Archive for April, 2011


the bunny blues

Just for fun, and for a good cause, we had breakfast with the Easter bunny this morning at a local church. Asher almost lost it, but he was able to get down before the actual tears came.
You can see he is not happy that I’m making him sit there.

Here comes the “I’m about to cry” look…

big sister comforting him
poor Asher, the things I make him do in the name of scrapbooking.

new photo shoot

I had another photo shoot today!  The peacocks at Mayfield park were beautiful and we were lucky to see them strutting their feathers!  Come on over to my photography blog and check out my pictures!


career day!

Rilyn had career day at school today and my dad, Dr. Richard Erickson, came to speak about being a doctor (specifically a gastroenterologist) to 60 first graders.  What a sweet grandpa!  I remember when he spoke to my elementary school 20+ years ago!

Rilyn and her grandpa!
showing them their insides!

Grandpa had to let his granddaughter come up to the front to participate! Rilyn got to look in an endoscope. You can see everyone wanted a turn!

My dad is showing the kids on his laptop a view of an endoscopic camera that is

going down someones throat and into their stomach.

I love the girl in the front row’s expression!  Ewwwwww!

Thanks dad, Rilyn was so proud of her grandpa!

professional tooth yanker

I’m pretty sure that I’m a professional tooth yanker by now.  Tonight was my 7th tooth I’ve pulled out of my kid’s mouths.  I say “kid’s” because tonight Ella lost her first tooth!  Right on time too.  Rilyn lost her first tooth at 5.1 years.  Ella is 5.3 years old.

Ella is so different from Rilyn in a lot of ways though.  One of which is toughness.  (See Rilyn’s first tooth being pulled out here and how wimpy sensitive she was.)  Now Ella picks and chooses when she wants to be tough, but when she wants to be-boy, she is TOUGH!  Shots, getting sick (like vomiting), and now yanking a tooth for close to 5 minutes doesn’t faze her in the least.  She told me about it being loose just this afternoon and I didn’t believe her.  I finally got around to feeling it tonight and I was surprised!  I shouldn’t of been, because both her and Rilyn got their first teeth at 4 months so they should be losing them at the same ages, but it is hard to think of Ella as “growing up.”  She is still my little girl.  Her tooth probably would of come out on it’s own a few days later, but no, she wanted it out now so she could show everyone at preschool tomorrow her new smile.  So I yanked, and wiggled, and twisted, and that is why her smile is a little bloody.  🙂

new smile

And here is Ella with her first bottom two teeth!

june 2006

Oh, and in typical Ella fashion, about 15 minutes after I put her to bed tonight she came out of her room crying because she was playing with her tooth pocket, (that was supposed to stay under her pillow so mommy can give her a dollar tonight), and her tooth fell out of it and now is lost somewhere in her bed. She is devastated because James is out of town and she wanted to show him her first tooth. I told her we will look for it tomorrow. Do I think we will find it? Not a chance.
I guess it’s a good thing Rilyn has kept some of her baby teeth…Ella won’t know the difference! 😉



It’s that time of year again for Texans!  Please check out my photography blog for my favorite pictures from today.  Posted below are some ones that didn’t make my photography blog but are still cute!!

our family!
sweet sisters
asher man
loves her daddy
poor boys-not a fan of all the picture taking!
cousins playing ring around the rosie!

flashback friday!

In honor of Texas bluebonnet picture-taking season (I am taking pictures tomorrow!), and in keeping with the theme of jean on jean fashion (see post below), here is a picture of me with my brother and sister circa 1996.  (You are lucky I couldn’t find the picture with my mom and dad in jean on jean too!)  That year was my first experience with bluebonnet pictures because I had moved from southern California the summer before.  Speaking of…I can’t believe that I have lived in Texas as long as I have lived in California.  This year marks 16 years living in Texas and I moved to Texas from California when I was 16.  Wow.


and a friend’s a friend forever…

Best friends are such a blessing.  And Ella is so blessed to have had one since birth!  (See this previous post for their baby pictures together!)

This weekend, Anna celebrated her 5th birthday with Ella and one of the things they did was take best friend portraits!  This brought back some memories because back in the day (early 90s), I too, took my portrait with my best friend!

Here is Anna and Ella’s portrait:

And here is my old school bff picture! (rocking the “all jean” look)

you can’t see it, but we were wearing our “half a heart” bff 


Here are me and Kristy through the years!

we’ve known each other since we were 3!

My photography business!

April 2011