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Farragut, Knoxville, TN

Tuesday, August 4, 2009
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Marcus and I had our baby shower at Brixx Pizza Sunday and had a great time. I owe a big thank you to my friend Christa for organizing and hosting. We really appreciate all of our friends who were able to come out and celebrate with us including Matt Browne who was nice enough to take a few photos for the baby book. After pizza, we enjoyed a very delicious carrot cake from Magpies, and we didn't have to play any embarrassing shower games!

Even though I am a photographer and know that it is best to do maternity photos much earlier than the 35th week, I somehow managed to keep putting it off. Although I'm now feeling very huge with the lovely stretch marks and swollen ankles that go along with late pregnancy, we did snap a few maternity shots after the shower. For our out-of-town friends and family who have been asking about the bump, here you go. Keep in mind that the official due date isn't until September 6, more than a month away.


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Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, TN

Sunday, May 17, 2009
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Congratulations to my brother Andrew who just graduated from high school! We are very proud of how far you have come and of the person that you are becoming.

Congratulations Andrew!

Marcus took this photo of me with Andrew and our nieces just after Friday's ceremony at the coliseum. I'm not a big fan of photos of myself (especially since my pregnant belly is getting so huge), but I always advise mothers and mothers-to-be to take lots of photos of themselves anyway because our children see us with love-colored-glasses. I cherish photos of my mother and expect that my son will do the same ... which leads me to some of my favorite advice for graduates:

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

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Home, Knoxville, TN

Friday, April 17, 2009
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I promised to give everyone an update on what's been keeping me so busy the last few months, and here it is. We're having a baby!

Due to a previous miscarriage, I wanted to wait before making any announcements, but I'm now about halfway through the pregnancy so it seemed like about time to let everyone in on the good news. We had the big ultrasound this week, and everything checked out and seems to be fine.

Like weddings, pregnancies are one of those huge, life-changing moments in life, and I just wanted to let everyone share in this with us. I even edited down the ultrasound to about 3 minutes of my favorite parts. For those who have trouble making heads or tails out of ultrasounds, I will tell you that this clip starts with the tail and answers the big question. It also shows the profile (including a glimpse of the umbilical cord floating above the baby) as well as punching hands and kicking feet which I've been feeling for the past week. Marcus is responsible for the clip's title, and the momentary pauses were for the tech to print photos or double check the gender assessment.



update for anyone unlucky enough to be blocked from viewing the amazing ultrasound clip: It's a boy.

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French Riviera, France

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
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I know that my blog has been quiet for a while now, and many people have been wondering what I'm up to. Well, the wait is almost over. I promise that I will be posting again in the next few weeks and catching everyone up. Right now I just have a lot of albums to work on, but here's a small photo fix for everyone that has been asking to see photos from our holiday trip to Cote d'Azur, the French Riviera.

We were there to spend Christmas with Marcus's family who recently purchased a vacation home near Antibes, but we did manage to fit in a bit of sightseeing. Unfortunately, the weather was cold and rainy much of the time, but I'm looking forward to returning in warmer weather.

Saint-Tropez is a maze of little, winding streets with designer boutiques and tourist shops. After some indecisive shopping, we were late returning to the car but made a quick stop to snap this photograph of the yachts in the harbor.

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The rooms in this hotel must have the most amazing views!

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From the hotel, this is the view looking East.

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and this is the view to Monaco in the West. Wouldn't these terraces in the foreground make the most amazing spot for a destination wedding at sunset?

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I love warm, French crepes, but this bowl of hot chocolate with fresh whipped cream was pretty amazing too.

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The Smugglers' Path is a very scenic walk along the rocky Mediterranean coast on the Cap d'Antibes. It is a beautiful walk, but it was longer than I expected. Do stop for a bathroom break first, carry along some water, and watch your step on the walkway as it can be sharp and steep. Here's Marcus enjoying his day at the sea.


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Home, Knoxville, TN

Friday, December 19, 2008
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As of this afternoon, I am officially on winter break. To fully relax and enjoy time with my family, all emails and calls that come in over the holiday will receive a response after I return to work January 5. In the meantime, I hope that everyone enjoys the holidays! Don't get too caught up in the shopping, traffic and cooking. Instead, take time to see the beauty around you and be thankful for the little things that make life so amazing.

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The downturn in the economy is really taking a toll on a lot of good people. Don't forget to help out those you can this season.

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