check US out…

That’s right, you can see our very own Pigbear in this week’s issue of US magazine…

…no worries, she has nothing to do with Cameron’s jealous attack. Unless Cameron is jealous of the supreme cuteness of the two baby gap winners. I don’t actually have a hard copy in my hands yet so I can’t refer you to a page number but there should be a small little blurb, complete with photo, of her and little Jon on their whirlwind trip to HAWAII!!!

Yep, we spent last week in Honolulu with some of the nicest people I’ve ever met in my life. I can’t say enough about the crew from Gap…just awesome, awesome people. And we had a blast getting to know and hanging out with Jon’s parents. I know Denise and I will be friends for a long, long time.

So here’s the scoop. We arrived on the island Tuesday afternoon after an 8 hour flight from Denver. On Wednesday Sarah had a fitting to make sure her ADORABLE outfit didn’t need to be tailored and then we just hung out by the pool for the rest of the day. As an added bonus we got to hook up with some of our old friends, Catie and Randy, who live in Honolulu. On Thursday Gap hosted a trip to the zoo for the little ones and a nice dinner out that evening. We spent pretty much all day Friday at the shoot on a remote beach somewhere along the Oahu coastline (apologies but my geography fails me yet again – sorry dad!). I can’t even explain how awesome it was to watch the professionals at work on the set. I think I was most impressed by the “baby wranglers” whose job it was to get the babies to do exactly what they wanted – sit, stand, avoid eating sand, smile, wave, whatever – AMAZING!

I didn’t want to crash blogger’s server so I created an album for you all to view some of my pics. You can check it out here.

The whole time we were in Hawaii there was a small video crew following us around getting footage and interviews. It was a little unnerving but also kinda fun. They’ll be sending the footage out to news stations around the country and I think they’re hoping to be picked up by some larger shows. I’ll let you know if that happens. For now I know that Sarah and I will be on three Denver morning shows Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of next week. If I don’t make myself sound like a complete moron and the footage is available on the web I’ll link it when I can. No promises! πŸ™‚

Okay, enough about that. Onto more important matters…who wins the jeans? Well, that Pigbear was trying to make the drawing a little more difficult than I had intended because she kept running away with the basket.

But when I finally got her to pull out a comment…

here’s what she retrieved…

So, A.K. email me your address and the coupon is on it’s way! Thanks for playing everybody. I had SO much fun reading all the comments and even more fun torturing Sarah with all of your hair suggestions. I think we may be on our way to a more managable do!

And, one last thing…my girl Wendy has one or two spots left in her next mentoring class. If you are a photographer and you haven’t taken her class yet YOU DONT WANT TO MISS THIS so check out her site and send her an email for more info!

Take care everyone!

Kathy PJanuary 25, 2007 - 12:50 pm

that’s so cool! what a wonderful experience for you all! i’ll be looking for that issue of US here in Canada. congrats again!

aunt danaJanuary 25, 2007 - 12:56 pm

Aunt Lori and I have been all over town trying to find the magazine, so far none in Watsonville yet, but we are still looking. Sounds like you guys had soooooo much fun. Love you guys.

AnonymousJanuary 25, 2007 - 12:59 pm

Had to look at all the pictures again, can’t get enough. Congrats A.K. ~Gina

P.C.January 25, 2007 - 1:01 pm

So fun. Lily can’t wait to meet her famous cousin. See you soon.

meganJanuary 25, 2007 - 1:11 pm

Finally some details! It sounds like you guys had a blast!

But you didn’t answer one question…are you guys really moving?

ShelleyJanuary 25, 2007 - 1:39 pm

What an amazing adventure! You guys have been very blessed!

I love the pictures. Nothing beats the one of Sarah eating the sand though!


Susie PSUJanuary 25, 2007 - 1:44 pm

A.K. could use some new honeymoon jeans – congratulations, A.K.!

I can’t wait to see if they have the issue out today here in PA. I’ll take it to my staff meeting tonight to show it off!!

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JenniferJanuary 25, 2007 - 1:53 pm

I just LOVE that blue kerchif-hem dress and matching shoes – so stylin!! Glad to hear you had such a great time and am really glad you’re back – did you know that many people read your blog regularly?!?! Amazing isn’t it?

luvbnmaJanuary 25, 2007 - 1:53 pm

Beautiful. Simply beautiful. What a journey for the three of you. What an experience and story to tell Sarah when she is older. Congrats!

Shana-LynnJanuary 25, 2007 - 2:07 pm

That is AWESOME! What a neat experience. Congrats A.K.!!

KatherineJanuary 25, 2007 - 2:10 pm

WOW! Soooo cool.

LisaJanuary 25, 2007 - 2:16 pm

The pictures are amazing. And Jon and your daughter are so cute together!

DeeJanuary 25, 2007 - 2:21 pm

What a fabulous experience for all of you. Thanks for sharing the photos. They confirm what an excellent choice was made for a Baby Gap model! πŸ™‚

I’ll be on the look out for US in my city!


kristinaJanuary 25, 2007 - 2:35 pm

How AWESOME, Erin! Wow! What a ride that must have been! I can’t wait to see you guys on the morning shows! Beautiful photos! Sarah is a star! πŸ˜‰ Hugs!

ROZJanuary 25, 2007 - 2:39 pm

Oh Erin,
You all look like you had a wonderful time! Let me tell you, that Pigbear is a pro! Her and little Jon looked so stinkin adorable that I’m almost surprised that they let you all come home. I was thinking that they would relocate you all to Gap headquarters immediately. πŸ˜‰

Congrats AK on the jeans! I check your blog too, so big yea on the upcoming marriage and the free jeans to run around in. πŸ˜€

MeganJanuary 25, 2007 - 2:52 pm

That sounds great. It also looks like Sarah had fun in the sand. What a great opportunity. Congrats AK!

SusieJanuary 25, 2007 - 3:06 pm

OH yeah! A good excuse to by a trash magazine. So excited for you all πŸ™‚

ToriJanuary 25, 2007 - 3:09 pm

I knew it!! How cool!!! I love the photo of her eating all that sand! She sure does make the most of a trip :). I am so glad to see her.. :)..I am gonna go look at the magazine now! When does her photo come out in Parents or is it Child? Too COOL!! πŸ™‚ What a way to spend a week in January!

elizabethJanuary 25, 2007 - 3:17 pm

congrats, erin and pigbear!
your trip looks like a dream– the sun, the sand, the photography, oh…the clothes!!

i know i’ve never posted here before, but i just have to say thank you!! i first saw your work on ilp, came here, then found out about wendy. i’m taking her preview class and it is AMAZING! i am loving her assignments and individual attention– and she is hilarious to boot! so thank you for sharing her with us all. if I can improve my photography even 1/10th as much as you have in the past year– i will be one happy girl.

off to buy US weekly…
yay for pigbear!

carolJanuary 25, 2007 - 5:31 pm

Who what a wonderful adventure for Sarah. Let me know what stations and other info as we have family in Denver and maybe I can get them to tape it for me – I would love to see it.

JenJanuary 25, 2007 - 5:31 pm

omg so cute! loved the hawaii little alison was sitting on my lap while i was looking at the pics from your trip! πŸ™‚
looks like it was a blast! thx for sharing!

A.K.January 25, 2007 - 6:16 pm

YAY!!! My mom called me while I was at school today just to tell me that I had won!! This soon to be poor newly married girlie is gonna LOVE some new jeans! Plus teaching this semester we have “jeans fridays” and I had just thought I needed to go find some cute jeans to wear on fridays= so thanks pigbear!!! Thank you thank you thank you- this is so great! can’t wait to go buy the magazine- what a little star!!!

AnonymousJanuary 25, 2007 - 8:02 pm

Wow! The pictures are adorable and just think, this is just the beginning!Was one of those a picture of Sarah geting a hair cut?

AnnaJanuary 25, 2007 - 8:12 pm

Thanks for sharing all the details of your adventures with us, Sarah and Erin! It was so fun to look through your pic slideshow – HOW FUN! i liked the pineapple and sand shot, ha!

mspinasJanuary 25, 2007 - 9:30 pm

What a blast!! That picture with the sand in her mouth just makes my teeth hurt. Congrats on the trip, Hawaii is beautiful.

rebeccaJanuary 25, 2007 - 9:57 pm

i was so excited to get home tonight and check out the news. I have been waiting to hear for so long.. How exciting.. She is just too cute. I got a little teary eyed when i saw the pic of her getting fitted.. i am sure i would have bawled like a crazy woman if it was my child. So fun…. gap really does it up, huh?? Congrats again!
tell pigbear she was right it not choosing my name.. i DO still want to lose some more weight before i get new jeans. πŸ˜‰ she is so smart! πŸ™‚
i am debating if i should run to the store to see if they have the US weekly.. (i have to get milk too)

StephanieJanuary 25, 2007 - 9:58 pm

ERIN! I’m so happy for yall! Sounds like you had a great time, I can’t wait to see the pics… this is just too awesome. Tell the pigbear I want her autograph πŸ™‚

lyndsayJanuary 25, 2007 - 11:44 pm

Oh Erin how exciting! You must still be in shock over everything that has happened, what an amazing experience for all of you!

I’m jealous about Hawaii, Jason and I got married there and are dying to go back!!

I’ll be heading out to pick up the magazine tomorrow πŸ™‚

Liz CJanuary 26, 2007 - 6:00 am

Oh My Gosh! The pictures are so cute. Those are the sweetest babies ever. Hawaii is amazing and I am so glad that you all enjoyed yourself! Im sure you didnt want to come home. What wonderful memories you will have from this.
Cant wait to get the magazine!!!

Congrats, AK on the jeans:)

KeriJanuary 26, 2007 - 7:30 am

CONGRATS!!! You guys are so sweet I love it! The pictures are priceless and we cant wait to get the magazine!! Pigbear is just such a little munchkin – could just eat her up!! Seeing as its -15 here today in boston, we are SO jealous of that sunshine and warm weather from the trip! Love reading your stuff and learning so much from your photography… You guys rock Erin! πŸ™‚

LisaJanuary 26, 2007 - 8:23 am

Wow! Conrats! I love the photos and can’t wait to get my US Weekly in the mail today. I’ll admit it, I have a subscrition:)

ClaudiaJanuary 26, 2007 - 9:17 am

I did a google search to find out who the winners of the baby gap contest were and I was linked to your blog. What a surprise to find out that it was the baby that I voted for! Congratulations! I’m insanely jealous since I didn’t get to enter the contest (missed the deadline), but I’m glad that your daughter won. She’s so cute! I’ll be tuning in to the pigbear’s adventures from now on!

JoyceJanuary 26, 2007 - 9:31 am

The photos are GREAT!!! What a wonderful experience for you all, to have not only a Baby Gap Contestant, but wonderful parents, as well.
Congrats to A.K. for winning the jeans!!
Love you…

TashaJanuary 26, 2007 - 1:47 pm

WOW!! what fun…HAWAII!!! Gap is awesome!!!! Your phots are great, it looks like you guys had so much fun, and Pigbear was loving that sand. I’ve got to get that mag.

kimberly beeJanuary 26, 2007 - 5:28 pm

How nice to escape the cold weather… and HAWAII of all places! Congrats to your whole family. I can’t wait to pick up a copy and read about her first national debut. What a little rockstar!

Uncle TJanuary 26, 2007 - 7:42 pm


rebeccaJanuary 27, 2007 - 6:46 pm

Just got my US weekly and she is on page 44 in the top right corner.. what a cutie!

MarlaJanuary 27, 2007 - 7:29 pm

How exciting!!! Looks like y’all had lots of fun and Pigbear looks adorable in her Gap outfit. I love the one of her eating the sand … too cute. πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to pick up the magazine!

DebJanuary 28, 2007 - 11:25 am

Not really related to this post so quick congrats to you but I have some photo questions.

I reviewed your portfolio and you noted you are a beginner so I don’t imagine you have a studio (just yet) so what do you use for your background when it is all black and how are you doing your lights??

thanks–I tried to email you off your photo site and it was rejected.

MarciJanuary 28, 2007 - 6:31 pm

Looks like you had an amazing time. What a great experience for you all. Can’t wait to find that US magazine. Congrats, A.K.

AudreyJanuary 28, 2007 - 6:59 pm

Wow, congrats….Hawaii sounds like such an awesome place to be instead of in the snow drifts we have!! Congrats, can’t wait to see the issue!

frederiqueJanuary 29, 2007 - 7:33 am

This is so cool. I am so glad you all enjoyed it…Wow you are all celebs now!!!

SoonToBeMrsFergusJanuary 29, 2007 - 4:04 pm

Looks like you guys had a blast in Hawaii!! I’ll have to grab that issue when I find it! πŸ™‚

amandaJanuary 29, 2007 - 7:29 pm

Congratulations!!!! I’m gonna have to run out and grab me a copy!

meganJanuary 30, 2007 - 7:00 am

I just got an email today directing me to see the winner of the Baby Gap Casting Call! Of course, I already knew who the winner was! :o)

Julie C ButlerJanuary 30, 2007 - 12:21 pm

Very cool .. she is a doll..
I loved the photos .. how fun! you must of had a blast!!
Thanks for sharing your experience with us!
and Congrats again!!

Christy2262January 30, 2007 - 1:01 pm

Congratulations to you and Sarah!! I have to admit that when I found out the photo shoot was in Hawaii, I was SO jealous! πŸ™‚

My daughter was another one of the babyGap finalists (Keira) and when I heard Sarah won, I told my husband she was the only one I wouldn’t have demanded a recount for because she is just so darn cute. πŸ˜‰ Congrats on your win and your pictures are really amazing!

SoonToBeMrsFergusJanuary 30, 2007 - 9:58 pm

Hi! I was in blockbuster, and saw the new issue and had to look thru it, and I found it!! Congrats again! πŸ™‚

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