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Apple Picking x 3

As the beautiful unseasonably warm autumn weather continued, so did my string of adventures with the kids outside.  What also continued was the tradition of taking the kids apple picking without JDubbs (who has a big deadline in October), but sadly I wasn’t able to join our friends on the big apple picking excursion as we have every year since Jax was little.  This year the kids and I braved a different path, went to a new farm and had a fantastic, fun-in-the-fall-sun day.

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This was the first time I had ever let Little H just eat an apple without slicing or peeling it.  This is a major milestone for me, who literally has nightmares about my kids choking.  However, she was a rockstar and now I would say that handing her a shiny red apple is probably the equivalent of handing a teenager the keys to a new car.  Possibly dangerous, but overall worth it to see how much they enjoy it.

Now on to my attempt to get a photo of the three of them looking at the camera and not making a weird face.  Fail.

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So back to candids, which I like even better.

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The original plan was to only pick as many apples as we could carry, because I had all three kids alone and I didn’t need to be bogged down with a giant bag of apples.  Jax, being the intrepid improviser that he is, dodged that problem nicely.

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T-shirts make excellent apple-carriers, and what was I thinking anyway?  We still left with $8 worth of apples, one jack-o-lantern-worthy pumpkin, 3 baby pumpkins and 2 squash.  I didn’t need to bring a bag; I needed a wagon.

And speaking of pumpkins, look what happened in the pumpkin patch.  The moment that made my Mommy heart explode.

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And…one more attempt a group photo.

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Well, I can’t have everything!

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Apple Picking x 3

JDubbs has a big deadline at work in mid-October, so pretty much every year the task of taking the kids apple picking–which I think is the unofficial autumn pastime of Vermont–is up to me.  This year one of their little buddies had a birthday party at an apple orchard, so I was glad to have a few extra hands on deck to help me attempt the job times three.

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Grumpy picture aside, the kids had a great time as usual, and I had to smile thinking about the years past when Jax and Em could barely navigate the orchard’s tall grass, and here they were this year, able to reach the apples themselves without me.

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Now that most of their buddies are in either kindergarten or at least three-day preschool at various times a day, we definitely don’t get to see our friends as often as we used to or would like.  It actually makes the times we all get together even better; the kids are so excited to see one another that they rarely misbehave!

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Although my kids still take time to annoy each other.

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Luckily for me, I still have one baby to photograph in the deep green stuff.

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Times like these, I really cannot believe how fast the big kids have grown.  Wasn’t it only yesterday that I was taking these exact same photos of Jax, or that I was lugging Em around the orchard in her bucket?  Cue Mommy nostalgia and a forced group photo.

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It’s a lot of work to take them by myself every year, but it’s totally worth it.  Even if I didn’t get a good photo of the three of them during H’s first trip to the orchard.  I know they’ll be plenty of opportunities in years to come!

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Apple Picking x 2

Last year, Jax and I met a bunch of our friends at the Poverty Lane Apple Orchard for some wholesome fun and beautiful photos.  He couldn’t walk yet and was so content to plop down under an apple tree and explore the grass, the fruit, the leaves.
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It was such a great time that our friends decided to do it again, but this time I had another little bundle to tag along.
Luckily, they had a tractor that would bring us deep into the orchard so that we could get the few apples that were left.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get the memo that we wouldn’t be returning to the car, so I left my Baby Bjorn and Em’s bottle behind.  But we made do and Jax definitely loved the surprise tractor ride.
Daddy had to work and this turned out to be one of those times that I could have used an extra hand.  I thought I was going to be carrying Em, but instead I had to lug her around in the bucket.  I also wanted to take pictures (shocker) so I had my big camera with me, not to mention a clingy toddler.  Good thing we didn’t really want to buy many apples, anyway–I wouldn’t have had any hands to carry them!
It was a really nice morning, extra hands or no.  Jax even checked on Em now and then.  He’s making progress in the big brother department!
And he really enjoyed eating an apple au natural.  Can you believe I’ve never let him just dig into an apple like this before?  I am a skin-phobic when it comes to fruit.  Just another example of how I have to chill out a bit as he grows up.
We had to cut our trip short due to Em’s next bottle (one BIG drawback of not breastfeeding anymore: having to have a bottle and formula on hand) but we did have a moment or two for photos and a snack.

 

 

What I didn’t capture on film is how great it was to hang out with our friends; there were six couples and seven babies there (plus, two babies in utero!) and we all went for pizza and beer for lunch.  JDubbs even took a break from work to meet us there.  It was a fabulous day and just another example of how much we enjoy our friends and make the best of life in the Upper Valley!
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Apple Picking

 Jax and his friends, with their mommies in tow, took their first tour around Poverty Lane Orchards and went apple picking. By apple picking I mean that Jax picked several apples up off the ground, but we didn’t buy any. This trip was purely for photo shoot purposes.


The pictures are all of Jax looking down–at the grass, at an apple, at anything but me! They’re still nice, though, because the colors are so bright. Just wait until we have autumn leaves…
The orchard was gorgeous and they just let us have the run of the place. We could sit, climb, munch, take pictures, all for free if we didn’t buy anything, or 99 cents/lb. of apples. I will definitely be buying my apples from them–don’t they look delicious?
I also took a bunch of pictures of Jax’s good friend, Harper, for her mom Katharine as potential Christmas cards. We moms are always thinking ahead!


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Jax had a great time with his buddies Colby, Drew, Lily, Evelyn, and Harper. He’s got a pretty great little circle of friends going on here. It’ll help make the winter go by much more quickly!

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Inspired Life Project 2015

Welcome to my Inspired Life 365 Project, where I will be sharing one photo every day for 2015.  My purpose is to not only document our life and the many blessings therein, but also to challenge myself as a photographer to capture my subject using the best light and composition possible for a given situation.  This will be an exercise in composed photographs, not posed ones, and will stretch my ability as I work in all kinds of light and settings. The goal is to use my Canon 60D everyday, but if an IPhone photo sneaks its way in here, too, I’ll be sure to admit it.

Here’s to a year of rekindling my love of photography and being inspired!

365.  Happy New Year Timer Selfie

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364.  First Snow

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363.  Little HouseIMG_3794

362.  Tubby Time

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361.  Go Pats! (cell phone pic)

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360.  A Gaggle of Grandkids (cell phone pic)

Photo Dec 26, 12 14 34 PM

359.  Holly Jolly Christmas

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358.  ‘Twas The Night Before Xmas

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357.  Foggy December (cell phone pic)

Photo Dec 23, 12 57 55 PM

356.  Manual Focus On A Rainy Day

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355.  The Barre

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354.  Frost

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353. First Flurries (cell phone pic)

Photo Dec 19, 11 36 44 AM

352.  Cindy Lou Who

Photo Dec 18, 7 46 21 AM

351. Winter Concert

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350.  Playmates

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349.  Exploring (cell phone pic)

Photo Dec 15, 9 15 13 AM

348.  Fast Food (cell phone pic)

Photo Dec 14, 5 19 59 PM

347.  Quiet Coloring

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346.  Christmas Cookies

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345.  Deck The Halls

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344.  Big H Little H

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343.   Two Straws (cell phone pic)

Photo Dec 09, 8 42 32 AM

342.  Breakfast Vulture (cell phone pic)

Photo Dec 08, 8 53 56 AM

341.  Ballet I

Photo Dec 07, 4 46 33 PM

340.  Colorful Counting

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339.  Ballet Blowout

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338.  Cribbage

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337.  The Symmetrical View From Here

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336.  Third Kid (cell phone pic)

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335. Staying Warm

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334.  Early Elf (cell phone pic)

Photo Nov 30, 7 28 49 AM

333.  O Christmas Tree

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332.  Christmas Crafts

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331.  Outtake

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330.  Holiday Mashup

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329.  Bookworm (cell phone pic)

Photo Nov 25, 1 02 35 PM

328.  Sweet Dreams (cell phone pic)

Photo Nov 24, 10 44 17 PM

327.  Hair Swirls

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326.  Sunset Watching (cell phone pic)

Photo Nov 22, 4 19 04 PM

325.  Reflection

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324.  Morning Garden Happiness (cell phone pic)

Photo Nov 20, 8 53 51 AM

323.  Free Lens Flower

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322.  Fierce

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321.  Merboy (cell phone pic)

Photo Nov 17, 6 19 03 PM

320.  Fall Fashion

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319.  Potty Training (cell phone pic)

Photo Nov 15, 5 10 01 PM

318.  Mills Bournes

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317.  Rainbow Connection (cell phone pic)

Photo Nov 13, 9 04 33 AM

316.  Cuddling and Coloring (cell phone pic)

Photo Nov 12, 6 38 44 PM

315.  Christmas Preparation (cell phone pic)

Photo Nov 11, 10 30 58 AM

314.  Playdate Preparation

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313.  Seven (cell phone pic)

Photo Nov 09, 7 58 54 PM

312.  Sunset

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311.  Roadside

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310.  Birding (cell phone pic)

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309.  Soaking In The Sunshine (cell phone pic)

Photo Nov 05, 3 48 16 PM

308.  Sisters (cell phone pic)

Photo Nov 04, 3 05 37 PM

307.  Cozy

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306.  Tractor Pull (cell phone pic)

Photo Nov 02, 3 03 45 PM

305.  Believe In Magic

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304.  Expelliarmus

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303.  Paw Patrol Coma

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302.  Backyard Balance Beam (cell phone pic)

Photo Oct 29, 3 21 22 PM

301.  Jack-O-Lantern

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300.  Autumn Decor

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299.  Tenacious Last Leaves (cell phone pic)

Photo Oct 26, 1 54 23 PM

298.  Snuggly Selfie (cell phone pic)

Photo Oct 25, 1 39 33 PM

297.  Seven

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296.  Last Night As 6 (cell phone pic)

Photo Oct 23, 7 26 47 PM

295.  Knee Deep

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294.  Cheeeeeese (cell phone pic)

Photo Oct 21, 10 19 57 AM

293.  Story Time (cell phone pic)

Photo Oct 20, 6 34 29 PM

292. Fallen

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291.  Dance Partners

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290.  Colorful Rehearsal (cell phone pic)

Photo Oct 17, 2 04 31 PM

289.  Monkeys (cell phone pic)

Photo Oct 16, 5 51 05 PM

288.  Self-Timer Wedding Prep Selfie

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287.  My Littlest Pumpkin (cell phone pic)

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286.  Hand-Me-Downs (cell phone pic)

Photo Oct 13, 3 03 37 PM

285.  Runners’ Selfie (cell phone pic)

284.  Fall-Loving Pup

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283.  Harry

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282.  Procrastinating (cell phone pic)

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281.  Before School Bonding (cell phone pic)

Photo Oct 08, 7 37 15 AM

280.  Walk To School Day (cell phone pic)

Photo Oct 07, 7 48 09 AM

279.  Fall Evening

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278.  Getting Big (cell phone pic)

277.  Earning Their Keep (cell phone pic)

Photo Oct 04, 3 01 23 PM

276.  A Great Distraction

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275.  Getting Dirty

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274.  I Love Milk! (cell phone pic)

Photo Oct 01, 8 57 35 AM

273.  Rain, Rain, Go Away

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272.  Just Keep Sorting (cell phone pic)

Photo Sep 29, 2 46 56 PM

271.  Kitty Hug

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270.  Welcome Home, Mommy! (cell phone pic)

Photo Sep 27, 3 18 32 PM

269.  Worth A Hike

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268.  Goodnight, Moon (cell phone pic)

Photo Sep 25, 7 53 12 PM

267.  Handy Helper

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266.  Happy Happy (cell phone pic)

Photo Sep 23, 5 51 49 PM

265.  Just You And Me (cell phone pic)

Photo Sep 22, 12 00 00 PM

264.  A Morning Walk (cell phone pic)

Photo Sep 21, 8 58 57 AM

263.  Apple Picking Time

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262.  Soccer Star

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261.  Celebrating (cell phone pic)

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260.  Into The Woods

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259.  M4H 52 week submission for “White Space”: Sunburst

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258.  Fashion Sense (cell phone pic)

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257.  Touristing (cell phone pic)

Photo Sep 14, 12 24 12 PM

256.  This Was A Mistake (cell phone pic)

Photo Sep 13, 6 24 55 PM

255.  Soccer Sideline (cell phone pic)

Photo Sep 12, 11 42 18 AM

254.  Morning Garden (cell phone pic)

Photo Sep 11, 8 52 59 AM

253.  Good Night, Sweetheart

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252.  Garden Club (cell phone pic)

Photo Sep 09, 4 00 08 PM

251.  Dish Duty

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250.  Golden Days of Summer 

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249.  Sunshine Daydreams (cell phone pic)

Photo Sep 06, 4 28 15 PM

248.  Hahaha…Minions

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247.  A Precursor To Potty Training (cell phone pic)

Photo Sep 03, 2 09 23 PM

246.  A New Dress

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245.  Imagine (cell phone pic)

Photo Sep 02, 10 49 34 AM

244.  Someone’s In the Kitchen I Know… (cell phone pic)

Photo Sep 01, 3 55 28 PM

243.  Secret Garden

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242.  Neighborhood Walk (cell phone pic)

Photo Aug 30, 10 25 55 AM

241.  Last Night Of Summer

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240.  Summer Nap

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239.  Yellow

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238.  Land Of Happiness (cell phone pic)

Photo Aug 26, 6 09 50 PM

237.  Running Again (cell phone pic)

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236.  Snuggle/Strangle (cell phone pic)

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235.  Swimming Hole

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234.  Downtown Evening (cell phone pic)

Photo Aug 22, 6 23 31 PM

233.  Jailbird (cell phone pic)

Photo Aug 20, 6 33 58 PM

232.  Co-Sleeping (cell phone pic)

Photo Aug 19, 10 57 24 PM

231.  Wonderful Old Friends

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230.  Family (cell phone pic)

Photo Aug 17, 4 57 14 PM (1)

229.  Last Week’s Kisses

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228.  Farewell, Maine! (cell phone pic)

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227.  Quite A Sendoff (cell phone pic)

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226.  So Much Love

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225.  End Of The Day

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224.  Old Orchard Beach Pier

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223. Journaling

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222.  Sand Dunes

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221.  Daddy’s Shoulders

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220.  Bathtime Buddies

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219.  Ahhhhh…. (cell phone pic)

Photo Aug 07, 11 49 40 AM

218.  Banana Phones (cell phone pic)

Photo Aug 06, 12 23 34 PM

217.  Story Time

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216.  Your Turn

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215.  Rain Gear

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214.  The Littlest Cousins

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213.  Showering The Bride

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212.  Mind-Reading Fairy (cell phone pic)

Photo Jul 31, 12 14 58 PM

211.  Humid Hair

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210.  The Queen (cell phone pic)

Photo Jul 29, 11 57 12 AM

209.  Evening Roadside

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208.  Night Reading

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207.  Ninja Go! (cell phone pic)

Photo Jul 26, 2 46 55 PM

206.  Happiness

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205.  Sticks And Stones (cell phone pic)

Photo Jul 24, 10 54 58 AM

204.  Thoughtful

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203.  M4H 52 week submission for “Rich”: Rich With Rain

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202.  Date Night (cell phone pic)

Photo Jul 21, 4 44 46 PM

201.  Waking Up

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200.  Dartmouth

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199.  Painting Joy (matte)

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198.  Wading (cell phone pic)

Photo Jul 17, 12 58 57 PM

197.  Peek-A-Boo (cell phone pic)

Photo Jul 16, 9 37 20 AM

196.  Brushing Buddies

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195.  After-Camp Quiet

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194.  Everything Is Awesome! (cell phone pic)

Photo Jul 13, 12 16 57 PM

193.  Self-Timer Selfie

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192.  Sharing Sunshine (cell phone pic)

Photo Jul 11, 11 50 28 AM

191.  Wild & Free

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190.  Hi, Mom

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189.  Big Enough (cell phone pic)

Photo Jul 08, 10 39 09 AM

188.  Up Close

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187.  Swiss Family Williams (cell phone pic)

Photo Jul 06, 3 16 29 PM

186.  Starting Lineup

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185.  Festive!

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184.  Magic

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183.  Curls (matte editing)

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182.  Raindrops

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181.  Rain Runoff (cell phone pic)

Photo Jun 30, 5 34 31 PM

180.  Belly Shot (cell phone pic)

Photo Jun 29, 10 20 59 AM

179.  Organized (cell phone pic)

Photo Jun 28, 1 38 32 PM

178. Say Cheese

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177. Newbury Street (cell phone pic)

Photo Jun 26, 2 50 07 PM (1)

176.  Nose In A Book (cell phone pic)

Photo Jun 25, 11 20 08 AM

175.  Summer (cell phone pic)

Photo Jun 24, 5 04 11 PM

174.  A Rare Oldest/Youngest Snuggle

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173.  Cousins (cell phone pic)

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172.  Sparklers (cell phone pic)

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171.  Tattoo Parlor

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170.  We Love Camping

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169.  Water Play

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168.  Grammy’s Here

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167. The Neighbors Are Back In Town (cell phone pic)

Photo Jun 16, 4 05 51 PM

166.  Little Toes, Big Sister Stool (cell phone pic)

Photo Jun 15, 8 21 35 AM

165. The View From Here (cell phone pic)

Photo Jun 14, 2 42 12 PM

164.  Cousins In A Camper

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163.  Taking Flight (cell phone pic)

Photo Jun 12, 11 09 14 AM

162. Future Aesthetician

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161.  Birthday Big Camera Selfie

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160.  Why So Blue?

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159.  The Green Mountain State (cell phone pic) Photo Jun 08, 5 21 21 PM

158.  Daddy’s Girl

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157.  Burlington Babes (cell phone pic)

Photo Jun 06, 12 16 20 PM

156.  Prima Ballerina’s Big Night

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155. Best Girls

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154.  Hey Mama Rock Me (cell phone pic)

Photo Jun 03, 5 20 44 PM

153.  Girly Tighty Whities

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152.  Sensory Play

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151.  Super Kids IMG_3084

150.  Coach (cell phone pic)

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149.  Grampy Jax

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148.  This Girl (cell phone pic)

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147.  Profile

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146. Free Lensing: Maple Leaves

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145.  Spot It

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144.  Treasure Hunting (cell phone pic)

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143.  CHL

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142.  Among The Lilacs (cell phone pic)

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141.  Handy Hanny

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140.  Concussed

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139.  Happy Nappy

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138.  Summer Reading

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137.  Three And A Tree

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136. Game 1

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135.  Mistress Spring

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134.  Throwback With A New Edit

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133.  Simon Pearce

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132.  Screentime On A Rainy Day (cell phone pic)

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131.  The Barn Is Under Construction

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130.  My Gifts

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129.  T-Ball

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128. A Happy Selfie (cell phone pic)

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127.  Sassy Thing

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126.  Nappy Hair

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125.  Magnolia Blossom, for the M4H’s Project 52 theme, “Clean”

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124.  Big Girl! (cell phone pic)

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123.  Happy To Be Home (cell phone pic)

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122.  La Boda

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121.  SunsetIMG_0087

120.  Bienvenido a Puerto Rico!

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119.  Her Sister’s Canvas

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118.  Trying Out the New Point & Shoot

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117.  New Hobbies

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116.  Birthday Twirl (cell phone pic)

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115.  A Moment (cell phone pic)

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114.  Light

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113.  Sea of Green (cell phone pic)

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112.  Thank You Cards

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111.  Erika

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110.  Daddy’s Syrup (cell phone pic)

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109.  Happy Barn (cell phone pic)

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108. The Wonder Ball

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107.  A Tiny Visitor
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106.  Under the Sea
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105.  Fancy
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104.  Art Appreciation
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103.  Signs of Spring (cell phone pic)
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102.  Mini Sessions Day 2
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101.  Mini Sessions Day 1
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100.  Spring!? Where Are You?
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99.  Happiness
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98.  Night Light
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97.  Zzzzzz
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96.  Bubbles
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95.  Piano Feet
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94.  Coloring
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93.  Mac n Cheese
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92.  Chilly Thaw
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91.  Neighbors 
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90.  Luminous
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89.  Spring Fever
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88.  Still Little (cell phone pic)
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87.  Manicure (cell phone pic)
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86.  Storytime
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85.  Rainbow Connection
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84.  Only The Beginning
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83.  Fore!
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82.  Fresh Ink
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81.  Newborn Toes
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80. Everything Is Awesome (cell phone pic)
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79.  Purple
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78.  Sunshine Girl (cell phone pic)
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77.  Boyhood

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76.  The Mickey Ones

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75.  Story Time

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74.  Puke Bucket

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73.  Love Train

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72.  Sick Bay

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71.  This Girl

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70.  Happy Day (cell phone pic)

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69.  Chase Is Drunk

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68.  Baby Book

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67.  The integrity of these letters is very important to her

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66.  He Who Breathes Fire

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65. Glitter and Gold

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64.  Trying Something New: Freelensing

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63.  Sisters watching Frozen together for the first time.  Classic.

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62.  Quiet Contemplative 

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61.  Shapes: They’re magically delicious (M4H Project 52)

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60.  Homework Hassle

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59.  Sicky Bathtime

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58.  Sick Little One (cell phone pic)

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57.  Seriously Strange

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56.  Perspective (M4H 52 Week Challenge)

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55.  Naptime (with new matte editing)

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54.  Baubles

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53. Ooooooh, M & M’s!

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52.  Some Things Never Change

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51.  Wherever The Wind Blows

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50.  Ice Castle

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49.  Sleepy Girl

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48.  Playtime

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47.  Massachusetts Monday (cell phone pic)

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46. Monkeys Jumping On The Bed

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45.  Red

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44.  We Heart Valentine’s Day

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43.  Big, Fat Snowflakes

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42.  At The Car Wash

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41.  Snow Queen

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40.  Tea For Two

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39.  Belly Button in Black & White

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38.  Flower Girl (cell phone pic)

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37.  Manly Things (cell phone pic)

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36.  Love Letters

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35.  Cereal: Good to the Last Drop

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34.  A Little Color

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33.  Post-Superbowl Spelling

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32.  Wishing

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31.  Pastel Pretty

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30.  Trying Something New: Manual Focus on Falling Snowflakes

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29.  “A Part Of Me” from My 4 Hens Project 52: San Diego Sand

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28.  Mantra

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27.  Old Man Winter

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26.  Self-Portrait

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25.  A Slice Of Life

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24.  Blue Steel

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23.  Rec Time (cell phone pic)

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22.  Twilight

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21.  Sharing Is A Struggle

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20.  Lazy Morning

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19.  Post-Lunch Skidaddle 

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18.  Jax, In A Nutshell (cell phone pic)

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17.  Ballet

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16.  His Happy Place

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15.  A New Friend

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14.  Favorite Pastime

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13.  Halo Curls 

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12.  Every Inch Of Her

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11.  Stealthy Rainbow

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10.  Up Close And Personal

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9.  Snowy Baxter

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8.  First Ponytail

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7.  Dishwashers

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6.  Still Sick Screen Time

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5.  Sick Day

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4.  Z In A Box

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3:  “To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.  So do it.” ~Kurt Vonnegut

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2:  “Fresh” from My 4 Hens Project 52: Our Fresh Dog On The Bed

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1: Toast For Two

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Play Ball!

Since moving to Vermont, we have made some really great friends with whom we have tons of fun and have built some fantastic traditions (apple picking, Christmas party, dinners out–to name a few).  This summer we embarked on something different: an attempt to get eleven kids under six to play an organized sport.  Incredibly ambitious of us, to be sure!

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I wouldn’t say it was successful, but I think everyone involved would say it was a lot of fun!

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At first, we tried to get the kids to actually bat and attempt to field the balls hit by their friends.  That didn’t work so much.  However, when we had the Daddies hit in kind of a home run derby with the kids fielding fly balls and basically running the bases as they pleased, we suddenly had a feeling of baseball in the air!

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I had fun just sitting in the infield and trying to capture the hilarious nature of little boys who were taking this very seriously and little girls who cared not at all.

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Once the kids lost interest in the game, we headed over to the playground and let them just play before it was time to head home.

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I think this may have to be another tradition!  There was something fun in it for everyone, even the grown-ups!  Fun in the summer sun!

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Riverview Farm

This fall, one of my photography clients suggested that we do our shoot at Riverview Farm in Plainfield, NH.  I had never been there before and am always excited to scope out some new spots to shoot.  Little did I know it was going to be so beautiful, I would have to bring my kids back there the very next day to spend an afternoon ourselves!

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We had already done our apple picking for the season, so this day was all about fun.  We explored the beautiful farm and all its end-of-season glory, including a stop in the pumpkin patch to introduce my littlest pumpkin to one up close and personal.

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Nothing like having a baby around to remind you of the wonder in all things!  Even the texture of a pumpkin stem (and the amusement of watching her try to eat it).

After the pumpkin patch, we explored a very impressive corn maze.  Jax took charge and actually led us through with barely any problems.  We are definitely going back next year (but I think I’ll put the baby in the Ergo–it was quite a walk!).  The big kids loved being explorers and taking charge of our adventure.

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Forced photo hug.

Now I look out the window at the grays and browns of early winter and wish for the bright warmth of fall!  Trying to count my blessings and focus on the upcoming holidays, rather than the months of cold ahead!  Looking at these photos helps warm my heart–but doesn’t help my longing for a vacation!

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