Monthly Archives: January 2010

daddy-daughter weekend

As stated in some posts that seem like forever ago, every once in a while Maggie and I get daddy-daughter days. Well, in this case it was a weekend! Alie had been planning a weekend trip to Gatlinburg with some of the other teachers where she works. So, I said to go have a good time and I will do my best to take care of our daughter and not destroy the house. Well, sometimes with Maggie it is hard to come up with activities that will keep her engaged the whole time. I started mentally flipping through activities that I enjoy and that she too may enjoy. My mind wandered back to when I was a youngster and I would “cook” with my mom. In actuality she would do all the work and I got to enjoy the treats. So, I wanted to cook with Maggie just like I use to with my mom.

On Saturday, we had a good day together doing different activities like attending a middle school b-team basketball game, grocery shopping, etc. and by that evening we were ready to cook! Maggie loves cupcakes, so what better to make with her than yummy cupcakes. I thought about pulling out all the stops and making them from scratch (did I mention I love to cook {and eat}?!), but since it was kinda late in the evening and her attention span was dwindling we settled for a box-mix and a can of icing. After about 15 minutes we had mixed up everything and started the baking process. Just check out how much she LOVED licking the cake batter. I used to…wait I STILL love doing this too.

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And yes, that is batter on her forehead. I knew it would be too late when the cupcakes were all finished to eat them, so we waited until today (Sunday) to eat some. I told her that she needed to look at me because her Aunt Jodie would love to see her munching on some homemade goodies. Aunt Jodie is who inspired me to pick up cooking, and I know that Maggie loves her Auntie although she has only got to meet her a couple of times so I had to use it as leverage.

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Once we got done eating our cupcakes, we went to McDonald’s to get some lunch and then we were going to head to the Adventure Science Center in Nashville. We were going to pick up Alie down in Nash’ anyway so why not go have some fun?! By the way, not only does Maggie like cupcakes, she loves McNuggets from Micky-D’s and I wanted to make sure she ate before we got Alie.

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I don’t know why she has her hands over her ears, but it was one of the only pictures we got because we were there for only about a half an hour (thank goodness for free admissions for teachers). We had some great times this weekend, but my most favorite was this morning when Maggie walked up behind me while I was getting a drink and she hugged my leg and said in her own words “I love you daddy.” And yes that is before I tempted her with a cupcake 🙂 It is moments like that which is why I love what all my wife has done for me and I will forever cherish the gifts she has given to me.

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happy new year!!

So I had three shoots right before Christmas and I was doing everything I could to get these pictures back to the clients so they could enjoy them during the holidays. You will have to forgive the informality of this post, but I was waiting to make a final post of these sessions just before ringing in the new year. First we are starting off with newborn Maisy. She is the daughter of a wonderful lady that I work with and I was so excited when she asked me to do the pictures.

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And we can’t forget big sis!
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Next we have Greta. She was another newborn, but this time she is the daughter of an existing client. Remember Jackson? This little sweetie is his new sister! It was neat to see how big he has grown and to see this great family again.
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And we had a little holiday fun with the Santa hat!
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Last but not least, I had another new client thanks to a gift certificate. My sister-in-law, Brea, asked if I could donate something for an auction to benefit adoption. The sister of my client purchased the certificate and gave it to my new clients as a Christmas gift and they decided to get a family session. The Webster family was so sweet and their little family is just precious. I hope they, as well as all of my other clients, enjoyed their photos from our sessions!
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I also grabbed a few shots of their daughter so they could have some portraits of her too!
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Happy New Year to all and thanks for all of your support this year! I can’t wait to see what we can create in the new year!

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