Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Definitely Lives Up To Her Hat

For the millions around the world that have been itching for a Mayla fix, I suffered through a few hours with her today just for you. It had nothing to do with the fact that I 've been dying to see her since I drove away from my last visit. We had lunch with Megan after she and Mayla when to her two-week appointment. What?! Two weeks?! Already?! She just gets cuter as she grows. Mayla is in the 75% percentile for weight and the 90% percentile for height. Her mommy says she is getting a routine down and sleeps four hours every night before waking up for a midnight snack...sounds a lot like my routine, now that I think of it. Unfortunately, this awesome schedule led to her sleeping through our entire lunch today. I will have to schedule a visit during waking hours next time, because she is too loud when she sleeps! Snoring like crazy! So sweet!

T'liese, Megan, Mayla and I met at the Cheesecake Factory on Camelback. I had a delicious soup and salad, Megan got her normal chopped salad, and T'liese tried a new dish, the Chicken Marcel. The food was amazing, as always, but the company was even better. It was just fun to catch up as girls. We are hoping it is the last get-together before Evan crashes the party! T'liese is due next week and could have him any time. I am betting that this weekend sees another new baby enter the family!

It was a fun afternoon with some sweet gals. I am so blessed to have family so close. And even more blessed that I like them so much!

Monday, February 1, 2010

She's About To Pop!

My sister humors me so...a few months ago, she asked if I would be willing to take pictures of her as a very pregnant woman. What fun! We met this past Saturday at Freestone Park in Gilbert to do just that. She brought along Daddy Joe, who can hardly wait for little Evan to get here. T'liese is due in two weeks but could go at any time! I tried to call her on Saturday to confirm the photo session, but she didn't answer. I got worried that she was in the hospital! It wouldn't have been as glamorous to take her pregnancy pictures during labor! Luckily, they showed up, and the giggles and picture-taking commenced.

Evan is going to be one handsome little guy, as you can see from the pictures of his parents. He will no-doubt be the playground hearth throb from kindergarten on! Joe and T'liese were good sports and told me to boss them around in order to get some decent shots. Thanks to some lighting and some rather attractive subjects, I think we got a few keepers!

I kept having to wait for my point-and-shoot Canon to catch up with me. Joe made the comment, "What you need is one of those SLR cameras, Micah." I couldn't agree more. It's next on my save-for-years-then-buy-it-guilt-free list. Maybe by the time they have their fifth child, I will be able to do her belly some justice.

To prepare for the photo session, I went online to get an idea from other photographers what maternity pictures look like. Fortunately for T'liese, I didn't make her get naked for the whole world to see! Why do people think you can't look pregnant with clothes on? I laughed, then quickly got away from those websites.

T'liese is my best friend, and I love her like crazy. It is so much fun to have her here in the Valley. She was my roommate for a year before she met and married Joe, her wonderful husband. They make such an adorable couple and are thrilled to be having their first baby arrive any moment. Congratulations, you two. Thanks for letting me take these pictures. You are simply gorgeous! Now hurry and get that little guy here!

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