Archive for October, 2008
But we’re having some bad connectivity problems today, which means that the phone is also down. Time Warner has assured me that it will all be up by noon, but until then, you may not get through with a phone call.
If we do get back online I’ll be around later to blog.
We sent out a newsletter with holiday session and important news about the new directions we’re taking for the studio in 2009. Because I talked about how we’re going to be restructuring the way we price our session fees, I have gotten several phone calls from current Little Blessings members who are worried that their prices are going to change. If you are a CURRENT Little Blessings Member, meaning that 1) you’ve paid your membership fee already and 2) you haven’t passed your one-year “good until” price list mark, you will not be charged an additional session fee for your remaining session(s). You will also pay the same print prices until your one-year period is up. So, if you are PAST your one-year mark and have things you want to order from past sessions, or if you have put off ordering from your last remaining session, NOW is the time to call me about those orders. After Dec 1, our 2008 prices will only be available to those who are still under the one year club umbrella.
Sorry to freak anyone out! We will of course honor your remaining sessions if you’re still within your year. Absolutely. But if you want those to be in the current studio instead of on location, we need to get you in before Dec 1.
Connor and Caroline have come into the studio before and they’re always a joy to visit with. Like most kids their ages, they are wiggly and giggly and tons of fun. I love their parents and their grandmother, too… it’s so much fun getting to know my clients and what is going on with them, so I love it when I get to see people every year and catch up! Here are some of my favorites from their session.
We got it together enough this week to make decisions about what to post on, so here are this week’s picks. Thank you to everyone who emailed last week saying “please tell me you’re going to keep those Monday posts up!” We have been super busy. Things will calm down again in December but for now, we’re just a busy family.
This week’s picks in both music and books are brought to you by the letter M. Mr Mac, that is. Charley decided that she would pick next week, and maybe that would make things easier. Sometimes she is the peacemaker and while it sounds sweet, what it really means is that next week, she’ll say something like “boys get one turn, and girls get two.”
So on with the picks. This week’s pick in books is Pirateology. If you have a preschool to middle school boy (or a girl — Charlotte says “we like it too!”) you might want to take a look at this next time you’re at the bookstore. It’s full of random pirate facts, and jam packed with illustrations and info. It’s the kind of book you can sit down with for two minutes while you’re waiting your turn in line at the post office, or for thirty minutes when you’re bored on a rainy Sunday afternoon. It doesn’t take much commitment but it IS easy to get lost in.
His pick in music was no surprise at all. “Sweet Home Alabama” has been one of his favorite songs since he was a little boy. We eat at a local restaurant called Pat’s Place about once a week, and he started requesting this from the jukebox as soon as he was old enough to talk (which was actually pretty early). He says to tell you that the runner up was “Take On Me” by Ah-Ha, which is “one of the coolest videos of all time.” (I have to agree with that, too). The video is a link to a 70s recording, so the quality isn’t so hot, and the live version is not much better… but this is Lynard Skynard we’re talking about. I’m playing it while I’m typing and both of my kids are singing along in the kitchen.
We’ll be back next week with some girl picks by Charlotte, and I hope to get closer to caught up on blogging sessions this week. I know I’ve promised that before, but my priority is session processing and orders right now. Hope you all have a great week! Check your email this week for some important studio news!
Miss Sophia came in for her second Little Blessings Club session last weekend and as always, she was delightful. This is a little girl who looooooves her daddy — every little thing he does makes her laugh! We had a great time. I just loved her little outfit with the hat! Thanks for being such a sweetheart, Sophia!
I still have some full sessions to blog, but the holiday season is upon us! I won’t be back today but hopefully tomorrow I will find some time to catch up on the blog.
I am travelling to Abilene to speak to a group of photographers, so the studio will be closed till Wednesday next week. I’ll return all phone calls and emails as soon as I’m back. Don’t forget about next week’s Pumpkin Patch event!
I just got tagged by my friend Laura. Thanks! I’ve never been tagged before and I feel so special.
SO, here are the rules;
1. Link to the person who tagged you (Laura Wootan)
2. Post the rules on your blog
3. Write six random thoughts about yourself
4. Tag six or so people at the end of your post
5. Let each person know he or she has been tagged
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is posted
Random Thoughts About Me:
1. I sing in the car. All the time.
2. I need for the stereo volume to be on an even number or a 5.
3. I hate Chinese food with a passion but I could eat Tex-Mex every day.
4. I love curling up on the sofa with a book on a stormy day.
5. My favorite color is red.
6. My kids are the joys of my life.
Now, I get to be the one to tag. You’re it!
I had forgotten how busy things get as we settle into the school year. After school appointments and activities (we’re doing Cub Scouts this year and loving it), regular school events and PTA meetings, and general holiday season studio busy-ness hit all at once. Right now the kids are doing homework and I have just finished cleaning up from dinner… and we’re still not done for the day. I hope that we can keep up the “Monday with Mac and Cheese” posts though, because I know they’re something that the kids (and many of you) really look forward to.
October just may be our favorite month of the year. We always try and do as much “fall” themed stuff as we can possibly fit in on my days off, which are few and far between since this is our busy time at the studio. We do always manage to work in some fun family time, though, and this year we have a few trips planned out to Lost Maples and Guadalupe River State Park — if you have kids and you like doing outdoor activities as a family, GRSP has a lot of fun things on the calendar for the fall. And every year, starting on October 1, the kids beg to watch their favorite fall movie: It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. I love it too. The music is fantastic and reminds me of being a kid, and every time we watch it together it takes me back to when I was their ages. Of course, then, it only come on once a year. Now, thanks to modern technology, we can watch it EVERY DAY. Sometimes more than once. It’s still good, every time.
Their song of the week pick goes with the Autumn theme, too. For all of you who have the Noggin channel, you probably already know this. If so, sing along (that means you, Laura V). To me, I Don’t Like Candy Corn has become a modern-day sign that fall has arrived. I love it and we sing it all the time. And today we bought the first candy corn of the year. I hate it, but my kids think it’s great. I am happy to give them my share.
I have a few sessions to post but we have a busy BUSY week on the books at the studio. Please remember that we are closed on Sunday and Monday, and that we work by appointment and do a lot of location work this time of year. So, if you plan on dropping by the studio to pick something up, please give me a call in advance so I can make sure that someone is there for you. I hope you all have a great week!