3.30.2009

What a difference!!!

WOW....what a difference two years makes. We just got back from Indy. We took the girls to the Children's Museum & the Zoo!! We had a blast!! I was just editing some pictures (hundreds, haha) and remembered seeing a picture similar of the girls two years ago. It was them in the dinosaur exhibit. Check it out....it's priceless :)



I will have to post the rest of our fun pictures soon!!! I am so wore out from all the walking!! It was great exercise!!



Well until the next time..................


3.28.2009

Rub-a-dub-dub

Last night my sister Megan, and nephew Grady Michael came over for a much needed visit! I haven't saw her or Grady in a few weeks....and they just live in L-town!! We've all just been so busy!!! Anyway, Grady and Alli Jo wanted to take a bath....so we put them in together.....it was so cute!













I have to add a little funny about Alli Jo.....ha ha. Grady stood up to get out of the tub, and Alli Jo just froze LOL She looked at Grady's "man parts" and said, "Oh mommy, Grady's butt!" And just had this confused look on her face.......my sister and I about died laughing!!! I guess Alli Jo had her first anatomy lesson!!!


Till the next time....................


3.27.2009

CONGRATULATIONS MATT & MEGAN!!!!

I just wanted to say congrats to Matt & Megan on their baby girl CLAIRE NYKOLE RABER Their adoption was just finalized & papers signed!!! Praise God!!! I am just overwhelmed with
emotions for them!! You can read the update from Abby or follow their story on MEGAN'S BLOG!!!


Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.
—Psalm 105:1-2

3.26.2009

Lily's New Do

Every eight weeks Lily Pie gets a new do! It is so funny
b/c everytime I go pick her up from Kendra's we don't
even recognize her LOL!! I really love how Kendra put
her bow on the side this time....it's just ADORABLE!!!

Lily is always on her best behavior @ Kendra's and on
the way back....she loves getting her hair did :)

3.25.2009

Follow Me....

For those of you who want to continue to follow my
photography career, make sure you follow me! Click
HERE to get to my new photography blog.

Like I said in a previous post THIS blog you're reading
will be going private. So make sure if you want me to
invite you to my personal blog once it's private...I
have your email address. This must be the email address
that you have your blog sign-in ID with or you can create
a google email in seconds!

This blog will be going private this weekend.

Until the next time..........

Women Drivers

Ok usually I don't post videos making fun of women....
but this one is hilarious! Aimee sent it to me via email
and I about died!! I could so see myself do some of these
things, ha ha!
video

3.24.2009

My little Picasso's

So I forgot to mention a few more things we did Saturday
after we got home from our girl's day! At wal-mart we
bought a few blank canvas boards, so the girls could paint
them for their playroom decor! It was sooooo fun! They
couldn't believe mommy was letting them do it!

So if you're looking for a fun, inexpensive project, try it!


I put all the paint in paper cups so it would be too messy!

CHECK OUT THEIR BEAUTIFUL WORK!





Joe also borrowed the neighbor's tractor to move some of
our dirt and fill in holes......Hunter got to ride along, it was
cute!





3.23.2009

Fun Weekend

Well like I always say...another weekend came & went!
We had a great time this weekend! The weather was so
nice...we had so much to do! Hunter and I have been having
some mom & daughter fights lately. I think it's kind of one of
those, who is in control things! UGH!!!!! Anyways....we needed
a day for just the two of us!!

Saturday we decided to do a little shopping & some pampering,
all-in-one day! So we started out at Kohls...got some great deals!
Then we went to Applebees and ate some YUMMY lunch...we
were so stuffed we could hardly move, ha ha! Then we went to
get some pedi's. Here are a couple pics of Hunter enjoying her
pampering (she is really having a good time...just bashful in front
of the Asian man) LOL



After we got our pedis we went to JoAnn's Craft store. Hunter
got some scrapbooking things to make a scrapbook of Lily our
puppy! Then we went to JC Penny's to look for an Easter dress
for Hunter. She is SOOOOOO picky!!! We finnally found one
that she said was "ok"! Then we headed home and stopped
by wal-mart on our way back to pick up some totes so that I
can get started sorting through things for the YARD SALE!

Yes I said it...I'm having a YARD SALE on April 4th...so mark
your calendars!!! I decided to go ahead and sell the girl's
clothes :( For those of you who know me, this is very hard for
me to do.....I'm not sure why but I have such an attachment to
what my girls wear! Looking back through their clothes, reminds
me of certain stages in their lives....and memories I don't want to
forget! Joe said it is time to sell them....I guess if we ever have
another child and it's a girl I'll have to just buy all new (oops) LOL
We also have a TON of things that we need to get rid of that we're
not bringing into the new home.....it is all in our basement right now
and I'm so ready to get rid of it ALL!! IT ALL MUST GO!!!

Sunday we decided to go to church at Antioch. We have been
members of Antioch and attended Antioch for over 3 years....but
last summer I had some personal issues I wanted to work on and
that's why we have not been back since. Well, we all had a GREAT
time! It was a great sermon! The girls both learned a lot at Sunday
school! Alli Jo said "Jesus loves Alli Jo", and Hunter said that "All
things are possible through God"! I am so proud of my girls!!! I am
still praying, and making sure WE as a family find our church home!


Well I guess I better get to work.......


3.20.2009

Custom Photography

What is is "custom photography"?

A friend and I were just discussing how every family has their
own perception of how they want their memories captured.

This article will help show you why custom photography can be
a better choice for your family’s memories. Custom Photography

Here is the last section of the article, and a basic summery.

Custom photography is more of a luxury than your entry level
cookie cutter chain experience. Custom photography truly is not
for everyone, it requires a level of commitment, investment in time
and money, forethought and planning on the part of the subject/
client and requires a larger time commitment for the photographer
as well.

Clients who enjoy taking a more active role in the creation of their
families’ memories have the desire to have portrait art that is
truly personalized. These more discerning clients have been known
to budget and allot time for a custom photography session. Many
clients opt for it to be a once a year special experience, some opt
to have custom photography sessions done to record their child’s
stages in life. Having said this, it is clear that custom photography
is not in everyone’s budget, it is something that most families save
for to splurge on from time to time to memorialize their children as
they really are (not posed and primped in the cookie cutter studio
setting).

There is a great deal of time involved in creating high end custom
photography sessions for a client. The luxury of great service, better
choices and a supberb end product. The result of all this are heirloom
quality images. The time invested at the session is only a small
portion of time involved in this process.

Custom photography has been likened to purchasing a fine
vehicle.To get to point B from A let’s face it, even a bus
ride would suffice.If you want to luxuriate in a finely appointed
vehicle, customizing your own experience by listening to smooth
jazz while sitting in a climate controlled setting adjusted purely
for your comfort in a body hugging leather interior, perhaps that
Lexus you so desire is your cup of tea. Custom photography is much
the same cup of tea. It is the Lexus of the photography world.
It is where the intangibles make the experience truly wonderful and
the images themselves make the investment of money and time
truly worthwhile.

Custom photography can be broken down into even more levels.
There are on location, studio, mixed studio/on location,
specialty location and destination type photographers. The
beauty of custom photography is in the choices and in the luxury
of those options. The customized service level you are sure to
experience will be amazing. The knowledge that your final images
are the result of someone caring about those moments so much that
they take extra time ensuring that the artwork you receive is good
enough to stand by with their name on it. That level of quality
and commitment is all but lost in the age of "mass produced,"
"mass marketed," corporate "everyone is a number". Custom
photography is based on being unique to you. How great an
experience would be, to be able to sit back and allow a photographer
to do this highly custom work for images that you will most likely
cherish for a lifetime?

Keep in mind more than anything that the Lexus will never appreciate
in value the way your portraits will. The portrait art you become
invested in from your custom photographer will no doubt increase in
value and become more priceless as the years pass.

Here are a few of my favorite custom photographers:

Wendi Schoffstall
Stefanie Burt
Kathy McCloy

3.18.2009

Mark 5:36

The verse for today.....
"Do not fear, only believe."
Mark 5:36

Most of you know that last night around 7pm, Andrea
went home to the Lord. Words cannot express how
much she has touched my life. I am sad for her friends
and family that can no longer see her beautiful face on
earth, but I am so happy that she is pain free and dancing
in heaven as I type this! I truly believe Andrea was
doing exactly as the verse above states....she did not fear,
she only believed!!

As Jenelle, one of her best friends said....I can only
imagine the greeting she got when she entered heaven's
gates! WOW!!! Gives me goose bumps just thinking
about it! Imagine Jesus standing there shaking his head
at Andrea and saying, "well done my child"!!!

I hope and pray that I can leave just half of the impact
that Andrea did! So many people have heard of her
story and have been inspired to live a better life! Thank
you God for giving us a piece of Andrea to have in our
hearts forever!!!

Andrea was a hero to so many, including myself. I hope
and pray that she will carry on in each of us! Listen
to the song playing "Hero" by Mariah Carey......it's an
old one, but when I hear it now I will think of Andrea!!



3.17.2009

Private Blog

A friend of mine is making her blog private, and it's
so funny b/c I was JUST thinking about this last
night. I've been keeping track of how many blog hits
I get and I've noticed it is WAY more than I ever
thought. In a way it makes me feel good but I am also
worried that "strange" people are reading about my girls.
Joe has people come up to him at work and say,
"oh you're doing this & this tomorrow" LOL Sometimes I
don't think and I post too much about my family.

Soooooo..............I will be making this blog private soon.
I will have a specific blog created JUST for photography, and
this one will be only for my friends & family that I know
and I've met in person. I have no problem inviting my loyal
bloggers who I don't know well, but comment quite often &
we've become closer while blogging (you know who you are).

I also don't have issues with letting people read about my
recent photography sessions....but the WWW is too big, not to
protect my little ones :)


Please email or post a comment with your email address
so that I can invite to you view my blog once it's private.

My email address is: lrobinson@rtccom.com

Thanks!!

P.S. My new photography blog will be linked to my website:
www.leahrobinsonphoto.com

3.16.2009

Neidigh Sneak Peek

In four weeks, two of my best friends will become parents.
I knew from the day I met them, they were going to be
great parents! Though we are not blood related....Kayla is like
a sister to me and Craig is a brother as well! They would do
anything for my family and we'd do anything for them! My
girls consider them their aunt & uncle, no doubt!!

I had the privilege of taking some maternity pictures for them...
we had a blast!






Yes, this is a 36 week pregnant lady LOL


I love you guys! And I can't wait for the day I get the call that
baby Neidigh is here!!!!

Prayers

I ask that if you have just a few minutes today, take some
time and pray for Andrea and her friends & family. I have
never met Andrea, but I have been praying for her for a while
now and I am so blessed to even know OF her! I know that I
have been getting several blog hits lately, so I PRAY that
if you're reading this right now, you will close your eyes
and uplift this sweet woman!!

Andrea has had not only more cancer develop but is also
fighting pneumonia. The cancer is spreading rapid and the drs
have informed Andrea as well as the family that they could no
longer treat this cancer and that either the cancer, the
pneumonia, or the combination of the two will take her life.

I have heard through email from her family & friends that she
IS still here on Earth, but the end (most likely today or
tomorrow) is very near for her. So if any of you would like to
send her one last thought or comment, prayer, anything- you can
do that on her carepage at www.carepages.com Patient name
AndreaBoes.

Andrea is spending her last moment with her husband and their
precious little boy Ethan as well as other family members. A
friend told me today, it is very sad for the family, but how
glorious for her! She will be standing in the presence of the King!
No more pain, just glory! I can't even imagine.


How do you get your child to hold still for pics.........

Give her a kids meal & a tutu hahahaha!!!!!!!!!

This weekend Hunter was at her dad's house. On the
weekends that Hunter is gone, Alli Jo and I get to spend
more time together. I had a photo session Sunday, so I
wanted to test the lighting and who better to test than
my beautiful Alli Jo :) But.........how do I get her to sit
still for 2 seconds...UGH!

So I got her a kids meal & then let her put on her tutu &
run around outside LOL It worked awesome as you can
see in the pictures, haha!












I will leave you with a video of Alli Jo telling me about monsters
that came into the house the night before......oh the imagination
of a two year old!


video

3.13.2009

He's coming home......

Joe is FINALLY coming home tonight!! I haven't
posted anything about it, but he's been on a
business trip for work since Sunday! So I have
been a single mommy for 5 days :( I really came
to appreciate how much Joe helps me when he's
home!!!

We got to see him via web cam...it was fun
the girls thought it was hilarious b/c I let them
see their selves as well LOL!!

Alli Jo is definitely ready for daddy to be home!
She is a completely different girl w/out her daddy!

We did pretty well on not getting scared at night.
My mom & sister shared spending the night with us.
Except last night we were all by ourselves. I woke
up in the middle of the night b/c I was having a
nightmare about Jason from Friday the 13th, ha ha!
Don't ask me why...I have not watched one of those
movies in YEARS!!!! Just so happened that it IS
Friday the 13th today!!! CRAZY!! Anyway...I woke
up and I kept hearing someone turning on the water.
I have most of the "sounds" in the house down pat
now & I kept hearing like a pipe turning off...as
if someone where turning on & off the water. The
only thing I found while walking around the house
was Alli Jo left the sink handle slightly turned.
Once I turned it completely off I never heard the
noise again.....strange!!!

So needless to say...

I'M READY FOR MY HUSBAND TO BE HOME!!!

3.12.2009

Finding Our Calling

I often hear people say, “This is my calling”,
and most of the time they are referring to their
career or business. But what I ask myself is,
“What does the LORD want me to be?” This is a
struggle that I hear many Christians go through,
and that is trying to find their calling in LIFE.

In Ephesians 4, Paul wrote, “As a prisoner for
the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy
of the calling you have received”. He followed
this with three “b’s,” as one translation renders
it: be humble, be gentle, be patient, “bearing
with one another in love”. Paul wrote this from
prison, a difficult place where he continued to
live out his calling from God.

Oswald Chambers said: “Consecration is not the
giving over of the calling in life to God, but
the separation from all other callings and the
giving over of ourselves to God, letting His
providence place us where He will—in business,
or law, or science; in workshop, in politics,
or in drudgery. We are to be there working
according to the laws and principles of the
Kingdom of God.”

When we are the right people before God, we
can do whatever task He sends, wherever He
puts us. In so doing, we discover and affirm
His calling for us. — David C. McCasland

You are called with a holy calling
The light of the world to be;
To lift up the lamp of the gospel
That others the light may see. —Anon.


It’s not what you do, but who you are that’s
most important.

3.09.2009

Great Weekend

What an awesome weekend! I can't remember the last day I
had off work that we actually had NICE weather! Saturday I
woke up with a migraine....but surprisingly it went away pretty
quick.

For lunch I went to eat with my sister & her family at the
Gosthof....I could eat there every day (yummy). We got a
chance to get a few pictures after we ate......

Grady, Hunter, & Alli Jo

Grady


Beautiful Hunter

I think Alli Jo is praying mommy stops taking her picture LOL


So Sunday we went to wal-mart. It was a quite interesting
trip! I was looking for a desk for my office upstairs.....I
finally found something worth buying....and had Joe take it
up to the front, pay for it, & load it.

The girls & I were in the toys looking at the baby dolls. Joe
called my cell & said he needed the keys to unlock my truck.
So I said let's go girls....well Hunter started whining & saying
she wanted to change out baby dolls she picked out.....so I
said "I'LL BE RIGHT BACK DON'T GO ANYWHERE". So I
rushed with Alli up to the front & gave Joe the keys & came
RIGHT BACK!! Well as you can guess Hunter was NOT there!!!
I started to freak out & pace the aisles franticly. She was
nowhere in site. I called Joe on the cell & said to come in right
away I can't find Hunter. So I started to walk the same path I
took to the front....still no Hunter. At first I was angry....then
the anger turned into worry! What is someone took her!!!!

So I thought I'll walk up to the front & have them page her. So
I was just about to the service desk & I saw three workers
standing there with her & she was bawling! I thanked them &
took my baby back! I firmly told her not to EVER do that again.
She said that she forgot what I told her & she was scared.

So lesson learned....never leave your kids in the toy section. UGH

3.07.2009

Camden Sneak Peek

Here's a sneak peek at some pictures of sweet Camden.
Camden just turned 1! He is seriously a doll, and I could
have snapped pictures all day long!! I don't think he
fussed once!! Such a happy lil boy :)