Just as consistent as flies are to water, every year I take pictures of my kiddie pies for their birthday.  I know, weird analogy but it’s true.  As I sit and reminisce as they turned 6, I snapped it. They turn 9 I captured it here.  Almost 10, yep…I’m all over it.

I try to share most family milestones.  I thought I did but as I look back I see very few of myself…what about me? a.k.a., mommy, wifey?   Thank goodness for selfies (Instagram – personal).  Thank goodness for other photographers that know your pain and feel your steelo.  What did I look like at 32 when I had them?  What did I smile like when they turned 6?  I know I went to a Prince concert when I turned 40 but dang, how was my makeup that night?  I haven’t the faintest.  You know this story all too well.  Always behind the camera and never in front of the camera.

My littlest peanut (who’s almost 10) said to me last week, “let me do your make up so you can be pretty for daddy and then go out on the town.”  First thought was, “do we look that sad?”   Then I took the moment for what it was.  She wanted to make me prettier and then go out and have fun. That simple.  So why not capture this moment?  Until I can teach them fully about aperture and lighting I will be my own on-call photographer for those moments that just “pop up” in life.

What I love to eat:

Spinach and garlic.  Can’t get enough of it. You’ve seen the quintessential garlic eater down about a half of clove of garlic then minutes later the smell is seeping through their skin.  It doesn’t do that to me.  I must badly need garlic because my body takes it in and keeps it.

My favorite smell:

Market Kitchen Candle, Geranium + Ivy.  It’s just one of those smells you want to wallup you when you wake up to a spring morning.  It’s clean and delish.

What I discovered in my 41st year:

I don’t like my nails long. It’s just not me. I’m not into fake nails, gel nails or anything on my nails other than clear and the possible color polish.  I also like sitting still. Listening, looking and just being quiet.  You hear and learn so much more this way.

My favorite thing on people, other people:

Your smile. you can draw me in (genuine and true) with your smile or push me away (cold and fake).  Either way it’s my gateway to your soul and I unlock it everytime I see you.

What I want to pass to my children:

Lessons in life; Never expect anything for free, work hard for what you want, love unconditionally and purely.  Love life!