Archive for September, 2009

You knew it was coming…

Photo session with my new neph Oakley.

Raise your hand if you are the cutest baby ever!

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Eliciting stillness in a toddler…futile.

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My brand new nephew Oakley

Look at this baby perfection!!! I can’t wait to see him in person.

It’s funny how similar our family’s babies look.

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I remember this pic and how ghostly the red baby made his older brothers look. haha!

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Natural learning…the fun way.

We finally replaced our broken waffle iron and the new one is so much nicer than the old one. It actually lets us know when the waffle is done and eliminates all the minute watching and mixed results we had before.

The “Basic Waffle” recipe that comes in the user’s manual is simple and tastes good.

It’s a Cuisinart…and an old model on sale, but still works well enough for us…ANYWAY,

We fired it up for the second time this morning and I asked Isaac to read the recipe to me while I assembled, to save time. Wanting to double the recipe, I started making the adjustments out loud after he announced the ingredients. After the first few ingredients he figured out what I was doing and started doubling the amounts for me.

Reading a recipe, doubling the amounts, and then cooking up half the batter for us. Reading, math, home ec and then PE at the fountain;) Ha!

All that to say it does strike me at times how naturally and easily life skills come.

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it was supposed to be fun damnit!

Drove out to the city to play in the fountains and found out my little Xander is sick:(


Can you spot them all?



Snapped a pic of Lisa and her Akasha, and meant to get one of Jessica but I thought we had lots of time! Xander went from happy to miserable in an instant and we had to pack up and head home.

My new nephew is about to arrive and I’m thinking I won’t be able to see him if I have the sickies at my house. waaaaah!


Look at this!

Gorgeous flowers in my farm share this week! I love it!

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The two year old mind at work

Four board games and a puzzle all taken from the game closet and place in a circle around himself, Simon removes the lids and contemplates his next move….

….meanwhile Mom cringes and wonders if she should protest, slam the lids back on and find a new (higher!) place to store them.

Then she remembers that the games are covered in dust and unused.

He actually wants to play with them.

Why do I care if he is not following the game rules or playing with so many at once?


He had an idea!

He is happy. He is playing.

First two puzzle pieces are talking to each other and now the chess pieces are stuck on the tips of his fingers.


The games are being used and bringing joy! yay!

Finally raided the school supply sale

…apparently too late.

The .20 box of crayons are surprisingly decent for off-brand so we grabbed a couple boxes of those but not a single box of markers to be had. A bottle of glue and a few notebooks of paper and that was that.

I’m trying to figure out all the settings on this new camera…



happy birthday to my honey

Jason’s birthday is today and our friend’s son has his birthday today too…neither of us had plans so we got together at Out of This World for pizza and cake.

The kids were very excited to pick out this “hilarious” shirt for daddy. hahahaha!


Our friend Sheri is quite the trend setter. He liked her point and shoot camera, the Olympus Stylus Tough (water proof too!) so he got one for his birthday.



This big seven year old! The dinosaur cake was very cool.


2010 graduating senior photo session

Took a long breather from the photography biz and honestly I am still not putting myself out there. But I got a call for a High School senior session and it was fun…hmm, maybe I’ll get the bug again.

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We went back to our favorite hike from our adventures in “all trails Oregon” last year (when the kids and I were crossing off the trails listed in a book).

Wahclella Falls.

I highly recommend it for kids, or anyone. There is major eye candy in the form of waterfalls, bridges, caves and river all along the way. and of course slugs, spiders…and even a small frog this time.

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Isaac took this next photo and told me even before he snapped the pic that it shall be called “X marks the spot.”

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This spider was cruising through his web design!

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A bonus treat is the fish hatchery off the same exit. The entire campus is beautiful and very relaxing to stroll through. Now is the time of year they start processing the adult salmon…this might be only M-F 9-5 kinda thing though. Since it was a holiday we missed the salmon processing this round.

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