Tuesday, July 29, 2008


I came across these photos the other day. These were taken when we drove up to Flaming Gorge a day earlier than the rest of the fam.

We spent part of the day renting canoes and paddle boats at Red Canyon Lodge

Met some friendly ducks while we waited at the dock - Abby didn't like the boats very much. I think mostly it was the life jacket that bugged her!

We tried our hands at a little fishing - nothing was biting that day though :-(

We did find this cute little deer! I felt pretty touristy as I chased the darn thing with a camera - as though I'd never ever seen a deer, or even hit one or two of them in a car before!Then we went to the trails around the Red Canyon overlook
Then we stopped for a nice serious pose amongst the scenery!!
Then we went back to the campground and crashed!!!!!

You Are Cinderella!
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Dignified and hard working. With a gentle and soft-spoken manner you have something many people don't. Patience. Even through the moments of heartbreak you're still able to hold onto all of your hopes and dreams. Bide your time; your dream will come true.

Which Disney Princess Are You?

Monday, July 28, 2008

Another Award!!!!

Dreams really do come true!! I first off really need to thank Nikki for presenting me with this award! I'd like to thank the nominating committee, all my family for their support, and all of my blogging friends and family I couldn't do it without your love and encouragement!!!!!

So, in good humor, I will follow the rules accompanying this award.

1. Post the logo on your blog.

2. Add a link to the person who nominated you.

3. Nominate 7 other people for this award and add links to their blog.

4. Leave a message for the people that you nominated!

so, I nominate . . .

Megan, for having the cutest pictures of a bunch of red heads!!

Marla, for having one of the most heartfelt and thoughtful blogs I've ever read!

Mom, because she hates being tagged!!!

Michele, because she keeps her blog up to date more than anyone else I know!

Amy, for having the best music on a blog!

Heather, for actually posting a photo of herself - You go girl!!!!

Shara, because we saw her this week and Benjamin is really wanting to see more photos of Jackson. So, I showed him Shara's blog and it made him feel better!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Here's The Rest of The Series

Here's some of my favorites from the same session as the one I posted earlier

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Gold Star Award

Just had this photo win a "Gold Star Award" through flickr!! Not sure exactly what that means, but hey, who doesn't like a gold star every once in a while!

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

They're Out!!! The 2008 Rust Family Photos!

Who says the photographers kids never have their pictures taken! hahahahaha . . .

Here's Ben!
11 years old!
Wants to be a tractor guy, inventor, four wheeler store owner . . . Starts the 6th grade this coming school year! He's informed me that it wont be long before he's married!!

8 Years Old
Wants to be (drum roll please) a photographer!!!! yeah! And a mom and a nurse and a . . . photographer!

My Marshall
4 years old
wants to be a superhero when he grows up! Asks every night if he can go out and wish on a wishing star! Wants a sleep over party when he's 15! (I have no idea where he came up with that one!)

Abby Ella!
1 1/2 years old
Loves nursery, mommy, daddy, and binky! Talks more at her age than any of our other kids did! Look at that smile!

I think the saying is "The photographer's kids never smile right in a group photo"! Honestly this was the best one of all their group shots! Oh well! Ben's got it down though!!

all photos copyright Two Color Photography

the more my company name, Two Color Photography, shows up in my blog, the more likely it will show up in search engines like google. That's why I keep putting "all photos copyright Two Color Photography". So, one more time for the heck of it . . . . Two Color Photography!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Little Boy in the Poppies!

Another fun shoot in the poppies. This was a cute little boy! (not as cute as my own kids though!)

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Thursday, July 10, 2008


So, no pictures to go with this post -- GaSp!!-- I know, I know!
Anywho, I told the kids that I would turn the sprinklers on as soon as I got Abby down for a nap. So we got the three older ones all sun screened and ready to go out and play, I layed Abby down for her nap, I kicked all the kids out into the backyard with all their water toys and I looked around and realized that I was all alone!!!!!!!!!

So, I grabbed the broom and decided that I was going to sweep and mop the floor while all the kids were currently being occupied. I knew that I had at least 45 minutes, because that is how long I set the timer, and Abby always sleeps for at least and hour and a half! Halfway through my sweeping, a thought occured to me that when I got all this work done, that I would snap a picture and email it to Thomas at work, something like "Hey, look the floor really is clean sometimes" . Then I was going to keep the camera out so that I'd have it ready for the first spill. We ALL know that a freshly swept and mopped floor can only stay that way for 20 minutes. Anyway, then I would send the new pic to Thomas and say something like "And this is why it's never clean when you get home hahaha"

Well, I get maybe 10 more seconds of sweeping done, and in walks Marshall dripping from head to toe. Has it really taken me 45 minutes to sweep the floor?? No, it had been all of 10 minutes. And sure enough, he waltzes across the part of the floor that had already been swept . . .drip . . .drip . . .drip. I shoo him outside and get ready to finish sweeping and 2 seconds later in comes Stephanie . . .drip . . .drip . . .drip. Some drama about slipping and stubbing her toe. I tell her to wrap up and go sit on a patio chair until she feels better. drip . . . drip . . . drip . . . out the back door. Then I glance out side to see my eleven year old about to use the water my trees in a manly fashion. I open the door and holler at him to come in and get in his bed . . .drip . . . drip . . . drip. Then I sat down in my chair . . . drip . . . drip - that was just my tears :-) j/k I don't cry over unmopped floors! I didn't even get to take a picture of it being clean!

Shoot in the Poppies

Here's a fam shoot I did the other day in the poppies. I do about 1 shoot a day for the week these poppies are in bloom. I start getting calls about January for pics in June! Sorry if everyone gets bored of these, I just enjoy showin' off!

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Time for a Game!

Here are the directions:
1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you.It's actually pretty cool (and funny) to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you. :) If you don't want to play on your blog, or if you don't have a blog, I'll leave my memory of you in my comments.

The Annual Mansfield Family Campout!

Well, we had our annual Mansfield Family Campout, and we were all there! 12 adults, and 11 kids! We're almost at that point where the kids are going to out number the "grown-ups"! We had a ton of fun, as always! Here are some of the highlights.

Marshall built himself a little hole to sit in and play at the beach!

Here's Marshall and Allison (Melanie & Kevin's little girl).

We found this Antelope at Lucerne Marina, he was just wandering around on the lawn, Megan jumped out of her car to see if it would let her get close to it! This is her being sad when it ran away! SoRrY Megan :-(

Here's Michael, his new wife Megan and little Chloe walking around in the water. This beach was so great, the water stayed shallow for a really long time! The kids loved being able to go play farther out in the water than you usually would get to.

Here's da' boys! Like father, like son! This was taken during a rain storm. Most of us ran for cover, but Dad, Wyatt, and Kamryn went and found a rock to climb, or lean on!

Here's Chloe (Megan's little girl) - We found it was just easier to give the kids their food straight from the ground, because that's where it ALWAYS ended up anyway! Actually, Chloe just dropped her bag of fruit snacks, we didn't put them there for her!

Little Matthew (Melanie's little boy) and his mom. Melanie was trying to get him to go to sleep. It worked, in about two minutes from this pic, she came back to the beach with a sleeping baby!

Abby and Grandma trying on some goggles! She is so cute! Notice Brynli's hand in the background! That's what most of the kids hands looked like 90 percent of the time!

Here's Thomas' little raft. Unfortuneately for him, the kids got more use out of it than he did! Every year, some "mishap" happens to this poor raft! The first year someone (we wont mention any names - Mike and Kevin) broke an oar. The second year the other oar went caput, and this year it got a little over inflated and the inner lining popped, plus it sprang a leak! I think we'll have to have a burial service for it this year!

You can't ever go to the beach without trying to bury your self in the sand! This is my Marshall and my Stephanie!

Back at the campground playing a little Bocce Ball with Megan (the new one), Michael, and Benjamin!
This is what happens when you get to much sand in your hair. Your mom takes you out to the lake and gives you a good old cleaning up! It was pretty cold water, and Chloe didn't mind being head dunked at all!

Benjamin, Stephanie and Derek found this little fuzzy caterpillar. They decided they were going to build it a little tent/nest and take care of it so it could build a cocoon. Well, morning came and Derek woke before Stephanie and he couldn't find his caterpillar. We went into the tent trailer and started getting the kids up and at 'em when Steph sat up and said "Look Dad!" we looked over and she was holding the caterpillar. She slept with the darn thing! Ewwwww!

Here are our three little trouble makers! Actually, there were soooo good! They entertained themselves just by using their little imaginations all week long! So here's Marshall, Brynli (Wyatt and Michele's) and Allison! Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil! Our little monkeys!
This is our annual ritual of washing our hair in the creek that runs below our campsite. The water is SO cold, but all the girls go down with buckets and shampoo and conditioner and give their hair a good wash! R-L Stephanie, new Megan, Melanie, Mom, and sister Megan!

Well, we all survived and I think we all had a great time. Looking forward to going again next year! Flaming Gorge is a great place to camp, fish, swim, wash hair, eat food off the ground, and play Bocce Ball! If you haven't tried it out, you really should!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Flaming Gorge

Some shots of Flaming Gorge and Red Canyon Lodge. Just playing around with a new technic I learned.

We'll post some of the fun pics later!!!

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