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{Playground Challenge Roundup} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

January 26th, 2013

The KaBOOM! Summer Playground challenge is over, and I think I’m finally recovered to put together my thoughts. It was six weeks, from July 2nd to August 13th of checking out parks in our area, taking a picture with my phone and their Tag! app, and of course, playing. To see what my oldest thought […]

 

The KaBOOM! Summer Playground challenge is over, and I think I’m finally recovered to put together my thoughts. It was six weeks, from July 2nd to August 13th of checking out parks in our area, taking a picture with my phone and their Tag! app, and of course, playing. To see what my oldest thought of it, check out his blog post here.  Here’s a few take aways of our summer of playground park play (say that three times fast!)

  • We are so, incredibly lucky to be able to live in an area that is rich in playgrounds, both indoors and outdoors.
  • I created a small, playground monster in my youngest son. Even now, months after the challenge is over, he wakes up asking me what park are we going to visit today.
  • To differentiate between parks with playgrounds, and parks without playgrounds, we coined the term “adventure park” for those that didn’t have a playground.
  • Getting outside, every day, was as much fun for me as it was for my kids. Sometimes it’s nice to get out!
  • With visiting playgrounds in the city, we’d walk around and also visit small, local bakeries and shops and support local businesses as well. Such fun all around!

We’re definitely going to continue visiting playgrounds throughout the winter, the spring, and next summer. Also, through this we participated in a local playground build in our city, improving an existing park with more playground equipment. And we are all looking forward to our upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. and visiting the KaBOOM! officies and their Play Academy and sharing our throughts about the Summer Playground Challenge! So go out there, find some playgrounds, and get your play on!

 

Some of the best things about parks in the area? The view. This was at a new find for us, Richmond Beach Saltwater park.

 

We also discovered this awesome park close to our house! Forsgren Park

 

My younger son gives his stamp of approval for this playground.

 

We also found this awesome playground/wetlands near our home (North Rose Hill Park)! It had a toddler playground on one end of the park that had this cool big rig truck for kids to climb

 

Then through a short mile walk through a boardwalk covered wetlands area, you reached this cool castle park playground on the other side of the park.

 

This was the new family recreation playground at the Bonneville Lock and Dam

 

Lounging around at our favorite park, Grass Lawn Park in Redmond

 

It even has a toddler spray area to play in as well

 

 My personal favorite was when the boys would play nicely with each other. This is Enatai Beach Park in Bellevue.

 

Another new favorite, North Acres Spray Park in Shoreline

 

And sometimes, you find parks in the most unexpected places.  This is Albert Davis Park in Lake City. Probably only half a city block, but my kiddos had so much fun playing here.

 

It’s not the size of the park, but how much fun your kids can have. So get them out, and PLAY!

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{Year in Review 2012} – Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

December 15th, 2012

The funnest thing about being a photographer is being able to look at the pictures I’ve taken in the past, and see how we’ve grown. I had a lot of fun compiling the pictures for our year in review. The song is called “The Only Place” by the band Best Coast.  I hope your 2012 […]

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The funnest thing about being a photographer is being able to look at the pictures I’ve taken in the past, and see how we’ve grown. I had a lot of fun compiling the pictures for our year in review. The song is called “The Only Place” by the band Best Coast.  I hope your 2012 was wonderful, and many healthy and joyous wishes for 2013!

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{South Everett/Mukilteo Rotary Club Charity Golf Tournament} Everett Event Photographer

October 2nd, 2012

I had the pleasure of photographing a charity event for the South Everett/Mukilteo Rotary Club at the Everett Golf Course and Country Club. We had gorgeous weather, and it was a great day for golfing. Along with the golf event, there was a charity auction which helped raise funds for the Boys and Girls club on […]

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I had the pleasure of photographing a charity event for the South Everett/Mukilteo Rotary Club at the Everett Golf Course and Country Club. We had gorgeous weather, and it was a great day for golfing. Along with the golf event, there was a charity auction which helped raise funds for the Boys and Girls club on Casino Road. Thank you for allowing me to participate in this fabulous day and fun event!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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{Fall Activity Tree} Seattle Area Childrens Photographer

September 5th, 2012

We did this last year and it was such a hit, the boys asked to do it again. Around here, autumn begins with long rainy days starting in October and doesn’t really end until June. With school holidays, snow days, days off from school due to power outages, the “activity tree” is a great way […]

 

We did this last year and it was such a hit, the boys asked to do it again. Around here, autumn begins with long rainy days starting in October and doesn’t really end until June. With school holidays, snow days, days off from school due to power outages, the “activity tree” is a great way for a frazzled parent to have some things on hand for the kids to do, or look forward to doing as a weeknight or weekend treat.

I got the original marbled leaves idea from Little Wonder Days’ blog. First, I cut out different leaf shapes (I googled “leaf shapes”  and found a bunch of great leaf outlines to print).  Definitely use cardstock or a heavier paper (I used old file folders). Regular paper will soak up too much paint and you won’t get the marblized effect. Also, I would recommend just putting the leaves on top and then lifting them, instead of dragging the leaves across. Dragging mixes the colors, and while it’s fun, you get more brownish leaves instead of the marbled leaves.

 

Shaving cream with acrylic paint on top. I let the boys swirl with a chopstick.

 

What your leaves will look like. So pretty!

 

Be sure to have some sort of water on hand, for fun mixing when you’re done with the leaf crafting.

 

If your kids are like mine, eventually after all the leaves are marblelized, they’ll start to play with the paint and shaving cream mixture themselves

 

Then you might have some kid clean up to do as well. 🙂

 

After we made all the leaves, the boys and I made a list of what type of activities we wanted to do during the fall and winter. Then we wrote one activity onto the back of each leaf.

 

Using paper grocery bags, I made a paper bag tree with branches to hang all our leaves. I used thumb tacks to secure the leaves to the wall. Last year, after we picked our activity, the boys would have the leaf “fall” to the ground. They were pretty excited about the bare tree at the end of winter!

 

Here is our list for our 2012-2013 Autumn Activity List:

  • make a spaghetti and marshmallow building
  • have a sleep-over in the tree house
  • go bowling
  • make a train city and take over the house
  • have an unbirthday party
  • have a rain party (I’m not quite sure what this entails, but my youngest came up with this so we wrote it down)
  • make s’mores for dinner
  • go camping (with the tent) in the family room
  • kids get to be the parents for a morning, while the parents get to be the kids (big hit last year, requested again this year)
  • make cookies
  • go on a scavenger hunt
  • write and mail letters to family
  • make our own movie
  • visit a farm
  • have an egg hunt
  • put on a puppet show
  • go on a hike
  • do Dad’s electric train set
  • do a leaf nature book
  • shadow puppet show
  • make a blanket fort
  • family board game night
  • pretend to be pirates for a day, even when we leave the house
  • make a time capsule
  • have a dress up parade

 

Have fun and ENJOY! The more input your children get, the more excitement you’ll see them generate, and the more creativity they’ll get flowing. Plus, there are just bonus points if it’s something you can direct them to do and it lets you have a few more moments of peace and stillness during the long winter’s day. 🙂

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{What My 7yo Did This Summer – In His Words} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

August 28th, 2012

We did the KaBOOM! Summer playground challenge and boy was it ever fun! Not only did it let us explore the awesome playgrounds near us, but my kids woke up every day asking “what parks are we going to today mommy?” It made my heart swell to have them so excited to go out and […]

 

We did the KaBOOM! Summer playground challenge and boy was it ever fun! Not only did it let us explore the awesome playgrounds near us, but my kids woke up every day asking “what parks are we going to today mommy?” It made my heart swell to have them so excited to go out and PLAY! And let me tell you, we played hard. In the hot sun. In the rain. In the fog. I asked my older son his thoughts about the playground challenge and I was pretty amused when he asked if he could do his own blog post. So here, in his own words (and pictures), a seven year old’s take on the playground challenge!

 

Meet my 7yo!

 

A self portrait

 

What did you like most about the playground challenge?

Answer: going to parks! (I love his labelling on all his drawings. this was a playground that had twin side-by-side slides that both of my boys loved)

 

What did he think all playgrounds should have?

answer: RINGS! (do you love that he drew “sweat” drops too?)

 

Draw your favorite play area.

Answer: North Acres Park (this is my favorite drawing set of all. the parents on the “hell aka hill”. the ice cream truck that was ALWAYS there. and his representation of what the water spray park looked like was pretty accurate!)

 

What do you think all playgrounds should have?

Answer: monkey bars (again, he drew the “sweat” dripping down from himself. heh!)

 

 

 

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{Tidepool Exploration} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

August 23rd, 2012

Living here in the lovely Pacific Northwest, we’re very lucky to be able to go to the beach and explore the sand and surf. Along with building sandcastles, my kids love to explore the tide pools. It’s a lovely reminder of the wonderful and fragile ecosystem surrounding us, and which we live alongside. There are […]

 

Living here in the lovely Pacific Northwest, we’re very lucky to be able to go to the beach and explore the sand and surf. Along with building sandcastles, my kids love to explore the tide pools. It’s a lovely reminder of the wonderful and fragile ecosystem surrounding us, and which we live alongside. There are a few things we do to make a trip to the tide pools more memorable:

Tide Pools Checklist:

  • Check times for low tides. I like going to the NOAA website, or your local newspaper (like the Seattle Times) will have it listed as well, usually under the weather section.
  • Bring appropriate clothing, including footwear. Rocks are slippery, so flip flops would not be a good choice. A sturdy shoe with good traction and grip will prevent cut feet or turned ankles.
  • Likewise, it’s good to have a full change of clothes in the car, just in case. Like, a brother dumps a full bucket of water on top of another brother’s head.
  • have the kids bring a bucket (or a flat tupperware container)
  • if you have it, bring along some popsicle sticks and string. You can mark off a square section of the tide pools (use the sticks as fence posts, and rope the string around to make the square). Makes a great and quick observation point for kids, especially small ones who may be overwhelmed with everything.
  • for bigger kids, have them bring along a magnifying glass as well to check out sea animals.
  • Remember, tide pools are animal homes. So talk to your kids about not removing animals to take home, etc. In my pictures, you do see my kids handling sea stars and hermit crabs, but I made sure they replaced them where they found them. We talked about how it would be if someone came and removed them from our house, and how they would not like that very much. Practice good, ecological etiquette so others can also enjoy the tide pools as well.

 

At Marina Beach Park during a neap tide. See how far out the low tide went?

 

Sunhat? Check. Boots? Check. Bucket? Check.

 

Tide pools aren’t only found in the subtidal area left after a high tide leaves, they can be found amongst the rocks in the intertidal area as well.

 

 

Don’t forget the appropriate footwear! My son loves his ladybug rainboots.

 

In cases when you don’t plan ahead, the tide pools can provide you with these fabulous seaweed footwear instead.

 

Checking out the sea life.

 

The best thing about tide pool exploration is the sense of wonder by all ages! You’re never too old, or too young, to be too cool to check out tide pools.

 

A very serious discussion about where to explore next.

Tiny hermit crab! My oldest actually would stalk out a tide pool for half an hour to watch a hermit crab move to a new shell home.

 

Starfish in your hand! My youngest said that it was very tickly, and not like a spider at all.

 

The boys were quite intent on all the new discoveries they were making left and right among the tide pools.

 

Don’t forget about looking down inside the rocks either. We found this between rock crevasses. It’s either a flattened sea anemone or a sea cucumber

 

Another hermit crab! You can see the little antennae poking out towards my son’s thumb.

 

After closer examination in our buckets, we put everything back in their original tidepool “families”.

And one last cool find!  We found this guy clinging to some rocks. We believe it’s a tonicella chiton.

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{Happy Birthday!} Seattle Area Child Photographer

August 7th, 2012

Four years ago, I was heavily pregnant, not due for another two weeks, in the midst of one of the warmest summers in the Seattle area. Did I mention I wasn’t due until mid-August? So it was a surprise for everyone when I went into labor and my water broke in the beginning of August. […]

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Four years ago, I was heavily pregnant, not due for another two weeks, in the midst of one of the warmest summers in the Seattle area. Did I mention I wasn’t due until mid-August? So it was a surprise for everyone when I went into labor and my water broke in the beginning of August. My second born son came into this world like a fireball, and has been a constant source of joy and laughter ever since then. Happiest of birthdays my not-so-little guy!

 

I can’t believe he was ever so tiny. And quiet!

 

Here he is these days, all cheeky smiles

 

In a rare moment of reflection and stillness

Most of the time though, this is a more accurate representation of his attitude. 🙂

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{Go Outside and PLAY!} Seattle Area Children’s Photographer

August 2nd, 2012

The boys and I have embarked on the KaBOOM! Summer Playground Challenge this summer as well. Basically, you go outside, and play. Simple, right? We are fortunate that we live in such a beautiful area with an abundance of parks, skate parks, walking trails, green space, state parks, and wonderful places to play outside. So […]

 

The boys and I have embarked on the KaBOOM! Summer Playground Challenge this summer as well. Basically, you go outside, and play. Simple, right? We are fortunate that we live in such a beautiful area with an abundance of parks, skate parks, walking trails, green space, state parks, and wonderful places to play outside. So go outside and play. Get dirty. Find a new park. Have a picnic. And above all else, have some fun!

If you are in the Seattle area, this is a great resource:  Best Parks in Seattle

If you are on the Eastside (Kenmore, Bothell, Kirkland, Redmond, Sammamish, Issaquah) check this out:  My Parks and Recreation

 

 Sandel Park.  Seattle, WA

 

Cedar Groves Park. Bothell, WA

 

Rotary Park.  Woodinville, WA

 

Log Boom Park.  Kenmore, WA

 

Imagine Childrens Museum.  Everett, WA

 

Peek A Boo

 

Blythe Park.  Bothell, WA


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{Building a Treehouse} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

August 2nd, 2012

This summer, we have been working on two major projects. The main project for our backyard has been building a treehouse. Every kid’s dream, correct? We are very lucky in that in our family, my husband is very handy and was able to design and  build the treehouse. He did a lot of research to […]

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This summer, we have been working on two major projects. The main project for our backyard has been building a treehouse. Every kid’s dream, correct? We are very lucky in that in our family, my husband is very handy and was able to design and  build the treehouse. He did a lot of research to make sure that he would be able to build something that was sturdy, last a while, and most importantly, do the least amount of damage to the tree itself. The building started in April and we finally finished last month. Check it out!

 

Can they build it? YES THEY CAN.

 

The tree we picked is a cherry tree in our backyard.

 

Putting up the boards which would make the foundation of the supports for the treehouse. Three boards, and three tree bolts were the only attachment to the tree.

 

Platform and ladder are up!

 

Building and painting the walls in our garage. The paint we used is actually called “Treehouse” by Kensington.

We hauled the walls up onto the platform to put the house together.

Our “helpers”

 

Coming together, coming together. 

 

The underside of the platform, and my husband’s favorite corner. Yes, he was very proud of that corner and asked for a picture.

 

An overhead view of the tree, and the tree house.

 

Me, hard at work!

 

The master builder, himself.

 

We used transparent roofing plastic  to let in light.

 

Coming together! Here’s how it looks in the backyard.

 

The roofing material lets in some gorgeous light inside the treehouse.

 

We built the door and my husband stained it.

 

I think they like it. 🙂

 

 

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{Fun boy shirts!} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

August 2nd, 2012

It’s been a while since a blog post! Being the mom of two boys, it’s been difficult finding clothes that aren’t covered in construction trucks, puppies, or sports paraphenalia. Not that there is anything wrong with trucks, puppies, or sports, but when it’s on EVERYTHING and your kid wants something different, it does make shopping […]

 

It’s been a while since a blog post! Being the mom of two boys, it’s been difficult finding clothes that aren’t covered in construction trucks, puppies, or sports paraphenalia. Not that there is anything wrong with trucks, puppies, or sports, but when it’s on EVERYTHING and your kid wants something different, it does make shopping difficult. To acquiese to my boys’ need for “cool” shirts, I looked up ways to easily spruce up a simple plain t-shirt. I settled on felt appliques done with iron on transfers, and it seemed the easiest for me, plus it conformed with the boys’ desire for “cool shirt designs”. I started with some simple shapes and did two Star Wars themed shirts (Darth Vader and Yoda) which came out great. Here’s the step by step process I used!

 

My oldest gave approval of this Darth Vader shirt.

 

I made a Star Wars Yoda shirt for my youngest.

 

 Here is the walk-thru for how I made a Lego Ninjago shirt for my kids. I googled online for a picture, something with simple lines and shapes that could easily be cut apart. This is for the character of Sensei Wu.

 

I cut apart the paper image into pieces, usually by the different colors I would use on the final product.

 

 I cut out the felt pieces and rearrange to see what it would look like altogether.

I pinned all the cut pieces to the shirt I wanted to use to see how it would look.

 

I was going to applique the pieces on the shirt afterwards, so i used Heat n Bond Lite to adhere the felt pieces onto my fabric. For those of you who don’t want to sew, I would suggest using either Heat N Bond (regular strength), or Wonder Under. 

 

I glued the felt pieces of Sensei Wu together, then put it on the plasticky side of the Heat N Bond transfer paper.

 

 Turn over the Heat N Bond transfer paper to the paper side, and iron it for about 30 seconds. There are directions on the transfer paper as well. Do NOT over iron! you will have a sticky mess everywhere.

 

Then, peel the backing away from your picture. Now the back of your piece (in this case, Sensei Wu) should be shiny. If not, iron it a little more.

 

Here’s the backside of Sensei Wu with all the backing pulled off.  You can see I embroidered some details on the front.

Then, I put Sensei Wu onto my shirt of choice, and ironed it on for as long as the directed stated (I think another 30 seconds), and you’re done! For added strength, I would also stitch around the edge of the applique to make sure it stays put through washes and play.

 

The finished products! Sensei Wu and Kai, the Spinjitsu master.

 

They also asked for dragon shirts. 

 

This one is my favorite, but oh my goodness, SO MANY CUTS. I’ll never pick another pictures with so many scales again.