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you know what’s kinda fun? disposable cameras.
you know the ones that you’d usually get when you’d go on vacation and they were really cheap and once you developed the film it would get thrown away? i think my parents used to buy them for me a lot (you know, since i like taking pictures and all).
well i decided to buy one for our anniversary camping trip and have some fun with it. i forgot how exciting it is to get film back. the whole taking pictures and not being able to look at them a second later can be sorta fun. i kept thinking, i wonder if any of these are even turning out. was that one blurry? did i hold still enough? was it too dark? oh well i’ll find out soon. i’m pretty pleased to say they all turned out and i love them all. i even had a few leftover when we got home so i took some while i was at my parents the week after we got home.
ok enough chit chat…here ya go. ;)
every year for our anniversary, chris and i give each other a gift according to this list (we usually try to follow the traditional side). we also try to be creative with it. for instance for cotton we made each other t-shirts. we were joking that it would be funny if the gift for the 5th anniversary were wood, since we were going camping. i decided to look it up one day and guess what. we were right, haha. i thought to myself, how appropriate.
we went back to the place were chris proposed, Roaring River State Park, and pitched our tent. unfortunately the spot we had reserved had zero shade. so as soon as we pitched our tent the first day, we found the nearest swimming pool and jumped in. we had also planned on venturing into our favorite little town, Eureka Springs, so luckily we were able to beat the heat and the sun for the most part of the days we were there.
some things we did (not in order):
- tried to start a campfire, failed, had to have our neighbors help us, it worked, we couldn’t put said fire out b/c it got so big. learned a lesson. bring better fire starters.
- made s’mores
- had to listen to some noisy neighbors argue with their kids the whole entire time they were there.
- also had to listen to some awful heavy metal screaming ‘music’ thanks to our neighbors who helped us with the fire. :/
- got to listen to the river and the crickets at night.
- watched the super moon rise, took pictures of said super moon, and realized it looked the same size as regular moon.
- went on a very steep hike up firetower trail (where chris proposed)
- visited our favorite stores in eureka springs.
- ate lunch at some yummy vegetarian friendly restaurants.
- ate dinner cooked by a campfire.
- made dough boys. twice. YUM.
- went on a natural spring hunt in eureka springs. realized the internet is deceiving. but still had a good time exploring. ;)
- took lots of pictures.
- went swimming.
- put too much ice in one of the coolers. ruined some food. learned another lesson.
- made pancakes outside.
- brushed our teeth outside.
- sweated. a lot.
- drove through lots of twisty, curvy, mountainy roads.
- had some much needed downtime. together.
- tried to find a photo booth. found said photo booth. realized photo booth was no longer there. :(
- sat in the shade of our tent due to zero shade on our campsite.
- had the most relaxing vacation ever. promised to do this more often.
that’s the super moon and a campfire ;)
thanks to Chris’ parents, we have some new additions to our backyard this summer. they sold their house in CO and have moved to the beautiful northwest. when we went out there this spring to help them pack, they sent us home with lots and lots of goodies (which gave me an excuse to buy more flowers this year). ;)
we also did a little rearranging and created a new little flowerbed (which used to be patchy grass and lots of weeds) next to the door going into the garage.
we still have some work to do but here’s a little peek of what our yard looks like now.
FYI: so i’ve been calling my sister and her family by their last name, which sounds weird b/c it sounds like we’re talking about her in-laws family instead.
but then i came up with a solution.
starting today, i’m calling them PB&J; Penny, Bubba* & Jason. ;) much more appropriate, don’t ya think?
on saturday we had a little BBQ with PB&J in our backyard, and Penny was introduced to the swing. i think she might have liked it.
she was also introduced to our dog, Olivia and i think she’s in love. my sister was playing fetch with Olivia and Penny thought it was the best thing ever. after awhile Olivia tried to give the ball to Penny…that didn’t quite work out. maybe in a year or so Olivia. ;)
*for those of you that don’t know, my sister’s nickname is Bubba. she got that nickname when she was 2 years old.
we were building our house and a piece of sheetrock fell on her and she caught it and just stood there holding said (heavy) piece of sheetrock until someone came and removed it (in awe). it’s also said that i just stood there pointing at her and said “look mom!” …i’m a great big sister. ;)
hey look i’m blogging.
no, that’s not the new thing. silly. i recently got a new job working as a photographer for Bella Baby. what’s that you ask? well, i go to hospitals and take photos of newborns. yeah. i know. it’s kinda the best job ever. i’m really enjoying it. so i decided i’d share some of my photos with you guys.
we’re required to do certain poses with each shoot, so they look a lot different from my usual stuff, since i don’t pose my clients at all, but for the most part they’re pretty natural looking.
ok, enough blabbing, here ya go. :)