

We love you!!!

just born
our 1 year old darling
happy 2nd!
our 3 year old wearing most of her presents

I tried to ignore it

I really did try to ignore this.  But this was the third time in one week that I caught him doing it.  The other two times I took the doll and threw it down telling him, “This is for girls!”  But today, I thought, “Fine!  I tried playing nice,  now I’m going to take pictures to show you when you’re a teenager!”  (Okay, that is a little harsh, but I don’t want him playing with dolls!!)

Asher-20 months
It makes me feel better to pretend that he is putting

this baby doll in a head lock.

Maybe this is a sign that he will be a good daddy!?!

Top Ten in the last ten

Got engaged-2000

James’ mom was hiding behind a tree taking this shot!

Graduated from Texas A&M-2001/2002

Both class of 2001-James just double majored so he graduated a year later

Got married!  2001

May 26th

Started our first ‘real’ jobs-2001/2002

James an accountant at HalliburtonI was a kindergarten teacher

Bought our first home and moved to Houston-2002

Look at all our mismatched furniture from our college days!And yes, there was a play gym left in our backyard by the previous owners!

Had first child-2004

Rilyn-June 3rd

Had second child-2006

Ella-January 5th

Moved to Manor to live in community with friends-2007

our home

Had third child-2008

Asher-April 24th

Rilyn started kindergarten-2009

August 2009

Wow!  I think it is safe to say that we had a busy decade!  As we look into the next decade wondering what God has in store, we pray that it is a little less ‘eventful!’  😉  Happy 2010!!

My photography business!

January 2010