Monday, August 19, 2013

Inspiration Letters

 Painting always calms me, makes me happy and feels right. I love having a brush in hand, mixing colors and bringing ideas to life. 

And words have always appealed to me. I am an avid reader and especially love quotations. Forever. When I was in high-school, I had this old dictionary that had extra sections in the back and one of them was quotations. I would go through them constantly and pick out my favorites to share with friends.

I own several quotation books now and still look through them regularly although the internet is a wonderful thing and so quick!

I decided to combine my love of paint and letters and created visual form. The painted letters each have a word painted on them and sometimes a phrase.

I have posted them on my Etsy page too. The Happiness one is my personal favorite but the kids like the Laugh one best. What do you think? Are there any other motivational words, phrases (I like funny ones too) that I should make?

Sunday, August 18, 2013

This Weekend

This weekend was busy as usual with family events and lots of activities with friends. My niece Elizabeth celebrated her 5th birthday at a local park. Bailey had invited Ellie to join us and also asked Chayton, his 2nd cousin, to come up for the day so they could go swimming afterwards at Ellie's house.
They had fun playing together on the playground equipment. Chayton had fun being pushed on the swings and later on the trampoline at Ellie's house. He slept hard that night up on the top bunk with Bailey.
Ken and I spent an evening with friend at a birthday party and enjoyed time out with grown-ups.
Sunday was Boeing Family Day and we spent a several hours of the day touring the factory and seeing how all the planes come together. Afterwards, Ken surprised the kids with Disney Infinity. They were soooo excited to play with all the characters and build their own Disney worlds.
I'm a little sad summer is coming to an end. I like the relaxed schedules and warm weather. It's already amping up with multiple sports practices, games for both kids will begin in the next week and there is so much to finish up before I start working again later this week.
Real life, darn.
I love her freckles



Friday, August 16, 2013

Exciting News

Just a quick note to share some exciting news. I have been hired as a photographer for the Evergreen State Fair.  Myself and another photographer will be covering all the events (races, contests, concerts, sponsors, etc) for the 12 days it runs.

I'm so honored to have been chosen for this job and am excited to have the opportunity to extend my skills. Blessed.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Josslynn & Zoey

(**just realized I posted this on the wrong blog originally, sorry for any confusion)
I have been friends with Daysha for what seems like forever, or in reality, just our entire adult lives.

Her husband and mine have been friends for even longer which pretty much explains how we met. She has two sweet little girls. Josslynn, her eldest, just turned 9 and she asked me to do her pictures this year.

It was fun seeing her personality come out and watching her play and pose for the camera. I also got just a couple of shots of Zoey because she was just too cute not to.

I can't believe how quickly the girls are growing up. Yikes!

I've updated my logo as well. I decided to go with something simpler that would translate well as a watermark as well.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Head for the Hills

We haven't been hiking in a few years. One of our favorite places to hike is up to Denny Creek. It's known for it's natural waterslides. Depending on the time of year, the river can be heavier than others. We've been up there when the current was too strong to slide and other times, like this year, the river is mild and perfect for splashing in. There wasn't enough water to slide on but the current was mild. Most of the rock was dry and we were able to climb up the falls a little ways rather than taking the trail.

Bailey and Ellie assisted Anique with some of the higher rocks and ledges. It was great to get out and have a chance to get exercise and play. I'm really happy to have had the time this summer to spend with the kids.

Here's probably way too many pictures from the day, but it was just too pretty and I couldn't resist.


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Lake Love

Can you believe we are most of the way throught the summer and we finally went to the lake for the first time this week?

The kids were anxious to get out of the house and the weather has been fantastic. We picked up Ellie and they all had a chance to play in the water for a couple of


All's fair in love and war...
Payback...Ellie scared him off the dock 
Ellie attempting to stop Bailey from throwing Anique
She gave up and Bailey tossed her
The girls are driving Bailey crazy and doing the chicken dance