Friday, December 23, 2011

christmas time is here.

we love christmas break. i seriously don't think i have ever been so mellow and peaceful about christmas season in all of my adult life. i wish there was more time, but i've really tried to let the things go that i can't get too. i've been loving all of the family time, over indulgence of food and decorating with the kids. we have had some super chilly weather but hardly any snow...which i can't say bothers me (...ok, maybe a little on christmas eve/day would be just about right..?) i believe at this time last year we had already been snowboarding.

honestly, it's pretty sad to admit but i rarely pull my camera at home lately (..actually for a long while now. i had a little burn out...and the phone cameras are so handy and convenient!) but this week i have really been trying to break the habit and i remember how enjoyable it is to document life.

merv and cody aren't fans of the camera but lola is always a sport. although there isn't much snow, lola still thinks it's pretty great to dress up in her too-small-hot-pink-snowsuit backwards.
 i fell in love with some garland i saw and convinced my mom to help me whip this up this christmasy version on her sewing machine:
..some of the newest additions to the christmas decor, this cute vintage angel:
 ..and this awesome canvas painted santa that my sweet sister surprised me with. he's really big and i love him:
 ..also, this south american(?) nativity that i scored at a thrift shop:
 ...and this advent calendar...which we never actually got around to using. it's meant to have christmas activities and service project ideas written on each one to coincide with the 24 days. next year we'll be all over that. ;)
 ...of course a few additions to the ever expanding nutcracker collection. i love finding vintage ones the best.
 lola can't get enough of the tree. she rearranges the lights ribbons and ornaments daily.. and nightly...

 a few new ornament additions: love this stuffed scandinavian horse i got from my aunt julie this summer at the reunion, mostly for sentimental reasons:
 ...this handsome nautical nutcracker:
 ...and this glass squirrel:
 i've been using this old dish as nicknack holder forever and decided this year that it is my favorite christmas candle holder:
one of my favorite things has been all of the unexpected visitors, plates and plates of treats...

...and christmas cards. especially this last week- i think we've been getting 3 or 4 a day and i LOVE it!! i think its about time i make another card holder because this ones been bursting at the seams and we have to tape them to the wall.
tonight my mom and sisters and i were all able to spend some quality time together. it's the first time we've been together since corinne moved back to utah. it was heavenly. i am so thankful that all of my siblings will be here during the next little while. i love them.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

life these days.

1. poor little blog has taken a back seat to real life...which has been pretty action packed with plenty of life & lessons learned. i keep a real life personal journal, but i've missed jotting things down here.

2. i think i'll be going into the new year with a different list of goals, ideas and ambitions than i have in the past, or maybe the way i go about persuing life in general... but that's a whole different post and i'll save it for new years. my favorite. really it is, writing wise at least. i love writing out a fresh new outlook on the year.

3. speaking of goals...i'm super stoked that im so close to reaching my running goal this year but i really need to lay off the late night snacking. it's true the older you get the harder you have to work and the crappier your feel when you decide its a good idea to eat loads of sodium at midnight.

4. we love christmas around here. and it's the best when you have a 2 year old that thinks every decorated house is like the first she's ever seen... " ... OOOHHH, it's SOOOOOO perty!!... SOOOOOO perty!!.... SOOOOOO perty!!..." over and over past every house. i can't get enough. merv and i like to take her around just to listen to her get excited. cody doesn't think its quite as cute.
5. i tried set up my schedule in advance to be able to take some time off around the holidays and let some things go a little. i wanted to be able concentrate on all of the life i have been missing. it has been just what i needed. crafting it up with the kids, christmas shopping with the fam, baking and eating tons of holiday junk food, and checking out all kinds of holiday goodness in general. i'm super looking forward to the next couple of weeks.
6. i need to figure out a better bedtime routine. this late night pinterest phone app nonsense is getting pretty ridiculous. however i'm in love with instagram! if you have an iphone, get it! so cute and fun.
7. it's pretty awesome when your 9 year old gets a puberty lesson at school and decides its a good idea to share it with his neighborhood friends... gah....
5. november came and went... but not without the birth of a new niece! we are all in love with sweet little kaiana jade. this phone snap shot was right after she was born.  she's even cuter now. ;)

Thursday, November 3, 2011


fall has been pretty full for us:
-mostly editing and trying my best to catch up on all of the weddings and photoshoots from the last couple of months.
-plenty of pumpkin patch trips.
-several attempts at baking pumpkin recipes. most were not so pretty. (is there a secret to making the perfect -cream cheese pumpkin roll?) but the kids loved it anyway.
-cody asks on a pretty regular basis if he can go visit chickens at aunt arah's...or grandma edie's, or aunt kami's... he is sure that they would make a great pet.
-if it was up to lola, she would dress up every day and night. she was made for halloween and dressing up.  she insists on putting a dress over the top of whatever she is wearing, and sometimes wings too.
-i finally took some pictures with lola for the wall. it is nearly impossible to get the child to sit still, so we just played in the back yard.

north cascade highway

earlier this fall, we decided to take a last minute weekend trip around the north cascade highway loop. the weather was practically roasting when we left spokane and while driving through the columbia river area, but by the time we got over to see the infamous turquoise lakes it was over cast and drizzly. We still managed to have a pretty great time and stopped for a few hikes. the happy creek trail is perfect if you have kidlets.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

hello long lost friend.

what the crap! is it really almost october??? a few thoughts and photos from lately:

1. it seems that my life has been filled too full lately with work related stuff.  so full that i had a nightmare last night that my kids were all grown up all of the sudden and i had missed out on all of the important events in their lives... sad! i do love being able to make a career and work from home... and it is all a part of our master plan, but have to figure out a way to balance it all. (and i can't even think about the things in my house that have gone unattended for far too long...)

5. i know i've said it before but its true: kids seriously make life worth while. we took lola and cody to the fair and we could not get over how cute lola was. she was in love with every single animal. it was also pretty sweet when cody decided to use his ride tickets to take lola on the kiddie train. sometimes he actually does love her.

6. lola's favorites right now are: thomas the train, princess shoes and taking about 45 baths a day with naked barbies and horses. in a swimsuit preferably.

3. cody thinks 4th grade is pretty alright. i can't believe how much harder the homework is but we really like his teacher.

3. cody still has absolutely no interest in anything to do with a halloween costume. lola would be happy to have one of every costume though. especially the princess and tutu costumes. she was going nuts as we browsed the halloween isles at value village.

4. i was able to pick the brains of some of my photographer idols recently, heather & john from one love photo. i've been fascinated with them for years... the style they shoot and the fact that they still use film. it was like meeting santa claus for me. such down to earth and genuinely cool people. i had to pinch myself a few times.

5. actually looking forward to fall this year and maybe taking a fall trip over to leavenworth and wenatchee...?