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I cannot believe my baby baby baby turned ONE!!!  She keeps trying to stand up and I keep knocking her down. No growing up allowed here! Hahaha!

Soooo, in accordance with Chinese tradition, we held a zhuazhou ceremony for her.  (See here for her big sister’s zhuazhou ceremony.)  As explained in my previous post,  it is a Chinese tradition that when the baby turns one, the parents hold this ceremony to express their good wishes for the child.  The parents place different items in front of the child and the child’s chosen item represents her future career path.  Again, I was hoping to acquire some classic Chinese items for a cute photo shoot, but alas, this underachieving mom grabbed whatever is closest and made them work.  At least I changed the baby into a decent outfit, OK? I’m accomplished.

The items that were placed down were:

Calculator representing accountant (like mama), camera representing photographer (like mama again), drum toy representing musician, book representing scholar, calligraphy brush representing writer (like dada), measuring tape representing architect/designer, knife/sword representing law enforcement (or ninja), syringe representing doctor, and red envelope containing money representing banker.

Awwwww we are not in the mood for zhuazhou right now! thank you bye bye.

It doesn’t help that we have a little “unhelper” now….

I don’t care about my fortune! I want a nap!

Zhuazhou…. #fail

After a bottle and a nap, we are feeling much better and ready to take on the future!  From here on, all photo credits go to Uncle Alex.  Mama’s little girl would have just crawled toward wherever mama was, so I had to be toddler prison warden bystander this time.

She makes a bee line for…….

Accountant and proud!!

Our unhelper went on to steal baby girl’s fortune.

So our baby girl moved on to her second career… behold!

Photographer and proud! <3

Look ma, I can use the calculator as a reflector to light up my face too ~~

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The thing about being a photographer… I have a million photos of everyone else but none of me.  I recently got together with Jennifer from Jenny May Photography and traded headshot services.  By headshot services, I mean we frolicked in the woods, giggled like high school girls and geeked out over gorgeous light and dreamy snowy backdrops.  We sacrificed and left our coats in the car, but it was so worth it!

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I realized that I never got to post this family session last year, but today seems like a good day to post.  I just found out that my friend here got an amazing opportunity and will be abandoning me at my corporate job.  I am sad that this beautiful and super fun family is most likely going to be moving further away from me, but I am very happy for all the wonderful changes that will be coming their way.  Congratulation Birge family!


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I have been going to Tantra Spa ever since I first moved to Michigan in 2007. There were a few times I tried getting Groupons or going to other spas, but inevitably, there was always something “missing” at the other places.  For me, what makes Tantra special is their attention to detail.  The massage table is not only heated, but padded with sheepskin and covered in soft sheets and blankets.  The space is cozy and intimate, with the aroma of essential oils filling the air. However, what’s best of all is the people.  The girls there really love what they do, and it shows through the service that they provide.  Even more so than their amazing services, it’s the positive energy they exude that keeps me coming back.  So, when I thought about featuring my favorite small businesses, Tantra Spa was one of the first to come to mind.

Yvette is the owner and founder of this magical little place. She is an interior designer, a photographer, an amazing facialist and a successful business owner.  I can only aspire and hope to build the kind of business that she has built.  Ugh, I hate talented people. 🙂


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