Archive for August, 2008

First Day of School

Well, after a crazy week of shooping for supplies, uniforms, food for lunches, filling out all the forms, picnics, orientations, physicals…wow…the boys are on the bus on their way to their first day of school at Annapolis Area Christian School.  I can’t believe it!  Trent is a 6th grader (middle school??!) and Graham is a third grader.  They were more than happy to oblige me for a photo before we left the house (not):


















I had forgotten to buy belts for thier uniforms, so we ran to Kohl’s last night at 8pm, and when I came back, Graham’s was too small.  So hopefully he won’t get kicked out on the first day for being out of uniform. 

I feel old.

The Morse Family

Well, it has been a long time since I have posted about these guys.  More than two months has passed since we lost baby Jeremy, and the Morses are taking life day by day, enjoying every moment God has given them, and trying to adjust to the Jeremy-sized hole in their home and hearts.  Amy and I got to have dinner together last week, which is something we don’t get to do often, and it was so great to just sit, sip margaritas and pour out whatever needed to get out.  Since the moment I met Amy, I knew she was special, and I am so thankful to call her friend.  It is so difficult to watch your friend go thru such a horrific time, not knowing what to say or do, knowing that you can’t do anything to fix it or change it.  But I cherish Amy’s friendship, as well as Scott’s, and each of her beautiful children, no matter how lost for words I am.  I know God has put us together for a reason.  Amy has started her own blog called Finding Sunshine, and if you have the time (and I know if you’re reading this YOU DO!) check it out.  She is an absolute inspiration.  The last post she wrote talked about the dreaded question, “How many children do you have?” and how to answer it.  Up to that point, there wasn’t anything about her situation I could relate to.  But when she wrote that, I thought, “Hey!  I understand that!”  As some of you may know, I have a son who I placed for adoption 15 years ago.  I have a Zach-shaped hole in my heart that I live with everyday.  I know it isn’t the same, and I chose my situation, and Amy most certainly has not chosen hers, and I have peace of mind knowing that Zach is alive and doing well, and Amy was not afforded such a luxury.  But just focusing on that question…I feel like I have one thing that I actually get.  I know its not a big thing, and it is very different, but it is something.  And sometimes it is all we need. 

So when I went to visit them last week, we wanted to do something to honor Jeremy.  Amy bought some balloons, and had the kids write messages to Jeremy, and we let the balloons float up to heaven so Jeremy would know how much they miss him.  Each of the kids took pride and care with what they wrote and drew, even 2 year old Nolan.  It just breaks my heart that they have to try and understand why their brother isn’t here anymore, but these kids are so amazing, and they celebrate Jeremy in so much of life.  Its just precious.  Here is Trevor making his message:









And Meredith (she was looking at his birth announcement so she wouldn’t misspell his name):

















  And Nolan:


















Once all the messages were made, we tied them to balloons and headed outside to let them go.  The sky was unbelievably blue!  And I love the look on Nolan’s face in this photo:


















Up, up and away!


















This was such a sweet thing to witness, I am so grateful to have been there.  They had done this before as a family at the cemetery, and Amy shared about that on her blog.  It was very touching.  There is a photo of Meredith on her knees praying over Jeremy’s grave…I can’t stop looking at that photo.  Just precious.

And as I was leaving we grabbed this shot of everyone’s feet…the kids donning their Jeremy bracelets, and Amy with her sunshine painted on her toe…all in honor of Jeremy. 













Thank you, Amy, for letting me be part of your life…for better, for worse.  I’m here for it all.  I love you.


The Shaeffer’s

It was an early start on Saturday with the Shaeffer’s, but the boys were in great moods and have grown a TON since I last saw them!  They have settled into their new, beautiful home on Gibson Island, where there are so many great spots to take photos, it should keep me busy for quite a while!  Here is the whole fam under the crape myrtle:

















The boys are only 7 1/2 months old, but their favorite position is standing! 

Here is Daddy & George (I hope I got that right):









And Mommy & Charlie:









Daddy worked up a sweat and put on quite a show that got the boys giggling:









And this is one of the last photos we took, and I just love it…









You guys are so great…it was wonderful to see you again! 


The Sands Family

Last week I got to visit with the Sands family down in Edgewater.  We visited the beach close to their house and enjoyed the cool weather (well, cool in the shade).  Jacqui is cooking baby #3, so their family will have a new look by the holidays, but here is the foursome of today:










Brian and Kylie were having fun playing in the sand, but we managed to get them looking in the same direction for a brief moment:










Here is Kylie looking so grown up:

















And Brian is one busy liitle bee, so all of his photos were action shots.  Here he is playing a most amusing game of peek-a-boo around a tree with Daddy:

















And I love this shot of Daddy and the kids:









It was great to see you guys again! Can’t wait to meet the new baby in December!


Steve & Shelane’s TTD

I have known Shelane for, gosh…13 years?  She was a bright-eyed, sweet girl when I first met her…her dad & I worked together at the Picture People back in the day.  He taught me a lot about shooting weddings, and I have both her parents to thank for thinking outside of the retail-studio box.  But back to Shelane…she has since grown up, become an outstanding teacher, and married her high school sweetheart.  She & Steve are celebrating thier 5 year anniversary in a few weeks, so in honor of that, we did a Trash the Dress session at Patapsco Valley State Park.  What a great way to get back to work after vacation!  This is one of my favorite images of the day…the light was just yummy…

















Shelane looked SO pretty…


















There was a lot of giggling going on…









We headed up the Cascade Falls Trail, and got some very romantic stuff…


















Shelane was up for anything, so we totally soaked her and got some real sexy stuff…









Thank you guys so much for indulging me…you were awesome! 



We’re headed down’e oweshun, hon! 

I will be out of the office (aka my family room) until Monday the 17th.  I’ll be returning calls & emails then, and any orders placed this week won’t be filled until next.  Hang in there with me while we soak up a little more summer before school starts again. 

I’ll miss you terribly… 🙂

Baysox Game

Thursday night was the annual KunkelCustomer Appreciation Night at Baysox Stadium.  Kunkel supplies parts and equipment to Rusty’s business, so once a year, they thank him with a night out with the fam and other shop owners.  We always have a good time, but this year was the best yet.  (For those of you who don’t know, the Baysox are the AA division team for the Orioles, and they know how to put on a ball game. It is almost a guarantee that the boys will come home from any game with a ball or free tshirt.)  When we arrived, it was Orioles appreciation night, so both boys got an Orioles tshirt in the way in.  Then, once we got in, we all got a bobblehead in the likeness of Adam Lowen, a former Baysox player who made it to the show a couple years ago.  He is on the DL for a shoulder injury, so we signed a big get well card for him.  Next to the big card was what appeared to be a replica of the World Series trophy, so we went to get a gander, and I’ll be darned…IT WAS THE REAL THING!  -sidenote- I can remember as a kid, the Orioles losing the pennant in 1982, and Hutzler’s department store had already begun selling tshirts that said ‘American League Champions” before the game was won.  And after we lost, you could go back and buy the tshirts that had been reprinted with ‘almost’ on the back.  🙂  Anyway, we beat the Phillies in 1983, and here is the Owens family with the trophy:










I thought it was pretty cool!  And you can see how excited Trent is, can’t you? 

As part of the party, the kids got wristbands to ride all the rides and play games all night while Daddy talked motor oil and other grease monkey stuff with the other guys.  Here they are on the carousel:
















And what Orioles night would be complete without the Bird?!?  Graham wanted his picture taken with him something terrible, so he was so excited to see him come up to the skybox where our party was:
















What a great night! 


Barbara & Will Tie the Knot!

It was probably the most beautiful, cool, no-humidity day this August has seen.  And it was to be the backdrop for Barb & Will’s big day.  The planned a very intimate affair in their waterfront yard, and the scene was just lovely:









Here is the happy couple:










And this is during their first dance, which was to the song “Grow Old With You”.  You may remember Adam Sandler singing this to Drew Barrymore at the end of the Wedding Singer?  What a great choice:

















And here is the newly expanded family:









Congrats to all of you!  What a perfect day!


Happy Birthday, Trent!

I haven’t met too many Trent’s, but it is always fun to meet kids with the same name as mine.  And this Trent was as sweet as can be, but it was a little weird yelling that name trying to get another kid’s attention.  🙂  Wednesday was Trent’s first birthday, and what an honor that he spent part of it with me!  He was in a great mood, as everyone should be on thier birthday:

















He and Daddy are big Ravens fans (as you can tell by the attire):










Nothing like that juicy evening light to add to the fun:










Once we headed to the beach, he lost all interest in me and in smiling.  He was way too busy exploring and eating sand to bother with picture taking anymore.  But I thought this one was cute:

















It was so great to meet you guys!  One more added to the list of new friends!  Happy Birthday, Trent!


The Dove Family

I have been meeting so many new people lately, and Wednesday, I added the Dove family to my list of new friends.  I headed down to thier place in Arnold for some fun family photos.  Here are mom and dad loving on Cooper:









They call him by his full name, Cooper Dove, and it sounds so sweet.  He is a busy little guy, but loves his toys, and loves to laugh…


















Here he is horsing around with Daddy:


















We headed down to the community pier and got this nice shot of the whole family, including pups Macey & Barkley:









It was so great meeting you guys!  Thanks for braving the heat with me…

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