Archive for August, 2008

The oh-so-quotable Kyah

August 30, 2008

So, on Wednesdays I babysit these two adorable little girls, Kyah and Lyrik. Kyah will be 3 in October and Lyrik is a year old. Kyah is super smart and verbal, and I discovered quite quickly that we were going to be good buddies, and that she was also going to have some awfully funny things to say. So, I’ve been collecting some Kyah quotes that I am pretty sure you all need to read. Keep your eye out for some weekly Kyah goodness.


We were drawing with sidewalk chalk, and Kyah had been talking about how she was going to draw a rainbow. I had drawn something and she asked what it was. I said, “It’s a palm tree with a coconut.” I suppose she had never heard the word coconut, nor did she know what part of speech coconut is… so she promptly responded

“Well, I’m gonna coconut a rainbow!” :)


Kyah was asking me what I was… she said “Are you my mommy?” and I said “No, silly, I’m not your mommy.” “Well, are you my teacher?”  “No, I’m your babysitter!” So, we talked about the fact that I was her babysitter and what that meant.

Later, she brings it up again and again asks if I’m her mommy. When I told her no, she responds with “No, you’re just a TOY. A big toy for me to play with.” Lol.


Kyah says something to her baby sister as they are playing. I asked her to say it again because I thought it was so funny and wanted to make sure I’d heard her right.

She says “Lyrik, you’re not going to cry, and I’m not going to share.” :)


And lastly

Kyah: “Do you love me or Lyrik?”

Jess: “I love both of you!”

Kyah: “Nooooo…” *while shaking her head and giving me a mischevious “wrong answer” look :)


We were sooo productive today…

August 29, 2008

It’s always a fun day when the doorbell rings and there isn’t anybody there.

You look around, wondering who it could have been and then your eyes drop down to the ground where you find that wonderful little invention: a package.

Today Amazon brought me this.

And this.

And so, the BFF and I had to try it out. Now I know it might not *look* like we were reading and studying Greek, I promise, we really were ;-)

Emily and Ky

August 25, 2008

About a year ago Emily picked up Ky from the St. Louis airport. I’d met him once before… but this time was *different.* He’d flown to Missouri all the way from Texas *just to see her.* And they were not even dating at this time. She took him to the zoo and some other places, and then spent the night at my house in St. Louis. We sat around the kitchen table and laughed with (and at) Ky as he showed us some YouTube videos. I prayed for the two of them a lot that week, because at first Emily wasn’t quite sure what she was going to do with him for a whole week. Time progressed, feelings developed and grew, and they knew they were supposed to spend the rest of their life together. Now, just about one year later, they are married! Man– how a year can change things! I had the privilege of standing with her at her wedding… so I didn’t take as many photos as I normally would have… but here’s some I wanted to share :) The church was gorgeous… lots of huge stained glass windows and an amazing pipe organ. The light in that room was some of the warmest light I’ve ever encountered. My good friends at the rehearsal dinner. Yum– Mexican food! The families also opened up the floor for people to share stories about Emily or Ky… I think I might have to do this at my wedding…

The beautiful bride, sporting her Martha Washington look

Our photographer, the lovely Mallory Taulbee.

The gorgeous bride. Man she looked so beautiful. I couldn’t decide if I liked this next one better in color or B&W (though now I think the B&W one… what do you think?) so I’m posting both… Perhaps these new ones need some explaining. The girls and I were taking some bridesmaid pics. I told them to hold in my dress cuz it hung out and made my stomach look big… so they decided to pretend like I’m prego. And even after we got over that one, Tiff still made it a little difficult to get a cute pic ;-)

Then the claw came out. Watch out.

While we were busy being obnoxious in the green room.. the bride was looking stunning as ever in the sanctuary Watch out boys… she may look sweet and innocent and fun in the following pictures… but her name isn’t “Stone Cold” for nothin…

And then, as if you haven’t had enough eye candy… then there were the babies. Oh my gracious. Javik wasn’t too sure about me at first– but i tried to tell him… me and him were buddies when he was in the womb! But then he calmed down.. and oh my goodness… couldn’t you just eat him alive?? i *Love* this one of Micah (who I finally got to meet! albeit too briefly) and his momma, the wonderful Ang.

Oh, college. How I miss you boys.

The flowers— oh the flowers. This was a small town wedding, you must remember.. And all these awesome ladies GREW THESE FLOWERS IN THEIR GARDENS. Alice, Emily’s sister told us about the nights that Mom would make them all run outside to move all the pots inside to keep them from any sign of possible inclement weather. They turned out just gorgeous.

Ol’ CJ. It wouldn’t be a party without you. Me

Me and my old roomie/BFF LMac… p.s. you look wayy better than me in this pic, which is why I posted it for you…

We said goodbye with sparklers!

**Note of Apology: Ky, I mean I know you were like one of the two most important people at this shindig, but apparently my camera did not see fit to get any pictures of you. oops. Good thing Mal got like 8700. But guys, seriously, it was an honor to be apart of this day. It was beautiful in every way.***

As always, these pics can be found at for download. They’re at the end of the Summer 08 album

Bless you, Flickr!

August 16, 2008

Even though I am a Smugmug girl, I am trying out this new Flickr
service that lets me email photos straight to my blog, all for free!
How rockin is that??

Julie and I are all smiles about it. :)

Jules is my BFF. This was taken last summer after a long weekend at
the lake.

One more thing…

August 16, 2008

Is this man not *amazing*?!

Soon and Very Soon…

August 16, 2008

…I promise I will be blogging. I’ve been in MO and in Destin for the last week and a half, and just can’t stand doing any photography work on my Powerbook G4 anymore… now that I have my beautiful, amazing, new best friend… my 24 inch iMac. It’s sad isn’t it– how a few weeks ago I was totally fine on it and now *just* can’t handle it. :)

But– I am flying back to the ‘Lou tomorrow (St. Louis– I just realized that could be confused with the other place I live… Louisville) and I’ll be back in the ‘ville on Sunday night. So– I’ll be bloggin some fun stuff after that.

But, for now– since blogs are always funner with pictures here are a couple shots taken in June of my dear friends Tiffany, Jake and baby Asante. I’ve known them since the beginning of college– and we’ve been close friends especially over the last 5 years or so– including some good time as roommates :) I was supposed to be in the delivery room when Asante came into the world, but the stinker *had* to come early when I was in class!

Anyways– this super awesome family is moving to Nairobi, Kenya for 2 years!!! I’m excited for them, but sad for me! Maybe I’ll get over to see them. I say my formal goodbye on Sunday– but I thought for today you should see how cute they are :)

Check out his airbrushed onesie :)

Man I love this kid.

Asante and Aunt Jessica :)

Alpaca Hair and Prize-winnin ‘maters: My Day at the Oldham County Fair

August 4, 2008

So, I come from the *big city.* Okay, not really… but I AM pretty sure that I have never been to a county fair where there has been the judging of fruits and vegetable and swine as a major part of the event.

I headed out to the Oldham County Fair. I knew it was going to be good when my friend John said to my other friend “Make sure she’s not getting *too* excited about this– its just the Oldham County Fair– I don’t want her to be disappointed.”

Highlights from the evening included going into a “haunted house” that Jessie and I went in and then retreated from before we could screw up our courage to walk through… riding carnival rides that are always a tad on the sketch side (yeah, one of them definitely made me bleed), eating funnel cake… and several more I’ll have to show you with pics.

First, there was the alpacas.

They’re pretty darn cute…

This guy made us laugh, hard-core. I think he needs a bang trim.

I made everybody rush out of the cars to get to the “alpaca agility show” I’d seen advertised. We got to where the alpacas were held, but couldn’t locate the show. Well, pretty soon a 7 year old girl comes and leads one of the alpacas out. She proceeds to pull him around this little arena so he could do cool tricks like this:

Yep, folks, I know you can’t believe your eyes, but an alpaca really *can* walk through a minivan with the seats removed if a little 7 year old pulls on its leash long enough. I decided that the only word true about the “Alpaca Agility Show” was the word “alpaca.” Not so much the show, nor the agility. It was pretty great.

So, I got bored and started takin other pics like this one:

We’re in the country, y’all! (Did you believe I was a redneck for a moment? Please! I wanna be a country girl likePioneer Woman!

Just look at that little nose!

Here’s Jon trying to look tough with a tractor, two pretty ladies, and some grass to chew on…

Like I said, I was really excited about the vegetables that won prizes. So was Jon.

The gravitron– dun dun dun! It’s the ride where you go inside and it spins and you stick to the walls. So, Sarah, Jon and I got on the ride. Jessie went to get a hot dog. She saw some friends she knew… talked to them… got in line, got the dog, sat down, ate the hot dog… talked to her friends some more… and THEN we got off the freakin ride. It was like 12 minutes long… and we couldn’t handle it anymore. Your cheeks are pushed back in a position they were never intended to be in… your chest is compressed with the force of like 50 G’s… there are 13 year olds screaming all around you and lookin like they’re gonna hurl… the carnie running the whole thing just sitting there taking some sick pleasure knowing that we were all secretly panicking thinking he was never going to let us off…

I think maybe I’m getting too old for this…

The ferris wheel– went way faster than a ferris wheel should… and I screamed every time we came over the top. Just ask Jon, my lucky riding partner.

Just a day in the life of a carnie. Hard work, I tell you.

My cute little red headed friends

Jon Boy… love this one

Ok– prepare yourself for this next one. Remember that nice b&w country pasture scene I posted near the top? Yeah… if I turned around 180 degrees from there, THIS is what I saw.

Ohh yeah. Wrestlin. I mean, this is weird enough in and of itself… but it was even better to see these guys just meandering around the homegrown vegetable judging stand. In full costume. Or, what in my opinion, is not *enough* of a costume.

So I tried to get some fun carousel shots. Sorry if these horses give you nightmares… I think they look a little evil.

I took a couple more shots as we killed time towards the end of the fair– waiting to see if we won the grand prize raffle ticket drawing– a whole $25 just for me! We didn’t win. Bummer. But I got these last couple shots.

Hope you enjoyed your trip to the fair with me :)

Hey! You made it!

August 4, 2008

Welcome to the new blog!

This shall be a little bit of this, a little bit of that, but I’ll prolly use it mainly as a forum to display new pics I’ve taken…  though they will always be uploaded in their original forms to

I am available for hire to photograph portrait sessions or events, so just contact me!