Book Worms

With summer here and vacation half over, our schedules are way more lax than I have allowed in summers past.  I now realize Little H can skip her nap and all hell will not break loose, and am confident that if the big kids watch an extra half hour of TV while I get some work done, it will all come out in the wash when we have one of those bustling days when they don’t watch TV at all.  Also, as I am looking over my photos from the past month, I realize that I see a pattern emerging.  My house in infested with Book Worms, even the less common paternal version, Daddy Book Worm.  It’s clear that although I am being less stringent about our exact allocation of reading every day, I needn’t worry.  Everyone in this house loves a good book.

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 Note: not pictured, Mommy Book Worm, Patient Zero with the book-loving bug.  No need to worry; she is enjoying many good reads this summer as well!  She just loves photographing her little family and their love of books!

I love a carefree summer where, although there are MANY things I must nag my family about, reading is not one of them!

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Super Cell Phone Dump!

My goodness, it’s been a long time since I have purged my poor cell phone of its memorabilia of our spring and early summer!  We have transitioned from snowy fields to flowery meadows to green hills and sparkling lakes, and now that I’m doing my 365 project where I take a photo every day, I’m taking more photos than ever!  At least now I’m trying to do so with a real sense of purpose: capturing life at home with three amazing, sometimes challenging, always loving kids.  What more can I say other than, sit back and enjoy!  There are a LOT of images to appreciate!

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How lucky are we to live this glorious life? How lucky am I to be able to stay home and appreciate it every day?

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Staying Cool (And Smart)

August is here, and with it some extreme temperatures that have taken our daily adventures to air conditioned or watery places.  One of our favorites is the Montshire Museum, not only because its ever-changing exhibits keep the whole family interested (praise the Lord), but also because its outdoor water play helps us beat this crazy summer heat.  What my kids don’t know is that while they are there, having a blast, their brains get slightly reactivated from their summer slumber and the learning cobwebs get shaken off just a bit.


Something as simple as watching ping pong balls drift downriver, with various eddy pools and small elevation changes, is really fascinating for my kids.  They love running to the beginning of the stream, cranking out a new ball, and watching the process over and over again, noticing how small changes have big consequences.

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Em’s favorite part every year is tinkering with and assembling different sprinkler systems.  This year she and Jax worked together to solve their problem.  They actually worked cooperatively without fighting, probably because Em was on her own turf and who can complain when you’re “accidentally” soaking your sibling while having honest fun?

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Little H loved going here for the first time as a two-year-old.  Watching her experiment with cause and effect was particularly gratifying, with a little help from Em and Grammy.  She was so content to pull and push levers to watch how the water level changed, and if she got big sister wet in the process, well, that was just a bonus.

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Of course my kids can never go two hours without a significant meal, so after they had had their fill of water fun, it was time for lunch in the shade, away from the crowds where we could talk and maybe make some new itty bitty friends.

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At this point, the kids had pretty much dried off, so Grammy and I managed to wrangle them inside for a different kind of fun.  One of the things I love about museums is that they don’t even realize they are absorbing anything educational; they’re just having a great time.

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Keeping cool (and smart!) is the only way to go this summer!

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Cousins Rock Vermont, Take 3!

Right off the heels of my 4th of July post, when I reflected on what a wonderful time we had with family over that holiday weekend, I must continue to share what happened directly afterward: my niece and nephew, Erika and Christian, stayed with us for the rest of the week!  This is the third straight year they have stayed with us over their summer vacation, and we are lucky that, even as teenagers, they still want to hang out with us!  Well, really, who wouldn’t when they knew the week would be so fun!  Full of…

…afternoon whiffle ball games (with some impressive bed head)…

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…day trips to Burlington…

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…selfie sticks…

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…mini golf (with a hole in one!)…

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…an indoor water park (with someone finally tall enough to go down the water slide!)…

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…and a trip to the science museum!

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My kids are so blessed to have such caring cousins who are patient, fun, and always willing to play with my energetic and enthusiastic kids!  I’m so grateful for them and love having them here; I hope they come back, even if it’s just for a long weekend, every year!

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4th of July Favorites

I never have much to say about spending the 4th of July with my family that would sound novel; I’m sure our annual celebration looks and sounds a lot like ones happening all across the country.  What makes it special to me, and what keeps us coming back and celebrating the same way every year, is the people we spend it with and the reassuring happiness of traditions truly enjoyed.


We had the same rockstar crew as last year, the same location, stellar fireworks and delicious food.  The biggest differences were that the kids were one year older and that much more excited, and I actually got my act together the day before to buy them red, white, and blue outfits, which the kids were WAY more excited about than I would have thought!

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We had aunts, uncles and cousins galore with us, which makes the waiting in lines and down time before fireworks just as fun as the games and prizes!  I love that my kids’ memories of holidays are mingled with thoughts of family and time together.  That means more to me than any amount of money spent or any extravagant vacation we could take.

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One thing I love about Em is how every year she patiently waits in line to get her face painted.  The woman who does it is an artist and takes her time creating beautiful works of art for all the children, so the line can be long.  But Em loves it, so we eat ice cream and wait together.

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While we were waiting, Jax played games, raced over an inflatable obstacle course, and climbed a rock wall!  He loves the carnival atmosphere!  Then with silly glasses and glo-sticks, we snuggled up on our chairs and blankets and waited for it to get dark enough for the fireworks to begin.

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The kids absolutely loved it, especially Little H! She is still talking about it weeks later, saying “Fireworks loud!” and naming all the colors she saw. IMG_5434 IMG_5437

Another awesome, memorable, festive 4th of July in the books!

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The Joy Of Capturing Family At Home

One of this nicest parts of lifestyle photography is when a family opens their home to me and I have a chance to capture them in their own setting, amid the places and things that they love.  Kids especially are more comfortable, and it shows in their demeanor and expressions.  However, it can be challenging to walk into an unknown location and hope for the best with lighting and location.  With this family, though, I had nothing to fear.

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I never worry too much once I learn a couple got married at this location–of course it must be stunning!  And when it’s not just their wedding location but also their home, there’s nothing left to do as the photographer but just sit back and watch the fun.

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When families are comfortable in their own skin, magic appears in photos.

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And it isn’t so much work to let the love show.

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What is normal?  Well, in this house, apparently it’s this.


“Mama, I take your picture.  Cheeeeeeese!”


Then she checks out her shot, makes sure it’s what she was going for, checks out the light and depth of field.



An artist in the making!

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