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Took a trip to Utah

Wow, did I have a fun trip to Utah!   A 5 day whirlwind trip with my kids behind in Texas with my parents. I missed them so much by that 5th day!  Today is our first official day of summer and I am trying to make a grand list of Summer Fun Jar activities as we’ve done in years past.  There are SO many blogs highlighting summer fun activities that weren’t out there when I started this 5 years ago, so I am overwhelmed with options!

Here are some images from my first day in Utah.  My friend Amy picked me up from the airport and I got to spend the day with her.  I met her through blogging last year, and it was so much fun to really chat and get to know each other better. She runs The Idea Room blog, and hers is my favorite because it has ideas for kid crafting, recipes, home decor, and even parenting discussions. Here we are in front of her lovely home.

I got the grand tour of her home, she has some mad skillz in the home decor department!  A lot of the projects she has done are highlighted on her blog, but to see them in person was a lot of fun!  After she  picked me up at the airport, we met up with Shelley at The  House of Smiths for lunch at The Gateway ZTejas. I have recently read Shelley’s blog, and enjoy her exuberant personality come out through her writing.  She is just as much fun in real life, and it was fun to pepper each other with lots of questions (since we both knew Amy, but didn’t know each other as well).  I love making new friends.   See Amy’s cute daughter on the side? She was an excellent listener to all those questions as well;)

Shelley treated us to some yummy cookies after lunch.

Back at Amy’s home, her cute daughter did some modeling for me as my grandma watched on;)

 I wish I lived on Amy’s street.  To have her a  neighbor would be a treat, and I was a tad bit jealous that her kids walked across the street for their piano lessons. You’ll see more of this cute fam, since I did their family pics later in the week.  Off to break up my first summer fun fight down the hall;)

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  1. I just caught up with your posts on the Idea Room, it had been a while.
    REALLY love your sharp eye for coordinating color theme & balance. Wonderful family photos! (I hadn’t seen those before.)

    Also really loved your post on newborn portraits. I feel very much the way you describe feeling – I love them, and I want to get better at them.. but they are not my best. For reasons you described, and a dozen others. I think often new moms are looking for something in particular, and I think most of the time, I’d do better just being alone in a room with baby for a little while & surprising mom with what we come up with. They are the only photos I’ll do indoors, too – and it’s a lot of work for me to prep my livingroom & have my house (that is home to seven of us) ready for a photoshoot. I really admire how you stick to your guns & do on-location. Everyone I take photos for wants to come to my house, and I’d really REALLY like to get away from that.

    Anyhow, thanks for continuing to be an inspiration!
    I’m a huge fan of the principles of design, in photography, in my home environment, & most importantly life: Emphasis, balance, proportion, unity, harmony, contrast, rhythm, & repetition.
    Your blog, your photos, and your lifestyle – they speak my language. :)

  2. So fun. Amy is seriously such a sweet person.

  3. Oh whoa! Ha! That was surprising to see me here…I had so much fun! Thanks so much for the sweet words! Wish it could have been longer :) Hope all was well when you returned home to your sweet kids!