Thursday, January 14, 2016

Favorite Indoor Hangout Spot

Where is one the most fun places to play? 
On Mom & Dad's bed of course.  
Playing with dolls and playing with blankets without a care in the world.  
Children teach us so much.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Sisters in the Snow

It was a snowy but not so cold afternoon.
We had about 15 minutes before we had to pick up the boys from school.  
The girls already had on their Elsa and Anna costumes.  
When I suggested they grab their princess wands and we go outside 
and take some pictures in the snow, they were thrilled.
I went into this photoshoot with the mindset of just letting my girls play
and capture photos as their playtime unfolded. 
Here are the results:

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Playing on the Window Ledge

I've been having fun just taking pictures at home of my kids playing.
None of these photos are staged.  I didn't even tell them I was taking their pictures.
And that's the way I like it.  I like to capture moments as they happen.  
I'm loving how the black and white photos create both high impact and simplicity.

Mark and His Dog, Blue

My brother, Mark came up to visit us during Christmastime.  
He brought his Blue Heeler dog, named Blue with him.
Blue is a good dog and loved our backyard.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Tyler's Baptism

 I had a lot of fun taking pictures for Tyler's baptism announcement.  
Our family had just spent the afternoon at Bounce N' Slide and it was getting closer to sunset. 
I told Tyler to hurry inside and get on your church suit so we could head over to the church for pictures.  Tyler was in such a good mood and we got some fun shots.  Here are a few of my favorites:
We were in a hurry and I think those red shoes just scream personality with his suit!
Tyler's Baptism Day
Tyler was baptized and confirmed as a 
member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by his Dad.
The Stake Center's water heater wasn't working, so poor Tyler's baptismal font water was extra cold.
He was so brave to get in that cold water and make such a special covenant with Heavenly Father.
We are so blessed to have Tyler in our forever family.
Tyler is growing into a great young man.
Tyler didn't want to have a picture with me.
Grandpa and Grandma Ward (and Aunt Laura) woke up really early to make the drive up from Orem.
They gave Tyler a nice journal and a CTR tie tack.
My Grandma Hallstrom and Uncle Calvin came to the baptism as well.
Two of Tyler's best friends, Beck Susman and Jack Griffiths, came to support Tyler on his special day.
Others that were in attendance at the baptism: Tyler's Primary Teachers, Alan and Wendy McBride, the Primary President, Christi Nazer, Primary Counselor, Jenny Klinger,
Bishop Zeke Susman and his wife, Lacy Susman.
Dennis Livingston wasn't able to make it to the baptism, 
but he was sweet and brought over a nice handwritten card for Tyler.
These boys are hardly ever serious:
We had family come over to our house afterwards for a celebratory lunch.  
We had pizza, breadsticks, pop, carrots, oranges, brownies, and chocolate chip cookies.
We sang, "Happy Baptism Day To You" (to the tune of "Happy Birthday") 
and had Tyler blow out his candle.
Sam and I gave Tyler a very special gift: his own set of scriptures with his name engraved on it 
and a very nice scripture case.
Banner Artwork by Tyler