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Monthly Archives: September 2010

Chalk. A classic childhood artistic medium. I can’t even begin to estimate the number of hop scotch squares and rainbows I drew with sidewalk chalk as a kid! And blackboard chalk … well, that was just the coolest. Being the nerd that I was (am) I was always THRILLED when I was allowed to spend my precious recess time smacking the chalkboard erasers together to “clean” them. And writing my name in chalk on the chalkboard when I was the line leader … well, that just made my little heart sing with pride.

Chalk. Just plain old CaCO3. (See? I told you I was a nerd.) An abundant mineral with the potential to unleash creativity and aid learning in kids and adults alike. A strangely powerful substance which somehow writes its messages on the hearts of those who view it. Whiteboards, in all their color coded glory, just can’t compete.

Here is my favorite picture which includes the use of chalk – a photo of my daughter, Lily, holding a chalkboard with a heart to send to her Grandma.


To see more great pictures of chalk this week, visit!

As a kid, I would sing Christmas carols year round. Every time something good happened I would yell “It’s Christmas in March/June/August” or whatever month it happened to be. I watched Home Alone at least once a week. My family finally had to set some boundaries … no Christmas carols until December 1st and no hiding in the closet when my family left for vacation so I could “catch the bad guys.” I was an only child so I knew the chance of being forgotten was slim, but still … a girl’s gotta try, right? Despite those scrooges known as my parents, I still LOVE Christmas.

Even though it is still September, it is not too early to start thinking about the Christmas season! My holiday sessions are filling up and this year I am so excited to be able to offer my clients Christmas cards! These cards are awesome – amazing designs which can be customized with the colors of your choice, your own wording, and, of course, your pictures! I have a number of family sessions coming up in the next couple of months and I am really glad to be able to provide these cards as an option for my clients. In the dozens of Christmas cards we all receive each December, these will be the ones that stand out. They are unique, fun, elegant, and beautiful. These 5×7 cards are printed on high quality, thick paper and come with envelopes. I am offering 6 different designs (3 flat cards and 3 folded cards) this year and remember, the colors can all be customized to coordinate with your photos and color preferences.

Contact me for more information or if you have any questions!

The flat 5×7 card designs:

And the folded 5×7 card designs:

There’s just no other way to say it, fireworks are magical. Fireworks remind me of childhood – specifically running barefoot in the grass waiting for the fireworks to begin on 4th of July. We HAD to run around because we were just too excited to sit still. Once the show finally started we’d collapse our heads back into our necks and let the colorful explosions paint our faces with light. The bangs were loud, but never too loud to hear the collective “oooohhh”s and “aaahhh”s of the crowd. Fireworks which lasted only seconds are frozen forever in my mind.

As an adult, my excitement over seeing fireworks has not tempered in the slightest. Now they not only remind me of childhood fun but they are also symbols of patriotism. I don’t know why a huge flash of colorful light reminds me that America truly is the land of the free and the home of the brave, but it does. And I hope I never get too old to “ooohhh” and “aaahhh” whenever I see fireworks.

All photos taken at Disneyland September 10th, 2010.