Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I Heart Faces: VROOM VROOM Photo Challenge

Their first wheels!
 The Race is on!

Check out the other fun entries at

Monday, September 13, 2010

Christmas Mini-Sessions

Christmas is right around the corner and I'm so excited to announce my Christmas Mini-Sessions.  This is a great way to get some awesome pics of your kids or family and get your Chrstmas cards taken care of at the same time!  And not just old boring christmas cards, but I will personally design a custom Christmas card for you using the awesome pics we take on this day. 

And because this is for Christmas, and I love blessing people on Christmas, I want to offer a discount.  The first 3 people to book a session will get $100 off!  That's right it's the deal of the year so hurry and book your session today by e-mailing me at Jaime@candidlygrateful.com or calling me at 813-495-5430. See the flyer below for more details.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Day 73: Our Princess

Look at this face

so sweet...

so innocent...

or not!  If you see this determined look in her eyes and she is heading for you... HIDE YOUR TOES!

Yes this cute, sweet, adorable face will sneak right up on you and chomp on your toes.  She is strategic in her planning as she stealthly sneaks up on you while you are completely vulnerable (usually while I'm nursing Chase) and then all of a sudden...CHOMP!!!

Today I'm grateful I still have all my toes!


These 2 munchkins might be the reason I haven't blogged in a while!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Day 72: My First Baby

Here she is...My first baby, Cola!

10 weeks old at the beach.

I got her when she was 8 weeks old. It was kind of a spur of the moment thing my best friend was moving across the country and I needed a replacement. Before then I confess to HATING dogs! Actually loathing dogs! I thought they stank, licked (which is gross), and left hair everywhere...EWWW!! I HATED DOGS!! So it's a wonder I brought one of those stinky, licking, shedding things home to share a house with me.

It was July 06. I had my own apartment and loved it but I went to pick up this tiny little cute thing and take it home to live with me. It was approximately 12 hours later that I called my best friend crying and said, "I think I have to take her back this is too hard!" Her response, "Jaime, I think you should give it at least 24 hours." A miracle must have happened in those next 12 hours because I have been in love with my Cola Bear ever since!

Cola was the first thing I had to take care of that wasn't me. Sounds silly but it's amazing how selfish you realize you are when another breathing thing is depending on you for care. I think Cola and I in a way grew up together. She has brought me so much joy for the last 4 years! Nothing is better than coming home to the greetings of a dog that loves you. And talk about grace...Cola has never held a grudge or gotten mad at me she just keeps on loving me.

When Phil and I got married Cola became our baby. We would take camping adventures with her and go to the dog park. We frequented the Dog Beach and took her everywhere she was allowed to go. We love Cola!

So much has changed in Cola's world and ours the last 9 months as Cola has become a big sister to 2 attention stealers. Cola hasn't been on many outings or many walks. She doesn't always get greeted at the door anymore because usually babies are in hand and needing something. Cola sits outside of their room just wishing she could come in and play. And I have began to hate it. Now when I look at Cola I feel guilty and sad I'm not able to give her the attention she deserves because she is such a great dog. I'm more worried than ever about all the hair she leaves everywhere because the babies are crawling around on that hairy floor. It makes me sad how our relationship has changed.

Phil and I have began to think that it might be better if she goes to live somewhere else. My heart breaks as we have considered this but it might be best for her. I don't know what to do. I feel like I'm abandoning her and the babies really love her!  They are really building a relati9onahip with her too. I don't know what to do?  Have you ever gone through this?

Today I'm grateful for my first baby Cola Bear Hinton!