Decided to shoot a roll of tri-x on the boys this Saturday and use up some of the developer that is sitting in my closet! I love this camera and film combo…and of course these 3 faces!

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Lincoln Park

















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 I have no idea what is wrong with WordPress lately but posting anything at all is such a pain! Grrrr. I’m trying to get better about posting and stupid wordpress is not helping! Anyway…just a couple random pics. Left is Fuji 400h and Right is digi! This boy is giving us a run for our money this Summer!


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Spy Club

Neighborhood spy club. These 5 have been hanging out every day for the entirety of their little memories. Fort making, yard camping, snail hunting…every day running around our little neighborhood adventuring and now they have their own little house (thanks to Dave!) complete with secret knot holes for spying and nails for hanging their weapon arsenal!





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Little Bikers


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I happened to be changing lenses on my camera when this happened (really!!). It happens a lot when you have boys…





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Summer time!

Some shots from some of our adventures this Summer! Mostly film…Fuji 400h and Trix 400 and a couple digi thrown in for good measure!













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2013 Insta Review

I was going through pictures to send to the printer from 2013 this morning and I realized that BY FAR I use my iphone way more than I do my other cameras. While I could feel bad about that, I don’t. I love my iphone, seriously so much. It fits in my back pocket and is super discreet. The kids don’t give a whip if I pull it out to snap a picture and bottom line is it always always near me which means that I get so many shots that I wouldn’t normally.
I thought I would put together a little year end review for those of you that don’t follow me on instagram. 🙂 Oh and I keep meaning to mention that I started another blog so come check it out at http://www.arrowandtheheart.com!

Each row is a month…starting with Jan (duh).



Blake turns four!

So almost 2 months ago Blake turned 4! My last one was when he turned two. Ooops. So here is a little Blake round-up…better late than never, right?

Blakey Blake is still what we call you most often. However you have requested on many occasions (and quite seriously) that we change your name to Hot Head (from a character on Skylanders).

You are a talker. Talk talk talk…man sometimes I wonder how any one little person can have so much to say! On the other hand you can be so contemplative…especially in the car. You could sit in the car silently for hours staring out the window and observing everything. Unless Red Hot Chili Peppers is on…then you rock out.

Your favorite color is red, red, red. Everything you choose is always red…red crayons, red sunglasses, red legos, red hats.

You want to be a builder when you grow up specifically so you can build us a hotel to live it because “why would I just want to build one house when I could build a bunch of houses at the same time?” I think maybe our tiny house is starting to get to you 😉

You have a amazing imagination. You often make up the most intricate pretend games involving very specific goals and situations and will get dang upset with me if I can’t seem to quite piece together what is happening. You live happily in your own brain for much of the day.

You are starting to write words…Mom, Boo, wow and are pretty excited about putting those words in everything you draw.

You love books. Everytime we go to the library you are astonished that you can “buy” more than one book. You always say “Mama, if I put this book back can I get this other one?” and it’s like christmas when I say “You can get them both Blakey and we can even keep looking for more!”

You are very specific and careful about whatever you are creating. That mark goes HERE…that treasure sits HERE on my bookshelf. You teacher says that you are the only kid in class who ever asks her if he is doing his project “right”.

You love school! I think you are still mad at me for that one day I made you stay home because you were sick. It was the most devastating day of your life.

You are a collector. Any outdoor adventure we have ends with your pockets stuffed with special rocks and an armload of the most perfect sticks. You have an amazing shelf of your most special treasures…a secret pen, a lucky penny, real gold!!!, a necklace Daddy gave you, a scratch and sniff pizza bookmark, a rock with diamonds in it, a ceramic vase Coen made you, and a polaroid picture you took.

You think of others constantly. “We should get this for Coen.” “I’m saving this for Daddy.” “I found this flower for you mama.”

Your favorite activity is turning on some music and pulling all the cushions off the couch to make forts and trampolines with. You do this for hours EVERY day.

You love photography and you have a very keen eye on how far back to be to get your framing just right. For you, taking a pictures takes a few minutes to be sure it will be just perfect and every photo is kept. Deleting is not an option!

You have your “moments’ of naughtiness…but usually that entails saying something mean and then immediately asking if we are still friends and do we still love you.

You would like nothing more than to live in the same pair of comfy clothes for the rest of your life. You hate having your hair washed and your toenails clipped and I’m always hoping that CPS isn’t walking by our house when its time for those things to happen because you scream like the dickens!! I hope that ends soon!

Your favorite foods are quesadillas, chocolate milk, and oranges. You love spicy foods and pepper.

Every night you ask if I am going to snuggle with you (and how could I say no to that?) and we have our special way. We lay down for bed and you always say the same thing…”Let’s snuggle how we always do.” Faces smooshed together, little arms around my neck. Heart melting!

Oh how we love our little Blakey Blake! So big now, but still my baby.



Sometimes I get the urge to shirk all housekeeping duties and errands and take pretty pictures of stuff.  And sometimes it just works out that it takes exactly as long to do as preschool lasts. 🙂






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