Monthly Archives: January 2010

miles (little) big 3 bash

Miles’ birthday is on Groundhog day (yes, I love that both of our birthdays are on random holidays, mine being April Fool’s day and my mom’s on St. Patty’s day) so we had a little party today to celebrate. I decided to go super small with the festivities and had just our little family, my…


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  • jess@studio3zJanuary 31, 2010 - 12:16 am

    awwww, so precious!!! I just loved the slideshow! And perfecto song with it!! Happy Birthday to precious Miles! Can’t wait to meet the little man sometime. πŸ™‚

  • JennaJanuary 31, 2010 - 5:01 am

    what fun birthday photos. my mom allowed us to have a big bash every other year as well. I thought it was a great system and think I’ll carry it on with our kids. Glad to see you made it in one of the photos!

  • GailJanuary 31, 2010 - 10:19 am

    SOOOOO sweet!!! I love these! I can’t believe that cake. I love that you broke the food rules for the day. That’s what birthday are ALL about – black icing and all πŸ™‚

  • MonikaJanuary 31, 2010 - 3:38 pm

    Happy Birthday to Miles!!!

    And by the way, my daughter (10) was watching the slide show with me and when the picture of you & Miles popped up, she asked “Who’s that?” to which I answered “That’s Miles’ mom”… and she exclaimed “Maaaan, she looks young!!!!”.

  • BeckyJanuary 31, 2010 - 6:11 pm

    Betsy–what a great day for all of you to remember. I love the pics of Miles feeding you his cake, along with his appropriate T-shirt. Happy Birthday from The Hulls.

  • Tori PiercyJanuary 31, 2010 - 11:29 pm

    Love the messy face! Happy Birthday Miles!

  • JackieFebruary 1, 2010 - 4:56 pm

    Oh my goodness Bets – I can’t believe Miles is 3 – WOW. He looks like such a big boy – how precious. I love him feeding you cake, how cute is that. Something to look back on when he is older – you will both love it!

  • bridgetFebruary 2, 2010 - 10:42 am

    ahhhh – sweet 3 year old now! the slideshow is great! I love simple parties. puts the kids at ease too I think! And I do bigger parties every other or every 3 and it works out nicely. love the icing photos!~

  • nicole greenFebruary 2, 2010 - 5:00 pm

    happy birthday to miles!! πŸ™‚ loved the slideshow!

  • Maya LaurentFebruary 4, 2010 - 2:38 pm

    Oh he is just adorable! Looks like he had a wonderful birthday! We tried the no-licensed characters too and the grandparents broke that. It is impossible!!!

  • AraceliJune 2, 2010 - 9:02 pm

    Betsy! My neighbor is the owner of that drum company!! Remo & is wife are so sweet. Small world!

can’t believe I forgot this one!

How could I forget this little gem from last night?


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  • kelliJanuary 28, 2010 - 11:48 am

    That is awesome!

  • JeremiahJanuary 28, 2010 - 12:12 pm

    Wow! This one was my favorite! What perfect timing and such great lighting! I still dont know how you do it! You must have great windows or something cause it seems like your light is spot on in each photo! Keep up the great work! I love reading your blog!

  • Renee LyonsJanuary 28, 2010 - 1:49 pm

    Haha, I LOVE it!!

  • oliviaJanuary 28, 2010 - 1:59 pm

    LOLOLOL! Love. It. πŸ™‚

  • Tira JJanuary 28, 2010 - 2:06 pm


  • VanessaJanuary 28, 2010 - 2:09 pm

    Too funny. πŸ™‚

  • SarahJanuary 28, 2010 - 3:41 pm

    LOL!! That is so funny!

  • EricaJanuary 30, 2010 - 12:04 am

    That’s awesome! They all look thrilled:)

  • LOJanuary 30, 2010 - 10:08 pm

    i think that john’s purple bandaid and the smushed pug in the corner make this photo. hahaha i looove it.

  • NicoleJanuary 31, 2010 - 10:22 am

    Hahaha this photo cracks me up!

  • MichelleJanuary 31, 2010 - 12:12 pm

    Perfection!! Slobbery gross perfection! πŸ˜‰

  • bridgetFebruary 2, 2010 - 10:42 am

    omg = funny!!!

  • jennyFebruary 8, 2010 - 10:27 am

    LOVE this!

  • jennyFebruary 8, 2010 - 10:27 am

    LOVE this! haha

Tuesday night photo shoot for no reason

Two years ago today (Wed, actually) my sister passed away. I have considered blogging about it, but it’s just so insanely personal and so very sad. I was going to go to her grave today, but instead, I just stayed home with my family. I ate comfort food with Miles, distracted myself with cleaning the…


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  • tamiJanuary 28, 2010 - 1:15 am

    what a beautiful family bets! and the sweet side stories always crack me up!

  • CassieJanuary 28, 2010 - 4:08 am

    I think celebrating your beautiful family is a very appropriate thing to do today, Bets. These photos are adorable! I love the one with John yawning–he and Miles look so much alike in this pics! I can’t wait to see what you do with your studio this spring.

  • amanda falesJanuary 28, 2010 - 5:45 am

    oh my gosh, I LOVE theeeeeseee! And I love that they’re reading Curious George. πŸ™‚

    SUCH cute keepsakes for when he’s 16. You’re awesome.

  • ShellyJanuary 28, 2010 - 8:14 am

    These are some of my favorite pics of your’s all year! I love them all. You are very talented but also assisted by the fact that your family (including the woofers) are just so freaking photogenic!!

  • SarahJanuary 28, 2010 - 10:15 am

    We are so going through this 2-3 yr old stage and it’s drives me nuts!! Love that bright couch against the dark brown walls.

  • GailJanuary 28, 2010 - 11:07 am

    I totally spaced on the importance of yesterday Bets! D’oh! I do love these though…so sweet, you Kings.

    PS – I think Miles is REALLY starting to look like you these days!

  • Jenny MillerJanuary 28, 2010 - 12:44 pm

    I love your blog! I try to channel you when taking pictures of my kids with my husband. A “perfect picture” isn’t always a perfect picture.

  • AmandaJanuary 28, 2010 - 3:11 pm

    YES! Curious George and the Chocolate Factory! Our little guy adores Curious George too, and I agree, it is amazing the Man with the Yellow Hat just keeps giving George all that freedom. HA! Very funny! Beautiful photos, gotta love the doggie tongue.

  • SarahJanuary 28, 2010 - 4:54 pm

    This is soooo adorable!

  • bridgetFebruary 2, 2010 - 10:45 am

    your hubs, the pugs, the yawn (makes me sleepy too – so thearputic!) and then miles! all big reasons to stay. and everyone handles grief in a different way. I think you handled it the way you know best – and having these blessings around, it’s the way to go! big hugs!!!

  • Leigh KinneFebruary 4, 2010 - 9:35 pm

    Betsy, you’re so awesomely real. I love reading your blog. I can feel your pain and sense your joy through you writing. Thanks for being so honest and refreshing. I’m terribly sorry to hear you suffered the loss of a sister. It’s sad that life gives us so much love and the same time that it gives us the pain that goes with that love. Never stop posting. It’s not inappropriate to share if you feel like sharing. We are here reading because we appreciate you. Sincerely, Leigh Kinne

belly shot: 12 weeks

I got together with a bunch of my friends on Friday and they thought I didn’t even look pregnant at all yet. What!? Oh man. So I exhale, stand to the side and show them again. Nope, no convincing. (Unless I was sitting down, then I guess I did.) Well, it must have been the…


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  • Jessica ParkisonJanuary 26, 2010 - 11:38 pm

    your baby bump=perfection! your sweater/dress=gorgeous! Good luck on the crib transition, Oliver is 3 1/2 and we still haven’t done it…but soon.

  • EricaJanuary 26, 2010 - 11:40 pm

    You do have a baby bump! You look so cute.

    I am curious about the whole crib/bed issue. My son is 20 months and incredibly inquisitive. he has already locked me out of the house (how he was able to slide a double-pane sliding glass door that has to be in just the right position is beyond me). I think I will need to transition him out of the pack ‘n play where he sleeps now into a bed, but I dread bedtime. I am going to place a baby gate in the door frame to prevent him from wandering the house when he wakes up. I shudder to imagine what he might get into…

  • Melissa Jill :)January 26, 2010 - 11:41 pm

    So. Stinkin. Cute. Love that sweater.

  • jodieJanuary 26, 2010 - 11:42 pm

    BETSY! You look adorable! As always! Can’t wait to watch that baby grow! πŸ™‚

  • anna deeJanuary 26, 2010 - 11:51 pm

    ohh betsy i am so excited for you and your family. you are a great mother. i can’t wait for the pictures! oh and you look super cute with a baby bump

  • Tira JJanuary 26, 2010 - 11:54 pm

    You are so adorable Betsy!

  • Sarah HollandJanuary 26, 2010 - 11:56 pm

    You look amazing!!! You’re definitely one of those annoyingly perfect women that is all belly πŸ˜‰ I hope I am as lucky if I ever have a baby! Love the sweater/dress you have on.

  • Emily M.January 27, 2010 - 12:58 am

    you never know, the transition to the real bed could be a lot easier for miles than you think! i worried over it with both of my older two kids–i was sure it was going to be a nightmare. but instead it was very easy, not even one night of struggling. good luck!

  • robin cornettJanuary 27, 2010 - 8:07 am

    You are beautiful! (and that sweater is darling) Love the picture, love the belly. Lots of fun transitions coming up!!

  • CassieJanuary 27, 2010 - 8:17 am

    Yaaaay! I love your belly! πŸ™‚ Can we get a picture with both our bellies sometime? πŸ™‚

  • JennaJanuary 27, 2010 - 8:33 am

    You’re adorable. Love cableknit baby bump.

  • GailJanuary 27, 2010 - 8:43 am

    OK, so I just saw you on Friday and you didn’t look that pregnant! But whatevs, cause you look GREAT!!! Can’t wait to see that bump grow girl!! Now, question is, are you going to find out the sex? πŸ™‚

  • VickiJanuary 27, 2010 - 9:14 am

    So adorable! You might have to share where you got your sweater dress, because (according to popular vote) it is awesome. πŸ™‚

  • KailaJanuary 27, 2010 - 9:26 am

    Omg!! So cute!! Please share where you got your super cute dress from!

  • erinJanuary 27, 2010 - 9:46 am

    there’s that precious little poopsie in there! Beautiful bump, Bets!!! Love, E

  • NicoleJanuary 27, 2010 - 10:03 am

    You are TOO cute! Love your outfit, too. I want a baby belly. πŸ™

  • melanieJanuary 27, 2010 - 11:11 am

    love the bump. LOVE the dress. youre adorable. it’s already going so fast!! awessssome.

  • bobbiJanuary 27, 2010 - 11:31 am

    That happened OVERNIGHT! You’re A-D-O-RABLE!

  • Maya LaurentJanuary 27, 2010 - 12:52 pm

    You are scandalous…no wedding ring! πŸ™‚ Introducing the big boy bed does open the flood gates to roaming around the room. Battling that! Wish I had good advice for it, if you find out let us know!

  • RhondaJanuary 27, 2010 - 1:31 pm

    What a cute baby bump!! And the dress/sweater is GORGEOUS!! I know that feeling about popping overnight…when I was about 5 months with my son I left on vacation in regular clothes…and had to stop for maternity clothes on vacation b/c I grew out of EVERYTHING I had brought!! πŸ™

  • BetsyJanuary 27, 2010 - 3:03 pm

    Thanks everybody!

    The dress is no biggie, just got it at Kohl’s last year. I’ve only worn it once and for this photo. ; )

  • AprilJanuary 27, 2010 - 3:22 pm

    SOOOOO stinkin’ cute!

  • Kelly BramanJanuary 27, 2010 - 6:03 pm

    awe!!! What a wonderful(and busy)time in your life! I am growing out of that stage and entering another…bittersweet for sure:) You look adorable, as always, Betsy:)

  • saraJanuary 27, 2010 - 6:51 pm

    OMG! so cute! you HAVE a belly! can’t wait to see you on Friday!!

  • CarrieJanuary 28, 2010 - 5:41 pm

    So cute! That’s about what I look like, I think we are due close to the same time though. πŸ™‚

  • LisaJanuary 28, 2010 - 10:10 pm

    Beautiful bump, gorgeous lighting and I love the dress!!!

  • KellyJanuary 28, 2010 - 11:16 pm

    Your bump is SO cute!! I love the studio set up also πŸ™‚

  • samanthaJanuary 29, 2010 - 11:18 pm

    you are adorable!!!! & I love the color of that love-seat. Perfect in your photos of John, Miles and the pups

  • Tori PiercyJanuary 31, 2010 - 11:25 pm

    Betsy you look fabulous! Love your couch too! I have been on the lookout for a vintage chair but haven’t found one yet.

  • LydiaFebruary 12, 2010 - 1:26 am

    So cute! The lighting/dress is perfect, and there is definitely a baby bump!

  • […] I’ll shush and here are some pics. Here was the first belly pic I had managed since the last one, the day we moved into the studio space. (I was stilllllll able to squeeze into my regular jeans […]

puppet show

All Miles wanted to do this weekend was play puppet show. John is always so good to oblige with his awesome dragon and king voice. (His queen sounds like Julia Child, which is pretty great too.) I kind of blank out when it comes to playing puppets, so I stick to taking photos of it. Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


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  • GrantJanuary 24, 2010 - 11:10 pm

    These are some of my favorite pictures you’ve taken of Miles ever. It feel like the last one is one you’ll show on his wedding day in 20-some years.

  • SherryJanuary 25, 2010 - 1:09 am

    thanks so much! I need his sunshine….you gonna have to try to video this great productions sometime..hugs those puppets were a super gift. (for john too) πŸ™‚

  • GailJanuary 25, 2010 - 9:19 am

    Ooh, how adorable are THESE?!!!

  • Heidi RJanuary 25, 2010 - 5:28 pm

    I’m dating myself here, but those adorable puppet photos bring back memories of watching “Kukla, Fran and Ollie” when I was a kid!

  • kerri banyasJanuary 26, 2010 - 11:15 pm

    so adorable! Miles is such a cutie…I love all the moments you capture of him! It makes me realize how much I need to do that with my own little monkeys πŸ™‚

  • WendiJanuary 27, 2010 - 12:35 am

    Aww! Well, if we ever had any doubt that he would like the puppets that has all just washed away in a sea of cuteness! We are so glad to see that he is having fun with them and hope that he will get good use out of them for years to come!

    (Is it just me, or does the King kind of look like Tom?)