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december came in went in a blink of an eye.  christmas activities, family, and that--little puppy.  that puppy takes a huge amount of time--pretty pleased i took photos at all this month!  we stayed pretty close to home, quietly celebrated the holiday, and just took care of that little brown guy. 

this is what our december looked like.

click through to the lovely Brenda Acuncius | Dallas/Ft. Worth Child Photographer, next up in our circle of friends.

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our november was filled with so much.  so much love and hope, for the future and for the past.

so much to be thankful for.

oh, and that little brown guy is oliver, our new puppy.  you'll be seeing lots more of him next month.

this is what our november looked like.

be sure to visit the talented christy williams, next up in our circle, for what promises to be a lovely post.

xo

edited with the lovely set presets.

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october.  it's so bittersweet.  makes sense my fav halloween candy is special dark chocolate.  

i adore the fall even if california really doesn't feel it.  there is just something about the light, settling into school and looking forward to the holidays.  the desire to hunker down and slow down, spend time together.  but that's where the bitter comes in--it's also one of the most busiest months of the year.

this is what our october looked like. 

we had the pleasure of spending a few days with our friend jen.  thank you jen for the family photos--they are so special to us!!  

be sure to click over to deb schwedhelm to see what she's been up to, then click link to link through our very special group of friends.  

xo

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kate just asked me how many months till christmas. three. three months till christmas! the way my holiday's go that means i need to start shopping now. christmas shopping. i can not believe how this year has flown.

september was no exception.

overall pretty uneventful with school starting and all. weekend trip to santa barbara, super hot temperatures means more pool time and our animal deprived family seems to be all about the animals this month. from our new friend we met in santa barbara to the cats and dogs around our neighborhood, and yes, a visit with a chicken thrown in--there has been a lot of time spent loving animals. closer and closer to getting one ourselves....

this is what our september looked like.

be sure and click through to lindsey bergstrom for, what is certain to be, a beautiful post.

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big month. big summer. so many great days. i can't believe we start school tomorrow.  

dog sat for about a week. kate wants a dog so bad. today she told me that all our problems would be solved if we could just get a dog. i believe her.

spent time in the mountains. my hometown. the lake, the river, time spent with my grandparents. with old friends. love showing my kids the things i did as a kid.

a most surprising highpoint of our summer—a cub scout camping trip with ben on Catalina island. it was hot. it was dirty. i didn't sleep for three nights.  the fox ate my vitamins and snuck into my tent more then one time. as i slept, i could smell animal and listened to deer right outside. lots of hiking, kayaking and swimming in the most beautiful cool water. hung out with a bunch of men (mostly men). shot guns and bows and caught fish with a small piece of corn on a tiny little hook. listened to young boys rant and rave, and get all worked up over their card games (they played a lot of card games). we ate horrible food and drank ice tea without ice. not one bit of internet for four days. it was so dirty. and hot. and it was the best time i have had in a long, long time. ben and i indeed made some great memories.

finished up august with our yearly day of beach and sawdust festival with our best friends in laguna beach.  

yes, school starts tomorrow. next month...back to the old grind.

but for this month...this is what our august looked like. 

be sure and click through to the sweet and talented sarah cornish | my four hens photography to see what she has been up to this month.  xo

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this is what our july looked like.  

filled with all kinds of summery goodness--neighborhood celebrations, family trip to hawaii, cousins, swimming and more beach.  can't believe it's over already!!

thank you so much kellie hatcher for the photo of our family in hawaii!  [and to kate for taking my photo]

[more hawaii photos coming soon]

be sure to check out--sarah cornish | my four hens photography next in our little circle of friends.  xo

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i know i say this every month but i can't believe june is coming to an end.  this month FLEW by and now the year is half way gone!

this month we did lots of summery stuff from swimming to camping family reunion to birthdays and more family.

i am so grateful--my grandparents made it to the family reunion this year.  what a treat to have them there.  they had the best time looking at old photos (on an old fashioned slide machine) of when they where young.  my grandpa laughed so hard.  good times. 

this is what our june looked like.

be sure to check out next up in our circle sarah cornish | my four hens photography to see what she's been up to. 

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the month of may 2012.  here and gone.  

it was a struggle to pull the camera and apparently i only like to shoot horizontal now.  the kids seems to be over the whole portrait a month thing, but we keep plugging away at it.  they are certainly over school.  all my kids are a year older now.  it's hard to believe another year's gone by.

so this is what our may looked like.  

for the most part.  looking forward to june.  looking forward to summer.  looking forward to years seven and eleven.

be sure and check out next up in our circle--

sweet Sarah Cornish | My Four Hens Photography to what she's been up to this month.

happy june.  xo

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this is what our april looked like.

and it was a huge, busy month for us.  

spring break.  finished the fourth grade california history report.  yay!  we had an egret in our yard.  let kate take a photo of me and joe (yes that's me on a sunday morning--a rarity).  and the twins turned seven! 

now off to the wallflower friends retreat--perfect way to finish off the month.

be sure to check out Brenda Acuncius  |  Dallas/Ft. Worth Child Photographer and her monthly challenge post. 

xo

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