I've been wanting to have a professional photographer take photos of our family since adopting Karsten, but it never made it to the top of the priority list until this year. As someone who admires great photography I knew I needed to find just the right photographer for our family. Two friends of mine have used Jen at Photojenic and I've always loved the pictures they took away from their sessions.
So, a few weeks ago B and I took the day off work and had photos taken with Karsten. We had a mini session, so she only photographed us for 30 minutes, but she caught some great shots. She shot outside of her adorable studio where she had an old teal truck and lots of other great backgrounds. I was in photography heaven!
I'll let the photos speak for themselves...they capture us perfectly....a whole lot of sweetness and silliness!
Every year I hope to capture a photo of us reading a book to him. Reading is a big part of our home! He is so into trains right now that I wanted a book to capture that!
can't you just see how much they adore each other!!!
heart....in....a....puddle (probably my favorite shot from the entire photo shoot!)
Loved this vintage yellow scooter...and the metal building behind her studio!
I love how she captured our family. The reason for all the tickling was that Karsten kept wanting to put on his serious face because he wasn't quite sure what was going on...we had to keep him smiling!
He was NOT thrilled with having his shirt, shoes, and socks taken off for this shot, but man it turned out cute! She captured his pouty face perfectly!
Happy Day After Thanksgiving! As some call it, Black Friday...I do wonder however if it should continue to be called Black Friday when many stores opened on Thanksgiving...I have such a huge problem with that, but that's another soapbox... for never. This morning, I did score 60% off a coat for Karsten at Carters and 60% off + 25% off of frames and a few needed things at Michael's. There are some great deals out there, but not much we need!
Now to what this blog post is really about...to elf (on the shelf) or not to elf (on the shelf)? I'll be honest, I really went back and forth on whether to add this to our Christmas tradition or not.
I think it's a cute concept.
Kids totally dig it.
The elf is adorable.
It creates excitement for the season.
It's a great way to get your kids to behave, or to scare them into behaving.
I even read a great blog post last year about how a Christian family incoorporates the elf into the real REASON FOR THE SEASON!
However....we've decided that the Moore family will not be partaking in the elf on the shelf tradition. Please know there is seriously no judgment on those who make this a part of their Christmas season...it's just not for us.
For one thing...I'm desperately seeking simplification in my life. Having to remember to move an elf around the house every night (or heaven help me...create scenes for the elf) just seems like one thing that I don't need to add to my already too long list!
Trust me...we are not scrooges...in fact we're adding three new, simple traditions for Karsten this year. He's old enough to get "it" and certainly teachable enough to begin learning that Christmas is a time for giving in celebration of Christ's birthday. We've already been sorting through his toys and clothes and making piles for Baby Sean, my cousin's baby. In his precious little voice K will say "Give to baby Sean?" We're also going to be buying a few things to send to our World Vision child, Edison (who is Karsten's age).
I'll be sharing our new traditions soon, but one of them is based on the ebook Truth in the Tinsel that I purchased yesterday. Scroll to the bottom of the Truth is in the Tinsel link to see a video of what's it's all about! The Mom Creative reviewed it yesterday and it's exactly what I had been looking for. I purchased the additional ornament add on because I don't think K is quite old enough to make the craft ornaments...so this year we'll just color an ornament each day and hang them on the tree in his playroom. I LOVE that there is Scripture each day that we'll read and then we can talk about it as he colors the ornament. I plan on dating and keeping his ornaments each year to see how his coloring/craftiness improves with age :)
So, there may be no elf excitement in the Moore house, but there will certainly be some Jesus excitement and that's exactly what we're going for!
Once again it's been a long time since I've blogged...forgive me....life is full and wonderfully busy!
One of the best parts of being a teacher is that I have great blocks of time off....including this week. It's been flying by!
Monday I spent the majority of my day at St. Luke's Hospital having my annual heart check up! I'm blessed to report that my heart looks great and my bloodwork was perfect!!! Though I'm feeling great, it's always reassuring to get a good report!
Tuesday we went out as a family to shop at Whole Foods and Costco. Karsten was a trooper and entertained by Daddy as I added things to our cart and checked off my list. We both enjoyed long naps after our shopping adventures.
Wednesday found me with the mobs at our local grocery store...I refused to be grumpy and impatient like 75% of the shoppers!
This year we're celebrating a cozy Thanksgiving with just the 3 of us. It's weird not being with family, but weird isn't bad...in fact it's kind of nice not being on anyone else's time table! This morning I typed up a quick printable to include in my Project Life album (which I've also been working in this week).
I'll be honest and let you know that the Apple Turnovers have been taken off the list...I'll make them this weekend when we go to my aunt and uncles. We certainly don't need two desserts!
And just to make your heart melt...Karsten brought these back to me from a walk that he and Brian took while I was cooking. He is such a sweet boy (who can be quite stinky when he wants to be!) I am so thankful to be his Mommy!
Happy Thanksgiving and Blessings!
While we were in Dallas a couple of weekends ago we visited the Dallas Arboretum. Ever since seeing a photo of their pumpkin display online it has been on my bucket list. I will let the photos speak for themselves. It was a photographers haven...I took hundreds of photos...these are my favorites.
I've never seen so many pumpkins and gourds in one place!
Braedon, Caroline, Karsten---Cousins
Though he was feeling puny for Halloween I was relieved to have photos of him in his Halloween costume. His love for trains made this year's costume an easy decision: a train conductor. Striped overalls, a conductors hat, and we were set! I also appreciate the fact that he can wear all of these components over and over...so no wasted $$
Last weekend we drove up to Rusk, Texas; Home of the Texas State Railroad." We took a 30 minute train ride to a "pumpkin patch"/Fall festival and then back to the train station. Brian's brother and his family joined us for this adventure.
He wasn't so sure about the train live and in person, but he seemed to enjoy the ride.
chris shanda braedon
playing with camera....kinda cool
he's in this phase where he doesn't want to look at the camera...lil stinker!
best photo from the day
a steam train chugging by
cute fact: whenever Karsten sees a RR crossing sign he says "ding ding"
After about 2 hours of playing and eating we got back on the train....it was a fun day and I would recommend it those families who have kids who like trains. Next year we'll probably go back for the Polar Express Train Ride
When choosing winners I told Brian to choose a number between 1 and the # of comments and he threw out a number....totally random and unrigged :)
Children's Books--Melinda Devany
Starbuck's Giftcard--Nancy P
Project Life--Chelsea Purifoy
You're Made for a God Sized Dream--Jenn
Congrats to everyone...I will attempt to contact each winner via email to get your mailing address. My goal is to have these mailed out by the end of the week! Thanks for entering and I truly hope you'll continue to stop by and visit!
First off, thanks for all of you who have left comments and entered the giveaways this week. If you're new here, I hope you'll subscribe and stop back by again soon. If you're a regular reader...thank you so much.
I've definitely been slacking in the blog department since returning to work, but this week was a push for me to turn that around. I have new blog posts in the works and plan on sharing some delicious recipes soon. Of course, there will also be Project Life posts once I have time to take photos of the completed pages sitting in my albums.
I love and collect cookbooks...I have close to 100 and am known to grab one off the shelf and just read it. I will be honest in saying that I don't buy a cookbook unless it has great photography and relatively simple recipes. Granted, simple to me might not be simple to you. Let's just say though I have Mastering the Art of French Cooking, I've never used it. I'm a busy Mom who needs simple and tasty recipes. I know many of you are too.
Today's giveaway is a beautiful cookbook published by Williams Sonoma (love that store) called Family Meals. The photography is simple and beautiful and the recipes are mouth watering.
To be entered leave me a comment and tell me what you're favorite cookbook or go to place is for recipes. I'll be honest....I have a lot of cookbooks, but I also use myrecipes.com and Pinterest to get a lot of my recipes too!
I love every single thing about Fall...the temps (finally cooling off here in Houston), the food, the clothes (LOVE the ability to layer), the colors, and the smells. I love burning candles year round in my home, but Fall is my favorite time because I can justify burning pumpkin scented candles.
I was at Target the other day and came across this adorble tin with a White Pumpkin Buttercream scented candle inside....smells like heaven!!! Plus, the tin is just adorable to use once the candle is burned down!
To enter leave me a comment and tell me your favorite scent! US residents only. Winners for all giveaways will be announced on Monday.