Sunday, September 30, 2012

These are the most glorious days of my life

On Saturday my Dad and his girlfriend invited us up to the cabin for the day. I was thrilled because although I see my family quite often, I haven't hung out with my Dad for an extended period of time in over a year. Yes, we see each other for a quick visit after work or at lunch, but an entire day with him (and he with my kiddos?), unheard of!

And the weather was predicted to be perfect. I knew the aspens would be golden, I was so excited Friday I talked of nothing else.

We went up right after Juliet woke from her morning nap, deciding to skip James's nap altogether. Upon arriving we set up lunch on the deck and devoured our PB&Js and chips.
Then this little man could not wait to explore. The cabin is perfect for that. Over five acers that are privately owned by my family alone, and so quiet and peaceful. James, for the first time in his life, was allowed to explore alone a little (always in eyesight).
We decided first to head down to the meadow. "Our meadow" that, although does not belong to my family, is so private and wonderful. A big expanse of grass is circled by a perfect ring of aspens. The meadow is private, and oh so wonderful.
James has a new thing with his tongue, you'll see it a lot in this post.
Grandpa Craig (my Dad) was so excited to spend some time with James exploring all the places we've loved for years.
Across the meadow they go.
Juliet did not want to be held, she wiggled to get down and explore a little on her own. This photo reminds me a lot of this one of James in the meadow at the same age.
Family photo, of course James had to have his big rock.
Soon my two brothers joined us. Both my brothers adore James and quickly taught him how to run through the cement pipe that's been in the meadow for as long as I can remember.
The light, the leaves, the forest was gold.
Soon we packed up the baby girl in the baby backpack and hiked up to "our lake" (another secret area that seemingly belongs only to us).
This kid is a killer hiker.
I kept getting so excited about the leaves I'd look around and make this face. James thought it was so funny that whenever he'd see pretty leaves he'd imitate. Smart kid.

Juliet loves the baby backpack as much as James used to.
Up up up we go. Rocks? No problem. Big inclines? No worries. Far hike for little legs? He did the entire thing.
And he was always on the lookout for the best leaves.
Seriously, the forest was so beautiful it almost didn't seem real.
As soon as I saw the perfect backdrop of yellow leaves I quickly got the baby girl out of the pack and set her on the trail for some photos. I was serious, my autumn header was at stake.
Such a goofy adorable girl. She is wearing James's overall hand-me-downs that James wore at almost a year. Juliet is not even 8 months and it was a tight fit. (One of my favorite photos of James, ever, was taken when he was wearing these overalls).
Yea, it was pretty splendid. (And yes, I got my haircut. Ten inches gone!)
When we arrived at our lake we threw really really big rocks and made really really big splashes. My dad, who's never thrown rocks with James threw the biggest of them all. We were all soaked and laughing so hard.
One thing I love about Aspen leaves? Their little red stems. They are so perfect.
Back at the cabin we cozied up near the fire and my Dad made dinner. James loved watching his uncles  build the fire and laugh at all their antics.
Tongue again? And Juliet was so cozy on the chair, she happily sat there the entire time.
At dinner she decided to try cornbread for the first time. It was a hit.
We had an amazing time. As I'm sure you can tell, if you are still reading. Good for you, that was a lot of photos!
And my new phone has panorama mode, so I did a quick panorama of "our meadow". Pretty damn divine. Click on the image to see it bigger. 
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Saturday, September 29, 2012

This cherub

Something about this face just kills me. The way she's holding her mouth, her big wide happy eyes. I just smile each time I look at this photo.

This is one from the nearly hundred of photos I shot today at the cabin. Fall header coming tomorrow and it's going to be a doozy. The leaves were awesome

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

My life {in Instagram}

As I've mentioned a couple of times, my day to day life is more often captured with my cell phone than my big camera. I always have it on hand, and it is so dang easy and accessible, that I reach for it throughout the day.

And then I upload to Instagram. That's my favorite part. Sharing a bit of my life there and seeing peeks into other's lives around the world.

So, here's my week in Instagram.

1. In-N-Out dinner. Juliet LOVED the fries. She takes after her Mama (and that face makes me laugh so much!) 2. Talking a walk. James insisted that he bring his stroller. "I'm a Daddy!" he told us.

3. Vintage car show at Thanksgiving Point. 4. The gardens at dusk.

5. Life is grand. 6. James was in need of a haircut. He choose the pink car and a purple balloon. Sweet boy.

7. Found this old game board in an abandoned house YEARS ago. Totally forgot about it until I stumbled upon it today. It goes perfectly with James's travel themed room. 8. Miss Pink is pretty happy with herself.

9. Throwing rocks in the river is a constant in our lives. Today at Murray Park with a friend. 10. And more rocks a week ago at Wheeler Farm.

11. "James, show me how to be big like the mountains." 12. More rock throwing. This is the face he gives me when his Dada finds a HUGE rock! (Seriously, I was surprised E could lift it!)

13. "Hey! Twenty minutes does not count as a nap!" She finds this statement hilarious, she is laughing so much. 14. The boys working on mowing the lawn.

15. We take a lot of walks. I decided to have a treasure hunt one day to mix it up a little. James loved looking for all the things on the list. 16. Learning new things is hard. This ended in frustrated tears.

17. "Ba ba ba!" Juliet practicing her new sound. 18. Still warm enough for this (mostly!). We were taking a walk and saw the sprinkler on at the neighbor's house, hence the reason he's still dressed. After twenty minutes he came home quite cold.

19. Searching for the best rocks to throw. 20. Waiting for Daddy to come home after a long day at work.

21. It's safe to say she really likes the kitties. 22. First day in a jacket (today!). Looking for rocks and eating dirt is way more enjoyable than smiling for the photo.

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