Project 365 {September 2014}

{Labour Day}
Corn was the big hit. So was the pie.

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{Evening Walk}
We took a fun evening walk on the night before school started.

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{First Day}
He said his goal for the year was to be Mrs. Nelson’s friend.

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{Flowers for Mama}
Love my bub who loves to make flowers for his mama.

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{Auntie Lenore and Ruby Lenore}
SO HAPPY to have my friend for the weekend to visit!

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{Local 360}
Once we walked there from our hotel, past some of the sketchy characters on the street, we had a fab little dinner of steak and beet tartare, devilled eggs, mushrooms and green beans with cherries.

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{Heart Friend}
I had the best weekend with my dear friend and we did do a whole lot of laughing! She took me on a surprise overnight in Seattle as a late birthday present. We had a killer meal at Local 360, then crashed hard at a fantastic hotel, had a leisurely breakfast and then sat on the docks on the waterfront in the sun watching the ferries and talking for a few hours. A friend who knows your heart is such a gift.

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{Finders Keepers}
He’s got a funny version of finders keepers going on and is laying claim to all kinds of stuff in our house.

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{Routines}
We’re working at getting routines back to normal in our home and unpacking bags of lunchboxes and an avalanche of papers is part of the drill.

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{First Day of Preschool}
We was one happy camper and marched into his class without a backward glance. I was the mama saying, "Just one more hug!!"

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{Uh-oh}
Not uncommon that I hear this from Tymen.

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{Bwush Teef}
Theo still needs help getting his pearly whites all squeaky clean.

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{Hike}
Daddy was gone for the weekend so I packed up snacks and drinks and we went on a hike up to Franklin Falls. Perfect day for it, though sometimes with T jumping and leaping and there being some steep dropoffs, I was wishing for Dad to be with us!

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{Chalk}
I just could eat him up.

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{Toothless}
My toothless rollerblader ready to run me over.

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{Routine}
Bedtime routine involves cuddling, talking, reading and praying together. One of ours and the kids’ favorite times of the day.
Since our friends suggested it, this is the time of day we ask, "Is there anything you’d like to tell me?" Sometimes it’s nothing and sometimes that’s when the floodgates open up.

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{Singing}
Many, many years ago (18?), I made up song cards for our Sunday School kids. Never did I picture my own boy pulling them out all these years later and singing his heart out. So fun!

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{Styling}
He truly wants to be handsome.

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{Horseshoe Bay}
We hopped out of the car on our trip up for Whistler for some fish and chips and a quick stretch of our legs along the waterfront.

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{Family Splash}
We spent a few hours down at the pool with the cousins and Opa was game to make some big jumps with the kids too!

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{Hiking}
The obligatory cousin shot!

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{Jewelry}
Being raised by two highly creative people, we were always allowed access to any kind of art supply available growing up. I love to see the pleasure that my kids take from creating things too and how relaxing it is for them. Ruby has been whipping up earrings for everyone who has ears to wear them.

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{Birthday Friend}
Theo (Feo) giving his friend, Sierra (Sierrup) her birthday flowers today.
(I don’t want to be presumptuous or anything but we ***might***need this for a wedding slideshow one day).

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{Making Butter}
Mary Olson Farm field trip. It was raining BUCKETS and we were glad for a few minutes inside.

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{Angry Birds}
He’s passionate about drawing and cutting out angry birds for Daddy.

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{Messing Around}
That wig has been around for a long time in the dress up basket and gets worn around here regularly.

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{Trumpet}
Daddy has been helping Ruby get ready to play the trumpet in band at school. He found her a screaming deal on one at a pawn shop and she’s loving it.

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{Roller Blading}
This boy is out there practicing on his roller blades every day.

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{Parting}
A kiss and a hug or two before Ruby leaves for school. (Love my bookends.)

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{Happy Hair}
Apparently Daddy wasn’t monitoring the bed head repair very well. Mama insisted on a re-do.
This breakfast has been a big hit lately: oatmeal with a few spoonfuls of pureed pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, cream, walnuts, maple syrup. Yum!

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Loving Each Other {Tacoma Family Photography}

She was the worship leader at kids’ camp this year and I was so thrilled each morning and evening to be in chapel as she led the kids (and cabin leaders and staff) in worship.  It was fun and I am not quite sure how she danced and sang and played guitar at the same time!  I also appreciated how Kristi pastored the kids as she led and taught them to open their hearts to God who loves them.  What a blessing!

I was thrilled when she asked about doing family pictures.  I know it’s going to be  a good night when I arrive and kids who don’t know me yet, give me a hug right off the bat.  Noah and Emma were awesome, so easy to play and engage with.  Kristi and Paul were laid back and knew how to get the great smiles out of the kids by playing and Paul asked Noah for a few of his best knock knock jokes which worked perfectly!  I can’t create the connections but it sure is a pure pleasure to document the relationships and love in a family.  In their family it was hard to miss.

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Could not resist this little outtake of the two year old doing what two year olds do.24-Zimmerman2014-5525-Zimmerman226-Zimmerman2014-5627-Zimmerman2014-5728-Zimmerman2014-6629-Zimmerman2014-69

What a smile!30-Zimmerman2014-75-231-Zimmerman2014-72

Noah showed me a few of his karate moves.  I stayed out of his way!32-Zimmerman333-Zimmerman2014-6134-Zimmerman2014-63

Thank you for the opportunity to photograph your beautiful family!!

Our Weekend Hop to Whistler

I lived away from my family for about ten years.  From straight out of high school until I got married in my late twenties I lived in Texas and then for a year in California.  There were a lot of birthdays, bbq’s and get togethers I missed.  One of the best things about moving up to Washington several years ago was being just a hop, skip and jump from my family again.  Now we get to celebrate a lot of birthdays and holidays and we all make the effort to go back and forth between BC and WA to meet up.

My sister invited us all up to their new vacation home in Whistler and we jumped on the opportunity.  When I picked up Jasper early from school on Friday,  he pumped his fist in the air and roared, “VA-CA-TION!!!!”  We packed everyone in the van, limited beverages, stopped in Horseshoe Bay for fish and chips and a walk by the ferries.  Then we drove the Sea to Sky Highway at sunset on the last leg of the journey.  Auntie Kel and the gang greeted us with s’more makings and the cousins all hugged/tackled/squeezed.  We spent the weekend hiking, swimming, talking and playing at playgrounds.  The kids scuffled a little over who got to hold Farley’s leash and Tymen almost made it down the slide with the old pooch. 

We had a fantastic time.

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“Livy, do you want to share with Auntie?”

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Liv gets a “coffee”.19-whistler-6520-whistler-6621-whistler-67

Tired boy after all that playing and swimming.22-whistler-7123-whistler-7324-whistler-7425-whistler-75

30 minutes of movie time at the end of the day and they were cooked!26-whistler-7627-whistler-7728-whistler-7929-whistler-8030-whistler-8131-whistler-8332-whistler-8533-whistler-88

Quinn takes some selfies on her mummy’s phone.34-whistler-8935-whistler-92

Scaring us in the bushes were some wild animals!36-whistler-9437-whistler-9538-whistler-9639-whistler-10040-whistler-10341-whistler-10442-whistler-105

Five Silhouettes on the Hill

I’m a little silhouette crazy and I’m not even a bit embarrassed to admit it!  There’s something about the way that a shadow can tell so much about size and movement and personality.  I was so happy to do these silhouettes of my friend’s kiddos.  We’ll be doing more family pictures this fall but I wanted to do the silhouettes when I knew we’d have a good lighting contrast. Kaden. Maddie. Kellen.Mya, Karsen.  It took a wee bit of organizing with five kids but Callie runs musicals and performances at our school so this was a piece of cake!

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Super Sam’s Senior Pictures

How’s that title for alliteration?  His mom said he was born on Superbowl Sunday and his cousins immediately nicknamed him “Super Sam” and it stuck.  Loved that he brought this fun shirt to start off pictures.

I so enjoyed visiting with Sam and his parents (who I made get in a few pictures too!). What a great thing it is to see a young man who is clearly bright and talented, but also has a strong character and heart. Sam’s mom was my kids’ preschool teacher in past years so I’ve heard good stuff about him (we mothers love to talk about our kids!) and truly, they have every reason to be proud.

We had a perfect evening to walk around Tacoma, sunny and warm, and full of great spots for photos.

Hope you have a great senior year, Sam!

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