embrace the camera: june 2nd

i'm a little late this morning...story of my life.
first off, let's talk about embrace the camera.
i always post the rules at the end, but i'm afraid people aren't reading them, cause week after week i have people link up that i don't think understand what embrace the camera is about.
ETC is not getting your camera out and taking a photo.
it's getting your camera out and GETTING IN A PHOTO.
the whole point of it is to have pictures of yourself with your kids, spouse, friends, etc.
if you aren't in a photo, then you aren't embracing the camera.
make sense?
also, please please PLEASE link up your actual blog post and NOT JUST YOUR BLOG.
sorry for the all caps, but i just don't think people are hearing me.
this is not an absurd rule, as most "linky parties" have this same guideline.
i love that everyone participates each week---i really do...and we just surpassed a year of embracing the camera!  some of you have been with us since the beginning, and now you have a year of pictures that you are in.  way to go ladies!

okay, moving on.
this week caedmon moved on up to 2nd grade, while hadley graduated from pre-k.
we've sat through 2 awards and graduation ceremonies for our kiddos...they really are growing up so fast.
next year i will have 4 kids in school.
little kohen will be the only one home (until this bean arrives).
what will kohen and i do besides eat bon-bons on the couch all day?

here's hadley and i after her graduation.
notice, i no longer have roots.

so, as if this blog hasn't been quiet around here lately, it's about to get a lot quieter.
due to my mom's health, we made a decision to spend the summer in kansas.
we leave tomorrow morning to drive there...will arrive on saturday...then fly to california on monday (to have a visit with mr. andersons family)...then 2 weeks later, fly back to KS, to spend the rest of the summer there.
busy few weeks ahead and i can't promise any sort of blogging.
i am 12 weeks prego today and was hoping i would have woken up feeling like a new woman, but the nausea is still there (imagine that).
pray for us!
for a safe drive.
for a safe flight to and from cali.
for our health (especially mine--i don't want to be sick anymore!)

we appreciate the prayers...and after our crazy 2 weeks in california, i'll hopefully be back in the blogging scene, but i can't promise anything.

okay, enough rambling.
now it's time for you to embrace the camera.

so, are you ready to embrace the camera?
here's the nitty gritty:
1.  take a picture with you and your kids/spouse/family member/friend/whatever.
2.  blog about that picture and include a link to our blog, or grab our button.
3.  link your blog post up on mr. linky below.
4.  visit the other embracers...give each other lots of compliments about how good we look with our greasy hair and sweatpants velour jogging suits on.  cause yah, we need a little boost when it's been days since our last shower.
5.  have fun!


  1. that hadley is going to be a beautiful woman just like her mama! she is so stinkin' cute! we will miss you this summer! praying for safe travels and end of the sickness. first trimester actually ends at the start of week 13, so maybe this will be the last week? wishful thinking, i know. you poor thing. as for what you and kohen can do, anything you want!!!! :)

  2. Praying for you, your family, your trips, and your mom. And congrats to Caedmon and Hadley.

  3. I figured you were still sick - but I posted mine sans link anyway! The link is included now. Your daughter is gorgeous.

  4. Oh Em.... Prayers for your precious family, safe trips, your mom and you for your physical and emotional strength!

    Congrats on the big graduation and 2nd grade, WATCH OUT! You and Hadley look gorgeous (and you would regardless of roots or no roots!)

    1 year of embracing and I've been here the whole time (ok maybe I missed one or 2 somewhere in the middle) and I LOVE that you started this Emily! So so important for us moms to be in the pic!

  5. Sorry to hear about your mom's health :( Praying for you and your sweet family. Love the picture of Hadley and you. P.S. Don't see anything wrong with sitting on the couch and eating bon bons ;) HUGS to you!

  6. Ah, so glad to "see" you. I'm sorry about the reason for your travels, but I hope the summer is full of adventure (minus the nausea).

  7. Good luck, Em! You and your family are always in my prayers as I think you are amazing people. I hope you enjoy your summer, and I hope you feel much better very soon. Looking forward to your next post... whenever you feel up to it. :)

  8. Have a safe trip, praying for you guys - I know traveling, while sick and with so many kiddos, will be difficult but if anyone can handle it you can!!! I will miss your blogs terribly though.....can't wait for you to get back, I'm sure you'll have a super cute belly by then too!

  9. I have to say that Hadley reminds me so much of my daughter. I am going to say that I hope we don't have anymore tornadoes up here in these neck of the woods. Your coming into some dangerous grounds right now!

  10. adorable picture!! Yay for no more roots!! haha

  11. I hope your travels are filled with great times. But, I know it will be hard, too. Praying for you!

  12. Watch out Cali weather has been crazy! Not the norm. Have a great time with family!

  13. I'm sorry you are still not feeling well. Good luck with your travels. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. so glad to see you back in action! i hope you wake up a new woman very soon. :) and have a great summer. it will be wonderful to be around so much family. xo

  15. Yay for a summer in Kansas! Praying for all the health in your family as well as safe travelings!
    Im 12 weeks prego too and still feeling yucky!!

    Youre making the trip right in time for Riverfest (FIREWORKS!!!)

  16. I think of you all the time! Safe travels and I hope you enjoy every minute with your family and especially your mom. May God grant you with wellness during this stressful time in your life!

  17. Hope you are feeling better and make the journey safe and sound. Family is so important. You aren't looking sick though if that helps. Prayers sent up.

  18. Good Luck with everything! Safe travels and enjoy your family :)

    Tracy from Mykidsags.blogspot.com

  19. Be well. We will miss you!

  20. Hope that your trip to Cali and Kansas go good and that you start feeling better!

  21. I hope you guys have a very safe trip and that you start feeling somewhat better!

    Also on a totally different note, because of your blog I discovered JJ Heller's "Hands" and it is my new favorite song! Thanks for that :)

  22. Happy graduation to Hadley!
    Just said a prayer for your safe travel & I sure do hope you feel better very soon.
    Congratulations on the sweet little baby on the way! What wonderful news.

  23. I'm a new follower! :) Can't wait to get to know you better!


  24. beautiful picture! And good for you for getting in it even when you probably don't feel like it--you both look lovely! Blessings on your travels. And thanks for doing Embrace the Camera; it's been such a good thing for me in thinking about my kids and what I want THEM to see in the pictures we have of our family: the whole family, their parents with them, the way our lives look. Thank you for the inspiration!

  25. Try and get as much rest as you can through all the crazy traveling. As soon as we got back from orlando, I ended in Cali to help Robin with her newborn. I am 12 weeks preggo too, sick and exhausted. I feel for you friend, traveling pregnant, and you have your hands full already. Stay healthy!

  26. Hoping that you get to feeling more normal soon. I will be praying for your mother's health and your family's safety (and sanity) during your travels. Hope that you enjoy your time in KS, though the weather has been quite crazy here lately!

  27. Thank you for hosting. I’m a new follower. I just found your blog and your photo challenge, and just had the chance to read the rules (THANKS). I hope to have something to submit next week!
    Meanwhile, this hop is found on a page on my site that lists more than 250 hops, memes, and photo challenges… some for each day of the week. Check under the header for the link to that page. I’ve also just started a BlogFrog community that focuses on hops, carnivals, memes, and photo challenges. Go to http://theblogfrog.com/1504201 to visit & participate.
    I hope you’ll visit me soon. I follow back!

  28. Sorry to hear about your momma. :( Hope this can be an amazing summer regardless....
    You know what they say about Kansas, "There is no place like HOME". Welcome back! It's 101* today with a chance of severe weather and a high of 80* by Friday. No worries, just wait 5 minutes, the forecast will change again....

  29. praying for your entire family!!!

  30. Hope you are feeling better! Have a good summer break! :)

  31. thinking of you. praying for you.

  32. Praying for you and your family.


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