It's not every day that we can get the whole family together... with my parents being divorced, siblings being busy with their lives, and my lil bro being in the hospital due to his uncontrollable behaviors, So it was awesome that my mom was able to work her magic & get us all in to visit him for a few hours! I think that Michael is the HEART of the family… no matter what we will all gather together because of him! And what's the point of the holidays if you can't spend it with the people you love!?!
-Click here to read more about my brother’s syndrome
Watching him open his presents, the typical sibling clownin, & playing the matching game (with EVERYONE Getting along) is a miracle! No cameras are allowed into the hospital so it was a sweet gesture for the nurse to snap a photo of all of us & print it out! Its definitely not the best quality photo but Best believe we're going to frame this xerox paper picture cuz it's the only photo we have of us together and who knows when thatll happen again! It just reminds me of how important our jobs as photographers are to make sure to capture these special moments... No matter what they're printed on, they are valued!
Here's lil Jack making cookies for Santa!
I probably sound like the Grinch when i say "I'm glad that Christmas is over!" Don't get me wrong I love the season of giving just & spending time with the family... Its just I hate the take down & cleanup! Taking down the decorations, taking out the tree, putting away the mistletoe (or maybe I should keep that up all year long :) & storing all the Christmas wrapping! We didn't even host Christmas at my house, but all the prepping to go to our families gatherings left my house a disaster! I spent all Wednesday cleaning it up! Boo Not fun!
And yesterday was my birthday…
Remember the good ol days when you would celebrate your birthday for the whole week or even month! Then you get older, pop out a few kids & your lucky if anyone even remembers your birthday lol! Shoot, Im guilty of forgetting it too! Especially when your stuck with a birthday that's two days after Christmas!! Then it might get a few hours of recognition :)
A HUMUNGOUS Thank you to those of you who always send your love every year, and those newbies that surprised me with even knowing it was my bday! Yall made me feel special & are so sweet!
My cousin made me this cute little collage for my bday... I thought I'd share it with yall so you can see what i looked like as a little nugget :)
Whoever said “once you turn 21 then the years fly by”, was so doggone RIGHT! I'm just gonna embrace another year under the belt & salute (with a glass of sparkling cider0 of course) to another year of life! Woo hoo 26 years young!!!
Unfortunately my boo had to work, but I got to spend some girly time with my mamas, sis, & Tia. We ate at this little place called Tantalum in the LBC (thats gangsta talk for Long Beach) & it was bomb deezy! Definitely recommend! You get an awesome view of the bay too! So romantical!
Im going to try soo hard to blog a few more post before the end of the year! Ive got some thangs I want to wrap up so I can begin 2013 as fresh as can be! So stay tuned :)
*Baby Update: Everything seems to be looking fine, Im 34 weeks today, feeling large & in charge! Im already experiencing Braxton Hicks Contractions! So thats pretty exciting! Little Max is movin & groovin alot in my belly... I see knees & elbows bulging out of my belly (which kinda freaks me out)! Already going to start going to the doctors on a weekly basis. And his room & everything is ready for him! Big brother is waiting patiently for his baby to arrive!
I'M JANELLE MARINA
Wife, Mama Shark, + Photographer.
Most days, you'll find me in mismatched socks and a top knot, working behind my computer with a smile on my face, listening to Zac Brown Band and R&B
--or, dancing in the kitchen with my 3 littles and hunka husband, seeing who could come up with the coolest dance moves. I'm a wedding photographer, West Elm lover, aspiring advocate for our buddies with special needs, and a Certified Dreamer since 1986. We live in a cozy city in Southern California and are always up for a good adventure. I enjoy telling stories with my camera, grubbing on spicy food, and solving the latest Dateline case.