Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day...and the giveaway WINNER!

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
~Abraham Lincoln

I'm sure many of you are familiar with this quote by President Lincoln.  It's such a simple, yet beautiful sentiment to his mother.  It's incredible that he attributes his every success, and all of his future aspirations to her.  What a remarkable woman she must have been.  I kind of want to hug her right now.

How was your Mother's Day?  Good, I hope!

I got to enjoy mine a little early.  I spent Friday afternoon at the library editing pictures (all by my lonesome)!  It was awesome!  Then had a fabulous dinner from China Blue (my fav). 

Saturday morning was our CARDV 5k walk (pictures to come).  It was so fabulous...great company, great cause, great(ish) weather (ok, it didn't start down pouring until we were done, so that's a good thing)!  Then I headed out with 5 other ladies to the Corvallis Nail Spa and had a pedicure and hot stone massage...SO WONDERFUL!  But that's for another blog post!

Speaking of amazing's time to announce the winner of the Mother's Day giveaway!  I'm so excited!!!

Congratulations to Nichole whose comment: "Entry 1: I liked your page a while ago!! Love it!!" was chosen by!

It seriously couldn't have worked out any better, because her recent maternity session was the one I was posting tonight!

 Nichole and Ben are expecting their first bundle of joy in a few weeks!  What mommy-to-be couldn't use a little pampering?  Congratulations!!

Seriously, so beautiful!

Did I mention how cute they are?

It's a BOY!  And I love the name they have picked out!

Definitely one of my favs

Congrats Nichole on all accounts!  I'll send your gift certificate to you tomorrow!

Happy Mother's Day to all and to all a good night!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Pico de gallo

Avonleigh walked into the kitchen and announced, "I'm so excited for pico de gallo!!".

I asked her what she was talking about (since I wasn't cooking Mexican that night), and she answered, "You know, the May 5th celebration!".

Ah yes, the ever-famous Pico de Gallo celebration!  Wouldn't miss it, Chooch.  Wouldn't miss it.

Can you believe how warm and beautiful it was yesterday?  We enjoyed an evening of working in the garden (ok, I took pictures while the men folk worked).

PS - I don't know what's up with my new blog, but it's being temperamental and I haven't figured out how to fix it, so I'll post here until I get things ironed out!

PPS - Don't forget to enter my Mother's Day Giveaway HERE!

This is the face I got when I asked him to sit in the tree for me...hehe

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Change is good...and a GIVEAWAY!

I had visions of grandeur...posting several times a week, highlighting some new features, sharing more about my crazy life...
But apparently, I haven't figured out how to fit blogging into my schedule (or lack there-of)!

I annoy myself!

But I'm not giving up - so don't give up on me!  Things are still moving forward!

We spent this last week having all 5 kids contract some nasty flu bug and puke their guts out (along with fevers, headache and diarrhea).  It has been a very long and STINKY week!  We still had Zeke vomiting last night, and 2 girls with stomach cramps, so I took Christopher and Payton to church while Chris stayed home with the sickies. 

And to top it all off, Friday night was our 11th wedding anniversary (yes, William and Kate have superb taste)!  I was supposed to take the kids to an auction at their school while Chris had an Elder's Quorum activity at the church.  But instead, I stayed home (and cleaned up mass amounts of vomit - that's gotta be worth some brownies points, right??) while he went to his activity.  At one point, poor little Payton walked into the kitchen and threw up all over the floor, then slipped in it, and smacked her chin on the garbage can on the way down!  It was truly pathetic. 

But there were a couple of bright silver wonderful friends who stepped in to help in all the chaos!  I have incredible friends!  Michelle is always checking in on us - and she's an amazing cook!  She brought us popsicles (life saver) early in the week, and then chicken and wild rice soup with bread for dinner one night.  I love her lots!  And dear, wonderful Katie has been shuffling my healthy (for the moment) kids around all week to and from school and brought us a tuna noodle casserole with sauteed carrots for dinner!  Wonderful friends indeed!'s to a brighter week ahead, right?!

And since we're looking ahead to good things...I'm super-excited to share with you, my friends, my BRAND. NEW. WEBSITE!

Drum roll please....


I'm also going to be switching over to a new blog...


I'm excited to share all of the beautiful sessions that have taken place recently!

I will be changing things up and having a more concrete format for my new blog, but for now, I have imported this blog into the new one, so nothing is lost, and everything is still the same! 
I will leave this blog active, but I haven't decided if I will update it with personal/family stuff and save the other just for business or if I'll roll it all into the new one. 
What do you think?  If you're visiting a photography blog, do you want to see the photographer's family or are you specifically looking for their client work?  I'd love to know!

And, in honor of new changes (and things to come) AND Mother's Day, I'm having my very first giveaway...I KNOW!!  I'm so excited!

I love supporting local businesses (because I am one), so this Mother's Day, why not give the gift of pampering?  I talked about the Corvallis Nail Spa in THIS post and I'm super happy to be offering a Mani/Pedi gift certificate!

Seriously - if you aren't going to have beautiful pictures taken of your self/child/pet, etc. then at least enter this giveaway and give mom a break! ;o)


There are THREE ways to earn entries into this giveaway! Please leave ONE comment on this blog post for each completed entry - blogger (old) or wordpress (new) blog will work!

Entry 1: Visit my FAN PAGE on Facebook and "like" it. 
PS - When I reach 100 fans I'll be doing another giveaway...for reals!

Entry 2: Change your Facebook status to "Enter to win a Mother's Day Mani/Pedi with @50 Toes Photography by visiting
Be sure to type the @ sign before 50 Toes Photography (after you like it of course) so it will tag my page!

Entry 3: Tweet about the giveaway on twitter (for those who don't have a twitter account, please only complete entries 1 and 2).

That's it!  I'll be drawing randomly on Sunday, May 8th and notifying the winner on Mother's Day! Hooray for moms!

Speaking of cute is this little doll and her mommy?