Thursday, May 29, 2008

Memorial Day (especially for Camen)

We had a great time at Jeff and Vicki's house for Memorial Day, complete with great food such as grilled steak, shrimp (don't worry - I refrained since I'm allergic to shrimp), corn on the cob, homemade cookies, etc.

Poor Camen had quite an experience that day. I was playing the board game, Life, with Kaley and Caleb, and Camen was trying to "help" us play in every way.
I realized he was a little too quiet for a moment and looked up to see him sticking the tiny boy and girl game pieces up his nose! Remember those tiny, tiny pieces you put in your car for a boy/girl when you land on spaces that say you have children. Of course I immediately took action and thought we got the piece out, especially since he had a piece in each hand. He wouldn't let me check his nose very thoroughly, so I took him downstairs to his mom so she could make sure. All was well (we thought).

For the next few hours, Aaron and Jeff said that Camen would whimper a little bit and touch his nose. They thought he had simply scratched the inside with the pieces and it was just sore. However, we were in the basement later on and Camen started sneezing. Since he was sneezing repeatedly (at least 6 or 7 times), Kaley and I were laughing. All of a sudden a little girl game piece from the Life game came flying out of his nose!! I was so shocked! No wonder the poor boy was whimpering! After that sneeze, he had the biggest grin on his face and was the happiest child around.

Camen and Kaley are best buds!

Camen loves being outside and cried and cried when we had to go in.

Monday, May 26, 2008

It's a . . .

We found out last week that we will be having a boy! Hooray!!
New due date: October 10.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Why I haven't had a chance to blog . . .

Whew! It's Friday and I'm so glad! I've been running from one activity to another - so this post will be a "catch up" of what I've been up to.

I recently spoke for the Women of Worth (May Meeting). It was nerve wracking as I had never done something like this before, but it actually went pretty well (thankfully!). I showed a PowerPoint on 5 Steps to Better Photography and then ways to be a portrait of Christ.

A group picture for the website . . .

. . . and a a small display I set up so the ladies could see some of my work.

Linda Davison always does such a good job with the decorations. Since May is national scrap booking month and we were talking about photography, she used negatives and tape strips for the table decorations.

The next night was Concert on the Lawn at GBS. I was so happy to be able to attend this year (instead of being sick).

Kristin, Jennee, and I - it was actually pretty chilly that night. Several people had blankets.

Camp Meeting at GBS was in here somewhere. We heard some incredible messages this year.

A local preschool asked me to photograph their graduates. This was so much fun! I had to make myself be serious and not just laugh at them on several occasions. It's hilarious to see how 4 year old kids act when they get the cap and gown on. Some didn't like it at all and others couldn't wait to put it on for the pictures and were not happy when they had to take it off. :- ) I really enjoyed doing this and from all indications, the parents love the pictures!

I photographed a Mother/Daughter Tea for the ladies at Christian Nation Church. It was so cute to see the little girls all dressed up for "tea" with their mother, trying to act elegant.

Kianna (Deanna Kennedy's girl) is so adorable! She was sitting at the table after the pictures and I couldn't resist getting this picture of her!

So, I have been having a good time, but that's why I haven't been blogging. :-)

Thursday, May 15, 2008


Although I finished my class work in December, actually having the graduation made it all FINAL in my head!

We had a great time at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia last weekend. It was really nice that so many family members were able to attend!

The weather was beautiful for the entire weekend. This was at the rehearsal on Friday afternoon.

After rehearsal they had a very nice reception for the distance learning students.

I loved how the student center was designed. There were all kinds of sitting/lounge areas that were decorated in really neat ways for a collegiate setting.

I liked this checkerboard area where none of the seats even matched.

The graduation ceremony was held outdoors at Williams Stadium.

I thought for sure I was near the back of the line of graduates until I turned around and saw this mass that still had to exit the soccer field where we lined up on Saturday morning. There were 4,800 graduates, so you can imagine the line of people.

It was so funny to watch all the graduates on cell phones, waving, standing on chairs, and doing all sorts of actions to try to find their family members in the stands. This was quite a feat with about 20,000 people in attendance.

This is my friend, Lynette. She is a really sweet girl. She was in the distance learning program too, but lived much closer - only 2 1/2 hours away from campus.

I'm sure this would have been a fun professor to have in class! He had 2 cans of silly string and was spraying his students during the faculty processional!

He obviously wasn't the only one that did this as you can see from the field.

Yeah - Aaron's probably just as glad that I'm done as I am myself!

Unfortunately, my mother was sick and had to leave partway through the ceremony, so she's not pictured here (and we missed you too, Jana/Mark and KKKK).

Camen looks very interested in Kendall's map of campus.

And finally, the LU mountain - very cool!

Monday, May 05, 2008

A Heavenly Banquet

Friday night, Aaron and I went to the high school Jr/Sr Banquet for Union Bible Academy. We've taken pictures at their banquets for several years now and I always enjoy seeing the different themes and decorations they have each time. This year the theme was Heaven - and it was very beautifully decorated. They had beautiful white pillars, white balloons for the clouds, white tulle, white lights, and the Pearly Gates with large "H's" on the gates. The servers for the dinner (the sophomore girls) were dressed up as angels. And even the chocolate in the chocolate fountain for dessert was white. It was a really neat idea and very well done!

Aaron - who patiently (usually) lets me test my lights on him before we start.

Here are some of the couples!

The ones that went to a lot of work planning the banquet - The Junior Class!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Senior Time - again!

I took Anne's senior pictures this week. One thing I love about taking pictures is getting to know people better. I go to church with Anne, but never knew she enjoyed boxing! She also loves to read! It's so fun to be able to capture people's personalities along with their image.