Macy is ONE!!!!

This Sweet Watermelon Lovin Girl turned one the end of June and last week we were able to capture some memories of this milestone birthday.

I first met Miss Macy’s momma Whitney a few years ago at a craft show.  Whitney is super crafty and creative with adorable ideas for her daughters sessions!  She sent me a message about a week or so prior to the session to see what I thought about a Watermelon Smash instead of a cake smash.  Ummm LOVE It!!!  What a great idea for a summer time birthday girl!

I began Macy’s session in the studio, a light pink back drop and white floor with pink and purple balloons and tissue paper pompoms set the first scene.

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I mean really, I could eat this girl up!!  Look at those eyes and blonde hair!!  Such a sweetie and poser for the camera!

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After the indoor photos we moved outdoors for some photos with her favorite purple bunny, a hot air ballon basket, and the most fun… the watermelon smash!!!!  This chickadee loves her some watermelon!!!  Once she saw it, she was done with everything else and wanted the food!!


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My Day with My Mamaw…

I promised y’all when wrote my last blog (Reflecting on 101 years of Life)  about my Mamaw that I would follow up with another one about the day I spent with her while working on a project for Developmental Psych in college.   So here it is…

April 2002, she was 86.  We spent the day going through her baking recipes, looking through old photo albums and built a family tree all the way back to my Great Great Great Grandparents.  I can still remember, it was a nice sunny warm Spring day.   One part of the project was to conduct an interview.  Here are my questions and her answers below…

Q: How would you compare your childhood to mine?      A: We really didn’t have a childhood. We didn’t have toys, maybe one toy to share, we just went to school and worked around the home.  We played outside and used our imaginations. We went to church every week.

Q: How many siblings did you have?      A: 5 Sisters & 3 Brothers, all were born at home.  Ona was my twin.

Q: At what age did you marry? How did you meet?  What did you like about him?  When did you get married?         A: I was 20 when we married, we went to school together and were good friends, he was an honest and good worker.  We married on January 30, 1936.          Side Note; supposedly they never kissed before they were married but no one can confirm this and she gave a sheepish grin when answering lol

Q: How long did you attend school?      A: Til 8th Grade

Q: What was school like back then?     A: They were all one room schools, 1-5 grade on side and 6-8 on the other side.

Q: How hard was it to find/get a job?  What was the wage?     A: Not hard.  Housework could be done for $1 per week while I was growing up.  Once a woman gets married she shouldn’t work.

Q:  What were your parents like?    A:  Nice, hardworking people.  They were all farmers.

Q:  Is there a favorite recipe you would like to share?    A:  Chicken-n-Dumplins & Cornbread      Chicken-n-Dumplins, cut up a chicken and boil it to cook it and make some broth, pull out most of the bones, then make the dumplings (cold water, crisco, and self rising flour)  and drop it into the pot and mix it all around.     Cornbread, take cornmeal, self rising flour and buttermilk and mix and bake until golden brown.                                     Fun Fact if you didn’t catch it, mamaw didn’t measure ingredients very often!!  Also if you were eating her chicken-n-dumplings you knew to watch out for a stray chicken bone that may be left in there.  lol

Q: What are your favorite flowers and vegetables to grow?   A:  Peonies, Irises, Roses, Corn, Beans, Tomatoes and White Cucumbers

Q:  Why didn’t you learn to drive a car?    A: My husband did not want her to learn.  Now he wishes he had taught me but its too late now.

Q:  Do you have any theories on life?    A:  Every woman should learn to drive a car and every man should learn to cook.

Q:  Do you have any home remedies for first aid?   A:  Turpentine for cuts and stings,  Castor Oil for a laxative, Vicks Salve for a cold and if those things didn’t work then you just tufted it out.

Q: If you could change anything about your life would you and what?   A:  Absolutely nothing!

Q:  About technology, good or bad, what parts do you like?    A:  Telephone, so I can talk to my friends.  Medical Technology is saving lives.  My mother died from a ruptured appendix and back then no one knew what to do.

Q: What did teenagers do for fun?   A:  Jump Rope, Hide-n-Seek, Marbles, Tag & Run Around the Mulberry Bush

Q: Did you have chores?  What kind?   A:  Yes everyone had chores.  I washed clothes and cleaned.

Q:  At what age did you have your first child and why only 2?   A: I was 23 and only had two because there was a miscarriage between Glenna and Anna.

Q: What spare time activities do you like to do?   A:  Quilt, Sew, Cook, Clean and Garden

Q: How do you feel about women in the workforce?    A: Don’t like it, they should stay home to clean and care for their family.

I am so thankful for that professor who gave this assignment, I now have this scrapbook with all of these memories and history documented to pass along to my kids.   Below are some photos from that day.

It has been one month since you have been gone.  30 days since you took your last breath.  37 days since I kissed your forehead and held your hand.  I knew I would miss you, I mean you are my Mamaw, I was with you or Mamaw Maynard SO Much when I was growing up, but I thought that losing you would be easier to bear because I had been anticipating it for what seemed like years because of your age and ailing health.  I was mistaken.  I am clinging to those memories with you harder than ever before.  I am so happy though, you are where you have wanted to be for such a long time, in heaven with Papaw, Anna and Ona. I imagine you sitting on your porch in Heaven reading your paper while waiting for your pie to come out of the oven.

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Meeting The King…

A few weeks ago we set out on our annual beach trip with all the usual stops.  Tamarack for Fried Green Tomatoes, Johnson’s Peach Stand for Peach Milkshakes and Dumplins, and a stop at the Petty Museum.   In the past I had always wanted to stop there but something seemed to always prevent it, fussy kids, traffic, etc, but finally a few years ago we stopped in.  We took a little over an hour and walked through the museum and got a glimpse of the speed shop, and grabbed some souvenirs. While checking out I asked the lady working the desk if Mr Petty ever stopped in on weekdays.  She told me that he is in at least once each day unless there is an out of town race that week.   Well of course there was that  particular weekend.   I checked the NASCAR schedule last year before we left for vacation and yet another out of town race and traffic was crazy so we didn’t stop.

Well this year as luck would have it, there was not a race!  I had tried sending a message via Facebook asking them if they thought he would be stopping by that particular Friday since we would be driving by.  I could stop there each year and walk through, my kids on the other hand, really not so much.  They only really know “The King” as the voice from “The King” in the Cars movie, not as the hall of fame race car driver.  I tried sending a message again and they replied back with “We are not sure what his schedule is today so we can’t guarantee anything.  There is always a chance though!” Something about that last line got me a little more excited than usual but I was not getting my hopes up.  We neared Randleman, NC and Reg suggested stopping there to stretch our legs and see all of the updates at the museum and garage.   We parked and as we were walking across the parking lot I was examining each car parked behind the gates, could one be his, nah I doubt it, it’s a pretty day he’s out doing something else I told myself.

I opened the door to the museum and there he stood!  Right at the office door signing papers.  I lost my breath, ability to speak, tears began and I got weak in the knees.  Heck my whole legs went numb.   I have met a few famous people who I have adored, Monica Potter from Parenthood, Katie Lee the Famous Chef,  Tony Dungee NFL Coach, Steve Smith NBA Player/Announcer, Jack Hanna and I feel like there is a couple more but I am still so star struck from this I just can’t remember them!   Mr Petty turned around with his smile and stuck his hand out to Alee first, then Trey, Reg, then put his arm around me because I was still kind of hyperventilating and crying.  He asked where we were from, where were we going and then if we wanted a photo.  Ummm of course I (we) would love a photo!  lol I had one of the ladies behind the desk lightly crying too.  She came out and took a family photo with Reg’s phone for us and then I put my camera on Auto gave it to Reg and hoped for the best! I couldn’t think straight for camera settings!  After the photos, he thanked us for stopping by and told us to enjoy the museum.  I went to the desk to pay our admission I asked the lady if I made a fool of myself by crying and she said she has seen grown men come in and cry meeting him.  I didn’t feel so bad anymore lol.

I still can’t believe this happened!  I have wanted to meet him since I was small!  First thing after it was over I wanted to call my Dad and there was 0 signal in there!  If it weren’t his watching of races every Sunday I wouldn’t know who Richard Petty was.  I am not truly sure where my want of meeting him came from other than hearing stories about him and all he has been through.   I always thought he reminded me of my papaw too.  I think if you put the hat and glasses on my papaw that’s what he would look like.  Maybe that is some of it.   Mr Petty was as nice, kind and geniune as I imagined he would be.   He is what NASCAR used to be, about the fans.

We walked around the different parts of the museum that day and saw all of the changes.  They have really updated and added more to the museum since our last stop.  We wandered around but not really as long as we have before because I was anxious to leave and get to a phone signal to call my Dad.  I bought a shirt and the documentary “Petty Blue” as mementos of the day.   Thanked the ladies for the wonderful experience and went on our way.  I called my parents and my Dad said the same thing I did, he was the way NASCAR used to be and he appreciated and was about the fans.

Other than the photos of my family and I with Mr Petty, the rest are from our 2014 visit.  I was too excited, nervous, shaken on this trip to take any photos.  A lot has changed since our last trip.  So much more has been added!  I encourage you to stop by on your way through.  It’s a great piece of history!  And you never know who you may run into 😉

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Avery Dawn…

A few weeks ago I blogged about A Maternity Session at the Lake with adorable Yates Family & last Wednesday I got to meet Miss Avery Dawn!!!  14 Days New!!

I love love having newborns in the studio!  They always make for fun days!  And too, I get to cuddle babies and who doesn’t love cuddling babies!

Meet Miss Avery Dawn!  She was such a sweetheart, made me work hard for what we got but still a sweetie!  According to Caressa, Avery is already a Daddy’s girl and adored by her big brother!   Avery loved to be held, every time I put her down into a pose she would either get mad or decide she needed to eat again!  It was hard work for her being a cute little model!   I think we got some cute shots!  Check them out and contact me to schedule your session!

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Parker turns ONE!!!!

Is there really anything cuter than a little boy in blue jean bib overalls?!?!

I had the pleasure of meeting this sweet little boy & his parents for his 1st birthday pictures the last week of May.  We shot at the gazebo and Veterans Home in Barboursville, WV.

Audra, Parker’s Momma, and I went to school together.  I was so happy when she contacted me about doing Parker’s photos.  Audra has always loved horses so I just knew that Parker’s birthday theme would be horse or farm related which would mean adorableness!   She did not disappoint!  Audra made his high chair garland, cake banner and his cow cake!  I mean she is a full-time flight nurse, part-time NICU nurse, keeps up a farm, and a momma to 2 Sweet Boys with one more on the way!  She’s wonder woman!

Parker was the happiest little boy during his session.  He didn’t mind the outfit changes or the traffic going by and gave me the most adorable handsome little smiles!!  And look at those Baby Blue Eye’s and Blonde Hair!!!  During the cake smash he decided to try to see if he could get some good bites out of it with his feet!  This whole session was a barrel of fun!

Check out some of my favorites from his session!

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