Annual Easter Hunt

April 9, 2017 | I’m so glad that Mark & Lauren started this tradition — a giant Easter egg hunt in their yard, complete with brunch and adult-drinks… 🙂 I actually didn’t take all that many photos this time, which means I was talking too much with friends. We are so lucky to be surrounded by great people! Also, when did all of these kiddos get so BIG?!

And some cell-photos of our pre-hunt picnic at a new-to-us park!

Snake Saturday Parade

March 18, 2017 | Bad weather moved the original date (3/11) to post-St. Patty’s Day, and I’m so glad it did. Sunshine is way better for a crew of kids! I packed toys, snacks, a blanket, frisbees, a ribbon wand, coloring books, Paw Patrol figures, and way too many other things. Seriously, the wagon was full. Then I made a fool of myself to get a group photo of NINE KIDS. E dancing to the dance-drum is a favorite… 🙂

Sickest…EVER

February 27, 2017 | Is it possible that a newly-three child can feign sickness to get attention? Because I’m pretty sure E was doing just that. BUT, I also think this was the toughest cold she’s ever had. That face is so pathetic!!

Obviously this meant no daycare the next day, but don’t worry, she was much better and up for a picnic at the park.  Here’s 2/28, and getting a letter from her BFF was definitely a highlight! 😉

Tree Farm Mini-Session

November 23, 2016 | When Leigh posted that she’d be doing mini-sessions in a tree farm, I snagged a spot right away.  I like these quick/easy sessions, even if I spend more time finding outfits than shooting… 🙂  She grabbed some hilarious shots, especially of Mark and Dave at the start of our shoot.  And the image with her fellow-E? So…sweet!

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Chili Challenge

October 15, 2016 | Here we are for year 3 at the Chili Challenge with our friends (Team Fire in the Hole)!  E adores Isabel, and I was so excited to finally capture that admiration in a photo.  When we ventured out to the other parts of the contest, people have all sorts of fun things to pass out.  She made sure we got a few extra things for her big-girl hero!

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After eating a LOT of chili, we all went to the amazing playground up North to burn more energy…which E decided is best by laying down and pretending to nap… 🙂

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The day ended with a visit to her BFF, E’s house for some yummy food and time by the fire pit.  All of the kids had a lot of fun, and I’m sure running around a fire is good parenting all around…

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the Pumpkin Patch

October 8, 2016 | The month was just beginning, and we were already at our third pumpkin-event…which is just the way I like it! This time we returned to the same patch we visited last year, where for $10 your kid has access to acres of activities/slides/games/toys.  It really is an amazing place, with more delicious fair-type food & energy-burning greatness.  The best part, is that we gathered all of the friend + their kiddos!  I love that we still find ways to hang out while being parents.  The get-togethers may be a bit kid-centered now, but they are so fun in a different way.

And the final photo, showing that after several hours of play our kid still wasn’t ready to leave…ha!

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Memorial Day at the Lake!

May 27, 2016 | Our great friends invited us to their lake house again for Memorial Day weekend, and we jumped at the opportunity.  As our E-girls are getting older they are having MORE fun together (with the occasional toy-snatch, mostly by our kid), and it’s just amazing to watch.  We arrived and mostly just snacked & hung out on their deck.

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After breakfast, it was time to introduce the girls to water balloons.  It was pretty darn awesome.  They caught on pretty quick, and while M filled the balloons D helped with the hose.  That sounds way more scandalous than it is.  He also assisted when M needed a beverage… 🙂

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I found these floaties at Target, and they were a big hit with the girls.  There was a lot of “RAWR!” and running/jumping/marching around.  Followed by trying to hide from the paparazzi (aka; wearin’ some shades).

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The next morning I brought out the finger-paints and paper.  Diaper-only for this activity, and they were so focused!  And loved looking at all of the colors on their hands/feet.  Their E won for the most colorful legs at the end of their creation, then it was time for clean-up.  I think that our E was still playing while M spent about 10-solid-minutes trying to convince his daughter that it was ok to get some of the hose water on her feet.  Just to clean her up.  She was NOT having it…suddenly our child bursts over there and runs through the water like this happens daily.  It was crazy!  It didn’t take long for her BFF to follow-suit, and I took about 100 photos of it.  You can almost hear them laughing in that water spray!

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Baby N just smiled at this crazy pair, and the weekend was so much fun.  Kids at the lake is a different beast for sure, but I love being a part of all the “firsts” and fun!

Some phone-pics too:
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