Friday, December 28, 2007

Everyone should watch this......

I found this link on one of the blogs that I read daily. It's very interesting to say the least, I think it would be great if they showed this video to kids in school. It should be a requirement, just like splitting the boys and girls up in 5th grade to talk about sex. While it might not be for everyone, at least it makes you think about what we our doing to our planet.

Monday, December 17, 2007

More icey pictures....

A nature photographer I am not, but the weather is so inspiring right now, that I have tried to get some pictures. Here are couple more from the recent ice storm.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Ice Storm 2007

So we got a "little" ice over the weekend. Unfortunately we are losing trees left and right, and one of the branches landed on my friends car. Our neighboors tree across the street literally looked liked it exploded from the inside out. It's sucked mostly because we've been out of power for more than 24 hours now. Pretty soon I'm gonna have to start throwing out food if it doesn't come back on. Luckily for me I have in-laws with power so I have been able to shower and do the important things like check email and update this thing.:) Hopefully we get power soon, however, the prospects don't look good as we are suppose to get a couple more inches of ice this evening.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Sunday Morning Donuts!!

We've sort started this terrible habbit of getting donuts on Sunday mornings. Healthy breakfast I know, but the kids love it. We get to read the paper and hang out and the kids get a wonderful sugar high and all is right with the world. Anyway I couldn't help but take a picture today, because Ben loves the powdered sugar covered donuts that are filled with cream. Needless to say they create massive messes and he is just in heaven eating every last bite.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Growing up........

So the other night my daughter is getting ready for bed after her shower. She's standing there in front of me getting dressed and talking away about something that happened that day, and all I can think about is that I have birthed a woman. While I know she's only 12, and that really isn't quite a woman, she is definetely a teen. She has woman parts and soon enough she'll be thinking like a woman. It's amazing really, to think that from my womb came this beautiful woman who is going to grow up someday and be something amazing. I still feel like kid myself, how can I be the mom of a teenager, and then an adult. How does one do that. I really mentally don't feel much different than I did at 16, okay maybe 18, but still you know I just don't feel as old as I really am. And yet I am supposed to be a parent, give the advice, set the good example. Time is a crazy thing, if blink you might just miss out on an entire childhood. Sometimes I feel that way about my daughter, I was so busy growing up when I had her that I feel like I woke up one day and here I have a teenage daughter, next thing you know she'll be walking down the wedding isle. For now though, at least it's just dances and constant phone calls.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Christmas tree hunting!!

We went with my parents and my brother's family to a Christmas tree farm today. It's always so fun to search out the perfect one. You know it when you see it, the clouds part and the angels sing and you just take a moment to look at it in awe. We got a great tree, 7 ft. tall, bushy and perfectly shaped. Only problem, when we got it home in the tree stand, it's totally crooked. Isn't that just like life, you think it's going to be perfect and forget all the bumps that come along the way. Anyway we still love our not-so-perfect little tree, and our not-so-perfect life for that matter. So here are a couple of pics, I tell ya, Ben sure does love and adore his big brother. It's so cute to watch them interact.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Hello, my name is Leigh and I'm an addict......

Okay, so I have a few addictions. Pepsi, coffee, and music to name a few, but none are as bad as the internet. I check emails, work on photography sites, it's how I get my news, shop, really lots of stuff that I do requires the use of the internet. I know this about myself, but I didn't really know it was a problem until two days ago, when we lost our internet due to changing of phones. We are going to cell phones only and just keeping my husbands fax line at home, and in the process of that change I didn't have access to the internet. I think I was starting to have physical symptoms of withdrawal. When she told me today that it might be tomorrow, I actually almost cried. It's sad really, I wouldn't survive for 30 seconds on one of those reality shows where you live in the dark ages, I need my technology. Anyway enough rambling I'm just glad to be back on line.

Monday, November 12, 2007

My weekend away!!

So I went to a couple of concerts with some girlfriends of mine. We had an absolute blast and everyone should get to have a little fun every once in a while. We went to Kansas on Sat. to see my friend play with some of her friends. This girl was amazing, she's only 17 and already has more talent than most anything your gonna hear on the radio. Then on Sunday, we drove to Kansas City to see Regina Specktor in concert, which all I can really say is WOW. She is amazing, my only complaint would be that we didn't get to see enough of her. Sadly I don't have very many pics, as my little point and shoot, got either stolen or lost, we can't decide which. Here are a couple from Sat. though. And you should definetely check out her music.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Trying to get Christmas card worthy pic

The kids didn't have school today, so I went out trying to get a picture for our Christmas card. I even bribed them with pizza for lunch and ice cream for dessert. Maybe the problem really doesn't fall on my children and their cooperation, but on my ability. I have not been feeling confident in my group pics lately and now I am wondering if the problem that I always blame on the children might actually be me. Anyway enough with the rambling, on to the pictures.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Happy Halloween!

So this is by far my least favorite holiday. People dressing up, not knowing who's who. Complete strangers coming to the door begging for candy, and seriously if your not going to dress up, then why bother. My favorite costume of the night was a little girl at most the age of three, with mom, came to my house in a costume I can best describe as bloody bride, I mean seriously, three. What did they tell her she was dressed up as. We always have a big shindig, at our house on Halloween. Everyone brings chili and we mix into one big pot and it's the best chili you've ever eaten, and then you can't replace it. It's awsome, we had a really big turnout this year, loads of people showed up. I don't even know that I knew everyone. I'm sure my husband was in heaven, and don't get me wrong, I love having people over, or should I say I love the idea of having people over. Then everyone gets here, and I'm not really a people person, often times at some point in the evening I break out in hives. Damned anxiety disorder, why I am this way is beyond me, but I just keep having folks over in the hopes that one day I'll feel like joining in the fun, instead of sitting in a corner by myself.

Monday, October 15, 2007

A couple of different ones from me...

I played a little bit with my family session this weekend and got some great stuff. The location was awsome!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

My "Beautiful Man"

Sometimes my son cooperates, most of the time he runs from the camera.

Thursday, October 11, 2007


This is what I woke up to this morning.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

walking the katy trail

with some friends.........

Sunday, October 07, 2007


sometimes it just works

Wednesday, October 03, 2007


Caught this butterfly on a walk. I couldn't get him to open up before he flew away.

If you're a mom read this

I found this link today and wow it was like reading my thoughts. Too many times as a mother I don't feel valued and like maybe there is something else I should be doing in my life. This brings it all into perspective.

Monday, October 01, 2007

A picture of the capitol

I was playing around one day last week and grabbed this one.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Website name change...

You can now get to my website just by typing in isn't that exciting! Anyway thought I'd pass along that news for anyone interested.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Taking pics of my son in the garage...

Got some great pics in my garage yesterday morning! Just as a FYI for you photo junkies out there I did nothing to his eyes, that's just how much light was in there!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Tour of Missouri

I caught this yesterday at the race, pretty amazing huh?

Tour of Missouri

We spent the weekend watching the Tour of Missouri, it was and amazing exerience. Here is Ben looking down the street to see the riders coming.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Got my Canon 430ex speedlite !!

I got my external flash yesterday and really loving the results.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Here's one from a today's photo shoot.

Aren't these a couple of cuties!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

It's been a while since I've posted...

I thought I'd put a pic of my kids. I took this in the bahamas and just played around with it today.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Another from last nights session.

Here is one of them together, aren't they sweet.

He's gonna break some hearts someday!

I had a session last night with this little cutie and his sister, they were lots of fun. It took a while to get him to warm up to the camera, but once he did, as you can see I got great results.

Monday, August 06, 2007


I hardly ever put pics of me & my honey on here so I thought I'd share this one. Aren't we sweet!

Saturday, August 04, 2007

A pic from last nights session...

I had a photosession last night with this cute little boy. He was a blast to take pictures of and was busy, busy, busy.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Are you tired of seeing this picture?

I have been playing around with different conversions of this picture. I'd love to know which one you prefer. Just scroll down and take a look at the different ones and let me know what you think.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Jack lost his first tooth!

This actually happened about a month ago, but I am just getting around to posting it.

Digging into the archives...

I was looking for a picture and came upon this one of the three of my kids. It's not the best, but I like that they are all looking at the camera, which is more than I can say for my recent attempts.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Beautiful green eyes!

My son has the most gorgeous green eyes, he gets compliments all the time from total strangers. I wish I could take credit, but they are all his dad, in fact it's one of the things, physically anyway, that attracted me to him. This picture doesn't do them justice, but someday I will get them in all their glory.

Friday, July 20, 2007


I've been trying to get some really good pictures of my daughter. I've noticed that I don't have nearly enough of her. I guess just because she's always in school or at some event and I have a ton of the boys. I mostly have Ben because he's the one home all the time. So my goal this summer is to even it out a bit.

Thursday, July 19, 2007


The kids were playing in the sprinkler yesterday and I got this of Maddison. Isn't she beautiful?

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Something new I learned today!

I made my first storyboard today, I am so proud of myself. It looks very simple, but I can add just about anything to customize it.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Vintage play

I was messing around in photoshop, I know this really doesn't work for this pic, but was having fun playing around.

Friday, July 06, 2007

A look into the future?

If this a picture of what is to come, I think we are in trouble. Ben was giving his friend Eilee a ride on his Harley and kept making sure her arms wer around him, it was so cute.

Meet Libby!

Our new little mutt, she is great. She's a little timid and barks at just about everything, I think she has the makings of a great watchdog.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

New Life...

Well we are giving it another go with a puppy. This one was free and from my hometown, where maybe they breed a little stronger pups. She is black lab/blue heeler mix and very cute. I will soon have pics but just wanted to give you an update.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Sad Day.....

Our puppy died yesterday morning at 7:55 am. The vet said she probably had a heart defect or something like that, but it was awful. The kids watched as Andrew tried to give it mouth to mouth and it happened so fast we were just a mess. Don't know what we are going to do next, but it has not been easy to deal with two dog deaths in 7 weeks.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Chives a bloomin'

I was playing around with macro today and look what I caught.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

The newest member of our family!

Meet Sadie, the newest member of our family. We got her yesterday and fell in love immediately. She is super sweet and is already becoming spoiled rotten.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Big Splash!!

We went to a lake this weekend with some friends of ours, who graciously let us tag along for free. We stayed in a cabin and went around the lake on a party barge and the boys rode the waverunner. We had a blast and I couldn't believe my boys rode the waverunner, they loved it!!!

Friday, June 01, 2007

My kids on the beach!

Here's one of my kids on the beach , we went to the Bahama's last week and it was wonderful!

Ben having breakfast at the beach house

I loved the lighting in this house, it was wonderful.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Playing with some new color actions!

I love Brenda's color boost, it's just subtle enough. I can't wait to do more with it.