Sunday, December 20, 2009

Family Pictures

Blair happens to have a brother-in-law who is also a fantastic photographer. The weekend after Thanksgiving he was gracious enough to take us out for some family pictures. Ella is changing so fast it's hard to keep current pictures around. I am thrilled with the results! The above picture will wind up on our wall somewhere and the rest here are some of my other favorite images. Thank you so much, Cody!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

November in Summary

We had a very busy November! Blair's niece got married and I took bridal pictures and assisted with wedding day pictures. It was a beautiful wedding! The week after the wedding Blair's sister and her family came to stay with us for 5 days while they were in between houses. That's when the above picture was taken. Ella loved having her cousins around and still asks for "Nanna" (Savannah-her 10 year old cousin). It was a full house, but we enjoyed the company.

The following week I spent a lot of time taking pictures for a school play. The kids were in grades 1-3 and they were darn cute. It was so fun to see the different personalities as I took individual pictures in costume. I won't post any pictures because I didn't ask permission from the parents and I want to respect privacy. But trust me, they were adorable.

The week of Thanksgiving I actually flew to Utah to meet with some professors and try to rescue some semblance of a thesis project. It became obvious in late October that my project wasn't going to pan out into usable data so we had to come up with plan B. It was a whirlwind 3-day trip but I think things look good now for completing my thesis. During the trip I left Ella here with Blair and had my first nights baby-free since she was born. It was so strange to not have to worry about when someone else was hungry or tired or bored. I got so much done! But I really missed Ella and Blair. Trips alone can get, well, lonely.

I came home the night before Thanksgiving and we had a lovely Thanksgiving day at Blair's sister's house. She was a fabulous host for 25 people and the weather was so gorgeous that we ate outside on the patio. Stephanie set a beautiful table--actually 3 beautiful tables--and we all stuffed ourselves silly and stayed late playing games and eating pie.

I'll stop here for now and save decorating for Christmas for another post. November sure kept us on our toes, but we made some good memories!