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I have been getting A LOT of emails asking about SnapShops and if I plan to do more. The answer is “Yes”.

I hope to do a couple in the fall, but have not made definite plans. Once I come to a decision I will announce it here…

if you have no idea what a SnapShop is you can visit my website or look for “SnapShops” under the “Categories” tab on this blog. There are several related posts.

Enjoy your weekend!

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  • amanda torres - Well…if you need a model I think Bopha and Jenn wanted to volunteer as bikini models. Right?

  • AshleyAnn - That is funny! Bopha & Jenn- you can coordinate the suits if you want…

  • Carrie - You can use my kids!

  • Stephanie - I went to your website and checked out all of the info. about your SnapShots. Sounds great. Only problem? Can’t find info. anywhere on your site as to what state or territory you live in?

  • Melissa - Yeah!!!! I am so excited! I am ready to sign up! :)

  • bopha - Whoa! Apparently I skimmed over that first comment, let’s compare bikini bodies, mine’s not quite there, now Jenn on the other hand……..

“But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life;

and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things,the great part of life is sunshine.”

-Thomas Jefferson

Our family is surrounded by some pretty incredible friends, some old – some new, all treasured. After our daughter arrived some dear friends from our church community group arranged for us to gain a lot of weight not to have to worry about preparing meals for a while. Someone knocked on our door every night for 2 weeks delivering dinner. We have never ate so good! I wanted to get a picture of all the meals to one day show our girl the love surrounding her family when she was born. Evidently we are a hungry bunch and I only remembered to take a picture of a about a third of the food….thanks guys!


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  • Jeannette Swan - You are hilarious!

  • Tess S. - what wonderful friends you must have!

  • amanda torres - How thoughtful! Not doubt you would do the exact somae for someone else though. It makes you want to keep having babies so you can have that TLC show, and maintain a well fed diet!

  • sheridan - I’m always amazed and thankful for family, friends and CHURCH! I have no clue how those w/out a church make it. So glad you got the cookie to yourself-you deserve it! Also was that an edible arrangement in the picture? We got one of after Austin was born and I’m still drooling thinking about!

  • diane - Hideaway pizza….yum! I am with you on the cookie cake, I could eat a whole one by myself and enjoy every bite of it immensely.

  • christina larsen - Yummy, Yummy. All of that looked wonderful, however, the cookie cake would have been devoured by ME, too. I love the frosting on the cookie.

  • Carla - you must have some experienced cooks in your church! how very thoughtful.

    just thought i’d let you know i hosted my own little dresses for Africa party yesterday, and it went so well. thanks again for the inspiration!

  • Traci - Wow! You are really blessed. We do 5 days….I can’t imagine getting 2 weeks worth of meals!!! I was so glad to find Hideaway expanded, it was quite the journey to Stillwater just to get their pizza…lol. Have you tried the new one in BA? I could stare at the mural boards all day! Lovin’ your blog!

Three weeks ago I was struggling with the transition from calling him a ‘baby’ to a ‘toddler’. In fact the night before his little sister was born, Chris caught me in his room crying while I watched him sleep. Chris smiled at me and said, “He’ll always be your baby boy.” Since the ‘newborn baby sister’ arrived it has been fun to watch all the boys shower her with affection in their own ways. This guy has been the most fun. We have got to see a side of him that we didn’t know existed before. He pours out almost all his affection solely on her. The front of her onesies stay wet from his continuous kisses – he is crazy about her…and I love it.

(for you SnapShop girls I am posting settings on these too)

ISO 400, f/3.5, 1/100

He knows he can’t sit ON her, so he gets as close as possible

ISO 400, f/3.5, 1/100

Big Brother and Biggest Brother have introduced him to bugs this summer. He LOVES bugs. We were eating spinach enchiladas for lunch one day and he was convinced the pieces of spinach were bugs. Here he is checking out the “bugs”…it was the first time I heard him actually say “bug” too.

all the ones below: ISO 320, f/3.5, 1/125

Naturally, even though he was convinced I had given him a plate of bugs he had no problem eating them.

Yes, he eats with an adult fork…his big brothers do, so he thinks he should too

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  • april foss - Do all your pictures have to be so dang good:) I always love your photos. 4 kids, is quite the handful! I have 5 and wonder what the heck I am doing, every single day! Love your stories:)

  • Lori Danelle - So sweet! I have 2 little girls and it seems there’s a similar age span in mine and your youngest two—17 months apart. It seemed so surreal to be having a baby while I still had a baby! But to watch the affection showered on the little one was wonderful. Sometimes it was done with such enthusiasm that I was afraid for her and other times she would be so gentle.

    Our big sister refuses to use a “baby” fork as well. She’s a big girl. :)

  • Erin J. - He loves his baby girl! Thanks for the settings!

  • rachel - So adorable! I only have 2 children, but I cried by my daughter’s bedside the night before I was induced with my son…knowing that things would never be the same and my baby was not going to be my baby anymore…your pictures are so wonderful…it must be so fun to have 4 little ones running around!!!

  • Katie H. - I told you there would always be something special between them. I am living proof (with my bro)!

  • christina larsen - So sweet.

  • sharon - he is so cute! I wish that babies don’t grow up so fast!

  • Jill R - I love these pictures because he reminds me so much of my own little E, right down to the facial expressions (and the love for bugs).

  • patti - so cute! i cried like a baby a couple nights before my second was born. i let my then 2 1/2 year old first little girl sleep in our bed and i held her and cried. she’s still my baby. she’s now 4 and her little sister is almost 2. it’s amazing the love siblings can show for one another at such a young age. i’m sure there will be spats as they get older, but i’m enjoying the love for the moment. :)

  • Melissa - What a cutie, Ashley! Love the spinach story! Thank you so much for posting the settings!

  • Natasha Perryman - Hi,
    I know you are out for the week, (and have 4 kids) so I am not expecting you to get back to me pronto. But I would like to pick your mom brain.
    My question is, What are some things you do with the kiddos while cooking dinner?
    I have a 14 month old and 3 1/2 year old and Avi Joy does help cook, but I need some new ideas of what other moms do during this time with all the kiddos??
    Any ideas from you??
    Thank you!
    Natasha
    p.s. and oh the crying knowing your little baby wasn’t going to be the baby anymore- so sweet.

  • amanda torres - Littlest Brother is SO precious!

  • Jeannette Swan - Love it! He is precious with her. It is neat to see how the siblings interact at different ages. How cute on the “bugs”, I can’t believe he ate spinach enchiladas…Corban hardly eats anything and he is almost 2!

    Since you brought up SnapShop…I have been wanting to ask you if you would know why I have a hard time getting crisp pictures, even when I increase the f/stop (that’s what it’s called, right?) most of my pics are fuzzy. The lighting may look just right, but nothing is crisp. You don’t have to comment, just thought I would ask while I was thinking of it.

  • Tess S. - how precious! what a beautiful family you have!

  • julie williams - So, you know I’m not a big comment poster…but OMG! Everett sitting ever so closely beside Breese is seriously the most adorable thing!!! They are so precious!!!