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The Nephew

I can’t believe he’s already one year old!!! Time sure flies!:)He has the cutest giggle/laugh..I seriously want to bottle it. K & M I really hope you are videotaping him so that you can permanently have it documented!

Seriously- how stinking ADORABLE is he??

I love those toothers!

I can’t explain it- but I just LOVE this capture….

This one makes me laugh…it was right after he tore the wrapping off the present he was sitting on- I think it’s such a “uh-oh I’m busted” look:)

And to see him as a younger chap- see here and here

DSR - Monday, December 8, 2008 - 11:06 pm

What a great smile! Love those teeth!

Stephanie - Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 12:17 pm

He looks like your boys! Especially B! He’s adorable!

Kris Duffing - Friday, December 12, 2008 - 11:52 am

That last one is too cute. I think they should use it for their Christmas card.

Neighbors :)

This handsome duo are our next door neighbors. Z is officially the oldest “kid” I’ve photographed to date. He’s 15 and newly driving (with a permit of course) and I swear grows a foot a year! His brother M is one of my kids favorite people in the whole world. They adore him. He’s taught them how to skateboard, climb trees, and has truly been a wonderful role model for them….there aren’t many 12yr olds that will give a gaggle of 6yr olds the time of day- much less actually play with them, teach them things and in general be nice to them. His only flaw is that he’s a Packer fan….oh well;)We really do feel so lucky to have such great boys living right next door- we can only hope that our two boys will grow up to be so kind and considerate!


And of course their dog….who reminds our dog daily just how slow and not-agile he is. He runs CIRCLES around our poor doggers…. but our dog still steals all his toys when he can:)

Liana S. - Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 4:17 pm

I LOVE the snow beard on doggie. :)


I have had the pleasure of knowing this family since 1991- thanks to a random lottery dorm room assignment:)3 of these 5 boys belong to one of my college “roomies” and the other 2 are her younger sister’s. 5 boys all 4 and under. What fun the holidays are for them!:)

The whole crew:

Seriously one of the sweetest kids I’ve ever known…he’s the nicest big brother and SO patient and loving…

Okay- I know it’s not nice…but this one makes me LAUGH!! It’s very much the face I got for most of the photosession and just screams “Hi I’m TWO”

I. Want. To. Squoooooooosh. Him. Hard to believe that a mere 5months ago THIS was him!

Happy Mr. A- isn’t his smile sooooo adorable!!! He has grown SO much SO fast!! THIS was him in July!

and his big brother- who is such a hoot! Mr. Personality!:)

Elf on the Shelf

He’s only been in our house for two days, but it’s been a HOOT so far!! Now he’s not the “official” little guy- I headed to The General Store in Minnetonka (which if you’ve never been to and live in the Twin Cities you really should check it out- esp during the holiday- it’s awesome) intending to buy the offical little guy- but instead found this one- who’s really an ornament, but he was only $7 (compared to the real elf w/book for $30) He’s about 10″ tall and totally poseable- PERFECT! Plus I think he’s much cuter than the other one.

For those not familiar with the story- basically Santa send a scout elf, to hang out in the house and keep on eye on the kids to see if they are being “naughty or nice” and then every night- once they are asleep he returns to the North Pole to give Santa a report. Then the next morning he’s back- BUT in a totally different spot. So it’s a fun little hide-n-seek game. We told the kids that one of the rules from Santa is that they can’t touch the elf:)

It’s been a hoot so far- they randomly  talk to him- tell him things and even fess up to things to him. They also think he’s really cute and want to know what he eats, what his name is, etc…. only grown ups can hear him, so Mark and I can report what he’s saying:)So if you have any good elf names- let me know!


Jeanette - Wednesday, December 3, 2008 - 11:57 pm

I’ve never heard that story, but it sounds like loads of fun!

cathleen - Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 10:50 am

your elf is adorable! i forgot to move ours last night. i didn’t when they went to get dressed. …….their reactions were hysterical!

Danna - Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 12:23 pm

ok that is just the BEST thing ever!! I totally want to do this where the heck do I find a little guy?? lol

Shauna - Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 2:01 pm

I’ve been looking all over for the elf! I never even thought of the General Store. Guess I’ll be heading your way!

Anna-Karin - Sunday, December 7, 2008 - 1:55 am

What a great thing to do with the kids at this time of the year. I would need to do something like this to with my kids. Now just to find an elf like that.

Paula - Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 8:53 am

Our elf is named “Jingles,’ but I have a friend who’s son named his “Shelf-A-Lot.” I thought that was adorable!

Sweet Baby *A*

One month old and sweet as can be! Little baby *A* was a super trooper- the only thing we couldn’t get her to do- was sleep!:)But she was a happy, pleasant little camper who was unbelievably mellow and soooooo adorable:)


Jana Kunz - Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 10:20 am

What a beautiful baby! I love the last one. :)

Jeanette - Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 3:18 pm

Och man, love that milky yawn!

diana simpson - Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 5:26 pm

love that last one… the eye contact!

Anna-Karin - Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 9:18 am

Beautiful family portrait and what a sweet little baby!

Computer Woes- Fixed!

Our internet service was interrupted and offline all weekend- but now all is well (yay!)

If you sent me an email over the weekend and I haven’t gotten back to you please contact me again, as it probably got lost during the spotty connections.  or call me at 612-709-6370

Thanks for your patience!


Pure Bliss- Mr. Baby *H*

Baby *H* has 3 older sisters who are so excited he’s here- and are so adoring to him, and want to attend to his every need. Mom sure has her hands full with girls who are 6y, 4y and 2y but what a lovely bunch they all are- and Mr. H sure rounds them out nicely:)

Mr. H defied my standard newborn norms- as most newborns less than a week old sleep pretty much the whole time I’m there- but not him! He was determined to be awake for most of it:)

I’ve known his mom since her oldest, and my trio were mere babes themselves- we were in an ECFE class together when they were only 6months old! My how time has flown- and I’m so thankful that so many of us from that class have remained friends:)

Jen Lippold - Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 10:33 pm

Amy these are gorgeous!!!! It is so nice to see these pictures from CA!!! These could so win contests!!! I am so mad that I didn’t catch on before we left MN! Beautiful. You are so talented.

Jeanette - Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 11:43 pm

Gorgeous!! I love the baby against the white.

Jana Kunz - Monday, November 24, 2008 - 6:16 pm

So cute!! OMG, I am so behind on blogging!

Peggy - Monday, November 24, 2008 - 9:18 pm

They are beautiful, Amy. I agree with Jen Lippold 100%. Thanks for sharing all your pictures. I hope to see you sooon.

Jen Lane - Monday, December 1, 2008 - 5:33 pm

oooohhhh beautiful baby! these are absolutely darling!

DSR - Tuesday, December 2, 2008 - 8:55 pm

Love that first sleep pic! Beautiful B&W work!

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