Catching My Breath

October 21, 2011

Hello Friends.

I’m a little more than halfway through what will, when all is said and done, be the busiest month of this year.  That scares me because November is looming and December… well, we all know how crazy December can be.

I have a friend who hates when people say they are busy.  “Everyone is busy!  Don’t use it as an excuse!”  I hear her voice in my head regularly.  And it’s true.  All my friends are busy, my brothers are busy, my husband is busy, hell – even my kids are busy.  I don’t believe in over-scheduling children but when they are small, even things like after-school care, art classes, soccer, and Cub Scouts can make for a busy week.

I’d love to share some healthy nourishing dish with you but I don’t have one.  I may not have one until next week.  Aside from a salad I threw together from my crisper drawer (which actually turned out to be very tasty), I have made nothing savory except eggs and those were for breakfast.  I hope to cook on Sunday night.  There may be a treat between now and then.  We will see.  I do have a chance for you to win a copy of the new Cook’s Illustrated cookbook (click here).  I will have another cool giveaway next week.  And I have some photos.

The last time we had real family photos taken was soon after Spencer turned one.  He is now four and a half.  In May, Randy and I spent a weekend in Napa and our wonderful babysitter Talitha stayed with the boys.  About every other hour, she would email a photo of one or both of them, taken with her iPhone.  Those snapshots were all better than anything I have taken with my “real” camera, so when she suggested a shoot with us, I couldn’t say yes fast enough.

We were lucky to get an incredible day.  I actually don’t like having my picture taken so I mentally fought this a bit.  But I’m so glad that we got some of just Randy and me.  These are just the first few that she sent us but I love them and wanted to share.  Anyway, thanks to all of you for being here and I hope to feed you soon.



  1. Love the pics

    Comment by Rachel — October 21, 2011 @ 10:59 am

  2. Absolutely beautiful!! Enjoy your family, and the weekend!

    Comment by Lynda — October 21, 2011 @ 11:58 am

  3. Your babysitter took, these pics with her I-phone? Am I hearing that right?
    I am getting an I-phone right away, and borrowing your babysitter.
    These are the nicest photos ever!!!
    Your weekend looks very romantic. Great pics!

    Comment by stacey snacks — October 21, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

  4. No Stacey, sorry for the confusion. She took them with a very nice Canon. I knew she would be good because the iPhone ones were so good. :)

    Comment by dana — October 21, 2011 @ 2:54 pm

  5. Beautiful photos. When I read about your babysitter I couldn’t help but think “Taweefa” like Spencer :-)

    Comment by Maris — October 21, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

  6. I’m having a similar October and am a wee bit scared of the next two months. Your photos are beautiful and you have inspired me to get some family photos taken!

    Comment by EileenQ — October 21, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

  7. Even though the last one is so far away, I really love that one! What a beautiful day!

    Comment by Jacqui — October 21, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

  8. beautiful photos! beautiful family!!

    Comment by tracy — October 21, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

  9. I have to say, the love you and Randy have gives me faith continually. Beautiful photos!

    Comment by Joanne — October 21, 2011 @ 5:00 pm

  10. These pictures are so beautiful!
    The love you have for each other shows in every one of them, Dana!

    Comment by Annika — October 21, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

  11. Amazing photos! Thank you for sharing them with us!

    Comment by Emily — October 21, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

  12. These pictures are gorgeous!

    Comment by Nicole — October 21, 2011 @ 6:45 pm

  13. omg – adorable pics! adorable family! thanks for sharing! you are awesome! :)

    Comment by angie — October 21, 2011 @ 6:49 pm

  14. Your entire family looks so happy and wonderful together! Such a treat to have some great photos! Bravo for taking the time to get the session scheduled and getting everyone to cooperate!

    Comment by Deborah — October 21, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

  15. These are great! Thank you for sharing.

    Comment by Michelle — October 21, 2011 @ 7:39 pm

  16. Beautiful pictures Dana – you have such a nice family!

    Comment by Elli — October 22, 2011 @ 1:46 am

  17. Wow, beautiful! How wonderful for you!

    Comment by Marcie — October 22, 2011 @ 2:50 am

  18. Lovely, lovely pictures of a lovely family. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Charlotte — October 22, 2011 @ 3:34 am

  19. The last one on the horizon is my favourite!!
    Who needs to pay for professional photos when you have such a talented sitter?! I hope she is persuing this!!?

    Comment by Lisa — October 23, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

  20. I had not read this post = busy is not an excuse, but we all seem to use it, right? = until after the most recent.

    It is amazing to read it knowing that just a few days later you would go through such a revolution in your life…

    Indeed, we should all enjoy the wonderful things we have in live, no matter how busy

    Comment by SallyBR — October 24, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

  21. You and the hubs are adorable – you look wonderfully in love :)

    Comment by Monique — October 24, 2011 @ 3:22 pm

  22. Beautiful family!

    Comment by lori — October 24, 2011 @ 8:24 pm

  23. I love the pictures…. the last one is very fun!

    Comment by Cathy — October 25, 2011 @ 8:24 pm

  24. Dana these are stunning! All of them, but the last one is my favorite!

    Comment by natalie (the sweets life) — October 25, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

  25. Love the photos!! That first one is so cute and I looooooove the last one.

    Comment by Ashley — November 2, 2011 @ 2:34 pm

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