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  • Maegan

    Our Happily Ever After

    happilyeverafter scrapaholics Our Happily Ever After

    I saw a photo similar to this on Pinterest (the link has since been broken – boo!) about six months ago. The moment I saw it I immediately started planning to have one taken of our family. I can not wait to have it printed on a giant canvas for our living room!

    I love the turquoise print. I created it especially for our family photos and it now hangs on our inspiration wall above the piano. (More on that another day.) As a way of saying thank you for visiting my little blog, I created this print in 11×14 and 8×10 in a rainbow of colors for you to enjoy.

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    (For personal use only. You may not sell these prints and claim them as your own. However, photographers are more than welcome to use them as photo shoot props.) 

    Click below to download.

    11×14 – Magenta, Green Apple, Turquoise, Sunshine, Stormy

    8×10 – MagentaGreen Apple, TurquoiseSunshine, Stormy

    The above photo was taken by Jen of Jen Martin Studios. She is my very favorite Western Washington photographer. We drive 1.5 hours each way just to see her. She is THAT good. (She also took the photos of Zoë’s Angry Birds birthday party last year.)

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  • Maegan

    Photo Bomb

    Last weekend was very possibly the best weekend of my entire year. My Dad and WSM (otherwise known as Papa and Nano) flew in for the long weekend, and my brother and his family drove down from Bellingham to celebrate Dad’s 60th birthday. Our house was ear splitting chaos for three days and it was fabulous. My girls adore their cousins and they play so well together.

    We only see Papa and Nano every few years so this weekend was very special. Being the scrapbooker that I am, I took pictures and more pictures. I only have two pictures of Eden with Nano and Papa, and there aren’t any of my niece and nephew with them, which is completely unacceptable. I made it my mission to get some pictures of everyone together.

    Enter my little brother.

    He does little brother very well, even at 30+ years old. First, he tried to wipe off my color coded calendar, but my chalk marker wouldn’t rub off. Ha! Next, he rearranged all the bins in my pantry. Stinker.

    Then this…

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    I threatened his life and was able to get one decent shot.

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    Do you think he’d had enough? Oh no.

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    By this time I got smart and stopped counting down before I took the picture.

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    Life is certainly more entertaining with Ryan around, but he is such a turd sometimes! LOL!

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  • Maegan

    Dinosaurs Rule.

    That's all there is to it.  Dinosaurs totally rule.  We got back from "Walking with Dinosaurs" a couple hours ago and it was AMAZING! Truly amazing.  There are no words to describe how cool it was. It doesn't get any better than life sized dinosaurs.  If you have kids and it comes to your town, GO!  I would share pictures but the lighting was bad and (of course) no flash photography or recordings were allowed.  I think Kelly and I may have been more excited than Zoë and she was pretty excited.  She has been saying "Go see dinosaurs with Brodie?" all week long. When the show started she immediately put her hands over her eyes and didn't budge.  She stayed that way for a good ten minutes before I put her on my lap. Then she kept her hands on her eyes but I could see her peeking through her fingers. By the end she said, "More dinosaurs, pwees?"  She simply could not be more darling.

    Since I didn't get any good pictures at the show tonight, I scrapped the photos from our visit to see the T-Rex Named Sue.  I have had Kate's darling dinosaur doodles for a month in preparation for all my dinosaur pictures.  I just love them!  Actually, I love all of Kate's doodles.  Dang, I wish I could draw.

    trex small Dinosaurs Rule.

    Credits and journaling can be seen HERE.

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  • Maegan

    Baby Charlee

    Charlee has arrived!  Yay!  She made her way very quickly into the world on Thursday afternoon.  Ryan stopped by for lunch between deliveries and mentioned that Janice was having some contractions and that he shouldn't stay long.  Forty five or so minutes after he left he called back to say that Janice was at the hospital and definitely in labor.  Thankfully, he made it in time for the birth. Barely.

    blog charlee Baby Charlee

    Zoë and I went up to Bellingham yesterday to meet my darling little niece, Charlee Ann.  She is so sweet and has such dark hair! It is actually really dark blond, not brown.  But you have to be pretty close to see that.  She is a very healthy baby (7lbs, 10oz. and 19.5" long), especially for being a couple weeks early.  I couldn't have asked for better timing.  I was convinced that Janice would have the baby as soon as we left for Spokane next week, but no! 

    We will have to take another trip up there in a few weeks so that Zoë can meet her baby cousin.  The birthing center does not allow any children under twelve years old in, unless they are a sibling.  I understand the rule. Kids can be pretty germy, and you know how I feel about germs. ;)  So I left Zoë out in the waiting area while I visited. Kidding.  Ryan and Harry came out and they played together while I snuggled and photographed Charlee. Awwwww.

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  • Maegan

    High Flying Fun

    Sunday was perfect kite flying weather.  I am actually surprised that I remember what the perfect weather is, considering that I simply cannot recall the last time I flew a kite.  Nothing.  Zip.  Nada.  My lack of memory drives my mother insane, but it is what it is.  This was the first time that Zoë had ever flown a kite and I went buck wild with my camera documenting the event. icon smile High Flying Fun

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    That song is going to be stuck in your head all day now isn't it?  Sorry about that.  I've been singing it for three days now.  I thought I would share the love.  Kelly looked at me like I was a crazy person when I was singing "Let's Go Fly a Kite" in the car on the way to the park.  He had no idea where that song came from.  Now I consider it my wifely duty to sit him down and make him watch Mary Poppins with Zoë and me. Clearly he has been neglected.

    If you would like to see the rest of the photos from our kite flying adventure you can click HERE.  I am pretty impressed with myself.  After two years of having my SLR I finally put it in manual mode.  It is amazing the difference in the photos when you adjust the aperture.  Look at me using fancy camera words.  You would almost think I know what I am doing.  I assure you, that is not the case.  It was sheer dumb luck.

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