I’ve been struggling a bit lately with what I want for the future of my photography business and whether or not I should raise my prices. An online friend of mine who I got to know via a photography forum (she is also just starting her photography business, she has the same camera as me, and she’s also pretty crunchy and into AP – it’s cool how much we ended up having in common) thinks I definitely should raise my prices. She’s also encouraging me to get my name “out there” now, before the baby comes, so that I can build up my clientele andRead More →

Just a quick note to say we’re alive and well. Ava’s party went perfectly on Sunday, thanks LARGELY to the help of my parents and sister. We wouldn’t have pulled it off without them. Everyone seemed to have a great time. :) Here’s one of my favorite pics from the party. I may get around to posting some more eventually. ;) My parents started their long drive back to MI yesterday and my sister left for the airport this morning. So Ava and I are working on getting back into our groove now. We met with our prospective midwife this morning and the appointment/interview wentRead More →

Our anatomy ultrasound was scheduled today for 12:30 p.m. Jody and I went in first while the tech took all the measurements (baby is right on track for 19 weeks), then my parents and sister (who are visiting from MI) and Ava came in at the end and got to see baby too! :) Baby looked healthy and everything checked out just fine. After the ultrasound, we all planned to go to lunch. On the way there (we were in two cars) – my sis and Jody were in one, and me, my parents and Ava were in the other – my dad’s car gotRead More →

It was two years ago today I found out that Ava’s birth was not going to go at all like we had planned or expected. Yet despite the unexpected turn of events (all dealing with complications on my part), Ava was born into this world at 12:06 a.m. June 22, 2004, the picture of health and grace. We couldn’t have been happier! (One of these days I will get around to posting her birth story. I have it all typed up, just would need to give it the once over and probably shorten it a bit (because it’s quite lengthy).) Mommy sees Ava for theRead More →

Our ultrasound is scheduled for Friday, June 23, and we plan to find out the baby’s gender. Have any guesses as to boy or girl? Jody thinks it’s a boy and Ava has said boy a couple times. I’m still up in the air, not feeling sure one way or the other. I’d really be happy with either! :)

This is what Ava gave Jody for Father’s Day this year. I took the pictures for the first one last year, but only printed them on our crappy printer and never had it done nicely. So I had them both printed as 10 x 20 storyboards, mounted on styrene. They look quite nice if I do say so myself. ;) My goal is to do a new one every Father’s Day for at least a few more years. And next year, there will be two munchkins for the pics. Fun! :) We didn’t do anything spectacular to celebrate Father’s Day, though I made breakfast andRead More →