Ho Ho Ho...


The best gift of all this Christmas is our baby girl Maya.
Merry Christmas. We hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas filled with family, fun, and lots of memories to cherish forever. The collaboration of pictures above is from the many Christmas gatherings we attend over the season. This year we had four, but missed one due to the ridiculous weather. Maya and I were fortunate that the streets were plowed enough so we could get across town on Christmas Eve to get to Grandma McDougall's house.
I had to put the naked pic in...that was the only picture I got on Christmas Eve. I ended up snapping a few right before church. She is growing so much it is hard to imagine that she is 6 months old. Where did the time go? I hear all the time that kids grow fast, but that is definitely an understatement. You don't really know how fast they grow until you experience it yourself. I will try to keep her momas girl as long as I can! But in all reality, my baby will soon no longer be a baby! Hopefully, when she grows up she will still like to cuddle with mama!

My first attept at family photos...


While TJ was in ND for Imaya's baptism, I decided to take some family photos. This is my first attempt, so no laughing please! Slowly, but surely I hope to be able to take wonderful, striking photos. Once and awhile I get a good one. However, I seem to be better taking non-posed, in the moment photos. One thing I have learned is that lighting is very important. However, it is very difficult to master lighting. Therefore, the pictures aren't as sharp as I want. Practice, practice, practice. Maybe when Maya is a Senior I will be good enough to take her senior pics...although, I hope it doesn't take 18 year for me to master this camera...lol!

Maya's Baptism


A thank you goes out to each and everyone of who who were able to take part in this special day. It was truely special, because daddy was able to be there too. We are truely grateful for our wonderful friends an family and cannot thank you enough for all the love and support you provide us everyday.
God bless ALL of you!
tj, maranda, and maya

inviation details:

please join us to celebrate
love and new life
as we baptize
Imaya Ruby Armstrong
sunday, december 13th, 2009
at the 7:45 am mass
nativity catholic church
1825 1th street south
fargo, nd 58103
reception and brunch to follow
9:00 am -1:00 pm
days inn1507 19th avenue north
fargo, nd 58102