Sunday, June 17, 2012


Thursday, April 26, 2012

My Picture is on the COVER!

Well it's been so long sense I have posted anything on here I just now see that Blogger has a new "look"! I can remember when I would hardy miss a day posting here. Hopefully, soon, I can share with you the new road our family has taking to eating and all the wonderful recipes I have to share. My master bedroom and bathroom mini make over. And a few craft "junkin" stories I have to tell.

In the meantime check this out...

My picture made it on the cover of a magazine. If you live in the NE US you can purchase it at your local newsstand. It is also distributed nationally to OBGYN and Pediatric doctor offices. At least now I can say I have published work! Hahahahaha!

Monday, April 2, 2012


This poor ole' blog of mine has really been suffering. Though I miss posting and sharing all the fun things we make, bake and do, there simply isn't enough time in my day.

HannahKate Photography has been keeping just about every "free" minute I have busy. And the rest I share with my family.

I plan on sharing when I can, but it may be far and few between! If you want to stay updated on HannhKate Photography's latest I opened up a Facebook page you can follow www.facebook./HannahkatephotographyLLC

You'll see all the first like this...

They are sooooo much in L-O-V-E, cuter than dirt, and expecting there first baby this October!

They were so much fun to work with.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Rock the Shot

I follow a blog called Rock the Shot. Love it for all kinds of information and inspiration. I decided to enter their monthly photo challenge with this picture.

This months theme is Spring, and I found this picture very fitting!

You can pop over here and check it all out!
Rock the Shot

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

MandyAnn Clothing

I had the opportunity to do some "commercial" work a couple of weeks back. For the very talented Amanda Whorton with Mandy Ann clothing.

She has a fabulous etsy store you can visit HERE. And is in the works on many new exciting avenues with her line.

So I was so excited when she approached me about doing a photo shoot for her spring line.

We enjoyed a bright "chilly" day.

But all our little models did a fantastic job!

Lovin' the details!

When you get time go visit Mandy Ann Clothing. She has some fabulous unique options for Easter, Spring and styling your new photo session{wink}!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Selphs

Had a great time working with this growing little family.

It's been a few weeks back but the weather was so kind to us.

And these kiddos listen so well and were so helpful!

Thanks for a great afternoon!

And As I look back at this post I realize how badly I need to get a photography blog. My images loose so much sharpness and color after I save and upload to this blogger site. I never knew what a HUGE difference there was until I really got into photography. Just another something to add to the "to do" list!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Meet the Cheez-It Chair

Yes, these first few pictures are from my iphone.

And I've only been able to work with the chair for one shoot.

But, I'm so looking forward to using it a lot this spring.

A Salvation Army find! And it took me over a year to track down my fall seating. This was just a drive by on my way to do something else when it called out to me from the window.

Hannah has knick named it our Cheez-It chair!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

March Madness & A Hot Water Tank Lesson!

I'm beginning to realize that March for The Gaines Gang is truly March Madness. If you've been around this blog for a while you remember this happening last March.

Gabe being attacked and mauled at a birthday party by a springer spaniel.

Evacuating our home not once, but twice, due to grass fire threats of burning it down.

And then ending the month with my dad having a heart attack and having a few stints put in.

Well folks this March ain't looking much better!

We started off with a simple tire rotation. Leading me to having to purchase a brand new tire and having my car realigned. Let's not forget that the car is only TWO years old. Never was pulling, drove fine. But, was out of alignment and wore the inside of one tire down to the wires. Thank you Oklahoma {pot filled} roads!

This was my view for 3.5 hours.

Ryan was on the road and this was his view he texted me as I waited.

$350.00 later we were released and learned that it's best to have your tires rotated every 3,000 miles. For me that's every other month. J.O.Y.!

Then this past Sunday morning Hannah was in the shower and I was ready to hop in my shower when I got nothing but ice cold water. We have always been able to take at least 3-4 showers without any trouble. 

We built our home 7 years ago and installed a 50 gallen tank for a family of four, so I wondered what was the issue. Awe...maybe the pilot light went out. I dress my self head out to the garage and open the hot water tank door. And this is what I saw.

I know enough to know that you NEVER want to see your drip pan full of water and flowing over into your run off drain.

Running back in I asked Hannah if her shower was cold. She said yes! Crazy that she stayed in.

I being the ever want to fix it myself googled what I could do, nothing but call a plumber. It was Sunday morning. We were now going to miss church and I was going to be late for our last home game of the year {my day job}. Knowing how hard it is to get someone out on a Sunday I boiled a huge pot of water for little man and filled up the tub. I took the fastest military shower ever known to man!

Did I happen to mention that Ryan was yet again on the road in New Mexico! I called, whined and displayed by concern. Bless the man, he got someone out there that night to drain the pan, light the pilot light and tell me what I already knew. Ma'am your going to need a new hot water tank! I took the model and serial number off and went back to my computer hoping that there was still some type of warranty. Nope, it expired on January 31st, 2012! Yes, that is soooo my luck.

Turns out it wasn't really the hot water tanks fault. See those two little copper pipes up top? Noticed how the one on the right looks all nice and shinny? Now look at the one on the left...notice the build up an coarsen? That's because when the plumber that installed it, 7 years ago, did not thread it just right when tightening it up. It took that leak 7 years to reach the bottom pan. In the mean time it rusted out the entire inside of my hot water tank! So home owner lesson 101. Take a step ladder and kindly go look at the fittings on top of your hot water tank. Notice anything odd, call a plumber ASAP! Might just save you $1,000.00 and a very cold Sunday morning shower.

It's only March 7th and I cannot wait until April 1st arrives. Just hoping that we all can make it until then. As I type this we have 30-50 MPH winds and an extreme fire danger alert. I have already packed our bags with what I can grab and run with. If a fire, tornado or earth quake are in store for me during this March Madness!

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