Archive for July, 2008

nairie and ahren…

July 30, 2008
my sweet friend melody called me last night, wondering if i could take some pictures of her family that was visiting from europe. i’m SO glad that it all worked out, and seriously could these two little ones be more precious? they are just as sweet as they look!
and yes, this IS my favorite location!
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thanks mel, i’m SO glad you called!
i hope they love them!

AZWA crew…

July 28, 2008
sooo, eric does this bike ride every year for the diabetes association, Summit To Surf. they start at the top of mt. hood and finish in hood river along the columbia. his brother matt has been joining him the last three years, and much to our delight, miss jamie came along this time! matt, jamie, eric and i and the boys drove up the mountain on friday morning, took our time enjoying the sites, and then stayed the night near ski bowl. we always LOVE spending time with these two! so, here are more pictures than necessary…although, is that really possible?
enjoying lunch…
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an impromptu photoshoot…
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the boys getting soaked in the fountain outside the restaurant…
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when the snow melts, ski bowl (ski area) transforms into an adventure park with a zip line, bungee jumping, go karts, and lots more.
since it was in walking distance to our condo, we checked in and headed down to the park.
one of the only things the boys could do was the bungee trampoline. so here they are getting their harnesses on…
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eli jumping…
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once dylan got up there, he decided it wasn’t for him…how could i let those $9 go to waste?
besides, i forgot how at home i feel on one of those things:)
thanks jamie for all of the flattering pics you caught of me…
although, this looks pretty neat with the top of the mountain behind me…
and check out those pointed toes:)
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after my performance, we drove to the east bowl where there is a half mile alpine slide that you ride on the chair lift to the top, and take a little “car” like sled down this luge type slide. it was breathtaking…matt and eric each took one of the boys, while jamie and i went solo behind them.
unfortunately, i left my camera in the car:(
here are the guys the next morning before they took off on their 50+ mile ride over the mountain…matt made the boys shirts to match his and eric’s. too cute!
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jamie and took the boys downtown hood river while the guys were riding. we had breakfast at the best coffee shop ever, and then headed down to the river side finish line to watch them come in…
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off to enjoy some yummy burgerville, and listen to some music..
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jamie took this of eric and before we left. look at my handsome man:)
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we had such a great time! today is matt’s birthday, (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!) so we spent it over at their parents house barbequeing and hanging out. we always treasure the time that we get to be with them, thanks matt and jamie so much for coming up, and being with us this weekend!

the need to create…

July 23, 2008
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for some reason lately, i have been overwhelmed with the need to create. not just make something, or take a simple photo, but really take something that is within my self, and make it tangible, something to hold in my hands, and share around. that’s what i used to love about working in the darkroom. actually watching the image that i saw with MY eyes through the viewfinder, take shape on the paper below the suface of the chemicals. where it was once something only I saw, becoming something that everyone could take in. hoping that others would feel the same rush that i felt as i tripped the shutter.
sitting in front of the computer, is a bit different, for sure, but the possibilities are endless, and at my fingertips…literally. but man, do i miss those afternoons in the darkroom, exposing and agitating, filled with the anticipation of what the final outcome would be…
i think i need to pull out my 35mm, and find a darkroom to work in:)
when i sat down to write this post, i knew that i had something weighing on me, something that i was missing. i guess i found my answer.

bloggin’ fool…

July 21, 2008

that’s me…a bloggin’ fool. i guess that means that we have lots going on that i want to share:)

as of last evening, my eli no longer has training wheels. (tear) how do they go from being little babies to big boys riding around on two wheels? things seem to be in fast forward lately, and i’m not sure how i feel about it. don’t get me wrong, i’m SO completely proud of eli, i had tears streaming down my face as he rode off into the distance last night. eric got a new little camera over the weekend, so i was able to take some video to share with you all…

this was taken about fifteen minutes into the lesson from eric. i still can’t get over his sense of balance! and i love that you can hear how excited he is!

(pause the music on the sidebar before watching!)


(sorry about my voice…there nothing i hate more than hearing my own voice on video or answering machines!)

and of course some photos…how could i not?

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skate competition…

July 19, 2008
eric’s gone for the day, and the boys and i needed something to do.
our neigbor’s oldest (sage) was competing down at the skate park near our house.
i’ve been wanting to go down there and take pictures, and this gave me a reason.
the boys had fun, and i got some fun pictures of sage…
and of course my boys…
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refreshment break:)

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never having been on a skate board myself, i was pretty amazed at what these boys could do.
i’m sure we’ll have our share of afternoons spent at the skate park hoping and praying that our boys don’t break anything:)
i’m in no hurry, though.
we left before it was over, the boys were hungry. but, we’re looking forward to hearing the results!

sweet baby dylan…

July 19, 2008
okay, sooo i know in my head he’s not a baby anymore.
but in my heart he’ll always be just that.
my baby.
he’s definetly more challenging, as of lately.
but so much more full of personality at the same time.
he has the BEST sense of humor and timing,
and the sweetest little lisp.
those lips just kill me. so big and pouty.
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lovin’ that belly button

and his sweet little hands…see that freckle?

precious…

my sweet baby dylan.

blueberry picking…

July 16, 2008
on sunday we went blueberry picking…it was a lot of fun, and we came away with a lot of berries:) i have to say, dylan is quite the worker, as long as you watch him closely…there were times when he was eating faster than he was picking! we joked that they should weigh the kids on the way in, and again on the way out! eli was over it before anyone else, but i think that next time we should go a little earlier, at 9:30 it was already pretty warm outside. i’m not a big fan of blueberries, so i’m holding out for the blackberries and raspberries to be ready!
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dylan picking a nice green berry…

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beautiful eli…

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working hard…

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over it….
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dylan getting caught…

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i’m thinking this will be a new tradition!

carly and weston…

July 14, 2008
i brought my new baby (see previous post) along for my session with carly and weston last night.
i didn’t expect to feel so comfortable so fast, but i was, and i think the images speak for themselves:) i’m so excited about these:
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aren’t you in love? i just LOVE photographing these two, and everytime i do, i’m happier than the last. it was late, weston hadn’t napped much, and it was still really hot outside, but they did so great! thanks mark and shannon for singing, jumping around, and just being plain silly…i think it worked!

AHHHHH!

July 14, 2008
momma got a new camera!

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that’s right…i got me a new camera today:) can i just say that i’m in love…
i went with the nikon d200 for many reasons. my dad has the d300 and i LOVE it, but i would have to upgrade all of my software that i can’t live without if i got that one:( and i just can’t do that right now. but my d70 isn’t going to last forever, and i wanted to make a decision before i was forced to.
so after much thought and contemplation, i bought my new baby. it’s beautiful, and i think it’s going to be stuck to my right eye for the next few days…at least:)
i had a session this evening, so naturally i brought it along…i used it the whole time! i’m feeling a little sad for my d70. she’s been such a great, reliable friend for the past almost two years. i’ll keep her for a back-up, but i have a feeling that i won’t be using her much at all.
ahhh bittersweet.
so here’s to lots of new, better quality images, and lots of very interesting, yet monotonous camera manual reading in my future;)
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aren’t these the sweetest little dresses ever? naomi’s birthday is coming up, and her party is on saturday. i’ve been racking my brain trying to come up with a gift idea to make for her. yesterday i was sitting here searching for something to inspire me, and i came across this pattern for a little pillowcase dress. seriously, they are SUPER easy to make, and SO worth it! i had a couple of yards of this green damask fabric that had been sitting in my closet for a couple of months, and i’m working on another birthday gift (a sneak peek jamie:) that this red wallflower fabric was left over from. perfect. one evening and about 20 minutes this morning, and i have two little party dresses for my girls to wear on saturday!
seriously i think everyone should try this! this one is originally from martha stewart. it starts with an actual pillowcase, but as you can see, you can make it with just about any fabric you have lying around:) jessie, i can totally see pictures of your little journey running around in one!
if any of you out there do make one, i would LOVE to see pictures of it!
have a great day!
(heather, you’d better post pics of my girls in these…it’s killing me that i won’t be there!)