Happy Halloween from the li’l ladybug (and me too). ;) What’s everyone doing for Halloween? Ava and I are heading over to Jody’s work in the afternoon. They’ve invited the kids to come up and do a little parade around the office. Plus, just outside of where he works is the “munchkin masquerade” each year, where all the local businesses hand out candy to the kids. After that we are going to hang out with some friends, get pizza and play games. Should be a fun day! We were contemplating going to a kiddie Halloween party that a friend was throwing as well, but sheRead More →

Love this! Fun way to promote breastfeeding while celebrating Halloween. :) Breastfeeding Witch Causing Stir In Vermont (CBS4) BRATTLEBORO, VT One Halloween display in Vermont is causing people to look twice, and many can’t believe what they see. David and Lauren Petrie of Brattleboro decked out their home for Halloween. But it’s not the pumpkins that are attracting attention. It’s “The Witch Lactation Station.” That’s right. The Petrie’s holiday display features a breastfeeding witch, complete with a gourd breast and a baby witch doll. “I would hope if witches have babies and the witches would have to feed their babies, they would nurse,” Lauren PetrieRead More →

The pics below were taken with my new camera a couple days ago at the park. Jody thinks they are awesome. Of course, he is the daddy (and husband), so go figure that he’s slightly biased. I’m too chicken to post them on the serious photography forum I visit, but I figured it was safe to post them here. ;) Seriously though, I’m open to any and all constructive criticism. I won’t learn if I don’t know what to do differently. And I just have to say, it’s so hard to get decent shots of a 16-month-old who is ALWAYS on the go (and lovesRead More →

In between trying out my new camera, proofing pics and learning various things in Photoshop, I’ve been a baking fool the past couple days. This weekend I baked and pureed three of the seven pie pumpkins we got at the farm a couple weekends ago. Yesterday I made pumpkin cookies with a super easy (and low fat – I think!) recipe I found on All Recipes. I’ll post it below. The cookies are very moist and cake-like and perfect for a lil pumpkin I know who only has four teeth so far. (Is that cannibalism?) ;) (On a side note, I don’t think she willRead More →

What you are looking at is my brand new camera! Yes, we managed to track down a store that had it in stock this weekend. (Thank God for Best Buy and their 18 months no interest financing!) I am now the proud owner of an Olympus Evolt E-500 – my very first SLR camera! :) I’ve already taken hundreds of pics with it over the past few days, just trying to get a feel for it. I have so much to learn, but I like it so far. :) I also received my first photo order today. Exciting! And all of my friends and familyRead More →

Yesterday I did another photoshoot. This time for my friend and her family on her daughter’s first birthday. It was definitely more challenging to shoot six adults (mom, dad and two sets of grandparents) and one almost toddler than it was just two adults (and a baby on the inside). ;) But I learned some things and that’s always exciting. And I got some pictures that I feel good about. I lucked out and got a cloudy day yesterday too so that helped a lot with the outdoor lighting. (Direct sun is a bummer to take pics in and it’s sunny here MOST of theRead More →