Merry Christmas & Happy New Year / From the Westovers

Westover Xmas 2014 - Westover Manor Photography

Every year I wrangle my heard of cats kiddos, dress them up – kicking and screaming – in clothes that they don’t really care for and drive us out to the middle of nowhere to take photos. And every year my trusty ti-pod (or sister) just barely manage to get a shot of all of us in focus. And in all honestly, I LOVE it. I love how crazy my family is and how we don’t turn it on or off for anything. We simply are.

This year was no exception, but for some reason it was easier. I may have just jinxed myself, but taking photos this year was actually pretty painless. Maybe it’s because they are all getting older and are showing off their personalities more. Maybe it’s because the day and time and distance of the moon were just right… or maybe it was all a fluke. But whatever it might have been I am super excited to have these beauties as my art pieces this year. [Read more…]

Life around here lately

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I think I’m done¬†apologizing for being MIA, and I don’t mean that in a ‘I don’t care’ kind of way. Quite the opposite. I mean it in a ‘I’m living my life and loving it, and sometimes that’s really busy’ kind way. So to me, that means I’ll be in and out and that’s just fine by me.

Life is so interesting sometimes, don’t you think? One minute you’re plugging along and things are going smoothly, and the next minute BAM! A giant curve ball gets thrown your way. I felt that way about a month ago when our new and super awesome nanny gave notice after only 1 month. It was turning out to be too much for her to take on the duties of her own family and mine, so she needed to take back her time. And I totally respect that, but ouch did that one sting a good bit. We only had 4 days to find a replacement, so I sent a little plea up to heaven and hopped onto my giant support system – aka Facebook and you guys. And at that same time I was struck with a very strong impression that I shouldn’t need to do this. I shouldn’t need to find someone else to rely on to watch and care for my children, because I should be doing that. And ouch, did that one sting too. [Read more…]