Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas Cards 2007

Thank you to those who allowed us to design your 2007 Christmas Cards! Here is a sampling of the cards we created this Christmas season.

Monday, December 17, 2007

A Giveaway!

Win a FREE photo session in 2008!!!

We want your ideas! We want to offer our clients package options in the coming year. This would allow them to order more of what they want at a cheaper price.

If you were a client of ours, what would your ideal print package be?

An example would be:
1 16x20
2 8x10's
4 5x7's
2 4x6's
16 wallets

If you give us some feedback and live within about 30 miles of Bloomington/Normal, your name will be entered into a drawing for the free photo session. The deadline to post your comments is on Dec. 31st, 2007. On January 1st, the drawing will take place and the winner will be announced.

Storyboards, albums, etc. can be included in the package you mention (if you desire). Think about what you would want to order and then reply. It's that easy. We can't wait to hear from you!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Elle's 4 month pictures

Here are some snapshots from today...
Some awake~
And some sleeping~

Monday, December 10, 2007

Cookies, Gumdrops, and Togetherness

Ice kept us indoors yesterday. We had fun family time making monster cookies,decorating our gumdrop tree, and spending time together as a family. We listened to Christmas music, sat by the fire, and drank our coffee. I love days like this.
We made over 80 monster cookies. I hope they last awhile but for some reason they are quickly disappearing. :)
Our finished tree. Landon, of course, wanted to eat those pretty ornaments. :)
When it was time to scrape the ice off the truck, Landon wanted to watch. Here he is afterwards inside with his hat on. He did not want to take it off.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Beautiful Eyes

Here are a few images from our photo shoot today. This little girl has the most beautiful eyes! What a doll!

Monday, December 3, 2007

The meaning of Christmas

This year we are trying to remind Landon of the true meaning of Christmas... OUR SAVIOR'S BIRTH! We tell Landon that we are celebrating Jesus' birthday. At first he said, "No, my birthday." I think he wishes his birthday was everyday. :)

He sees the gifts we are wrapping and thinks they are for him. As you know, a favorite word of a two year old is "mine."

We have a Willow Tree Nativity Set at our home that I let him play with. I probably should buy a play nativity set because Joseph has already broken his arm. :)

I just pray that he see the love we share and the true meaning of Christmas this year. I'd love to hear the ways you all share the true meaning of Christmas with your family.

Friday, November 30, 2007

God is Good

As Tate and I have reflected on the past 4 months, we could not help but realize all the new things in our lives...

a new healthy baby girl!
a new camera
a new photography business
a new vehicle
a new NP job in the ER

No wonder life has been seeming crazy lately. We are so thankful for all that God has given us. He has truly blessed us in the big things as well as in the small. We are also thankful for our family and friends. Thank you to all who have commented and given us your best wishes in our new photography adventure. :) We love you!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Cutie Pie

We have been busy with photo sessions and getting Christmas cards created. Here are some images of our most recent photo session.

Kailie's Coat

Try clicking on picture to see it bigger.

Grandma's girls

Here is a picture we took of my mom and all her girl grandchildren in their Matilda Jane dresses. What a challenge it was to get them all looking up :) Of course, since Elle can't sit up she kept slouching and crying. I've tried to get all of the red out of her eyes. Let's just say, by the time we were all done, this was one of the better pictures. What a memory we made!
Mom, you are such a great grandmother to these girls and boys (not pictured). I love you, and I know they do too!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Elle's 3 month picture

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Roots Photography & Design

Our website went live!

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Elle is 2 months old

Shots today!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Apple Blossom Farm

We went to the Apple Blossom Farm to celebrate Kailie's birthday.

She turned 3!

Landon had so much fun playing on everything.

Alaina going down the slide.

Landon LOVES to jump!
Going down the slide with Grandma.
This is the face Landon makes when he is thinking about something. :)
How much I love his hugs!

Rya in the stroller.
Landon and Kailie going to the swings.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Lil' Golfer

Golf has become one of Landon's new passions. Grandpa Kruse had one of his own putters cut down for him. Landon thought it was so neat to have a real golf club. He has been practicing at home everyday hitting the ball into small buckets. Yesterday we took him to the golf course to hit the ball, and he had a ball. :)

He makes a fish face when he is concentrating.

Hitting the ball...
Did it go in?

Monday, September 24, 2007

Minivan Mom

For those of you who don't know, we are now owners of a minivan! Yes, we have now officially taken on the mommy/daddy roll. It is funny because Tater had always said that he will Not own a minivan or have his child watch Barney. He has broken both rules. :) We both actually love our van, and we were so glad to have it last weekend for our getaway trip to Minnesota. Here is a picture from the Mall of America. Landon loved the rides there and of course I loved all the stores. :)
I really felt like a mom the other day when I took Landon to tumbling (open gym) in the minivan. We had a great time. My sister April and Jessica Beer invited us. Landon loved it. For those of you with kids, it is a great place to go to let them release their energy. Especially in the winter. Open gym is $5 for an hour. Landon loved jumping on the trampolines. They also have a foam pit, balls, balance beam and bars. Check out their website at for the open gym hours.
Anyway, I'm very thankful for our minivan, and I'm really enjoying our new ride. :)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Morton Pumpkin Festival

Kailie and Landon
This pumpkin is 634 lbs

This train got off track when Landon was on it. All the kids had to get off and couldn't ride it. Landon now prays for the broken choo choo train everytime we pray. :)
This was Landon's favorite ride. Driving the car!