Step 1: Goggles. Check

Step 2: Wings…double checkStep 3: Put on your pilot face…got it 

And got it!

Step 4: Prepare for take off
Mission Control…we have take off!

If you missed Part 1 of these little pilot’s family session, be sure to check it out. Right here.


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Just a note before I begin: Get ready to meet one awesome family that oozes love and joy.  May their smiles will warm your spirits as they did mine.  Eeeekk!!! I’m so excited to introduce you!


Charis looked up at me through the wisps of her hair and said, ” I’ve seen you before.”

“Oh, where?” I replied (expecting her to say church…where we usually sit just rows apart).

Charis then answered, ” The website.”

“The website?!  What did I look like on the website?”

She chimed in, ” Just like that.”

“Did I have a big nose?”

“Nooooo,” she and her brother said, in between their giggles.  ” You don’t have a big nose, but mine is definitely smaller,” Charis added.

“And pink hair, did I have pink hair?”

“Nooo,” they both laughed.

As I sighed a sigh of relief, the session began…filled with giggles and the cutest dimply smile.

We chased the waves, threw rocks back to the sea, and covered ourselves in sand…it was a perfect way to end the day.Check out that smile!!!! It’s soooo contagious!Meet Enoch…the newest edition!  Look at those lips!

This one just makes my heart melt.  Gideon and Charis were so thoughtful and loving as they played with each other throughout the entire session… but look at Charis holding her baby brother’s hand (I can already here you say “aawwe”).

This one cracks me up!!!  These are Gideon’s silly faces…

and then it was Charis’ turn.

I so did not expect to get soaked on this one, but Gideon got me GOOD!  I did ask for it…


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One of my favorite things to design are birth announcements.  Each one is printed on a soft,rich cotton paper that makes them feel almost as special as the news.


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You were determined to make the largest “mud”‘ pile, as you called it, until you spotted the rocks along the shore. Your four year old legs raced across the sand towards the rocks, only stopping to chase the seagulls.  With your bare feet you climbed rocks twice your height.  And when you reached the top…you didn’t stop to take in the view.  You were already looking for your next adventure…your next challenge.  Occasionally you took my hand, but only when the rocks proved themselves bigger.  And it was only for a brief moment because you wanted to do it all by yourself.

Little Skye, you are only 4 years old and are already climbing mountains…what will you do when you are all grown up?

You stopped just for a moment to take a nap…but then you were off again.

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Hands down its my favorite food to make when guests are coming.  Authentic Mexican…Americanized Mexican, it doesn’t really matter to these taste buds.  I Love it ALL!

Grilled Corn and Red Pepper Fajitas

(serves 3-4)

2 cups corn (fresh or frozen)

1-2 limes, juiced (depending upon how limey you like things)

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp salt

1 T olive oil

2 red bell peppers, sliced thin

1 red onion, sliced thin


Preheat oven to 425.

Toss together corn,  olive oil, lime juice,  salt, cumin, bell peppers and onion in a large bowl then spread out on half a baking sheet.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, tossing occasionally, until veggies are cooked.  You can finish them under the broiler if you like.

Spiced Black Beans

2 cans black beans, drained  and rinsed

1/2-1 tsp salt

4 T butter

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp oregano

1/8 tsp black pepper


Dump all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.  Heat and serve. Finish them off under the broiler if you like them crispy.


Spanish Rice ( MY FAVORITE RICE!!)

1 cup rice

3 T butter

1 small onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 diced tomatoes or 1 can diced tomatoes

3 cups water

1 tsp salt

1/2-1 tsp cumin

1/2- 1 tsp chili powder

1/4 cup salsa (the secret ingredient)

Saute onions in butter until soft over medium heat.  Add garlic and stir for 30 seconds.  Add the rest of the ingredients.  Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer for 30 minutes or until just a small amount of liquid is left in pan.  Remove from heat, cover, and let sit 10 minutes.  The rice will finish cooking, absorb the rest of the water and stay moist. (Taste before removing from heat…if it’s missing something add a little extra cumin, salt if needed, or dump in a little more salsa…just a little)

Other Fix in’s

Add Seasoned Chicken, skirt steak, cajun tilapia or catfish

Pioneer Woman’s Pico De Gallo and Guacamole  (it’s easy and hard to beat)


Sour Cream

serve with tortilla chips and extra salsa and guac!




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