Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Snow!


We finally got the snowstorm I have been dying to get.. So, this afternoon, I grabbed my camera and went and took these:




It was a good thing I left when I did, because not ten minutes after I got there, the big flakes turned to rain/snow.. Then not too long after I got home, it stopped snowing altogether.. I'm so glad I finally got the shots I've been dying to do all winter..

Sunday, February 26, 2012

More...

With as many photo shoots coming up, I really probably should start a separate blog. But, until that happens, this will suffice. :) Here's a few photos I took while I was out with one of my good friends.. I love photographing this temple!


 I just downloaded some new actions and textures for Photoshop, and I went through and re-edited these from my visit to Temple Square in December.

Stars on Ice pictures coming soon!

Herrington Family Pictures


I'm slowly getting caught up on the mountain of editing I have to do! I was so excited Mary let me do some family pictures for her. She was my roommate my freshman year at BYU, and it's always great to see her and her cute family!






 Unlike when we did his one-year portraits, Tim was quite busy the entire time. He wanted to go play rather than take pictures! Most of the time was spent doing this:
Regardless of all the wrangling that took place, he is still one darn cute kid!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Stars on Ice sneak peek

Here's another quick peek on one of the things we did Saturday. We sat front row on the ice. What a great show and way to reminisce about the Olympics! More to come!
 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Saturday Shenanigans

This is how we spent our Saturday:
Chilling with Olympians and SLOC members.
 Jim Shea doing some catching up with Mike
 The man himself. Yes, we did get to talk to him briefly. He was pretty excited to see Mike.
Us and the parentals with Scott Hamilton and Sarah Hughes after Stars on Ice.

It was a crazy but fun day.. More on it coming soon.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Trials Make You Stronger

The last few weeks I've had time to really think about things. I've also wanted to share what I've been feeling, but haven't been sure how to put it into words, and if I should share it openly or not. I've obviously decided to share at least some of it, so here we go. :-)

By now you all know the last 18 months haven't exactly been a walk in the park. They haven't even been remotely enjoyable, with the exception of the amazing 2 weeks in Europe of course.  Thirteen months ago I pictured us having a 5 month old baby, me being a semester away from graduation, and Mike only having 2 semesters left. Never, ever did I imagine we'd be where we are now, or the heartache we'd experience.

January started out as a rough month. Everything seemed to be caving in, and I was feeling completely fed up with everything. Then, within the space of a day, everything changed. I began to see that for the last 18 months, I've been telling the Lord what I wanted to happen, rather than bending my will to His. Starting with this whole pregnancy thing. It was almost as if a light bulb was *finally* switched on. No kidding, from that night on, instead of telling the Lord that we needed to get pregnant this month or that month, we have asked simply to know when the time is right.

It's amazing the comfort that has brought. I've finally accepted the fact that yes, I have had 3 miscarriages this last year, but that doesn't mean it won't happen again and it doesn't give me the right to stay sad and/or angry about it for as long as I see fit. The odds are still stacked against us from a medical standpoint with being able to get pregnant again, even though Mike is finally on something, but that doesn't mean it's impossible, especially when you put your trust wholeheartedly in the Lord. I guess you could say I'm not fatalistic about it anymore. In fact, I have more hope now than I think I have ever had.

Every month since my first miscarriage I have literally been obsessed with whether or not I was pregnant again. I realize now that was putting way too much undue stress on myself not only emotionally, but physically and spiritually as well. At the end of my cycle this last month, I knew I wasn't pregnant, not because we hadn't tried, but because we hadn't received an answer that it was the right time yet. I wasn't mad, I didn't blame anyone. The only feeling I had was complete and total acceptance. And it was liberating.

Another miracle that has happened is I can now talk about each and every one of those miscarriages without feeling like it will tear me apart. One of my friends recently miscarried and as we were talking about it, I suddenly felt extremely grateful to have gone through each miscarriage, because I knew that if I hadn't, there would be no way I would be able to understand what it was like to experience something like this. At the very least I was grateful to have gone through it so I could be there for a friend who has been there for me. I was so glad that I knew completely what she was feeling without having to ask what it was like or have her try to explain it. I'm so glad I can be one of those people that just simply knows. This was the first time I had actually felt this way, and the first time I was able to talk about my miscarriages without feeling like I was going to fall apart. My heart goes out to and aches for all those who struggle or are struggling with infertility and/or miscarriage(s). Going through something like that is something I would never in a million years wish upon someone else, but I am now grateful I have gone through this trial, because it has made me a more understanding and sympathetic person. At least I hope it has.

I was telling Mike the other night how I feel like this last year has aged me about 10 years, and that I am no longer as spontaneous or quick to judge like I once was. A month ago I was wishing that I did have that level of spontaneity back, but looking back, I've learned so much that that isn't a big deal to me anymore. The small things that didn't bring me joy before do so now. Things I took for granted before I no longer do. My relationship and testimony of my Savior is growing stronger with each passing day, and that alone is something I would not trade the world for. I've finally come to terms with everything which has happened, and each day brings a new, albeit small, amount of peace. I still wish our child was here, and am looking forward to the day that happens, but I'm so incredibly grateful for the things I've learned, and continue to learn, through this struggle. I've come to learn that trials make you stronger (and hopefully wiser!), especially when you rely on the Lord to carry you through.

Goings On

 We have had a busy February thus far! And it's only going to get busier. It's nice to see Mike finally able to do a little more each week. The testosterone is FINALLY starting to make a little difference! And slowly but surely he's gaining his weight back. We have learned each pound he gains and KEEPS is a reason to celebrate.

Here's just a quick recap of the month thus far:
-Alyssa turned 8 and had her Baptism on the 4th. We can't believe how stinkin fast these kiddos are growing up!
Tiff and Sam with the girls. Bella, Alyssa, and Abby. It seems like only yesterday I was holding Bella as a toddler! 
Mike with Nate Bug. He couldn't decide whether he wanted Mike or Grandma more during the entire time. He LOVES those two. 

-I had my birthday on Saturday. I think Mike was more excited about it than I was because the night before as soon as it turned midnight he began serenading me and telling me over and over and over 'Happy Birthday!' He made sure I had a great day and did exactly what I wanted to do: go see The Vow, dinner, then dessert at Cold Stone to satisfy my chocolate craving. Then we came home and spent the rest of the day cuddling, watching movies, and enjoying each others company. :)
That's just two of the things that have happened. There's been a lot more excursions during the week. Coming up in the following weeks there are photo shoots, Olympic reunion events, fundraiser dinners, family coming to town, and more. We're going to try to fit in some skiing time in there somewhere.. Maybe next weekend where I don't have any photo shoots scheduled...yet. 

Speaking of photography, I'm coming up on my final project in the next 6 weeks, and I'm still in need of more portraits and family pictures. So, if you or anyone you know wants some pictures done, let me know! (All free of charge of course!) Seriously, any help I could get would be fantastic

As a side note, I know I've totally neglected my cooking blog the last few months. But I haven't forgotten about it! I have loads of recipes to put up but every time I remember to do it I'm not around a computer, and by time I am, I've totally forgotten to do it. It's on my to-do list this week, so hopefully I'll actually get around to it!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Timpanogos Temple

 I shot these a few days before Christmas and thought I'd share! I've been meaning to post these for a few weeks, but have kept forgetting about it until now..
 I wish we were actually getting snow. I've been waiting to get some snow on the ground not only for better snowboarding, but to get some nice winter shots of this temple!
I played around with creating a cartoonish-HDR look. Not my thing, but this image has grown on me a little.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

One Year Portraits - Tim Herrington

I know I said I'd be back to blogging regularly, but to be honest, this last month has been pretty low key and nothing exciting has happened, with the exception of my sister receiving her mission call to Roseville, California of course! Anyway, earlier this week I had a photo shoot for an old roommate of mine. Her little boy is turning one this month, so we did some one year portraits. I can't believe how fast this cutie is growing up! Here's a sneak peek..
 Love the chocolate mustache!
I have another photo shoot coming up Friday, so more to come!