I know it has been awhile since I've posted. Christmas is screaming towards us and I've been a busy Queen Bee around here. Last weekend we headed to Webb City to celebrate Christmas with the Allens. The drive was long but we found a formula that has become essential when traveling with a toddler these days.
DVD player + snacks = happy kiddo
The long drive was worth it. When Dude sees Sissy,
the happiness that bubbles out of him is just an awesome thing to see.
You can't ask for more as a parent than to see your children love each other so fiercely and have a blast together.
Forgive the quality of the photo. It was one of those
"just capture the moment and don't worry about the setting" split second.
We stopped for an overnight stay in Springfield on Friday
then headed to Webb City on Saturday morning.
The only time I ever got out my camera was when Hub's dad took Dude out to sit in his '66 Chevy Truck. Man, this truck was darn cool. Dude got a kick out of honking the horn.
It was a short visit but a good visit nonetheless.
We got in late Sunday night but I just had to get everything back to normal as quickly as possible, so unpacking everything was first on my list. I had a little helper.
Again with the photo quality. Eeeesh.
Man, he's cute. Crazy hair. Big blue eyes. I'm in love.
Christmas Eve is in 2 days. Shopping is done and gifts are wrapped. All that needs to happen now is for me to sit back and enjoy my family for a three day weekend.
My new blog is up! It's nothing fancy yet. No real design to it. Not even a picture! (Ha!) I just wanted to get the first post up. Do me a favor and click "follow" so I know you're out there!
Awesomeness sure to come. :)
Christmas is in full swing. I baked Christmas Cookies with my mother this afternoon. It has become a tradition and we cranked out some awesome ones this year! On the menu: Chocolate Crinkles, Chocolate Chip cookies with chopped up Andes mints baked in, Peanut Butter cookies, Pumpkin cookies, Cyclops cookies & Chocolate Peppermint Bark.
A-Yum. A-Yum. A-Yum.
In a mere 3 hours, we cranked out about 6 dozen cookies. The tunes?
Staple Christmas music at mom's. Beach Boys, Hawaiian Christmas, & Andy Williams.
Hubs and I haven't decorated for Christmas in 6 years. SIX YEARS. We blame it on our house being too small. And the 5 bins of decorations that are in the storage unit waaaay across town. And being too busy. And the cats. And strawberries. Because one excuse is as good as another. We both would love a house filled to the brim with Christmas decorations but somehow each year just zooms by.
There's always next year.
And maybe we'll decorate.
It's so windy right now that it sounds like someone is beating on the house.
I have been working on a new blog (Don't worry. I'm still keeping this one!). For those of you who don't know, I've started doing photography professionally. It feels weird to say that. I still feel like I'm stumbling around in the dark trying to figure stuff out. But I think I'm getting better.
And I have clients.
I'm starting a new blog that will follow me on my journey. And I've decided to be honest. I mean, really honest. For some reason, my whole life I've felt the need to be the person that already knows everything. Not in a snotty way, just in an "I don't want anyone to know I don't know how to do this because I don't want to appear weak and vulnerable" way. I'm trying to change that. Because I don't know everything. And having a child has brought out in me the love of learning something new again.
And hey, maybe it'll inspire someone. Who knows. :)
For those of you who are on Facebook, please "like" Cassie Allen Photography and pass the word!
Here are some recent photos.
Mr. Cool Dude
Snack time in our house looks like this. Luckily, nothing has been shoved up his nose. :)
This is from a recent shoot. This is Lindsay, whom I knew in my "former life", and her family.
All mashed together in chaotic awesomeness.
Lindsay is also a photographer and just yesterday, I was on the other side of the camera with Hubs. Lindsay was amazing and we had an absolute blast. I can't wait to show you pictures!