Friday, April 24, 2015

If it Wasn't For Texas

I'd like to add a verse to one of my very favorite George Strait songs- "If it Wasn't For Texas"

I'd never ever get take...
Pictures of the great state
Of springtime in my ole' hometown
And bluebonnets bloomin all around.

If it wasn't for Texas.
If it wasn't for...... TEXAS.

So, I'm no songwriter. But I just had to sing it out loud.
Because I love Texas.
Non Texans just don't understand this love. And there's no explaining it.
It's a love that's planted deep in your heart and grows as big as the century tree.

And when the Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes bloom my heart swells. 

This year was particularly outstanding for wildflowers out here in Austin. Seriously so gorgeous. Problem was- it keeps raining! It makes it hard to find a good time to get out there and take pictures. But we DID it! Took two tries, some tears, some yelling, some itching... but we DID it! bahahaha! Oh pictures with little kids. It's the ultimate challenge.
And I have to say that these pictures are my favorite I've ever taken.
And I take a lot of pictures.
I've to give credit to my amazing husband. He helped me so much. And I wouldn't have gotten these smiles without him. Thanks babe!

Prettier than a magnolia in May. 
This picture makes me proud.
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Oh these girls! How I love them!
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I am constantly amazed by each of their beauty! 
So different.
And both so beautiful.
The shotgun is ready.
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My favorite of these two...
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So on the second try of bluebonnets pictures I thought it'd be a good idea to bring a ball.
Maybe then he'd stop crying and running to the street to find more rocks.
It worked.
Mommy- 1 Luke-0
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Such a boy and I love every ounce of it.
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So proud of himself...
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Rachel Rachel Rachel...
Everything about this picture is perfect.
The light, the pose, the girl... all perfect.
I love this mini-me!
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So I want to print this picture and hang it in every room. 
Every single room.
The slanted bowtie- the different lengthened sleeves- the fuzzy head- the soft cheeks- the chubby hands- and of course the bluebonnets! 
Luke- you're so handsome! 
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Let's play ball!
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This is the best smile I could get out of Maggie... and it is SO her right now.
That sneeky little grin.
SO her.
To a tee.
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Maggie Sass...
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My boys...
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How do you say no to this face??
I tell you what... it's hard.
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Hey Luke!!! Whatcha doin up there?
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Yummy light. Yummy babies.
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He's mine.
You can't have him.
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I love these two of the girls...
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"Rachel- why is Luke crying?"
"I have no idea Mom!"
My internal discussion- {please let me get one of all three of them!}
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Maybe I'll cut Luke outta this one and hang it in the girls room.
Or maybe I'll just leave it.
It's pretty hilarious.
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There's that smile!!!!
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If you're considering getting pregnant or are not currently on birth control I'd advise you not looking at these next ones.
You will be putting yourself in dangerous territory in the baby-making department.
If viewing them anyway-
have a pregnancy test near by.
Don't say I didn't warn you.
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Love him.
Love him.
Love him.
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If you start saying- "These all look the same" and start getting bored
 then I'm sorry but we can no longer be friends.
sort of.
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Luke please stop growing so fast. 
Momma seriously can't keep up.
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Little boys are seriously so much fun.
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Luke- you're the cutest!!!!!!!
No woman will ever be good enough.
Monster In Law in the making.
Lord help me.
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Okay- these are safe for all viewers! We made it through the danger zone.
Oh Maggie Moo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you Thank you Thank you for smiling at me!!!!
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Here it is- the moment of truth.
Sun is about to go down and I still haven't gotten a good one of all three of them.
Wish me luck.
Maggie- you're killing me with that skirt hold! hahaha!
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Two outta Three... not bad!
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Ah-HA! There's all three! 
I love this one!!!
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Hey! Look at Mom!!!
If you do I'll get you ice cream!
{desperation has set in}
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This is it! 
The winner!
ALL smiling!
We did it!!!!
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Little cuties!
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This is after I've bribed them.
You can tell by Maggie's smile. 
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If it wasn't for Texas I'd never get to take pictures of my babies in the bluebonnets.
And that'd be a tragedy.
Texas Forever.
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Two years later... M&M's Wedding!!!

So I'm going to make this brief... 
Sometimes families are HARD. 
Today marks my brother and his beautiful wife's 2nd wedding anniversary!
I remember the day very vividly. I was a ball of nerves. The whole drive up to Salt Lake City from Austin, TX I was a ball of nerves. You see, I was the wedding photographer.
Nothing gets me more excited or more nervous than wedding photography.
You get one chance. 
ONE chance.
And then the big day is over.

I was excited. So so so very excited. 
I researched good poses for the Salt Lake Temple. And I prayed like hell for good weather. 
And it was perfect. Even SNOWED. Seriously magical. At least for this Texas girl.

Back to my original statement. 
Families are hard.
Its true. Due to a MAJOR miscommunication, for almost two years Mariela and I thought the worst of each other.

Did I mention that I HATE drama???
I avoid it at all costs. 
And apparently so does Mariela because we both didn't speak of all this until about a month ago!
Goodness Gracious. 

Families are Forever.
Families are hard.
But I wouldn't change it for the world.

Happy Anniversary Mike and Mariela!

(cheesy I know- but I watched Toy Story with that boy so many times its ingrained in my heart! Lol!) 

Here they are!!! The newlyweds!!!
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Mariela- One with the TEMPLE!!! yay!
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Mariela's beautiful family minus two sisters setting up for the reception...
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The Texas crew! With Mr. Luke in my tummy... 
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What a good lookin couple!
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I adore this one.
Snow flurries and tulips!
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The lighting in this one turned out just dreamy...
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My favorite... don't know why, just is...
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SHA-BAM- married!
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These three make my heart happy...
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As you can see- it was a little harder for Mariela to reach Mike...
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He's had that face since like... forever!
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Happy Anniversary you two!
Families are Forever.
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