Back To School Memories

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Picture Keeper and BraVoMark. All opinions are mine.

Two weeks from today we head back to school… which leaves me feeling #alloftheemotions . We’re starting our 5th year of home school, WOW doesn’t seem to summarize exactly how shocked I feel over that, and I will be taking our 6th year of back to school photos.

The past 6 years of photos hold some very precious memories. Memories that have all taken place at this house, the home where so many of their childhood firsts happened. As we get ready to head back to school one last time in this house, I may be a teensy bit more sentimental than usual.

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InstaLife Lately, January 2017

When I shared my goals for 2017 I told you I was focusing all blog related group towards one platform this year, Instagram. Since I am investing so much time and growth in that direction I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite photos on the blog too. Because you never know what people are seeing or aren’t seeing on IG now days. So if you’ve seen them all, my deepest apologies. I hope you like them even more this second time around.

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Spring Photos {2016}

One of the things on our spring bucket list was Spring photos. I never had intentions of hiring to have actual family photos taken, however I did want to do something more than the random snapshots that I constantly take of the girls. So I picked a morning, woke them up early, and had us out the door and picture ready by 7:00 a.m. Thank God my girls are morning people. We drove about 3 miles away to a little church I spied earlier last week and spent about 10 minutes taking photos. It was cool, the grass was soaked and my girls were troopers. The photos may not have turned out as good as they could have, but I am pretty pleased with the end results and today I decided to share them with you.

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I love how great these turned out for the little time I spent on them. I also love how they pose themselves. It has definitely made picture taking easier, even having to work around E’s glasses. 

Such great memories of these sweet sisters together.

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I need to be more intentional to take frame-worthy shots more often and who know, maybe I can even attempt some family photos some day.

Happy Monday friends!

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Picture Perfect Project V4: March 2016

I am officially 1/4 of the way finished with my 2016 Picture Perfect Project. The brilliant idea to take one photo a week came to me in December 2014 and I some how took photos all year, but ended up with a bit of a mess at the end. This year I told myself I would try to be more consistent and organized.

How am I doing?

Much better! I am keeping my photos neatly arranged, water-marked, labeled and taken in the same location…. which has kind of been the issue. On a nice sunny day the photos turn out well. But if it is cloudy and rainy at all the lighting completely changes and things don’t look so great (see week 13). I’m not sure what to do about that other than invest in a bunch of equipment. Anyone have any pointers on this one?

We left off on week 9, so let’s take a look at weeks 10-13!

March

Week 10

Apparently this was the week for stripes. Emily work sandles even though it was a little to cold too. She is oh so anxious for warmer weather. Me too sister, me too.

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Week 11

Oh look a Minnie shirt, you never see that around here #sarcasm. Marissa’s leggings are my favorite. I secretly wish I had some in my size.

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Week 12

Emily and her squinty smiles. She has two smiles, squinty and creepy. I MUCH prefer the squinty. Those girls LOVE their cowboy boots too. I guess I’ll plan now to buy some more next fall. 

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Week 13

The one week I wanted really good photos, Easter, it was gloomy and rainy and one of my better photos is blurry. BUMMER!

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So we have 13 photos down and 39 more to go!

2016 so far…

January
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February
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Now it’s your turn to link-up!

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Beth // Our Pretty Little Girls
Courtney // Sweet Turtle Soup
Desiree // Macke Monologues
Elizabeth // Chasin Mason
Stephanie // Wife Mommy Me
Whitney // Work It Mommy

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Hour By Hour {July 2015}

Hello Thursday!

It’s Thursday and typically that means I have a guest for my ‘Girl Mom’ Series but today we are taking a break and doing a fun photo post. 

A few weeks ago my friend Whitney from Work It Mommy participated in a link up where you take one photo an hour and share them in a post. I loved looking through her photos so much that I thought I would share my own today.

Here is a look at our day through the lens of a camera.

July 29th 2015

5:00 a.m. 

I’m up, dressed and headed to the gym

6:00 a.m.
A little core work to finish off our workout.

7:00 a.m.
I sat down to drink my protein shake and read the intro to my new book.

8:00 a.m.
Time for my eggs, oatmeal, iced coffee and some blog work.

9:00 a.m.
Picking up a few things at Aldi

10:00 a.m.
A photo with a goldfish wearing braces before the movie? Why not!

11:00 a.m.
Someone needed a mid movie potty break. 

12:00 a.m.
Lunch time!

1:00 p.m.
We arrive at the pool and coat on the sunblock.

2:00 p.m.
Emily loves jumping to Anna.
Anna is simply amazing.Treading water in the deep end while holding her arms out  for a kid
…. yeah I can’t do that.

3:00 p.m.
Mandatory pool break so we cool off at the splash pad.

4:00 p.m.

Time to pick this guy up from work

5:00 p.m. 

I go out to check on Russ and tell him dinner will be ready soon.

6:00 p.m.

Dinner is done, the dishes are mostly washed and I sit down to check some math work and hang out with the worlds slowest eater.

7:00 p.m.

Snuggles and T.V. time with the girls

8:00 p.m.

Brushing teeth then off to bed. 

9:00 p.m.

Milk, a couple cookies, Colorfy (Which I may have downloaded for Marissa then got sucked into playing) and Friends.

Now it is off to bed so I can wake up and do it all over again tomorrow.

Happy almost Friday!

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Project Sunday 2015: January

I made the decision that 2015 would be a year of photos.

Maybe that explains all the recent photography talk, learning manual, making straps, finding free tutorials. More photos and hopefully that will include higher quality photos than the grainy images I had been snapping from my cell phone.

One way I am attempting to document life more is with Sunday morning photos. The girls are dressed, their hair is fixed it’s the perfect time to snap a weekly picture.

January’s picture were taken inside *boo*. It’s just been way to cold. I can’t wait until we can move outside so we can get some better shots.


Some weeks were happy, some not so much. My favorite photos are the ones that really show their personalities. Emily’s morning grumpiness, Marissa’s constant grinning that really irritates Emily’s grumpiness.

One month down, 12 to go!

Do you have any photo plans for 2015?

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