Friday, August 23, 2013

Back To School Vintage Mini Sessions 8/24











I had one VERY cooperative boy when I told him he could be as silly as he wished!












Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows
Everything that's wonderful is what I feel
When we're together.
Brighter than a lucky penny.
When you're here the raindrops disappears
Dear and I feel so fine.
Just to know that you are mine.
My life is sunshine, lollipops and rainbows


My camera card is bursting at the seams with images it captured beautifully while on our vacation to Seaside. There are so many special moments I want to share and document, but I absolutely could not wait to post this one amazing whimsical passing of time I shared with sweet Libbie. I have 5 eager families that waited patiently for me to return from vacation before receiving their images so I must get busy editing for them before I start on our family vacation pics.

I'm not sure how or when it happened but it happened all the same. Libbie Lin is officially a mamma's girl. Other mom's assured me it would come, but I had my doubts. She loves her Daddy to the moon, but I think even he would admit, I have won her over. We have our morning and bedtime routines. I read to her every night before bed and then we turn out the lights and snuggle. In the morning Lambert used to wake her up for school, but now she asks for mamma. She cuddles up right in my lap and roots around like a little piggy looking for her perfect comfy spot. I longed for this years before I ever saw her face. God placed sweet Libbie in my heart and knew that she would fit perfectly in my arms.

We stopped for ice cream and snow cones almost every day. Our favorite spot was in the Market Square. I almost didn't take my camera this time, but decided I had better, just in case.... Libbie and I were waiting at a picnic table while Daddy and Hoot stood in line. We were talking and being silly and I decided to just snap a few pics. I kept talking while I shot and we laughed and giggled while she made her way from one side of the table to the other. She made silly faces and eyes at me and we cracked up. This truly captures her personality. She usually clams up when I drag out the lens, but I think she forgot I was shooting because we were having so much fun together.








It was a rainbows and lollypops kind of day! Thank you Lord for blessing me with this perfect gift!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Baking with Libbie

Tonight we baked Chocolate Chip Zucchini bread, recipe by Paula Deen at end of post. We have zucchini coming out of our ears. My family doesn't love it the way I do so I have had to get creative. Our neighbor has had a bountiful crop of both tomatoes and zucchini this year and we have been blessed with fresh veggies galore all summer. Anytime I bring out the apron, my minion affixes herself to my thigh until I tell her she can help. She pretends she is a professional chef on her very own cooking show. I let her pour and mix and stir as much as she can. It's great PT for those little wrists and forearms. So we baked. We're Seaside bound next week and I thought I could freeze a loaf of our bread to take with us... They will probably hate it but were going to give it a try. It sounds wonderful!

Baking Arthrogryposis zucchini chocolate bread

baking Libbie Style
She is singing the tune Gangnam Style only using the lyrics,,, Baking Libbie Style

Cooking with Arthrogryposis

We put her apron on after she ruined the shirt... It's how we roll.

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 eggs
2 cups white sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon orange zest
Whipped cream, for serving
Zucchini ribbons, for serving

Preheat oven at 350 degrees F. Grease (2) 9 by 5-inch loaf pans.

Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, spices and baking soda.

In a large bowl, beat eggs until light and fluffy. Add sugar, and continue beating until well blended. Stir in oil, vanilla, zucchini, pecans, chocolate chips, and orange zest. Stir in sifted ingredients. Pour into prepared loaf pans.

Bake for 50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove loaves from pans and cool. Chill before slicing. Serve with whipped cream and ribbons of zucchini.
I love this quote I came across today.
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. ~ Steve Jobs