View from Whidbey Island

We adventured to Whidbey Island last weekend and stayed at a house with a view of the Olympic Mountains and Useless Bay.  Walking out on the beach, we were able to look back to the East and see the Cascade Mountains as well.  I love the PNW and all its beauty!

View of the Olympic Mountains and Useless Bay from the house.

View of the Olympic Mountains and Useless Bay from the house.

Mt. Rainier from Double Bluff beach on Whidbey Island.

Mt. Rainier from Double Bluff beach on Whidbey Island.

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Baby Elliott: 10 weeks

Before I move away again, I got to take one last little beach vacation with my Stephanie and her family.  Baby Elliott turned 10 weeks old while we were on Whidbey Island this weekend!  He’s getting so big!

He's starting to smile! Ok, he might have been dreaming.

He’s starting to smile! Ok, he might have been dreaming.

This kid loves being naked!

This kid loves being naked!

Fingers taste so good!

Fingers taste so good!

Beer in a vase the size of my son? Yes, please.

Beer in a vase the size of my son? Yes, please.

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Burtis Boys

These kids.  They’re so much fun. And I’m going to miss them so much, but so glad I got at least one more photo shoot under my belt before I leave.  These little munchkins are growing so fast and I feel so blessed to get to watch them grow up and that they call me Auntie.

Little Boo Boo.

Little Boo Boo.

Ryan - 5 1/2 years old.

Ryan – 5 1/2 years old.

Goofballs!

Goofballs!

Burtis Boys.

Burtis Boys.

Chase - almost 3 years old.

Chase – almost 3 years old.

The Duder.

The Duder.

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Senior Pictures: Emiley

Finally was able to get together with this beauty to knock some photos out before the Inglemoor Vikings volleyball team head to the State tournament.  I’m so proud of all this young lady has accomplished as an athlete and student.  So here’s a favorite to wish her good luck at State!

Em.

Em.

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Engaged: Brandon & Tye

Love is awesome.  These two, awesome.  Mildly uncooperative weather made for a wet but very fun morning in Seattle.  For all of you who thought Seattle was sunshine and rainbows after the amazing summer we had, here’s proof of grey skies and rain and us crazies who go play in it no matter what.

Brandon and Tye were engaged in August while on vacation in Hawaii.  A couple of weeks before they left, we were at a family party and I may have mentioned they were an adorable couple and when they got engaged, I wanted to do their photos – no pressure.  So I was pretty excited when I heard the great news.  Here are a couple of my favorites from the morning.  I’m so glad we had been planning this weekend for months when the article came out this week about the gum wall getting a cleaning this next week.  So along with the colored powder being thrown, a champagne fight, and the rain, we have 20 years worth of gum on a wall.

At the market.

At the market.

Color powder bean bags and the gum wall.

Color powder bean bags and the gum wall.

Colored powder, champagne, and super heroes at the Pike's Place gum wall.

Colored powder, champagne, and super heroes at the Pike’s Place gum wall.

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Wedding Preview: Mrs. & Mrs.

Shelbe and Chauntae got married today!!!  I’ve been waiting a whole year for this since their engagement last fall and these ladies did not disappoint.  The entire day was beautiful from these two lovelies, the venue, hard work and detailing that got put into each piece of the morning.  It stormed hard, and then broke so we still got to go outside to do some photos.  These beauties are amazing, and so in love.  Congratulations my friends!

First look.

First look.

No peeking!

No peeking!

Hanging out in the shoe shine.

Hanging out in the shoe shine.

Mrs. and Mrs.

Mrs. and Mrs.

The rings.

The rings.

Married!

Married!

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You’re how many?

I made it back in town from my vacation in time to hang out with this kid for his 5th birthday.  I don’t know where the time has gone, but this sweet boy stole my heart long ago.  I’m so grateful to be his Auntie and cherish every day I get to spend with him.

Still not sure about this candle business.

Still not sure about this candle business.

Got 'em!

Got ’em!

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Chase

This kid steals my heart every time I get to see him, as do all the babes in my life.  And much like all the others, he’s growing up too fast.  Chase turns 2 next month!

Chase - 23 months.

Chase – 23 months.

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Wedding Preview: Jake and Kelly

Ceremony this morning and reception tonight means a little editing this afternoon for a quickie preview for the Moya and Flake families! Especially for those who couldn’t make it and photos via text aren’t cutting it. I was going to wait a day or two to post something, but then I got on the Facebook and saw that the fam had already been posting photos, so I figured why not? Kelly and Jake were sealed this morning at the Seattle Temple for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints located in Bellevue, Wa. The happy couple has their reception tonight which means more photos to follow and is off to Disneyland in the morning for the honeymoon. Congratulations to last Moya daughter! It’s been such a joy watching you grow up into such a beautiful young lady!

Just married!

Just married!

First kiss!  Ok, maybe not...but the first one the whole family got to see.

First kiss! Ok, maybe not…but the first one the whole family got to see.

Momma and her last baby girl.

Momma and her last baby girl.

Jake and Kelly.

Jake and Kelly.

Jake and Kelly outside the Temple in our miracle no-rain window.

Jake and Kelly outside the Temple in our miracle no-rain window.

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Scottish Lakes Hike

Adventure time in the North Cascades! Our 12 mile hike that we planned for Larch Lake yesterday ended up being 21 miles, a 3,000 foot gain in elevation, 12 hours and only seeing Julius Lake. And it would have been longer if not for the kindness of a beautiful soul named Zeke who will be getting a thank you card and care package from the 4 of us. My best friend and her husband laughed at me when I told them we were going on a 12 mile hike, and rightfully so after playing a volleyball tournament the day before. It was about mile 6 that I couldn’t feel my legs or butt anymore. And about mile 9 after 3 miles on a steep incline with one more to go that I finally started having legit pain. I’d say mile 15 was when I would have done anything to get off the mountain.

Things I learned: Do research on more than one trail hiking website. Take the Aleve the first time you say you need to, not when you finally remember at the end of the hike. Your body will put up with a lot more than you think it will. Freeze dried meals aren’t that bad. And hiking poles are amazing. Today, all I can say is I made it out of bed this morning to work not feeling nearly as awful as I thought I would and managed to make some lovely pictures of fall colors.

Fall colors on the hike up the logging road.

Fall colors on the hike up the logging road.

A small lake about midway through the hike.

A small lake about midway through the hike.

Our new chipmunk friend.

Our new chipmunk friend.

Fun Forest my ass.

Fun Forest my ass.

Lake Julius.

Lake Julius.

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