Family Pictures | in our own backyard

We did family pictures in our own backyard this year.  Both girls were sick, it was cold outside and it just didn’t seem worth the effort to load everyone in the car to drive to a pretty park when our own backyard had a few colorful leaves and our favorite spots to sit.  As I was picking my favorite ones I realized we didn’t any of just the girls together and we didn’t get any of just me and Forest.  But the ones we did get are precious and I can’t wait to get some printed for our walls and add them to our Christmas card.

These are a few of my favorites.  And if you scroll far enough you’ll get to see a few outtakes!

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We took these pictures on our 6th wedding anniversary so we got a few pictures of our annual picture, holding the frame with the picture from the year before.

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And the outtakes.  Because pictures with a 2.5 year old and 5 month old are super easy (said no one ever).

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^neither one wanted to look but I might still kinda like this one

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And there you have it.  A handful of family photos for us to cherish forever and hang on our walls.  Maybe next year the kids won’t be sick, we’ll take them when it’s a little warmer and we’ll take them at a pretty park. Or maybe we’ll take them in our backyard again and I’ll hang them on our walls and treasure them just the same.

Until next time — Cindy

*All images are original to A View from the Shore

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End-of-Summer Vacation | Indiana 2017

This will mostly be pictures but we completely enjoyed our time in Indiana.  We treated it like a vacation even though we were staying with/visiting family.

Our mission was family time and fun and we absolutely accomplished both!

We went to the fly-in cruise-in, met our friend’s new baby, went to the zoo, celebrated an early birthday for my sister-in-law’s 30th, ate at our favorite restaurants, had a yummy cookout, and played at the park.

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Friday Evening

So I missed posting a Thoughts on Thursday yesterday.  I’ll go ahead and be honest and let you know that I took a nap while Peyton napped instead of typing a post.  Trust me – it was very needed.

So here I sit on a Friday evening.  We just laid Peyton down for bed and Forest is in the basement painting and grouting tile so he can install baseboards tomorrow and be D.O.N.E. [except for dusting everything and putting it all back in place which we’ll do tomorrow and he said his basement will be done for Mother’s Day – how sweet. ;)].

So here are a few thoughts from my week:

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Easter 2017

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I don’t have any pictures of an easy breakfast with cute Easter jammies this year.  Our church moved their first service from 8:30 to 7:30 for Easter so we were all pretty rushed to get out the door on time.  But the service was good – I always love the songs we sing on Easter.  And then we came back home for Peyton to open her Easter basket (bath toys, bubbles, summer clothes, and 1 piece of chocolate) and do a quick Easter egg hunt before Aunt Amanda needed to get to the airport.

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