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It was clean

for a few minutes


Saturday we hosted the JV and Varsity lacrosse teams and their parents


And I thought I would grab some pics to remember what it looks like clean:)


This table now has laundry on it….again


6 people go through a lot of clothes!


We hung up some of the pictures we had taken in California by Tara Whitney


I have had those wire string things forever and never put them up- they are from Ikea


Most of the party was outside on the porch and by the firepit


The kitchen island was lined with crockpots- we made a big taco bar, so easy and yummy!


The porch is supposed to get screens soon- can’t wait for that


We are counting down the days until summer around here. Can’t wait!


Adrienne - Share- what is the grey color??

elisa - Oh man I will try to remember. It’s two colors of gray and they are both by Sherwin Williams. I find out and post about it soon.

Hannah - I looks awesome! I love screened in porches. I wish we had added on here. I am SO SO SO ready for school to be over. Sophia gets done a week from tomorrow!!!! Can you tell I am happy about that? Even only being responsible for homeschool 3 days a week is just a lot. The other two days I have to stay in town so I never get time to just clean or grocery shop. I don’t know when Dmitry gets done. He started later and has lost a couple of weeks because I let him work for a friend who has a landscaping business…only he has been working around the clock so no school. He was ahead in most of his classes, but I have to check his attendance and see how many days he has left :( I made him tell his boss that he has to finish school. He supposed to quit soon. That was a long random rant….typical huh?

The busy season

I love Spring so much but it is so busy


We have sports every single night and most nights are doubled up with two or three different kids.


I can’t wait until summer and a slower pace


Just a couple more weeks


I have cute yard boys


Even if he takes lots of breaks and makes Eva mad by getting on her swing


We forgive him


This dog likes to dig up plants and eat them. We don’t like that



It’s a hula hoop


It’s a frisbee


This dog tries to eat everything, including hair


She’s a stinker


I have watched a lot of track

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Austin getting a pre-run pep talk

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Another PR- but it was hard

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He walked home after the invitational and went for a run. Weirdo.

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She and I just played


I have also watched a lot of lax

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I am sorta ready to not attend another game for a bit.


And just have slow easy nights.


saying hi to visitors in the yard.

Hannah - I have two weeks of school left. I am SO counting the hours down…it’s not even funny. Plus we have all kinds of celebrations this month. It’s nuts. But May is still my favorite month ever. It’s just so awesome out.

Susan - We can’t wait to take over the sports watching. Will be there soon!!


And just like that, she turned six


She asked for a sandbox for her birthday so her Daddy built her a really cool one.


It now takes two hands to show how old she is.


She’s pretty happy about that


She doesn’t like for me to take her picture anymore, she’s over it.


So I kinda take what I can get


Our weather has been kinda gross too so we grabbed a non-raining moment and ran outside


It’s been windy and crazy, I miss the sunshine and warmth!


Time for some yoga moves


We broke some rules- neither one are supposed to be on the counter….


But sometimes that’s ok- like on your last day of being five.

Hannah - These are great! She was awfully cute on her last day of being five! My kids are totally over the camera, I think that’s why I don’t find it as fun anymore. Although, the yellow flowers are blooming and I keep thinking of Sophia’s yellow flower session…so maybe it’s coming back :)

Susan - Great photos! Can’t wait to see everyone in person.

Sarah - Happy 6!!! Crazy how time flies! How did Huds do with boot camp? His tail hair is much longer than his sisters! When are you coming through this way to visit?

Kate - Adorable! You have such a knack for capturing perfect moments.

Maternity and Newborn pics

I will be the first to tell you that I am not a maternity or newborn photographer. I like being with the kids- kids of all ages are my thing.

That said I am always willing to try something new


These are a throw back from the Savvy workshop. It’s crazy that I never posted any of these and they have sat on my computer forever


This spot, on the gulf…. there is just nothing like it.


I tell Andy over and over that I am a Carolina girl but this little spot is a slice of heaven for sure


I think I could probably be happy there as well:)


And Amanda makes pregnancy look so glamorous. And she gets to live there. I know, totally not fair.


We did some newborn shots as well


I didn’t expect to like it- but it was fun!


And on the beach the ocean was amazing white noise for them


We are headed back to 30A for cousin camp this year- can’t wait!!!

Hannah - These are awesome. That sunlight streaming in is killing me. I don’t mind shooting newborns….as long as someone else is posing them ;) You did a great job!

Jenny - I mostly read your blog through Feedly.
Seeing these pictures through your actual blog reminds me to look at them this way more often – stunning pictures! And of course the best backdrop – the 30A beach!