December 20, 2016

Introducing Mango & Mr. Weenie

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MANGO & Mr. Weenie

We welcomed Mr. Weenie the Chiweenie earlier this year. Pacer wanted him to be his dog but Mr. Weenie had other plans. He literally has attached himself to me. I go no where without the idiot. So it made Pacer a little sad. 
Luckily we happened into an adorable orange kitten. Thank you Arroyo family. So now Pacer has his pet. Mango is officially his. I do not want to be accused of trying to steal his cat.
So on the record he is all his!
Tiny house or not doesn't stop us from collecting animals. We love our little zoo…

2016 WHAT A YEAR@!!!

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2016 What a year!

All I can say is WOW! I can't believe we actually survived this year. Well most of us. {We lost our Misha kitty, after the fire.}

I sit her staring at this blank screen and my mind goes blank.  I can not believe how lucky we have been this year.  February was my last full month of child care. I closed my doors and started a brand new adventure...basically I decided it was time for me to start living my dream. March 1st was day one of an incredible journey. I was officially a full time photographer. I don't know why this didn't happen years ago. I was terrified...actually I am still a little. It's crazy to give a full time gig up for something scary and unknown. My first month was sad, I was super depressed. I worked my tail off to market and promote and get the word out. I thought I must be a fraud, this will never work. I looked at other photographers work and thought I could never be that good. I am far from being perfect but I am a work in progress. 

My summer slowly booked up and then I realized I had booked up every weekend throughout the rest of the year. I was shocked. Thrilled but shocked. It gave me the confidence I needed to work my buns off. 

2 Sprained ankles & a broken foot: Can't keep me down. I started wedding season in a wheelchair...thank you to those who were so patient with me. Not easy to photograph a wedding with crutches but man I did it!

August 5, 2016 at 6pm: Our lives were turned upside down. We suddenly found ourselves homeless. A fire ravaged our home and destroyed 95% of everything we owned. The greatest blessing of all was that Pacer was home when it happened. He saved the animals. Very little was saved after that. I canceled my photo shoot that evening and came racing a safe speed of course.  We spent weeks pulling out stuff and trying to salvage bits and pieces of our lives. It was devastating. I was an emotional wreck. I tried to remind myself it was just stuff. But its hard to sift through so many memories and not feel something.  I will be forever grateful for my parents for sweeping in like a mother hen and bringing us into their already crowded house. Going from a king size bed to a full was traumatic… I did overcome that. {barely} 
So many people were there to help us and our dear Briana & Aden. Who PS are doing amazing now. 

October 4, 2016: The day we signed the dotted line...actually it wasn't dotted. But we did dot our i's and crossed our t's. McMinnville here we come. We bought a new house. 2 months after losing everything we were starting over.  It was kinda fun buying a brand new everything. Our house literally is an Ikea showroom. I think pretty much everything came from there. We have half the size of our old house. So we had to go small, compact everything.  As I sat at my new kitchen table, in my new house, looking at my new furniture, new paintings, new clothes, new everything… it just didn't feel like home. There was nothing from our old house. It was just like an Ikea showroom. Kinda cold and impersonal. I knew that we were going to be making new memories here but it just didn't feel the same.  Sometimes I think this is just temporary and that I will be going back to my home.  But then I realize that everything from that past life is now buried in the landfill. 
It is sometimes hard to leave behind the past and move forward. I have always adjusted to change, but this one has made a real difference in my life. 

Jade Photography: I love what I do so much. I love meeting new people and sharing in on the most amazing day of their lives. Being my first official year of business, I have learned so much. I want to apologize for all my mistakes. What a learning curve! I can not wait to start the 2017 year. I have so many ideas and plans. I know that this year will be so much better. I am not anticipating my house burning down, or any thing else so horribly traumatic. I definitely can not promise that I will not sprain an ankle or two… I do that a lot. {lame weak ankles} But I can promise that I will just as hard and fix past mistakes.

 I promise to learn more, gain more experience, laugh more, give more, & love more!

Merry Christmas to all my friends and family. May you be blessed throughout the New Year. Remember all your blessings and give thanks to a loving Heavenly Father & our Savior Jesus Christ. 

April 19, 2016

A return to bloggin life

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Long time no see

We have done so many wonderful things this year so far. 
 Our Arely got married in Mesa AZ. I was so lucky to be able to photograph her day. I am so proud of her for making such wonderful choices in her life. We love her to pieces. 

 I became a member of the McMinnville Chamber of Commerce. I am loving it. It is so great to be able to network with so many great people. 

 I closed my day care doors. I have loved taking care of these amazing little people. I love them all so much. I love watching them grow up on Facebook. Thank goodness for Facebook

We went and stayed the new year with our dearest friends Wendy & Brian Coughanour in Klamath Falls.  We love them and miss them like crazy.
 So far we are enjoying our 2016.

July 4, 2015

An epic activity girls sleepover

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Princess sleepover

Pizzas, popcorn & juice, & Princesses. After dinner we had a lesson from the Hermana Missionaries. We talked about how we come from a Heavenly Father that is a King making us princesses. We decorated crowns and made a gigantic glittery mess in my house. 
Afterwards it was play time in the pool. A bunch of rowdy, squealy girls were pretty much emptying my pool out. haha! 
The Princess diaries was the movie of choice. Since we had a theme going. 
The adults really enjoyed the movie… the girls ended up singing and playing in the play room. But hey it was their sleepover. I went to bed around 11:30pm, leaving the other two adults to suffer… sleep nearby the girls. I was told they ended up going quiet around 4am. But bright and early at 7am girls were up and giggling. I got up and made blueberry pancakes. We put on another movie as we waited for parents, turns out they weren't as interested in the movie and wanted to play in the dress up. By 11am the last girl left and my house was cleaned and quiet. ahhh…
I am so grateful to be the Primary president and to be able to have activities like this for these kids. They are making memories, building relationships, and growing their testimonies. These girls are our future leaders, and future moms.


The bestest most softest chocolate chip cookies

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Seriously the best cookies ever

 I found this recipe and I am never going to use another chocolate chip cookie. Props to Pinch of Yum for the perfect recipe. 

Chocolate chip cookies

  • 8 tablespoons of salted butter
  • ½ cup white sugar (I like to use raw cane sugar with a coarser texture)
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (but I always add a little extra)
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips (I use a combination of chocolate chips and chocolate chunks)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Microwave the butter for about 40 seconds to just barely melt it. It shouldn't be hot - but it should be almost entirely in liquid form.
  2. Using a stand mixer or electric beaters, beat the butter with the sugars until creamy. Add the vanilla and the egg; beat on low speed until just incorporated - 10-15 seconds or so (if you beat the egg for too long, the cookies will be stiff).
  3. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until crumbles form. Use your hands to press the crumbles together into a dough. It should form one large ball that is easy to handle (right at the stage between "wet" dough and "dry" dough). Add the chocolate chips and incorporate with your hands.
  4. Roll the dough into 12 large balls (or 9 for HUGELY awesome cookies) and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes until the cookies look puffy and dry and just barely golden.Warning, friends: DO NOT OVERBAKE. This advice is probably written on every cookie recipe everywhere, but this is essential for keeping the cookies soft. Take them out even if they look like they're not done yet (see picture in the post). They'll be pale and puffy.
  5. Let them cool on the pan for a good 30 minutes or so (I mean, okay, eat four or five but then let the rest of them cool). They will sink down and turn into these dense, buttery, soft cookies that are the best in all the land. These should stay soft for many days if kept in an airtight container. I also like to freeze them.

June 24, 2015

One Branch 3 mission calls

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Miracles are happening
Very soon our little Spanish branch will become a Ward. And we are seeing such miracles happening. Gustavo has a great conversion story, just ask him. He has been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints for a year and he has decided to serve a mission. 
And then we have the 2 boys that have grown up together, gotten the eagle scout together, graduated together and now they opened their mission calls together. It's so exciting and we can hardly wait to send these young men into the mission field. 

Good luck boys, 
and may God be with you til we meet again!


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