Monday, August 29, 2011

Mallory/Claybaugh Wedding

I had so much fun photographing for Cara's wedding! Congrats guys!



Sunday, August 21, 2011


I work with "behaviorally challenged" children.  That includes children with anger problems, autistic children, children in broken homes, children with abusive pasts, etc. You name it, I've worked with it.  It is some of the most fun I have ever had.  It involves a lot of playing with toys, reading good books, nap time, jamming to good music in a 15 passenger van, eating tasty snacks, making cool craft projects, going cool places like Kennecott Copper Mine, playing at the park, playing chair soccer and war ball and capture the flag and lightning and four square, and playing N64.  It also involves learning ethics and morals and choosing between right and wrong.  In learning these things, kids come up with some really great quotes.  Here are a few of my favorites:
Me: "Why did you choose not to steal last time you went to the store?"
Child: "Well, because my pants didn't have any pockets!"

Me: "When do you lie" (expecting an answer like "when I don't want to get in trouble")
Child: "When I get the chance"

Staff: "What is the moral of The Boy Who Cried Wolf?"
Child: "If you say something too much it can come true."

Staff: "Why are you crying?"
Child: "Cuz I have a tender heart!"

Child: "Green means go, Red means stop, Yellow means last chance."

Child describing a Gigapet: "You know, the chain with the animal inside it?"

Me: "What are you doing?"
Child: "Playing with a dead beetle."
Me: "Oh can i see it?"
Child: "Well i already tore his head off..."

Staff: "Today for activity we are having an unbirthday party!"
Child: "Who's unhappy birthday is it?"

Kids really do say the darndest things! Stay tuned for some more gems!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Workout Face

Oh workout face.  Why must you be so red?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

More to Come!

Congrats to the Happy Couple!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


My blog has been so many pictures and so few words. The last serious words I posted were these words. It was my most viewed blog post ever so I figured maybe people like my words more than I realize.  Or maybe it just made for a good story. Either way, here are more of my words.

Sometimes life doesn't go according to plan.  In fact, life rarely goes according to plan.  I can wholeheartedly attest to this.
Let's start at the very beginning.  It is a very good place to start. I applied to the UVU Nursing Program for the Fall of 2009.  I didn't get in. Then this past December I lost my job.  Because I lost my job I decided to take a semester off and just focus on finding a job to work and earn money for the Fall semester. I was lucky to find two great new jobs.  A few days after starting both of my jobs, my Grandpa passed away and I had to take a couple days off for funeral/family stuff.  Within a short time of my Grampie's passing, my Gram's health started failing and I moved in with her to help her. Between helping her at night, taking care of my nephew  in the mornings, and working in the day I was averaging about 4 hours of sleep a night for about 2 weeks. Gram died a month after Gramp and I had to take more time off of work for more funeral/family stuff.
A few weeks after all of that happened I was talking to my mom about life and how nothing goes as planned.  If my life had gone according to my plan, I would have been in the hardest semester of nursing school while I had been living with Gram and taking care of Baby Em.  I would have had to miss lots of school and I would have been sleep deprived and emotionally unstable for whatever school I did make it to.  I would have had to pay for nursing school without having a job (which could have meant taking out some nasty loans).  I would probably have been unable to help out with Gram or Em as much leaving a lot to my mom.
But life didn't go how I wanted.  I didn't get into the program. I lost my source of income. People died, babies were born, life went on and I STILL LIVED.  I got myself together, put trust in the Lord, and carried on. Now I feel like I am on the right path headed to where I should be.  I don't have complete and perfect faith yet...if I did, I'd never worry again.  But I now know for a fact that things happen for a reason.  There is no doubt in my mind that I am being taken care of (even if I have a hard time accepting the help).
So my current life plan: accept where life takes me.  It works better that way.  Now if only I could feel that way about finding the perfect man...

Monday, August 1, 2011

Just Another Early Morning

Em likes to play in the mornings. I like to sleep in the mornings.  Because of this unfortunate coincidence, stacking cups make better playmates than I do sometimes. Here is the evidence.

It looks like I fed him Cheetos. I did no such thing.
A gem.
Passing cars are always more interesting than me

Excited...look at those clenched fists!

Victory! (note the blue cup flying out of the lower left-hand corner)