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{Apples in Autumn} Seattle/Eastside Lifestyle Photographer

October 20th, 2016

We’re very lucky to have quite a few apple trees in our backyard. Every year when we have a harvest, I take a few dozen apples and do a mini-photo session with my boys. It’s been fun looking back on past pictures, seeing how little they once were (we started when my youngest was a […]

 

We’re very lucky to have quite a few apple trees in our backyard. Every year when we have a harvest, I take a few dozen apples and do a mini-photo session with my boys. It’s been fun looking back on past pictures, seeing how little they once were (we started when my youngest was a wee baby at a month old!), and also, how far I’ve come in my photography. As my boys have grown older, it’s also made me get much more creative in capturing their true personalities on the camera. My oldest was born to be in front of an audience, and shines for any sort of spotlight. My youngest son is much trickier to try to coax a real smile, and not a cheesy, stiff smile, out of his little face. And then, there is the age old struggle of getting them to not to team up in brother solidarity and give me the two brother smirk of death. 🙂 I think every parent knows the struggle of trying to get a good sibling photo, without any tears from mom or children, at the end of the day. Overall, it’s a pretty fun time, and I know that we’ll all appreciate these memories. I hope that I have a lot more apples in autumn pictures in the upcoming years.

 

Apples, boys, and this year, our dog!

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They can be pretty cute, and they know it.

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Such handsome fellows, but goodness, STOP GROWING UP BOYS!

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Most of my photos of them look like this. I admit, I enjoy the laughter photos the best.

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Not exactly what I had in mind when I asked them to pose together…

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Double smirk mode, on!
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My youngest son is definitely a character. I could fill an entire album with all his fun, facial expressions.

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Why yes mom? You said to look at you. You didn’t say anything about smiling.

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An apple a day keeps the mom photographer at bay.

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Love these two. <3

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{Wordless Wednesday} Seattle Area Child Photographer

September 4th, 2013

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{Getting Up and Getting Going!} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

August 28th, 2013

I’m excited to share this post with Tales of an Unlikely Mother today! She’s a very funny blogger who has twin girls the same age as my youngest, so we often commiserate. 🙂 Go and check out her blog, and “Like” her facebook! School normally starts up around here after Labor Day. With the beginning […]

 

I’m excited to share this post with Tales of an Unlikely Mother today! She’s a very funny blogger who has twin girls the same age as my youngest, so we often commiserate. 🙂 Go and check out her blog, and “Like” her facebook!

School normally starts up around here after Labor Day. With the beginning of school, begins also the morning struggle of getting my boys ready and out the door on time in the morning. I have two kids going to two different school, so it took everything I had to keep my sanity from reminding them of the same things every. single. day. They could recite whole episodes of Curious George, but not remember to brush their teeth in the morning without a reminder. Times two! Fortunately, I instituted a morning chart routine a couple of years ago when my oldest started kindergarten, and it’s really streamlined our whole morning process. Now, instead of me getting frustrated that, yet again, I’m reminding him to go pee and brush his teeth, I just redirect him to check out his morning chart, and he can look and cross off what he needs to do. It’s been a sanity saver, and let’s me make a cup of coffee in the morning so I can get going with my day.

The second thing which also helps in our household is a chore chart. I downloaded a template and laminated the different chores and velcroed it to the chart. I love it because there are things that need to be done such as feeding the pets, practicing spelling, not fighting with their brother, etc. that isn’t necessarily a chore that I want to reward. The template has a “morning”, “afternoon”, and also a “to earn” column. In our household, I give out chore coupons for completed chores in the “To Earn” column. One coupons = one quarter OR 30 minutes of screen time. Each boy gets their own chore chart to complete, with age appropriate chores. It really helps gives them a sense of responsibility, and also gives me a chance to redirect them to being helpful (and in the older son’s case, making sure his homework is completed, he has practiced his soccer skills or tae kwon do poomses). In the long run, kids who *want* to be helpful get to be, things get done, and sanity gets saved. It’s a win, win for everyone!

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This is the responsibility chart I have for both my kiddos. It’s SO helpful in the morning because I can just tell them, “Go look at your chart!” instead of nagging at them in the morning. The step-by-step tutorial I found on Spoonful.com here. To make your own you will need: corrugated cardboard, paper, bamboo skewers, and a straw.

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My older son’s chart reads: wake up, go pee, brush teeth/puffer, eat breakfast, get dressed, pack back pack (includes homework AND lunch). This is simple stuff that needs to be done every day! My younger son has pictures since he can’t read yet.

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Here is the chore chart I have for both my boys, I downloaded the template from Home School Creations (it’s a .PDF file, free to download!). I laminated mine, and then put velcro on the backside. I like this template because it has morning, afternoon, and also a “to earn” column, because I want my boys to have automatic things to do that aren’t just for money (such as feeding their pets). It also has pictures AND words so both kids can look at it and understand what it asks.

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What the velcro looks like, it’s very easy to adjust around. When the boys are done with a chore, they put it “upside down” on the chore chart to let me know that it’s been finished (easily done with velcro).

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I got my squares from Home Depot, but you can also buy them from places like Lakeshore Learning, or Amazon.com

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Some of the different chore squares the printable template came with! It also came with some blank ones where you can make your own.

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In our househole, one chore in the “to earn” column equals one chore coupon. The value is 25 cents OR 30 minutes of screen time, whichever they want.

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{Camping at Diablo Lake} North Cascades Lifestyle Photographer

August 16th, 2013

If you’re a regular visitor to my blog, you’ll know that my family and I are pretty active, and love doing activities outside. From playing in the tree house, to hiking in the national parks, to rock climbing; anything outdoors is a grand adventure in our family.  A few months ago I ran across this […]

 

If you’re a regular visitor to my blog, you’ll know that my family and I are pretty active, and love doing activities outside. From playing in the tree house, to hiking in the national parks, to rock climbing; anything outdoors is a grand adventure in our family.  A few months ago I ran across this great blog post called “10 Tips for Raising Outdoors Loving Kids”, which really resonated with me. The blog itself, The  Big Outside, is choke full is GREAT tips for introducing and keeping your kids of ALL ages (from infant on up!) interested in outdoor travels and recreation! I would definitely recommend it, as it’s now one of my favorite new blogs.  My husband and I love living in the Pacific Northwest, and are grateful for all the wonderful outdoor and nature opportunities we’re able to provide for the boys.

Recently, we took our first family canoe camping trip to Diablo Lake up in the North Cascades. My husband had gone last year with some other dads and their kids, and my  boys had enjoyed it so much, they wanted me to come up as well. Correction: my youngest enjoyed it so much he pretty much asked about going back every single time we talked about family camping, so we planned it out. It took a bit of planning since we were staying  at a  backcountry campsite, which was only accessible by boat. Which meant we had to pack everything in and out by kayak or canoe. Overall though, it was a SUPER fun, a great trip, and even I, the person who isn’t thrilled with camping, had a really nice time. I would definitely recommend going up there and spending some time on the water, and just hiking around the North Cascades. The boys even got to become Junior Rangers from the Forest Service, which was one of their highlights. 🙂 And most important of all, we got to create some great family memories!

 

This is Thunder Point, our camp site.

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The astonishing view from our camp site. Diablo Lake is this shade of green due to some sort of mineral composition from the glacier run off. It’s really this green in real life. It is unreal. I spent so much time just staring at it.

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There was a trail right next to our campsite to the top of the little hill. My little adventurers!

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When we were there, it was super windy. The boys had a blast trying to outshout the wind. 

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We are so incredibly lucky to live in such a gorgeous area.

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We tried for a family portrait, you can see from my hair how windy it was up there. My youngest was not for the family portrait.

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We canoed to nearby Ross Dam and hiked up to the top of the dam.

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Dad and kiddos hiking up the trail.

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On the top of Ross Dam. You can see Ross Lake on the right, and see how it is much more blue it is than Diablo Lake.

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Canoeing! Our youngest was in front of of me in the canoe, he loves being in the boat. That mountain is actually named  Sourdough Mountain. 

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The canoe master. 

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Don’t let the pictures fool you, this was during the more serene waters. It got pretty choppy shortly after this and there were white caps forming when the wind picked up. I put the camera away and rowed for dear life. 🙂

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This is the view from the top of Ross Dam, the channel you see below is where we canoed through.

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Chilling at the camp site.

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My kids were a little sad we didn’t bring any “toys” since we had to pack light for the canoe. So we made our own  boats (which really floated!) out of driftwood and vines, and sails from leaves! We even kept them and took them home with us.

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Happy little camper!

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Happy big(ger) camper!

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We had to tie the canoe on top of the dock because the wind kept hitting and bumping it around.

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My view of paradise.

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 I think these faces say it all. North Cascades canoe camping, it may be an annual family tradition from now on! 🙂

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{Wordless Wednesday} Seattle/Eastside Children Photographer

July 17th, 2013

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{Wordless Wednesday} Seattle Area Child Photographer

July 3rd, 2013

    Normally, my wordless wednesday are truely wordless, but I feel this one needs words. My youngest, above. A Cabbage Patch Kid,  below. 🙂

 

 

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Normally, my wordless wednesday are truely wordless, but I feel this one needs words. My youngest, above. A Cabbage Patch Kid,  below. 🙂

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{Preschool Pen Pals} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

June 19th, 2013

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine came to visit Seattle and brought along her adorable little daughter. She and my youngest (who are similarly aged), got along fabulously. When she contacted me about a cool project she had in mind about keeping them in contact, I was delighted to tell my youngest […]

 

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine came to visit Seattle and brought along her adorable little daughter. She and my youngest (who are similarly aged), got along fabulously. When she contacted me about a cool project she had in mind about keeping them in contact, I was delighted to tell my youngest about it, and he was all over the idea of keeping in touch with his buddy.

Basically, her idea was based off of the The Flat Stanley Project, which in turn is based off the Flat Stanley book. Flat Stanley encourages children to write letters, mailing their own “Flat Stanley” to friends and relatives. Not only does it teach kids about writing, reading, and geography, but it’s pretty fun because let’s face it, who doesn’t love receiving mail? If you have a preschool aged child, this is a wonderful project because instead of writing letters, you can practice with taking pictures, and then having your child write a few words (like their name, or city, or their friend’s name). My friend names her the “Flat D” project, and mailed us a picture she made of her daughter. She drew a picture, glued a real photo of her daughter’s face, and laminated the whole thing when it was mailed to us. On our end, we took “Flat D.” around town, with us on camping trips, and wrote a few words about it. My youngest was super excited to have an opportunity to have a preschool pen pal to share pictures and his adventures with from the summer. I really enjoyed this project because with the picture taking, we were able to make a list of what he wanted to show “Flat D.”, and he wasn’t frustrated by his lack of writing skills. In turn, my youngest enjoyed playing tour guide with his very own agenda (instead of mom or dad’s) around town, telling me important things about Seattle and surrounding areas that we needed to show “Flat D”. Most of all, he enjoyed having a preschool aged “pen pal” of his own. It was a great project!

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My youngest and his new bud, “D”. Aren’t they sweet?

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He was super excited when “Flat D.” came to town, we immediately had to take her to the playground.

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“I love her mommy! I want to show her everything!”

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We took her to show her some of the highlights of our town, including the blue trees.

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Here you can see how “Flat D.” was made, she was very hardy for all the travels.

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She even went camping and visited Deception Pass.

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Hello “Flat D.”!

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My preschooler was brave and took her out on the canoe as well.

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It was fun playing tourist in my own town, with my preschooler being in charge of the agenda. We went to the “dancing stage” at the Seattle Center.

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We visited the statuary in front of the Seattle Childrens Theatre.

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We checked out the oversized exhibit at The Pacific Science Center.

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Don’t be scared, “Flat D.”, it’s not a real dinosaur.

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We checked out a game of vertical tic tac toe. I think my preschooler was winning. 🙂

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He also had “Flat D.” check out the mechanical kinetic water shooters. She went “oooooOOOOoooo”.

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Goodbye, “Flat D.” Thanks for visiting! Maybe this summer, we’ll make a “Flat A.” and mail him to you to visit! 🙂

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{Wordless Wednesday} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

June 19th, 2013

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{Wordless Wednesday} Seattle Area Child Photographer

June 11th, 2013

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{Wordless Wednesday} Seattle Area Family Photographer

June 5th, 2013

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