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Recently I bought an olympus tg-4 underwater camera and we had so much fun with it on our trip to the beach.

I also bought the floaty camera strap for it, no worries if you drop it in the water!

It was so fun trying something new

I love photography. I love it all, vacations, the everyday, selfies with an iphone, you name it. Document your life people!

Because you know what? You don’t get a do-over. So embrace your beautiful messy life! It’s so worth it. Document it for your future generations!

I have a hard time getting in front of the camera. When we had our pictures taken by Tara Whitney I told her it was so hard for me. She told me to let it go. Take pictures of yourself. Your kids will appreciate it someday. Never doubt your worth.

It’s still not easy I know but jump in front of that camera mamas! Don’t worry about your hair, your weight, or what other people may say… Believe me I have dealt with it all. And you know what? The days that I cared are way over.

So get those cameras out and jump in front of them. You will be happy that you did. I promise ๐Ÿ™‚

So back to underwater photography. I looked into so many options. Underwater housing for some smaller cameras I had, underwater housing for my big camera, but ultimately decided on this underwater camera by Olympus. It just checked all the buttons I was looking for. I love the fact that it has manual settings and can shoot RAW.

I edited these to have an old school gritty film look but the quality is really quite good with this little camera

And I felt totally at ease handing it over to my younger kiddos to play with. It’s tough!

I can’t wait to take it on our next trip and play around with it some more.

Hope you guys are having a great summer- it’s going by way too quick!

Summer ’16

Well I am all out of order with my pics so I thought I would just randomly start posting. I had decided to take the first couple of weeks of summer off. To let the kids settle in, no camps, no extra activities.

Next thing I know we are weeks into all day all electronics. Which is not how I wanted our summer to go. Cole had a week at camp but besides that we were not getting out of our screen rut.

So those that know me well know what that means. Time to throw the kids in the car and get outta town.

Off to Bald Head Island we went.

We had the best time even though it rained on and off for the first couple of days

We watched Shark Week and probably shouldn’t have as it freaked Eva out.

But she got over it and we had the best time ๐Ÿ™‚

This particular day in the water was my fave

We are headed back in a few weeks and I can’t wait!

This time Hudson is going with us

We bought him a life jacket just so he can swim in the ocean and we won’t have to worry so much.

Trips away with my kiddos are the best. I am so glad that I always embraced experiences over things. This time with my family are best memories.

And now Summer is half over. So hard to believe.

I am trying to enjoy every moment. My last one before my first born goes to college.

Hope you guys are having a great summer- it’s such a short wonderful time of year!

Lisa - We are headed to the beach soon – what kind of camera did you use in the water?

Hannah - I think these are my favorite pictures ever. They feel like pictures from my childhood {because of the editing and grain} but they are just so cool. They *feel* like summer! Love it.
Love that you made a quick get a way too. I want so bad to hit the beach this year…but maybe not till Aug or September.

elisa - I use the Olympus TG-4. It’s an underwater camera ๐Ÿ™‚

elisa - I love the grain of them too- so fun to do something different with a different camera!

Best $40 spent


It was a hot hot Saturday and we knew the pool would be PACKED. So I went to Target and grabbed this slide/pool deal


She LOVED it! And had some major fails with it. Good thing she can laugh at herself!


We had to keep it out of Hudsons fence line because we were afraid he would jump in and pop it.


We even got Cole to jump in


seriously considering dumping wordpress for my blog. The images are totally crisp and sharp on my computer and on flickr but for some reason they are blurry now on the blog. Time to shop around for something new.


Our house is finally coming together.


And he’s still cute.

Have a great weekend!

Hannah - I’ve looked at that slide several times but never buy it. I always think it would be too small for Sophia, but if Cole can use it I’m sure Sophia could too!

Memorial Day

Trying to play a bit of catch up with my blog.


Since Austin’s graduation was the day before Memorial Day the Texas grandparents got to stay for our little towns parade.


Eva LOVES this parade (they throw candy)



So cute


Later that day we had Austin’s graduation party with the best food truck Tortilla. I highly recommend if you are local!


I made it through the grad weekend without shedding any tears- just happy and excited to see Austin move on to the next chapter in his life ๐Ÿ™‚


The rain came down

Last week it started to rain, and then it really started to rain.


So of course Eva wanted to go out and play


The creek was overflowing (we have a major river at the end of the street that this creek dumps into so it doesn’t stay this swollen for long). Always fun to watch it get this high. Our older boys used to get the boogie boards out up the street when this would happen.



One of our neighbors is doing some construction and there was a bit of a muddy run-off down the street.



Makes for some good puddle jumping.


But today is sunny and warm and we just got back from the pool. I just picked some basil from my mini garden and I think I am going to make this Caprese Pasta salad for dinner.



16-oz. box Rotini pasta, cooked to al dente and drained
8-oz. container grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
8-oz. package Mozzarella pearls
1/2 cup fresh chopped basil
1/4 cup pesto
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper, to taste

Recipe here

Hannah - We love to play in the rain. Well, Sophia and I do. The boys are weird. Of course now I need to buy new boots for Sophia because my dog ate her Hunter boots :{