100 Days of Summer

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July 20th - I spent the day with a Great-Aunt and a cousin, both women int her mid-80s, listening to old family stories, looking through photos and family keepsakes from the past 100+ years, and thoroughly entertained by their commentary about social media. "Do you have that Facebook?" one asked the other "No, I don't need to see what people are doing all day, I don't care what they're eating. I just like my email!" "I don't have it either, I've had enough troubles in my lifetime, I don't need to see any one else's!"

July 21st - spent the day with the loveliest brides, photographing their loveliest day

July 22nd - finished the quick Portland-area trip with a visit to the headstones of two sets of Great-Grandparents, where some of my Grandparents' ashes are also spread

July 23rd - happy to be home again, in the comfort of my chaos

July 24th - late night reading, finally charged the kindles courtesy of endless rain

July 25th - my assistants during a product shoot

July 26th - shadow puppets, way passed bedtime

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July 6th - a week of stars and stripes

July 7th - happy 60th Papa!

July 8th - closing the door on an epic week

July 9th - high-five goodbyes

July 10th - late night drive out-the-road that led to unexpected owlet viewing 

July 11th - late night drive home, that led to the expected cattle viewing 

July 12th - dancing in the headlights

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June 29th - "roll down the window, Mom!"

June 30th - 4th of July camping week begins

July 1st - lunch time, shoveling in noodles rapidly to get back to the excitement of the afternoon

July 2nd - hide-and-seek

July 3rd - I think I have a hundred photos of the kids and this horizon, from the last few days, and I'll probably share them all. epic is an understatement of our week.

July 4th - building their own campfires

July 5th - they hopped between the floaties in the river and the slip-and-slide on the beach, both came with views 

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June 22nd - sparkler season has begun

June 23rd - the never-ending joy one finds with boxes

June 24th - Sunday evening was spent watching a humpback roll in the surf, starting its barnacles. it was so close, you could smell it. this picture doesn't do it justice. the kids constant squeals, pointing their fingers at its every move, shouting "this is like National Geographic!!!" over and over again. It was like Nat Geo, as it'd poke its head up, or wave a fin at us. it was spectacular

June 25th - through the front window

June 26th - two days of solid rain and fog have made for lots of creative fort-building and games and rearranging of rooms and canning food. but it's time to pull out the sunscreen, the forecast head our way is stuff we dream of

June 27th - plotting their nerf gun battle

June 28th -hair like Poppy's, at midnight

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June 15th - when he was one, he grabbed a fly from our travel trailer window and quickly placed it in his mouth. we never saw it again. two days before nine, we delighted him with the story, after he pinned this one down. he was both disgusted and humored. 

June 16th - late night, sweet dreams

June 17th - my three, on father's day

June 18th - always a fierce competition for the birthday wish

June 19th - second round of wishes

June 20th - I keep thinking of the 3,000+ babies ripped from the arms of their mothers. there's an empathy lesson for children, where they try on different shoes of different people- to teach them to the concept of "walking in someone else's shoes." perhaps we should have people at the border, collecting the shoes from the asylum-seekers for us adults. because the way I see it, wen need a bigger and better lesson on empathy. there's absolutely not one single way to justify support for these kidnappings. not one. not a single one.

June 21st - making Solstice wishes

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June 8th - more sun, more scooters, more deck

June 9th - an evening walk in one of our favorite places

June 10th - river time

June 11th - as she crawled into bed with her usual stack of books, decked out in her gymnastics leotard for the gymnastics class we never signed her up for, she detoured for the baby books. "What's this say? What's this say?" she asked one very page and on even more pages, I asked myself "why didn't I remember to write that down?!"...the following day, she pulled out every single photo book and as all three kids poured over them, I felt a little bit better for the lack of writing in the baby books.

June 12th - on the outside, looking in

June 13th - popsicles in the park, after a very long day in the very hot sun at one of our favorite beaches. everyone was toasted to perfection. the kind of day we wait 364 days for, the kind that makes you appreciate the rain to settle the dust. the best kind.

June 14th - our very first zuchinni, we're actually growing something!

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100 Days of Summer, Week 2

June 1st - 11:00pm, summer's late nights quickly took over. they usually do, until I suddenly attempt for an earlier bedtime. unsuccessfully, of course. today, I told someone Alaskans catch up on sleep in the fall and I think that might be true. 

June 2nd - our little piece of paradise

June 3rd - on the walk back from the beach, she said "my tooth hurts and I think it wants to fall out," sure enough, her top front tooth was loose and her other front tooth and both bottom ones. " I can't believe a 6-year old has a wiggly tooth!" she keeps repeating. I can't believe my youngest is about to loose her baby teeth.

June 4th - photographing the front teeth as much as possible

June 5th - the net yard

June 6th - scooters on the deck 

June 7th - we stopped by the river after our town errands. as we drove there, my oldest says "I've been waiting to cast my pole since the end of last summer!!" for five minutes, it was peace, the snow-capped mountains gifting us the most picturesque background, the warm sun beating down on us, the kids each casting their poles, but then everyone was fishing in everyone's spot and there were no fish and the bugs were bad, but for five minutes, it was bliss.

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