3.09.2007

Time to Party! ~ Blog party 2007!


I needed to get out and do some partying! And so far, SO FUN! Come join in!!


In lieu of the bloggin party, I thought I should share about myself. There's much more about me throughout my blog . . . meme's all over the place . . . but here is a short synopsis.

I am 30, have two children ages 3-1/2 (boy) and 16 months (girl). I have been married almost 8 years. He was my high school sweetheart and we have been together 14 years - how has it been that long already? We are working on selling our current home and building a new one - soooo exciting thus far but exhausting and I have a feeling it is going to get even more so. I work from home as a professional photographer, but work more as a stay-at-home mommy (this job combo is hard but I would never change it for the world, but as you all know, it's not easy either). I have been a photographer for 4 years. Check out my photography blog here and my website here. I live in central Illinois and have lived here all my life. I love bloggin and reading blogs . . . I spend way too much time bloggin, but it does keep me from shopping which is my third favorite thing to do (after being a mother and a photographer)! I also drink a lot of coffee - a lot! It gets me by, like most of us. My husband says he is happiest that we are moving out of the city because going to Starbucks will not be a daily run anymore (he looks forward to the savings!) Can't wait to get to meet new people . . .

Oh and to learn about Purple Valley, go here. Or more about me (because like you really have time to) here.

Edited to add: I've put this back at the top for the "party" . . . new posts still added below!

Edited again to say, Thank you for all the comments at Grandma's Diary! I have had lots of you reading it and I appreciate your journey over there so very much!!

46 comments:

Jamie said...

I was blog surfing from the party and look but who I should find!!

Love ya babe and have a great party!

it's me, Val said...

Hehe . . . were you like, is this the same Val I know? :) Love ya too!

Kathleen aka Coffee Mom said...

Hi, just stopping by for the party. I love all your ketchup! My boys would be in heaven!

bee said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by my place. Your pictures great!

Liza's Eyeview said...

Nice to "meet" you. I'm here through the blog party and having fun!

kristarella said...

Wow, I love the photos of your Grandparents. Don't you have a bizillion questions you wish you could have asked? How sweet of you to share these love notes. I cried.
Have fun at the UBParty. I love photography too.

KarenW said...

So nice to meet you. I have a 14 year old daughter who is interested in photography. I hope you can stop by my blog!

Ribbon Rock Star said...

Hey there!! Welcome to the party.

Linda

Heather @ Desperately Seeking Sanity said...

Great to "meet" you.... :)

Have fun partying!

Heather

PamperingBeki said...

Happy Blog Party to you! :)

~Beki

Amber said...

I LOVE the look of your blog, probably because I can sooo relate to your banner cartoon. Happy partying!

BeckyD said...

I don't know if you know about it, but anyone who's into child photography would love the community at ILP (Ilovephotography.com) (PS they have weddings and maternity sections too) I am just starting out, and right now just chase my kids and those of family and friends. Maybe if I get good enough, I'll try to make some money at it.

Just a few of my pictures can be found at my second blog, my photo blog Chasing-my-dream.blogspot.com

Come by and visit either place. would love to chat.

Monkey Giggles said...

Swinging in for the Ultimate Blog Party!!! Nice meeting ya.
Happy party week!

PARTY ON!!!

My first party favor give-away has begun. Come over when you get a chance.

Erin Wiebe said...

Just came by to party for a moment. Great blog! Good luck with selling your house and building the new one. It's lots of work, but oh so worth it. We just built a new house a year ago and are planning to build another one this summer. Can't wait.

T with Honey said...

Had to come visit the Purple Valley during this party! From one coffee addict to another, be careful of Starbucks withdrawl headaches after the move :) :)

Alexis Jacobs said...

You know much I love a good par-tay!

Michelle said...

Thanks for being such a friendly host. I hope everything goes well for you.

Sarangeti said...

Thanks for visiting me via the party. :) I've got a 4-year-old, so our kids are pretty close in age.

Great blog!

Write From Karen said...

Hello and nice to meet you!

I clicked over to your photography site - wowsiers girl! You're very talented. I really enjoyed the pictures - especially of those adorable babies.

And we're practically neighbors! (From Misery, er, Missouri). And yep, I make a trip to Starbucks EVERY day - I won't EVEN tell you how much money I've spent at Starbucks this past year. The hubs simply blinked in astonishment. lol

Thanks for partying with us and could you pass the chips, please? *grin*

Kelly said...

Nice to meet you and have fun at the party!

Jaime H. said...

Here via the party! I love purple! Nice to meet you!!

DariDonovan said...

Well hello there, so very nice of you to swing by my party. Did ya get a look at the boat? Hope you hopped aboard and had some of the great food we served today! Happy Bolg Party! :-)

Love your blog!

julie said...

I enjoyed your blog. Great belly pictures. Happy partying!

Jen said...

Hi Val nice to meeet you
I have a 15 month nearly 16 month old son
I love blogging and reading them too. not much beats a good coffee either.

dorischua said...

Hi Val, thanks for dropping by - great site you have! I have a regular feature in http://homeofficewomen.com where I highlight the stories of women working from home. May i have the honour to feature you? Drop me a mail!

Cyndi said...

Nice to meet you!!

Karolee said...

Hi! Had to stop by and check out the blog with the cool name. Great site.

Chel said...

I have had such fun with the Blog Party. I'm so glad I got the news about it from your blog & that I decided to participate!

When I make jewelry for friends who live far away to give to their friends and family, instead of having them send me a check, I have them put the money on my Starbucks card. That way my husband's not quite sure just how many chai lattes I drink.

Jennifer said...

Hi,
Thanks for stopping by my blog, its nice to meet you.

Jennifer

Bev said...

Hi! This party is really rolling. It is nice to meet you!

Qtpies7 said...

congratualtions on your land! I can imagine how exciting it is to build your own home. Though I have heard enough horror stories to know that I don't want to do it!
Feel free to stop by my place!

GiBee said...

Hi there, Val ... nice to meet you! And thanks for visiting my blog the other day!

Mike said...

Love your photography.

Hopped over from 5 Minutes for Mom. Hope you don’t mind the visit, and future ones.

Have a great week.

Mike
http://somethingaboutparenting.typepad.com/

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crickl's nest said...

Very pleased to 'meet' you! Thanks for stopping and saying hi on mine too. I'll be back to see the photos and stuff! *love it*

preeety said...

hey there! have a terrible cold at the moment, so i'm just stopping by and saying hi!
party tomorrow!!

tracebooks said...

Hi, just stopping by for the Party! Gorgeous photography and thanks for the coffee!

Please stop by and visit me at womanwithmanyhats.com (not my Blogger account). I have fun exploding bubbles and educational videos all week!

amelia said...

Thanks for stopping by my party the other day! We really do have a lot in common as far as kids, age, marriage! Too fun! Nice to meet you!

Sara said...

Halloo!! I'm bopping in on the Blog Party and just had to visit! LOVE the cat's name. The hair pulling is stress, I believe. The puking is anger. At least that is what it means at OUR house. My cats both abandoned me to sleep with my older girls. Oh well...
Come visit me at The Estrogen Files!

Debbi said...

Just wanted to stop by and say hi.

Thanks for coming by and visiting during the blog party. I hope to see you back from time to time.

Debbi

e-Mom said...

LOL, I found you here too (I was just at Grandma's). Neat photography... Hugs, e-Mom

Jennifer said...

I love the just 3 things meme that you did. I moderate the forum for writing prompets & memes over at Moms of Grace so I'll probably be mentioning this in the next few days if that's ok.

Blessings to you-
Jennifer

Brandie said...

Hello! So nice to meet you =)
I a neighbor to the north of you - near Chicago. Your photos are gorgeous!!

Jen said...

It's so neat "meeting" other moms online through their blogs. Good to meet you through the party.

Darlene said...

Party on! Isn't this fun.

God Bless, Darlene

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

LOVE your work! You are so talented! I checked out your other sites too - it is all beautiful.