December 30, 2011

Happy New Years....card

So, I waited and waited and waited for our family photos to be done, its been about 7 weeks and we still don't have them. Boo. So, I let the idea go of a Christmas card, then I thought about doing a New Years card but thought, nah, I'm over it, I'll just do one next year. Then I got some promotional free shipping, 15% off purchase, etc.. so I bit the bullet and ordered some new years cards, BUT I only ordered a handful. They were still a chunk of money that I really didn't want to spend since I was already so over the whole thing. So, to ALL of my friends and family out there who aren't seeing one in their mailbox PLEASE forgive me! It doesn't mean I don't love you, that you aren't important, that you won't get one from us next year, etc.. this year, I just didn't decided to be a bit more minimalistic about it all. So, there is my full disclosure. BUT, here is what it looks like, so, its like I am sending it to ALL of you...right? :) Happy New Year to everyone out there reading this, with MUCH love, the Winns. xo


December 28, 2011

what we've been up to

Sorry for the blog lull, we've been hanging out. My parents were in town for Christmas so that meant lots of cooking, baking, game playing, movie watching, and just being. As usual the visits go by fast and then we're back to a quiet house. Today I had my last photo shoot of the year and now I'm just taking a deep breath, getting ready to gear up for the new year. I have lots of thoughts swirling around my head, I'm hoping to get some time to think and pause a bit in the next few days so I can make some goals and plans for next year (how is it Dec. 28th already?!!).

Remember the cake I posted a few posts back? Well, I made it and it did not disappoint! I also made the peppermint "plate" for it to sit on (did you know that if you placed peppermints on a cookie sheet and baked it for a few minutes they would melt into each other making a pretty plate? Thank you Southern Living magazine!). Anyhoo, the cake isn't hard, just a bit time consuming due to the freezing of the cheesecake layers, etc. so if you want a YUMMY "wow" dessert I would definitely recommend it!


Okay, its almost 11pm here and I'm wiped! I'm off to bed, but I did finally get around to blogging a sweet newborn session so head on over here to see more! xo

December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas & happy holidays

"The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world" ~ John 1:9


I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas! xo

December 21, 2011

heart of darkness brownies & a favorite fam

A dear friend of ours who lives on our street, goes to our church, and whom we spend a lot of time with is going on sabbatical for EIGHT long months. He leaves for London in 2 days, and won't be back for 225 days, whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. A group of us that gets together regularly had a little goodbye dinner for him last night, I was in charge of dessert. A friend recently bought me a dessert cookbook called something like "messy oooey goey" -I can't think of the exact title but anyhoo, you get the idea right? Well, last night I tried the "heart of darkness brownies" and let me tell you, they were a heart attack on a plate! There were 5 candy bars, 3 cups of marshmallows, over 3 cups of sugar, chocolate chips, carmel sauce, etc.. in them! Ay yi yi. Cleaning the pans was fun too in case you were wondering. :) It was a lovely evening of toasting and saying farewell to our friend, I already can't wait for him to come back, sniff.

In other news, I finally got around to blogging the cutie patootie Peters. Head on over HERE to check out their session! xo


December 20, 2011

The office is painted!

Okay, so I finally took some pics of the office yesterday! I am thrilled with the color, really happy with how the paint job turned out. For interested folks the color I used is called grizzle gray by Sherwin Williams.

Here is the "before" photo (I took this a picture a year and a half ago when we bought the house, apparently I'm really bad at remembering to take actual "before" photos):



canvas photo by Shannon Stewart

Adam and I share the office, my desk is the industrial one, Adam's is the french one. One thing we didn't really take into consideration when thinking of this space was outlets. There aren't really any outlets that are close enough to my desk for my computer to reach. So, needless to say, I don't get much work done in here! Adam uses is all.the.time. though so I'm glad it gets some good use! (yes, we could get an extension cord but it would drag across the whole room, ugh)

I wish we could do away w/ the ceiling fan and put in a cool light fixture but since our home is 100+ years old and has horrible insulation (i.e. none) we really need the fan for the summer months in order to survive the heat. Oh well. One day I want to do away w/ the carpet and put in either white concrete or hardwood floors, that is waaaaaay down the line. The only things left I really need to do in here are to hang my "mwp" hooks (that are laying on the desk) and to get some window treatments. So, its close to being complete! I feel like this year was the year of furniture and painting in the Winn house and next year will be window treatments and light fixtures. Always something! Happy Tuesday all! xo

December 19, 2011

how is it Monday already?!

This weekend flew by! I can't believe its Monday morning already! Okay, I'm all over the place this morning, kinda in a hurry and have lots of cleaning to do! I WILL post pictures of the office tomorrow (I know if I say it out loud I will get it done today). For today, I will leave you with a sneak peek of a sweet baby boy, more to come! Hope this is a great start to a fun week for everyone! xo


December 16, 2011

this made me laugh outloud & Seattle in February

Brennan has been asking Adam and I about watching our wedding video for ages now. To be honest, I'm not sure why its taken us so long to get it out for her! Anyhoo, the other day we finally got to it and she was up in her room watching it (which I think is kinda cool:)) and she comes downstairs and says in a why/how didn't I know this kind of tone "hey! you know what?!" (with her hand on her hip), "granddad and grandpa used to have hair!!" Adam and I started busting up laughing, and we said "yes, B, they did used to have hair!" and then she goes on to say "and daddy doesn't have his goat!!!" I'm sure this story is loosing something in the translation but trust me, it was hysterical! I think she felt duped that all this time she didn't realize that her grandpas had hair at one point and she never knew! Made me laugh. So, I guess that's what she got out of watching our wedding video!

In other news, my trip to Seattle is officially booked! (woot woot!) I have one session scheduled while I'm there, I think I could squeeze in one more on Sunday, Feb. 5th if any one is interested. If you want it, email me: molly{at}mollywinnphotography{dot}com and we'll see if we can swing it!

Sorry, no pics today, yesterday was spent running around like a chicken w/ my head cut off - getting gifts shipped, groceries bought, shuttling B to her Christmas program at school (she was a candy cane for part of it and an angel for the other part -cutest thing EVER!). As we were getting ready to go to school she said to Adam "daddy, I don't have stagefrights any more, Jesus took it away." Sweet girl. So all that to say, pics to come another day! Have a fantastic weekend, all! xo

December 15, 2011

Layered Peppermint Cheesecake

I plan to make this for Christmas Eve, I can.not. wait to taste it!


AND I posted a cute family photo session over HERE, check it out! xo

December 14, 2011

I spoke too soon

So yesterday morning I thought I was over the worst of my sickness, I was wrong. About mid afternoon it all of a sudden hit me...AGAIN like a ton of bricks. So, pretty much most of my day was a total waste with very little accomplished. Sigh. My house is a pit, I have laundry stacked high, and little projects just waiting to be completed. I hate being sick!! I'm hopeful today will be a better day.

Here is a favorite of mine from a photo shoot I haven't had time to blog just yet, but I promise, more to come! xo
P.S. We still haven't seen the photos from our photo shoot that we had done over a month ago, so at this point I think its safe to say Christmas cards...not so much.

December 13, 2011

a nasty bug and a cute owl

I just realized that this is my 1003 post! I was going to think of something unique/cool/fun, etc. to do for my 1000th post but clearly that ship has sailed. Darn it! Oh well, I guess now I'm off the hook for having to actually think of something unique/cool/fun, etc.. I really did have good intentions. :)

So I don't know what I caught/ate, etc. but I had the nastiest bug yesterday! I spent most of the day on the couch writhing in pain and moaning (in between trips to the bathroom of course...tmi?). Anyway, I'm feeling much better today but sluggish and blah. I hate being sick!

I had a whole list of things to get done today while B was at school, I'm thinking they aren't going to happen. Sigh. The office is officially all painted but I need to go around and clean up my moldings that took a beating. I also need to hang a couple things and then photos -promise!

For now, I will leave you with a sneak peek of this darling baby girl. Hope ya'll have a great day! xo


December 12, 2011

plumbing, peanut butter cookies, a purple toe, and a peek!

This weekend was a busy one! It consisted of 2 photo shoots, 3 parties, 1 gathering (which is different than a party only b/c its a regular occurrence), 1 batch of cookie baking, and a plumbing crisis. Other than the plumbing crisis, it was a pretty good weekend!

First up: plumbing crisis-

After last year's whole sewage backup into the basement we put these senors downstairs, when water touches them they make a loud, obnoxious sound. Well, Sunday morning while I'm in the tippy top getting ready for church Adam is in the basement watching water pool. Lovely. Brennan and I head to church while Adam waits for the city folks to come check it out. The city folks come, tell us the backup isn't on their end and we're on our own! No problem, we have a home warranty that we pay for, we'll call our guys out! Well, our guys come out, tell us, yes, it is our problem BUT they won't fix it b/c access to the pipe isn't on our property line and they don't cover things not on our actual property. WHAT?!!!! Only the access to the pipe isn't on our property, the pipe IS but apparently they don't care about that. Third company of the day then comes out and fixes said problem. At the end of the day we were out $275, lovely timing 2 weeks before Christmas, no? (I seriously should start a a blog series called "the joys of home ownership" and open it up to the masses (well all 5 of you who read this :) and let everyone vent and share their horror stories). Fun times!

Next up: peanut butter cookies with hersey kisses -

We've all had these cookies right? Those yummy peanut butter ones w/ the fabulous hersey kiss in the center. Mmmm mmm mmm. During my junior year of college my roommate Kathy would make these and my other roommate Izzy and I would devour them the second they got out of the oven! I've always loved these but have never made them for myself. Well, I went to a cookie exchange party this weekend and had to bring 2 dozen cookies so, I googled a recipe and picked one to try. People, you've!! They are perfectly chewy, the baking time is exact, and they make like 4 dozen+, so a great option for a party or to spread some holiday cheer to friends! Here is the recipe link. Enjoy!

Third: purple toe -

Here is a photo (sooc) that I snapped after my fall that I talked about in my last post. Lest you think I was exaggerating about my poor toe (and don't look at my horribly chippy toenails!)


Lastly, sneek peek: -

Because blog posts are so much better with photos, and b/c this picture just makes me smile. More of this cute family to come! Happy Monday, all! xo


December 8, 2011

I fell...and it hurt....BAD

Today I totally ate it, big time. I was running and I didn't see a step (a concrete step might I add), and I tripped, went flying, nearly head-on into a metal door. To protect my camera I threw my arm in front of it and landed on my arm in a funky way. My toe is hurting from the run-in with the step, my arm is sore from the rough landing, and my whole body aches from the fast fall. Ugh. Good news is my camera survived unscathed! Whew! I think my body is going to have a hard time getting out of bed tomorrow.

On a less painful note, here is sneak peek of a cute family session I'm working on, more to come! Hope everyone out there has a great weekend! xo


December 7, 2011

more randomness

I just wrote a big ol' blog post and then hit "save." Do you ever do that? Write a letter, blog post, etc. knowing you very well might not send it/post it? Just to get your thoughts out there? I might publish it at some point, just not today. Funny me.

Okay, so yesterday we almost finished painting the office! Who hoo!! I had to stop to make pizza dough for mi casa. Can I just tell you my fears of yeast were confirmed!! I bought SIX packets of yeast just to be sure I would do it right. Here's the deal, I'm aware yeast needs a warm place to rise, my kitchen isn't exactly warm this time of year. When you take a bowl out of my cabinets it is c.o.l.d. So, naturally I ran the bowl under hot water and then did the yeast thing. I could tell it wasn't doing exactly what it should so I called my sis-in-law and she did it on her end in California (thanks Rachel!) so she could send me a pic, tell me how long hers took to respond, etc.. Well, after using all SIX batches, 2ish kinda turned out. I had the bowls of dough rising in the guest room (the warmest room of the house) but I still don't think they got as full as they should have. Sigh. Anyhoo, we put the dough on the grill, and sent one of our mi casa gals to the store to get some store-bought dough as well (to make sure everyone had enough). It worked out okay, it just wasn't exactly what it should have been, still tasty though.

What else...oh, I FINALLY found the per.fect. mirror for my bedroom! It was just what I had in mind for the space so happy birthday to me! I will try and remember to take a pic to post! I love checking things off my list! (esp when I look for an item for a really long time!)

I have to get going, gotta take B into the dr since her UTI is lingering. Poor girl. I hope you all have a great Wednesday! xo

************updated- photos of mirror!***************



December 6, 2011

why is it so hard to be motivated to paint a second coat?

I've done enough painting in the past year and a half that I know how I work. I get super excited to start a project and get it going, and then when I see progress...I tend to loose some steam. Sigh. I have one coat of paint done in the office and one to go, and my motivation to finish has taken the back seat. I'm SO type A so don't get me wrong, this project WILL be done in the near future but the truth is, it should have and could have been done by now. Sigh.

In other randomness, I'm DYING to see our family photos that we had done 3+ weeks ago. Still haven't even gotten a peek and my curiosity is about killing me. Can't wait!

I'm debating not doing Christmas cards this year. I feel like I go through this internal struggle every year and I always end up doing them but this year...I just don't know. I think at the very least I've tossed out the idea of designing my own (which I prefer), I don't know that I want to pour that much energy/time/thought/money into it this year. I'm also thinking about just ordering a handful and not sending out a million (okay not a million but a lot) like I usually do. I do love getting Christmas cards, opening my mailbox each day is like a little treat this time of year, no?

Its starting to get cold here in Waco, the low is 27 degrees tonight! Brrrr!! This Texas skin is quite thin these days and this is just crazy cold! Our bedroom is starting to become a freezer like it has proven to do this time of year. You literally get a chill walking down the hallway as you enter our room (the joys of living in a 100 year old home). :)

Tonight is our last mi casa of the semester, crazy how time flies! My darlings said they wanted to do make-your-own pizzas for dinner so I'm going to make this pizza dough that is specific to grilling the pizza, hope it turns out! My sis -in- law makes it every year on our vacation and its so yummy! (poor Adam has to stand in the cold and grill the pizzas, brr!!) I'm afraid of cooking anything w/ yeast so fingers crossed it turns out!

The end of the year is close at hand so its got me thinking a lot about the "new years goals" I made in January. I don't think there has ever been a year that my goals have been on the forefront of my mind more than this year. I think something about putting them "out there" for the world to read has kept me accountable and motivated (well, for the most part, there were some things I straight up dropped the ball on).

I took B to get her picture taken w/ Santa yesterday. We have done this every year since she was born (b/c my mom made me do it until I was in college thus I plan to torture my child in the same way). Its fun to see how she interacts w/ Santa the older she gets. She happily sat on his lap and told him she wanted a puppy (poor girl) and an American girl doll (poor parents...literally!). I think Santa was worried about this one and gave a sheepish "we'll have to see" -can't blame the guy, talk about setting him up for failure! No dogs will be coming into this house for Christmas! (but B's American girl doll is on its way, shhhh!)

My parents are coming to Texas for Christmas! My dad has never been to Texas and I don't know how many years its been since my parents have spent Christmas away from their house (at least 30, right mom?) so we are super excited to have them! B has already made cards to welcome them and we talk daily about how many more days it is until they get here. I feel like such an adult hosting my parents for Christmas. :) Fun!

Well, this post of randomness is getting a bit long so although I'm sure I could keep going I'll stop here for now. I better scrounge up some gumption and get to painting! Ciao for now! xo

In keeping with randomness, here is a random photo! These photos I took were on display at Joanna's home for her holiday show. If any past/future clients want to order these "stand outs" from their session let me know! I have a couple around my home and I love them! A fun, less expensive, frameless option to canvas!

December 5, 2011

Erin had her baby! and Seattle in February?

Hello dear readers! Hope you all had a great weekend! We purchased and decorated our Christmas tree, contributed to the chili expo at church, helped B survive yet another UTI (booo!!!!), and watched the Baylor Bears kick some UT bootie! All in all, it was a good weekend! I painted 1 coat in the office and have 1 more to go, hoping to get the office all wrapped up this week, and then photos!! Woot woot! I can't wait to check that off my to-do list! In other news, I might be in Seattle the first weekend of February, if I can swing this trip I will have time for 1-2 photo sessions. If you are interested in a session, shoot me an email: molly{at)mollywinnphotography{dot}com and we'll see if we can make it happen! That is all the news around these here parts on this Monday morning. To see Erin's sweet pea head on over here! xo

December 2, 2011

she throws the best parties!

The other day B asked me to take some pictures of the tea party that she was hosting in her bedroom. I happily obliged. I love her attention to detail, the bears have napkins, the food thoughtfully placed, etc. she really does think it all through. :) She even has her dogs in their dog houses in the back. Cutie. Have a great weekend, all! xo