Carlsbad, California

Every summer we visit the beaches in California. And every summer I dread coming home. It’s such a fun vacation. There are no rules. The kids stay up late at night, they run around outside barefoot, they eat way more sugar than they should. No clocks, no schedules. Just fun. This year we spent our time at the beach, at Sea World, and at a beautiful home in Carlsbad. The kids learned how to play Wii for the first time. They had a late night glow stick party. They got to feed and pet dolphins. They rode their bikes on the boardwalk. They experienced vacation life. These are moments I never want to forget!

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NYC Apartment Living

While I was in New York I took some pictures of my friend Keith’s apartment. I am fascinated by the way people live in New York City. It’s so different from the cookie cutter houses here in Arizona. Where we have cactus, dust, and rocks on the outside. Tan walls and boring tile on the inside (my house!). In New York it’s so eclectic. The brownstones, the high rises, the little tiny apartments – they are old and have stories to them. And they are small. My friend’s pre-war apartment is around 550 sqft. But who needs that much space when you have the biggest and best park right outside your door. I loved his use of space, the way he had it decorated, and his art collection. I came home with a few ideas myself. Maybe my beige and boring cookie cutter house will get a NY update :).

My friend Keith on the left and his apartment view on the right.

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New York City

I recently came back from a little vacation in New York City. I’ve always dreamed about living in NY; the culture, the hustle and bustle of all the people on the streets, the park, the awesome buildings – it fills me with ambition, creativity and wonder. So we were very lucky to stay with a friend who lives in the upper west side, just two blocks from the park, giving me the chance to see what it feels like to actually live there. For a few days, at least. It was awesome! From walking around the park, to riding the subway (and getting lost!), to eating the fine food.  To being a tourist and snapping pictures everywhere. This was my fourth trip to the city and it did not disappoint. The next trip I can not wait to take my kids so that they can experience the wonder as well. I look forward to seeing their faces as they get their first glimpse of Time Square. It truly is the city that never sleeps!

 

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Family fun in downtown Phoenix

Last Saturday I met up with this adorable family in downtown Phoenix to get some family photos. One of my favorite things is taking sibling shots. I love capturing their interaction and knowing that these will be pictures that they look back on when they are grown and have kids of their own. These two boys were so so cute – I hope that some day they will look back on these and smile!

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Taken around the house

Some recent pictures of my three kids from the last week. Just a few moments here and there that I hope to never forget.

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