Monthly Archives: January 2011

self portrait series: january

This month Iโ€™m starting a monthly self portrait. Iโ€™ve got friends who have done them and they are fascinating to look back and remember what they were doing in their life during each month. Plus, I barely get in photos these days, so I figure it would be fun for the kids to look back…


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  • It's me, Betsy!January 31, 2011 - 11:19 am

    I realize a true self portrait should just have me in it. But these days, I’m NEVER alone. Oh and next month will just be one photo. : ) There’s just too many rules for me to follow, I guess.

  • KaraJanuary 31, 2011 - 11:42 am

    You look adorable … and I love the boots! (What can I say .. I’m a Texas girl and boots make me happy.)

  • LizJanuary 31, 2011 - 12:09 pm

    Yay!! I love them! So fun that you posted more than one, too. ๐Ÿ™‚ I started my 12 month self-portrait project today, too… how fun!!

  • LauraJanuary 31, 2011 - 12:33 pm

    Losing your hair is NOT in your head! When Ava was about 3 months old my hair started to fall out in clumps when I would shower. I had a noticeable bald patch near my right temple. You are beautiful Betsy, a few missing clumps of hair won’t change that.

  • JennaJanuary 31, 2011 - 1:36 pm

    Adorable! I oohed and ahhed over Gail’s last year. Where are the rules for this project? I think I should challenge myself to it. Seems to be more of a manageable challenge than Project365.

  • TinaJanuary 31, 2011 - 1:52 pm

    Love it! You look awesome:) I’m so excited to do these every month now too!

  • April Cochran-SmithJanuary 31, 2011 - 2:13 pm

    These are so cute! I’m doing the self portrait thing this year (thanks for the idea, Gail!) & am excited that you’re doing it too!

  • AmandaJanuary 31, 2011 - 4:36 pm

    Self-depricating humor is right up my alley, so I love this. I’m so glad Gail got us all on board with the self-portrait project! P.S. Please do share what kind of diaper bag you are carrying. At the moment, this decision is the bain of my existence.

  • BetsyJanuary 31, 2011 - 4:56 pm

    Diaper Bag: It’s a Diaper Dude! I can clip it to a shopping cart, which is great!

  • AmyPunky PhotographyJanuary 31, 2011 - 5:03 pm

    Great photos!! I like your bag! Where did you get it? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Sarah HollandJanuary 31, 2011 - 9:12 pm

    How in the world are you so TINY so soon after having your second baby!?

  • KelliFebruary 1, 2011 - 10:50 am

    I think you still look great! My kids are older, the youngest one is 14, I’m still carrying around the baby weight!

  • RavynFebruary 1, 2011 - 2:50 pm

    So cute. You and your family is adorable … and I love Miles’ little skinny jeans!

  • Maya LaurentFebruary 1, 2011 - 5:19 pm

    Love it! Maybe I should jump on this self portrait bandwagon a bit late?

  • Ciara RichardsonFebruary 9, 2011 - 3:51 pm

    You are such a beautiful mommy! Love the boots BTW.!

how can I not post these immediately?

My girl Gail knitted this adorable little hat so when I was in the studio this weekend playing around with John, his brother and Miles, I had to pop it on Jocelyn super quick and see if I could grab some quickie six month baby photos of Jocelyn. This is what I got in the…


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  • LaceyJanuary 30, 2011 - 12:05 pm

    The cuteness!!! She is a doll! Love the grays + baby skin tone + light & exposure!

  • CassieJanuary 30, 2011 - 4:00 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness.

  • April Cochran-SmithJanuary 31, 2011 - 2:15 pm

    Oh my gosh, both she & the hat are too cute! I’m absolutely in love with her little cheeks ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Maya LaurentFebruary 1, 2011 - 5:19 pm

    Gail, the hat is SO cute! Betsy, your girl is SO CUTE!

uncle mark is here!

We are having a BLAST with Uncle Mark while heโ€™s here visiting from Texas. Just had to throw some super fast photos up from some fun we had in the studio space today. We have this whole series of Miles mimicking Markโ€™s poses that I would tell him to do and it was HILARIOUS. Canโ€™t…


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  • Heidi GarciaJanuary 29, 2011 - 1:45 am

    is John wearing True Religion jeans? either way good job at picking out new jeans for your man ๐Ÿ˜‰ and of course cute photos

  • CassieJanuary 29, 2011 - 1:10 pm

    How CUTE!!! Seems like Uncle Mark is well on his way to “cool uncle” status ๐Ÿ™‚

  • […] knitted this adorable little hat so when I was in the studio this weekend playing around with John, his brother and Miles, I had to pop it on Jocelyn super quick and see if I could grab some quickie six month […]

  • SusieFebruary 1, 2011 - 3:38 pm

    I’m a few days late but, wow, Uncle Mark is CUTE ๐Ÿ™‚

same jacket, different baby

A friend of mine, years ago, gave me a wealth of wonderful hand me downs for Miles. (Thanks Annie! They have gone on to live at Cassieโ€™s house now.) I remember putting this little blue hooded jacket on Miles and just thinking it was the cutest thing ever. Once he grew out of it, I…


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  • Tori PiercyJanuary 27, 2011 - 10:54 pm

    Betsy they are so so darling!

  • bobbiJanuary 27, 2011 - 11:19 pm

    you can REALLY tell that Miles has John’s eyes in that photo on the left. ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and while those John ears are cute for boys… I’m not mad that Jocelyn didn’t get them ๐Ÿ˜‰ Such CUTE freaking babies!!!!!!

  • AngelaJanuary 28, 2011 - 1:37 am

    Both are adorable babies! How fun to put their pics next to eachother – would look great in a double frame! Oh darn – too bad we can’t see a pic of a bachelor that loves kids! LOL! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • jess@studio3zJanuary 28, 2011 - 8:22 am

    So crazy that I came here and INSTANTLY thought, John on the left, and Bets on the right!!!

  • GailJanuary 28, 2011 - 8:30 am

    OMG she’s SO adorable in it! Seeing these two side by side like this, I see John in Miles here and you all the way with Joss.

    I REALLY hope you can get a cute shot of the hat I sent with her! Fingers crossed!

  • CassieJanuary 28, 2011 - 9:23 am

    EXACTLY what Jess said! It’s tiny John & Betsy! It is amazing how identical their noses & mouthes are, though.

  • CassieJanuary 29, 2011 - 10:52 pm

    P.S. If we ever have any of those outfits you need to recreate a picture, you better let me know!

hoping to help another

Itโ€™s been another year since we lost my sister. Three whole years since she left us. My heart still has so much healing left to do that sometimes I wonder if Iโ€™ll ever scratch the surface of understanding it all. Itโ€™s so bizarre to look at this photo of me at my first birthday with… Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


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  • Melissa JillJanuary 27, 2011 - 1:43 am

    I’m SO sorry you had to go through this Betsy! Ugh. Absolutely heart wrenching. As you know, I lost my aunt to suicide a year and a half ago. I still can’t believe it. I never saw it coming and didn’t even know she was dealing with mental illness. It makes me so sad that she hid it from everyone and suffered alone.

    Thanks for sharing your story so openly. I can’t imagine losing my sister. It’s great of you to be open and talk about real things on your blog. I’m sure many will be encouraged and helped by you doing so. You are also honoring your sister’s memory in the process.

  • Amber MartinJanuary 27, 2011 - 6:58 am

    Betsy, thank you for having the courage to share this. I can’t imagine the pain you felt and are feeling today. I said a prayer for you.

  • GailJanuary 27, 2011 - 7:31 am

    I’ll be thinking about you today hon. I’m so sorry ๐Ÿ™

  • CourtneyJanuary 27, 2011 - 10:04 am

    Sending hugs your way. xoxo

  • Lynsey TJanuary 27, 2011 - 11:31 am

    Sending good, happy thoughts and prayers your way today. It’s very couragous for you to post this. I think your honesty is very admirable!

  • SalwaJanuary 27, 2011 - 11:41 am

    I don’t have any additional resources, but I wanted to add my voice to those offering condolences. I can’t imagine what you and your family must be going through. I don’t think it’s wrong to write about it – in fact I think it’s important that people see that others are dealing with depression and suicidal thought too, and that it’s ok to reach out and get help.

    My best to you and yours.

  • JennaJanuary 27, 2011 - 12:15 pm

    Betsy, I can only imagine the swell of emotions your family feels. I commend you for using your blog as a platform to educate and maybe even encourage others. I’m sure this post was difficult to write, but your deep care for others shows through. My best to you.

  • AbbyJanuary 27, 2011 - 1:53 pm

    I am so sorry Betsy. I think it is great that you shared your story.

  • April Cochran-SmithJanuary 27, 2011 - 2:49 pm

    I have no idea what to say, except that I’m thinking of you. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • MelanieJanuary 27, 2011 - 11:24 pm

    Wow. I pray that your family will continue to find some sort of strength and healing as the yrs pass. Suicide hits close to home here too. My grandpa and more than a few others in my life, young and adults. I cringe at the thought that the illness runs thick through my veins, my families, and my future children. I could write for hours on this. Just recently read on about it as well. Not sure if you follow her, but in a weird twisted way, I find comfort in reading others stories. Thanks for sharing cause I know how hard it is to confront and discuss such a painful subject. God be with u all….

  • Maya LaurentFebruary 1, 2011 - 5:18 pm

    This post is amazing Betsy. Thank you for your honesty. I had a close friend commit suicide in high school and I was the last person to talk to him. I constantly question myself, still to this day, if I could have detected something in him that could have warned me. It’s such a hard lose to process and cope with. Love you!