January 4th/Week 52

Yup. You guessed it. Christmas – again. I suppose this would be Christmas 2 and Christmas 3.  We traveled to Chicago to see Keith’s family for the actual holiday. It was exhausting, but a lovely visit.  We also got together with my brother and his family, and my mom and step-dad this past Sunday for the final Christmas of the year. It’s one of the best days I’ve had in a really long time.  There are 140 photos in the set, so this is just a small sampling of the ones I love the most.  The rest, as always, are here.

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And with this post, my 52-week guarantee has come to an end. I made it two years, at least. Working full-time and being a mom doesn’t leave a ton of time for blogging. I will still be posting photos as frequently as I can, but I made no more guarantees.  To the people who have followed for the last couple of years, THANK YOU. My gratitude is all yours.  ❤

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Year 2/Week 51

This week’s post is brought to you by Christmas.  And yes, next week’s blog will be much the same.  For this week, though, it was Christmas at home with our girl.  She got some cool stuff – but I got my macro lens and put it to immediate use.  Yessssssssss.   Enjoy a few, or view the set here.

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December 17th/Week 50

On Saturday morning, Emma met Santa.  And I’m like….98% sure that he was the REAL DEAL.  We had Breakfast with Santa, at the University of Dayton, and it was a very cool event and it benefited the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program.  The crowd turnout was solid, the food was decent, and Emma seemed to enjoy herself – especially when she discovered her belly button and was making sure she showed it to as many people as possible. Here are a few shots, and the rest are in my SmugMug account. DSC_3323 DSC_3388 DSC_3392 DSC_3469 DSC_3479 DSC_3497

December 5th/Week 48

This was a very dry photo week for me. I traveled to D.C. for a work conference. We were in classes all day, and by the time we were done it was already dark. S I didn’t get much time to shoot, unfortunately. Forgive me?

So the conference was at the Ritz-Carlton Tyson’s Corner. One of the first visuals upon walking in was this staircase.

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And this chandelier – just one of dozens.

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There was an entire village made of gingerbread houses.

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And my favorite, of course, was the metro. I love how it’s lit.

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The trip was great, the conference was really interesting, and I got to meet up with friends while I was there.  Even with the lack of photography time,  I’d call it an overall win.

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.

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.

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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):