Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011: A Look Back

As 2011 comes to an end and we move forward into a new year, I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on this year and highlight some of my favorites...projects, moments, and/or both, and some which never made it to the blog.

Starting the new year off with some bling!
Getting in some sun time with Jack.
Lamp shade re-do for A's room
A turned a year old!
Family trips 1, 2, 3, & 4
 San Diego Zoo

It's been a fun and exciting year that has gone by WAY too quickly! Anayah has grown up so fast and continues to amaze us with the things she's learning and the ways she's developing. Along with the fun, we have had some learning experiences and trials that have brought us closer together and strengthened our faith and trust in the Lord. We are so thankful for all the blessings God has given us this year and for His constant faithfulness to us. He has an amazing plan for us, even when we don't understand what it is! I know that He has so much more in store for us and I'm excited to see how it unfolds.

May your new year be filled with blessings and joy!
♥, brian, mandi & anayah

Friday, December 30, 2011

Friday Favorite

It's been a while but here you go:

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Photo Session:: Von Rosen Family

Today I went to Old Town Temecula with our good friends Mandy, Surya & Jack. The weather was great (well a bit cold at first) and the lighting was beautiful as well. Mr. Jack is just as active as Anayah these days so I knew it was going to be fun trying to get him to sit still, but he did really well. There are so many fun/interesting places in Old Town that I had a hard time choosing places to shoot, but they were really patient with me as I worked through it.
 One of my faves...
 So cute!
 Jack decided he didn't want to face the camera anymore...
 Gorgeous! My other fave...

You guys are a gorgeous family -inside and out- and I'm so glad we can call you friends. Thank you for giving me the chance to capture a glimpse of your fun, beautiful selves! I had a great time and I hope you did too!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas 2011

This was the first year we spent Christmas morning at our own house! We usually go down to San Diego to be with my parents and some years we also drive to LA to visit Brian's side of the family too. This year however, we spent it at home. My grandma is in town from Hawaii and my dad and brothers came up to spend Christmas morning with us (my mom is in TX with my other brother & nephew). I will admit it was nice to not have to rush and plan and drive anywhere and to just be able to spend time at home. Starting our own traditions for our little family is something I look forward to continuing in the years to come...

So here's a quick recap of our weekend according to Anayah

Running around outside after many hours stuck in my carseat and stroller while mommy and great grandma shopped:
Texting Santa my last minute wish list:
Christmas Eve family party in my pretty dress before I got cranky:
After I woke up from a nap (which happened hours past my bedtime!) at the party:
Mommy forcing me to take a picture documenting the evening:
Christmas morning (NOT a flattering photo of any of us!)
Helping grandpa with my tent:
Opening one of hundreds many gifts:
Too much sugar:
Guess what mommy got?!

Just's all mine!! 

Anayah was spoiled blessed very much this year as you can tell. She was so excited with all her new things and couldn't decide what to play with first! Thank you to everyone who helped make this Christmas so special! I hope you all had a blessed holiday and was able to spend time with friends and loved ones. Any fun plans for New Year's Eve?

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Just a quick note to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas! 

I'll be back tomorrow to share some highlights of a fun weekend!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Photo Session:: Miss Brianna

I remember the day she was born. Her mom, Mindy, is one of my best friends from high school and it's still hard to believe that she has a daughter who is 8! She doesn't look 8 does she?! I can't get over how grown up and beautiful she is! Brianna was a natural in front of the camera and even had the posing down to a science. We had a fun afternoon walking through Little Italy in San Diego, snapping pictures between sentences while we caught up and chatted. 

 Oh, stop it. You are too gorgeous!
Even supermodels are silly sometimes...

Thank you both for being such troopers while I let my camera go crazy! Brianna, you are too gorgeous for words and growing up so fast! Remember you will always be my munchkin though :)
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