Smith Family Photos

This sweet family made it really easy to shoot beautiful photos!  They brought lots of fun props – a wagon, a quilt, a basket, caramel apples, books – to their fall photo shoot.  It’s always a great idea to make photo shoots more fun for little ones!  They also did a great job of choosing outfits that coordinated with each other and photographed well.  We shot these photos at a local spring and the fall weather was gorgeous that afternoon.

Both kiddos were super sweet and cooperative – little sister is 2 months old and big brother is 3 years old.  The baby needed fed half way through the shoot, but then she was back to being content.

Okay, enough talking – check out their great photos and let me know what you think!



Since I’m cheap, I only brought a few souvenirs home from Florida.  Florida oranges and an illness.  Yep, I started getting sick the day we left Florida.  I think I caught a cold from my little cousins.  It’s been irritating my throat and making it so I can’t talk loud at all and sound raspy when I do talk.  If this doesn’t clear up when I wake up tomorrow, I’m going to the doctor.  And I hate going to the doctor.  But I want to feel better!  (I wrote this last night.  Today I went to the doctor, and it wasn’t worth the anxiety!!  No strep, nothing they can do.)

Yesterday I had a last minute dentist appointment.  Literally.  I called and they fit me in an hour later.  How’d this come up?  Well, I looked in the mirror to check out my throat and I noticed something dark stuck the middle of two teeth.  Brushing my teeth did not get it out.  What could it be?  Oh yes… Sand!  From the beach!  Add that to my list of souvenirs.

So anyway, I went to the dentist and got my 6 month checkup since it was coming up in August and of course, got the sand removed from my teeth.  They laughed at me.  But I bet that happens a lot at the dentists in Florida.  Right?! I really am curious now.

They also took an x-ray, which I’ve been scared to death of getting ever since I thought my wisdom teeth were pushing through several months ago.  Turns out, those suckers didn’t get very far.  They are still up above my bone.  That is some of the best news I’ve heard in a while!!!!!!  Now, if they just stay there for the rest of my life, I can avoid the dreaded wisdom teeth extraction.  Hallelujah!

I paid paid my brother $30 to wash and wax my car.  It had a million bugs squished onto it from our trip to Florida.  It was a mess and I didn’t want to tackle it.  It’s HARD work to do it right!  Thanks to my brother, it’s so pretty and shiny now!  Well, it was, until I drove it down our gravel road.  Ugh, don’t remind me.  Now I just need to vacuum out the sand.  Or should I keep it to remind me of how much I miss Florida?  :o)

My cousin Darah and her boyfriend Micah showed up at our house on Sunday!!!  They’re from California, but are on their way to Louisiana, where they are moving.  Their arrival was a surprise to me, although I had a feeling I knew they were coming.

My Aunt Marcie, Darah’s Mom, arrived tonight.  I am so SO happy they are all here!!!!  They will be here for about a week, and will leave right after my birthday.

But guess what else?  My BFF Nour will be here Saturday too!  YAY!!!  I sooo wish Ryan was here too though.  :(  He’s at a camp in Missouri, and we’re going to visit him this week.

The weird thing is, Darah arrived at our house on the exact same date last year, July 25th, to help with my Dad .  And this year, she did not at all plan on when she would be here.  It just happened to fall on the same date; very strange that it worked out that way.  Last year, my Dad passed away a week after she came here.  I can’t believe it has almost been a year.  In a way it seems like forever ago, but a year sounds like a LONG time to be without my Dad.  I’ll write more thoughts about this soon.

Last night we watched “Shutter Island,” which was my second time seeing it.  It’s one of those movies you HAVE to see twice because it makes you think.  It’s kind of creepy, but it’s really good.  The night before we watched “Avatar,” which I’ve now seen three times.  That one, of course, is a must-see.  Next up we’re going to watch “Titanic” because Micah and I have NEVER seen it!  I can’t believe I met someone else who hasn’t seen it either!  See any good movies lately?

There’s lots of other fun things in store… lots of memories to be made!

Class of 2010

On May 22,2010, my brother, Steven, graduated from High School.  In all honesty, we were never quite sure if this day would come.  Yes, I was Valedictorian of my graduating class, so you could call us opposites.  Ah, the infamous debate, nature vs. nurture? You can’t deny we are related though when you see us side by side.

Thankfully, he was part of the Class of 2010 graduation and received his diploma, despite many years of listening to my parents fight with him about getting out of bed in the morning or forcing him to do his homework.  It makes me feel really old now that he is officially out of school because he still seems like a little kid to me.  Plus, his classmates were freshmen when I was a senior.  I don’t really know anyone that is left in high school!  That’s my definition of old.

Mr. Bond, awarded teacher of the year, is one of our favorites too (we both had him) so we grabbed him for a picture.  On my last day of high school, I went in to say bye to him and started crying.  That was the only time I cried in my whole process of leaving high school!  I’m not sure why I did, because I have seen him and talked to him since.  I guess it just all hit me at that moment.

Along with my Mom, Ryan, and I, our paternal Grandparents and our Aunt Fran and Uncle Jim came to cheer him on.  One very important person wasn’t (physically) there to see my brother walk across the stage…  but I know my Dad was there in spirit.  I knew that it would be hard to see my brother graduate without him there.  This picture of our immediate family is really good, but it would be perfect with him in it.  Pictures of our family just aren’t complete anymore, they do not seem the same at all.

My Dad’s parents were there though, and I know they were really proud.  Also, my Dad’s sister and her husband didn’t want to miss it.

Ryan and I each had a video camera in hand, getting this momentous occasion on “film.”   Hopefully it won’t take Ryan three years to edit the video (ahem, yes, I’m still waiting on mine) but he claims he will do them both soon.  Oh, to be so talented and not have enough of you to go around!

I love this picture of my sweetie and me!  Our outfits matched without prior planning, we’re just that good!

Afterwards, we went out to dinner at the local fine-dining restaurant, Sybill’s, and celebrated.  After-all, my brother now joins me as alumni of John F. Hodge!!!


Here’s some more photos from my brother’s senior picture session, all credit to Ryan Ray.

The assistant (me) got in a few pictures somehow and then my Mom wanted some sibling pictures.

And now the Brother & Sister pics…awww.

I’m his favorite sister!

Actually, his favorite sibling! ;)
What can I say? I’m just that cool.

Okay, maybe not so much. I’m his only sister and his only sibling.

So he better like me. Or at least pretend.

Did we trick you?
Disclaimer: We don’t get along as well as the pictures depict.