The story of October

Our month of October, told in pictures. Hello November.

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Goodbye September, goodbye heat?

And just like that, September is officially over. Now we start to move into my favorite months – October, November, and December. However, here in Arizona, we are all still waiting for it to feel like fall. You can smell it in the air, so you know it’s not far away. But you also still need sunscreen and a quick dive into the pool is totally acceptable.

September was a good month to us – so much fun with with friends. I love watching the kids be kids. Outside with dirty knees and sweaty hair. We watched the blood moon. And talked about how old the kids would be the next time we see it (college and possibly married – yikes!). Halloween costumes are being planned and I am wondering how soon can I start listening to Christmas music? The next three months will go by fast, but I look so forward to it. Hello October!


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Arizona in July/August

July and August – here and gone. Why can’t time move a little slower? Summer vacation is over, school has started and Michael’s is already selling Christmas ornaments. Here are my highlights from the last two months. See you in September!

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Kids Camp. Prescott, Arizona

I recently spent a few days up in Prescott, Arizona at the UCYC camp. Last year I was there for a few hours to take pictures (you can see those here). This year I stayed a little longer to capture a bit more. This is the camp that I attended when I was in school and it will be the camp my kids go to starting next year. Basically, it’s the best camp in Arizona. You can rock climb, ride the screamer, go kayaking, hiking, zip-lining, swimming and much much more. I feel that all kids need to go to summer camp at least once. Character building happens at camp. Learning to work as a team happens at camp. And awesome memories happen at camp. Here are a few of my favorite moments:

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Arizona in June and California too.

June always feels like the longest month for us. And this month seemed extra long with vacations and various day excursions. It was hot. And towards the end, humid. But fun (with a few “I’m bored!” thrown in there). We swim to stay cool. I went to California for a couple of days to photograph some events at CIY. CIY is a church camp called “Christ in Youth” for high school students. It was held at Biola Universtiy, which is a really beautiful campus. I also took a morning to myself at Newport Beach. Being alone at the beach sounded nice and relaxing at first. But it wasn’t long before I missed my kids and wished they could be at the beach with me. Anyway, here are a few highlights from June. I’m excited to see what July has in store.

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