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Mother’s Day GIVEAWAY | austin photographer

By |2009-05-05T08:47:15-05:00May 5th, 2009|Announcements|

Guilty confession.  I bought myself a wonderful Mother’s Day gift.  It’s true.  And I am still getting something from my husband and children.  Yup, I’m guilty.  In my own defense, I just couldn’t resist.  Turns out that this gorgeous Momma is the mastermind and creative designer behind Jenny Norene Designs.  I’m sure some of you have already seen her designs, she’s been featured by great sites/groups.    She is so gracious and so humble, you can read more about how she got started and what she does here.

So to ease my guilt about buying my own extra little gift for Mother’s Day, I bought an extra one to giveaway here on my blog!  Nothing like spending even more money to ease some guilt, but hey, it worked, I feel better already!  I have the best blog readers in the world and I’m thankful each one of you stops in to read a little bit about our day.  Your comments of support, encouragement and funny little stories always make my day!

Uhm, gorgeous!  You can read specific info on it here.

The Rules:

  • Only one entry per person.  No cheatin.
  • Anyone can enter, you don’t have to be a Momma.
  • To enter leave a comment to this post, do not send me an email, it will not count.  Comments to this post only.
  • Here is the fun part!  In your comment tell me something.  Anything.  A funny thing about your kids, or your Momma.  Or something random you think will make us smile.  If you just put “I wonna win” or “enter me please”, you will not be entered, you have to tell me something.  What do you love about your kids, or your mom?  I want to get to know everyone a little better and have some fun!
  • Winner will be announced sometime on Friday.

Now enter!!!


  1. Kelli May 5, 2009 at 8:57 AM

    Hi Lyndsay! I’ve been following your blog since The Knot days 🙂 Love the bag, so here is my entry. This is my first year to celebrate Mother’s Day as a mom. My sweet Kate was born in November and my life has never been the same. I am head over heels about this girl. Being a mom is the best thing in the world! In fact, I tell all my childless friends that they should really try it! This year I have a whole new outlook on my mom…and what she meant when she told me “you just won’t understand until you have a child of your own”. She was so right! Happy Mother’s Day to you too!

  2. Alyson May 5, 2009 at 8:57 AM

    This is my first Mother’s Day. I had twin girls in September and while life has been crazy 🙂 I wouldn’t trade it for the world!! So for an early Mother’s Day, both my girls started saying MaMa this week!!!!! Daddy tried hard but MaMa won!! 🙂 Hopefully they’ll say Daddy soon because he’s dying to hear it… maybe by Fathers Day…

  3. cindy May 5, 2009 at 9:00 AM

    Here is a post from my blog about my kids… I hope this little tidbit into our lives makes you smile as much as your stories make me smile too!

    Tonight when I was putting my daughter to bed, she said she was scared. So, I told her she should say a prayer to God and ask him to help her not be so scared.

    She quickly clasped her hands together and said:

    Dear God,

    Please help me to not be scared.

    And please change me into a hero (this part was followed by a few little giggles).

    Sometime, I’d like to sleep with you.

    ‘Cause you’re my best friend.


  4. Rebecca May 5, 2009 at 9:03 AM

    This Mother’s Day will be the first I’ve spent with my mama since she moved to Arizona 9 years ago. I can’t wait!!! A long weekend with mom, grandma, great-aunt is just what I need!

  5. Tina May 5, 2009 at 9:05 AM

    We’ll be spending Mother’s Day unpacking in our new home!!!! I can’t wait. 🙂

  6. Cori Steinmann May 5, 2009 at 9:06 AM

    I have a five year old son, Liam, and have another son due in the next few weeks, Gage. My son is so excited about his new brother that he has taken my prior diaper bag as his own! He says he will need his own bag full of tools. He has packed it with one diaper, empty bottles, a blanket, lots of rattles, his favorite stuffed animal, and cologne (because the baby might be stinky) so that he can be ready to take care of Gage when we are in the car or out running orrands (also known as errands). Because I don’t want to loose my helper, I am hoping to win this bag so we can each have one.

  7. Jill Cornelius May 5, 2009 at 9:07 AM

    Well, this morning my middle child (who is 4) told me that I couldn’t go to the bank drive-thru because I might cough and get the bank people sick… I found out yesterday that I have strep throat… Guess she’s watching out for the bank tellers! It’s the little things like those that make me smile and feel grateful for being a mom!

  8. Cathy May 5, 2009 at 9:08 AM

    I don’t know how I came across your blog – but it was about a year ago. And since – I find myself visiting your blog daily. I love your photos and stories – you are truly inspirational. So let’s see…what I love about my kiddos – where do I start? With Ryland – it’s the funny things he says, it’s his outlook on life – he lives in the moment, it’s his kind heart and compassion for his sister – he’s an awesome big brother, it’s his goofy front teeth – that are so crooked and make me smile everytime I see his big grin. With Kyla – it’s her contagious smile – I have never seen a baby smile as much as her, it’s her curiosity and eagerness to want to keep up with her big brother, it’s her spunky personality, it’s her baby smell and the way she looks up at me when we cuddle before bed.

  9. Kim May 5, 2009 at 9:11 AM

    I love your blog. Your kids are adorable and hilarious, as are you. I’m a big fan of your work, and I love your sense of style! Now for the entry. My husband and I were just talking about how having a kid changes you. I remember when people would tell me things about their babies that I just didn’t really think were all that amazing. I didn’t see what was so great about their child learning how to sit up or start eating table food, etc. But now that I have a baby I think everything she does is just SO great and SO cute and SO amazing. ha! My husband agreed and said he’ll keep telling people about the little things P does, and he doesn’t mind if they don’t care because at one point he didn’t either, and he still things everything our dd does is great. I will continue to think that when P takes a break from nursing to toot it’s the cutest, funniest thing!

  10. Karen May 5, 2009 at 9:12 AM

    My Mom was my best friend, and is greatly missed. I grew up with 4 brothers, so my Mom became my friend and sister, as well as a Mom. We would get together and often end up laughing so much we couldn’t breathe. She had an amazing outlook on life and was a joy to be around. Unfortunately she has since passed on, which makes Mom’s day a very bittersweet day for me. So for all those who still have their Mom, be sure to give her the biggest hug ever on Mother’s Day, and every day! 🙂

  11. Erin J May 5, 2009 at 9:12 AM

    Something funny about my Mama… she sings Spice Girls songs and dances. Cracks me up. She also loves to sing that song from FOREVER ago… “how bizzare, how bizzare”. She is a dentist and whenever she seats a crown (and I mean everytime) she puts her hand in the air and says “Spice up you’re life”. Seriously a hoot!

  12. Laura May 5, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    That is gorgeous Lyndsay!

    Ok, now what to write…is it horrible that it will be similar to Rebeccas? This is the first mother’s day I will be spending with my mother in many years. We are headed to arizona the day before mother’s day and I”m so excited to finally get to join my other sisters who live locally and do something for mom on the big day. I’m usually the one person in my family who is left out!

    I also learned yesterday that a few small sequins can get you a lot of play when you have a 2 and 4yo in the house. Probably not the most interesting comment you will get, but I always feel like a great mom when I help them ‘discover’ something like sequins and it holds their attention long enough for me to get something done around the house.

  13. Becky May 5, 2009 at 9:15 AM

    Hmmm, let’s see – something about me. Well, how about this? I am very intimidated by “real” cameras but also secretly wish I had one instead of my 4 year old point & shoot.

  14. Libby May 5, 2009 at 9:18 AM

    I love that bag – it’s gorgeous! Anyways, this is my first Mother’s Day and I’m really excited about it…And now a little story of life with Will. He just had his first big blowout yesterday. We’re talking poop up the back and in the hair (how that was managed, I have no clue). I’m scrubbing him in the sink and he’s screaming and I’m not thinking how awful and disgusting it is, but I’m actually enjoying it and laughing at all his little cries and faces. I guess that’s how you know you’re a mom 😉

  15. Lorie C. May 5, 2009 at 9:19 AM

    I adore your work! It is wonderful! I found your blog by searching for Texas Photographers. I wish you were closer to the metroplex. I am 27 and a mother of 2, ages 8 and 4, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It is such a blessing to be called “Mom”!!! Happy Mothers Day a little early!

  16. Marci May 5, 2009 at 9:20 AM

    What might be the funniest comment yet from my 3 year old. I was nursing our other daughter and our 3 year old wanted some milk. My husband was watching the hockey game and she asked him twice for milk. Finally, sulking, he gets up and goes okay, okay, I’ll get you milk. My 3 year old goes “Daddy, stop your whining” Bwaaaahhh!!!!!

  17. Katy G May 5, 2009 at 9:23 AM

    Love your photos and check your blog every day hoping for new posts. What a great giveaway! The thing I love most about my kids is that they never cease to amaze me w/ the funny things they say. Example: On a recent trip to Disney World (my kids’ and husband’s first time) my daughter saw the Lion King show at Animal Kingdom (she had never seen the movie yet…she’s 3-1/2). The song that everyone thinks of when you hear the name of the movie starts w/ an African word that sounds something like “Bahswenya” (obviously I have no idea how to spell it). After seeing the show, that evening my daughter was taking a bath and I caught her singing (or trying to sing) the song, except she was saying “On the beach in a”. I was lucky enough to catch it on video too so I’ll have it forever. She’s a little songbird, so there are countless times she has tried to sing the words to a song but doesn’t really know them, and it always gives me a laugh.

  18. Carrie Davis May 5, 2009 at 9:24 AM

    Hi Lyndsay! Not sure how I found your blog, but have been drooling ever since 🙂

    I have a 15 month old daughter, Charlotte. This will be my 2nd Mother’s Day as a mom. I’m blown away by Charlotte on an daily basis. She is always doing something new that makes me realize she is getting big – it’s the little things. Just this weekend I gave her some Cheerios in a cup, rather than just putting some on her high chair tray. She walked all around the house eating her Cheerios. For some reason, this was a milestone for me – she looked like such a big girl holding her pink cup of Cheerios eating them one by one. (Of course the dog loved this as well! Because, inevitably, most ended up on the floor) I captured it here:

  19. Heather T May 5, 2009 at 9:25 AM

    Okay, I love that bag! So, yesterday Kyleigh (almost 14) says that they had to write an essay about what they would give their moms for Mother’s Day if money wasn’t an option. She said “do you want to know what I wrote” So, I told her sure. She wanted me to guess so I said “are you sending me on a trip?” The answer to that was yes, but that I needed to guess where. I said “England” She said “No, Texas”. I said “Oh, are you sending me to see Lyndsay?” She said “Oh, No, I mean Tennessee”. I said “Oh, you are sending me to meet my favorite singer”. She got this annoyed look on her face. It turns out she was trying to make me think she was sending me to places I would never want to go, but in actuality I could think up something great at each place! She’s such a stinker sometimes! LOL!

    Hope that story made sense! LOL!

  20. Tami May 5, 2009 at 9:26 AM

    Hmmmmmmmmmm mom stories….LOL….I don’t know that I can think of any GREAT ones off the top of my head, but I can tell you that the best AND the worst part of being a mom is finding out that the things you find the most endearing and the most annoying are the things that are the most like yourself. LOL….every time the 12 year old comes back with a smart comment…or rolls her eyes….I’m reminded that “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”. 🙂

    BTW…great taste in bags!! 🙂

  21. Amanda May 5, 2009 at 9:27 AM

    You’re such a sweet person! I usually buy my own Mother’s Day gifts…3 years ago I bought a weed eater. This year I’ve decided I’m not buying anything, and don’t expect hubby to buy me anything either. I know the kids will bring home cards from school, and that’s all I want. Unless I can get my dad to keep the kids so I can sleep in, since hubby has to work. That’d be awesome! Hope you have a great Mother’s Day!

  22. Leah Fruth May 5, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    I starting cracking up the other day when my 13 year old brother told me that he knew why they get the dreaded early bedtime. I said, “Because you did something bad.” And he said, “No! Mom and Dad want some alone time,” as he did the little double eyebrow lift. They grow up so fast, and sending the kids to bed early for some alone time isn’t such a bad idea.

  23. Amy May 5, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    You know I love you already 🙂 And your kids and your blog. And I would marry little T and Nolan together if I could but she might possibly beat him up since he has yet to see Kung Poo Panda 🙂 Of course we could also hook up Layne and Teagan…they have the same hairdo going on…

    Something to make you laugh…we were going through information with Nolan the other day in case he ever gets lost. Conversation: What is your name – “Nolan Joseph Rogalski” and what is daddy’s name “Matt Rogalski” and what is mommy’s name “Amy Rogalski” and what is our house number “the 1-2-9 house!” good that’s great! And where do we live? “Target!!!” 🙂

  24. Jenn May 5, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    How fun! Last night at dinner I told my husband I could REALLY use a night off. My oldest daughter (6) turned to me and said “not so quick…that’s what Mother’s Day is for!” Lucky me I got a night off anyways though 😉 Love coming to your blog and checking in on all the fun!


  25. Danica Nelson May 5, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Thanks! Here’s something – it HURTS me inside that my baby girl is getting bigger each day! I could snuggle her forever. I just love being a mama.

  26. Becky May 5, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    You are always an inspiration to me. Miss “seeing” you around but catch up with you on your blog and facebook.

    My two favorite things about Hannah right now is her growing imagination (we have a family of bears – “nice, silly bears” – that visit us daily and daddy bear likes to hide behind our couch)and some of her words (she calls her hood a “headcoat” and seriously everytime she says it I crack up on the inside).

    I love Leah’s naughty smile which we see a lot…I wonder when I will stop thinking it is so cute.

  27. Shannon May 5, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    Amery has started yelling “mamamamamamama” when he wants me. I try to get him to just say one “mama” but it hasn’t worked so far. When we sit together and he’s talkative, I look at him and say “ma-ma” very slowly. He looks at me intently and, without ANY sound, mouths it back to me but won’t say it out loud. It’s so sweet and funny!

  28. jodie May 5, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    A purse that doesn’t HAVE to double as a diaper bag? SIGN ME UP! And tell you something? And make it interesting?

    I haven’t done laundry in almost a week and today I made my three year old wear dirty underwear inside-out.

    Don’t worry, there’s a load in now! 🙂

  29. Kelly Kuntz May 5, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    My little man shows his appreciation by patting me on the back. 🙂 Just when you start to feel overwhelmed a little 11 month old hand patting you on the back, you can’t help but smile.

  30. maria May 5, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    my child woke up last night worried that there were bears in the house.. we live in the middle of the city~!

  31. lynn May 5, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    I love seeing the joy in my daughter’s face (3) every time she gets a glimpse of her baby sister (4 mos). She is enamored by her and I hope it lasts forever. We didn’t find out what we were having with #2, but my oldest kept insisting it was a “baby sister” Luckily, she got her wish.

  32. stephanie fisher May 5, 2009 at 9:53 AM

    oooh, what a gorgeous bag! you go girl!! 🙂 I’m loving all of the little things Hannah says and does these days. The other day she wanted to try on her bathing suit and a few minutes later I found her in the foyer with all of her princesses having a “pool party”. She was instructing them on how to kick and how to get out of the pool. Silly, silly girl! I love her to pieces. 🙂

  33. Jackie May 5, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    That bag is gorgeous!! I see that taryn thinks she’s a dog, my daughter thinks she’s a duck! But she doesn’t make a cute little “quack” she actually makes a a lifelike loud and screetchy “PAAAAAACCCKKK” all day long while carrying her mommy duck and baby duck. She scares kids at the playground with that “paaaack!” But I secretly love it, which is why I’m wearing pjs with ducks on the right now so she’ll come over and quack all over me!;)

  34. Paula May 5, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    I let my 2 year old daughter have at it with my make up this weekend. She loved drawing all over my face with the was so fun, I wish I had my husband take a picture of it.

  35. Tanya Shields May 5, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    I had my oldest son in church one Sunday (he would have been around 4?), as you can imagine it’s somewhat difficult to keep his attention during a sermon. However, THIS particular day he was paying rapt attention. The sermon was speaking of various things, but mostly about afterlife, burials, etc.

    He turns to me, matter of factly and says:

    “Mommy, when I die, I don’t want to be buried. I want to be marninated.”

    And god help me, I nearly lost it.

  36. Lori May 5, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    So, I’ve been going back and forth about what little stories I could tell you about my kids and my Mom. Do I tell you a seperate story for each child? One that includes everyone? Just focus on my Mom?

    Well, my boys are kind of young yet, so really not saying too much-though they are fun, fun, FUN. And super funny. But my daughter, my sweet baby girl thinks I’m a rockstar. Poor thing has no idea that I can’t carry a tune, but it doesn’t matter to her. To her, I am a rockstar. Cool. In fashion. A great dancer, and just awesome. I guess that’s the way I always saw my Mom. A rockstar of sorts. She was always available, always had a million & one things going on (which she finished flawlessly)-but my sisters and I were always the most important thing. I guess in that sense I hope I am a rockstar in my children’s eyes. No, I will never sell out concerthalls…really, I don’t even think I could get my family to come hear me sing unless I were passing out earplugs. But I hope my children will always know that I’m their # 1 fan. That if I am a rockstar it’s only because of them.

  37. Jennifer May 5, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    My 1 year old daughter barks like a dog (wub-wub-wub) ALOT.

  38. Scarlett May 5, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    When I found out I was pregnant I had all these ideas of how my birth experience would go, complete with massages from my hubby, soft music, hard candy, breathing techniques, cool wash clothes on my forehead, you get the idea. When the day finally came we made it to the hospital JUST in time for my water to break on it’s own, and Carys was born TWENTY minutes later!!! Such a whirlwind, I don’t remember much, but I laugh thinking back on all these grand birthing ideas I had but instead she decided to appear faster than the speed of light:)

  39. Kelly May 5, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Love the bag, love your blog!
    A little story from this past weekend.. Our fish Nemo passed away this past Saturday. When I broke this sad news to my twin 4.5 yr old daughters, Olivia & Julia, Julia was very sad as she solely took care of this fish and fed it every day for the past 2 yrs of it’s long life. Julia looked at me and said “mom, why did Nemo have to die”? I explained to her that Nemo was old and it was time for him to go to heaven. Now I will be turning 29 this Sunday (on Mother’s Day) Julia then turned to me and said “are you going to heaven”? I said someday I will go but mommy isn’t going for a really, really long time to which she replied “well, your birthday is next weekend and your going to be old just like Nemo”.

  40. Stacy Trimble May 5, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Ok – we call our new 7 month old daughter “toot fish” ALL the time. I’m so afraid it’s going to stick till she’s in college. We call her this, because when she was a precious little newborn and would stretch real hard after waking up and make the cutest little fish face with her lips, inevitably a toot would always follow. I so wish I had it on video 🙁 I adore my little “toot fish” and can’t wait to celebrate my FIRST Mother’s Day!!

  41. Kassi May 5, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    ooh pretty purse! I had my first “mommy moment” the other day. We have our little man in cloth diapers, and his room stays kind of on the warmer side, so we put him to bed in just a diaper and a shirt. The next morning when he woke up, he wasn’t grumpy, and just sat in his crib and played for a while. I took advantage of it and went back to sleep. About 30 minutes later he started getting really crabby, so I got up and went to get him only to find that he had undone the velcro on his diaper and had THROWN poop all over his room!!

    He sleeps with pants on now. He is such a blessing to have (when he’s not slinging poop) and it’s funny have each morning I get up, I love him more and more.. Before you have babies you can only roll your eyes at moms that say that, but it is oooohh so true.

  42. Kristin May 5, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Happy Mother’s day! I think a mom who knows how to treat herself well has figured out a great secret about being a good mom; so kudos for buying yourself a gift :).

    So I would have to say my absolute favorite thing about being a Mom is those “kids say the darnedest things” moments. One of my favorite one of these moments was when my now 17 year old was 3. (Let me preface this story by telling you back then there was a commercial for a certain feminine hygiene product that had an advertisement on TV with a cartoon woman dancing with flowers). Anyway, my son and I were walking down the feminine hygiene(and such) aisle at Walgreens when my son points to said certain product and yells at the top of his lungs, “Mom, that will make you feel fresh and flowers will grow out of you too!”. He was so loud you that “several” people in the store who heard his exclamation broke in to hysterical laughter simultaneously. You gotta love it! I can’t wait to see what my soon to be 2 year old comes up with as he starts to figure out the world. LOL

  43. M.C. May 5, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Mine is not mommy related, but something i have been waiting to get off my chest for a long time.
    I fall asleep listening to Delilah. You know, that cheesy love song show on the radio where everyone wants dedications played? Jon hates it, but he loves me so he puts up with it.
    I hope this counts. If it didn’t and I confessed that for nothing, well then, my mother’s day related comment is that I love the idea that I’m going to be the mommy of two boys. Love it.

  44. Jenni May 5, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    What a fun thing to do! I looove your blog- and admit, yes I am a fellow STALKER! Love your work, and find it super inspiring. I can think of too many mommy moments, kids really spice things up! My most favorite thing about being a mom right now is watching my two kids relationship grow into sweet friendship. The other day, my 4 yr old ran to me and said (about my 2 yr old), “Mom, Avery really likes me, I think she is obsessed with me!” Oh there’s nothing like being a mommy… NOTHING!!

  45. Kim May 5, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    This year Mother’s day will be a little more special than in previous years. My baby hired me to have the best job in the world about 5 months ago and now that I’m his mom and not so “wet behind the ears” (although I know I have A LOT to learn) I can truly appreciate my mom, as well as all the other mom’s out there. I appreciated them before but until you’re a mom yourself I don’t think you really understand it. I honestly can’t get over how one gummy little smile can overwhelm me with joy! Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there!

  46. Kim Harms May 5, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    What a fun giveaway!

    The story is about my daughter and my mom… and is pretty gross so warning! 🙂

    I had a photoshoot one weekend while the hubby had to work so my mom was watching Allison. The day happened to fall on a Sunday so my mom decided to take Allie with her to church… she didnt want to go to the nursery so my mom just took her to the surface. Allie was sitting on my moms lap and she smelled something funky… like, poopy. (A little tidbit… Allie had just started pooping in the potty but still had accidents here and there). Well, you guessed it. Allie had pooped her pants… in the middle of the church service. On my moms lap. It gets worse… when my mom realized, she stood Allie on the floor and looked at her pants… her WHITE pants had a huge brown stain on them. Then, a terd fell onto the floor from Allies undies… and the worst part was, it stunk AWFUL. My mom said she was mortified… she grabbed Allie, covered her stain on her pants with Allie and ran out of the sanctuary. She said the whole sanctuary stunk! My stepdad stayed back and cleaned up the mess on the floor and then headed for the doors too. My mom called me right after that telling me the whole story… and telling me she wasnt sure if she could ever go back to church again!!
    Allie still to this day tells me every Sunday we go to church “Dont worry Mommy… I wont poop in my pants in church. Cuz thats bad and yucky.” hahahaha… thank you for sparing ME allie! But my poor mom! 🙂

  47. Justine in Seattle May 5, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Hi! Long time follower of your blog, but I don’t comment much. This will be my first Mothers Day as a mommy. My daughter Isabelle was born in October and she’s the absolute joy of my life. At I type this shes practicing her crawling on the carpet. She’s such a happy baby and I’ve been blesses with an easy one (so far!). She’s such a ham and LOVES the camera. The funniest thing she does is when the T.V. is on. She thinks the people are talking to her and will coo and laugh at them like she’s having a conversation. She especially likes Oprah. It’s hilarious!

  48. Valerie M. May 5, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Well I have a funny one and I hope you laugh! I know I did and still am.

    So, my 4 year old is in preschool and end of year testing is going on. The teacher asks Drew to draw a picture of her. So he makes a head, then a round body (LOL) then the arms, legs, eyes and 2 circles inside the body…(you know where I am going with this don’t you) SO, she says, “Drew what is this”…He says very seriously “your Hips” LOL Ok so if you knew that he called my breast hips you would have been dying there in the classroom along with me. She said “my hips?” He said “yes, these” (as he pats her chest) “your hips Miss Kristy” OMG I could have ran out of there and never come back..she said all the teachers and the director were in tears laughing about this for days…OMG My boy already is already a pervert. Sadly I don’t even know how to correct him to tell them what “My Hips” really are…LOL

    He gets in the car and I asked him very nonchalantly “so, you drew a picture of your teacher today?” He said “yes, and she has HIPS just like you mommy”…OMG

    Happy Mothers DAY!!!! Love your Blog!

  49. Michelle May 5, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Gorgeous bag!

    My mom has been gone for 9 years now! It seems crazy. She only got to meet one of my four kiddos. I think about her often and miss her. A funny about her is that she used to mispronounce words quite often..mostly names. She would call Chicago “Chicargo” and call Sissy Spacek “Sissy Spacecheck”. We call her little mispronunciations “Jayeisms”.

  50. Jenny May 5, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Hi, I am in awe of your work! One thing that I love about my daughter (she’s 2.5) is that she is really into being a dog right now. Out of the blue she will say arf, arf, and pant and crawl around on the floor. But she doesn’t lick anything yet like Taryn, thank goodness.

  51. Willie May 5, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Well…I have a son of 11 and have mothersday this friday.. It is daddy’s week next week (I am divorced), so he wants to have mothersday on friday. He says: you are the best mom of the world, so you diserve mothersday on another day….sweet

  52. Susan May 5, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    It’s my last first mother’s day. Before little lucy arrived, I said I would have been happy to have three boys. I retract that statement.

    Happy Mothers Day to you, Lyndsay!

  53. Jill May 5, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    I love the little “mommy your the best” every night before we go to sleep or the classic “I love you to the moon and back mommy!”

  54. sarah May 5, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    that’s gorgeous!!! i gotta check her out

  55. Sarah May 5, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    I love my mom- although she CAN drive me crazy sometimes. I find I am becoming more and more like her, even though all these years I said I never would. I don’t think it’s such a bad thing after all! I hope I can me half the mom she was and is. I hope someday my son will be as proud of me as I am of my mom.

  56. Kristen Rapp May 5, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Hi Lyndsay! We miss your georgeous pics around Louisiana. If you are doing any summer mini-sessions in Slidell this year – I want in! i just quit one of my 2 jobs to have more time at home with my kiddos (and hubby too!) Gotta love motherhood, it is the BEST!

    Kristen Rapp
    Covington, LA

  57. Leah May 5, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Hey Lyndsay. I never give my mother a mother’s day gift. We just don’t exchange gifts. She is very very very difficult to buy for.
    BUT… she has been really down in the dumps lately. We have alot of personal family drama going on that is taking a toll on us all and she has alot of fear of growing old alone. She will never be alone though because she has US (me and my three kids – we have a very small family.
    She broke FOURTEEN years of sobriety last weekend but THANK GOD has already started fresh. She has been to two meetings a day ever since last weekend and I KNOW she has it in her to have at least fourteen more. One second at a time.
    I would love to give her this bag because despite being very hard to buy for, I know she would love it and it would really brighten her day!

  58. Kara May 5, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Lyndsay, I’m a dedicated blog stalker – I love your site. Your pictures/family make me smile and it brightens up my day.

    Mother’s Day used to be the hardest day in the year for me. I’ve suffered through 5 painful miscarriages and waited several long years before we were able to have our little girl drop from Heaven. I still can’t believe her birth mother’s loving sacrifice for her daughter to give her a better life and allow us to finally realize our dreams to be parents. My first Mother’s Day was last year and for it I got my camera I was drooling over – sure has taken the sting off what used to be the most difficult day of the year!

  59. Kristin Wilson May 5, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Long time lurker. Love looking at your blog because your little dog (Taryn) and my Avery are the same age. I love reading the tales of your adventures because we have quite similar girls, except I thought that Avery would die before licking something in a public place, until we were at Silver Dollar City in Branson, waiting in line. My DH looked down to see her licking the hand rail where EVERYONE touches it. Seriously…what is that?
    This Friday I add my third child into this chaos I call a family (scheduled). I only wish I had someone like you around to document it. I am bad when it comes to professional pictures. Yours go beyond. I love to look at them!
    Happy Mother’s Day!

  60. Jessica W May 5, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Beautiful purse! I followed your initial photo journey through the nest and am so happy to see how successful you’ve become! Anyway, I have 2 kids, a girl who is 3 1/2 years and a baby boy who is 7 1/2 months. I can honestly say that I really thought I never wanted a boy…they intimidated me. But, after having this little boy, OMG, I must’ve been nuts. I love the way he cuddles and snuggles his blankie. I love watching him be a little boy. And, in contrast, my little girl is such a girly girl. Constant dress up, constantly trying to be just like me. I love being in the other room and just listening to the 2 of them interact. Their laughs are infectious.

  61. Jessica May 5, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Isnt it funny how many comments are left on our photo blogs when we have a contest?? LOL Okay here is my entry! I have a little sweet girl and she is almost 8 months. She is SO content on her tummy. She doesnt want to learn to crawl and gets frustrated when when we try to put her in the crawling position. I guess in time it will happen 🙂 Also- her new thing when she laughs is to curl under her top lip and breathe in and out of her nose/mouth REALLY fast and hard. (No vocals come out)…its hilarious…she sounds like she is hyper ventilating every time…except she has this big cheesy grin on her face…ALL gums NO teeth..haha. Okay thanks for the contest girl!

  62. Keri Doolittle May 5, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Love the bag!! This will be short and sweet..last week ryland decided to tell the entire congregation at church that HE POOPED!! This, of course, was right during the pastors message, so everyone was nice and quiet, except for ryland’s excitement!!! Happy Mothers Day!! 🙂

  63. Dana May 5, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    My kids have four feet and a nub for a tail. One is named Reese and the is Laker and this bag would be perfect for our outings to the park or around town. 🙂 Happy Mother’s day to everyone!

  64. Tina Ryan May 5, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    This was a little hard for me. I lost my mom to cancer 6 years ago. I have tons of fun and quirky stories about my kids that would make you smile but there is one that ties my mom in so here it goes.

    My youngest son was born after my mom passed away. It is very important that he knows who she is and that she is still a part of our lives. One day while looking at her picture he asked me why did Nonna have so many spots. I told him those were freckles. He looked at his own skin and found a freckle and asked how he got it. It took me less than a second to give him an answer. I told him those were freckles and he gets one every time Nonna gives him a kiss. So now every time he notices a new freckle (and even ones I think he “rediscovers” just to say it) he runs up to me excitedly shouting “Momma Momma…LOOK Nonna kissed me!”. It makes me smile ear to ear every time I hear it.

    Thanks Lyndsay for doing this. I think my smile will last all day now. 🙂

  65. Tanya May 5, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    My mom beat cancer. She’s my inspiration.

  66. sarah b May 5, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    i love your work! i have you bookmarked as my “fave photographer”.
    my favorite thing about being a mama recently is when avy (my daughter) says- “pwetty mommy”. makes me feel good- even when i’m lounging in my ugly yoga pants.
    happy mothers day to you!

  67. Christine Sweet May 5, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Ok, so I thought I’d give you a few to choose from… sweet nothings from my crazy Diva, Drama Queen, Princess, 3 year old daughter:

    I was sitting on the floor one day eating a bowl of cereal and Jersey comes up, kneels in front of me and says, “Tan I have a bite, Your Highness?” Oh yes!

    Ok, this was a fake phone call she made to my best friend, Kirstin: “Tisten, ummmm I’m lootin for dat pink donut… ummmmm (insert lip smacking)… Hold on a setant. Ummmm Tisten, obey me and tall me back!”

    And last but so not least, I overheard her in her bed one night… “Jesus, tan you hear me? Jesus, you say ‘Yes Ma’am Jesus. say ‘Yes Ma’am. (insert lip smacking once again) Jesus, say ‘YES MA’AM’!”

    Thank you for being such an inspiration!!! LOVE your blog!

  68. MGF May 5, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    My home is cHaOs with kids running full BLAST form 6am till 8 pm. What was I thinking having three kids all under 5 years old. But when they are gone it is too quiet and I wander around missing them.

    Wow, you must have a lot of secret readers, I have been one for a long time. Only commenting once in awhile. It’s 1:30 and 65 comments.

    Have a lovely Mother’s Day Weekend

  69. sarah May 5, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Something that’s totally cracking me up right now are my 3-year-old, Avery’s, ‘adult-isms.’ She just turned 3, but you’d think she’s 25. When you ask her a question, she says, “Because…” or “I’d have to say…” She also does this hilarious thing when she’s thinking–she’ll put her pointer finger on her lips and ‘tap’ while saying, “hmmmm.” Where do they get this stuff?!

  70. Mindy May 5, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Wow, Lyndsay, have a giveaway, and people really start commenting 😉 I always knew you had lots of readers. Okay, something about me….hmmm.
    Okay, this is my first mommas day and I’m uber excited about it. Actually it brings tears to my eyes because I never ever thought I could love anyone as much as I love my lil girl. She has quite the personality and loves to smile. She’ll be 6 months this week and my favorite part of the day is changing her diaper. Because she just lays there and talks to me and I kiss her and she just laughs and laughs. To me its a refresher during my crazy day =) Thanks for the giveaway Lynds, even if I don’t win – I’ll still read and COMMENT! Blessings =)

  71. Sara May 5, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    What to tell? I love watching your adventures with your kids because they often mirror my own. Taryn is just a bit older than my Annabella, and Teagan is just a bit older than my twins, Lorelei and Sawyer. I think the greatest joy in my life is seeing the love they have for one another, and that is also one of the reasons I love reading your blog. You can always tell how much you all love one another – it is nice to see another family that loves and laughs together.

    For a funny story: Annabella announced to me today that she wanted a pet spider. She then announced that she was going to catch “that big one” and keep it. I turned around to see a spider bigger than my hand perched on the wall. Luckily I was able to convince her that he needed to go outside with his spider friends because they were having a party. No pet spiders here!

  72. Angie May 5, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Hey, I have been following your blog for quite some time now. I love the way you speak honestly about your life and your family. I have a girl much like Super T so I always get a kick out of your stories. My something to tell is that the other day my son and I were driving to his baseball pictures and he wanted a sucker. I told him not right then and he looked at me, very seriously, and said “Mom, did you know that your body NEEDS some candy every day?”. I said “I did not know that. Who told you that?”. He says “I learned it on the bus. See I need the sucker, it’s for my health.” Some days I can’t win….. 🙂

  73. Lauren May 5, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    What an awesome purse!

    I’ll share what I heard in my kitchen yesterday morning. My daughter (2) and her cousin (3) had this conversation…
    A: “My daddy says oh damn it!”
    M: “Oh…Yeah…My daddy says oh damn it too!”

    I’m not taking the mother of the year award or maybe it’s my husband who’s not going to get the father of the year award! 😉

  74. Susan May 5, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    I’m a single mom (I know you were, too) and would love to receive a Mother’s Day Gift! I adore your blog. In addition to the obvious (images, family funnies, cute kids) I love the creative home-decorating ideas I get from you. Also…I think this may be my first comment!

  75. Jackie May 5, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    I have been following your blog for sometime now and I absolutely LOVE your work. I live in Mississi but my WHOLE family is an hour outside of Austin and when we can plan to visit I want pictures 🙂 Anyway – on to my story. My son (3) and I were at the doctors office right before Christmas last year. The doctor asked him if he could only pick one thing for Christmas what would he want. Owen (my son) said a wrestling guy. So that prompted the doctor to say “oh, do you like to wrestle with your daddy? Do you beat him up?” Owen said “yeah, but sometimes my daddy beats up my mommy!!” The doctor looked at me and I about fell out. I of course came back with “yes me and daddy wrestle too and he is stronger than mommy.” I don’t think my face has ever been so RED 🙂

  76. Laura G May 5, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    As the mother of 11 children life can be pretty busy. My littlest man (age 4) still makes me slow down. Who can resist those big black eyes and his sweet voice when he says “snuggle wiff me mama, jus for two min pwease, cause you is my best mama ever.” Yep, it works every time”

  77. nicole May 5, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    I did not buy my own mother’s day gift (yet), but on Sunday I was meeting a friend for dinner at THE DISTRICT (an awsome outdoor shop & resteraunt area in Las Vegas) and I got there before her. So I took my son into Brighton & picked out a necklace with two charms, one in each of my kiddo’s birthstone. The lady helped my son put it on hold and even asked him his name and wrote it on the card. Then I coached him on what to say to dad. I guess I will have to wait till Sunday to see if it worked, but I figured that way I would get what I wanted this year! Maybe next year I will try buying it myself & giving to dad to wrap up!

  78. Christina May 5, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    What a gorgeous giveaway! I am inspired daily by your incredible images and postive attitude. Right now I am giggling at my three year old, who just asked me what animal potatoes come from. Yes, we just had the animals = meat talk!

  79. Rachel W May 5, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Upon waking from her nap last week, my three year old girl said, matter-of-factly, “Mommy, my tinkle smells like casserole.”

    I don’t know when the last time I made a casserole was or what the heck it smelled like, but that silly little brain makes me laugh every day and makes me so happy to be a mom.

  80. Ellie May 5, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Hi Lyndsay,
    This is my first mothers day being a mama of 3!! I still shock myself when I say I have 3 children:) My littlest girl just turned 1 in April. I think one of the BEST things about being a mom for me anyway. Is being woken up at around 3am to a fussing 1 year old full of poop (head to toe” tmi sorry:) Having her look up at you poop faced and all and smile and nothing matters, not the poop on the rug,crib,blankets,walls her HAIR lol. Not the fact that you have to be up in 3 hours to get your other children up for school. Or the fact that you know after you bath her she will be awake, nice and clean and ready to party. I have been through this now with all 3 of my children. Each child more a mess then the last. I wouldn’t change a thing. I love being a mom its the greatest job ever:)

  81. kelly May 5, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Oh my, gorgeous bag, that would make mother’s day even better…not that I don’t love a good homemade card…but a new purse would be the icing on the cake!
    So….a story. Well, this morning I was in my 6 year old daughter’s room, putting away laundry. My son said, “mommy, look at this!” Tucked way behind her dresser, was a plastic boat filled with a plethera of Easter Candy . Chocolates and suckers, and little yellow peeps. She had quite the assortment of goodies stashed back there. I didn’t like knowing that my six year old already knew how to be so sneaky, so when she got home from kindergarten, I told the kids to sit down to lunch. I handed the boys their mac and cheese, and handed my daughter the candy filled boat. She instantly burst into tears, because she knew she was busted. When I asked her to explain, she told me that she gets hungry in the morning, and I’m not up to make her breakfast (at 6am, no thankyou!!!), so she needs a little snack.
    So I guess it’s all my fault. Well, no one ever said motherhood would be boring!

  82. Jackie May 5, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    What a cute bag! I have a funny story to share. My 20 month daughter loves animals and making animal sounds. While shopping at Costco last week, she decided it would be funny to pretend to be a pig. We ended up walking down the aisle with my daughter oinking like a pig and crawling on the floor.

  83. Cynthia H May 5, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    My mom was a flight attendant for 30+ years. She liked to tell the story of a flight attendant friend who was working in first class, and a passenger asked her to change her baby (as in diaper). The flight attendant walked back to coach, traded the baby with one back there, and brought that baby back to the woman in first. “I changed your baby, just like you asked!”

  84. stacey May 5, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    I love Mother’s Day! Mainly b/c I am a momma to two sweet girls that I adore and I have the most amazing momma, myself! She is responsible for the person that I am today and for my strong faith in God. I pray that I can be the kind of mother that she has been to me! P.S.-I do love your blog-read it all the time for the great images and funny stories!

  85. Johanna May 5, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    This is the first mother’s day I will be spending as a mother. I can’t believe it, and I am still in awe over my little fella.

  86. heather May 5, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    alright-I’ll come out from lurking:) (fellow nestie from a while back btw) The thing that makes my heart melt is coming home from a long night at work and having a little 31″ man come running up to me, arms stretched wide, then throw his arms around my neck, rest his little head on my shoulder and pat me on the back! It’s the best feeling in the world to know that I am appreciated and loved by my 15 month old little guy.

  87. Kelsey May 5, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    This is my first mother’s day. I am lucky to be the mama to Drew Isaiah, who is just 5 weeks old. I am typing with one hand & breastfeeding with the other!

  88. Wanda May 5, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    LOVE your blog!

    Hmmm lets see. Today my 2 1/2 year old twins were going potty, and after they were both successful, they decided to do their secret handshake. It was hilarious to see them on their little potties, giving each other high fives and fist bumps! I wish I could have grabbed a picture. I love the little things in life like this. It makes me so happy to be a mommy.

  89. Tanya May 5, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Hi, Lyndsay! I love your blog and often check it even before my emails. My kids are close in age to yours and many of your stories really hit home. Here is one of the “three year olds are so fun” stories. A couple of days ago my three year old Nate showed up for lunch and ordered chicken noodle soup. But when the bowl was placed in front of him, he changed his mind… “I want chicken with rice, like Daddy”, now, I usually don’t let him turn me into a short order cook, but Daddy WAS having chicken with rice, so I agreed. When the plate was in front of him again, he demanded: “fork!!” Now I set next to him and started explaining that he was not behaving nicely, changing his mind about food and drinks all the time, ordering me around and demanding things. He listened patiently, then asked matter of factly: “Am I in trouble?” -“No, – I answered, – I just want you to talk and act like a good boy”. “Good, now give me the fork!”
    Happy Mother’s Day to you!!!

  90. Laurie May 5, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Well I’ve been reading your blog for a while and absolutely love it. I can only dream of taking pictures at the level you do but I continue trying. My two little boys give me a run for my money in every area of life but especially when it comes to getting them in a photo. Anyways…here is a quick and funny little story from last night. We were at Nordstroms picking out some shoes for my youngest son, Tate who is 2. His feet grow so quickly. While we were getting his feet measured my older son, Blake, was trying to decide which shoes Tate would like best, or was it which shoes he liked but knew he couldn’t get. 🙂 Blake, who is 4, chose some bright red, and I mean bright, not to mention expensive, they were $64! So Tate tries them on, runs around and Blake looks at the sales lady and says “I think we’ve made our decision, we’ll take the red ones.” What would we do without kids? The really do keep life interesting!

  91. Natalie May 5, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    “Mommy, will you take me to a surprise place for my birthday?”
    “Sure, where do you want to go?”
    ” I can’t tell you or else it wouldn’t be a surprise!”

    A convo between me and my 5 year old son.


  92. Keri May 5, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Hmm…interesting or enteraining about my mom? I can’t give her my work numbers anymore because even if I tell her it is an emergency only number she’ll still call me in the middle of the day to see what color thong I want or what size flip flops I need because of a sale she has found at Dillard’s or some random store.

  93. Lauren May 5, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    My 15-month-old little boy is going through a fiercely affectionate stage. He’ll suddenly abandon whatever he’s doing, run at me with his arms open, and then hug me with all his might and laugh. Cue Mama melting. 🙂

    By the way, that is one fabulous bag!!

  94. Sarahs May 5, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    It took me a long time to become a mommy, but now that I am, I couldn’t be happier. My youngest child is 6 months old and she is the most affectionate little person ever! My favorite part of the day is when I pick her up and she wraps those chubby little arms around my neck and plants a wet, open mouth kiss on my cheek. LOVE it!

  95. Staci May 5, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    I found you from the Knot days and have followed you since. You are so creative and do such good work. My 1st boy is a little younger than Taryn and my 2nd boy is only 3 months younger than Teagan, so I’ve enjoyed watching your family do all the funny and great things that you do…and see the similarities. I also have become interested in photography since my boys have been born – I just take pics of my family, but have a nice camera – and I love to look at your pictures for inspiration. You’re great at what you do, thanks for always sharing!!

  96. admin May 5, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    I am LOVING all your comments and stories, I have been smiling alllllll day! Keep em coming!

  97. Cali May 5, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    I love being a Mom! I love seeing that precioius baby girl smile every morning when i go to get her out of her crib and she’s standing there waiting for me. CANNOT get enough. I mostly love that I get to be with her and my husband FOREVER. That’s a lot to look forward to!

  98. Bailey May 5, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Lyndsay- I’ve been a stalker of your blog for years. I love your photos! I don’t have any kids unlss you would count my furry ones. However, my mama is one crazy lady. It’s hard for me to pick just one thing to share. I don’t know if you remember the TV show Dinosaurs- my mom and I use to watch it together, which was special in its own right b/c she talks during shows which drives me nuts. =) The catch phrase of the baby dinosaur was “Not the Mama” and it became a joke between my mom, stepdad and I. My mom rarely answers the phone, so everytime I call I say “Not the Mama” to my stepdad, Moose, who calls to my mom “your favorite daughter is on the phone” (I’m an only child), then my mom gets on the phone and I say “THE MAMA!” It has been good for a laugh for many years. A few years back we began planning a trip together for Mother’s Day since I don’t get to spend a lot of 1:1 time with her now that she lives half the year in Florida, but lately I haven’t been able to take the time off work, so this year we’ll be enjoying lunch, pedicures & manicures together. I can’t wait to have her all to myself again, like it was when I was little!

  99. Kimberly May 5, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    I love that my kid is sarcastic at the age of 3, and my dog eat cat poop. THat’s my life people!

  100. Tiffany May 5, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Well, now that I’m a momma… this is going to be an amazing year! The funniest thing I can think of right now is to recall Ava eatting applesauce for the first time last night. After every couple bites, she would scrunch up her face, close her eyes, pull her shoulders up to her ears and just shake her head like it was the tartest thing you’ve ever eaten (granted this is the first thing besides BM and rice cereal). Anyway, I’ll have to share the video once I get it uploaded… too funny and cute!!

  101. Feather May 5, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Wow! Have fun reading all of these. The best advice that I was ever given about being a mother came from a little old lady at church. My daughter was right about 2. (I can’t remember her exact age but she wasn’t talking really good yet..) She was throwing a fit and I was trying to calm her down. I was starting to panic because she was attracting attention from everyone around us. Finally with more “I’m sorry’s than I could count…I got up and went out into the lobby until after Mass was over. A little old lady who was in the row behind us found us as we were walking out. She told us that we had a beautiful daughter and again I apologized for her outburst. She looked me right in the eye and said “never apologize for your children. Those of us that have been there understand and those who never have, never will.” Of course I still say I’m sorry way to much but I always have that little tid bit in the back of my mind.

  102. Bladerunner May 5, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    One of my mom’s favorite comments that I have taken to heart is “I am a party wherever I go.” She didn’t depend on anyone else’s opinion of her, nor did she depend on anyone else to entertain her. I’m still working on not worrying about anyone else’s opinion, but I can dangsure entertain myself – and most anyone around me – wherever I’m at.

  103. Nessa May 5, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Okay I have something funny for you. My 2.5 year old son is finally potty trained. However, he is incapable of pulling up his underwear after he goes potty. So he wanders out with everything around his ankles to get help pulling everything back up. It is hilarious to see him waddle in the room saying “Mommy, I went potty!” and unclothed from the waist down. 🙂

  104. Jen May 5, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    I so wish you lived to me and I’d hire you in an instant to photograph my babies! Love your blog, love your photos, and I really love that bag.

  105. Shannon May 5, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    First off, I have to say that I love following your family through your blog and have been following since the days on the nest! I have a daughter, Caroline, who is few months younger than Taryn. They seem to have similar personalities from all of the stories/photos you post of Taryn. I also have a son who is a little older than Teagan. I only wish that I had half of your talent to capture photos of my kids!

    I have to say, I never appreciated my own mother until I became one. All of the sleepless nights, putting someone else’s needs above your own, etc. – you don’t realize what a mother does for her children until you are one. I hope that you have a wonderful mother’s day!

  106. Bridgette B May 5, 2009 at 4:44 PM

    Hi…I also have been following you since your Knot days. You had a destination wedding and so did I, only mine was in Key West. Fun is an understatement!
    Here is my Mommy moment…my daughter was born almost 2 years ago, 2 months premature and she is everything to me! My favorite is when she gives me hugs and “pats” me as she does it…I can’t get enough!! Happy Mother’s Day!

  107. Josephine May 5, 2009 at 5:01 PM

    I love your blog and family (the funny stories are usually tear jerkers because of laughing so hard!) I feel so incredibly blessed this Mother’s Day celebrating with my 2 year old son. He is potty trained (well almost!) and insists on ‘going potty’ whenever we are out running errands. The other day at the grocery store my husband took him into the bathroom, they came out to my son yelling (think 8-10 check out aisles away!) “Dada pooped mamma, Dada pooped!” Then I see my poor husband rounding the corner trying to defend himself saying “I did not, quit telling people that” Our son continued to yell that until I picked him up….and of course it had to happen when the store was the busiest ever!

  108. -joy May 5, 2009 at 5:15 PM

    i’m a huge music fan and it just warms my heart when i hear my 2 and 6 year old singing a song that i’ve had playing. for example my 6 year old singing “ob la di, ob la da, life goes on oh, la di da life goes on” and my 2 year old singing “stir it up, little darlin stir it up” when mixing something in a bowl.
    happy mother’s day.

  109. kimberly adkins May 5, 2009 at 5:15 PM

    Love your blog and would love that purse!

  110. diana May 5, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    Today in the shoe dept at Nordstroms, Sophia kept running to all the shoe mirrors, putting her hands up under her chin and saying “I’m pretty, I’m sooo pretty!” Ugh so much for trying to tell her she’s smart, we have a narcissist on our hands 😉

  111. erin mckneely May 5, 2009 at 5:47 PM

    I am in love with my daughter, Aubrey, and she is the 1st thing that I look forward to seeing when I wake up in the morning. It is hard to belive she will be 2 yrs old next week!!!

  112. Devon May 5, 2009 at 5:55 PM

    The little boy I watch is 2 1/2 and he is AWESOME. Today he spent about 40 minutes putting animal stickers on paper and naming the animals as he went, including “Pecker! Pecker!” for a woodpecker. He’s so stinking smart!

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  113. mandie May 5, 2009 at 6:01 PM

    I should definitely win the bag. Why? Because I’m a first time mom cherishing each and every second of my sweet boy’s first year, EVEN the moments that end in itchy hiney rashes, truly atrocious photos, and a whole lotta embarrassment sure to stick around in the form of merciless teasing by my husband for…oh, a lifetime. Need a refresher? Here:

    I mean, seriously. I put up with a hiney rash and had so little shame that I TOLD about it, the least you could do is throw that gorgeous bag my way. I’ll even show you the “bluebonnet” photo if you pick me.

  114. Michelle Davies May 5, 2009 at 6:02 PM

    The thing I love most about my kids is how they always want to be a part of whatever I’m doing. My girls regularly assist me on photo shoots and the boys often sit and watch the editing. My job is truly a family affair.

  115. Jessica May 5, 2009 at 6:04 PM

    I just returned from a four day vacation with my mother, but without my (almost two-year old) daughter, and when I opened the door and saw her I had to do a double-take because I didn’t recognize her. She seemed to have grown up over the weekend. Where is my baby? Her daddy taught her to say, “I. Miss. Mama.” while I was gone.

  116. Paige May 5, 2009 at 6:06 PM

    I love your blog, and your photography. You’re truly an inspiration to me! My daughter just turned one today, it was bittersweet really. She started walking yesterday, and gets a kick out of it every time she gets up to go somewhere. Once she gets to where shes going, you can hear her say “I did it!”, its so cute! She also loves people, if we go to the store and someone stops us to tell her how pretty she is she turns her head like shes bashful and has the biggest smile on her face. And I have never seen a kid like to dance as much as she does. I have tons of videos of her at 3-4 months old trying to dance. Goodness, I can go on and on haha.

    This is very nice of you to do this giveaway! I love the bag.

  117. Paige May 5, 2009 at 6:07 PM

    oh and

    Happy Mothers Day!

  118. Melissa May 5, 2009 at 6:11 PM

    My Mom was thirty when she had me and tomorrow is my 30th B-day (eeeek!!), so this year I am exactly half of my Mom’s age. We went shopping this past weekend and I woman commented how much I look like my Mom and it made me feel so good because I think my Mom is the most beautiful woman in the world. Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

  119. Amy May 5, 2009 at 6:12 PM

    Thanks for the giveaway!! This is my 4th Mother’s Day as a mamma and this year my son turns 2 on Mother’s Day. What a great gift already! Oh, and my 3 1/2 year old wants to get her ear’s pierced because she thinks “it will make my ears beautiful”. Niiiiiiice!

  120. laurel May 5, 2009 at 6:30 PM

    I love that my mom taught me to be a good mom so I could enjoy the best gift life has to offer… joy in motherhood.

  121. Shannon May 5, 2009 at 6:37 PM

    last year was my first mothers day. and my present? my daughter said mama for the first time! It was a great mother’s day and I’m so looking forward to this one! Thanks for the giveaway!

  122. Sara May 5, 2009 at 6:47 PM

    Last year, my first Mother’s Day, 1 month after my beautiful daughter was born happened to also be on my birthday. I’ll never forget it – what a special special birthday!

  123. Joey May 5, 2009 at 6:53 PM

    I had three baby boys in just over three years. I am sooo tired of my stinky old diaper bag!! This would be quite the upgrade.

  124. Christy May 5, 2009 at 7:01 PM

    I love that my mom and I are closer now than ever. Growing up, I never thought my mom and I would be friends, let alone good friends & kindred spirits. I can confide in my mom with my worries and dreams and she can tell me her worries and dreams too. It is so refreshing and a total turnaround from the years when I was a kid and thinking “I never want to be like my mom when I grow up!” LOL Now I realize being like my mom when I grow up is the best thing I could be and I’m lucky if I’m half as awesome as my mom is. She is so giving, so caring, so creative and an all around wonderful woman. Plus, she’s the woman who managed to preserve my crowning glory (aka my hair) when I was in high school and managed to get my hair caught in the mixer one Christmas Eve when I was making chocolate chip cookies. You don’t want to know how that happened but thankfully, I can laugh about it now. Back then, I couldn’t laugh as I came very close to having to have a chunk of my hair cut off close to my scalp. 🙁 To this day, I still find hair wrapped around the mixer attachment so I will never forget that experience and my mom’s quick thinking!

  125. Emily May 5, 2009 at 7:27 PM

    I totally stalk your blog. I love looking for you newest set of pictures – they are always amazing. Now, something funny about my daughter… she is 17 months old and appears to have a huge crush on Teagan. When she sees his pictures, she claps her hands and blows him kisses. My favorite though was when she leaned forward a planted a big ol’ wet sloppy kiss on my computer screen. I think you are going to have to lock your cutie up to keep him away from the girls… or my girl at least… 😉

  126. Sarah May 5, 2009 at 7:31 PM

    Ok…let’s see. My son (Seth age 3) loves to eat boogers. He loves them so much he doesn’t care whose nose they came from……he ate one of his sister’s (Sophie age 18 months) boogers last week. Thanks for the contest and have a great week! I love your work…it’s amazing!

  127. Kelly May 5, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    I am breaching confidentality by telling this because I swore to secrecy with my 4 year old but I really like the purse. My liitle one told me that she is really an alien and no one else knows. She can “detective” things with alien powers. Did you know that aliens eat leaves too? I love her imagination!

  128. Julie May 5, 2009 at 9:11 PM

    First – I’m such a big fan, but have never commented before. Free stuff is such a motivator! I have three kids; 6, 4 and 2. They are CRAZY, but oh so fun. We just had my baby’s 2nd birthday and it was Wiggles themed. It turned out very cute, with many Wiggle themed food, decor and activities, but the best one was the Henry the Octopus Hot Dogs. You take a hot dog and make a slice half way down the hot dog, the long way. Then roll the dog 1/4 turn and slice again. You should have 1/2 the dog looking normal and the bottom half with 4 long hot dog pieces. Put all your octopuses on a tray and bake in the oven (until cooked – 10 min?) The legs will start spreading out and curling a little, and even though there are only 4 legs not 8, it totally looks like an octopus. They were a huge hit and even adults were eating them. Give it a try! (if none of that made sense, and your still curious as to what I’m talking about – feel free to email me) Thanks – Julie:)

  129. Melissa V. May 5, 2009 at 9:26 PM

    I feel so blessed that I have been given a 2nd mom in life. My real mom died when I was 19 and 2 years later my dad got married to the most wonderful lady. She is such a blessing in my life.

  130. Kim H. May 5, 2009 at 9:32 PM

    let’s see…i’m 29, i have two boys (3 and 1) and live in san francisco. i love your blog and your pictures are absolutely amazing!!

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  132. Liza May 5, 2009 at 10:49 PM

    Pick me.. Pick me… I’ve followed you since the “message in the bottle invite” days.. yep.. that long… good ol’ wedding planning days.. I’m your most faithful lurker… Now.. did I win??

  133. Liza May 5, 2009 at 10:52 PM

    Darn.. ok.. I can remove my earlier post..SORRY… but I posted too fast and didn’t put my story… I continue to call my son Gummy since the first day I met him when he was just a blob on my belly at 9wks pregnant.. he looked like a Gummi bear.. hence the nickname… When we brought him home from the hospital, my younger stepdaughter when we told her his name was going to be Rodrigo, asked if she could continue calling him Gummy because it suit him better.

  134. Juli May 5, 2009 at 11:32 PM

    I just started following your blog due to a mom in my moms group, Jaidean Baker, I love your photography and would love to be at your level someday. My daughter’s latest thing is actually walking around with my old film point and shoot camera. It still has batteries, but no film, so she thinks she is taking a picture since it flashes. So this evening she was walking around the kitchen looking through the viewfinder saying “Mommy smile…cheese!” then clicking the shutter. She gets endless entertainment from this and I am so proud! A future photographer in the making! 🙂

  135. Nicki May 6, 2009 at 4:37 AM

    How did I miss this yesterday – oh, yea…I had to go possum chasing under in the crawl space under our house (again!) to be able to get the repair man to re-connect the wiring from our heat-pump to our thermostat (2nd time in less than a month). Obviously a job for M.O.M. This is a lovely giveaway and if I am too late to be entered, bummer, but that is okay. Moms are selfless like that 🙂
    M.O.M. It is my favorite role, the job I always dreamed of, the one there were no college classes for, and yet the one for which I felt the most prepared. This is not to say I don’t have loads of ‘Monday morning quarterback’, ‘what was I thinking’ events in raising my children – I do. I once asked my mother if she loved each of us kids the same. I pointed out that she always defended my older brother no matter what he did; she was always over protecting my sister, and frankly, she loved my younger brother (the b.a.b.y.) the most! She laughed and told me that one day when I had kids, I would understand that a mother’s love molds to the child. That she loved each of us for our individual strengths and weaknesses, consequently it took different presentations; but the most important thing was that it was absolute. When I set my eyes on my baby girl – it was infatuation. When my bouncing baby boy was born – I got IT! My children are so much alike, yet very very different; consequently my expression of love for them complements their individual needs. It is absolute and undeniable. This will be my first year without my mom, so I am a bit apprehensive about this weekend. The first time ever. But it’ll be a Happy Mother’s Day – hugs and kisses from my children make every situation better.
    Lyndsay – Happy Mother’s Day!

  136. Stacey May 6, 2009 at 4:48 AM

    I’m so excited to see you are giving away one of Jenny’s bags! I did her daughter’s birth announcement and you’re right… she’s super nice!!! You know alot about me already but I can tell you that Benny is HUGE… 15mth visit was last night. 27 1/2 pounds and 33 inches. Hope Teagun is doing well…hard to believe our boys are already 15 months!

  137. Kim May 6, 2009 at 4:53 AM

    I love your blog, it refreshes me after those crazy days with my daughter! Your sassiness and outlook on parenting is so fun! I am a soon to be mom of 2. A mom to Cinderella (haha) and a baby due in September. Thanks for keeping us update to date on your little corner of the world 🙂

  138. JordanK May 6, 2009 at 5:29 AM

    So my little man’s newest obsession is playing pat-a-cake. He’s 11 months old and he just learned how to do the actions on his own…and it almost kills me how cute he is! It’s basically an abbreviated version of pat-a-cake. It goes: clap clap ROOOOOOOOOOOOOLL throw clap clap. Seriously…too cute!
    Last night I let my oldest daughter choose what we had for dinner. After a few minute’s of thought she said, “I want chocolate chip pancakes!” And then I heard clapping coming from be hind me. (We were in the car) “Okay!” I replied, “Pancakes sound good.” More clapping. What? Who was cheering for pancakes?
    Turns out, Mr. Man was mistaking “pancakes” for “pat-a-cakes” and was doing his actions everytime we said the word.
    TOO CUTE! He totally makes my day 🙂

  139. Christina May 6, 2009 at 5:32 AM

    I’ve been a lurker for a bit now 🙂 First off, like everyone else, I love your work and I love this bag you are giving away 🙂 My son is nearly 3 years old and is the light of my life. He is funny, loving, sensitive and I love him to pieces! Hope you have a wonderful mothers day and all the other moms out there.

  140. Angela May 6, 2009 at 5:58 AM

    I love your blog and check it almost everyday! I have a almost 3 month old daughter so this will be my first mother’s day. I am looking forward to it. I love the fact that my daughter has really started smiling at it just melts my heart every morning when I go get her from her crib and she is just grinning at me!

  141. Shawna May 6, 2009 at 6:06 AM

    My 1st Mother’s Day was 2 years ago, and I received the BEST gift from my 7 month old… she slept through the night for the 1st time!!! It was glorious! Now I also have a 1 month old and I’m wondering if he’ll follow in his sister’s footsteps and give mama the same gift!!! 🙂 Wishful thinking…

  142. Britney W May 6, 2009 at 6:13 AM

    I love to see my girls play together, they are so sweet and it just melts my heart!!!

  143. Shannon Marie May 6, 2009 at 6:32 AM

    Hey Lyndsay! What I love about being a first time newbie mom is everything. I never knew what I was missing until I had our little Riley in Oct ’08. I now know what true love is. I can just stare at her all day. She makes my glummest day all better with just her toothless grin. 🙂

  144. Deanna Hurley May 6, 2009 at 6:37 AM

    I’m another lurker! My mom is sneaky like me. We both LOVE to surprise people with the absolute perfect present on holidays, no matter how sneaky we have to be! For her birthday, I made her a photobook of photos of my late grandfather’s life (he died in February). She had no idea I had gotten all the photos from her house. Well, yesterday, she was sneakier- she swiped my Grandpa’s camera bag from my Grandma’s house so we could add some more photos to the book for my grandma’s mother’s day present. I see where I get my sneaky tendencies!

  145. Brandy May 6, 2009 at 7:22 AM

    I have a daughter who was born on Cinco De Mayo, yesterday of last year, so she just turned a year old. She is my heart and my soul. So this is my second Mother’s Day. 🙂 She has such a personality and lately has done some really funny things. The one thing that really cracks me up is her choice of favorite toys. I used to be a teacher so I have a lot of fake, plastic food in her playroom. She decided that a fake piece of celery was going to be her “lovie” and she carries it everywhere, all over the house, out to the grocery store, everywhere! People always ask, “WHAT is that?!” When I tell them, they always laugh. Oh my sweet girl! We got her a grocery cart to push around for her birthday and what do you think she liked best about it? The fake, plastic food in it of course, so now the corn is her toy of choice!! 😉

  146. Adam May 6, 2009 at 7:35 AM

    If not for wonderful images of my Mom my kids wouldn’t know her. Photography is a great comfort to my family on mothers day. It is the ultimate keepsake when a loved one passes on.

  147. Tara May 6, 2009 at 7:59 AM

    My son was born 4 years ago, right before Mother’s Day, and as a gift, my husband bought me a beautiful necklace. When he gave it to me, I couldn’t figure out what the occasion was…I hadn’t yet realized that I would forever after being celebrating Mother’s Day as a Mom, not a daughter!

  148. Rachel May 6, 2009 at 8:06 AM

    I love my mom because she is crazy. She is a nurse, a servant, the most generous person I know and an awesome mom…but she’s still crazy. She get skunks under her house out in Ca. A law changed and they wouldnt come get one she recently caught in a trap. I dont have the room, or the hours, to tell you the hilarious sagas that followed -how she named it Bubba, was too kind-hearted to give it rat poison, fed it chocolate (ok it was laced, but whatever, it didnt work) and how it sprayed constantly so that her entire house smelled…….but she kept us laughing for weeks. Mom’s a storyteller. So these stories will live on for years, becoming less and less like what really happened, but more and more fun to tell 🙂

  149. Tracey May 6, 2009 at 8:41 AM

    My daughter, Emma, has definitely turned our lives upside down. And while this is not my first mother’s day, it still feels just as special. Emma has officially started walking & with that, talking quite a bit more. She melts my heart when I hear ‘MOMOMOMOM’ & see two small hands reaching up, giving me the ‘come here’ motion. She adores our dog, Slinky, & tries to say his name which is a sight!! Everyday, she amazes me more & more.

    Something funny – Emma loves to fuss at her Daddy. The other day, she was pushing her way between him & the counter (a new favorite for her). Since he was cooking, he moved her to the middle of the floor. Did she cry? No. Did she scream? No. Instead, she sat there, paci in mouth, & did a lot of ‘baby cursing.’ She was sooo mad & was letting him know about it. Charlie turned to me & said, ‘Right now, I am very glad that I cannot speak baby.’ =)

    Happy Mother’s Day!!

  150. megan May 6, 2009 at 9:24 AM

    What a beautiful bag! My story from yesterday…

    I am currently pregnant with our second baby. Yesterday, I caught my almost 3 year old with her shirt up, rubbing her belly, and then kind of checking me out. I asked her what she was doing, she said, “I only have one little bump. Mama has three BIIIIIG bumps.”

    LOL! Yes, I definitely do have three big bumps these days. And they’re only going to get bigger! :o)

  151. Jordan May 6, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    There are times when having step children isn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever done, but I am always greatful for the way they have welcomed me into their lives with open arms.

  152. Jessica May 6, 2009 at 9:53 AM

    Mother’s Day of last year, I was still in the hospital with my new baby, Audree. I have PCOS and was told I’d never conceive. At the referral appointment to see a specialist, after two years of trying, the doctor gave us amazing news: we were pregnant! I nearly fell off the exam table. That nine months of pregnancy was so incredibly trying and difficult. I was hospitalized twice for preterm labor, and my husband, a Nuclear Electrician’s Mate in the Navy, was out to sea! I was totally alone away from all my family and friends. Finally, on my due date, I went into labor. After 26 hours of labor, the first 18 without Pitocin, I had an emergency c-section. 10 lb, 2.5 oz. Audree Elizabeth was born. She’s made our lives complete and I’m blessed to be able to be her mother. Today, my redheaded wonder says 40 words, 15 sentences, identifies many food groups and never ceases to amaze me.

    Being a mother is the greatest privilege and trial any woman can ever hope to experience. However, it’s even more rewarding. I love your blog and would really love this bag :D. Thanks for reading!

  153. sonja May 6, 2009 at 10:13 AM


    I could tell you all about how our kids took turns being sick last week, and how the horrible gastro intestinal bug caught up with me on Monday night and I spent 36 hours in bed (and in the bathroom) and am just now slowly getting back to life…

    OR, I could tell you about how our kids so sweetly helped me out while I was sick, getting themselves ready for school and making their own lunches and taking care of our little one for me…oh, and my husband was pretty great too…

    BUT, I am getting a new garage door installed today and have been waiting and waiting for them to arrive so I can’t go on and on letting you get to know me. You know, the door people gave me the old, “we’ll be there sometime on Wednesday” routine. I hear the beeping of a truck backing up so I think they are FINALLY here so I really do have to go!

    PS I think our oldest sons are very much alike. It freaks me out sometimes when I read your blog.

    Cool contest rules!

  154. Krysta May 6, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Something funny… well… my 16mo old “Little Tadpole” is always good for a laugh… but I’m having trouble figuring out how to put him into words today so I’ll use my Mom’s words from the last time she babysat: I called him a silly little toot today… and later when I went to the bathroom he followed me in. He was a good boy until I got on the pot. Then he grabbed the end of the toilet paper roll and made a run for it, yelling “toot toot” all the way down the hall…

    (If Canadian entries aren’t eligible, that’s okay – I hope you enjoyed my story anyways! And for another laugh, check out today’s picture of the Tadpole on my blog:

  155. Megan Godi May 6, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    I love this bag!
    Just last week I found a floating poop in the tub while taking a bubble bath with my one year old!
    A much needed vacation is in store for me……so I will be leaving on Saturday along with my Momma and the rest of my family on vacation to Florida! I am so looking forward to sipping Margarita’s with my Mom and sisters poolside and watching my sons and nephews swim(of course with their father’s sober supervision :P!)this Mother’s Day.

  156. Laura G. May 6, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    I wrote this quote in my mom’s Mother’s Day card: “Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world, a mother’s love is not.” -James Joyce

    Gorgeous bag!

  157. Jennifer May 6, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    I am pregnant with #3 (a girl due in July) and have 2 boys (ages 2 and 4). My four year old was running around like Dash from the Incredibles the other day when he almost ran right into me. I told him to be a little more careful running in the house like that because he could hurt someone or himself. His reply: “you’re SOOOO right mom, I could have knocked that baby right out of you!” Both boys are very excited for their little sister and ask daily about getting to feed her and change her, etc….hopefully they live up to some of their promises!

  158. jenny May 6, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    hey girl! as im sure you have seen i just gave birth to my 3rd son Cooper. My oldest two are from my ex husband who is a fantastic father and person. My husband and Coopers father is currently serving our country in Baghdad Iraq and was no able to be here for coopers birth. he has seen his son via webcam a couple of times though and cries every time :). Now on to my entry… when i was in the hospital following coopers birth my ex husband brought the boys to come meet their new baby brother. they were so excited. the room was full of nurses, family, and friends. My 5 year old wesley hopped onto the bed to meet cooper and his dad was right next to him. All eyes were on him. One of the nurses who had just come in asked him “are you excited about your new family member wesley?” and his reponse was the following “yes maam. this is my mommy and my brother logan and my new baby brother cooper. this is my daddy but mommy says the baby isnt his” HERS EYES were as big as saucers and the entire room cracked up. Im STILL laughing a month later 🙂 gotta love little boys. this mothers day i am thankful for the humor in my life.

  159. Katie May 6, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    My little guy is 17 months, and he loves to eat dog food. It grosses me out. He can be completely full from dinner, and he still gets down and walks over to the dog bowl and starts picking up pieces to eat. And now, I think he’s trying to eat like the dog, because he’ll take a handful of Cherrios over to a chair, put them down, and then eat off the chair with his mouth like a dog. Your Taryn dog stories crack me up because I think James is headed down the same path! I don’t know what is worse though, him eating the dog food or Taryn licking everything!

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  160. Jenny S May 6, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Hi Lyndsay! Your pictures bring tears to my eyes everytime I visit your blog! Mother’s day is super special this year- it’s my first and my son will be turning 6 months old ON Mother’s Day! It’s amazing how fast this time has gone by. I never realized how selfless I would become. If you had asked me a few years ago if it would bother me to be wearing pee clothes, have a messy house, and forget to eat I would have given you a very different answer. I LOVE being a mother and I think my son would say I’m doing a bang-up job…except for the few minutes I make him wait to take a bath to wash the pee out of his hair so I can post a comment on your blog! 🙂

  161. Lucy May 6, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    I really wished we lived in Austin (or anywhere close) so that you could take my daughter’s picture. You would LOVE her… big, red curls!!

  162. Kelly May 6, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Hmmm…how’s this? I’m not shy to say that I am celebrating my first Mother’s Day THIS year, even though I’m not due until September. I don’t believe a mother is defined by the existence of an “outside baby.” I think a mother is created through the love she feels for her child, the constant worry she feels for his or her safety and health, and the actions she takes to make his or her life as good as it can be. All these apply to me, to every pregnant woman. I am a mother. Already. 🙂

  163. Chris May 6, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Beautiful bag!

    My daughter is 15 months and is turning into a chatterbox. She’s on the small side so people are often surprised to hear actual words come out of her mouth. The other day we had a special lunch together and were walking around outside of the restaurant through a little courtyard. She was being incredibly cute (as usual) and was telling me there were flowers and showing off her belly. As we turned a corner we saw to older folks walking their two little dogs. Now we have 65lb dog at home so the kiddo is accustomed to dogs being on the larger size. She caught a glimpse of the dogs and charged after them (showing off her belly, of course) shrieking “baby bunnies, baby bunnies” with her squeaky little voice. The couple was very amused. The dogs (bunnies) were very tolerant of her love/affection. It made my day.

  164. Kim May 6, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Gorgeous bag! What exquisite taste you have! I’ve been a “fan” of yours since the knot days and terrible Ms. Katrina. My funny store is while walking through the outlet mall this week, my almost 4 year old got ran into the Stride Rite store. He ran right up to the girl who was working and started jumping. At the same time he quipped “look how high I can jump…I ate all my dinner last night!” We were both cracking up. 🙂

  165. selena May 6, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    You may have already heard this song but I just listened to Taylor Swift’s “The Best Day” for the first time yesterday. It had me in tears! It’s a great song and perfect for Mother’s Day!
    I always enjoy reading your blog and love your amazing photos! Thanks for the contest!

  166. Michelle Hamstra May 6, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Love the bag! I think what I appreciate most about you is that “mom connection.” I dont get the impression that you try to pretend to be someone you aren’t – sharing both your victories and your struggles gives me hope to be a better mom, as well as a better photographer. 🙂

  167. Teresa May 6, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Yay! I think it’d be super cute as just a shoulder bag, and I love the color! I think I might need one regardless of the competition… Oh, and of course your photography just rocks! 😉

  168. Toni May 6, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    My 9 month old son just got the hang of giving Mommy kisses! Sometimes I’ll ask “Can Mommy have a kiss?” and he’ll shake his head no! And I’ll tell him “Yesssss.” He’ll have his mouth open wide, inviting me for a kiss. It’s so cute! A perfect first Mother’s Day gift. 🙂

  169. Karen May 6, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    LOVE your blog – its’ always inspiring to me. We are in the process of adopting our next child. Actually, we went to visit the birth family this past weekend. Our first visit was brunch at a restaurant. Everyone nervous, having never met, us trying to explain to our daughter before we arrived what was going on – she’s three years old by the way. Upon meeting, our daughter went right up to the birth mom, her eyes fixated on her stomach, pointed and then placed her finger on her belly and asked emphatically, “Is that my baby brother in there?!” LOL I guess you could say that it really broke the ice. 😉

  170. Jennifer May 6, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Three days ago my baby figured out how to climb on the kitchen chair and onto the table. It’s been an exhausting 72 hours. He is SO delighted to climb upon his stage. He stomps his feet and giggles. He has emptied all the filtered water into the ice bucket and mixed it with the Kool-aid spoon. He has poured milk, juice, oatmeal, soggy flakes, & sugar out of their original containers and patted them across the table surface. He likes to bang silverware, measuring cups, & assorted spatulas on the table. When he’s finished, he tosses them off to the tile. He refuses to sit in his high chair, but when we invited him to sit with us at dinner he tossed his plate like a frisbee. He persisted in trying to sit ON the food at dinner. It’s WAY cooler to sit on the table than on one of those chairs.

    I love him because he is curious, determined, and very creative. He’s wearing me out, but he sure is cute.

    I’m the mother of four. I’m trying to love it every day.

  171. Angie Barron May 6, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    I have been a mom now for 1 1/2 years. It has been the best thing to ever happen to me. My little boy kisses me now and tells me “night-night”. There is nothing in this world I love more than him! I really love the purse!!! 🙂

    Now, here is my funny thing about being a mom…. I was in the minivan waiting on my husband to pull up to his office. It was a Saturday, the doors were all locked and there was no where to go pee! I had to go sooooo bad!!! No, I didn’t do my kegals while pregnant, and as you can imagine, I can’t hold it every long. So, a bright idea came to mind. I pulled out one of my son’s diapers and peed in it! In the back of my van! I sure felt better. 😉

  172. Katy May 6, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    Words cannot express how much my mom means to me. She is my best friend in the world! She’s been there for me through every up and down- even when she is riding a rollercoaster of her own! I can only wish that my daughter will feel the same about me when she’s 30!!

  173. Jessica Moore May 6, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    My sweet Aubrey is now 17 months old and still doesn’t have much to say. However, she loves animals and can tell you the sounds made by dogs, cats, birds and even monkeys. But she has yet to call me or my husband by any sort of name. We know that we’re second in her heart to animals.
    Yesterday, she said her first “real” word – guess what it was. Her first real word is “Ella,” the name of our dog. So not fair!! The girl loves animals, I tell ya! Hates plants (cowers away from them, in fact, when you try to get her to smell a flower), but LOVES all animals.

  174. Stacey May 6, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    I just love your blog and love your photos. We have friends in Austin and I’m actually thinking of visiting them just so I can book you for some photos! 🙂 I am a mom to 3 little ones and, while there are days where I have my hands very full, they are such a blessing. they have taught me how deeply I’m able to love and at times, I just ache thinking of them leaving the house one day. For now, though, I will enjoy every morsel of them!!

  175. Shutter Daddy May 6, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Our 9 month old just learned how to wave goodbye. Problem is, he’s a little bit behind…he only starts waving about 60 seconds after you’ve already left.

  176. Tracy (richardslove) May 6, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Hannah is 20 months old. I love that everyday is my birthday…she sings to me “Hap, Birtday, Mama….Hap, Birtday, Mama”. It’s stinkin’ cute. To me, everyday is Mother’s Day. I’m truly blessed.

  177. Liz May 6, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    My mother loves Yoda. So much so, that she has a Yoda quote for everytime I tell her my problems. “Try not. Do or do not, there is no try.” She even says the “…hmmm, yes?” piece of every Yoda quote. It drives me insane! I just want real advice! Not Yoda advice!

  178. Laurie May 6, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    its hard to pick just one thing Olivia says each day that makes us laugh. take right now, shes supposed to be in the kitchen eating supper, yet shes followed me in here, has stripped down, shaking her hips saying “shake yer booty” cause she knows it’ll make me laugh instead of yelling at her to go eat her dinner, which now involves a cup of water with corn in it to “make it sugary?”

    One of the funniest things she has come out with was a couple mornings ago, asked daddy why he was going to work. he said cause he had to go make the bacon. well, her response was “no daddy, you go to work and make the sausage”. so every morning now she says you go to work to make sausage daddy.

    So even though I swore I would list her on Craigslist by the end of the day, I think I’ll keep her. Shes cheaper than therapy

  179. Kelli Bottjen May 6, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    My girls love American Idol. They dance around and sing (with their toy microphones) but ONLY to Adam. No one else…I am wondering if they have picked the winner…

  180. Cathy May 6, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    I love your blog. You are an amazing photographer. I am the mama of 3 boys under the age of 3. My mom who passed away when I was 6 months pregnant with my 1st baby taught me everything I know about parenting. She was a unique woman. Stuck to her Korean ways until the very end. She was strict, loving, generous & everyone’s mama. I hope my children & their friends look at me like this one day!

  181. Sharna Wilkerson May 6, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Short and not so sweet…….My 4 year old son told me today that my butt was too big to use the toilet that everyone else uses. What a total blow to the post winter blues! Love the bag by the way – and so kind of you to give one away.

  182. Amber H. May 6, 2009 at 4:58 PM

    You are right – gorgeous bag! I love reading your blog on a nearly daily basis – your family is so inspiring and I am in love with your house. 🙂 I have a nearly 3 year old daughter, Emma who can be soooo onery at times and it makes me smile when she comes up behind me reading your blog and asks if that little girl will be her friend because she looks like FUN.

  183. Evy May 6, 2009 at 6:22 PM

    A sweet one for you. Whenever my mom would watch one of her grandkids she would get them to talk to her about anything and everything. As they were talking she would try to write down as much of it as she could. Afterwards she would spin a tale and create wonderful stories starring them. She would then present each child with there own written story book by Mema. It’s a tradition I am going to do with my daughter and any future children and grandchildren I have. :o)

  184. Vanessa Delgado May 6, 2009 at 7:57 PM

    Hi I just found your blog off of Michelle’s blog I love your work. I’m so thankful for the art of photography.

    My husband and welcomed our conjoined twin girls Melody and Madison into this world on November 11th of last year and on that very same day they were welcomed into Heaven.

    Without the amazing pictures our photographer took I would have forgotten so much.

    The thing I remember most about my girls is how tiny their hands were and how big their feet were.

    I love my daughters and I will always miss them but I have beautiful pictures to remind me of my girls!

    Vanessa Delgado

  185. Kathy May 6, 2009 at 8:03 PM

    I don’t need this, oh no. But my current bag has pen mark on the inside, and a melted crayon, and smushed up goldfish crackers, and never any wipes (because Clara pulls them out any chance she gets.) Ahhhh motherhood….I never thought I would feel so useless at something one moment, and then so proud the next. It really gets to you.

  186. Meghan May 6, 2009 at 8:05 PM

    Wow! It is amazing to see how many people have commented!!! I guess I am a lurker as well. I only post every now and then. But I LOVE seeing so many others who enjoy your blog as much as I do! You are such an inspiration to me and I LOVE your birth photography (as well as newborn), everytime I see a post I either cry or oooooo and aaaahhhhh.

    I have two daughters who are 3 and 4 years old (2 days less than a year apart!!). I love they way they treat eachother. They both love each other so much and are always looking out for one another. If ones gets something the other one has to have it too because that is what they say!

    I LOVE the way my four year old inhales with this dreamy sigh and says “Oooohhhh” when I show her something she really loves. She does it every time I tell her I have a surprise like a new nighty or a small little something she has been wanting. She really appreciates everything and I just LOVE that about her!

    My youngest daughter is SUCH a firecracker!! She really is! The new things she has been doing lately has just amazed me! She is getting comfortable with things like getting on the swing by herself, or pouring a cup of water. But man, when she gets mad you better watch out because she will make you feel like you have done something wrong with the look she gives you, when in fact she did the wrongdoing in the first place.

    I love them so much and I look forward to having more in a couple years! They are a ton of work, but oh so worth it. Apparently I could write about my daughter’s forever so I will stop now! hahahaha

  187. Michelle May 6, 2009 at 8:22 PM

    As frustrating as a 21 month old can be by terrorizing the house, being the destroyer of all things not bolted down by child locks, it was pretty endearing today, when my daughter sauntered down to my office sporting 3 layers of skorts, two shirts, a swimsuit coverup and a wide brimmed hat. While I was working away at returning emails, she was emptying her entire dresser, trying on multiple outfits and leaving a massive pile of discarded clothes in her wake. I snapped away with my camera as she blissfully and single-handedly destroyed her perfectly organized drawer of clothes, while I’m sure wondering to herself, “why is mommy letting me get away with this madness?”

  188. Megan Cristello May 6, 2009 at 8:34 PM

    Ok…here goes…this may be a little lengthy..but…when I was a tween, I painted my teeth with red finger nail polish..Honestly, I don’t know what possessed me to do such, other than being a twelve year old, only child, who got bored easily, but here are the details as I remember. I was in the bathroom and I noticed a bottle of bright red polish. Now, I don’t really remember what prompted the thought of painting my teeth, and I don’t even really remembering doing know, how you get in the car and drive from point A to B, and really don’t know how you got to your destination..but somehow you managed to get there. Well, that’s what sort of happened..I saw the polish, the next thing I know..BAM! My teeth are painted red! I remember getting out the hair dryer and holding it in front of my teeth, waiting for them to dry. Once dried, I sat there starring into the mirror and admiring my cherry red teeth, and thought..”I’m going to go smile at my, this is gonna be good!” I walked out into the living room, looked at my mom, and then flashed my shiny red teeth at her. She was like, what the..? I remember laughing hysterically and being grilled by her as to why, what, how? After I had my fun, I needed to get it saturated cotton balls with nail polish remover and rubbed it over my teeth..came right off..and my teeth good as new….

  189. Kea May 6, 2009 at 8:34 PM

    Wow pretty!!! Okay so here goes…..This is my first Mother’s Day! My baby girl will be 9 months old next week and she is the best thing that has happened to my husband and I. We went through YEARS of infertility and we finally got our miracle last year when she came along in Aug. Motherhood has been interesting and i won’t lie it has it’s tough days but i would not trade her for the world. I didn’t know how much you could love someone until she came into our life.

    A little story about my mom also. She was the best mother anyone could have! And seeing her with my baby girl just makes my heart do kart wheels!

    But something funny to share is a lady on Oprah said not to long ago, when you have kids you should call your parents at least one time a week and thank them for letting you live, LOL!!

    Have a Happy Mother’s Day!!!

  190. Janie Jones May 6, 2009 at 8:56 PM

    This will be the first Mothers Day without my mother. My mother passed away 7 short months ago. I had just started my business and she was so proud of me. My mother was so funny. Probably the funniest thing she did was when she finally got a cell phone, it rang as we were driving, she looked at it, opened it, held it away from her face like a walkie talkie and said “Hello, Hello!” I about wet my pants it was so funny. All of you who still have your mother, whether you like them or not, please give them a hug and tell them you love them because it really is true when someone says it could all be gone tomorrow.

  191. marlen May 7, 2009 at 12:22 AM

    I am 25 years old and I have seen my mom cry only twice- once when I was a little girl and she hurt her back, and the other, a couple years back at thanksgiving dinner when she said she was thankful that I was surrounded by such positive people in life- my best friend was with us, along with my college boyfriend (now my husband). It was beautiful!

  192. Jenn May 7, 2009 at 1:52 AM

    I love, love, love your blog, Lyndsay. Seeing how your kids are growing gives me so much to look forward to as I am about to embark upon this crazy new career called motherhood. (34 days to go!) I think I’d be OK without Kung Poo in my life though. I can only imagine how the cats would react to being Collin’s target. Hee.

  193. melissa May 7, 2009 at 5:08 AM

    Today is Thursday, which means that the most important mom duty of my day is checking my four-year-old for underwear before preschool. I have a Commando King, and have to physically check his pants, because he will sneak his unders off after I dress him.

  194. L. May 7, 2009 at 7:16 AM

    Holy crap that is gorgeous! One of the bazillion reasons why I love my mom – because she drove 6 hours (one way) to watch the kids while my husband and I took a much needed vacation. Thanks mom, you’re the best!

  195. erin May 7, 2009 at 7:47 AM

    First, I love your blog…inspiration is the word I would use!! I am a speech therapist and photographer:) Last week, my 2 year old was asked what she wanted to be when she grows up and her answer was a “working mom”. I love what they come up with!! But I have to say my favorite time is when my 2 girls wake up and we lay in my bed and watch one’s perfect!!

  196. Julie V. May 7, 2009 at 8:43 AM

    I absolutely love how my 3 1/2 year old dauughter, Gracie, wakes up every morning and runs into her little brother’s room to see if he’s awake. If she hears him cooing she’ll grab her step stool, lean over his crib and yell “PINK-A-BOO”!!

  197. Kat W May 7, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    I am a LONGTIME lurker on your blog and have enjoyed following you and your family & your great talent for photography. I’m not a mom but I am an aunt, a job I enjoy immensely. My nephew & neice live just down the road so I see them all the time. My two most recent favorite stories: Story #1: We took my 4 yr old nephew to his first ever movie and he was incredibly taken with it. While talking to his mom about it on the phone afterwards, his comment was, “Yeah, it was pretty cool. And we got to watch it on the biggest TV in the world!”
    Story #2: My hubby plays soccer and the kids love to go to Uncle Kyle’s soccer games. Nothing is cuter than watching the kids scream “Go Uncle Kyle!” especially the little 2 yr old, who I call the neicelette. She’s got a big personality and a big voice for someone so petite. People on the field have actually stopped playing because they were distracted by big cheers from such a little girl. 🙂

  198. Erin May 7, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    Another fellow Knottie/Nestie follower:) I’m a firm believer that if I lost weight from laughing at my kids, I’d never have to diet again! My husband and I have a running joke that he has “people”…as in, “My people told me this…” and I always say to him “I *am* your people”, lol. The other night I told him I was unhappy with how the NASCAR race was going so I was going to call up MY people and have one of them throw a banana peel on the track to give my driver an advantage;) Our son, who is about Taryn age, stops what he’s doing and comes over to me. He gives me this sweet smile, folds his hands in front of him and says to me, “Oh mommy. You don’t have any people!” Lol…what the heck? He never tells his daddy that:)

  199. Katie May 7, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    Anything? Well … one time at a very formal Easter buffet brunch, I asked my stepfather if he brought his third leg with him. I kept eating because, well, I didn’t think I said anything out of the ordinary. It wasn’t until my husband whispered to me, “sweetie…it’s hollow leg,” that I realized my mistake.

  200. Autumn May 7, 2009 at 5:52 PM

    Hi Lyndsay!!

    Let’s see…I am not a human mom, I am a mom to 5 awesome pets. I do not plan on having children, but I love reading stories from families like yours because they just crack me up! If I could just pop into a ready-made family that’s already established as being cute and funny, I might just do it! However, people think I’m just a crazy dog/cat mom. We now have 3 Pomeranians, who are just the best, and 2 cats, who yes, I do love but they can be a little crazy! 🙂 And, after all of the butt/poop cleaning I do, feedings, love, cuddles, training, etc., I honestly do believe I should be given a mother’s day gift from my animals. ~Autumn

  201. tina r May 7, 2009 at 8:52 PM

    Love reading these comments…some are so funny! Mine is simple: My baby turns 1 tomorrow. He loooves to laugh. And to me it’s one of the sweetest sounds in the world (along with his 3 year old sister…well..her laugh and stories = sweet. the tantrums = not so much! 😉

  202. Cindy Haggerton May 7, 2009 at 8:52 PM

    This is my first Mother’s Day, I am so blessed to have a precious 6 month old little boy. I am a chiropractor and a midwife… We always laugh that one day my little boy will grown up and be able to tell many of his friends that he saw them born. In fact, he went with me to a birth this morning at 4AM, lucky him- he got to sleep while mommy had to help catch a baby! I am so blessed!

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  204. monika May 8, 2009 at 5:33 AM

    Having a baby later in life is so different. I have an 10 month old, a 16 year old and a 20 year old. I find that I appreciate it everything so much more! Every little laugh, every little smile and even every little poop! I may not have the same amount of energy I had 20 years ago, but having my little one is certainly keeping me young!

  205. Virginia May 8, 2009 at 5:56 AM

    AWESOME giveaway! I suck at writing though but I do have a confession…I absolutely love love love love it when my boys tell me how much they love me and that I am beautiful! There is just nothing like it!! sometimes they even tell me I am super skinny…now THAT’s love! (poor kids have no clue what skinny is).
    A few days ago, Sebastian told me he loved me so much that he was “gonna grab my face and kiss it, just like daddy”! Happy Mother’s Day!

  206. Dana Stone May 8, 2009 at 6:07 AM

    I have the worlds shortest short term memory. I’m really bad. Nobody really believes me, but I finally had a test done and apparently it’s bad enough that they couldn’t believe it. They retested me (same test so I should have done better the second time) and I was even worse!

    But the worst “forgetful” thing I ever did….I really liked this guy at work…super sweet. I ALSO really liked this other guy at church…quiet but was nice too. About a month later, I realized I liked ONE guy. Same person, different outfits, different places. But it turned out okay…I married him!

  207. Ruby Clinard May 8, 2009 at 7:05 AM

    For everyone out there that still has there Mom with them, don’t waste a day of making memories with her. Spend as much time with her as you can and call her when you can’t go see her. You see, this is the 2nd Mother’s Day with out my precious Mother and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t wish I could pick up the phone and have a conversation with her or visit her. The years pass too fast, last Mother’s Day was much too painful to even to be able to think of doing this, but time does make the memories sweeter and she will always be a part of our lives as long as I keep telling her great grandchildren all about her which now total 4. thanks for letting me go on about my Mother.

  208. kelly May 8, 2009 at 7:29 AM

    I told myself I’d come out of lurking if you hit 200 — wow, that bag caused quite a stir!
    I don’t have a story to rival some of these (I’ve been secretly chuckling about one in particular for two days now), but I’ll go ahead and tell you that I’ve got three kiddos: First, boy, 10, sweet as can be, nearly as tall as momma, looks like a little professor in his glasses, unless he is being a total goof-ball comedian, he makes me laugh just because he’s so entertained with himself. Middle, girl, 8, girly-girl, wild woman, alternately dotes on or terrifies her brothers, and oh, the energy! Baby, but hopefully not last, boy, 18 months, I can’t help it that I think he’s adorable even as he’s tap dancing on my kitchen table or rearranging the chairs and books in my living room — funny how a mom’s perspective changes everything! I get a kick seeing/hearing about your three, cause I can totally imagine them all tearing up an afternoon together. Happy Mother’s Day!

  209. Meredith May 8, 2009 at 7:46 AM

    What an amazing giveaway!! Thanks for the chance! My 21 month old son, Jack, has been learning how to string words together over the past month or so. One thing he’s started saying is “Mommy do’s it” or “Jackson do’s it” – pronounced dooz :). I guess he picked it up from me saying “Please let mommy do it,” and he made it plural. I laugh every single time he says it!

  210. Glenn May 8, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    This is our first Mother’s day with our brand new baby girl, little r who is 6 months old. I love her mother very much and want to wish her a wonderful and stressfree mothr’s day. LAFE

  211. Marti Smith May 8, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    I love being a mom. I love the ever flowing information for life’s comedy routine. Is it that Suzy plays hide and seek by going five feet away and saying, “Come find me, Mommy! I’m right here!” Or is it the time when she insisted that she also needed to pee in the little cup at my OB appointment? AND place it in the door, with her name on the cup. Maybe it’s the time we were coming home late and Andy (just a few weeks) was crying and I look in the rear-view mirror and hear / see, “Don’t worry, Mommy. I’m holding his hand. He’s OK.” Or how about the time we discussed how we shouldn’t be naked when we have company. The next day, she asks if PawPop is company and I reply “No, sweetie, he’s family.” So, within moments she is streaking. Or is it when she doesn’t want to go to bed and she sits by her door and says, literally, “Oh boo hoo hoo. I’m not sleepy.” Or maybe just yesterday, when she held her little toy camera and pointed it at me and Andy and said, “Mooommmy! You’re in my shot!” (As in – MOVE out of the way!) I could count so many reasons being a mom is so great. But, mostly, it’s because it has to be the most humbling, challenging, exhausting, and yet rewarding things I could ever do. My kids bring me to my knees every night. But I thank God for them while I’m down there.

  212. Holly Brimhall May 11, 2009 at 5:32 PM

    Kids are the BEST! Lately my boys have been cracking me up. It’s baseball season around here and it’s Bryson’s first year to play. I overheard a conversation between him and Jarom the other day and it just makes me smile… So I hear:
    Bryson, “What is this thing”
    Jarom: “It’s a cup… you wear it to protect yourself when you play catcher.”
    “That’s not very comfortable. I don’t like it. The boys at baseball call it a weenie protector.”
    “Oh! Don’t say weenie. You know we aren’t allowed to say that.”
    “Okay… soft spot protector.”
    “How about tenders?”
    “You know what the kids at school call a bum? A split cookie?”
    At this point… I completely LOST it… laughing hysterically! Boys are hilarious! Happy Mothers Day to you!

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