Saturday, June 30, 2007

Teaching Maxwell

Today Quincy and I watched my cousin Maxwell, he is six years old going into the 1st grade. While he was at the house he was supposed to work on reading and math (to make sure he is ready for the 1st grade...) I was thinking back to the first grade... you know basic things like spell cat, dog, the golden rule, etc. and then Max whips out the polar express for reading and subtraction for math! So crazy, kids are just going to be so dang smart! Well my favorite part of the whole thing was actually watching my husband help. It just melted me to hear him sound out words and encourage Max when he was getting flustered. He even taught him basic multiplication! Amazing! I sat in awe of my husband and his tenderness and patients with my little cousin, I realised I am so blessed and even better our kids are going to be so blessed to have a dad like Quincy. I cant wait to watch Quincy be a dad, I cant wait to watch him hold our first baby, or take our kids to their first day of school, or teach them all the things he is so great at! Oh how far away those days are..... thank God we have four nieces and a nephew on the way!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Jenna & Baby

This is my amazing pregnant sister-in-law Jenna Van Vleck! ...and her growing family! Her husband Justin and their daughter Elliana, and the very soon to be appearing baby brudder. Being an aspiring photographer you have to find the most patient and willing models possible and Jenna and her family went above and beyond. At one point I asked Justin to pull off the side of an old hwy in Chico and then sent him and Jenna into a mound of starthistle! But the pictures turned out amazing and everyone is happy all the way around. There is nothing that glows quite as bright and beautiful as a mother expecting! Jenna was radiating excitement, love, and pride of her beautiful belly carrying her son.

Monday, June 25, 2007

The GIRLS at Little Grass Valley

What a fun bunch: my cousins Victoria and Taylor, their friend Lydia (all in the 7th grade), and our super shy couri! I could hardly keep my eye in the camera because I was laughing (with them @ themselves) so hard! All giggles aside though these are some beautiful girls, inside and out! It was so awesome working with them in such a beautiful place, there was much thinking to do : beautiful atmosphere + gorgeous natural back drop + fantastic girls = great pictures anytime!
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Mom & Dad SO in LOVE

Watching my parents through the lens was like looking at two giddy highschool sweet hearts, there is nothing more beautiful than love shared and it is so obvious in these pictures! Being a newlywed myself it warmed my heart to see the way they looked at eachother even after 22 years!
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See Tuscany!

Winning a trip to Italy was truly unbelievable!... and then we got to ITALY! I didn't know such a perfect place DID exist. We loved everything... the atmosphere, the people, the seaside and the land, the food, the wine, the long relaxed meals, the conversations, the character filled picturesque buildings, the history, the art, the list could go on forever. One story I loved the most was the life of the olive tree... the olive trees in Italy are hundreds of years old and still they produce the most beautiful and cherished fruit, but the olive tree could not produce such perfect fruit if it did not suffer. If you look at an olive tree they are filled with big curling knots, splits, and cracks. They are smoked to stress the tree, and they are never watered by humans, the Italians that shared the most delicious extra virgin olive oil with us say:
"only a tree that suffers and survives the hard season will produce great fruit..."
If I didn't learn anything else while in Italy that would be fine, staying at the top of a beautiful olive grove for a week letting this truthful core lesson sink in was just what I needed!