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Sunday, January 1, 2012

A Whole New Year ::2012::

I meant to write this last night but completely forgot. I thought it would be cool since I started this blog on NYE 3 years ago. Oh well, maybe a good 'overview' post is waiting to climb outta this one. :)

We had no older kids at home for NYE so the 5 littles went to bed at 9pm and we pretty much vegetated on the couch until 2am. Watching 'Parenthood' (if you haven't seen it yet, DO. It's wonderful. We watch it on Netflix) and playing with Hazel (our bunny).

It.was.awesome. And even awesome-r is that I didn't have to worry about the older kids at all. They were all safe at friends' homes'. No driving at all after 9pm. Best gift for the New Year for me, EVER.

So, back to my story.

Ever since I was a little girl I wrote out my 'New Years Resolutions List'. Every year. I even have most of them saved still. I love to look at them. Pretty funny, the resolutions of a 13 year old girl :)

This year, I decided, in addition of course to my regular list, to focus on one major thing that I wanted to really work on, for myself. Something that was just for me. I have a hard time doing that usually. I mean, of course, on my list is the usual 'be a better Mom, be more patient, spend more individual time with each of the kids' but that all involves others too. This 'resolution' doesn't.

I am going to learn everything that I can about photography. I want to make beautiful, artistic photos more than anything else I've ever wanted to do. Second only to being the best wife and mother that I can be.

I really want this. This photo that I took 2 days ago made me want this even more.

I had a session with a client, a friends sister, right before the New Year. It went amazing. This is one of my shots of her daughter, Katie. I'm usually pretty critical of my work.

Not this one.

I am so dang proud of this photo. I've been pretty much literally showing everyone (and yes, posting it on Facebook is the same thing as showing everyone these days :)

Katie ♥

So, what do I think of the New Year?

I think that 2012 is going to be amazing, beautiful, calm, loving, peaceful and happy.

And that my house is going to be full of alot of photographs.

I ♥ photography.

And I've said it before, but this time I'm doing it. I'm ordering myself a tee shirt.

'Photography Is My Prozac'.

If you haven't yet seen my photography blog, check it out :)

(I'll be posting Katies' session, with her Mom, sister and brother, later this week. Watch for it!)


  1. Did you order your shirt yet? :-)

    I really enjoyed looking through your site and your photography site too. Beautiful pictures and lovely family!

    thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow, LOVING your blog and your photos BIG TIME. I came to your blog because I read about an amazing mama who is breastfeeding and wearing triplets. I breastfeed and babywear my youngest. I',m also a breastfeeding peer supporter who runs a sling meet. As it happens I have also just got REALLY into photography. My resolution is to take photos (especially of the kids) every day of the year with my new dslr that I got for Christmas :). Isn't photography just amaaaaazing? Haven't looked at your photography blog yet but on my way there now. I'm thinking of setting on up but am currently reading my way through the massive camera manual so I learn how to get the most out of my camera :) You have really inspired me. I'm in love with the photo of the triplets in the dolls house :D

  3. Happy New year! I just found your blog via Facebook photo of your nursing 2 of your 3 little ones! Might I say you are totally cool!!! LOL... anyway, I would love to see your lockes if you still have them.. we have so many things in common.. I must run.. 5 children, who co-slept, breastfeed, babywearing AP'ed to homeschool.. oh and love the photos! Did I mention we have much in common.. lol

  4. I found you in the same way as the above posters. Your photography is amazing. I'd love to be capable of taking shots like that.
    Can you recommend any good books?

    Thank you

  5. Thanks so much guys :)

    As far as books, the best one I can recommend is 'Understanding Exposure' by Bryan Peterson. It's great! It makes manual settings so easy.

    I do still have my lockes. No plans on cutting them. Ever. Best personal decision I've ever made. I'll post some more recent photos this week.

    And thank you all again. For reading my blog and your words :) I love sharing my life :)

  6. great pic! and awesome blog. i'm a mom of 7, i think we're pretty close in age, and my kids are 19, 16,15 (stepson), 13 (stepson), 13, 5 and 27.5 mos.

  7. off topic from today's post, but what cloth diapers are the ones from this post? http://www.onedayatatimenicole.blogspot.com/2009/12/does-this-diaper-make-my-butt-look-big.html

  8. Yes, they are close in age! Cool!

    The diapers are Mutts. Muttaquin is how its spelled I think.