kodiak 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 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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May 25th - officially the first day of summer, another soaking wet, blustery day, filled with too much time indoors, a wet walk outdoors and listening to the rain fall in the hoop house...and a complete avoidance of Crab Fest, we saved that for Saturday

May 26th - it always seems the last day of school corresponds with decent weather, a few years ago we unintentionally started the tradition of a fire and bubbles in the yard, to celebrate the kickoff of summer; this year didn't happen, courtesy of the rain, but we saved it for the following day, when summer really started creeping up.

May 27th - at the end of last summer, we put up our hoop house and prepped beds for this year. we're not skilled gardeners, our learning curve is huge, but we're excited at the prospects and hopeful for some success. we've also spent ample time in there in the last few weeks, sometimes to just sit for a moment. 

May 28th - it's special watching our kids grow up with their cousins, fighting and loving like siblings. it's an unique and treasured dynamic. 

May 29th - she opted out of hula hooping in her kinder talent show last week, hiding under the table as her classmates performed. she prefers the big stage, with hundreds watching her, but not so much the small stage. lucky for us, she also enjoys performing for family. 

May 30th - popsicles , also known as practicing for summer, we heard it's supposed to break 50 the next few days and sunny. we are ready!

May 31st - the yard crew

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August 25th: watching the bears 

August 26th: skiff ride

August 27th: fall leaves, a bit too early 

August 28th: school nights return 

August 29th: biding her time while the boys are at school 

August 30th: pretending we've got bedtime under control 

August 31st: hoophouse is complete 

September 1st: chase the chickens 

September 2nd: rodeo weekend

September 3rd: birthday celebration 

September 4th: first day of dance

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