Hazel in her Blessing Duds

For someone who desires to know how to take decent picture as much as myself, you'd think I'd have a lot more patience for the craft. For example, after returning home from church after Hazel's blessing, I "forgot" to take photos of Hazel and everyone because the voice of our (Hazel's and mine) sweats calling our name, was just so stinking distracting, that there was no ignoring it. Sigh~ It's just that sometimes I'd rather smell my own children's stinky feet rather than gathering everyone together in an uncomfortable pose for five whole minutes, hoping they will all smile and look at the camera the same time.

Anyhow, it is for this reason I'm now getting around to taking some photos of Hazel in her blessing dress.

"I'm sorry, you're doing what?"

 See she is my daughter.

But like every pretty girl, she decided to rally:

 "Who me?"

She was begging me to get her good side




 One musn't forget the shoes.

Trying not let on she's getting a little tired...

 ...one more for the fans...

"No more!"

...oh the drama... :)

Dearest Hazel, 
Your blessing was wonderful and perfect-just like you. I look forward to watching you grow into the beautiful person I know you'll be one day. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming to live with our family. You bring my crazy amounts of joy.

Love you forever,

Hurricane or Halloween/Trick or Treat?

There are so many things to post about and I'm wondering do I start with the hurricane or Halloween? The bad or the good? The trick or the treat?

I say the TREAT!

Speaking of treats, here is a little eye candy....just because...well, because they're sisters and they match and they're cute.

And just in case you thought the hurricane deprived us of all Halloween festivities, I'm here to set the record straight. The Friday before Miss Sandy arrived we had a Halloween play group. Let's pause to play a game of 'I Spy'.

Can you spy with your little eye a Ryder and a Penny? 
We're abiding by the honor system here, so don't cheat and scroll down!


Here they are! Did you find them? For Halloween 2012, Ryder was Spiderman, 
Penelope was "Brave"... 

 ....and Hazel? Well, she was a zebra, of course!

The next day we had our ward's Fall Festival which included a trunk or treat on one of the most beautiful fall days I've ever seen. The calm before the storm, I'd say.

 Hazel neighing

 Phil manning the trunk...and treaters :)

Oh...that wig...