November 28th/Week 47

Ok, so. Let me preface this post by saying that I am using a different computer to go through my photos. So the watermark changed, and the photos may actually look different since the colors and brightness can vary by monitor when you’re not calibrated.  There’s a good chance that this post may disappear when I get back to the normal comp and see how they look at that point. For now, though, here’s what I’ve got.

As we all know, last week brought us Thanksgiving.  Along with Thanksgiving, it was also my niece’s 2nd birthday party (cowgirl-themed).  So we traveled down to hang out with my brother and his family for the day.  Here are a few that I love, and the rest can be found in my SmugMug page.

Paige likes to play shy at first…

…until you introduce the cake.

Then she’s quite happy to give you a grin.

My brother, Mike, is a seriously great dad. 

What a gorgeous family, right?

Keith was kind enough to take this shot.  

Peyton was flying high…

…and giving me big grins.

Emma kept herself pretty well entertained chasing toys and cousins around.

And the birthday girl totally earned her nickname – RamPaige.

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November 20th/Week 46

Two pretty awesome things happened this past week.

On Friday, I had the opportunity to go take photographs of the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center in downtown Dayton. It’s their 10-year anniversary of opening, and they’re having a photo contest to celebrate. In order to take photographs inside, you were asked to schedule an appointment.  So I did. While access was still very limited, it was an awesome opportunity and I took full advantage.

On Saturday, Keith and I took Emma up to the Franklin Park Conservatory to enjoy an afternoon together. The grounds were beautiful, and the indoor gardens were pretty amazing.

Per the usual, here’s a small selection of my favorites – and the rest can be found here.

Franklin Park Conservatory:

Schuster Center:

November 15th/Week 45

BIRTHDAY! That’s the word of the week.

Our darling daughter, Emma, turned one this past Saturday.  We had a kick-ass Rock Star-themed party, replete with friends, family, food and fun.  A lot of the photos were taken by me, but a lot of the party photos were taken by Emma’s birthmother after I handed my camera over so that I could actually BE IN some of the shots.

Yeah, that’s right, a ton of Emma’s birth family came to the party. It was amazing. We had probably around 70 or so people there throughout the evening, including NINE other adoptees that we just happen to know, and we had four states represented. Emma had all three sets of her grandparents there, her Aunt Michelle and Uncle Mike, and all three of her cousins, as well as her birthmother, birthfather, birth aunt and uncle, and birth grandmother and father. It was a beautiful, amazing, touching sight to see all of these people there for Em, wanting to be a part of her life, and loving her such a staggering amount.

Anyway. I ramble. Here are a few of the 70 photos that I narrowed it down to, and as always, here are the rest.  If you make it all the way to the end, you’ll also find her official ONE-YEAR shot! It was more of a candid shot, but I love it.

And finally, the official ONE-YEAR shot (and the last of the every month photos):

November 5th/Week 44

It was a spoooooooky Halloween week. Well, really it wasn’t so much spooky as adorable. Emma was a strawberry, and she mostly dealt with it very well. Other than that, we got to go to the Pumpkin Glow as a little surprise family date and it was incredible.  Here are a few, but here are the rest.

Halloween Outtakes: (you saw the Halloween shot last week)

Me: “Emma, Eeeeeeemmmmmaaaa, look at Mama!”

Em: “What’s in the pumpkin, Mama? What’s the shiny shiny light?”

Me: “Emma, you can’t eat that! No, honey!”

Emma: “Wanna bet?”

Emma:   ::bites::  “WAAAAAHHHHHHHHH my teeeeeeeeth huuuuurt!”

Me: “Ok, Em, look at this! It’s so green and weird and interesting and stop crying pleeeease!”

Em: “Ok, my heart is basically broken and you’re trying to distract me with OMG THIS THE MOST INTERESTING THING EVER IN THE WHOLE WORLD LOOOOOK AT HOW IT STACKS!”

And of course, there are always brightly colored candy bags. Too bad she’s far too young, eh?

The Halloween Shot (from last week):

Pumpkin Glow: