Tuesday, January 27, 2009


We finally got enough snow to go outside and play! Malachi only lasted about 10 or 15 minutes, but he did enjoy sledding.

Malachi and I went a little faster than I expected and ended up crashing into the barn. It wasn't as bad as it may look...we both got up laughing!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Family Pictures

My mom has been wanting a current family picture for the past few years, so this year all the siblings decided to get it together and give her a picture for Christmas. Because our resident photographer, Kelsey, needed to be in the shot and because we all absolutely love the work of our friend, Cassidy, of Cassidy Dawn Photography, we commissioned her to take the pics.

After rescheduling at least three times and wrapping a framed drawing of the family so that Mom would have something to open at Christmas, we finally had our photoshoot on January 2nd. Cassidy did not disappoint and now we are just faced with the problem of picking out our favorite!
This is my brother, Blake, and sister-in-law, Kimberly. They will be adding another member to our family in July! Malachi is already talking about his "special baby cousin in Kimberly's belly".
I love how Cassidy does such a great job of catching natural emotion...this expression is so typical of Dad!
Can't you tell how much fun we had?

If you'd like to see all the proofs go to http://lloydfamily.photoherald.com/ (password: lloyd). You can also see more of Cassidy's work by using the link from this blog!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Bridal Show

Last Sunday I participated as a vendor in the Chillicothe Bridal Show. I was able to share many samples and hand out business cards to brides who are busy planning weddings in the area. This was my second year in the show and I really enjoyed meeting all the brides and getting feedback on what I'm doing.

I owe a HUGE thank-you to my wonderful sister, Megan. Not only is she the designer behind my business cards, she also devoted her entire day to helping me out and was a very important source of moral support. Thanks, Meg...I couldn't have done it without you!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Musical Talents

Although Malachi may look more like me and my side of the family, he definitely got some musical talents from Erik's side! There was a lot of singing and playing music together while we were in GA. In fact, as soon as Malachi walked into the other cabin he exclaimed, "Wow! Where did all these instruments come from?" He joined right in and played his "whistle" with everyone.
He also entertained us by singing on the way home!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Christmas Memories

This year was the first time since high school that both Erik and I were able to wake up in the house we live in on Christmas morning. It was wonderful! We had to wake Malachi up at about 9:30 (he definitely didn't get that from my side of the family...Meg and Kels still get up before 7:00 a.m. to get their presents!) and he was so excited when he came down the stairs and saw what "Santa" had left for him. We spent the rest of Christmas day with my family hanging out, exchanging presents and, of course, eating. It was a lot of fun and everyone enjoyed Malachi's excitement.
Early Friday morning we headed south to Amicalola Falls, Georgia, to see Erik's family. The Jarrett family - Laura, Gene, Alice, Becky, Jennifer and Cindy
Grandma and Grandpa with their grandsons, Isaac, Erik and Malachi
Grandma Alice arranged for everyone to meet and stay in rented cabins to celebrate Christmas and Grandpa Gene's 80th birthday. We had a lot of fun together, in spite of the intense fog and mostly rainy weather.
Monday turned out to be a beautiful day and we were able to hike and see the waterfall. Malachi was a trooper and we all had a great time!