i LOVE my family!

so, as i'm sure you've noticed (or maybe not. maybe i'm just narcissistic to think that you'd notice me being gone, LOL!), but i haven't been blogging in a while. mostly it's because i've had lots going on, some of it is because we haven't really done much lately to blog about, but it's also because i've been trying to figure out where i am with this and the photography thing and what i want to get out of it. for a while there i wanted to blog and post about everything in my life, and lately it just hasn't been that way. maybe it's just an 'i am tired of blogging' phase that i'll grow out of, or maybe it's just a stepping away from this to do more important things at the moment. or maybe it's because the hubby's been out of town more often and my go-to camera lens is broken! whatever it is, i'm just going to roll with it and not worry about expectations, real or imagined. :) so you can stay with me and read all about it if you'd like. if not, that's cool.

so anyways, about this title, i really do love my family. and while i do love my immediate family, that's not who i mean. i'm talking about my extended family -- my aunts and uncles and cousins. specifically, this day, i'm talking about my aunt debbie, my aunt mary, and my little sister. i love them because they are helping me out with a situation that is really stressful to me, but knowing that they are there for me and able to help is just taking a HUGE weight off my shoulders.

they're going to take turns watching my beautiful boys while i'm teaching and participating in a scrap girls convention* coming up in october. this has been a huge deal for me because i knew that if i was going to go to the convention, i would have to give away my kids to someone(s) for a while, and i hate not only burdening someone else with that task, but also being away from them and not having control of what's going on. i know i need to let go more often, so this is good for me, but it's still stressful trying to make sure they'll be well-taken care of all of these days i'll be gone.

but in step these amazing women who are here to help out and i am just SO grateful to them for their cheerful countenances and helpful attitudes. it's seriously nice to know that i won't have to worry about the kids because they'll be with family they know and love and i know they'll have a blast.

from left to right: grams, aunt debbie, my seester ali and me
(totally fat and about 11 months pregnant. or maybe it just seemed like that. but i really was about to pop, so be kind to the horrible picture.)

so thank you, family, for all of your help, love, and support. especially to someone who hasn't seen you in years (debbie!) !

oh, and shayne, you're awesome. thank you for being willing to help, and i know we'll have a chance to take you up on it some day.

and grams, you too, i know would be one of those helpers if you were going to be in town, i know it. :)

*PS: if you're at all interested in joining me at the convention this year, i suggest you do it! i promise, you won't be disappointed. i'm even teaching a great photography lighting class that you'll get lots out of, and there will be LOTS of amazing stuff to learn. trust me, you won't regret it. join us! :)


shayne said...

I wish I was doing more!! I think that week will be a nice little break for you though. We are excited to see you and the boys...and for our pictures of course!

JoDell said...

So, I actually have noticed that you haven't posted in a little while. :) That's great you get to teach your talents. Equally wonderful is the fact that you have family who is willing to help you. Good-luck with everything! Let us know how it goes.

P.S. Your pregnant picture is NOT bad. I could definitley show you bad pregnant pictures...pregnant pictures where I look like I'm 11 months pregnant but I'm only really 6 months pregnant. I could, if I was willing to let anyone take a picture of me pregnant. :)

Erin said...

I know what you mean about having someone else watch your kids. I feel so attached to them right now! I even had such a hard time leaving them last night with their DADDY so I could go to the temple. Yeah, I need to chill out and just let go! It's good for them and ME!