Summer camp 2017_UCYC

We just finished our second year of church camp for my soon to be 5th graders at UCYC. And much like childbirth, I forgot how hard the days can be at camp when you are 30+ years older than your campers. But the rewards and memories erase the aching back and sleepless nights, because my kids keep talking about how much fun they had. And we just got home today. I know that years down the road they will always remember the friends and decisions they made at camp. UCYC is such a great place with an incredible staff, it is where I went to camp as a child, and I’m so happy that my kids get to experience it as well.


At UCYC they keep the boys and girls camp separate. All the activities are the same, so not much is different, other than the sweaty smell of boys. Here are a few photos from the boys camp.



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Underwater Arizona

I love summer because it is a chance to break out my underwater bag and get some fun pictures, without dying in the 110 degree heat. The kids love it, the dog not so much.

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Hello old friend.

It’s been months since I’ve posted lifestyle photos on the ol’ blog. As I go through old photos that I put on Instagram or Facebook, I realized I never posted them here. Some I didn’t even bother to edit because they seemed too boring or were out of focus. But as I look back on them, they bring back happy memories. So here they are. :)

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Christmas Sessions 2016

I can’t believe I finished another round of Christmas photos. I think this is the 4th year since I started that I have been taking Christmas and Hanukkah photos for so many families. Some were new, and some were familiar faces and old friends. I love seeing people that I haven’t seen since last year, and I love meeting the new families. An interesting note –  about 75% of the kids I photographed this year tried to dab in their photos. Below are just a few of my favorites. Looking back on these collectively makes me feel so grateful for the families that trust me to take their photos. Thank you so much!

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I surprised myself this November and took a good amount of personal photos, on top of all the Christmas photos I had for the month. November is my favorite. Is there anything better than Thanksgiving? Maybe Christmas. But that’s what makes Thanksgiving so special, the anticipation of Christmas right around the corner. In November we watched the Cubs win the world series, we took a black Friday hike, and bundled up for the cold weather outside (60 degrees can feel pretty chilly). November really is the best in Arizona :).


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