Christopher Senior Pictures


July 2, 2012
Hair brings one's self-image into focus; it is vanity's proving ground. Hair is terribly personal, a tangle of mysterious prejudices.
~Shana Alexander

I took all three girls for much needed haircuts today. Sophia is always thrilled to get her hair cut--I think it makes her feel special. And she wanted bangs!  And curls! Chloe doesn't usually care one way or the other, and I apparently RUINED Bria's life by making her get a small trim. She wants her hair to be all the way down her back (I don't, but I'm so nice I will let her as long as she takes care of it and lets me take her in for regular trims).

Regardless of how they feel about their haircuts, they're all pretty darn adorable, don't you think?


July 1, 2012
As in an explosion, I would erupt with all the wonderful things I saw and understood in this world.
~Boris Pasternak

Today is the halfway mark! I am halfway finished with this project! I wanted to do this project to feel more connected to my life--to notice things, and to be grateful for them. And I appreciate that that is happening.

And to celebrate, we exploded some Pyrex! Joel took dinner (pork chops) out of the oven and set it on the stove and it exploded and shattered to bits! Crazy stuff. But, nobody got hurt and we didn't even have to pick glass shards out of our meal. Just down a casserole dish is all.


June 30, 2012
After all, reading is arguably a far more creative and imaginative process than writing; when the reader creates emotion in their head, or the colors of the sky during the setting sun, or the smell of a warm summer's breeze on their face, they should reserve as much praise for themselves as they do for the writer - perhaps more.
~Jasper Fforde

One of my favorite things about summertime is all the trips we get to take to the library.

One of my favorite things about our library is the way it is situated right on the water, and if you sit at the window, you can almost imagine yourself on a boat.

I think Sophia feels the same way.


June 29, 2012
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I had always thought that once you grew up you could do anything you wanted -- stay up all night or eat ice-cream straight out of the container.
~Bill Bryson

Today I found myself alone in the car with Puccini after dropping the girls off at various locations. So, I decided to treat myself to some Dairy Queen (they have a gluten-free menu, which is nice).

I took this photo while waiting in line at the drive-thru. And just when I finished snapping the picture, MaryFran called me from her spot in line at the Taco Bell drive-thru across the way.

Caught red-handed in my sneaky ice-cream buying!


June 28, 2012
Other than a dimple in a cute little chin,
What's more adorable than a toothless grin?

~Azu "Betty" Espezia

Today my friend Jane came over to work on bookmarks for our book club. We didn't finish before I had to go off to rehearsal, so she stayed at my house until she finished up. Sometime before she left, she texted me this picture of Sophia proudly showing off her latest lost tooth.

I hope it's okay to use a picture I didn't take (well, I've used plenty of Joel's), but it's so much better than the stupid picture I took today. I do hate how she's growing up, though. My baby is getting all these adult teeth and I don't like it much!


June 27, 2012
Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.
~Wayne Dyer

Life may not be a rehearsal, but this summer it sure feels like it is! I hadn't planned on being in two shows, yet here I am doing a second show. It has been a huge time commitment and sacrifice, but I'm earning enough to help get us on our much anticipated vacation next month, so it's all good.

I do love being on stage (or waiting in the wings to go on stage, as I was when I took this photo). I am a lucky woman.


June 26, 2012
I sustain myself with the love of family.
~Maya Angelou

Today marks thirteen years since the Maestro and I were married. Thirteen years!

And to celebrate, we drove down to Marquette to take the girls to the orthodontist. We did spend the day there with the girls, enjoying the beautiful day.

We took this photo while walking out to the lighthouse on Presque Isle. Joel and I did get a lovely dinner out later that night, but it was very nice to spend the day with our offspring. They are, after all, the greatest thing we have done together these thirteen years.


June 25, 2012
They're magically delicious!

When I was little, my mother NEVER let us indulge in "sugar" cereals. But when we went to my grandmother's house to visit, she would buy us whatever cereal we wanted and I always chose Lucky Charms.

Now that I am a mother, I don't often allow sugar cereals either, but whenever there is a good sale on General Mills, I always have to go get my Lucky Charms! And guess what? They are gluten-free.

So, this morning I ate some, and I didn't even feel bad about it.

But they weren't really as good as I remembered.


June 24, 2012
The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.
~J.M. Barrie
"The Little White Bird

The girls found this bird's nest full of baby birds outside of the building today at church. The nest was built on the electrical box! I don't know what kind of birds they are, but it is sure amazing to be able to see them so closely.