Lazy Summer Days on Lazy L Street

Cooling off with the water hose feels so good right now! Brings back childhood memories.

It’s hot outside y’all. It’s so hot that you just want to walk around in your birthday suit because every article of clothing just sticks to you. Not. Even. Kidding. In this monstrous heat wave, the kids and I fell … Continue reading

There’s No Place Like Home

And lets not forget those Hogs! Go Razorbacks!

I love being an Arkansas girl. I love our city, I love our home, I love that there is so much to do in beautiful Northwest Arkansas (NWA) and that there is never a dull moment. The only bad thing … Continue reading

A Night With The Naturals

Watching game 2 and cheering on our Naturals on this beautiful July night.

Last night Mark’s company, Tatum-Smith Engineers Inc., hosted a night at the ball park by renting a suite at the Naturals ballpark in Springdale, AR and having it catered. The night was so much fun from beginning to end. The … Continue reading

Adventures in…Photography

I have always loved to take pictures. Recently I have been dabbling in it more than usual. I bought a new lens and it’s made me nuts for photography. For years I have prayed that God will call me to a career that works with my family life and allows me do something I love. And I really feel like God is calling me to photography. Maybe take Baptism photos or First Communion photos one day?? Who knows! But all I do know is that I love taking photos and being creative in the editing process.

Some pics turn out amazing, some are not my best-but I’m learning. I plan on signing up for photography & photo shop classes at Bedford Camera & Video here in town. I know none of this is going to happen over night and I know it’ll take a lot of work on my part to get it right, but I’m so excited to try! After Will starts school I’ll take the beginning steps of advertising my business. And in the mean time, I plan to do some free photography for family and friends for experience and practice. So far my sister-in-law, Katy, has booked head shots with me to take of her while we see each other this summer. I’m excited to begin this new venture in my life!

I hope you enjoy these photos of my kiddos. I love them and look forward to snapping more of my babes.

Cheers!

Kat

Ryan playing his guitar. Believe it or not this photo was taken in front of our shed! This is not a barn or a farm. The prop, a fan made into a lamp, accents the photo to add some modern and vintage style to the photo. I love this photo except for Ryan's cepo on his guitar that we forgot to have him take off.

Ryan playing his guitar. Believe it or not this photo was taken in front of our shed! This is not a barn or a farm. The prop, a fan made into a lamp, accents the photo to add some modern and vintage style to the photo. I love this photo except for Ryan’s cepo on his guitar that we forgot to have him take off.

 

 

Ryan in front of multi-color pallets. On the way to our photo location I drove past a grocery store that had these sitting off to the side of their building. I knew I had to swing back around for pics! Love the colors!

Ryan in front of multi-color pallets. On the way to our photo location I drove past a grocery store that had these sitting off to the side of their building. I knew I had to swing back around for pics! Love the colors!

 

 

A boy and his guitar. I saw a similar photo to this on Pinterest and had to recreate it. Only dislike is that Ryan was facing the sun and I need my lens upgarded to take photos a little further away so they will look crisp and clean.

A boy and his guitar. I saw a similar photo to this on Pinterest and had to recreate it. Only dislikes are that it is too dark, Ryan was facing the sun and I need my lens upgarded to take photos a little further away so they will look crisp and clean.

 

 

There is plot of land by Wal-Mart that sits empty. I have seen photo take photos here many times. I decided to give it a try. At sunset, Matt & I brought a chair and my camera. I love this photo so much, it makes me proud.

There is plot of land by Wal-Mart that sits empty. I have seen people take photos here many times. I decided to give it a try. At sunset, Matt & I brought a chair and my camera. I love this photo so much, it makes me proud.

 

 

Alone with his thoughts. I don't like to force smiles on people when I do photos. I'll often say, "no smile, half smile, big smile." Unless the person is laughing about something, the smile isn't genuine and I feel like I'm not really capturing who they are. I'd rather have no smile than a smile with no emotion behind the eyes....see Mary Kate's photo for the example.

Alone with his thoughts. I don’t like to force smiles on people when I do photos. I’ll often say, “no smile, half smile, big smile.” Unless the person is laughing about something, the smile isn’t genuine and I feel like I’m not really capturing who they are. I’d rather have no smile than a smile with no emotion behind the eyes….see Mary Kate’s photo for the example. But Matt AKA Sweets looks stunning in this photo. At only 15 years old, he looks very mature. I’d like to learn photo shop so I can make those baby blues pop more in photographs.

 

 

Matt downtown at an old loading dock. Just minutes later a train passed us by. This isn't a favorite photo of mine, but as you can see, his smile isn't natural. He was tired and ready to go home. But I will say that I love the colors in this photo.

(Here is a good example of a forced smile.) Matt downtown at an old loading dock. Just minutes later a train passed us by. This isn’t a favorite photo of mine, but as you can see, his smile isn’t natural and his eyes have no real expression to them. I think if I had him squint his eyes a tad it would look better. He was tired and ready to go home. But I will say that I love the colors in this photo.

 

 

Mary Kate and I went to take photos behind a church and behind that church is a garden and walking path. It's gorgeous. The first thing she did was sit on this bench and pose this pose. I said "wait, wait, let me get my camera out! Don't move!" She stayed still and I got this little gem in return! Such a gorgeous girl!! I love everything about this photo. But in order for it to look this good I had to take away the natural colors and add a more antique look to the photo for it to work.

Mary Kate and I went to take photos behind a church and behind that church is a garden and walking path. It’s gorgeous. The first thing she did was sit on this bench and pose this pose. I said “wait, wait, let me get my camera out! Don’t move!” She stayed still and I got this little gem in return! Such a gorgeous girl!! I love everything about this photo. But in order for it to look this good I had to take away the natural colors and add a more antique look to the photo for it to work.

 

 

Natural smiles are the BEST smiles!! And when I take pictures of the children I can usually get them to laugh pretty hard with saying things like "say boogers!" or "who farted?!" And they just squeal with laughter. What can I say, kids love gross bodily functions. No matter to me, cause all it gives me are great natural smiles like this in return. My dislike in this photo is lighting. I took it in the afternoon with the sun right oh her. It washed out her skin and dress a lot. I had to use a lot of touch ups to darken it up some without making it too dark. Other than that, I love it!

Natural smiles are the BEST smiles!! And when I take pictures of the children I can usually get them to laugh pretty hard with saying things like “say boogers!” or “who farted?!” And they just squeal with laughter. What can I say, kids love gross bodily functions. No matter to me, cause all it gives me are great natural smiles like this in return. My dislike in this photo is lighting. I took it in the afternoon with the sun right oh her. It washed out her skin and dress a lot. I had to use a lot of touch ups to darken it up some without making it too dark…again, I’m learning.  As you can see, I kept her face in focus and blurred out the rest of the photo in editing. This picture makes me smile a lot. It captures my favorite thing about my baby girl…her smile.  And notice those tiny fingers peeking out-just love it!

 

 

I took this photo of Will inside our home. This is our playroom and the rug, chair and banner are items I had in the children's rooms. I love the bright colors in the photo. Will is such a colorful little guy. This background fits him well.

I took this photo of Will inside our home. This is our playroom and the rug, chair and banner are items I had in the children’s rooms. I love the bright colors in the photo. Will is such a colorful little guy. This background fits him well.

 

 

I'm so in love with this smile. Will makes me smile so much. I captured this photo after making gross sounds and he laughed so hard. Perfect for capturing the true spirit of a child's smile.

I’m so in love with this smile. Will makes me smile so much. I captured this photo after making gross sounds and he laughed so hard. Perfect for capturing the true spirit of a child’s smile.

 

 

A more mature photo of Will. He looks so big in the picture. I softened it up and made it look more like a Polaroid.

A more mature photo of Will. He looks so big in the picture. I softened it up and made it look more like a Polaroid.

 

Not bad for a beginner…I’m learning and sometimes it takes a few mistakes along the way to get it right. So local family and friends, need me to take some photos of your kiddos?? Just let me know:)

Matthew “Sweets” 15th Birthday

Sweets celebrating his Sweet 15th at Golf Mountain

Its been 5 months since the passing of Ryan & Matt’s Mom. I have been anxious about their upcoming birthdays and what it might bring my sweet young men. Whatever emotions might lie beneath the surface of those sweet smiles, … Continue reading

Butterschnapps Eggnog

Made with Butterscotch Schnapps, Bailey's Irish Cream & Eggnog, this is  one holiday drink to say CHEERS to!

Merry Christmas! Its nap time and I have begun the prepping stages for my famous deviled eggs along with finishing my daily Mommy duties. It’s the holidays, so in the mist of it all I felt the need for a … Continue reading

Copycat Taylor’s Maid-Rite

This tastes as close as you are going to get to the real Taylor's Maid-Rite. Reminds me of home sweet home!!

I am an Iowa girl by rites. I grew up there until the tender age of 7 until we made the big move to Arkansas. People will ask where I am from and I always start off with saying Keokuk, … Continue reading

Tip Hero to the Rescue!

Instead of a hot dog, try making a banana on a bun with PB & J or PB & Nutella. My kids tried this today and it was a hit with my 4 year old. My 2 year old was a little confused by it but it all up! Genius idea!

Recently while surfing Facebook I came across a page called Tip Hero. It’s a fun page with loads of “Ah Ha Moments” for even the most creative people. I obviously love to cook and bake but if I can find … Continue reading

Poor “Woman’s” Sangria

A take on a traditional sangria but half the time. And it's so good! Time for Mommy to unwind!

It’s been busy at our home since we came back from vacation in Wyoming. Between school starting and getting the floors in the house redone, I’m completely spent by the end of night. It’s no secret that I love sangrias … Continue reading

Smile!

Ready for their check up! Mary Kate was already saying "Ah"

Today the kiddos had a check up at the dentist. We had hoped to visit the office next to Daddy’s work, instead we were sent to Bentonville for their check up. We go to My Village Pediatric Dentistry and see … Continue reading