Archive for June, 2008

sigh | austin newborn photographer

June 29th, 2008 , Posted in Austin Newborn Photographer, sneak peek

It is very rare that I do something like this because light, circumstances, etc. change so much that it usually doesn’t work, but in this case? All I can say is, “…sigh.”

Tee hee.

Aren’t they all just STUNNING???!!!! Thanks you three for a great session today and working so hard to tough it out in the warmth and guests and leaky bottles. I’d say it was well worth it. ;-)

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belly.update.17wks | austin maternity photographer

June 26th, 2008 , Posted in Austin Maternity Photographer

Thank you to everyone for your caring and supportive e-mails. Everything has turned out fine for the babe as far as we know, so we’re just going to plug forward. I’ve also been getting lots of requests for belly pics so these headless wonders will have to do. I just bought my first bikini since college, folks. I figure it’s okay to have a pot belly if you’re pregnant, right? (The hubs took the first picture, btw…it was quite funny directing him. He kept griping about how heavy my camera was. Tsk, tsk, tsk.)

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this.cracked.me.up.

June 25th, 2008 , Posted in Anderson Family - My fam


I know I’ve been a posting fool as of late. Chalk it up to being at the ‘puter catching up on work and killing time when my ‘puter needs to “think.”

Here’s what else happens when you’re waiting for your ‘puter to catch up to you:

I finally, finally, finally got all the papers on my desk filed away. You wouldn’t believe how tall the stack was or how long it had been growing. I’ll never tell…

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our.zoo.

June 25th, 2008 , Posted in Anderson Family - My fam

Gee. I’m not married to a science teacher or anything. The animals are home for the summer. From left to right, top to bottom, meet:

Sumo – the pacman frog; he’ll grow to be about 6 in in diameter someday.
Pat – albino bull snake. he’s a sweetie pie.
The Scorps – 2 emporer scorpions
Shaniqua and Oreo – axolotls
koi – no names; they just are
Poncho – bearded dragon (he’s quite a character and my fav pet of all)
Storm – Siberian Husky
Kona (not pictured) – Also a Siberian Husky who didn’t want to be photographed ;-)

It takes the hubs and the boys about 30 min. to feed all of the creatures every morning. The boys just LOVE it! They are such big helpers and so fascinated by all the different ways they eat.

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the.gloves.are.on.

June 24th, 2008 , Posted in Anderson Family - My fam, Austin Kids Photographer

This strange little creature greeted me in the kitchen this afternoon. I guess I don’t need a girl to pass along my dress up stuff to afterall. ;-)

“He’s a maniac…maaaaaniac on the floor…”

The softer side of the glove-footed creature.

In truth, the gloves are *actually* for serious firefighter work, as demonstrated above. The iPod headphones (R.I.P.) are his “radio.”

And, he’s off in his “firetruck” to fight a fire.  Austin’s finest, ladies and gentlemen.

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booking.update.

June 23rd, 2008 , Posted in sneak peek

Please excuse the lack of lots of pics in this post, but I wanted to get this information out quickly.I have about 12 openings left for sessions for the remainder of 2008, so if you were planning on a session this year, you’ll want to book as soon as possible. Don’t wait! (A session is not secured until the creative fees are paid in full.)

Also, as I get closer to my due date, I only be taking certain sessions simply because I’m afraid I won’t be able to roll on the ground and chase after toddlers like I normally like to do. Please visit the calendar section at www.pinkletoes.com to see available sessions for 2008.

If you have any questions, just let me know and I hope you all are staying cool this HOT, HOT, HOT summer!

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the.graduate.

June 22nd, 2008 , Posted in Anderson Family - My fam

Dear Katie, thanks so much for meeting up with me today and for all of the wonderful cupcake gifts.  As you can see, we really enjoyed them ;-).  Congratulations again and I just can’t wait to see what great things you do with all of your talents as you begin your journey into the real world. You are smart, creative, beautiful, and ambitious–look out world!!!!

The T-man insisted I take a picture of his picture.  He’s saving it for his girl friend.

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what.a.week.

June 20th, 2008 , Posted in Austin Newborn Photographer, sneak peek

First, the fun stuff…

Isn’t this the most beautiful bundle of love you’ve ever seen???!!! Oh, she was just so perfect and snuggled into every single pose we tried perfectly.

For some reason, I just really liked this one. Mom, dad, and baby C…thank you all so much for your patience, understanding, and being the most flexible family. You all are so lovely and kind.

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And now, a little update.  This turned out to be a very difficult and very scary week. Everything is fine now, but boy, sometimes, you get shocked back into reality and realize how precious and miraculous life truly is.

Lyndsay, thanks so much for being SO understanding and I cannot tell you enough how much your positive support helped. I hope your shoot was GREAT today and I promise you, you will get 110% of me when we do finally get together. Traci, thank you also for being flexible on such short notice. We’re going to have a great time in a few weeks.

And finally, Mom, Nini, and my amazing husband: I love you. You all are rocks. We (me and the babe) are so lucky to have you.

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just.in.time.

June 16th, 2008 , Posted in Austin Newborn Photographer, sneak peek


When this little guy’s mama contacted me, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to fit him in, but we worked it out just in time. He was so good to us and I just LOVED the house. Too many cute faces and too many beautiful places from which to choose. Must go back someday…

Glad mama talked me into this one with the pupster.

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parenting.101.

June 12th, 2008 , Posted in Anderson Family - My fam, sneak peek

Over the last 4 years, I have come to realize that I am the perfect parent. I don’t know how I got to be so lucky, but I have yet to make a single parenting mistake in the raising of my two perfect angels.

So, in the spirit of giving back, I thought I would impart some of my inherent parenting wisdom on any less fortunate parents out there. If I can help just one parent, then my job will be done.

The following lessons were learned in just the past 24 hours. [Yes, even I amaze myself at my super parenting skills.]

Lesson #1: The children are never to be considered “tucked in” until eyes are closed and you can hear snoring.
So, we “tucked in” the kiddos last night (went through the whole bedtime routine) and retired downstairs to catch up on some work. We felt perfectly safe and secure that our angels were resting peacefully upstairs until a loud *THUD* followed by a heart-wrenching cry rang through the house. I raced upstairs to see what had happened. Hubby was already there and from the look on his face, I was terrified to look at my little T who was sobbing on the bed. Finally, I took a glace, just long enough to see the HUGE, golf ball-sized purple knot forming on his forehead. I started to cry and left the room to get ice. (Note to self: I wouldn’t count on me to be the calm one in a true emergency situation–I don’t know what it is, but seeing your child hurt is utterly terrifying.)

Well, I thought I was being brilliant by forming neat little ice pack out of frozen blueberries. While it worked well and did the trick at bringing down the swelling, I didn’t realize at the time it would lead to Lesson #2.

Everything turned out to be okay. He was apparently jumping into his bed when he lost his footing and hit is head on the dresser. He’s darn lucky he didn’t hit his eye or nose or knock out a tooth. There was still evidence of the injury today, as seen in Exhibit A, below (see faint purple outline on left side of forehead):

My son’s fixation, however, on what would happen to the bag of frozen blueberries after we were done using them as an ice pack leads us to my 2nd shining moment as a parent.

Lesson #2: A child never forgets.
So, after we were sure there was no need to rush him to the ER, we put the kids back to bed (it’s after 11:00 p.m. now) and I threw the bag of somewhat frozen blueberries back into the freezer in case we needed them again.

I forgot about them. T did not.

In the morning, hubby and I were awakened by the grinning, blueberry stained mouth of our youngest. Great. They found the blueberries. But as we walked downstairs into the kitchen, the blue handprints on the wall (see Exhibit B below), should have tipped us off that it was only the beginning of a very, very, very bad thing.

I wish I had thought to take a picture of the state of our living room carpet, but hubs and I were too upset. The boys had literally turned it into a war zone, using melting blueberries as ammo. They had blueberries on their faces, on their feet, the once white carpet was polka-dotted with purple and blue, and there were blue handprints and footprints everywhere. It was like some sort of freaky, fruity horror film.

We all got to work on trying to get the stains out of the carpet…a frustrating task to say the least. Hubs finally gave up and decided to make breakfast.  He tossed some bagels into the toaster, which leads us to…

Lesson #3: Never, ever, ever, ever, ever put an iPod in the toaster.

Yeah.  No kidding.  Those things really should come with warning labels or something to notify parents that iPods are not toaster-safe.

To be honest, I can’t for sure blame the kids for this one as being the genius parent that I am, as I ever-so carefully stored the iPod on the wood shelf pictured below…

…which happens to be directly above the toaster.

I know. 

You might want to jot that one down.

Needless to say, the iPod is toast.

Well, I hope I was able to enlighten you all a bit on what it’s like to be such an outstanding parent.  Lord knows, I’m only going to get better when #3 arrives, so watch out world!

 

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