Our family consists of Paul (aka Daddy or Daddy-Doo). He loves his little girls, wife and family more than anything in the world.
Velvet (aka MaMa Velvet or Mommy). I'm a photographer and very happy stay at home Mom who can't get enough time with my little ones!
Lily (aka Monster, Stinkerbutt and Sweet Pea). She's a very smart, talkative, opinionated and loving 9 year old!
Addison (aka Addi-Doo, Addi Bo Baddy and Turkey Butt). She's 5, spunky, energetic, snuggly, and full of so much sass!
Finally, we've got Scarlett (Munchkin Butt, Bo, and The Cheese Monster)! She's 3 years old and enjoys playing by herself, sneaking cheese, and playing pretend with everyone!
As many of you know I'm a photographer as well as a stay at home mother. Occasionally I photograph Weddings, Engagements, Maternity, Newborn, Family, Senior Portraits, etc;.
It's been a great way to allow me to be home with my kids and help support the family still.
This last weekend I photographed two great friends wedding! I've know Marissa since we were in gradeschool and Darren and I have attended the same church for around 10 years! Needless to say I was super excited when they asked me to photograph the wedding.
The whole day came and went without one problem. It was a fantastic, beautiful, and extremely fun wedding to be a part of.
When I got home I put all the photos on my external hard drive in hopes of editing a few of them that night and uploading them onto my Facebook page. I have a lot of friends from the church who were chomping at the bit to see a couple of the photos.
3 minutes after loading ALL of the wedding photos onto the hard drive, it crashed.
The computer wouldn't even recognize that it was plugged in.
This is where my life ended.
Not only was I now going to have to figure out how to tell my closest friends/neighbors that I'd lost every single photo from there wedding day but I'd also lost all of my family photos from the time that Lily was a newborn.
Thankfully, my Mother works with a wonderful man named Bill who spent half of his work day retreiving the erased photos of the wedding from my SD card! I could have kissed him.
Without him I wouldn't have gems like this stored in my computer...
That being said I still need everyones prayers as I send out my damaged hard drive in hopes of retreiving all of my familys photos.
The purpose of this post is to also remind everyone to ALWAYS have more than one backup of your precious memories.
Yesterday we had the pleasure of taking Lily to the Festival and Carnival in my hometown!
Our week vacation happened to encompass the weekend of the festival and Lily's mother was nice enough to give Paul the all day passes she had for all the carnival rides. Lily really enjoyed the whole day and got to ride as many rides as she wanted!
We also happened to run into her friend Isabelle and her parents. So the girls ran around and had a blast!
They rode airplanes together...
while Addison sat around in the shade with the obnoxious huge pink dolphin Lily had won.
Lily wanted to go on the rollercoaster so Isabelle stood in the shade with us and let her Dad mess with her stuffed animals.
Once Lily was done with the rollercoaster she asked to play the ducky game close by.
You pick a duck from the pool and based on the color on the ducks butt you get a prize.
She said she picked the biggest duck.
Isabelle picked the turtle sized duck butt.
Lily picked the monkey butt. Go figure :)
The girls REALLY loved the maze at the carnival! It consisted of mirrors and glass panels that you had to wind your way through.
I loved the maze as well.
It was hillarious to watch the girls run headfirst into the glass. Over and over and over again.
Once they were done running into glass plates they moved on to the "Crazy Bus".
Forgive me for saying this, but the "Crazy Bus" was more "Bus" and less "Crazy".
I'm assuming it was supposed to mimmick the much larger ride that launches you into the air and then plummets you to the ground.
The "Crazy Bus" was more like a leisurely sunday drive.
Isabelle had to leave after that so the girls hugged and demanded that I take a photo.
This is Lily's first time on one of the big kid rides!
The thing moved so fast and in so many different directions that I was only able to get this picture of her actually RIDING the ride.
She said she loved it, Daddy said he felt nauscious :)
We headed to the festival for dinner and snowcones and Lily jacked Addison's stroller.
She's so sneaky sometimes.
I don't think Addison minded though, she'd been in the stroller all day anyway.
Grandpa met up with us for dinner too!
He loves any opportunity to play with the grandbabies... that and Nachos.
After dinner we all headed back to the carnival to let Lily run off some of the sugar.
This is how Addison and I spent our day.
Hanging out, watching a bunch of people scream, finding any patch of shade available.
Addison and I headed back to the car after a while to cool it down and enjoy the air conditioning.
I took this photo that reminded me I'd taken a photo semi similar about one year ago...
Only she was much smaller, demanding, hungry and hairless :)
Anyway, we had a great day thanks to many people!
Hope everyone else had a wonderful weekend as well.