Monday, September 16, 2013

skylar

Way back in May, I had the opportunity to photograph a girl scout troupe at their Mother Daughter Tea. I was able to take each mother and daughter and photograph them together. This is where I met Yoshida and her daughter Diamond. You can just tell that Yoshida and Diamond have one of those really close mother daughter relationships. The affection that they have for one another radiates!

Yoshida contacted me to photograph her other daughter, Skylar, to mark her first birthday! We met up on a bright sunny July morning at Paul Ruster park on the east side of Indianapolis. Here is a little glimpse into our photo session. 


This sweet girl knew how to work it for the camera!



That tongue! Isn't she adorable?



So cool!



Learning to walk!



Striking a pose.



One of my favs!



Skylar and her favorite toy!!!



I can't stand how cute she is.....it's too much! What a great session!

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Later I asked Yoshida for five words that describe Skylar
Funny
Messy
Bright Eyed
One Of A Kind
Baby Of Three

Skylar, I hope you had a great first birthday and I'm so glad that I could photograph the moment for your Mommy and Daddy! Here's to all the great things that will happen in your life sweet girl!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

KINDNESS

In the words of Ellen...."be kind to one another."

We are coming up on the 2 year mark since Violet's death. Some of my memories are pretty fuzzy, but others remain clear as day! And while it doesn't seem like she's been gone that long, so much has happened since her passing. 

Last year, Nolan and I spent the day together and then released balloons with little notes for Violet later that night with family. This year, I wanted to try to do something more. I know others from our support group have done random acts of kindness to honor their child. The other night, I brought the idea to Nolan and he thought it was good idea. I also made it an official event on Facebook and invited our friends and family to join us. I would also like to extend the invitation to any readers here who may not follow me on Facebook. 

On October 11, 2013, you can do an act of kindness for another person. It can be anything.....it can cost you $1000 or it can be free. It doesn't matter. It's not the monetary value that matters, its the act of showing kindness towards another human being. It's about making that connection and remembering that we need to lift each other up and remembering that you never know what others are struggling with every day. 

We also ask that you share your act of kindness with us. You can leave a comment here or send me a message on Facebook to let us know. And if you take a photo, we would love to see your RAOK (Random Act Of Kindness). Also, if you feel comfortable doing so, share with the recipient why you are doing this act of kindness....because of a little baby named Violet. She may not have taken a single breath, but she can touch the lives of lots of people. You could either share this by talking or writing a little note to give to the person. You never know, they might be so inspired that they start doing their own acts of kindness. 

October 11, 2011 was such a devastating day for our family. My wish is that October 11, 2013 will be one where we lift each other up!


Thursday, September 12, 2013

You can't stop lookin' at me

Warning....there will be bragging about Georgia in this post.

I think Georgia is hilarious. I mean seriously, she's one of the funniest people I know. Clearly she gets it from me! Here is a story to prove my point.

There is a commercial on TV with a cow singing in the shower. It's for National Dairy Farmers (Georgia calls them the Dairy Family). It's all about making dairy apart of your family's lives. Take a look.....



Georgia loves it...it's funny, right?

The other day I was taking a shower. I was singing in the shower, as I often do. All of the sudden the bathroom door busts open and there is a loud voice singing "NO YOU CAN'T STOP LOOKIN AT ME."

She was poking fun at me. She thought of this all on her own too. Hilarious! 

And now every time she is in the shower, this is the song we hear blaring above the noise of the water...."get, get, get on the FLOOR. get, get, get on the FLOOR!"

Did I mention that her sense of humor comes from her mother? 

Monday, September 2, 2013

September Challenge!

I have a confession to make to you my friends......the Fletcher Lichti's have been eating too much fast food!!!! It seems that since the twins have come along, it's been so easy for me to go to the nearest drive thru on my way to the grocery store or on the way to pick up Georgia or on the way to where ever we are going for the day. And let me tell you, it's got to stop and it's got to stop now. (By the way, I do have my standards...no McDonald's EVER! Most of the time, I would get a bean burrito from Taco Bell...not that it's much better, but in my mind it is.)

So I gathered all the members of my family (excluding Evie and June, they have no say in this matter) and we discussed our problem. Nolan agreed that there has been too much fast food in our lives....Georgia, well, she thinks that we should always eat out and that fast food is always the best option. She's WRONG! So, I brought a challenge to my family. I suggested that we challenge ourselves to one month of being fast food free. Nolan said he could get on board with that. Georgia thought that she might not survive the month. We reassured her that she would. In this house majority rules (until Evie and June get old enough to have a vote...then Nolan and I are out numbered) and so we are going one month fast food free! 

We do have some rules about what is really "fast food" and whats not. At first I said anything with a drive thru. But then you've got Starbucks in that mix. Um, we only get Starbucks once a week (if that), so it's not really a problem. And we rarely eat there, we just get coffee, tea and the occasional chocolate milk. 

Then Nolan asked about some of the places that don't have a drive thru.....like Qdoba, Penn Station, Chipotle, Panera, Jimmy Johns, Subway. Those are all places that we go to as a family or for lunch. We do need SOME quick service places to eat because really folks, we go out to eat 3 or 4 times a week. Usually Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday after church. And, I don't think those count as regular fast food. I don't put them in the same category as McDonald's. So our conclusion was that those places are allowed. 

So, the restaurants we are banning this month are....
-McDonald's 
-Arby's
-Wendy's
-Taco Bell
-Hardee's 
-Chick-fil-a (that is a hard one for Nolan)

And Nolan brought up, "what about ice cream?" Yep! No Dairy Queen for ice cream. No stopping at Arby's for a $1 shake. 

So we'll see how we do. Will it be really hard for us to give up this nasty habit? Check back on Oct 1 and see if we are rushing to the nearest fast food chain to get our cheap food fix!