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Happy Halloween

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Happy Halloween from our family!  My sister-in-law gave us this adorable BYU cheerleader’s uniform for baby Nora, so of course, I had to talk my boys into playing along as football players.  I think they had fun with it, since they all like to tackle each other anyway.  ;)

Halloween BYU football players cheerleader referee family costume

The boys started getting antsy, wanting to play.  It was the perfect costumes for that!

Halloween BYU football players cheerleader referee family costume

So they started playing catch with daddy.

Halloween BYU football players cheerleader referee family costume

I tried to get baby Nora to smile.  She is almost 3 months old and very social, always cooing and giggling for us.

Halloween BYU football players cheerleader referee family costume

Then the boys wanted to play tackle.

Halloween BYU football players cheerleader referee family costume

Halloween BYU football players cheerleader referee family costume

Here are my sweet boys.

Halloween BYU football players cheerleader referee family costume

And their baby sister.

Halloween BYU football players cheerleader referee family costume

One last family picture. :)

Halloween BYU football players cheerleader referee family costume

An Exciting Announcement!

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

No, I’m not pregnant.  ;)

I’ve been published! In a real book!  The Mormons: An Illustrated History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was published on October 8, 2013 – just two days ago!  An editor contacted me about a year and a half ago about using one of my pictures in an upcoming book they were publishing.  We worked out the details, but I didn’t hear anymore from them and forgot about it.  I kind of thought the project fell through or something.  But by chance I contacted them last month and they said the book would be available this October.  So I finally have a copy in my hands, and it’s a beautiful book, full of gorgeous illustrations and pictures about the history of the LDS church.

published mormon wedding lds san diego temple photography book

My picture comes toward the end of the chapter about temples and families by Richard O. Cowan.  This is a lovely couple, and I had the privilege of photographing their temple sealing back in 2009 – almost 5 years ago!  My style has changed a bit, but I still love this picture.

published mormon wedding lds san diego temple photography book

If you want to check out the book, you can find it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Let me know what you think. :)

Baby Nora – 1 week old

Friday, August 16th, 2013

We are home from the hospital and settling into our new routine.  The boys love their little sister; they don’t miss any opportunity to give her hugs and kisses.  My 4 year old, Levi, has declared: “I am going to marry Nora, so we can always be together.”  He always comments on her “pretty hair bows and dresses.”  My oldest, Elijah, likes to help getting Nora things, like diapers, a change of clothes, etc.  And my littlest boy, Asher, who is 2, is like a bull in a china cabinet.  He tries to hug Nora and almost gouges out her eyes!

Things are definitely busy around here.  I took these pictures when Nora was 1 week old, but it has taken me a week to post them!  I think she is beautiful.  :)

newborn baby girl photography

newborn baby girl photography

newborn baby girl photography

newborn baby girl photography

newborn baby girl photography

I also took some on the blankets I made and included some of the hairbands I made too.

newborn baby girl photography

newborn baby girl photography

newborn baby girl photography

newborn baby girl photography

newborn baby girl photography

The boys all wanted pictures with baby Nora.

newborn baby girl photography

newborn baby girl photography

newborn baby girl photography

And then she was done done done!  “NO MORE PICTURES, MOM!”

newborn baby girl photography

Welcome Nora to our Family!

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

We are excited to welcome baby Nordine (Nora) Marie Baker to our family!  She was born on August 1st at 7:59am, weighing 8lbs and 6oz and measuring 19.5 inches long.  The delivery went well, except for a short cardiac arrest for mama during the C-section, which made dad a little (or a lot) worried.  Mama is fully recovered, and she and Nora are doing well.

The name, Nordine, was Amber’s cherished grandmother’s name.  And her middle name, Marie, comes from both of Brian’s grandmothers.  We are honored to have her named after such special ladies.

Here is our beautiful Nora.  She is a quiet, sweet baby, and she is a happy girl.  Her little cries sound more like a chirping bird than a hungry baby.

Baby girl brothers newborn photography

Her brothers are so loving and doting on her.  She is going to be one spoiled sister!

Baby girl brothers newborn photography

Baby girl brothers newborn photography

Mom had way too much fun making these blankets and hair bows while she was pregnant, so poor Nora gets tortured with them all day.

Baby girl brothers newborn photography

Mom and Nora:

Baby girl brothers newborn photography

Baby girl brothers newborn photography

Dad and Nora:

Baby girl brothers newborn photography

Baby girl brothers newborn photography

We are just glad everyone is here safe and sound.  Such blessings from heaven!

Baby girl brothers newborn photography

2 week countdown…

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

I can’t wait to meet this baby girl!  I am anxious for her to get here, so I am counting down the days.  2 weeks to go – she will be here on August 1st, unless she decides to come sooner.

My friend, Kim, was so nice to go to Old Town Pasadena with us and take some maternity pictures of our family.  I love that we took the time to document this pregnancy.  Even though I feel swollen and huge, I know I will look back at this time with fond memories – our last few weeks as a family of 5…  I can’t believe there will be 6 in our family soon!

maternity pictures old town pasaden family photography

maternity pictures old town pasaden family photography

maternity pictures old town pasaden family photography

maternity pictures old town pasaden family photography

maternity pictures old town pasaden family photography

maternity pictures old town pasaden family photography

maternity pictures old town pasaden family photography

maternity pictures old town pasaden family photography

maternity pictures old town pasaden family photography

maternity pictures old town pasaden family photography

maternity pictures old town pasaden family photography

maternity pictures old town pasaden family photography

maternity pictures old town pasaden family photography

maternity pictures old town pasaden family photography