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It’s the first week of JUNE!  Since it is the first week of the month, it is also the week that my life|stop photography blog is dedicated to the LightBox Stories Blog Circle, please go check it out if you haven’t already!

This week, we got ready for the end of school, had parties and experienced some warm summer like weather:-)LSP365_22149|365

I did a little project for Holden’s teacher;-)  I think she is going to LOVE it!  I had a lot of fun capturing the kids in his class!365_149_Blog150|365

EVERYTIME, I walk by this area of our yard, I am greeted by the smell of this lovely jasmine, I love it!


I LOVE capturing the flowers in our yard, it occurs on days where I worked, or the kids were gone, or we just didn’t do anything interesting.365_151_Blog152|365

THIS is single handedly the BEST thing I have EVER done to get more water throughout the day!  I fill this jar with fruit and water and keep it in the fridge.  It makes me WANT to drink more water!365_152_Blog153|365

Our porch nursery.  We have been collecting and raising small trees for our property.  And this week Daniel’s teacher gifted me an orange tree, my very first fruit tree for my planned orchard!  I was SO touched, and she had no idea how much it would mean to me.  Just as God gifted her to us as Daniel’s teacher, He whispered into her ear, a gift idea:-)  I love it!365_153_Blog154|365

Holden’s class is having a LUAU themed end of the year party, I made fish in water, jello snacks;-)365_154_Blog155|365

Today Daniel’s teacher hosted a teddy bear picnic for his class, he of course took his prized bear:-)365_155_Blog

Such a GREAT week! Today was the last day of school.  Bittersweet, but I must admit I am ready for summer!


It’s the first week of APRIL! Can you believe it?  I keep saying that but seriously the weeks go by so fast!  Since it is the first week of the month, it is also the week that my life|stop photography blog is dedicated to the LightBox Stories Blog Circle, please go check it out if you haven’t already!

This week, we attended a gala, celebrated Tom’s birthday, and had SPRING BREAK!  It was fun having the boys home!  We also had a stomach bug! NOT FUN! But we are all healthy now:-)



We attended a gala for MJ + Miss A’s school, you walked around and “assisted” MJ with her picture taking:-)  uncle Josh, helped you straighten your tie!365_86_Blog


For your birthday, you wanted to be outside.  SO we headed out for a day trip with some friends.  Our plan was highjacked by some questionable to pass ice on the road into long lake, so we settled for a hike along the Donner Summit Trail and some relaxing by the lake:-)  I don’t think you cared. We love you!365_87_Blog


Tire woahs…the Honda seems to attract nails, even though it is hardly the car up at the new house.  We came out for church and found a nail in our tire and a flat.  Off to the tire shop again…last time it was two nails.  I guess they will know us well before we are moved in.365_88_Blog


Good Morning Daddy!  You are our snuggler, and our LOVE giver.:-)365_89_Blog


We have drywall hung!  One of my favorite things is to “walk the job” with you.  Watching the house take shape and dream about what life will be like in the new house, and the people we will welcome through our door.  The process is fun, and so hard at the same time, but I am thankful to be going through it with you:-)365_90_Blog


Dottie: Our only hen that goes broody.  Our loaner. And usually the hardest to capture.  But also the most beautiful with her “spots”:-)365_91_Blog


Today was WINDY, so dad took you boys out with your kite. This kite is awesome!  But a little difficult to fly…it’s Daniel’s kite but dad has to fly it!  Right now you don’t seem to mind!  Kite flying and chasing is mesmerizing and giggle inducing:-)365_92_Blog


Daniel got a kite for Christmas this year.  He was SO excited!  But, we haven’t had a chance to fly it very much!  Our schedules and the wind’s schedule ween’t the same.  But today was WINDY!  SO after work Tom took the boys up to our neighbors hill (they just happened to be doing the same thing:-)) and flew Daniel’s kite.  The kite is really nice, but really hard to fly so Tom does most if not ALL of the kite flying.  BUT thankfully the boys love being the “launchers” and just chasing and watching the kite:-)  I was SO glad I finished my work SO I could join in the fun!


I asked Tom if he could maneuver the kite so I could get it in the shot;-)  Yes I do that!  He was able to do it!  But the kite almost lost flight after that!150402Spring_04_Blog150402Spring_06_Blog

Just in case you don’t know Holden he is IN LOVE with flight, airplanes, well many things, BUT airplanes and flying definitely are at the top!  His knowledge of flying and airplanes, and the history of them has FAR surpassed mine.  I should probably study them, but I just let him tell me:-)150402Spring_11_Blog150402Spring_12_Blog150402Spring_10_Blog

THIS guy is obsessed with anything Holden like for the most part.  And everything Holden says is true in his mind.  He sure is cute, and he likes anything that is a puzzle, strategy, or involves running:-)150402Spring_09_Blog

After the wind died down we headed home.  We are SO blessed to be able to use the property we are on now, and our property next door as a park:-)  I love that the kids can run and explore right in their own backyard.  I just have to get over my fear of rattlesnakes:-)150402Spring_13_Blog

This morning I woke the house up when I saw a beautiful red fox walking our property.  So before dinner we did a little temporary chicken run securing:-)  So far we haven’t lost any, but the fox was roaming towards these girls, and I didn’t want to take a chance!150402Spring_14_Blog

Such a beautiful Spring Day!