Molly, Kyra, Katy, Dillon and Nancy

Here’s the truth:

Yes, I am STILL struggling with families… but whatev’s… I had so much fun with these guys that I suddenly remember that I LOVE what I do.

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Remember THIS? That is one of the reasons I migrated to taking High School Seniors. Yup, this lady started it all.


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Wait.. maybe this one is my fav.. Yup, this one.. hands down.

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So much fun with awesome people!

Here’s what I saw, when I turned around, after we were all done.

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Love it.


Thursday’s Thoughts-

Here’s the truth:

1- How is “summer” almost over. I mean, the kids go back in like a month? I want it to be summer FOREVA!!!

2- Right now this is the only kid under my roof- for the next 5 days-Kinda weird having the little solo. wm (1 of 1)3- So remember when I showed you the fish tank. Well I finally got around to cleaning it. Then the fish, like, disappeared. Seriously, for the last 4 days I look and look and look and well.. no fish. So I assumed I had killed it. Today, when I was getting a glass there that little bugger was. Happy to see me and ready for a bit of food. Weird fish. Guess he fits in with the family.

4- THIS brought tears to my eyes- and for those of you that read THIS Facebook post… well you know I am not a fan of baseball.

5- Speaking of tears to my eyes- THIS made me bawl. And then spend a hour petting the pig. That’s what we call her. My little black lab.

6- So I’ve been mowing all summer and YET to see a snake. You know I live for them.  Like, the only reason I mow is: 1- It’s therapeutic and 2- to see my snakes. Today I finally saw 2 sunning themselves in my flowers. I <3  them.

7-Have you seen THIS? SO. COOL!!!!

8-Downton Abbey- No really. Dear Season 5, please start. I watched season 4 in like 3 days. Couldn’t stop.

9-So for the first time ever…. someone other than family is going to hang with my little… really- Like a bonafide babysitter. Wish her luck. Ha!

10- This. This is what happens when you are the only one home to entertain the little…. and you spend hours coloring. I know. You’re totally impressed by my mad coloring skillz. Yes, I just said skillz.

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11- I leave you with THIS. The little LOVES it. Odd little man that he is.  Then I just watched THIS… fine, I watched them all. This guy is talented. Weird, but talented.



Saturday’s..ummm.. ahhh… alliteration is failing me now.

Here’s the truth:

1- I’ve skipped the last two thursday’s because, well… life. Life has been happening.

2-The rodeo is in town-

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Ready for some mutton busting-

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2- So I saw this post on FB a picture of Steve Spielberg in front of a “shot and killed by him” triceratops. And then I started reading all the outrage of people and I had to think to myself, are these people serious? And here’s what is sad.. they were serious. Like they ACTUALLY thought he shot and killed it? A DINOSAUR. I am still shaking my head at the absurdity of it.

3-Today, for the first time since the little learned how to use the potty I almost had a “seat not down” incident. Needless to say, I think he will always put the seat down now.

4-My husband clipped some of the wild roses we have growing in our back yard, and when I say some I mean a pile 5 foot long and 3 feet tall, then he just forgot about them, so today when I mowed the lawn I just mowed around them. Bad or good wife?  I say good for mowing in the first place.

5- So I took the bitchy test that is floating around Facebook.. 67%. My family thinks it’s a faulty result. Maybe…..

6- My favorite blogger let out this week that she is pregnant. Can we stop for a second and can I tell you… embarrassingly, that I don’t know the woman, I’ve never met her, have no idea really what she looks like. I mean I totally wouldn’t be able to pick her out of a crowd, but when I saw her blog post, I almost cried. Like, so happy for her. Is there something wrong with me?

7-This week the big and little and I were at a LAX tourney for the big. It was, like, melting hot in Denver. I have about 20 new tan lines. The little and I spent an impromptu night at a hotel. There’s something to be said for an impromptu  hotel adventure with your 4 year old. The mom that I am I had 3 outfits for him in the car.. none for me. So we hit target, where I got a new dress for 12.99, and I lived like a pioneer woman washing out my “unmentionables” in the hotel sink- toothbrush from the front desk, thankfully I cut all my hair off so really, I just washed it, and we were off the next morning. But really the point of this story is the big said something to me, and it kind of annoyed me, so when I opened the door for the little to get out of the car I let out an exasperated breath and the little says to me ” what, is braaaa (what he calls the big) being an ass-hole? Straight faced. So, now I have made the effort to clean up my language. Really… I am trying.

8-In case you were wondering, no, no I haven’t resumed cooking any meals, or gone to the store, in like. Forever. I think we have finally run out of refried beans and tortilla shells.

9-Good news, remember last year when THIS happened. It’s about to happen again. So.EXCITED.

10- Tomorrow the end of World Cup Soccer. I will miss it SO much.


Rock Ledge Ranch-

Here’s the truth:

I’ve been making more of an effort to use my camera every day. I know that sounds like a simple thing to do, but for some odd reason nothing in my life seems, well, simple.

Here’s the truth:

This day, was, simple. I loved every second of it.

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It’s finally been raining enough and the cacti are finally old enough to bloom.

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They weren’t too sure about the “chair”-

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Not sure this “toy” of the olden days would keep my little busy for long-

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But staring at this cow longly, hoping to one day have one of his very own, now that will keep him busy for awhile.

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They had a croquet set out and the kids LOVED it. Played and played and played… rlr (1 of 1)-42

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This picture courtesy of the little. He was determined to take a picture of the middle ” all by himself”-
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Best part of the ranch. This old water fountain-

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Here’s to the dog days of summer. Hoping I find more water fountains…


Andrea, Ash and Trev + Steve, Amanda and Jamie

Here’s the truth:

I edited these faster than I have ever edited a session, ever. That’s because someone is leaving for college…and I wanted to get them done.

Here’s the truth:

I noticed while I was editing these that I still struggle with more than 4 people. Seriously.. struggle. Is everyone at the right level, is everyone looking at me….am I at the right level. Struggle.

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But sometimes, I get it right. ar (1 of 1)-5

Ash and her Bff .

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This family had me laughing to the point that sometimes I forgot all the setting on my camera…

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My fav- <3 – I love that these ladies got to share a state championship before Amanda leaves for college.

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Here’s the truth:

Hey Burke-Riley Family – thank you. Thank you for making me laugh, for putting up with my constant rearranging, but most of all for being beautiful, inside and out.

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Thursday’s Thoughts-

Here’s the truth:

1- I have time on my hands and ZERO drive to do anything. Seriously, the garage is screaming at me to clean it… but, no. Instead I think I will read 100 blogs about, cooking, accepting yourself for who you are, photography, teenagers, you name it.

2- I’ve been trying to “run” more. For some reason I am like totally hooked on running to the 80′s- Country. Really, like I tried running to Sublime, 90′s summer time hits, right now radio, but I always go back to the country. When I round the corner to home, it is this HUGE hill and by the time I get to the top of it I am totally winded and for the last 3 times out right as I get to the top “Islands in the Stream” comes on and for some odd reason I feel totally inclined to sing it, out loud, while I’m gasping for breath. Today, at Dolly’s solo I was passing a house and I happened to notice.. yep, they were out front, doing lawn work, and I’m sweaty, belting out Islands in the stream. Yup.. bet you wish you lived in my hood.

3-Weekend selfie. I read this blog that once you hit 30 you should NOT take any selfies… I have to disagree. Almost all the pictures I have with my kids are selfies…and my husband.





4-My husband just got home from riding his bike, he double dog dared the little to sniff his arm pitt… so now the little is running around asking us all to smell his arm pitt-

5- So I’ve read all these articles about teenagers having a different “clock” than, say, an adult.  Something about a circadian rhythm. Like they are wired to sleep until 11:00 am and stay up super late. I am struggling with this. As a parent, who wants to just tidy up the house first thing in the AM so it’s clean for the rest of the day, I want to BUST into my big’s room, throw open the blinds  and sing the “Good Morning to You” song. But, as a “once teenager” I just want to let him sleep,because I get it. Waking up early to clean… sucks! Also reason 2 to let him sleep is so when he does wake up, he’s not a teen-ager monster. Grumping around about getting up and work and life and there’s no food in this house, and he has no clean underwear….It’s almost like I have a baby again, you know the saying- “never wake a sleeping baby”

6- I read THIS this morning, and I can’t figure out if this lady is serious or if this is suppose to be satire?

7- I am suppose to be reading the E2 book… but instead every time I pick up my Kindle I find myself watching True Blood. I am finally caught up and ready for this season, but EVERYONE says it sucks. Ugh. Should have read the book.

8-So, can we talk for a second about meals. I’m over them. I am over shopping for them, making them, cleaning up after them. Done. And when I say meals, I mean breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All of them. Done.

9- I am going to say something here, and well…some of you may think me crazy.. but I really want another tattoo. Really. I do. But I can’t think of what I want, or where I want it so… for now we can just put it on my want list. Right next to new puppy.

10- Summer time… and the livin’s eaaaasssyyyyyy-

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Luca and his family-

Here’s the truth:

Best part of my job, getting to spend an evening with this little man. I.NEVER.TIRE.OF.IT.

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Getting him to sit still….. didn’t happen- man I’d like to bottle that energy!luca1 (1 of 1)-11

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Here’s the truth:

Hey Luca, can’t wait to see you again!