Friday, March 30, 2012

Click It Up a Notch :: One for March

Sweet Sophia on St. Patricks day.  
Sophia wanted her hair in pony tail's for the first time and she was just so cute!  This is my first month using my new Christmas camera and learning the manual mode.  Click It Up A Notch has been so helpful in this process, so I'm linking up with Courtney for her monthly photo challenge...

Click It Up A Notch

365 Photo Project :: day 38 march 30

Commentary:  Abigail and Ethan... shoe to shoe

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thrifty Thursdays :: March

Join me on Thursdays to see what I've picked up while out treasure hunting.  

We love to thrift as a family!  When we told the kids we were going thrifting they all shouted out a big "Yea!"  

vintage dresses for Abigail...starting to collect for a new baby photo shoot

vintage dresses for Sophia and the new baby

so happy to find these and at an amazing price...great for family photos

baby blanket...another photo prop

Abraham's find

happy to add Annie to our record collection

Abraham always zeros in on the books and usually has a stack to sort through.  He picked up Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman, The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, and Modern American Humor edited by Bennett Cerf.  I added to our collection of Lemony Snicket,The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate events #5).  Now we only need #3 for the complete set.  

The kids love two sections: toys and books.  Abigail was overjoyed to find a groovy girl tent and sleeping bag.  Ethan scored a brand new battleship game.  He and his dad played as soon as they got home.  

I have an ongoing wish list that I keep my eye out for:
Clip Boards 
Kids Books
Handmade Quilts
Vintage! especially kids clothing and toys
Crafting materials: buttons, thread, fabric

Finding quilts, vintage dresses, and yes a clip board made for a perfect outing.  

365 Photo Project :: day 37 march 29

Commentary:  Vintage Camera

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Thank you Click it up a Notch for this great gift!

Today has been full of surprises! 
I just won this amazing camera bag!  

the Safari SHUTTER|bag 
from a give-away at Click it up a Notch  

I've been dreaming of this bag since Courtney posted her give-away.  This is such a blessing and I'm so very grateful!

365 Photo Project :: day 35 march 27 :: Surprise Picnic for Breakfast

a little surprise picnic breakfast for the family
Banana Crumble Muffins introduced to us by Andi 

spring pansies

Abigail was delighted and said, "Mom you're awesome!"  (made me smile head to toe)

Vanilla yogurt with a frozen blueberry 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Saturday at Tyron Creek

The forest is filled with red alder, Douglas fir, bigleaf maple and western red cedar.

a little bird caught their attention 

Abigail full of joy

Ethan peeking through the trees

... and Sophia copying her brother

Abraham being very supportive while I tried out backlighting


Abbey "Potter" with her broom stick and wand

building a fort

baby  (21 weeks and 6 days)  and me with little Sophia hands

We love to take a picnic to Tyron Creek State Park and enjoy the beauty found within the trails.  With the sun shinning we left our haven of our home and found rest and life in nature.  We packed tissues for those little runny noses, cough drops for my sore throat, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, apples and oranges, baby carrots, peanut butter cookies (which caused a few laughs...that's a lot of peanut butter mom!), water, my camera, and a baby pack (which Abraham carried empty as Sophia preferred my arms).  

Abraham and I believe that out of our love for each other, our home is built, and into our love the kids are welcomed.  And so it is in our love for nature that our children find delight.  The beauty of a flower captures my eye. Sophia crouches down next to me to see.  Abraham hears a bird and Ethan points the Steller's Jay out to his sisters.   And we see and know how great is the maker of all that we see and hear.  

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze; 
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee; How great Thou art!
How great Thou art! Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee;
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

Trillium ovatum flower

365 Photo Project :: day 33 march 24

Commentary:  Abigail at Tyron Creek

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

365 Photo Project :: day 29 march 21 :: for Abraham

Commentary: things that make me think of Abraham:  his Record book, a photo album I gave him, L for LOVE, books, all in black and red...his favorite color scheme

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

365 Photo Project :: day 28 march 20 :: Mother ~ Baby

a little peek at some of my favorites...
Commentary: Luke and Kelli...I love the way he is looking at his Mamma

Mamma kisses

baby kisses