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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!

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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!

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I am going to title this week, the week of the imperfect photo, perfect stories:-)  Somedays, I don’t get it right.  But I am capturing our family, our story, and it is US, so it’s the beauty in the imperfection;-)  We ordered our cabinet boxes this week, the grands got a basket ball hoop, flew paper airplanes, appreciated the blessing of being so close as our house gets built and played lots of legos! I am SO thankful to be part of LIGHTBOX STORIES and be inspired and encouraged by them to continue to tell my story.  Being a family and lifestyle portrait photographer I “sometimes” focus on documenting other people’s families through pictures, prints, art, and albums, and neglect to capture the memories of my own family:-)  This year I am trying to make sure that doesn’t happen:-)  AND as I keep challenging myself and shooting, I aim to improve my storytelling images so that not only does my family benefit, BUT you do too! It’s win-win!  Thanks for looking at the images of my life and reading my story!

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My hops plant is growing nicely, I may try to plant it up at our lot and get it out of its pot…but I’m worried about its survival!365_107_Blog108|365

Grandpere got a basket ball hoop, due to his love of the game, and Daniel trying to dribble every ball in their house:-) Needles to say, every morning I wake up to, “Can we go to Grandpere’s?  We want to play basketball!”365_108_Blog

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3 hours of our life was spent ordering our cabinet boxes for our new house.  They are having a big sale. It was crowded.  I was SO thankful I had my layout and order all ready! I can’t wait to get them on Mother’s Day!365_109_Blog

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We have been SO blessed to live just steps from our new house!  So thankful our friends bought the house next door, and it had a granny unit:-)365_110_Blog111|365

My new challenge includes healthy eating.  To reach my goals, the coach, gave me a protein goal.  I have been having a shake as a snack a few times a week.  Today I was excited it matched my shirt;-)  It’s the little things.  I should have totally wiped up the table BEFORE taking the picture!365_111_Blog112|365

You’ve seen it before, ALL LEGOS, ALL THE TIME.  I just love the way he sits and studies and builds!365_112_Blog

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I literally laughed out loud, as I was driving down the driveway and saw two paper airplanes in our tree.  It’s just so US, or them I should say!  Our current yard and driveway doesn’t allow for much since it’s so sloped, but flying paper airplanes brings MUCH joy, well designing, making, and testing them out!  I had to get a picture!365_113_Blog

Thanks for reading!  Don’t forget to check back next week, it’s time again for a new month’s blog circle!  I can’t wait to see all the great images from the LIGHTBOX STORIES PHOTOGRAPHERS !

Like MY STORY and want me to tell yours?  Do you need new family images to tell that story on your walls, or in a book on your coffee table?  Are you looking at your kids and wondering, where the time goes, and how they got so big?  Do you want to celebrate who THEY are RIGHT now?  I would love to tell YOUR FAMILY’S story, and CAPTURE YOUR LIFE!   Send me an EMAIL, and we will grab a coffee and get to know each other!

-Anna

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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:-)

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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