We're Fascinating Creatures

Have you gotten a Frances England Cd for your kids yet? I ordered mine through the Pokey Pup and just received it today in the mail. I guess this is the older one, so I'll have to order the newer one soon. Frances writes the most beautiful children's songs - you can click here and here to hear clips of her music.


Linking Love

I'm finally getting around to posting a few blogs I've come favor over all the rest. I've been meaning to do this for awhile because I'm sure everyone out there is always looking for a good blog to read. Lets start at the top:
1. Dooce. I'm sure everyone knows already about Heather B. She's called "Goddess of Blogging" and although I'm not much for profanity, her writing is pure gold. She's by far the most relatable person online and I can't say enough good things about her.

Heather lives in Utah with hubby Jon, Daughter Leta, Dog Chuck and Dog Coco. She's gone from BYU grad to a web designer in LA to a wife and mother in Utah. After reading just one of her posts, (particularly her monthly newsletters) your eyes will sting from crying so much and your abs will hurt from laughing so hard. You'll leave her blog an emotional mess with a greater appreciation for life, love and your family.

I first found MeRa last May when I was just discovering photo blogs. I think they way she is different from other photographers is that EACH INDIVIDUAL PHOTO IS CAREFULLY THOUGHT THROUGH. When I say that, I mean it. A lot of great photographers give a lot of sparkly images but none really evoke emotion or tell a story like MeRa's.

Her blog is loaded with photography tips and each month she holds a photo contest that her readers can enter and vote on. If you're a mom and love to take pictures of your kids, you'll dig MeRa's blog.

3. The [b] school.
Becker is probably the COOLEST photographer on the planet. He's been shooting weddings forever and has a ton of knowledge and his giving spirit decided to start the [b] school. Right now it's a video blog for photographers giving tips on taking photos, running your business, photoshopping, etc. Soon the [b] school will launch and be a place for photographers to learn and network with each other.

Beckers personal blog is another one of my favorites. Just look at these images!

Don't they totally take your breath away? Get addicted to [b]eckers blog, you can thank me later.

I actually used to spend hours at church camp with Melissa Hester trying to better understand The Bible. I'd thumb through HER copy in awe of ALL THE NOTES in the margins. Years later, I saw a beautiful photo taken by 'Melissa Jill.' Then I saw ANOTHER photo by Melissa Jill. Finally, I googled Melissa Jill and found that it was my Melissa Hester. Her blog is one of the best out there because she posts so often! I lose interest in a blog when the blogger posts like, once a month... Melissa posts FAQs from other photographers, she checks off one by one her 101 goals, and of course, she posts crystal clear, bright and shiny photos.

This blog is perfect for ANY mom out there. Theres so much to read through and take from it. This is a blog you really GET INVOLVED with. I think the banner alone is a great explination: Bringing Moms Togeher!

He Talks!

Kayden has been saying "Bubba" lately. Only today did we figure out it means Zebra.


More From Tucson

On our Tucson photo hunt, I found this awesome stoop. I wanted to get a shot of Kayden sitting like a little angel on one of the steps. I sat him down and backed up while he got up, walked over to the door and KNOCKED! Fortunately, no one answered, but he was anything but cooperative. Much too curious about these people and their stuff.
Last but not least, my friend Marilyn recently returned from Hawaii and brought me back this beautiful turtle necklace.
Isn't it the sweetest little turtle you've ever seen? Thanks, Marilyn! I love it!

Also, I just saw for the first time a preview for Hancock - it looks fantastic!!! I totally can't wait to see it!



This last weekend was a convention in Tucson so we got to stay in a hotel. Kayden was excited to have so many pillows on one bed.

We arrived late the first day, so I had to park 4 blocks from the Convention Center and walk. On my way, I went on a mini photo safari and caught a little Tucson personality. I mostly saw colorful doors and windows since it was a residential area. Look at this guy with all the knobs.

And these three - crazy colors, huh?

This one might be my favorite from the neighborhood.
A few more coming tomorrow - I hope you enjoyed my first official [mini] photo safari!