Saturday, August 13, 2011

My car

I was involved in a car accident last week. Obviously I am alive and ok to type to type about it, but I am still in quite a bit of pain.

It was awful.

It was my first.

I was stopped in traffic on the freeway when I heard a slight screech and saw a car hit the car behind me. I braced myself because I knew, he was going to hit me. I wish I had a way of escaping that one, but I was trapped and fearful of hitting the guy in front me. Thankfully, that didn't happen.

My car was a wreck.

Unfortunately, my car is a total loss.

Two days ago, I was told to come to the collision center to clean it out. I started thinking, "This is it. This is literally the end of the life of my car. And I am suppose to collect my belongings and call it a day?"

I brought a large plastic bin to the center and was greeted by an 18-year old car lackey who showed me to my car. He was there to open it for me, remove my license plate and watch. Still don't know why he needed to monitor me. I cleared out the obvious areas.....glove compartment, small storage areas in the middle console, change drawer, etc.... I pulled back the seats and collected my hubsand's golf balls, some pens and old receipts. In the back seat, I found a small car and some lollipop sticks....for all those times I was trying to get the kids to be quiet.

When I was done, I went back up to the front seat and I sat there. I know the kid was secretly saying "Hurry up lady! I don't have time for this sappy bs." But I didn't care. I wrapped my hands around the steering wheel one last time, and I closed my eyes.....briefly. I wanted to remember everything I could about that car.....the feel of it....the smells...

I received it as a gift from my parents during my last year of college, I dated my husband when I had it, Pig (our dog) rode in the front seat all buckled in when I did errands, and we took Little A around in it when he was a newborn.

There was a small red stain on the front passenger seat floor after Big A spilled Mountain Dew Code Red in our earlier days. I remember being SO incredibly mad at him because no matter how much seltzer and cleaning we did, we just couldnt get the red out.

There was lipgloss and lipstick on the ceiling area above the driver's seat for all those times I ran through a yellow light, kissed my fingers and then tapped the ceiling for good luck and safety.

I was in tears when I sat there. But luckily it was so darn hot that I could easily pass off my tears as sweat. I put my head down on the steering wheel and remembered all the kick-ass things I added to pimp my car out. My BFF gave me some dice and I remember hanging them from my rear-view mirror. I rememebered the Hawaiian seats covers that I bought at a Swap Meet, but then later removed them because the side-airbags were trapped.

I seriously loved that car. So many great memories.

I asked the kid there if he would take a picture of me one last time in my car. Here it is:

R.I.P. Honda Civic. I will miss you.

Monday, August 1, 2011

What was I thinking?

Ok, I thought I would be able to fanagal some time each day to devote to this blog. I thought FOR SURE that I would be posting a picture every day and do the 365 project just like I always wanted....meh....that just didn't happen.

Between countless emails, facebooks pages, photo sessions, edits, family time and a full-time job---this MOMMA is BUSY!!

I had not one, but two family members remind me today that they were disappointed in my blog. They would check each day in hopes that I would post some new pics of the family. Until they finally gave up, but then by chance they checked it today to see if I had written since March--no luck.

I decided to give my little hot bloggity-blog some attention. So here it is.... and here are some recent pics of my ever so fabulous family JUST for you special family members out there asking for some--you know who you are! :D

Oh and PLEASE excuse the lack of pictures of the D man. He's 2 and doesn't stick close to us, so he ran away from my camera for a majority of these pics.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

88/365 The Boys

How did I get to be SO lucky?

Monday, March 28, 2011

87/365 Sick

It's just not fun when your kids are sick. :(

Sunday, March 27, 2011

86/365 The House

We are painting our house now. Giving it a bit of an update. Not sure when it was last painted, but it was flaking off and I hated the colors to begin with anyway. The hubs and his friends came over to help. It's funny how pizza and beer can always bribe people into helping you paint.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

85/365 Opening Day

Little A is playing Coach Pitch this year for Little League. He is absolutely in love with it. He plays SO much better than last year. His swinging is smooth, he hits far, and he is throwing really well. He had an opening day game this weekend where they introduce the teams and coaches and then have a smal scrimmage game. It was so damn hot outside that I thought I was going to melt.

With his friends before the opening ceremonies.

His cousin K was there playing for another team. I can't wait for their games against each other.

The Coach giving his pep talk and placements.

Friday, March 25, 2011

84/365 My Boy

I love this little guy. Messy chocolate mouth and all.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

83/365 Peace

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

82/365 The Smile

For as beautiful a smile as the D man has, he sure know how to work the system. Do something bad, and then flash a smile like this one. That's his M.O. for sure!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

81/365 The Frown

Sometimes, he is just not in the mood to smile. I don't blame him. I must ask him to pose for me almost every day--several times a day.

Monday, March 21, 2011

80/365 This is what happens....

...when you tinker around with your camera and miss a moment like this. Totally out of focus, but I love it!

Sunday, March 20, 2011


A peek at another maternity session that I had the pleasure of doing. Bloom Photography Website

Saturday, March 19, 2011


A peek at a maternity session I did.

Friday, March 18, 2011

77/365 Baseball

Thursday, March 17, 2011

76/365 St. Patty's Day

My friend Rick came into town for a few days. He had no clue what was in store for him on St.Patty's day when 10 of his closest friends got together for a surprise dinner at our favorite sushi place in AZ.

The master plan was amazing because everyone arrived on time and Rick had absolutely no clue (not even a smidgen) that we were awaiting his arrival at the restaurant. He was SO suprised and we had such a terrific evening.

Still in shock
We always do this there.
The group.
Me and the Rickster.

Our night was complete with some green beer.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

75/365 Little Giggles

Apparently I NEVER flinch in photos.
D thought it was quite funny.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

74/365 The Lego Master

If there is one thing that Little A really enjoys--it's putting together legos. He found a box of them in his room that weren't opened yet and decided to put the trucks together on his own. I love how organized he is with separating the legos by color. He must get that from someone he knows. :)

Monday, March 14, 2011

73/365 Birthday Lunch

Lunch with some friends for a very special birthday.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

72/365 Photo Session

A couple pics from my latest photo session. Aren't these kiddos just adorable?

Saturday, March 12, 2011

71/365 Dreamy Eyes

Friday, March 11, 2011

70/365 A Bit Wormy

This is what Little A likes to find in the yard when he's digging through the dirt:
And this is what he likes to do with it once he's caught several of them:
Just kidding.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

69/365 A Smile

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

68/365 Sand Silhouette

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

67/365 Windy

Surprisingly enough, this trip to Tempe Town Lake warranted a couple thick jackets, a windbreaker and a scarf.
me and mom

Monday, March 7, 2011

66/365 The Tree

Sunday, March 6, 2011

65/365 The Sky

Does it resemble the wallpaper in Toy Story or the intro to The Simpsons?

Saturday, March 5, 2011

64/365 Box-house

Friday, March 4, 2011

63/365 Photo Session

A sample of what I was working on with my clients:

Thursday, March 3, 2011

62/365 Toothy

He was working on his front tooth ALL night. The darn thing was still attached. This was taken a few minutes before he finally ripped it out. He was so excited.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

61/365 Charlie Sheen

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

60/365 Shark-Man

Monday, February 28, 2011

59/365 He Sat On A Wall

Sunday, February 27, 2011

58/365 Photo Session

Shameless plug......but I've been busy and I have to explain why there is a random couple on this post.

I own my photography business called Bloom Photography. Feel free to click on the link to head on over to my website. And if you are a facebook member, click on the facebook link on my website to become a fan.

This was my picture for the day. This beautiful couple is tying the knot this year and wanted some engagement pics. What a blast they were to photograph, plus we found some of the most amazing backdrops ever during this session. Head on over to my site to view their other session as well.
Oh, and if you are interested in my work, drop me a line. I would love to hear from you. :)
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