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The weeks are flying by!  I hope you, my readers are enjoying our story as it unfolds week by week in an image a day:-)  This week feels totally random!  We have the moon, a cross, a baptism, mud, Christmas products;-) paint nights and TREES!!!!!!!!  A full but definitely random week;-)LSP365_35
240|365365_240_BlogI was already in bed, and all of the sudden I hear Tom taking pictures outside…SO I joined him, and we had fun trying to capture it together.  He wanted t capture the rings around it, while I wanted to capture the detail…I may at a later date, combine the two to get the best of both worlds;-)


This block was on our property, it was only just the other day that I realized it had a cross in it!  I knew I had to capture it…

242|365365_242_BlogOne of the ladies who went to India with us, publicly dedicated her life to following Christ, at a baptism at the river.  We were blessed to join in the celebration!  Good stuff!


Mud + Boys…Apparently Daniel feel into one of the tree holes that was filled with water!  I don’t let him in the house like this, so they strip and get hosed off…I promised there would be no unmentionables shown in the image;-)

244|365365_244_BlogPhotographing products today;-)  We have always given ornaments to our family for Christmas, it’s a tradition, and I AM loving these new ones I have found from a favorite ProLab…I am excited to offer them to clients!

245|365365_245_BlogTonight I went to another paint night, this time with friends and the kids teachers who have become friends, it was a lot of fun, but I do have to say my perfectionist kicked in, and it was also stressful!  Just being honest;-)

246|365365_246_BlogWe got trees to line our driveway!  SO excited!  I cannot wait for them to be big, AND For the fall color they will provide! Our ranch is coming along!

Thanks for reading about our life:-)



It’s week 34|52…WHAT?!?! only 18 weeks left in the year!  Crazy!  This week, was about the trees, and doing a little bit of decorating!  It also included a race and a visit from a dear friend, who helped with the decorating;-)



365_233_BlogTHIS guy live for the weekends just so he can do this, all day everyday!  He comes home from school, and does this…much to his little brother’s dismay!


We are finally planting the trees we already have, and have been watering in pots for a year I believe!

235|365365_235_BlogEven though the trees are small I think they look GREAT!

236|365365_236_BlogWe have A LOT of rock on or property which means planting these trees are hard work, at least for Tom:-)  At least the rock seems to drain, SO hopefully the trees will grow big and strong.

365_237_BlogMy friend Jana visited and helped us hang some photos, as well as helped us pick out barstools and rugs!  It was great to visit and get some things done!

238|365365_238_BlogMy husband cooks for me:-)

239|365365_239_BlogThis is what he cooks for me…my last meal before I start a challenge;-)  Actually I am not super hard core with eating, I try to work out harder to allow some splurges, I LOVE food way too much to deny myself!

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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.


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

  • August 28, 2015 - 9:43 am

    amber - There should be a group online for everyone who loves that puppy. It’s Axel’s favorite thing too. I restuffed him a while back, after warning him that I didn’t think he would like it. After a week, he asked me to take the stuffing out. Puppy just wasn’t the same. I know another lady whose son has the same dog (the smaller version like Axel’s). It’s his everywhere companion too. Who would have thought a cheap, IKEA stuffed animal would be so loved. I like that our kids have similar naming strategies.ReplyCancel

    • August 28, 2015 - 11:16 am

      Anna Robertson - Amber, He had his Grandmere add stuffing, so far he loves it, she didn’t put too much in. Sometimes I wish we had gotten the smaller version;-) Although because he is so floppy he fits in a suitcase:-) :-)ReplyCancel

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


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!


Those eyes…enough said.


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


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!


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!


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


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!