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are up to something…I just know it ;)  That little twinkle in his eye gives it away!

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Their maternity mini session is still one of my all time favorites….their newborn session didn’t disappoint either.  I love so many of these, but the first two all the way up there, steal my heart.  When I arrived at their home there was a note on the door to go on in.  What I found was two brand new parents, marveling over this sweet baby girl.  I quickly grabbed my camera and shot those two photos, before the session even started.  She is so loved and it was wonderful to see how amazed they are with her.

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I posted this photo of our dinner over on instagram tonight along with a few requests for the recipe.  So here it is.  Easy peasy, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, grain free option, fast, super yum dinner!

Italian Stirfry

1 Yellow Pepper Julienne Cut
1 Green Pepper Julienne Cut
1 Red Pepper Julienne Cut
1 White or Yellow Onion Julienne Cut
1 Container of Mushrooms sliced
1 Can Black Olives
1 Jar Artichoke Hears cut in half
Handful of Cherry Tomatoes cut in half
3 Cloves of Garlic chopped
1 Pack Applegate Pepperoni cut up
Dash of salt
Dash of fresh ground black pepper
10-15 Leaves of Fresh Basil from my garden
1 Jar of Organic Roasted Garlic Salad Dressing

Throw it all in a pan and saute for a few minutes over medium heat.  I like it warm but not overcooked so the onions and peppers still have some crisp to them.  We serve it straight up, over Red Lentil pasta from Tolerant Foods (for those in our family that are grain free), over Quinoa Pasta or you could serve it over rice.  As long as you don’t overcook the pepper, cold leftovers the next day are delish!  The above portions fed 7 at my house tonight with no leftovers so you may want to adjust if you have a smaller family to feed.

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This sweet little guy was totally worth the wait.  His big sister is so very gentle with him.  Prepare yourself, you’re totally going to fall in love with him over the next year.

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A new haircut, fresh jams straight out of the bath, one cheesy face grin and a whole bunch of bubbles before bed last night.

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My baby girl is growing up.  It’s funny, I don’t notice it so much day by day, but when I put her in front of the camera it hits me like a brick wall.

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This smart girl is turning 8…which is just crazy to me.  8?!?!  I’m so very blessed to have been invited to capture her for the last 6 years.

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After 7 years of living in our house and having our backyard be a boring empty slate….we’ve started a few projects in our backyard.  Ty decided he wanted in on it and build our first project, a backyard digger construction zone for the little kids.  He did an amazing job on it too!  You can see the before shot HERE.  This was a low cost DIY project, coming in at around $75 for the whole thing, including new digger trucks, the wood frame, pea gravel and stones!  And Ty did it all, start to finish, including purchasing all the materials (driving his new truck of course), picking out the trucks and the gravel, leveling the ground and building the frame.  The little kids LOVE it too!

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I think I’m going to have a hard time getting them to come inside.  I’m pretty sure Ty wins the award for best big brother EVER.  Our new custom swing set is being built now and will be installed next week!  After that, we will be embracing the slope in our yard by installing an in ground hill slide.  More pics to come as we go!

Sep 04, 2014
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I’ve been sitting on this for a few weeks, altering between total calm and utter freak out without much in between.  I was recently diagnosed with melanoma on my leg.  I am going in for surgery to have it removed tomorrow.  I’d appreciate any extra thoughts or prayers.

Aug 25, 2014
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So this happened!  Ty bought a truck and I’m so excited for him!  It was quite a process with several weeks of shopping only to have each prospect fall through.  We finally found just the right one.  2004 Silverado for the win!  It was a culmination of the people who love him coming together to finally make it happen.  I had to include one photo of his most favorite passenger, Maggie!  And if I’m being honest, I am little terrified of the anxiety of having my kid drive off alone for the first time.  It throws me in to a whole new world of worry and prayer.  My baby grew up, y’all.  He’s matured and grown so much in the last year and I’m so proud of him.  Plus!  He’s dying to run errands, total win for me!  Ha!  Having another driver and set of wheels in the house is going to be so so nice.  He can drive himself back and forth to volunteer, he can go grab that one ingredient I forgot, he can take himself to the chiropractor or physical therapy for his shoulder.  Freedom is good.

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Her little pigtails are killing me.

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My dear clients Jennifer and Jim had some long time friends coming in to town for a visit and they decided to book a love light night session for their double date downtown.  I love shooting couples at night, but having two couples along for the adventure that have known each other for decades, total blast!  Since Jennifer and Jim have previously done a love light, I decided to feature Dan and Marcy in the sneak peek, I hope you love it guys!