Monday, August 31, 2009

Love this man.

Today we went to the coast. Tin-foil dinners, dutch-oven desert. Family. My sweetheart. Does life get any better?
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I feel more in love than ever.

More silhouette photos here.

Another thing I love about him

Duke ran in to a grocery to grab a few things for our family outing and he returned with treats for everyone in the car.

My little sister Emily was with us and Duke knew exactly which candy-bar she would love. I didn't even know she liked them. I asked him how he knew and he said, "I noticed that she eats 'almond joy' bars at grandpa's house but she always spits out the almonds."
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He listens and he remembers. He is always making everyone feel special. I know it sounds simple, but he is doing sweet things like this for people all of the time.

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How did I snag such a keeper?

I feel a little ill, but it was worth it.

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Breakfast: Fresh blackberries

Dinner: Dutch-oven blackberry cobbler

YUM. Oregon is the best. Move here. There are berries everywhere.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The thing about having sisters...

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There is a sort-of age gap between my sisters and I. I'm 8 1/2 years older than Tamsin, and 15 1/2 years older than Emily. So we were never really fast-friends. I was busy with school and friends, and only ever spent enough time with them to be bossy and mean.

Tamsin and I became friends when she was about 11 years old. I had already moved out of the house for a while, and I moved back home. I realized that up to that point I had been missing out on getting to know one of the coolest girls around. We shared a room and stayed up late each night reading Harry Potter out-loud together. I am so glad for that time we had.
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When Emily was born, I felt weird holding her in public, just because people assumed she was mine. For a totally prude, little girl, it's a bit embarrassing. So she was always just the baby.

She was the cute-little-flower-girl at my wedding. 5 years old. Duke and I left for school then, just a couple of days later, and we've only been around for shorts visits since. Somewhere along the way, Emily grew, a lot. She reminds me of my mom. She makes me laugh. But I haven't quite figured out who she is yet. I'm determined to discover her. I guess that's the number one reason we've moved back to Oregon.
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She fits like a glove.
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She's a bit of a mystery.
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But two things I know:
It's never too late to become friends with sisters.
I would do anything for these girls.
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This kid.

Iggy took off his diaper during his nap yesterday, pooped, and smeared it from his head to his toes. I love this kid.
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He may be gross sometimes. Like every time I put him on the ground and he eats a handful of dirt. But I love this kid.
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Yup. He is sure something special.
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This picture makes me laugh. His bum is covered in moss. Beautiful, Oregon moss.

Friday, August 28, 2009

there are silly girls to be found

It seems I will be shooting with a younger group of ladies. My sister Tamsin is 15. She has an incredibly beautiful and photogenic look, plus a variety of very silly friends who have been getting excited about photoshoots.

Here is my Tamsin.
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Here is her friend, McKayla.
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Cute, right?

I have another darling baby sister, Emily. So again, a young clientele for silliness. It comes so naturally for her!
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And as if that wasn't exciting enough, I have Marissa, my little brother's girlfriend. What a pleasure it is to photograph this young lady!
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It feels awesome to have instant girl-friends. I have to say, though, they make me feel a little old. And top-heavy.
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I hope to find some mommy-friends soon. :) I need to get some other pregnant chicks in front of the camera, so I don't feel so lonely!

More swim pictures here.

Hey, it's Friday. How great is that?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

More than you ever cared to know...

Yay! Made it safely!!!

Usually I play this game with Duke on our road trips. Well, he was in the moving truck. Iggy is not much for conversation, so I played alone. I start with "A" and go through the letters of the alphabet. Rules: the word must START with the letter (or the letter must be alone), letters must be spotted in alphabetical order.

Stupid Z. I dislike you. Where were you when I really needed you???


In further news, Sparky is adjusting. He loves his aunties, and has been having all sorts of fun testing the boundaries of a new household. He'll be fine.
I don't know if Iggy really cares what's going on. He seems pretty happy here.
Life is good!