I'm editing this session and wanted to share a quick sneak peek. As I look through the images from this session some make me laugh (really laugh), some make me smile (smile big), and some sneak up and cause a heart reaction (for lack of a better way to describe it). I love that feeling when your head is completely not involved and your heart (or body or spirit or whatever you want to call it) just somehow knows it's special. Often the feeling just sneaks up on you when you might least expect it - I think those are the times to really pay attention. This image, for whatever reason, my heart liked. A lot. Many more coming from this session. Until then, Happy Friday! :)

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I first photographed this threesome 3 years ago in the summer of 2007...

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I was thinking the other day how when my mom was the age I am right now, that she had a 15-year-old (me), plus my younger brother and sister. I cannot quite imagine being responsible for (and dealing with all the ups and down of) a 15-year-old right now. Then add to that a 13- and 8-year-old. Lucky for her I was such a good kid. ;) Mom, I hope you have a perfectly wonderful birthday. I'll call you later this morning... :)

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Annamay says:

Your mom looks so young! And what a cute baby you were. :)

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A mini session was a perfect chance for Katelyn's parents to get some images of her at one-and-a half. It was another hot and humid morning (and little did I know that the next round of mini sessions, a week later, would be even steamier! More on those later). But we waded through the steaminess and it was totally worth it. I hope to see you again in February (when we'll be complaining about it being too cold to go outside). :)

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I thought it might be fun to (attempt to regularly) share some things that make me happy. Maybe you'll take a moment to think about some things that made you happy today... or last week. Maybe this will get me to pay attention more to when I'm happy. Maybe I'll share something that you didn't know about and then it can make you happy too. Or maybe this idea will end up being lame. Or maybe it won't. ;) Here it goes...

polar bears | a few weeks ago my niece and I participated in a really fun class at the como zoo called "Polar Nights and Northern Lights". It was an overnight class -- so yes, we slept at the zoo, but the polar bears were securely tucked away for the night. ;)

elvis radio | I recently discovered Elvis Radio on my satellite radio. All Elvis, all the time! I also discovered that if I'm crabby when I'm driving, I just need to turn on Elvis Radio and within minutes I'm car-dancing to Elvis. You truly can't help but feel happy.

lawn mowers that start | I learned that running out of oil (my fear, so I keep adding oil), can be as bad as putting in too much oil. Opps. So this week I learned all about draining oil, spark plugs and air filters. And I successfully fixed the mower. And I won't make that oil mistake again!

canoeing | this past friday I took my annual canoe trip with my friend Jandeen. (Well, we call it a trip even if it's just from Taylors Falls to Osceola.) :) I love that this has become a tradition for us! And this year we had perfect weather. Everything about the day was perfect.

air conditioning | I think this one speaks for itself.

I didn't take very many photos on our zoo adventure, but here are a few. It was so cool to be at the zoo without crowds of people. It was almost like the animals were happy to see us. Oh, and that's Jocelin pretending to be a polar bear -- she was kind of a bear at bedtime. ;)

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