it’s birthday season

Mary Dougherty

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I don’t know about you, but in my family* everyone except me and my brother in law have a birthday in between a one month span… starting Dec. 24 until Jan 25. So, not only is this a busy holiday time, it really is birthday season. It started with my niece’s birthday on the 24th, who is just as adorable as in the picture above. Sitting in her birthday outfit – that I picked out, thanks to target – she was delighted and puzzled at the presents and attention. I can’t believe she’s one already and wish I didn’t have to live so far away from her!

Today we celebrated the next birthday, my mom’s, and after eating the gourmet dinner we cooked up Sarah played several rounds of happy birthday on the piano and we dived in to a lemon chiffon cake (recipe from the cookbook of our famous cousin Jen and her restaurant Hell’s Backbone Grill. Ours didn’t look as good as the picture so I’ll have to call her for tips.) Tonight’s activities ended with a rousing came of scattergories and it was good to be at home. Next up: my husband! His birthday is in mid January and I’ll admit I don’t have much planned as of now. Anyone want to email me some good ideas?

With the holidays the days have blurred together, workouts fell by the wayside, and it’s been a struggle to switch back to work mode. Things have picked up although I’ve enjoyed some nice time off that was much needed after a very busy year. Today I had a great time shooting some engagement photos and have included one below for you. Elizabeth and Jared were so fun to photograph and I can’t wait to come back to Michigan in August. I’m getting ready for my wedding this weekend and am looking forward to finally celebrating New Years with friends in Rochester New York. Lots of plans are being made for next summer, and like many people I heard stories of fabulous engagements over the holidays. If you want to check my schedule and get some more information email me sooner than later so that you have first choice on the date and I can work out the details with you. I can’t wait to complete my 2010 wedding line up and already have some fabulous brides I’m so lucky to be working with!

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