Auh the summer was divine. Glad to be back in school.
One word. GORGEOUS! This girl is a super athlete, so fun and such a cute girl. Lauren it was so fun to take pictures of you. So many others to come!
black/white version because I know Lauren loves B&W pics
This family just said goodbye to their son for 2 years while he is going to serve in a church mission. He will be learning to speak spanish while he is gone. I had a lot of fun with this family. I loved kidding around with the girls especially
I love summertime. I love sleeping in and getting to choose what we do every day. I love getting to adventure out and experience new things with family and friends. I must say I’m so proud that I’m actually doing something with my pictures! I made these collages for a book for my kids, but they are too fun not to share!
Summertime fun in the Northwest. I’ve never been blueberry picking. I can’t even express how fun and exciting this was to me. My favorite children’s book was “Blueberries for Sal” when I was a little girl. I was so excited about BLACKberries my first year here (which are painfully thorny to pick!) The thrill of huge clumps of blueberries everywhere on a beautiful northwest morning with my children and one of my favorite friends made this activity one of my favorites this summer. Thanks to my cute friend for telling me about this! Some cute pics of them …
washing, freezing, eating and jamming our blueberries. I LOVED it. I couldn’t help but think how healthy this is for my family.
Utah – my kids adore their cousins on both sides. They are the youngest kids on my husbands side and the oldest on my side. So they get experience being the followers and the leaders. Below we were all doing a “cheers!” after my hubby gave a special toast to family and especially his mom and her new found sister.
The hummingbirds at my in-laws were always around. Grandpa caught one in the garage, let the kids see it up close and let it go.
Grandpa and Dad taught the kids how to drive the small 4 wheelers on their own.
These pictures below need a blog post all on their own. Quite the story! Someday I might take a stab at writing what this moment meant to all of us as we watched these cute sisters.
my husband and his family road in the bobsled in Park city. They went 70+mph on the actual bobsled course from the 2002 Olympics. What an experience
Girl scout camp. Look at these cute girls!! My girl is getting so big. She LOVED twilight camp. She came home so happy every night.
I really enjoyed taking these newborn pictures because she was such a good baby and because I love this family! Whenever I’m around her mom it makes me want to be a better person. I love people like that. I only wish I lived closer to her so I could learn more from her.
I love how these pictures turned out. Discovery dentistry in Washougal, WA has the most amazing landscape. These pictures are in the backyard which you get to look at the whole time you’re getting your teeth cleaned. Their is a beautiful water feature in the back with tons of flowering trees.
They have awesome giveaways on facebook if you “like” them! https://www.facebook.com/DiscoveryDental I won a spa gift certificate last month. I was so excited!
This little cutie is brand new. Only 4 days old and so tiny. This is a first child and also first grandchild, so Grandma and a few friends joined us for the photoshoot. Newborn shoots take a long time, and the family was patiently all involved in getting her to sleep for our pictures. Such a great family! And what amazing parents. They were very laid back and didn’t get overwhelmed at all. I wish them the best of luck with this little beauty! Such a beautiful little girl.
Okay, so the rain here goes on forever! But the flowers, the green everywhere make it worth it for me! I love Washington! And this family couldn’t be cuter!
I love pinterest and wish I had more time in the day to complete all the projects and ideas I have pinned. I slowly push ideas onto my accomplished list. Here is one of them. It is not my little guys birthday, but since it was good weather and we were out playing with chalk I drew some balloons and he paused for a moment long enough for me to get on a ladder and take a picture. Since it was worth me getting the ladder out to fit as much as I could in the picture, I thought I better post it.
I love my little boy and the joy I get from staying home with him! The original pin is on my pinboard here.
School pictures at the spanish school. This is my favorite photo shoot of the year. I love taking pictures of young children. I had so much fun making them laugh. Many of the parents asked me how I get them to smile and laugh so naturally – I just act really goofy. I think I took about 50 kids pictures in 3 days. It was very fun.
If you’re interested in Spanish for your kids check out the website here http://www.spanishwithsarah.com
I took pictures of this family last year. You can see the post here. This cute family got a new puppy! I took pictures for this cute mom and her son last year with their family dog they had for many years. They knew it was coming to an end for him because of health problems. He passed away a few months later. I’m so glad they got beautiful pictures with him. Now they have a new puppy. Her name is Franklyn and she is such a beautiful dog! What a good little puppy.
Ballons galore with Ninjago eyes taped on them. I just got the ninjago eyes image online somewhere and just printed it on cardstock. super easy!
Yellow smiley face helium balloons from the dollar store with tissue paper taped over them to look like ninjas. I had tissue paper of all the ninja colors. Each child got to take a balloon home with them. They chose which ninja they wanted.
Lego inspired chains made of cardstock
Lego game cards hanging from the ceiling. They weren’t used for anything, just lego decor. I was using whatever I could find around the house that was lego themed. We also hung plastic circles in the bright lego colors up too. Those were from the twister hoopla game. Everything was hung with strings and tacks or tape. They weren’t heavy items of course, so it was simple.
All the ninja’s were made into cakes except Cole because he is black and I couldn’t find my black coloring. I did make 5 mini cakes for that purpose but the boys didn’t even notice. This might have been the hit of the party. We cut these into small slices so each of the kids could choose 2 ninja’s to eat and gain their powers (Kai – fire, Jay – lightning, zane- ice, green ninja – has all powers). The kids were so animated about this process. Very exciting to them.
While they arrived they could build some star war legos from Ty’s advent calendar legos since they were super easy with little cards for the instructions
Hot lego – Adapted from Hot potato. We played the Ninjago lego theme song (download on itunes) while they sat in a circle and passed the lego. Each person had to add a lego from the pile in the middle before they could pass it on. If it broke they had to put it back together before they could pass it.
Create your own lego creation and tell everyone about it
Punch for the prize – Tutorial. The kids loved this. We hid a Jay ninjago in one of them as the big prize. Everyone got a prize though
Playing Ninjago outside turned into rough housing for the boys. A friend and I were out there watching them and making sure they were safe. Only two kids could jump at a time and Wow the tricks they had!
The 2 lone girls invited to the party: his sister and his friend from school that plays ninjago at recess with him. The girls loved everything ninjago too.
And of course my silly boy after his party could not resist showing off his poses for me. I tried and tried to get a normal smile, finally got one at the end, but the process made for some photos that truly show my boys personality. I sure love you Ty. Happy 6th birthday!
I found the idea for this thank you card online, but can’t seem to find it to give the owner credit. If this is your’s let me know so I can give credit. Thanks!
I cannot even begin to say how amazing our trip was to Disneyland. I took my 7 year old little girl and my mom joined us for a girls only trip. It was our first time there since I was 5 years old. We went to do all of the princess stuff together. She was the perfect age! She loved all the thrill rides, and so excited to see the princesses and get autographs. Here are our princess shots, I’m sure I will be posting many more pictures in the near future.
black/white damask (I didn’t put this on the paper that went home with your children, but please add it to the list of backdrop choices)
light blue. This is my new backdrop and this is all I have to show the color… part of my sons birthday invite :)