As the little guy gets bigger and bigger (37 weeks now, 3 to go!), little things like washing the floors, doing the dishes (or standing anytime for any length of time), putting away the laundry, etc. have gotten more and more challenging to keep under control. I have to admit that more than once or twice for the past few weeks we've drafted tupperware for cereal and ate with plastic spoons for breakfast.

I would be a much greater emotional drain on Scott if it weren't for a fantastic arrangement that my younger teenage sister Mary and I came up with. She wanted portraits and I wanted a clean house... so every other week for the next couple of months (it's going to be crazy that month after D day too!) Mary comes over for a couple of hours and is my "Mary Maid". It has worked wondrously so far, and has helped alleviate stress on Scott as well ("Can you climb up in the attic and put this away, or pull this tub down, or help me put away all these off season clothes"... not fun to any man!).

This past weekend we planned on a fun hour or two long session at dusk, but it just happened to be the day that a summer storm blew through with enough dry lightening to keep the firefighters busy all this week. The smoke still hasn't let up. Since we started before the fires, there wasn't smoke to contend with, just the clouds and a darker dusk than I'd anticipated... so we will be doing another mini session to add a few more portraits to Mary's collection another time. For now though, here are a few of my favorites. Enjoy!


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