Tradition

We decided to start a new family tradition this year of lighting off paper lanterns the night before the first day of school to bless the new year and bring intention to some areas where we would all like to grow. We began to brainstorm words last week and the kids settled on these: kindness, patience, leadership (standing up for yourself and others), bravery, focus and perseverance. So with great anticipation we set out to light the lantern on the waters edge. I will give you one clue as to why this picturesque location didn’t work….

Did you spot the sailboat? So yeah, the wind plus fire was a no go. We packed up and headed to an ugly parking lot. Seemed like the only place that was less windy.

In case you were wondering, these paper lantern are not easy to light or safe in any way shape or form. It was a gong show to the highest degree.

Lilly’s best Friend came with us too and her face here says it all. SO MUCH WAITING! : ) One 2nd degree burn on my finger later we did it! This pink lantern was Finn’s. We all said his words and sent it off.

Next was Lilly’s lantern. The kids decided to follow it, even though we were yelling “don’t go under it!!!! Burning hot wax! Seriously kids!!!! Stop!”. Oye.

 

Lucy’s balloon was last. Her word was brave and we all cheered it on and said BRAVE! Lucy closed her eyes and said it in her heart. Such a sweet moment.

We will be doing this again next year for sure. It was worth it. Not at all what I was picturing but I almost like the way it ended up better, ugly parking lot and all.

Discovery Park Portraits {Seattle}

There’s not much sweeter than photographing a family that adores each other so clearly.  Loved every moment.

Fairytales

Feeling a bit overwhelmed and behind on life today, so the obvious thing to do was post these almost year old photos of my kids.  There are a few more sessions in the series that may end up being blogged too . . .  So much more fun than things that actually need doing!!

This was a homeschool project we did last year to photo illustrate fairy tales that the girls wrote.  My intern, the amazing Talia Lamb, added their drawings to some of the images, and I couldn’t love them more.  It captures their exact kind of play, and their imaginations from that season so well.

 


One of my favorite families

I truly feel so lucky to be one of the people who gets to snuggle this little baby on a weekly basis. It’s crazy how much we love this little dude! His parents are also two of the best/funniest people out there. Even their dog is super cool. It was so much fun to come spend a Saturday morning at their house and capture all their sweetness.

 

Wednesday wig day

I WISH this were actually a thing. Perhaps I should start a trend. You know throw back Thursday, Wednesday wig day, sounds good. : ) There is nothing more hilarious to me than a child in a wig. It’s so wrong it right. Some of my favorite pictures of my own children are from a birthday party where they got to wear wigs and act silly. So this next series of images will hopefully bring a smile to your face. We were at the end of our shoot, and mind you, I’m friends with these people and we had other friends there too, so when wigs were mentioned we all said yes. I mean really, was it really a question? The answer is always yes when wigs are offered.

I’ll give you two chances to guess how old she is.

I will be so sad if this is not their Christmas card.

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