Blossoms and a Birthday

This week, it was time for our annual visit to my parents’ house to see the apple blossoms, and take some pictures for Kaylia’s birthday. Last year went so perfectly, I think I arrived with fairly high expectations – always a risky thing!;)

Kaylia wasn’t really in the mood for a photo shoot, so we did the best we could, and it was still a beautiful day!

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Kaylia Turns Four

We were pursuing blossoms yesterday. My mom called to inform us that the apple trees were at their best right now, so we dropped everything, and went to see the blossoms.

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It worked out perfectly, because Kaylia turned four last week, and I’ve been wanting to do a little photo shoot with her, so she did some poses for me.




I take pictures of my family all the time, but this is the first time when I’ve taken one of the girls with me on a photo spree, with a specific purpose in mind. It was so much fun, and she cooperated really well, but after a good amount of pictures, she suddenly announced, “I’m done taking pictures now, Mommy.”


Because Kaylia had a birthday, it’s her turn to share a list of favorites! (You can see last year’s list here.)

Favorite Breakfast: Pancakes

Favorite Lunch: Sandwiches

Favorite Supper: Shepherd’s Pie

Favorite Snack: Raisins

Favorite Clothes: Dresses. Any kind.

Favorite Books: Strawberry Shortcake and the Winter That Would Not End, Brambly Hedge, and Little House on the Prairie books

Favorite Toys: Polly Pockets, and anything Anika is playing with

Favorite Thing to Do: Color, pick dandelions

Oh, how we all love this sweet girl! Anika and Kaylia love each other as hard as they fight with each other, and the hugs, screams, and snuggles all flow freely between them.

She’s a feisty one, and fills our days with strong opinions, independence, hilarious comments, and sweet smiles. She skips everywhere, talks constantly, and is always dragging up a stool to help me in the kitchen.

Can’t believe she’s four already, but I wouldn’t wish her any other age!


35 Days of Favorites: Photography

This post is part of a series called “35 Days of Favorites”, in honor of my 35th birthday. You can read more about the details here

I’ve had my camera for a year now, and I am happy to say that I completely love it.

I was a little nervous about getting a fancy, expensive camera, because I didn’t want to buy it and then not use it because it was a pain to drag around.

But I have used it like crazy this past year, and I am so incredibly glad to have it.

I’m still learning how to use it, and want to take a photography course, but in the meantime, I love playing around with it.

One of my favorite things to do is take off for an hour or two, and just go take pictures of whatever I can find. I love searching for something new and different that I haven’t photographed before.

Yesterday was such a great day for finding pretty things to photograph! We went to visit my parents, and their apple trees were absolutely beautiful!



What’s your favorite hobby? Anything new you’re learning? Share your secret talents with me!