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It’s the EIGHTH week of 2015, and I am still on the journey of capturing our life in an image a day!  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!

Don’t know what I am talking about?  Check out the PREVIOUS WEEKS of my 365 project.

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The boys had the week off school, so we took Friday off and went to a historic gold mine not too far from our house. They had blacksmith’s the boys were fascinated.

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Just a shot through the windshield as we left for coffee Saturday morning:-)365_52_Blog

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Not actually from today, but a capture from a recent date night;-)

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Our house is ready for stucco:-)  And soon drywall!  It’s coming along!365_54_Blog

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Tonight we went and ordered our stove.  It feels like we are getting closer to completion.365_55_Blog56|365

A very low light capture of the boys, chatting it up in the morning before school:-)365_56_Blog57|365

New trees on our property mean hand watering for a bit:-)365_57_Blog

 

Thanks for reading!

-ANNA

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It’s the SEVENTH week of 2015, and I am still on the journey of capturing our life in an image a day!  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!

Don’t know what I am talking about?  Check out the FIRST SIX WEEKS of my 365 project.

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I made these YUMMY muffins for Friday morning, AND in Daniel’s kindergarten class:-) They were a BIG hit, next time though I will add cinnamon to the batter instead of just on top!365_44_Blog45|365

Valentine’s Day!  Daddy was back, we had a leisurely morning, he caught up on work at the house, and then we headed out for a hike.  It feels like spring here so we wanted to take advantage of it!  The first place we tried to hike, was SO crowded the rangers closed the road to the park.  SO we had to find another place, the boys LOVED it!365_45_Blog46|365

Today was kind of a rough day, I headed out to get out of my funk, and did a house tour:-)  This was in our trash pile awaiting the dumpster, I’m pretty sure I am keeping it:-)  Along with a few other found objects I have ideas for.365_46_Blog47|365

Legos AGAIN.  But I had to include this, BECAUSE later in the day, I heard you telling daddy all about the structure, and firm foundation you built into this TALL tower.  That makes my heart smile:-)365_47_Blog48|365

This week is a week off of school, you two have played SO well together and worked together to accomplish your goals:-)  I LOVE capturing moments like these to look back at when it sounds like you are going to kill each other;-)365_48_Blog49|365

With all my working out I was looking for a protein shake, one that filled me up, but one that didn’t contain soy, or any other funky ingredients.  I found this recipe and I LOVE it!  It’s quite a list of ingredients, but at least I know exactly what is in it, what everything is…and it’s all real food:-)  The kids like it too:-)365_49_Blog50|365

wow! 50 days in, 50 images, 50 stories:-)  This Christmas I gave my family these lists, so they could list the best of their days throughout the year, it’s similar to counting gifts, writing down gratitude.  It’s an avenue for heart change, a way to contentment, to see the good amidst the chaos, stress, and life.  I didn’t get to it until almost the second week of February.  But I started, and I am loving it!365_50_Blog

Thanks for reading!

-ANNA

 

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I hope you all enjoyed the LightBox Stories blog circle last week!  I know it was SO fun to watch the first month of images go up and to click around the circle to see the group’s beautiful images!  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!

Don’t know what I am talking about?  Check out the first six weeks of my 365 project.

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 Date Night at IKEA, it’s what you do when you are building a house:-) They just released their new cabinet line, and we NEEDED to check it out:-)

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I got a haircut, and was trying to take a self portrait, he interrupted, I didn’t mind:-)

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Sunday Evening Yahtzee, I LOVE the angle and chaos of the composition, it totally captures the chaos of the game!

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YOU get these puzzle books from highlights, every month or so, and the day they arrive you rip them open and get started, you has gotten SO good at word searches, drawing, and in general everything puzzle like:-) YOU are definitely my spatially aware kid. building, puzzles, and drawing are your things!

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I had been trying to ask you a question, you were reading and not answering, SO I took a few pictures, OBVIOUSLY you are still aware of what’s going on:-)  Although this picture will probably NOT play in your favor, as it is obvious that when you don’t answer you are probably still aware we are talking;-)365_41

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My friend Amber has an Etsy shop, where she sells vintage finds she has picked up along the way of life, I like her style, and so when she showed me a mug she said reminded her of me, I of course love sit and bought it.  I received it today,and made my second cup of coffee to try it out as I worked:-)  It’s a little thing, but I love it!365_42_Blog

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MadLibs Valentines, for my third grader:-)  It was a fun and easy project!  As opposed to my kindergartners valentines;-)365_43_Blog

 

Thanks for reading!

-ANNA

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WOW!  February is HERE!  Since this is the first Friday of the month, it also happens to be the first BLOG CIRCLE of the 365 group I am a part of. SO my life|stop blog is dedicated to that!  I encourage you to go check it out, and be sure to follow the blog circle to check out the beautiful stories of the photographers I have teamed up with!  BUT because I like the weekly order of things I decided to post the full week 5 here today:-)  How is that for confusing;-)

This week we/I was obsessed with the moon, I took several house photo walks and we celebrated a birthday!  This has also been a week of sickness for my poor Daniel:(

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House Photo Walk.  Electrical wire, this week the electrical rough in was finished, HVAC was started and the outside was prepped for stucco:-)
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Today we celebrated Tante Beth.  MJ made a trifle for her mama:-)  It was a fun evening, but Daniel spent most of it on the couch with a fever:(365_31

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While outside BEFORE the Super Bowl, I caught a glimpse of the moon. You, Holden, had to study the moon throughout January for a third grade project, NOW I am obsessed with it’s rise and set, and it’s fullness:-) Love when I can see it during the day!

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You join me in the morning, I time my quiet time to end when your alarm goes off. Today you were fascinated by another photographers images of her everyday. I enjoyed watching you read about her technique.365_33a

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Another photo walk, I love how simple unseen objects can be seen as beautiful, if you stop, focus, and see things a little differently:-)  I LOVE to capture these things!365_34

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YOU, my POOR boy has been sick since Saturday, AND today is day 3 of the “pink” eye. hopefully this is the end of it, you are getting pretty stir crazy! As am I!365_35

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Again, since your moon phase study, I have been obsessed with the moon. This was taken when I got up yesterday, I loved the way the moon looked and the sky as it set in the early morning365_36

Thanks for reading!

-ANNA

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It’s the FOURTH week of 2015, the end of JANUARY, and I am still on the journey of capturing our life in an image a day!  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!

Don’t know what I am talking about?  See week ONE , TWO, or THREE of my 365 project. I decided I wanted to document a story, so rather than a word or two for each image, I want to include the story behind each image:-)

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In the spirit of appreciating our current space, as we work diligently on our future space I am trying to include one image a week that highlights some things we love about our “small” house;-)  I LOVE the sunsets here and this deck on which we eat MOST meals on during spring-fall.  It has been a saving grace with hosting people for dinner and in general keeping me sane in this time.  Kids are messy, and in a smaller space each crumb feels like a boulder:-)

This image was captured after my workout as I was cooling down watching the colors that the setting sun painted the sky.

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My “big” kid is an early riser like me.  BUT my littlest, the cuddle of the family is like his daddy, catching every last second of sleep he can.  Each morning I have to wake him up a few times, and we barely get food in him before he is headed out the door for school!

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This morning marked the last Sunday Horizon Church worshipped in this building.  On to a new season in their own building.  This church has been our home for over 12 years, it is quite a celebration to watch what will come of this new season.

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I willingly put myself on a bus full of third graders to attend a field trip with this guy to the Space Museum and Planetarium.  It was fun, but OH SO LOUD!  His friend he is sitting with, they are two peas in a pod, both SUPER interested in flying and planes, as well as space, and inventing:-)

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Sometimes, I cook AMAZING food!  I LOVE the food blog Half Baked Harvest, and she is responsible for these Burgers with Corn Fritters on top!  They were a hit! So yummy, so satisfying.  My happy place is in the kitchen, I unwind at the end of the day cooking, as long as I have a plan, I LOVE it:-) I love food!

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Our aunt has a meyer lemon tree, and I get to enjoy some of the bounty…in the past I have made limoncello which was a big hit!  So far this year I have made Lemon Pudding, Preserved these lemons for my hummus, salad dressings, and future cooking endeavors;-)

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This image was taken with my husbands iPhone, sorry.  Anyway, in December I was introduced to a FB based fitness challenge group.  I completed the 12DaysofChristmasCardio in December and scored this cute tank.  I currently have 19 of 20 required workouts in for January:-)  I am pretty proud of myself, and SO glad I found the challenge to motivate me to MOVE.  February our challenge is a buddy challenge so I roped, er convinced my husband to join me in it:-)

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Thanks for reading!

-ANNA

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