ten on tuesday.

1. I have to lead with my favorite article from this week: The Mom Stays in the Picture by Allison Tate. I know it’s already lived a full life traveling around the internet this week but it’s worth another share if there’s one of you who hasn’t read it yet. My heart really fixates on this passage in particular:

“Someday I won’t be here — and I don’t know if that someday is tomorrow or thirty or forty or fifty years from now — but I want them to have pictures of me. I want them to see the way I looked at them, see how much I loved them. I am not perfect to look at and I am not perfect to love, but I am perfectly their mother.”

2. And on the subject of mothers, I got sucked into Garrison Keillor’s poetry reading on Writer’s Almanac this morning. He read Sharon Olds’ poem “Parents’ Day” and I might have found myself with a lump in my throat as he read the final line.

3. Sarah lost a tooth yesterday and as she snugged me on the couch later that afternoon I bemoaned how quickly she was growing. Which turned out to not be a good idea. Because as we tucked her into bed last night she wailed and sobbed that she didn’t want to to grow up, still wanted to be a baby, and was planning to wear a sign on her 7th birthday that says, “I’m seven, but I’m still little.”

4. Speaking of babies, my friend Lacy’s baby shower was last Friday night which means sweet little Arden is welcome to be born anytime now. Sadly though, I think she’ll make her arrival during our surprise Disney trip in late November. Meaning that I’ll miss photographing the birth. I can’t even talk about it…

5. It makes me happier to talk about how Ephraim continues to call Miss Lacy’s baby shower the “baby wash”.

6. This also makes me happy. Show it to your daughters.

7. Lately I’ve been showing the kiddos YouTube videos of kids who were surprised by their parents with Disney trips. They love them. And they have no idea what’s in store for them in a few short weeks!

8.  Have you checked out my Grama’s blog lately? It’s fascinating to read about the early life of our family…even when it’s tough to get through some of the sad stories. I’m so thrilled to have this record! Maybe your Grama will blog too?

9. This weekend Sarah and Brent attended their first Indian Princess camp out. They had a blast together and come home even tighter buddies than they were when they left (and that’s really saying something!). When I told Sarah how lucky she was to have a Daddy that does things like that with her she said, “I know he’s really special!”. Which, coincidentally, is exactly why I married him. =)

10. While Brent and Sarah were away B-Ro and I had some awesome snuggle time. We literally snuggled, watched football and baked cupcakes all day on Saturday. And I’m happy to report that Pinterest finally led me to a couple of ideas that worked! Namely these Halloween Spider Web Cupcakes and these Spooky Eye Cupcakes. Score!


AliciaOctober 9, 2012 - 2:11 pm

LOVED the baby wash comment. He needs to draw us a picture of what the event entails!
Audrey also cried when she turned seven. She figured out that six was actually the pinnacle of childhood and it was now a downhill slide towards gray hair and creaking joints:)
Fall is such a reflective time of year…

MomOctober 9, 2012 - 2:23 pm

Just before clicking on your blog just now I read my daily email of The Writer’s Almanac and thought “I need to forward this to my girls”….

LacyOctober 9, 2012 - 5:12 pm

Arden and I had a long talk this morning. She assured me she’d come a little early because she wants her pictures to be perfect! I’m thinking Nov 10th!

MjOctober 9, 2012 - 6:06 pm

Wow, your Gramma’s blog was really sad. How a mother can leave her own children I will never understand. Just sad.

MelanieOctober 9, 2012 - 7:07 pm

Hi Erin, Are you going to Disneyworld or Disneyland in November? We’re taking our first trip to Disneyworld in November too!

erin cobbOctober 9, 2012 - 7:39 pm

Lacy, November 10th is out. I have minisessions that day. Can I respectfully request the 11th? 😉

Melanie…Disneyworld!

NikkiOctober 9, 2012 - 9:26 pm

i am seven, but i am little….love. sounds just like my Lorelei. hope they stay little as long as they can!

JodiOctober 10, 2012 - 5:40 am

We’re headed to Disney in November too (earlier though, how fun would that have been to meet you there?). Don’t wake your children up at 5 am on the morning you leave them to tell them. When we went this route with Shannon the first time we took them, her sleepy response was echoing back to us what we had been telling her, “(yawn)But we’re not old enough to go to Disney.”

Not quite the video-perfect reaction we were hoping for! (But an adored story now!)

Ann MarieOctober 10, 2012 - 8:16 am

Love #3. That is Katie in a nutshell. Wants to stay 6 forever and never get married!!! LOL

twebsterOctober 10, 2012 - 12:10 pm

that article about staying in the picture rings oh so true for me….especially in light of a recent health diagnosis. I am ashamed to say that i am never in the pictures with my girls, some of it blatantly my fault because my hair is a mess, or blah blah blah. my kids will never care about that…and now neither will I. I’m going to try and be better….for them 😉

HuyenOctober 11, 2012 - 1:06 pm

We will be also doing a surprise Disney World trip in 6 days and our girls have no clue. We’ll play the One Republic song “It’s a good life” for them when we let them on the secret at the airport. Have an awesome time!

Amy T.October 11, 2012 - 7:54 pm

Thank you for sharing “I am a princess”!! Love this! Enjoy your surprise trip!!

J.J.October 12, 2012 - 9:22 pm

I can’t wait to hear how the surprise goes over! I LOVE those surprise videos and have had the idea tucked away til Fisher’s a little older – SO FUN!

HeatherOctober 23, 2012 - 9:18 am

Any chance you will be holding a sale for your Clean Color workflow anytime soon? I am interested in purchasing it for my best friend who’s birthday is in early December. Absolutely love you and Karen Russell. I wish you had been working with her when I took her class … would have loved the chance to learn from you. Thank you!!!

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