Monday, August 22, 2011

A Monday I Can Smile About

I spent the day with Mr Takamine!
I loved it... And he makes me smile!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Temporary Tattoos

Temporary tatooos are always a sure winner with my kids.
My sister bought the girls a few sheets of them and they "went to town" with them.
("Went to town" is an expression I use meaning:
They used them to the fullest potential.
They didn't actually "go to town".)

They had them all over their bodies.
Top of chest, toes, arms, and forearms... everywhere.
Afterward, they were more than elated to put on a show.

I love my dress wearin', tattoo bearin' girls of summer.

Happy Tuesday!!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Courage, Excellence, and Attitude

I remember my blissful, fleeting senior year of high school.
It was the year 1995.
I had been waiting for this event to arrive for the last 12 years. 

I was ready... or so I "thought I was ready" to be an adult.
To be out on my own.
To be a responsible college student, on my way to the rest of my life.
It was an exciting time.

Ah yes...
those days of eating cafeteria lunches,
all the memories from yearbook signings,
losing and forgetting locker combinations,
and rushing through the halls trying to catch the next class before the bell rings...

Those days were joyfully about to come to an end.

At the time... There was no greater joy.

What we are is God's gift to us.  What we become is our gift to God. 
~Eleanor Powell

Your schooling may be over, but remember that your education still continues. 
~Author Unknown

I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles,
 to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities,
and to the most special places your heart has ever known. 
~Author Unknown

Put your future in good hands - your own.  ~Author Unknown

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.  ~Milton Berle

Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Shoot for the moon.  Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.  ~Les Brown

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. 
 ~Robert Louis Stevenson

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.  ~e.e. Cummings

Excellence is not a skill.  It is an attitude.  ~Ralph Marston

I believe great things are awaiting you Taylor, and I know your future is truly bright.
Best wishes and God bless you as you begin a new journey.
Enjoy the ride!

~ Jenny

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

You Can't Make Chicken Salad Out of Chicken Poop!

We had been dreadfully sitting in traffic for nearly an hour.
But it seemed more like days.
The parking lot of trucks and cars clung tightly to the pavement
 while lined up and down the endless highway.

Traffic happens to be one of my biggest pet peeves.
I just don't like the fact that I have absolutely no control over the situation.
There's just no where to go. It makes my blood boil.

Speaking of "boil".
The sun was so scorching, that I'm sure that I heard the blacktop pavement
 actually crying out in agony.

It seemed the only redeeming quality of the trip was that the children were all fast asleep.
(Sorry, it may sound mean, but if you have kids,
you know that's a big plus on a long road trip.)

We were heading to the country.
A place where there was little, if any, traffic, fresh produce of plenty on every corner,
 and groves of beautiful pasture as far as the eye could see.

Though our road trip seemed to have taken a turn for the worst,
I still expected good things would come from our journey.

As we pulled into the driveway, two beautiful children came running out
with smiles that could melt even the coldest of hearts,
 yelling "Mrs. Jenny... Mrs. Jenny...".

That was it for me. It was worth it.

It was worth the gruelling torture of traffic and the horrific confinement of the Chrysler.

Our sweet children had a glorious reunion,
we all ate the most amazing supper (no doubt the best my family will have all week),
and then enjoyed the entertainment of squealing children, the sweetest kittens ever,
a crash course on chicken raising, and, of course, I had to take pictures!

I loved this little, petite guy! (shown above) He was so cute.

This guy was a beautiful auburn color... I liked him too.

A guinea. They were all cool chicks!

I LOVE her boots!

And there were little chicks too. Go ahead and say it... Awwwweeee!

 As part of our entertainment, we watched our daughters scream in absurd terror
 most of the evening over these "fierce roaring lions".

I was like... Seriously?...

I mean, they were climbing objects in fear...

I have one word for their behavior... RIDICULOUS!

They have never been around cats before. Sadly.
But how can anyone be frightened of a kitten?
But to make a long, (and rather loud and preposterous) story short,
 by the end of the night ALL the kids were bravely playing with the kittens.

I was beyond delighted to see the girls at peace with the little darlings by the end of the evening.
My friend worked a miracle there.

The road trip was worth it in every way.
Our day went from a hapless beginning into a beautified end.
And I just have to say... I had a splendid Monday!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Girls, Girls, Girls

I happen to be a huge fan of girls.... since Mr. Takamine and I were blessed with three of our own.
I was so honored to photograph this wonderful couple and their three lovely girls last week.

We arrived at the local park.
 It was just the beginnings of another blistering hot summer day.
The temperatures were rising and so was my excitement.

As we walked across the little bridge and started down the concrete path
to the many beautiful, green filled sites, we talked and laughed.
We listened to the girls play and giggle.

The sun was shining warmly across the babies face and shadows filled the ground
 from the strong and tall forest surrounding us.

Suddenly, I was reminded, this family was a lot like mine.
A loving and ever giving mother.
A faithful and constant man who loved her dearly.
And three fun loving, sweet, whimsical girls.

I can not even explain to you how much I loved doing this photo session!
Loved, loved, loved it...

There is something about a little girl...
It's innately built within us to care for others... even with our little fluffy things.

Her curls and freckles just melt my heart!

What a darlin' baby!

Such a great family... I was truly honored!