Family photos.

This last weekend, we had our family pictures taken, by a childhood friend {Bumble Alley Photography}.
Its been 3yrs since our last shoot, so this was a big deal.

Just by glancing at them, they look like ordinary family pictures… But only if you knew what was going on in real life.

The entire week before the shoot, it was pouring rain. So everyday I prayed that we would have atleast an hour of dry weather, so we could at least get ONE family shot… The Lord answered my prayer, but little did I know I needed to pray for no wind.

The wind was SO insanely strong that day, there were moments we could barely stand and there were trees falling as we were shooting!

 The kids were freezing but did so amazing {feeding them candy after every take might have helped.. don't judge}.

I couldn't understand why The Lord gave us no rain, but such crazy wind, that there was no point of even doing my hair!

But then, I saw the pictures… 

That glorious wind gave the pictures some beautiful, beautiful drama and character that otherwise, we wouldn't of had.

One of my favorite moments were these of hubby and I… I love how black & white shots capture emotions.

And this is the reaction you get when theres a flock of ducks, suddenly, flying over you… 

I could share at least 50 more outtakes, but I'll spare you…

I am SO thankful my amazing friend braved the crazy weather and got these amazing moments on camera.

I always say it, but invest some money in good family portraits. I promise, you will NOT regret it, especially if you don't do it very often.

Also, I've missed you all!
It's been just a little busy around here, so there hasn't been much decorating or party planning… But instead, lots of cleaning, cooking and trying to keep up with laundry. You know, life.

Hope you enjoyed taking a peek through these.

Happy almost November {where does the time go}!!!



When you live in a state where there is only 3 months of sun and hot weather, you take full advantage of it… And that is why, my friends, I have been missing.

Once school was out, we were out and about doing things outside.
Playdates, swim lessons, berry picking {LOTS of berry picking} and simply just soaking in lots of vitamin D.

Here are just small snipits of the last two months…

{from top left to right}:

1. Fresh picked peaches {it was extremely hot that day, we ran out of water and the kids were extra whiny, but we got fresh peaches and cherries}
2. Just chillin' after church.
3. Ice cream dates.
4. LOTS of ice cream dates.
5. Soaking in some sun rays.
6. Snuggles with girlfriends' littles.
7. Carousal rides.
8. Lunch outside.
9. And more berries… We can't get enough!!!

I still cant believe that August is here and we've still got SO much more to do to FULLY enjoy summer.

What have you been up to??? 


A girl and her doll.

Last week, on the worst day possible, I wanted to do a shoot with Isabelle and her American girl doll. She treats it like it's her child and I thought it would be so sweet to capture some moments of her, with the doll.

Ofcourse, I picked the rainiest day, out of the whole week, but Isabelle was a trooper and totally went along with my plan, even though she was wet by the time we were done.

Isabelle has a very sweet, nurturing spirit, so its no surprise that she treats that doll, like its her own child. She has slept with her every night since she got her, back in January, for her birthday. And she will take her anywhere I allow her to.

 She is the queen of tea parties and I love it. 
I wanted to get detailed shots of the actual tea party, with she and Kit, but it was just too wet and cold, so I got what I could, before we needed to go and warm up.

I hope that someday, her sweet, sweet personality is used in a positive way and that she blesses everyone around her.

I love this one and only, princess of mine.


Mothers day flowers.

Sunday morning, the kids surprised me with four bouquets of flowers, a card and a balloon.

I love that they know how much I love flowers.

And instead of just sticking them in a vase, I made a beautiful arrangement out of them and put them right in the entry way so its the first thing you see when you come in {along with the mess all over the floor}.

There were pink and purple tulips, small and big mums and pink carnations. The greenery I picked from our backyard. 
I absolutely love the bright colors against my gray walls.

I love that you don't need fancy flowers to make a beautiful arrangement. All of these flowers cost less than $20 and this would make a stunning centerpiece.

I am fully enjoying looking at it every time I'm in the living room… The kids' toys all over the floor? Not so much.

Hope you all had a great weekend!!!


Charlie turns 3...

This is my baby, #4.

On May 10th, this little handsome turned 3… 3 folks!!! 

He has a kind heart, extremely sweet and cuddly, and has the best manners... He truly is my little man.

I pray that his gentle spirit stays well into his youth and that he loves, the way he loves, always.

And even though he is growing up fast, he will always be my baby. Always.

Happy birthday, sweet boy.

Happy Mothers Day!!!

Happy Mothers day, dear ladies!!!

I am so thankful The Lord granted me my wish, since I was a little girl, to be a mom and not just a mom, but a mom to four, beautiful kids {missing one stubborn turkey who despises taking pictures}!

Hope your day was filled with lots and lots of love, flowers and chocolate.

Be blessed!!!


Mothers day flowers: Pt. 1

Every Mothers day, I make one of a kind arrangements for my mom and mother-in-law. 
Putting flowers together is something I extremely enjoy and the fact that Peonies are finally in bloom, makes it that much sweeter. 

Here are a couple of pretty shots, as the flowers sit in water and wait for their moment to shine.

I will be back in a couple of days, to show you the finished product… 

I'm so excited to see how they turn out, I can hardly contain myself!!!

Until then...


Spring touches.

Its no surprise that Spring is my favorite time of year, hence all the flowers your about to see.

Not to mention, lilacs are in bloom a month earlier than last year! Eeeeek!

The entry way dresser is ever evolving in its decor and when I pulled out my little nest, I was pleasantly surprised that I liked it there. 
It was just enough and not to much.

My lamp tables pretty much stay the same, I just change the flowers out. I LOVE the pop of color from all the flowers. It freshens up the house.

And these beauties are on the coffee table. Im STILL on the hunt for that perfect table, thats in my budget. It's becoming almost impossible to find what I want, sadly.

My trustee, ceramic rabbit, finally made his appearance on my "mantle". 
I love him there.

I just needed some big blooming branches somewhere in the house. Our ceilings aren't high, so it's always a challenge finding a good spot for them, but I found a spot and love it, since I never really do anything there. 
It's a small, brick, mantle from where our wood stove sits. 
I try to keep it simple, as it always gets more dusty there, so the flowers add a "pretty" touch to a spot that can be blah and boring, especially in the winter time.

Not only are there so many beautiful flowers outside, but the weather has been absolutely glorious. There is nothing better than waking up to sunshine, streaming into the bedroom window.
Its hit almost 75 in the last couple of days and here in Oregon, thats pretty much summer! Haha!

The nice weather {and my laziness} has also encouraged me to do some Spring cleaning. And I have found that because it can seem so overwhelming, to do one or two tasks a day.
I've still got a few things I need to finish, but I've tackled some things I haven't in over a year and it feels good to finally have them done.

What has the sunshine inspired in you???

Enjoy the beautiful weather, friends!



Happy first day of Spring, my friends!!!

This is my favorite season, by far, and that picture above, tells you why... Those beauties are sitting on my table right now and they make me smile.

Hope your all enjoying your day... I'm off to run errands and treat the kids to something fun, for the first day of Spring break!!!



Waterlogue app.

Have you all seen the fun, new Waterlogue app for the iPhone???

I finally caved and paid the $3. 

Its a LOT of fun and makes me wish I can water paint in real life!

Check out some of the pictures I played around with...

{from top left to right}:

1. Spring flowers at the store and my sneakers... Which I love.
2. Coffee on a rainy day... And everyday.
3. Testing out my new curling iron.
4. Flowers by the kitchen sink. Always puts a smile on my face.

Isn't it fun!

Show the creators of this app some love and download it... You'll have tons of fun playing around with it!

And happy almost Spring, hence all the flowers!