Saturday, December 29, 2007

Pray for me! First things first. When I say I will do everything I can to get this baby out, I am serious. My nesting vibe got the best of me and I was going crazy with my big beautiful Christmas tree still up so I decided to put it away. It is nine feet tall so I stood on a bar stool to get the top part off. Well, it came off easier than I thought and I ended up on the floor across the dining room. Oops! I was fine at first but ended up going into the hospital to get monitored. Everything was fine with the baby. It took forever to get consistent minuets of baby heart rate cause it would not stop moving. I am pretty sure it was doing yoga.

Last night I thought for sure that I was in labor and I was going to have the baby today. Well, 12 hours of contractions and here I sit. I had taken 4 oz. of Caster oil for the third time so I really thought I would be recovering by now. Also yesterday, my doc stripped my membranes TWICE during my office visit. I kinda thought I was going to die. So, I just took my forth dose of Caster oil and only threw up once. I am sitting here with toilet paper stuck up my nose so that I can't smell the oil when I burp. If this doesn't work I won't do the oil again. We have an induction date set up for the 3rd. My mom will get here that morning so that will be really nice. Of course, I am praying that this baby comes today or tomorrow, we will see how things go! I am going to post maternity pics soon when I can get my other computer to cooperate.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Last Tuesday was Ladies Night!!! It is so fun to get together for a good ol' girls only night. We met up at an adorable coffee house for dessert and hot chocolate. After sitting and chatting we HAD to get a picture before we left. It is really hard to see me in the picture but I promise I am in there. For the love of Christmas I am ready to have this baby!!!!!!

When they gave us last call, we got out of there and ended up at my house for a white elephant gift exchange. I don't want to mention names but ELIZABETH and JENNI left their treasures at my house!!! I will hold them hostage until further notice.

Thanks ladies for the relaxing evening!!!

Friday, December 07, 2007

I have been Husband tagged by Kim M. This is a new one and I am excited to brag about my man. He is such a hunk!!!

1. What is his name? Spencer Delwyn Ray. In his family the name tradition is for the first son to have his fathers name as his middle name. So, his dads name is Delwyn and we will be keeping it right where it is.

2. How long have you been married? It has been 7 1/2 years.

3. How long did you date? Well, it was nine days. What can I say, he knew he had to move fast to catch THIS!

4. Who eats more? He does, depending on what it is. It if is sweets, it's me, but anything else, it's him.

5. Who said "I love you" first? He did. It was about 24 hours after we had met. It was magic I tell ya!

6. Who sings better? We are pretty much equal in that department. We don't do solo's but we can fit in in a choir. And what couple doesn't have a blast singing "It's Your Love" together?

7. Who is taller? Spencer is a hunky 6 feet 5 inches so he would be the taller one. That was my only "thing" that I wanted in my man.

8. Whose temper is worse? I would have to say mine. Spencer is good at taking a deep breath and calming down. I, on the other hand, yell way too much. The thing is, we don't lose our temper with each other, it is only with the kids.

9. Who does the laundry? When it gets done, it is me. He helps if I ask him to, but I take over the chore.

10. Who does the dishes? This is my job. Just yesterday, I let him know what my system is. I had been meaning to tell him for months, but I kept forgetting.

11. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? He does. I have to sleep on the side that the bathroom is on. If we ever sleep anywhere else. I always take the "bathroom" side so we are pretty flexible when it comes to the bed. (That was a joke you dirty bird!)

12. Who does the cooking? We both do. I don't enjoy as much as he does. He takes over the "good" meals. He did Thanksgiving this year and it Rocked!

13. Who is more stubborn? It totally depends on the situation. He gets pretty firm when I am not listening to him when he is trying to help me. He is so sweet to me.

14. Who proposed? It was Spencer. We were sitting in the top window seat in the Joseph Smith Fielding building over looking Salt Lake City after the sun rose. It was very romantical. We had been dating for 9 days and it was about time!

15. Who is more likely to admit when they were wrong? We are both really good about this, and this is why we don't argue very much. We both trust each other enough to know that we wouldn't hurt the other persons feelings on purpose. It is the most important aspect of our marriage.

16. Whose parents do you see more? Mine. I would like it to be his but mine are closer.

17. Who pays the bills? When they get paid, I do it. He may drop them off in the mail but I sign the checks.

18. Who wears the pants in the family? He does when I give him permission to do so.

19. Why do you love your husband? Oy, where do I start? Anyone who can see me naked and not be able to resist me has something special. He is so very kind and loving. I love him because he loves me! There is not another human on this earth who loves me like he does. He has NEVER ever made me feel bad about myself. He is understanding and lets me be me. He is so supportive in what I do and shows an interest in the things I am passionate about. He is my friend, my lover and my biggest fan, how can you not love that?

I am so excited about this picture!!! If you come over to my house, I will MAKE you come into my bathroom to look at it, I just love it. It is Mady sitting on a stool. Usually she has a lot more crack showing but she was wearing granny panties. It is a 20x16 and the fabulous Jenni from Framing Jenni helped me with. I love it, it makes me want to do all my business in the front bathroom now. Sorry for the crappy pic, I hate doing pictures inside with no windows!

Friday, November 30, 2007

How nice would it be to hang out all day in your jammies? I am asking cause I could tell you, it is nice! I don't get dressed unless I am leaving the house, I do have love for my fellow men. When I came into the living room and saw Mady sprawled out on the coffee table I needed a pic. This week has been a LONG one and we have loved staying in our "jams" Mady stayed home sick from Pre-school on Monday and Carson has been home sick for the last three days. I am pretty sure that Spencer will soon be sick as well. I just hope that everyone gets it out of their systems before the new baby gets here.

I had to post this picture really quick. This child melts my heart. This was my second session with this family and I knew I would get one of these. I jus HAD to share!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Tuesday night I tried to set this shot up. It didn't turn out to be as "freakin' awesome" as I thought it would. I need Christmas pics for my frames in the hallway and thought this would be fun. Well, it was a nice try. I was using my 50mm lens so I was stuck in the back of the room as far away as I could to get what I wanted into the shot. Well, I eventually tried to get my big fat pregnant butt up all by myself and guess what I did. According to Carson, I ruined Christmas. When I stood up my belly knocked over the tree. It has a mind of its own I tell ya. So of course, like so many of my other friends, instead of getting mad, I grabbed the camera for the Blog. I guess that having a blog has helped a few hissy fits from happening.

Monday, November 12, 2007

So here is an update. I had Chanel 6 News in my house today. The didn't interview me on camera but I did give them my pictures. If you are local you may see some of my pics on the news. Most likely not but you never know!

So last night we were watching TV and saw some lights flashing in our back windows. Spencer went to check it out and it was the Meridian Police Department searching the field behind our house. We looked out the window in the front and this is what we saw. Holy Crap! While this guy was sitting on the curb the police were searching the entire neighborhood. They found a back pack on the neighbors front porch and searched it. Two cops took off in a hurry and the next thing we know, they are patting down a girl and had her in the back of one of the cars. So, this is what we found out this morning. These two criminals were breaking into cars in the neighborhood. Someone called the police and these two took off. The guy ended up in our neighbors back yard and the dogs inside were going crazy at the back door. The guy that lives next to us went to go see what was going on and their was a guy looking back at him. He opened the door to ask what was going on. He got pushed out of the way and the robber hid in the house and they later found his box cutter. My neighbors called the police and they were able to be over there right away since they had already been called. Luckily they don't have any kids in the home, that would have been horrible. The scary this is, I never lock my doors and I mean never. Even after all of that last night, I forgot to lock them. Guess what, not going to forget tonight! So yeah, really scary. I feel blessed that my home and my family were safe. I think I am going to put a pic of Spencer in the front window with a sign that says, This Guy Lives Here.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Watch out world!! Madyson turned 4! We had a party for her that turned out pretty darn good. The theme was, It's Time to get FABULOUS! We decorated princess hats, painted nails, made jewelry, had princess sandwiches and birthday cake, opened presents and had a fashion show for the moms. The girls were so good! I would much rather do a girl party than a boy party.

Madys cake was a little ghetto but it worked out just fine. I am not if love with Barbie so I thought the next best thing would be a pic of Mady on top of her cake. The picture turned out to be Spencers favorite and he stole it.

Mady HAD to invite Hunter even though it was a girls only party. She is totally in love with him even though their dads are cousins. I have finally convinced her to stop kissing him. Now when he moves in for some action, Mady puts her hand up to her face and says, No Hunter, I can't kiss you. My mom said we can't anymore. At least I know she listens to me sometimes.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Todays thoughts running through my head are, Who lit the fuse on your tampon? Seriously, why are people so cranky? Just a quick trip to the store and I wanted to beat the crap out of two women who seriously need to get some. I am a big ol' mama who can't walk down the isle without getting a contraction. It's going to be alright if I walk slow in front of you, my uterus is killing me! OK, venting session over.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Just wanted to post some favorite pics from a recent photo shoot. This Mr. Man was such a beautiful little boy. His poor parents were a little stressed but I got some fun shots of him just being himslef.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

More Pics from Rexburg!! I know, enough of the pics. I'm sorry, I can't help it!! I took over 850 pictures while I was there. Got to LOVE digital. These are all of my parents grand kids with a special appearance by my sister Stephanie!

Monday, October 29, 2007

I had my Dad snap some pics of us while we were in Rexburg. This was the COOLEST building and we were told that we couldn't be around it. Lucky for me, my dad knew how important this was to me and talked the "grounds keeper" into letting us sit on the steps. My heart would have broken if we would could not have taken pictures here.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

I have been tagged! Thanks Kim, I had to actually spend a few moments to think about myself.
These are 6 "things" about me!
1. I LOVE pictures, shocking, I know. Seriously, I fall in love with clients when I am able to take and edit their pictures. I have started to regret not having more pictures of myself taken. I don't ask to have my pic taken and I am usually always the one behind the camera. My dad took a few of me this last week and guess what I was doing!!!

2. My kids drive me CRAZY! They can be the biggest brats and most of the time I was to sell them on ebay. Then we have the "moments" where I know that being a mother and a creator of humans is all worth it. We were walking home from the park and Carson melted my heart. He put his hand on Madysons back and I was able to capture it! Usually, I would have staged this but this time, it was all them. So, even though they are totally insane, I promise not to sell them on ebay or craigs list.

3. I am a total show off...notice the pictures to enhance my descriptions. I can't help but show off everything that I do. I love to have tons of projects going on and LOVE the attention that I get when I show my friends and family. It is a HUGE part of my self esteem which is kinda pathetic, but that's me!
4. I hate my dog. I have taken her collar off and let her out of the back yard so that she would run away and nobody would know where she belongs. Lucky for her, Spencer spotted her when he was driving home and picked her up. Everyone tells me that she is in a "puppy" stage and she will grow out of it in a few years. Well, the years aren't passing fast enough. Someday, I am sure I will love her, but if she were to "get lost" I wouldn't be sad.
5. I am content. For the first time in my life, I feel balanced, centered and I appreciate being part of the human race. I love where we live! I feel so blessed to have the home that we do and be in the ward that we are in. I have been able to show my true self to a lot of people and I have only shown the true Michelle to a handful of people in the past.
6. I am scared to death to have this baby. I have 10 weeks left of freedom. Knowing this is our last, I cherish every movement even if it is a punch to the bladder. I love not having to suck in my tummy and when this baby is out, my jelly belly will be back! I am so thankful to even be able to be pregnant in the first place, but it doesn't mean that I can't be scared.

JULY!!! That is the last time I have blogged!!! I go in spurts to here in the start of another one. This last week, my sister had her third child, Danielle! This has been a week of sweet emotions. Yesterday was Landon day. Her second child was delivered as a still born at 35 weeks. Having sweet baby Dani added to their family has been a joy that I am so thankful that I was able to be a part of. So, in honor of Madyson's FIRST baby girl cousin on the Jones side, I present, princess Dani!!!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Today, I am hobbling around the house like an old woman trying to get ready for Spencer's brother and sister to get here. I am only 15 weeks along and my sciatic nerve in my bum bum is pinched and I kinda want to stay in bed all day. OK enough crying for me...I'm not complaining, just explaining.

We purchased our first "baby item" for number three and every time that I look at it, I get a little dizzy and pinch myself. What is so scary about number three? I am just a big ol' chicken I guess. Carson and Mady are going to be the most amazing big brother and sister and I can't wait to put them to work!

I found a few pictures of the brats, this is why I continue to claim them in public.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Things have been slow lately which has been really nice. I feel like HELL so it hasn't broken my heart to not have a session every week. I took the kids out one night and had a blast with them. I had to pay Carson $1 to take his shirt off. I felt really stupid begging my child to take his shirt off and then paying him money for it. It was worth it, how can you not be impressed with his "guns."

I have a wedding coming up this weekend. I am anxious but REALLY looking forward to it. Wish me luck!!!!!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

I think this session has been the highlight of my short career!!! This was a recreation of a picture that his family took over 20 years ago. It reminds me of the Garden of Eden. If we find out that we are having a girl, I would love to name her Eden after this session and these pictures.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

It has been a LONG time since I have "surfed" on the internet. Luckily, it is because I am staying pretty busy. I just got a new lens that has been so much fun to play with. I bought some studio light and have NO idea what to do with them. Every penny I make, I have put it back into my photography. That is why I started to do this in the first place. I like supporting my habits!! I am about to sell the majority of my scrapbook supplies because the dust collecting mess is haunting me in my dreams!!! I have gotten more positive feedback on my digital scrapbooking than I ever did with my regular scrapbooking. I am no dummy! Digital it is!

OK, enough rambling. I wanted to post some pics of my Maddy. I love these pics because she looks like she has hair!!!

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Being around a brand new baby makes my heart pound. Not for reason that most might think. I LOVE new babies, I just know what it took for them to get here and it makes me light headed just thinking about it. This is baby Joseph. In these pictures he is 15 hours old. I am friends with this family and was so excited that she wanted me to come and take pics while they were still in the hospital. When I was getting ready, the nurse came and told the mom that she needed to walk. I got to be alone with that baby for about 10 mins. to do whatever I needed to! It was SO much fun. I tried not to smooch him too much, but it was hard.

Monday, April 02, 2007

My husbands brother got married this weekend is Salt Lake City. Can I just tell you, it SUCKED! OK, so the wedding was perfect and the bride and groom were stunning, but I didn't get a turn to take pictures. The "professional" photographer was paid hourly and the wedding ran an hour late so I didn't get a chance to do any pictures with them. I had to sneak up behind the photographer and get what I could. I know that the professional was ready to beat the crap out of me, but HELLO, it's my family so keep your panties on. I would say that I would rather watch someone eat my favorite chocolate cake while I am on a diet, than watch another photographer work. It was so hard!!!! I managed to get a few shots that will be just fine for me so I can't complain too much.
Don't you love her shoes, her sash and her freaking cake? Everything was SO beautiful!!!