Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Fall Festival 2009

We had Fall Festival at church tonight and I have to say (even though I know I'm extremely biased) Anna Kate is so unbelievably pretty. Where did she come from? Seriously, if this is even a tiny glimpse of the future, we're in major trouble....

Anna Kate & her Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Orr

Anna Kate & Jacob (her 'hottie')

Anna Kate & Anslee (BFF)

Anna Kate & Aubrie

Anna Kate & Davis

Anna Kate & Ella Grace


Sunday, October 25, 2009

A Weekend of Pictures

I have spent all weekend, literally, doing photo sessions, editing and scheduling other shoots.

And because I simply cannot end a post without a picture of Anna Kate, I give you....

I have had this particular shot in my head ever since my friend Renee' made this dress for Anna Kate. I am SOOOO happy with it. I see this enlarged BIG and displayed prominently in the den :c)


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Never-Ending Work in Progress

That's why I call Anna Kate's bedroom...she is growing up and has been wanting to put a desk in her bedroom so she can draw, color, read, etc. For weeks I have been trying to come up with a solution without buying or getting rid of any furniture. After two days.................(sorry, had to pause to scrub blue non-washable marker off of AK's lips. WHYYYY does she insist on coloring on herself?!?!)......I think I finally got it put together.

Ignore the brown's a get-me-by chair until we get a coordinating one. Also, the hanging lamp needs to be moved to the left some. We're going to put the white hutch in the guest bedroom after we convert it from the playroom (I'm thinking a muted beach/nautical theme for the GBR). Anyway, Anna Kate absolutely loves having a desk/art/study/reading area in her bedroom now :c)

After church today we ate lunch in the restaurant out a the newly renovated Lakepoint State Park.

The views are absolutely stunning! Actually, nearly 15 years ago we had our After Rehearsal Dinner in the dining room right inside from this view.

I hate that this one is out of focus, but she just would not be still.....

Have a good week everyone!


Friday, October 9, 2009

Halloween Costume

After many, many, many hours of indecision and searching catalogs, Anna Kate finally decided what she wanted to be this year. The costume came yesterday and OMG it is the cutest thing EVER!

Spanish Can Can Dancer


Parent/Teacher Conference

We had a Parent/Teacher Conference with Anna Kate's teacher this past Wednesday afternoon. I have to admit, I was a little nervous. I don't know why...I guess I just wanted to get a great report on my child like any mom would. My wish was definitely granted though :c) Anna Kate is doing VERY well in class. Her report card had all 'S'es on it...yes, even in conduct, ha! Mrs. Orr also relayed that Anna Kate is reading on grade level, which is GREAT! She mentioned that in August, when they had their DIBELS testing (state testing), she scored a 45. The August goal for an incoming Kindergartner is 20 and end-of-the-year goal is she is already ahead of where she should be by the end of this school year!!!! We also found out that AK apparently has an interest in math and is one of the only students in the class who has picked up on some of the concepts being taught. I know, I know...math? I think you all know where she gets that.....NOT ME!

After all the academic things were discussed we moved on to social skills. Sadly, that was my biggest fear. I think Jeff and I both sat there mentally biting our nails and waiting for the other shoe to drop! It didn't though :c) Mrs. Orr expressed what a joy it is to have AK in her class. She said AK plays well with everyone and makes friends easily. To quote Mrs. Orr, "Anna Kate is a great friend! Now, she's real quick to let you know when she doesn't like something, but she isn't disrespectful about it. Anna Kate may be tiny, but she definitely knows how to stand up for herself." That's our girl!!!! So overall, we got an excellent report and we couldn't be more proud of our sweet little 'Boodles' :c) Keep up the good work sweetheart!

Did I forget to mention that she gets to make a trip to Walmart after school today for a 'good-report-card-prize'? My guess is that she chooses item #1,247 for her never-ending Barbie collection. *Sigh*....


Sunday, October 4, 2009

Rescheduled Photo Session

As promised, here are the images from this morning's session.

When will the 5 yr old attitude stop? *sigh*...

I have one more post to do, but it will probably be later today before I get it up. I don't feel well, so I'm going to eat lunch and maybe take a nap. 3 days of 99.3* is getting old. If it spikes, I guess I'll be headed to the Dr. tomorrow for a swine flu test. Ugggg.


Friday, October 2, 2009

Miss me?

I know, I's been awhile, but I do have several valid excuses ;c)

The first one is that I had a wedding to photograph last weekend and I have literally spent every spare minute since then editing the pictures. Over 400 photos takes a lonnnng time to go through.

I do have to thank my PA (you know who you are) for helping me out. It was a LOT of work and would have been difficult to cover everything I needed to without you :c)

Let's see, what else? Oh yeah! Jeff has the pig flu. Yep, he was diagnosed yesterday afternoon. He has been quarantined to our bedroom until he is fever free for 24 hours. Anna Kate & I have been sleeping in her bed all week (it's more comfortable anyway, lol). We're hoping he's on the road to recovery and will be able to come out of his hole this weekend. Sure would love to have him sitting beside me on the sofa tomorrow night as we enjoy Auburn's fifth victory!!! *WAR EAGLE*

And finally, Anna Kate's update; She's still doing very well in school. I am amazed every day at how she is progressing with her reading. She loves for us to quiz her with flash cards. She also is REALLY into a drawing now. She draws on every piece of paper laying around the house. If left unsupervised for any length of time, you'll discover that she has 'colored' her fingernails with a blue permanent marker, as I did last night...

I have been in desperate need to do a photo shoot with her, so I decided to do a real quick one this morning before going to school/work.

I ended up with about 20 of these:

And then I bribed her with one Barbie prize if she gave me one good smile....and literally, that's all she gave me...ONE!

We have rescheduled the shoot for tomorrow......