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Daniel just started the first grade.  His teacher sent home a questionnaire so that she could get to know the kids better. One question was: “what is your child’s most favorite thing.”  I asked Daniel and he answered, “Mom you know, it’s Doggie!”  I should have known.  Daniel and his Doggie are really never far apart.  He travels with us, sleeps with him, and is the first thing he looks for when he is feeling sad, unsure, scared, or gets in trouble.  I never would have thought when we bought that for him, he was about a year old I believe, that this Doggie would become so important to him.

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The other night, while putting him to bed, he was tired but restless, which means when I am laying with him he chats it up, and climbs all over me.  Usually, I enjoy the chatting for a while and then enforce bedtime.  I am pretty strict about bedtime, my boys need sleep!  BUT tonight he was talking and cuddling Doggie, and the light, the light caught my eye!  So I told him to go grab my camera, and then I just let him get back into the snuggling and chatting, and I caught this.  These images are amongst my favorite captured lately and maybe even ever of this boy and his Doggie.  He is a sweetie, a cuddler, and a talker, and I adore him:-).150819_03_Blog

I am a little frightened about what happens when Doggie deteriorates, or starts really falling apart.  But, we will cross that bridge when it comes…Everytime we visit IKEA, I think about buying a new one…but they are never the same…150819_04_Blog

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It’s Week 33!  Hard to believe:-)  I decided I wanted to document my weeks here and months over at my life|stop blog!  So here you go…A glimpse at our week!  This was the first FULL week back at school and it was a DOOZY!  Everybody is wiped out!LSP365_33

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We had a weekend of entertaining, starting with having our friends over for dinner Friday night.  It was officially our first dinner party, non-family one at least, in the new house and it was FUN!  Holden took the photo below:-)  It is good to be home!

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Those eyes…enough said.

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Gearing up for a busy year of Modern School Portraits!  Getting some product images on my website:-)  Loving my floor for a background!

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THIS is why I wanted a 36″ stove:-)  3 burners going at once for dinner!  Rice, enchilada sauce and fish and veggies all at once, to go into stacked fish enchiladas, YUM!

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THIS guy has been obsessed with putting this house together since we have moved…He did it mostly by himself following the directions. Now he declares he wants to be an architect!

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Daniel and his Doggie, see next post for the story:-)

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Sometimes I give my husband my camera, laughing usually ensues.  AND usually there a few images I LOVE for how they capture ME.  I love that man I married!

NOW we are ready for the weekend!  We all are participating in a 5K tomorrow, and then we will relax!

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Day 7::Cereal Breakfast::Packing Up::Brunch::Worship::On the Boat::Goodbyes

The final day was here.  We still needed a family hike to the cross, and of course just cleaning up packing, and getting the last bit of camp in, as much as we could.  I will surely miss this island

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I took this picture of the boys in 2013…I thought I would recreate it…13CBS_79They aren’t quite as cooperative as before:-)150704_03_BlogThey also weren’t really into the family picture!
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150704_06_BlogShortly after this we had brunch, and then we sadly boarded the boat…It was time to say goodbye, see you next year!  We knew we had a lot of work awaiting us at home, so I am sure that made the goodbye harder.  The boys already declared they wanted to come back!  So we will see you again Catalina, and CBS!

Romans 15: 5-6 (NIV)

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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Day 6::Breakfast::Worship::Small Groups::Speaker::Lunch::Family Time::Boat Building and Racing::Banquet

Again today was like the other days at camp, except that it is our last full day here!  Definitely bittersweet!  This vacation was a necessary break from our life, and I am SO thankful we did it!  Today was boat building day, I knew with Tom, Holden, and I that we would have too many cooks in the kitchen, so I opted to photograph instead:-)  I think they had fun, but sadly our boat was not sea worthy and did not make a great showing…oh well, there is aways next year!150703_03_Blog

After free time on the last evening, we are encouraged to get dressed up, and the kids are occupied with games, candy, and a fun dinner, while the adults are treated to a gourmet banquet dinner and a special evening.  It is always a highlight, the food is always amazing, and it’s fun to have adult conversation and to hear how camp has touched other’s lives.  We always attempt some group shots, but beach photography is finicky:-)  And it is always early, so I am not happy…BUT it is the memory capturing that counts right!

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Then the parents only:-)150703_08_BlogLike I said the food was awesome…150703_09_BlogAnd the company even better!  SO glad our friends introduced us to this camp, AND their college friends who have fast become our friends!

150703_10_BlogThese ladies are all beautiful inside and out…Here’s to another great Family Camp!150703_12_Blog

I don’t want to think about it ending!

Romans 15: 5-6 (NIV)

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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Day 5::Breakfast::Worship::Small Groups::Speaker::Lunch::Family Time::Free Time::BBQ on the Beach

Today was like the other days, apparently so much so that nothing was picture worthy UNTIL the free time:-)  The boys had been asking about kayaking all week, and snorkeling.  So I napped and Tom took the boys out:-)  I woke up and came out to capture their escapades.  When I got to the snorkeling shore, I saw this:  I LOVE that through our friends who invited us, and this camp we have made new friends.  Friends who watch out for your little guy so your husband can be in the water with your oldest while mom is nowhere to be found OR taking pictures when she should be helping!  This was such a sweet moment for me.150702_01_Blog150702_02_BlogSomeone found an octopus while snorkeling and brought it out to show everyone before setting it free again.  I was the only one in our family who touched it;-)  It was slimy.150702_04_BlogDaniel tried to go out, but he was unsure, and wanted to come back in right away!150702_05_BlogHolden, I love your personality!  Why just carry everything back when you can wear some of it?  And then dance around because you are wearing daddy’s hat!150702_06_Blog150702_03_Blog150702_07_Blog
150702_09_BlogAfter the snorkeling Daniel was done, but Holden still wanted to swim and kayak.  So Tom took him out to this float and they tried to stand up.  It looks like they had fun!150702_10_BlogAnother fun day at camp, it’s getting close to the end, BUT we don’t want to think about that!

Romans 15: 5-6 (NIV)

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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