Thursday, July 25, 2013

An Auntie's Bias


Last week I got to buzz over the mountains with mom and hang out with these two girls. They are seriously the best. Actually my brother is the best, and the fact that he has theses amazing sweet little bundles of goodness makes it 100 better. I've always loved my brother. A ton. But seeing him as a dad makes me weak in the knees. He is so sweet with his two girls and they absolutely adore him. When he walks in the room its so funny because Lexi will stare him down until he acknowledges her, then she can get back to the very serious business of getting into trouble! And Kira, whenever she suggested doing something she would say, "Daddy says this is ok" or when she was trying to convince me to hike through the woods near the playground with her, "Daddy says this is ok." Also, my brother is so hard working. He stays home with these two during the day and then goes to work in the evenings when his wife is home with the girls. I completely admire his dedication to be the dad that he is and am humbled by the fact that he never, ever complains. He's got to be a tired dude! 
Enough gushing about Josh. 
On to the girls!

Lexi Lou at the park (Actually her middle name is Jade, but what fun is being an auntie if not for fun nicknames???)
Kira doing my hair. Pure joy! For both of us. She is so girly and I couldn't be more thrilled!
Kira and my mom have the sweetest relationship. She love love loves her grandma!
 Lexi was napping when I took photos of Kira, so she gets a half naked debut: the life of a baby!
This is a little out of focus, but I still can't resist those big, blue eyes!
These two. Oh my. 

Grandma and Kira.

Swinging. 

It was so funny because Kira kept smelling the flowers and getting pollen on her nose. Melt this poor auntie's heart why don't ya? She would also say the cutest things. For instance, she got this serious look on her face so I asked her what was wrong. She replies, "nothing," and smiles, "I'm just really happy!". I think I'll keep 3 forever. 3 is the best! 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Processing.

I'm trying to learn to edit my photos in Aperture 3. I love the program and love that I can load my photos directly into the Aperture library. One thing that I struggle with is the process. I am the kind of lady that likes to rush right to the end, to be the best I can be without the growing pains. I get all wrapped up in making sure that I have the photo edited "perfectly" instead of just working with the photo, moving on, taking more photos, working with those photos, improving and practicing. I want to be PERFECT! I get hung up on the details. I never never never thought I would enjoy editing photos. I thought I just loved taking the photos, end of story. The more I edit the more excited I get about what can be done with the photos that I take.
So here's to the growing pains. 
Here's to looking back at these photos one day and laughing at how much I had to learn. 
Here's to how far I've already come. (Not all that far! ha ha!!!)
Here's to learning to enjoy the process!
This is true for all things in life, no?
Takes me so long to learn these things!

I'm working on this one here. I've decided that Andrew may be banned from wearing hats when I take photos of him. His face is always in the shadows! 
Horses on the golf course with Bachelor in the background!
Cheers to the process!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Summer Evening

We had the best time last night just bbq'ing in the backyard. It was great just to fire up the grills, throw the frisbee for the pup and talk about our day! Hope your Tuesday night was equally as lovely!

Old Man Campbell
All wet from running through the sprinkler.
Grilled zucchini is my favorite!
Cheers!!





Monday, July 15, 2013

Bridal Shower : Nomes

This weekend I got to spend time with Naomi and Lauren because we were celebrating Naomi's wedding shower! It was such a fun time to be together in anticipation of her coming wedding! It was also really cool to be back in Spokane with my Gonzaga gals (we missed you Danielle!). We even slumber partied on the floor at Naomi's grandmother's house, sleeping bags, late night gabbing and all. It was fantastic!
Rockwood Bakery in the morning! We were able to walk from Naomi's grandma's house, through Manito Park. It was fabulous!

Naomi and her grandmother, in her grandma's beautiful backyard. 
Nomes and her mom

Gonzaga girls

So blessed by these friendships.


Everyone is getting married! Yay for married friends! We will be celebrating Lauren this fall!

They are giving me the too-many-pictures-stop-now look.

Naomi's Aunt Beth hosted a beautiful shower, including these delicious cocktails. Champagne and fresh raspberries, yum! 
This is Rosie. When did I become a dog person???


I wish I would have gotten a better pictures of Grandma Beth, she was the most fabulous woman! Such class!!

We were really proud of ourselves because we found a great bar in downtown Spokane. What?? Zola had great small plates and drink specials. 

Beauties. 
We had a chance to walk around campus which was so cool. It was really special to be back on campus with other people that have the same great memories there that I do, many of them shared. It was so peaceful to be walking around listening to the bells at St. Al's. Go Zags!!

Saying goodbye to the COG. It was really strange to see it torn down. 

What's left of the COG. 


Go Zags.


Kisses for Spike.

This is my favorite picture of the entire weekend. Love.

Truth.

Umm, epic fail. Whoops. 
St. Ignatius of Loyola photobombing in the background. Nailed it.
I'm already looking forward to the wedding!
Also when I got home Andrew had cleaned the entire house, even unpacked my suitcase from our anniversary trip, SWOON!!!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Biking the Loop, Floating the River

Blue Bridge on a beautiful blue sky day

Annie beats the pants off of me in all things athletic = she pushes me!

Pre-float

My friend Annie has turned out to be the friend that will do just about any outdoor activity with me.
20 mile bike ride around the river? No sweat.
Float down a river with minimal instructions? Let's go!
Having weekdays off while Campbell is working has given me some really special time to develop relationships with the nurses in my life. It has been fun to fill a weekday with grand adventure and great fun! I love Annie's adventurous spirit that allows her to throw herself out there and have a whole lot of fun as a result. She said that her mom calls these somewhat jenky adventures are called "memory making opportunities". Perfect.
What's next?

Did you see this post about my summer reading list?
And this brain dump about taking technology for granted?