Snow Day

Snow Day

Early Saturday morning our oldest son came running into our room to tell us it was snowing, our conversation went something like this: S: “Mom! It’s snowing outside!” M: “What? How do you know?” S: “I looked out the window! See! It’s snowing and there is snow on the ground! And in our garden!” M: “Pull the curtain back so I can see it….OH MY GOODNESS! You’re right, IT IS SNOWING!” It was 57* when we went to bed on…

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2016 Christmas Gift Guide 1.0

2016 Christmas Gift Guide 1.0

We try to keep gift giving pretty simple around here. A few years ago when it was just my husband, our oldest son and me we celebrated our first Christmas out of college and escrow and we went a little crazy. We bought our son so much stuff that didn’t even open all of his presents on Christmas day, he was bored and overwhelmed. We learned a lot that Christmas, but mostly we vowed to reign in the gift giving. We’ve since…

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Pumpkin Patching and 6 Tips for on the go Picture Taking

Pumpkin Patching and 6 Tips for on the go Picture Taking

There is something so nastoglic about a pumpkin patch. It is my favorite way to kick off the fall season. It just isn’t fall until we’ve frolicked through rows of pumpkin vines. We have two pumpkin patches in our area but we are pretty loyal people who play favorites so we visit the same one every year. Local schools host the parking lot, 4H kids run the petting zoo, theres a play ground full of tiny wheelbarrows and toy tractors, and the perfect little…

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Happy Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day

Early this last spring a long time family friend called to see if I would be willing to photograph her grandfathers funeral, he was a carrier sailor who lost a battle to cancer, he was being celebrated with military honors. Many of their family members from afar weren’t going to be able to attend the funeral so they asked for pictures capturing the day. I had never been to a military funeral before, it was a very memorable experience. It was…

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Jared’s First Birthday

Jared’s First Birthday

On a warm Friday night in late summer we gathered in our backyard to celebrate Jared’s first birthday. I spent months planning a fiesta themed party, with brightly colored decorations, tiny cacti and tacos and even had plans to make a piñata. Then just weeks before his birthday it didn’t feel right, it just didn’t fit our boy’s personality. So I scraped. I’ve always tried to keep my kids parties about them, using their favorite toys, books or colors as…

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Ectopic Pregnancy

Ectopic Pregnancy

Let me start by saying that I have hesitated to share my pregnancy loss story, I don’t want people to think I’m searching attention, but even more I don’t want to contribute to the lack of conversation of pregnancy loss. Last week I finally shared a little bit about it on Instagram and it felt good to write it down so I decided to share here too. My 9th blood draw in 19 days. A couple Sundays ago we were…

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Christmas is Coming

Christmas is Coming

Forty-seven days people. Once halloween is over we’re all about the Christmas preparations over here. I have yet to find a good reason I can’t eat my thanksgiving dinner next to a Christmas tree with The Little Drummer Boy playing in the background. Why is it considered socially unexceptable to be most thankful for Christmas, the joy of the season and the Christ child during Thanksgiving? People who claim breaking out the Christmas decor or music before Thanksgiving is ethically wrong can eat…

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Exterior–The Game Plan

Exterior–The Game Plan

The outside of our house is pitiful. The faded pasty tan paint is cracked and peeling, the trim is pulling away from the house and rotting, the roof is the most awful shade of brown and needs replacing. The more I write these posts the more I realize we bought ourselves a money pit. Anyway, we have dreams for this little house on a corner. -Paint: Hopefully in the next couple of weeks we will have a weekend of good…

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Star Wars Room

Star Wars Room

When I was pregnant with Scott, Jeremy asked if we could have a Star Wars nursery, I laughed and said no. Really I should have said yes and just let him decorate the whole room, instead it was a weird mishmash of old crap and brightly colored furniture. It was cute but also cringe worthy and never felt done. So when we moved into this house we agreed Scott could have a Star Wars room, he was old enough that…

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DIY Family Pictures.

DIY Family Pictures.

Don’t get excited. This isn’t a “How to Take Your Own Family Portraits” Pinterest worthy blog post. The pictures might be Pinterest fail/nailed it meme worthy though. Every few months I come up with an excellent plan to buy everyone new outfits and take new family pictures. I have 3 decent family pictures from my childhood and one of them deserves the cover spot on awkward family photos yearly calendar so I want alllllll the family pictures for my family….

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