So, it is been awhile, but I promise, I'm here! In the past ten days I've finally gotten over the I'm so exhausted I can't think straight phase of pregnancy (I hope), survived a surge of HootieMomma orders, went on a mini-vaca, and I'm finally back to semi-normal living for awhile. My house is a disaster, the blog has been lonely, and I'm yearning to plant mums in my pots on the front porch.
For now, as I wait for the dryer to buzz at me, I'm taking some time to pound out the next installment of "I Play Favorites". I wrote about my favorite money saving blogs here, so this time around I wanted to introduce you to a couple of my "friends" (yes, they really are true friends, not just internet friends) that I visit on the blogosphere when I need some laughs or mommy insight or just for fun.
First is my good friend Shannon over at Shannon Gurney Photography. Shannon has been taking our family pictures for the last three years and we LOVE her. There is no other way to put it. I love checking out her blog on a regular basis, even looking at her shots of people I don't know. I'm not some crazy stalker person, I just love her work. She makes the sessions fun and easy, her work is stinkin' amazing, and she is affordable. I love the fact that Shannon sells you a CD of your photos, along with a copyright release so you can order your pictures from wherever you want, whenever you want. Sometimes I've gone back a year later and had more pics printed for one reason or another.
I've been a little obsessed with Shannon and her blog here recently. A couple of weeks ago she took my nephew Joe's senior pictures (could someone please help me with the sudden chest pains I get when I realize that my oldest nephew is a SENIOR?!?!), then a few days after that she had a session with the Wyatt Family. They are great friends of ours that we left behind in OKC when we moved. Our girls are only 3 days apart and we are both expecting baby number two and they should only be a month or so apart. Then, at the beginning of this week, we had our yearly family session with her. I can not send Shannon enough love. She is spectacular and is becoming spectacularly busy with her business. If you are within driving distance of OKC, I highly recommend you get a few clicks of the camera in with Shannon and check out her blog a couple of times a week. You won't regret it!
Next is a long time friend of mine, Megan, from SortaCrunchy fame. I've known Megan since college. She was a Chi Omega advisor of mine, my dorm director and my long time college roommate's big sister. To say she played an important role in how my college years played out is an understatement. I always have viewed Megan as a classy, intelligent woman. Those thoughts continue to be spot-on as you read her blog, SortaCrunchy. Megan writes about a whole host of things including natural living, parenting practices, and religious views. She never fails to entertain and educate, no matter what her topic. She has opened my eyes to new things such as washing my face with oil (verdict still out) and a greener way of life. Her articles on religious views challenge me to seek God in a new way and I love her call to advocacy. Agree with her, don't agree with her, as long as you are respectful, she loves to hear your comments. Megan helps me to strive to be a better mother, a better child of God, and a better member of this big 'ol community we call Earth.
Since I don't have enough to do, I want to know, what blogs do you think I should add to my reading list?