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Every family has a story to tell in the everyday activities. Its such a delight to explore a bedroom, take a walk and share a meal with one of my favorites.
When one of your very best friends is this gorgeous two weeks before her due date you most definitely need to make sure there are photos to document. I mean seriously. I cannot wait to cuddle this little girl and watch parenthood envelop these two. But for now, enjoy the sweet anticipation of the giant unknown that is the weeks before your first born comes into the world. I’ve got my pack and play all ready for lovely baby naps when they visit.
Every time I meet a new family I am drawn to the dynamics. The relationships that play out in natural interaction. It was such a pleasure to meet, photograph and just enjoy time with the Gebrils. The grass was tall and scratchy in the field we traipsed through, we were bumping up against nap time and yet the beauty of their family is evident in every frame. My absolute favorites are the frames in between. The photos when the love and caring just flows out seamlessly and I am just delighted to be near enough to capture.
There are so many summer days that I wish I had tangible photographic memories, but it is hard when you are actually living them as well. The simple, everyday activities that fill summer days and make up the deep-seeded-contented happy that is childhood. Little backyard pools filled with flowers, toys and grass. Blowing bubbles to chase with sticky soapy fingers. Slip and sliding down a hose soaked tarp that is more fun than Wild Waves because you’re at home with family. Then wrap up all these simple pleasures with a meal shared around a picnic table under the shade of a tree. Yep, these are the moments that fill up that happy in my heart reminding me childhood doesn’t have to be plugged in or expensive. Bring on the bubbles!
When a good friend of mine called and wanted to do a styled generations shoot at her families cherry orchard I was pretty dog gone excited. Full on happy dance excited. First off, she is an absolutely fantastic stylist and I new anything she was working on would be fabulous and second, I LOVE cherry blossoms. They are simply classic beauty in their elegant blossoms, purity and promise of life. It was not disappointing. In fact, there is so much incredibleness that I have to break the photos up. We’ll start with the wonderful family warmth of three generations of special ladies who gathered in an orchard to enjoy lunch, love and a whole lot of laughter.
Addison’s 7th Birthday celebration was a huge success! Every year I try to talk her into ice skating, bowling, gymnastics or some other location that takes the chaos far away from our home. And every year she talks me into transforming our rooms into a party place. She likes to be home and wants to celebrate with friends in her space. It’s hard to say no. The carnival theme is such a fun one to explore! The color, activities and really just the carnival crazy.
For a craft (who doesn’t love a good craft?!!) the kids decorated their own party hats. Easy and so much fun.
I’m not usually a big vintage buyer, but those little clowns from Penny Lane Vintage just make me happy. I kind of want to leave them out all year long. They were definitely the perfect compliment to the fabulous desserts by Jenny Cookies. The popcorn box cookies were my absolute favorite! Baking is not something I excel at so I am always delighted to see her wonderful creations. What’s a carnival without a clown? I think she makes the cutest clown on the block. Big giant, huge thanks to my mom who made a custom clown costume for the birthday girl.
So excited to greet her guests!
Clown nose cake pops made for a really terrific Photo Booth prop. And the backdrop from Drop it Modern almost makes me want to paint red & white stripes on the wall it was so perfect.
I am often in awe of the talents of others. My cousin is an incredible artist and when I asked her to use her talents for face painting she completely rocked it! I was thinking hearts and flowers and she was thinking fabulous elaborate works of art. Love her.
I am now officially jealous of a 7 year old. Addison’s best buddy has her birthday in October and therefore could celebrate her day EVERY year at the pumpkin patch! All that fall deliciousness wrapped up in golden sun, scarecrows, gourds galore and corn mazes? My favorite. I’m seriously thinking of moving my birthday so that I too can live the dream. It is technically my half birthday so maybe I should just amp up that trend a bit. Here’s hoping they don’t check my license when I show up with balloons and cake.
What could possibly make the pumpkin patch any more incredibly fun that it naturally is?? Three best girlfriends in glitter party hats exploring every inch. Shannon may actually un-invite me from next year’s festivities for this one, but it just makes me smile. I can hear her laughing from here. We ended with a day at the races. Duck races. Who knew?
Happy, happy Birthday sweet girl.
I have set a goal for my kids. By summer’s end Landon & Addison will be ready and enthusiastic (because attitude counts!) about summiting Mt Pilchuck with me. I’ve always enjoyed hiking and have decided that they have finally reached the ages to tackle the dream alongside me. We started our super fun outdoor training over spring break taking on Mt. Erie, Ice Caves (a bit premature for the season), and Peshastin Pinnacles. I am so proud of them and their tenacity. I’m pretty sure they are completely done with mom’s catch phrases, triggered by any form of discontent, and so climb upward with smiles on their faces to humor me. Who knows, maybe they’ll come to love it as much as I do. If I look hard enough, I think I might see Rainier in our future… Unfortunately I didn’t bring a camera to Mt. Erie. Epic fail, I know. Just means we have to do it again. Ice Caves with the Duncs was quite the adventure. Turns out, the trail isn’t exactly ready for adventures. At least not adventurers in tennis shoes & shorts. We didn’t let a little (or a lot) of snow & wet feet stand in the way of fun. Road trip to Leavenworth! There is something pretty special about watching your kids play with your childhood friend’s kids. Next generation and all that. I’ve been friends with Carrie since friendship bracelets and New Kids on the Block singing about The Right Stuff.