to let you know that i am alive! πŸ™‚
i know i have been neglecting the blog recently and it has been WAY too long since i have updated my personal blog… 
we have just been super busy and it seems that more than ever these past couple of weeks when i go to sit down at the computer i have opted to instead go snuggle on the couch with nathan and emily or sit in the backyard watching the kids all run through the sprinklers…. 
it seems that all i hear about lately is facebook and twitter and blogs and message boards etc etc and while i am not against any of it, i just find that i am always trying to maintain that balance between keeping up with all of this internet/computer/blogging world and staying present in the here and now with the things that matter most: my husband and kids and my faith and the things i can do to help and be with those around me. 
and more than ever lately i keep realizing that my kids are growing up in an INSTANT and that before i can even blink, they will be grown and gone and it makes me so sad and it makes me even more sad to think that i might miss some of it because i am spending too much time on the computer…
and so i am trying more than ever to stay focused on being present when i am with my family and to keep it all in balance and especially to not feel guilty if i do go a month or even two without posting on my blog and to not feel guilty if i don't jump on the twitter bandwagon…. because i just can't do it all… and that is ok!
but anyway, much is happening and i do have much to blog about and lots of little tidbits about the kids that i need to write down before i forget them so i will try to get to that soon… for now here is a bit of what we have been up to…
brian and i went to washington dc last week and that was a blast!! lots of photos that i haven't even uploaded yet and he even went to the live butterfly exhibit with me at the natural science museum! what a guy huh? 
my little sis and her adorable baby, aubrey, are in town… did i mention that she is adorable? we are going to take pictures tomorrow because i just can't let them leave without doing a little shoot! 
since i have probably bored you to death by now and i know that i have completely been rambling, i will leave you with a couple of photos of my little emily jane, who by the way is just not so little anymore… can you see why i have been missing lately?… i just can't let this little girl grow up without me being there for every little second of her life!

Color pop, urban cool

(sorry about the captions on there… i edited these for a tutorial that i did over on the studio calico blog last week about my actions and i only saved them with the captions… if you are interested, i explained what actions are here and showed how to use them here and then showed how to mix and match them here.)

well that turned out to be not such a quick update after all… obviously i have a hard time doing quick blog posts… maybe if i could be quicker, i could post more often! πŸ™‚