May 2011


i’ve been singing this song to arden alot lately, because she’s so interested in counting and in ladybugs….especially the dead one that’s been ‘sleeping’ on our back doorstep for the last week!  arden asked jason to sing the ‘lay-bug song’ when he put her to bed the other night, and since he didn’t know it, he said he made up one….and he said it was better than mine.  ha!  how can you get any better than this sesame street classic? 

and while we’re watching the classics, here’s another favorite of mine:

i hope all of you ladybugs have a fun and relaxing memorial day with your family!

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yay, it’s almost friday!!!  here’s some inspiration for you to get out and play this weekend, from arden on the day we brought home her very own backyard slide.  thanks, craig’s list!

i live right across the street from this little black-haired beauty, so i’m lucky enough to see him grow day-by-day.  go ahead, be jealous!

good monday morning!  i hope everyone had a glorious mother’s day, whether you’re a mom yourself or the child of an admirable one who enriches your life.  i love my mama, and i had a great day yesterday spending time with my family and being very aware of how lucky i am, and arden is, to have family nearby who loves us.  jason started my day off right by cooking us breakfast, and the day kept getting more relaxing from there.  being a mom is everything i’ve dreamed about since i was a young babysitter.  with arden as my daughter and jason as my main squeeze, i know each mother’s day will be better than that last!

i took this video saturday at a crawfish boil that arden and i attended together.  it seems a love for jammin’ has been successfully instilled in my daughter already….we were sitting and enjoying our hot dogs between live band performances when some reggae music started playing on the loudspeaker.  arden quickly starting bopping her head around and tapping her foot.  then, she mustered up the strength to stand up on the very steep hill to practice her dance moves.  i cracked up, not only because of how completely adorable she is, but because it was like looking in a mirror.  just last weekend, i was jammin’ to the bands at the beale street music fest, where i enjoyed a record 5 pronto pups in 3 days.  i have NO shame, although i will clarify that i only made 3 trips to the corn dog stand….but 2 of those times i got a footlong!

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photographer-mom guilt finally caught up with me!  i have been happily booked for several photography sessions this spring, but each time i’d wrap a shoot, i’d think, “i really should take more well-planned portraits of arden like these.”  so during the month of april, i aimed to get some frame-worthy portraits of arden in her easter best.

round one took place on cherry road.  anyone living in memphis knows this spot in the middle of audobon park, where the cherry trees bloom beautifully for just one short week each year.  (i have many childhood memories of my sisters and i having our photo taken here around easter time.)  as much as i was determined to get ‘the’ shot, the elements were against us.  it was quite windy, the sun was setting, we were late for a family dinner and arden was in no mood to sit still and say ‘cheese.’  so i got a couple of cute action shots and called it a wrap.

round two took place during a typical walk in our neighborhood one sunny afternoon.  although this is currently one of arden’s favorite activites, she knew something was up since i put her in a frilly outfit, so she put forth her best effort NOT to smile for the camera!  but after watching other kids playing, seeing planes overhead (see picture of arden sitting on brick steps and shouting ‘plane!’) and finding fun sticks and rocks with which to explore, she couldn’t help but warm up and do some smiling.  

that’s my pretty little springtime bunny, the best walking buddy i’ve ever had.  XOXO