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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Sweet: (adj) pleasing or agreeable; delightful.

I've been busy with Christmas sessions, but have to hold off on blogging some of the photos as not to spoil the surprise. So instead I bring you 'a day in the life of us.'

I have to warn my readers in advance: I don't know if some may find my little everyday posts mundane and of the baser variety. This one is just that. But I have to admit, these happen to be some of my favorite photography posts. Because I love to photograph my children. I'm biased, and know it. But I don't apologize for wanting to hold these moments in my heart, through my camera, for always.

As a mother, there's nothing sweeter than to see the light in their faces when they're content and without care or worry. That look in their eyes that puts a lump in my throat, and a thrill of joy in my heart. So I photograph, and I'll remember. I write, so I'll remember. I smile and feel thankful. I'll remember the way their little mouths grinned, the way their fingers worked in concentration, how long lashes graced little cheekbones. I photograph so I'll remember the look of accomplishment in their eyes, the way the sugar ran through little hands. So I won't forget how their red lips were rimmed in melted chocolate, and how I didn't have the heart to tell them their face was messy. Because I don't want them to grow too quickly. Because we're busy, and our days are so swiftly passing us by. Because moments like this are too few. Because I know how blessed I am. I want to remember. And this I do know: the memories will be sweet.

*Nora's cap can be purchased here. And the spiffy pottery bowl? Here.

Note: We have 3 children. This next picture is of our buddy Lo. She is a great friend to Nora, a "sister in absentia". And she fits right in.

And this guy? Joel's getting so grown up. He's been such a huge help lately, helping make our suppers, cleaning, even making 2 big pans of Butternut Squash casserole for our Thanksgiving meal. All by himself. Truthfully? I seriously have no idea how I would do it all without him and his father. 'Love the men in my life. And I wish that one of them would stop growing so quickly. Slow down, little boy. Because you still are a little boy. I mean, right? Aren't you? Slow down.

And I have to save this one for last. Because it makes me laugh. (Disclaimer: I offered the beater with leftover fudge to Nora's friend Lo, and she said, "No, thank you." I promise. But isn't she adorable?!)

*By the way, my kids love reading your comments when I put up a post of this sort. So feel free... :)


1 c. sugar
1 c. butter
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
2 (10 oz. pkg.) Hershey Kisses
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. creamy peanut butter
1/4 c. milk
3 1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking soda

Mix all ingredients above except Kisses. Shape in medium size balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes, place 1 kiss on each blossom.

"Every man's memory is his private literature."

~Aldous Huxley

Two more things:

First, I want to thank all those who left comments over at my mentor, Erica May's blog. She emailed me and thanked all of you-- saying that she "has had so many wonderful comments thanks to my blog followers." (I have to admit, I have some awesome readers... :) So far, she has already exceeded her total canned food donations from last year, but I know we can help her out even more. See, she has been so helpful in getting me to even believe that I could do this whole photography thing-- encouraging me, answering my questions, even giving me the push I needed to start this blog. This is just one little way I can thank her. So if you have left a comment, you can leave more than one -- and thanks ;) ! And if you haven't commented yet, jump on over to her blog and a leave a little note (email is not seen or published), and she'll donate a can of food to those in need, right from you! We have just a couple more days to get them in before the 12/4/09 11:59 pm deadline. I'm counting on you!


My own little charity project is still going on:

*To learn about or purchase 'Prints for a Purpose', click here. Thank you for the interest and support thus far!*
This months' charity is 'Autism Speaks.'

Thank you, readers!


  1. Connor, Nora, Joel, and Lo-
    Your cookies look soo yummy! Great job! Nora i especially loved your hat ;) Lydia

  2. Hhhmmmm........I wonder if I could hire them to bake my Christmas cookies? They look like old pros in the kitchen!!! Great Job!

  3. Joel, Connor, Tortellini & Lo- Great job!! The cookies look great and you are all pros in front of Mom's camera :)
    - Jayme

  4. It looks like great fun!!! Great pics!

  5. OK you have totally inspired me to make cookies and chocolate dipped Pretzels with the kids tomorrow! They will absolutely love it! Too bad I don't have cute little aprons for them!! LOVE you guys

  6. Min,
    Those aprons are mine-- just adjusted to fit! :) And I know someone in your family who may be getting a little horsey apron for Christmas! (Good thing Kerigan can't read, ha?)

  7. Min,
    I thought you knew how to sew? I thought there was an apron business in your future not too many years ago. :)

    Joel, Connor, Nora & Lo,
    Maybe you can drop off a little care package of cookie at Aunt Kara's house? She seems to have a very small (ok, very large) problem with cookies. It's called "she-can't-stop-eating-them-itis" and she'd love to try some of yours!!!