Durango, Colorado

Every year we take an extended family vacation to San Diego, California. This year we decided to try something different and headed to Durango, Colorado. We couldn’t have gone at a better time as the temperatures in Phoenix were up in the 115 range, and the temperature in Durango was around a chilly 75. We fished and went horseback riding. We swam in the hot springs and visited a dude ranch. We hiked and searched for bigfoot. We even took a jeep tour up to tree line elevation and got to play in the snow. Colorado is a beautiful place – it almost looks like an oil painting with all it’s colors and gorgeous skies. It was a vacation that my children will never forget, and I’m so grateful that they got to experience it. Here are a few pictures and highlights from the trip:

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May Favorites in Phoenix, Arizona

Some recent pictures from the month of May. You’ll see two re-occurring themes. First, our puppy Cody. I’m trying not to go overboard with pictures of him, but he just provides way too many opportunities. Also, I now have underwater housing for my camera. I’m very happy to finally have this capability, because summer in Arizona is not the most enjoyable time to photograph people. But now – it is so much fun. I love not having to worry about water, sand or rain. I’m so excited to explore this new area of photography. Here are just a few of my favorites from this month:


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Summer Mini Session 2015

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Arizona Senior Photography

I am not normally a senior photographer. Which is funny, because a few posts down I said the same thing about wedding photographery. But I am quickly discovering that it’s okay to branch out and photograph new things. And really, seniors are pretty easy compared to the usual little kids that I photograph. These seniors especially. They were polite, friendly, well mannered, listened to direction and extremely patient with me (turn this way, move over here, wait stop right there!). I kept thinking of my little kids and how fast they will be in this same spot before I know it. Time moves so fast! Anyway, these three kids have such a bright future ahead of them. I’m excited to see where they go – I know it will be far in life.



And just a few pictures with the ones sending them off to college:

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The Happiest Place on Earth

Last Thursday we decided to surprise the kids and take them to Disneyland. We have been collecting and saving Disney gift cards for the last two years, so they knew a trip was coming but they did not know when. We woke them up for school on Thursday – both Greg and I wearing Mickey Mouse t-shirts.  We asked them if they wanted to go to school OR would they rather go to Disneyland? Then we handed them their Mickey Mouse shirts. They were confused and Kat said something like “I want to believe you but I’m not sure if I trust that it’s true” ha ha! Anyway, it was true and we spent three fun days at Disneyland and California Adventure. It’s been awhile since I’ve been there and I’ve never been so fully aware of my aging self until I walked off the California Screamin’ rollercoaster. The kids were brave and did most of the rides (although some of us regretted riding the Tower of Terror and there may have been a couple of tears). The grandparents came along with us and that made the trip even better. I remember as a kid my parents taking us to Disneyland quite often, and it brings me so much joy to pass these moments onto my own kids.

And as if a surprise Disneyland vacation isn’t enough to rock your world as a child, we decided to pick up a puppy from Venice Rescue on our last day there. How can we ever top this? I’m afraid it’s all downhill from here kids.


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