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I really have so much to say, but the bottom line is, I really love these two! I am so excited for the adventure they are about to begin. Sherman and I were this young when we got married and I can honestly say, I have never regretted it. Wishing you all the happiness this world has to offer. I love you Quincie and Colton!

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So excited to welcome this handsome guy to the world! I seriously can’t get over how in love I am with him and he isn’t even mine. At least I get to steal him on occassion to snuggle and watch him grow. Lucky me, I live next door :)

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This cutie is turning 1 shortly. Her wonderful mom is being deployed to Afghanistan in a couple of days and we wanted to do some celebrating before she left. I am so grateful to our armed service, men and women. What a sacrifice to be leaving cuties like this for months at a time.

 

Katelyn is turning 12! I can’t believe how time flies. I remember so well when this beautiful girl was placed in her parents arms. Never was there a child so wanted and loved. She was an adorable baby and now such a beautiful young woman. I am lucky to be called her aunt! Happy Birthday Katelyn!

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This is worth the read!

Oh, the adventure it was taking these photos! My niece wanted me to take her senior photos at Smith & Edwards Country Store (a huge junk yard). I was so excited because I LOVE this place and hadn’t been there since moving back. We were having a great time shooting, but once it started to get dark, we decided we were done. As we started to head back to the car, it hit me, “Syd, do they lock the gates at night?” She didn’t know, and since it was barely 7pm, we figured we had time regardless. Sure enough, we got to the gates and they were LOCKED! We could here a crackling radio playing oldies music and figured someone must still be in the office. With much banging, no one answered. The parking lot was empty and there wasn’t a soul in sight. Oh, and did I mention, I was 8 MONTHS PREGNANT at the time! It was the perfect setting for a zombie attack, and I was quite certain it was going to happen too.

We went back to the gate and noticed there was a gap under the 10 foot tall fence. Sydnee slipped under the fence with ease. My mind hadn’t caught up to my ever growing belly, and I figured I could slip under as well. I layed flat on my back and began to shimmy until my belly touched the bottom bar, there was NO WAY pregnant me was going to fit. At this point, I am laughing uncontrollably and praying that my thimble sized bladder doesn’t fail me.

I sent Sydnee to look for bigger gaps or shorter fences. Sure enough, there was a shorter fence further down the parking lot. Again, my mind has not caught up to my changing pregnant body, I think for sure with my climbing experience and my converse shoes, I can get over the fence no problem. NOPE! My belly was in the way for the flip to the other side! I tried climbing the metal racks next to the fence, I tried squeezing between vertical cracks, NOTHING was going to get me to the other side. It was then, that I decided, I had better call my husband or call 911. Sherman, my husband, said he would be right over with a ladder, but Sydnee already found a tall rickety one that hopefully would do the trick. We opened the ladder and threw the A-frame over the fence. Only problem was, the ladder couldn’t fully open because the braces hit the top bar, oh well. I climbed the ladder and Syd held onto the base with all her strength. We laughed nervously, and I managed to teeter to the other side. It took me hours to warm my body and calm my nerves. We were just lucky they didn’t release the guard dogs!

 

Our sweet baby Thayne was born April 22! My only baby to be born on his due date. All my others were early, so going to my due date felt like going WAY over! He was my biggest baby yet, at 8 lbs 8 oz. A big jump from my last two who were only 6 lbs 5 oz! Now that the force has been balanced with 2 girls and 2 boys, we will try and savor all that this wee man is, since he is our last.

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It is with bittersweet emotion that I say, I am no longer in WA, but now in UT. At the end of November, my husband received a job offer we couldn’t refuse and by January 1, we were packed up and back in UT! I am not sure we could squeeze any more changes on our family in such a short amount of time (Move out of state, new job and a new baby on the way). Needless to say, the last few months were crazy hectic and stressful, but somehow we have survived and are now looking forward to moving into our new home in a couple of weeks, and hopefully moments before the babe arrives!

We have learned and grown so much in WA. The people we have had the opportunity to associate with are amazing and we will never forget them. I really felt at home in WA, I felt like I found my groove there. I had the opportunity to be a part of so many great organizations, and lucky for me, I can keep volunteering for them from here.

On the bright side (literally), UT we LOVE you for the SUN! Oh how we have missed the sun. It is great being close to family again and Sherm LOVES his job. Really, what more can you ask for?

So without further ado, UT I am now here at your service! I will be taking the next couple of months off for “maternity leave” and then I will be back in full swing ready for senior/family/kid portraits! And WA, I will still travel! :)