Old Maid and Go Fish

Time spent playing good old fashioned card games=quality time together.








Highlights from the second grade play, in which Lauren played the Farmer’s Wife. It was super cute and very well performed. The backdrop was amazing. I was in awe of how well the teachers prepared the kids for a show this big.


As part of her costume, Lauren needed a white apron, so I immediately texted Grandma Devanie to ask if she could possibly make one for us in a short time frame; she did even better:AWQ within a half hour, she replied with a picture of an apron that had been made by her great grandma in 1921. It was perfect! She sent it to Lauren, who wore it proudly for the play.


Pre Tween

Preteens have been nicknamed ‘Tweens,’ so I guess it is fitting to label this photo ‘Pre Tween.’ Do I love it that she looks so grown up in this picture? No, but times are very different from when I was eight years old. The temporary (emphasis on the word ‘temporary’) pink hair spray. The cell phone and ear buds. Whew, it’s tough to be a parent these days! Deep breaths, open communication, involvement, lots of hugs and kisses…I can do this.



Park Play

Lauren’s soccer team celebrated the end of the season at the soccer complex’s playground on a beautiful weekday evening in May. The sunlight was warm and cozy at this time of day…a photographer’s dream. Watching the kids interact in a relaxed, playful way, as opposed to the seriousness of games and practices, was a treat.








Velvet 56

I splurged on a new lens to play with this summer. I have used it a handful of times…lots of experimentation, which means lots of throw away images. These, however, are definitely keepers. I love so much about them, most of all the deep, rich color tones. I’m also rather fond of the two handsome guys…_MG_5773web