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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Crave Giveaway!

I love me a GOOD giveaway and this giveaway BEATS them all! Holy Moly would I LOVE to win ANYTHING from this giveaway! Who wouldn't want to win an all expense paid trip to be mentored by Crave Photography? Um, yes please! I am constantly wanting to improve my skills and I know this would totally help me do that! 

http://cravemyphotography.com/blog/world-wide-giveaway-2012/

Check it out and enter! :)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

rock the shot!


 


 
So, I am entering a photo in a photo contest for the very first time. I follow "rock the shot" on facebook and they host a monthly photo contest and this months theme is "wild flowers". Since I recently took pictures of Bristol in the black eyed susans, I figured I'd enter the contest, why the heck not?

Here's a little background info for this photo....


I had been "eyeing" these flowers for weeks which were located on my church's property. I love black eyed susans and KNEW I wanted to take Bristol there to snap a few pictures. We went to dinner that day and after dinner we made a pit stop at church. It was right around 7:15pm ( which is one of my FAVORITE times to shoot pictures). I knew the evening sun would go down FAST so I had to hurry and get Bristol set up and start snapping away. I wanted the sun haze in the picture so I squated down really low, I'm pretty sure I was laying on my stomach getting eaten alive by skeeters, but it sure was worth every single skeeter bite I got, haha. I love every single thing about this picture. The pop of colors, the sun haze, the wild flowers in the background.... everything! I took this photo with my canon 7d using my 50mm 1.8 lens.

wish me luck! :)

Monday, May 7, 2012

grandaddy love

 Bristol Elaine sure does love her Grandaddy! The minute she sees him her face lights up with a huge smile! Of course, Bristol has Grandaddy wrapped around her sweet little fingers ( all of them, haha!) He would do anything for "his girl" and he makes that known. It's so precious to see him with her especially since I'm his "baby girl". I can't wait to watch this relationship grow and flourish over the next several years. I know that when Bristol is aware of her surroundings, she will immediately know that her Grandaddy loves her to the moon and back. He spoils her rotten already and I know as she gets older it will only get worse ( in a good way of course!) My dad gave Bristol a nickname "Boo-Boo". Growing up, I was nicknamed "Bo-Bo" and so when he came up with "boo-boo" it was only fitting for Bristol. 

 Grandaddy and his girl posing outside on their porch. He says how much she changes every time he sees her. It's almost a given that he will say " well she looks different today than the last time I saw her. He constantly comments on her "pug nose" and "piercing blue eyes". He always talks about the future with her and how he can't wait to see her running around like a little rugrat. There are so many things grandaddy wants to do with her, take her places, show her things... it's precious to hear him talk like that. 

 Bristol resembles grandaddy's baby pictures, it's cute! Bristol loves to grab his hat and try to rip it off. She loves to play peek-a-boo with him at my parents house using the hallway mirror. He loves to take Bristol shopping and buy her an outfit or a toy - it's so sweet and generous that he wants to do things like that. Grandaddy is over the moon with his "brittle girl" and can't wait to take her on her first "real trip" at the end of May. It's Grandaddy and "his girls" :) He talks non-stop about Bristol playing softball. We joke that she will be hitting home runs over the fence in tee-ball. Between her grandaddy and momma, Bristol will be ready to the the field at an early age! 

 Bristol is his pride and joy. He requests for a picture everyday to be sent to him via cell phone or email. He often tells me how much Bristol looks like me when I was a baby. I know that it brings back many memories for him. Grandaddy is always willing to feed her, change her diaper, carry her around and entertain her anywhere we go. It's the sweetest thing ever. 

 Bristol Elaine is named after grandaddy's mom ( my nannie). Her name is Elaine and I know that his heart smiles the biggest smile knowing that his first granddaughter is named after his sweet and precious mom. 

 If Grandaddy hasn't received an email, text or phone call during the day, he will send me a text saying " need a picture of my baby" or give me a call to just "check in" and see how we are doing. It's the sweetest thing ever.
 I couldn't imagine my life without my dad and I know my dad couldn't imagine his life without Bristol. She is the luckiest little girl to have a man in her life like her grandaddy. He truly is the best grandfather any little girl could have. I love watching him get excited to see Bristol, it really is the cutest thing ever. My dad is the perfect example of a self-less father and grandfather. He puts God first and his family second, exactly how it should be.
 Grandaddy had a procedure done a couple days ago so Bristol and I went to visit with him all day. We played, napped, ate, played and napped again. We ended the day with dinner and shopping. It was so sweet to see him lay on the floor with her. He wanted to make sure she didn't roll off the blankets.
Dad/Grandaddy, You truly are the best dad and grandaddy anyone could ask for. You are the perfect example of what a father and grandfather should be. I look up to you and always have and I know that Bristol will do the same when she is old enough. We love you and Thank God for you EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. 

Love, 
"your girls"

Thursday, May 3, 2012

i could not ask for more

my sweet pea is the most amazing thing in my life. i am so blessed to be her mommy.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

play time!

 play time outside! we packed up a bunch of toys and had fun enjoying the nice weather!
 Bristol working hard on her minnie mouse laptop. She loves to open and close it, it's the cutest thing.

 She finally graduated to her rubber ducky tub! She absolutely loves it! Although, I have had a hard time washing her hair since she sits up. The water always drips into her eyes and she is not a fan of that. I have to lay her flat in the tub ( NO WATER IS IN THERE, I DRAIN IT) and rinse her hair that way. She isn't a big fan of that either but she tolerates it.
 loves to chew on her bath tub books. it's so cute to watch her pick them up as they float in the tub. she even loves to grab for the duckys head too.
 peek-a-boo!
 baby girl playing with her toys at omi and grandaddy's house. she is at such a fun age, she can sit and play with her toys for so long. it's nice that she can entertain herself, especially if i need to fold laundry or do dishes. she is very content as long as she has her toys in front of her.
bristol is always on a mission to find the perfect toy to play with. it's funny to watch her pick her toys up and play with them. when she doesn't want it anymore, she throws it to the side and starts sifting through her other toys to get the one she wants! 

she is has learned how to wave hi, clap her hands and say dada. she is growing up everyday and i swear, this is the best age! she brings so much joy to my life, i couldn't imagine my life without her! 

PS - she slept through the night 2 nights in a row! she broke that cycle last night, but i was sooo happy that she had least did it for 2 nights. here's to hoping she does it again!