Dalton | Union High School Graduate 2011 | Eastern Oregon Senior Pictures

Before I show you Dalton (who, by the way, has the most rad name) I’d like to speak briefly about a topic near and dear to my heart recently… Mom Guilt. Mom Guilt plagues many of us young entrepreneurial mommies… when we’re home, we’re also at work. So our attention is frequently divided, and we’re searching for ways to separate “work” and “motherhood” and often find our brilliant separation ideas falling through. In the last month I have taken a huge leap forward with my business by committing to a studio location here in Baker City, mostly to further separate “work” and “motherhood”… so when I’m home, I. AM. HOME. Work problems can wait until I am in the studio… I can shut my work brain off and focus on my babies and my home. Such a perfect idea, right? Well, now here I sit in my studio (which I have to tell you, I am kind of in love with this space…) and I’m editing and blogging and ordering and organizing and I’m doing it all totally uninterrupted. In total silence. Yes, the work is getting done much more efficiently, much more quickly than it would with the distractions of home around me… but I have a whole new kind of Mom Guilt tonight! I miss my sweet kids and my handsome hubs. Even if it’s past their bedtime and I know I’d just be doing this same thing at home, I miss them. It’s funny how every transition in our lives really takes some getting used to- some trial and error before we find the perfect balance and rhythm that makes sense in our lives. That’s all this is- a transition, really. Another hurdle to jump, a new balance to find. I am so blessed to have the support of my family and my parents, and to live in a time when being a woman and a mother and owning a business is a possibility. And I love that I am teaching my daughters the importance of having a dream and fighting for it, but while fighting, finding the balance that separates “work” and “motherhood”. I read an amazing quote earlier this week by a man I greatly admire and revere, Thomas S. Monson. He said, “Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.” Oh, those words really resonated in my soul this week. I am taking a problem and solving it while doing it what it takes to ensure my loveys know I love them. This really is good… it really is.


Meet Dalton! I think you’ll like him as much as I do!


  1. Candace on April 22, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    I understand your guilt and feel it myself every. Single. Day! Ugh! It’s so hard and I so often get stuck at my desk and i know I should be reading or playing with my babies …
    Love the pictures of Dalton they’re awesome!! :)

  2. candice lay on April 22, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Hey I love these pictures!! This is my cousin’s son,colemans second cousin. They turned out great! He has turned into such a handsome young man!

  3. Shelley Payton on April 22, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Blue is definitely his color!!

  4. Kevin on April 23, 2011 at 2:32 am

    I have known this cute little guy since he was about six years old. Brings tears to my eyes knowing that he will be graduating soon.

  5. Heather on April 23, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    LOVE the picture with the hay bales. You are so good at what you do.

  6. Teena - MOM on April 24, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    WOW, reading your comments and seeing my baby in his Senior pictures gave me what I call having “A Mommy Moment” (very emotional), I have had a few of those this year and I am sure I am not done yet… The pictures look great, you are very good at what you do, thanks

  7. Carly Carlson on April 25, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Oh thanks Teena! Comments like those make me so happy! :)

  8. Jamie on April 26, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Carly, great pictures, I like the first black and white and the one standing in the barn door the most, they show his true nature for me.

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