July 30, 2011

Getting ready for kindergarden

We're about 4 weeks away from the start of school and this year Katie is going to kindergarden. She is so excited.
For the past few months Katie has been telling me she wants short hair. I love her long hair so every time she brough it up I changed the subject. I didn't want to get rid of it. I love ponytails and braids and I finally figured out how to do a french braid.
She had a hair cut appointment yesterday and told me she needed a big girl haircut. So, I finally caved and let her do what she wanted.




She loves it. I guess we're one step closer to kindergarden.

July 29, 2011

Friday Fun {with pintrest}

I'm probably the last one but I've finally fallen in love with pintrest. It took me a while to see what all the fuss was about, now I'm hooked. So here are a few of my favorites this week.

This will make going to kindergarden fun!


I made these for my birthday party, they did not look this pretty.


My sister is having a baby...hoping it's a girl so I can do this for her shower.

love, Love, LOVE!

Not sure if this color or style would look good on me but I still love it.

July 27, 2011

Double Blessings {Newborn Photography - Charlotte, NC}

My cousin had these precious babies last week. A boy and a girl!  I was so excited to meet them and take pictures. They were amazing, so tiny and so perfect. Once we got them to sleep they let me move and shape them however I wanted. I think these are my favorite pictures of the year.

Eli and Katherine

I absolutely love this one. It was a hard shot to get but it turned out great.

July 26, 2011


Today is my 100th post, wow! In honor of this milestone I wanted to list 100 things about me but I’m not that interesting and don’t have that much free time. Instead here are 50.  

 1. My real name is Mamie, not short for anything.

2. I was named after my great grandmother, Mamie Lawton Neely

3. Yep, my middle name is Lawton, well it was, now it’s Neely

4. My dad’s name is also Lawton and there’s more than one in the family.

5. I got sent home from Christian school when I was in kindergarden because my skirt was too short.

6. My mom sewed lace on it and sent me back the same day.

7. My first grade teacher works at the same school Katie will go to this year.

8. I went to the same college where my parents went and met.

9. I met my husband there too.

10. We had 3 first dates before we actually started dating.

11. I live in the same town I grew up in.

12. My parents and sisters have all moved out of town.

13. Alison from aPearantly Sew was my first college roommate.

14. We only lived together a year and we’re still friends.

15. I majored in Broadcast Communications in college.

16. I have the best friends in the world.

17. I play in a Bunco group.

18. I had never played Bunco until I started the group.

19.  I worked at 3 television stations in two different cities in just 5 years.

20. I’ve been a stay at home mom for over 5 years.

21. I started wearing glasses before I turned two.

22. My mom said I could get contacts when I was in 7th grade if I made straight A’s.

23. That’s the one and only time I’ve ever done that.

24. I have no desire to EVER go back to school.

25. I love the beach but I hate sand in my bed.

26. One of my favorite things in the world is swimming.

27. I think I could eat pizza every day of my life.

28. This is really hard to do

29. I’m in a drug trial to control Crohn’s disease

30. I was first diagnosed in 2007

31. Since then I’ve been diagnosed with 3 other chronic illnesses

32. I’ve been sick with something every Christmas since then.

33. My husband and I went to Disney World for part of our honeymoon.

34. It was so much fun.

35. I love going to the movies.

36. I will see a bad movie just for the experience.

37. I love the Gilmore Girls, I’ve seen every episode of every season more than once.

38. I’ve also seen every episode of Saved by the Bell including the movies and college years (big mistake)

39. In college my roommate and I used to watch 90210 and Party of Five every Wednesday night.

40. We also watched a lot of Friends.

41. My college friends and I used to go to the Aloha Motel every spring.

42. It was torn down to build condos a few years ago.

43. I used to like line dancing.

44. I’m naturally messy, I try to change but it’s hard.

45. I’m a very picky eater but I’m getting better.

46.  I don’t enjoy exercise.

47. I can’t stand coffee.

48. I love soda, my favorite is coke in a bottle.

49. I’m incredibly thankful for my life and my family.

50. I’m surprised you read this much.

I f you made it to the bottom congratulations. Do we have anything in common?

July 24, 2011

surf & sunshine {Family Photography - South Carolina}

It's been over a week since Katie and I got back from the annual Neely family vacation to Myrtle Beach. Every summer we go with my mom, dad, sisters and the kids. It's always a lot of fun. This year a few of my friends were down the same week so I had the chance to take some amazing pictures on the beach. I loved it. I could seriously get used to that lifestyle.

Here are some of my favorites from the week.

My sister, Annah, and her family.

The Cooper Family

The Bradley family


July 8, 2011

Alford/Willis Family {Shelby Family Photography}

I could write pages and pages about what this family has done for me. Susan is the kind of friend everyone should have. She's giving and sweet and knows how to throw a great party. There's no way I could say thank you enough. When we met all of our kids were in diapers. We've helped each other through tantrums, potty training, preschool and now elementary school.
I was so happy to take these pictures. Her mom, dad and neice joined in too. Katie came along and wanted to get in a few pictures. She thinks she's part of the family too.

I'm leaving tomorrow for a little time away with my family. I'll have lots to share when I get back!