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I get asked A LOT this question and I finally decided to write a little about it to see if I can help inspire a few friends, family members, co-workers, people... really anybody.

This morning and even yesterday I was asked... "Please share your secret... how the HECK do you have time in a day for work, attend kids and hubby, cook, photos, school, sleep, AND facebook?"

After I laughed a little... I wrote back within a few seconds and I said "Motivation". Here is what I mean by that...

Yes we all have dreams, desires, thoughts, and ideas of what we want to do, where we want to be, and how we want to do it BUT not all of us ACTUALLY strive to do it. Not because of pure laziness but sometimes I think we think about all the reasons or excuses we have of why we cant do it "yet". I think sometimes we are scared of failure... honestly I think about that too and sometimes I find myself starting to hold back a little but then I push myself a little harder because I know if I don't try I'll never "know". I think some of us don't know "where" to start... AND some of else have the desires but they are only that... DESIRES!

Please don't take this like I'm saying "I'm the only one that's motivated" because that's NOT what I'm saying.

I have always been the type of person that likes to be "busy" and likes to always have a new project to do. Once I'm almost done with something my mind is already planning the next thing I would like to do or that needs to get done.

I have this "thing" in me that makes me fight the complete exhaustion and makes me look pass the bags under my eyes because the way I feel when I get something done or how proud I feel about my work just surpasses everything else!

My children motivate me so much.... it's pretty incredible how much these 2 little people can help me get right back on track or help kick me back into gear! When I close my eyes and think of the life I want for us and for them I can see it perfectly clear. I want them to know that whatever they want to do or become in life THEY need to get it and reach for it... NOT sit back and wait for it to "just show up"or for someone else to do it for them... that's NOT how things work. I want them to look back at their Mama and be proud of me, the kind of person I am/have become and proud of EVERYTHING I did and will always keep doing for them. I want them to know that Mama worked HARD but it was so worth it! How can I truly motivate my children and tell them "they can be all they can be" or to "believe in themselves, anything is possible"... if their own Mama never tried?????

They say live your life and make the best of it so that later on in life your not looking back at it and wondering the "what ifs"... and THAT'S exactly what I'm doing. I wanna set things up NOW so that later on... I can sit back and enjoy the sweet life... with my family and watch all the new milestones come and go (who am I kidding... I probably will be doing something then too but you know what I mean). :)

I not only do it for my kids but I do it for MYSELF! I know I don't want to be an old lady (which isn't really that far ;) ) and look back at my life and say "Other then my kids, family, and friends... I don't have much to say about it".... I NOT that person. I WONT be that person. I don't want to BE that person.

Now... life wasn't given to me on a silver platter and life has been ROUGH BUT I refuse to take that and think "while that's why I'm the way I am"... SCREW that! YOU determine what you will be, who you will become, and how far you will go! These excuse just don't fly with me... we ALL have things happen and paths that we don't expect in life and YES the road can be bumpy BUT if you fight with all your might... you WILL get there... and just watch how GOOD it will feel.

I don't have any magical powers, secrets, or mighty strength... I'm just a regular person with the regular 24 hour day (who wishes I could add more sometimes) that simply is a DREAMER.... who is DETERMINED to make it into a reality!

The only piece of advice I can give you is.... find that thing, person, idea, thought, vision, dream... that motivates you, that will PUSH you to strive for your goals, think about the end result and ACTUALLY do it... STOP making excuses or waiting for the opportunity to knock on you door... and when your completely exhausted and don't think you can go anymore and your about to give up... keep thinking about that end result and let it push you to finish what you started.


I know it's been forever since I've posted and told you all about my beautiful babies! Time is flying by and I feel like I'm just trying to soak it all in!

Life feels like it's been on the "speed" button. I feel like everywhere I look something new is happening or needs to be done. I miss my almost daily post about my thoughts, crazy family, ideas, and experiences so I'm happy to get back at it... keeping my fingers crossed!!!

So lets get started!

My babies... Carlos Manuel...

Oh... my sweet sweet boy! He is getting so big... I sit back and watch him and cant believe the BIG BOY he is turning into. His soul is still the sweetest thing ever. He looks after his sister SO MUCH, it's seriously incredible... Like a little boy his age shouldn't know how to do the kind of stuff he does. We cant go into a store or anywhere with out his "Fia". Or Mommy cant just get him something because he runs and finds the most girlish thing he sees or the pink version of whatever I'm getting him and says "Mama Fia's". He's constantly telling me how much he loves me and how pretty I am... seriously if that doesn't just make your heart melt I don't know what will!!!! He has started saying a LOT of new words recently. It's like everyday that goes by he knows a new one. He still shy when it comes to other people or someone he doesn't know but even that is starting to get better. Oh and he has been fully potty trained for a while!!!! I'm super impressed with how well he did with it and how easy it was to potty train him. We just got him his first new bike (well technically the Easter bunny got it for him ;-) ) and he is soooo excited about it. He is now getting into small little action figures and watching him play with them is so weird... like he actually KNOWS what he's doing! It's so cute! My son is truly an amazing little boy!

Princess Sophia...

Where do I even begin... she's such a little DIVA!!!! Boy are we in BIG trouble with this one... LOL!!! She's 1 going on 21!!!! LOL!!! She's a VERY smart little girl. She knows exactly who to melt with her Grey eyes and sweet smile! Daddy is just wrapped all over her little finger... it's seriously quite the picture between those too. Her Daddy is just her world. When she's in trouble guess who she runs too with the guilty face????? ;) She such an independent little girl. She knows how to put her shoes ON and after she's dressed I'll say to her "Sophia you look so beautiful" and she smiles at me and then goes running to her Daddy to show him... LOL!! She's such a trip! She LOVES LOVES LOVES her brother to death too... you should see how sad she is when she cant find him or she's not around him... her face LIGHTS up when she finally sees him BUT... she LOVES LOVES to bug him too. She loves to be the center of attention so if he's playing quietly by himself she'll go over to him and either take the toy away from him, hit him to get his attention, or try to sit on his lap... LMAO!!! She's so mean but in the cutest way. That smile of hers gets her out of trouble all the time and Mommy has NO idea what she's going to do with her. ;) A few weeks ago I had a complete anxiety attack and cried my eyeballs out just watching her because she's NOT this little baby I try to "pretend" she is... she's actually SUCH a big girl. She's into purses, babies, jewelry, and her carriage now. She walks around all day with her baby and purse. When you ask her where she's going she says "Bye bye"... LOL!!! Her vocabulary is incredible for a 15mth old.... Carlos wasn't saying half the stuff she does at this age! Her words are... Gracias, bye bye, bird, ball, mas, Daddy, Mama, Papa, and dog. I love watching her grow... but my favorite time of all is our night routine. I sit in the rocking chair with her and we just cuddle the entire time. She'll touch my face with the softest touch while looking at me like she's taking mental notes of her Mama. I of course give her a ton of kisses and hold her super close while I tell her just how special she is and how much we LOVE her! She is definitely our Princess and just a RAY of PURE SUNSHINE! The minute you meet her... you just cant help but fall in love with her!

My Dear Husband...

He has had a few hard weeks... he got a promotion at work and has been going through quite the training. Seriously... it's super tough and I'm so proud of him and what he is doing for our family. He works long hours and comes home super tired but loves to sit on the couch with me and talk about all the amazing things this will do for us, our babies, and our family. We do miss him a ton during the week since I'm basically a "single Mom" but this is a good thing! I hope he knows how PROUD we are of him and just how much we LOVE him!


I can SEE the light at the end of the tunnel! I'm still taking classes to finish up my Master's degree but I'm almost done!!!!!!!! I have about 4 classes left and I'm ALL DONE!!! I should be done at the end of this year.... Woohoo!!!!!!!!! I will say that these classes are KILLING me... they are hard and have soooooooo much work that needs to get done it's craziness!

1st full time job...

My full- time job as an HR Manager is going great. LOTS of work to do since I'm recreating the WHOLE HR department. I work for an internet marketing company that had all of their employees working remotely and decided to bring everything in house. I'm super excited that I get the opportunity to actually set things up and put policies and procedures in place! So far so good! :)

The business...

I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!! I'm super happy and cant thank all of my clients enough for working with me and all the changes I've had to do since I started the full time job! I love that I'm getting inquiries pretty much everyday for new shoots and ideas! I also have my first weddings booked!!!!!!! TWO weddings at that! :) They aren't till next year but I'm working closely with both brides to make their engagement and wedding photos more personalized and more about them! I love doing that! I love actually telling their stories behind my pictures! I have some new babies I'm waiting on too and I cant wait. Cuddling with a new baby is just fabulous! :) I'm truly blessed to be doing what I really love!

I've been thinking about a LOT of stuff lately for my business. When I first started I mentioned "giving back to the community" and those are the plans I'm working on now. :) I have something up my sleeve that is actually going to be pretty soon (which I cant wait to share) and some other things that I still need to figure out more in depth but I promise once I have some more info I'll share more details with you all! :) Just think "giving back" ;)

So that's about it... like that wasn't enough right? ;) I'll be posting more often I promise. :)

Thank you again to all my family, friends, clients, and everyone else who has continued to show me unconditional support throughout this amazing journey that I pray and hope will only grow and grow!

Maternity Session | Family of FIVE

These are dear dear friends of mine and seriously what a beautiful family they have. Edna is just GLOWING and more beautiful then EVER!!! Rob is madly IN LOVE and the kids are just plain oh WONDERFUL!!!

I look through these pictures and still smile thinking about what a great time we had but also because this couple's love is just felt in every way! Don't believe... you know the kissing pictures... I think they enjoyed them WAY to much ;) I wont even tell you how many times I was like... "HEY HEY"... LOL!!!!

Families like these make my job just so much more rewarding! I cant wait to meet who's inside that tummy!!! Love you both!

Boudoir Session | Hot and Steamy

This session was a TON of fun! Nikki wanted to do a little something for her husband since their wedding anniversary was coming up and what perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day too!!!

I swear you should have seen us... we were cracking up the WHOLE time and then I was would "okay give me serious and sexy".... LOL!!! Nikki totally gave me the "crazy eye look" a few times but she did FABULOUS and come on.... she doesn't even need to try... look how BEAUTIFUL she is!!!!!! In fact... I was snapping away while saying... "I hate you"... LMAO!!! ;) She knows I love her :)

She's ADORABLE and quite STUNNING!!!!

The Joy of Love 4/28 | Personal

Today's theme is "what they wear" and I thought it was perfect since I was going through some pictures I had taken of my daughter Sophia for her 1yr old pictures. We didn't get very far in the session but I got some pretty good shots with the little bit of time we were out there.

Her birthday outfit seriously was ADORABLE! I swear I think back on it and I just smile every time thinking about what a Princess she looked like. I'm actually going to save her outfit for her so that one day maybe her baby girl can wear it too!

The Joy of Love 3/28 | Personal

Today's theme was "then and now" and I was soooo excited when my husband let me take pictures of him for this topic! Carlos and I met a really long time ago but we have been together for almost TEN years!!!!! (hint hint dear husband... this year is our TEN year anniversary)

When we first met we both were pretty young... I wasn't even legal yet! :) We have had our ups and downs, bumpy roads, and even some curve balls but we always come out together and stronger then ever! Man do I just LOVE this man! He is my rock and I don't know what I would do without him.

Through the years I have seen him turn into the most wonderful husband AND the most AMAZING father. God... just thinking about it makes me fall in love with him even more.... :) BUT as you can see... I have also seen him get grey hairs! heehee

If he only knew this is just the beginning... just wait till Sophia starts talking about "boys!"... ;)

The Joy of Love 2/28 | Personal

Last night I got the email from Willette with today's topic and I knew I had to take these pictures early so as soon as Sophia woke up I started snapping away!

Today's theme was "how they look" ... so how could I NOT get pictures of what Sophia looks like in the morning... ;) Her hair is always the subject of conversation.... she ALWAYS looks like a "hotmess"... but suuuuuuch a cute one! :)