first day of preschool

School has started, football is back and we have pumpkins on our front porch… yet I’m still in denial that fall has arrived.  We’ve had such great weather that until really recently it’s still felt like summer.  This summer has been so busy and for lots of different reasons kind of… well just weird.  I’m never excited to see summer go but this year it feels like fall is a new fresh start.

Speaking of fresh start… our little girl STARTED PRESCHOOL.  I’ll give you a second to let that sink in.  I’m not sure how this has happened but it’s making me feel like we’ll be packing her up for college before we know it.  I was a little nervous for her to start since she’s never really been around people she doesn’t know or people that aren’t family.  Luckily she absolutely LOVES school.  I mean LOVES it.  Her teachers are the sweetest ladies and she is pretty smitten with them.  She’s going to the cutest little preschool out in the country surrounded by farmland and horses :)  It’s actually the same place my Dad went to Sunday School.  He claims he was kicked out of that same Sunday School for literally climbing the walls so let’s hope P has a different experience.  Ha!

^^We have to stop to chat with the horses and rename them everyday when I drop her off^^

^^Her “pack pack” is always loaded with all of her necessities.  Lots of My Little Ponies :)^^

^^Right after she ditched me to get her name tag.^^

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^^  <3  ^^

how does your garden grow… part two

Waaaaay back in May we planted Presley’s little garden in our backyard.  This wasn’t just any old garden, it was a garden complete with marshmallows (you can read that post here).  We learned a couple of things about marshmallows this summer… they take a loooong time to grow and they are well worth the wait.  Just ask Presley.

Lately I’ve been trying to take more videos and I’m so glad we caught this fun moment.  Now that the little lady is a major chatterbox it’s fun to catch some of the cute things she says on video.  I love her face when she finally notices that the marshmallow GREW!!! :)

Happy Friday!

family photos with layce nicole photography

A couple months ago I received an email from a long time blog reader… say what!? (I was pretty sure my Mom, Mother-in-Law and Grandmas were the only people who I could consider consistent “readers”)   Anyways, the email was from Layce of Layce Nicole Photography and she was hoping to collaborate on a shoot with my little family.  Obviously, I jumped at the opportunity.

We met Layce at the beautiful Mt. Pisgah Arboretum in Eugene and wandered around chasing the light and trying not to sweat too much :)

I thought it would be fun to let Layce tell you a little about herself…


Layce:  I’ve always had a streak in me that wanted to do something creative. Photography was something that came natural to me and I loved it from the first time I picked up a camera. I’ve had a lot of inspiration in the past few years that caused me to see things like light or emotion differently and I desperately wanted to capture that. I got a few opportunities to grow and get better which lead to many of my clients passing my name along. Capturing real emotion and “that face” of a child that a mamas heart so badly wants on camera quickly become a passionate joy in my life.


Layce:  As natural as possible. We are surrounded by phenomenal beauty from the coast to farms to the high desert. When the sun appears in the Northwest the golden light it provides is absolutely stunning. Natural smiles are always the best. Just wait for that moment where a parent thinks “well it can’t get any worse, might as well laugh about it” and that moment is when I just got the winner of the shoot.


Layce:  Kids will be kids. The sooner they relax and put down their defenses about that dreadful “photo shoot” or the scary camera, the sooner mom gets the photos she so desires. After some trial and error with my own boys, two things became apparent. 1. Their attitude reflects mine immediately… the second I get grumpy or a bit flustered, they will as well. If I keep being cheerful or silly or chatty eventually they warm up. 2) When it’s time to get over the initial shyness, it’s time to get the kid involved in my job. I’ll have him or her look through the viewfinder and take a picture. Doesn’t matter what it looks like, they smile every time when they see the picture they took. Like magic, the rest of the session goes great.

^^ Miss P took this shot of her Daddy and me :)  Letting her take a picture became the bait to get her to sit still for a few more snaps.  Genius I tell ya! ^^

^^Eeeep!  That dimple kills me.  Kills^^

I can’t thank Layce enough for capturing this moment in time with my little family :)

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sheriff callie birthday party

I can’t believe it’s almost been two months since P’s party- this summer is going by way too fast for me.  I meant to write this post a loooong time ago but it just didn’t happen :)  This year was the first time Presley actually had input as to what kind of party she wanted and who she wanted to be there.  She was dead set on having a Sheriff Callie themed party with all of her friends.  Who knew it took so long for Disney to start pumping out the cartoon’s toys… there’s literally NOTHING Sheriff Callie for sale.  Anywhere.  So we had to get a little creative and it became more of a “Wild West” party with hints of Sheriff Callie.  As long as Pres got to be the Sheriff for the day she was thrilled.

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