Kristy and Ray's Engagement

I was lucky enough to photograph this amazing couple for their Engagement photos last week.  It had been cloudy all week, and I was seriously concerned about the weather taking a turn for the worse.  However, it ended up being a beautiful day last Thursday with clear skies.  It was the perfect weather for a photo shoot!

Kristy and Ray were amazingly, fun to work with!  They made my job easy!  Here's a quick glimpse at some of their photos.  Congratulations on your engagement and many more years to come!

As I'm cleaning the carpet...

As I'm kneeling and scrubbing the carpet for what feels like the 10th time today, I can't help but think to myself 'Why did I sign up for this?' and 'Can I make it until nap time?'

Being a parent is hard work, regardless if you're a mom or dad.  There's so much no one ever warned you about when you announced that first pregnancy.  No one tells you about the monotony of parenthood or that the word 'no' will be the most used word in your vocabulary.  People tell you about the infant stage: the sleepless nights, the fussy baby, the crying, the snuggles, the amazement of all baby's firsts.  However, they conveniently leave out the toddler phase.

Why?  Let me tell you exactly why.

Toddlers are a huge pain!  They want to be independent but aren't quite there yet.  They want to do everything themselves, but end up making a mess, you, as a parent, have to pick up.  They have to be potty trained, and it's worse than those sleepless nights.  Clean up an accident at least 5 times in one day, and you'll be cursing everything known to man, earth, and the universe.  They are ornery and have an opinion about everything you tell them.

If you haven't guessed by now, I'm in the throes of toddlerhood with my almost 3 year old, Sawyer.  If I hear him tell me no or call me 'bad mommy' one more time because he didn't get his way, I may have to go outside and hit something.  It's endlessly annoying and grates on my nerves like fingernails on a chalkboard.  He's constantly bothering his older brothers or destroying something they created just to make them pay attention to him.  His poor little sister gets sat on, laid on, and toys taken from her constantly.  He steals pacifiers, wakes his brothers up in the morning, and refuses to sit still while eating a meal.

The 3's are the worst.  I know this is a phase all kids go through, but knowing it doesn't make it any easier.  Especially when you are in the throes of the Troublesome Threes.  I've been through it twice already.  It gets better; This too shall pass, etc. etc.  But while going through it, it totally sucks!  Can you feel me?

It's been a while since I've written and blogged.  I was an avid writer for many years on all the difficult challenges I face being a mom of 4 and a Stay at Home Mom.  I'm determined to start writing again.  My former blog was at http://www.myimperfectfamily.blogspot.com.  Check it out if you have a chance.  My writing style is direct, and I pull no punches.  I curse, so you have been forewarned.

Welcome to my blog and my photography website!  It's brand spankin' new!  Take a look around a leave me a comment or two!  I'd love to hear from all of you!

Sawyer's still trying to get the whole pushing the pedals on the tricycle thing.