Saturday, December 20, 2008

Confessions of an Empty Nest Mother

I must confess that my home will never grace the pages of a "lovely home & garden magazine." You know the ones, they have a pictorial parade of homes with elaborate Christmas decorations. Those families truly have amazing Christmas decor... every ornament on their 10 plus foot tree matches in color & style. The wreaths are all perfectly hung with bows in the same hue as the matching ornaments on the tree.
That I'm afraid will never be me, you see my ornaments are 20, 30 or more years old. My wreaths are faded, and the yarn is unraveling, most of the glitter has fallen off. Yet, I simply must put those decorations up every year. Some of the ornaments were my grandmothers, some she actually made; little knitted bells, oh how I miss her. Other ornaments and my ragged wreaths were made by two of my "main men." Every time I look at them I remember the beautiful blue -eyed boys who brought them home from school. There is not a boutique anywhere that can produce an ornament that will shine like the tinfoil and macaroni hanging on my tree; but maybe that's just the way they look through this Mom's teary eyes.
I love you Brad & Joshua, and I am very proud of the fine young men you have become. Merry Christmas & Many Blessings to you in the New Year. And to all my Family & Friends I wish you a wonderful Holiday Season & a Blessed New Year.
Peace, Dottie

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Precious Newborns

What is more precious than those first few months, I can't think of anything! Especially when it's your first baby, there is just something magical about that time. I recently spent an afternoon with Erin & Grant (I was also one of the photographers at their wedding!) getting to know their beautiful daughter Chloe. As you can see she wasn't 100% thrilled with getting her photo taken, but we captured some wonderful memories anyway!
Congrats Erin & Grant on the addition of beautiful Chloe to your family...
Peace & Happiness, Dottie

Sweet Chloe

In spite of Chloe's protests we got some beautiful photos of the happy family. Congrats Erin & Grant, you did well! She's gorgeous!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

2008 was Great!

Enjoy this video of some of the highlights from 2008. Thank you for sharing a bit of your lives with me. I look forward to working with you in the upcoming year. Peace, Dottie

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Wild Wild West

Here are some fun photos from The Valley of Fire, a gorgeous area located just outside of Las Vegas, NV ...Enjoy!

My Younger brother Jim...

Brother Bob & Jim's spoiled poochies Bogey & Chooch....

And my favorite shot of the day....

One always has to be ready!

You never know when you're going to come face to face with a real live cowboy!