So, the adventure continues. We went to a lavender farm in the middle of NOWHERE and LOVED it. It was raining/drizzling...the lavender was not yet in bloom, but look what we did see....after the beach of course ;)
Sorry, I have meant to get this on the blog for a lifetime, but..the summer has me like WHAT? In a good way of course! I'll show pictures of our newest addition to the family....of the canine category, but first things first....HAWAII! We ventured to Maui after our Seattle adventures. Super long flight, the kids did surprisingly awesome and we landed in humid, frizz your hair kind of weather. I LOVED it!! Check it out:
Before we went on spring break, we had a seriously LONG layover in Seattle. Fortunately, we have friends there and we love exploring new cities...so we got a car at 8 a.m. and met up with some great fiends just outside the city. It was awesome to see these friends as we haven't seen them in 10 years. We shared many years together in ministry overseas and to reconnect with them and another couple we were there with, was truly awesome. Check out the first installment of Spring Break 2018
Ok, can we just talk about how cool it is that I got to not just meet but photograph a Boston Red Sox pitcher and his GORGEOUS wife! I mean....what an awesome family and a real treat to use smoke bombs in a photo. You'll see those again for sure. But look! They are having a baby girl...the boys were insanely excited about it and their friends video'ed the whole thing. Such a blessing to meet cool, influential people. Blaine Boyer is not just a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox....but most people I have shared this with say.."Oh, he's the guy that went with Adam LaRoche to 'Southeast Asian brothels, wearing hidden cameras doing undercover work to help rescue underage sex slaves.'"....People know him for his heart and not just that he can pitch a ball at whatever mph. That is a legacy worth building on. Check them out! http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/15159499/adam-laroche-goes-deep-decision-walk
Closing down the year with some stunning shoots. Great families. I'll do a recap next week of 2017 but woah....busy year and grateful beyond words. Be looking for that recap because you might recognize everyone ;) hahahaha. For now...the MacGrays.
I'm so behind on blogging....like.....be-HIND! I can't believe it. Well, to catch you up on the summer, here are just a few of the many families that I got to meet. I love people!!!!
A day of shooting, chasing deer and climbing in CO Springs. There is nothing in life that brings me more joy than introducing the kids to a new experience.....Garden of the Gods here we come!!!!
Yes, you read that correctly....I backed up right into their car! Ugh.....thus is my life of limited brain cells after kids....LBCAK..it's a thing. Anyway, we had a great time staying up late, skiing and assessing my ever lame wardrobe these days.....that part was sad.
Anyway, here they are and I couldn't be happier to have had a night with this sweet family.
I got lost in the woods with a pregnant lady........Actually, this baby is already here! I haven't been able to see her yet, but when I do....you will see her too :)
I just love when people know how to camp....the FOOD!!!!! YASSS!!!
Though in CA for my cousins funeral, it was great to spend time with family...especially because it was just me and main squeeze! The kids were left at home and we got to remember Heidi and play a bit too without the beautiful disruptions of my gorgeous children tugging on my shirt asking for the same thing over and over and over......gosh I love them. Anywho...a short sesh before breakfast was the thang to do.
Going to CA this time was different. We got the word that our beautiful cousin Heidi had gone home to be with the Lord. This was devastating on many levels. One, I've known Heidi for 17 years. She and I had a hilarious relationship. We bonded over gmail chats when she was pregnant with her first daughter. Day after day she would be at work "working" and I would be at home "parenting" my 3 SUPER young kiddos. Almost any time anything happened, I would write her a post and the conversation would be started. Months we would chat until she had Josie. She was my confidant during probably the most challenging time of my life. A comfort it was to talk with her almost every hour of her work day. The comedy that ensued...saved my sanity. Throughout the years, many kids later for her....our conversations were then through emails about the struggles, the parenting successes found in the most mundane of situations. It was a special friendship to me. As I sat at her memorial service, her photo that I took when her family came to visit in 2015 was adorning the stage...front and center. It was so surreal for me because I didn't take that photo to be used at her funeral. Like that was not the intention for that image in the slightest. Don't get me wrong, I loved seeing that image because it was a strong image. Heidi, physically was in pain, but in that photo...all I saw was strength. She was a beautiful person. As Josh and I showed up to the family dinner the night before her service, it was weird. I always describe the family as "loud"....and not in a bad way at ALL. Loud to me is fun, exciting, laughter...those are the words that describe loud to me. And Heidi was loud. When the ladies were talking, she was usually in the center of it. I missed her being there. She should have been there. What gets me through thinking about Heidi being gone is that she is having lunch with Daniel today....or walking the streets of gold with Peter asking him what it was like to walk on water. I mean....endless conversations she must be having. But also that she is healed. Totally new body. Amen.
I got to see some of my favorite people on this trip, so .....it wasn't all sad and there is even a pic of ME! hahahahaha, rarely do you see me, but I'm in here :)
Un-real shoot with my partner in crime in 5 degree weather!!!! Yes, you heard me right, 5 degree weather. Our feet were numb and red by the very end, but well worth it. I just adore this shoot that started with her gorg family and ended with her and I up Buffalo Pass trekking through some serious powder. Well worth it I would say!
So, in the fall The Elwoods gathered for an incredible wedding that you can check out HERE. It was a gorgeous wedding but while there, we got to hit up our old stomping grounds. We saw the college where Josh and I first met, we took the kids to DC where we had many a dates and we saw such amazing friends of ours...what a blessing it was! Check it out!