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I guess it is class time again….and I am really excited about this one. It is a cookbook project, and since cooking is a huge part of my life I think that is something that fits in well with my current schedule. This class is interesting because it really encourages you to focus on both the food and the memories/people that go along with that. I have so many memories tied to food, ones I often don’t think of…and this class has already made me remember some of them. I took my first photos today, I am at my mom’s house and she decided to make some cole slaw (YUM!). Perfect photo opp, and the kiddo decided to be a part of the action too. I must say the best part was the taste test. I forsee a lot of those opportunities in the near future.

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Really enjoyed visiting with family this week (seems to be a theme this month and I’m not complaining). One of my favorite things was watching Grant play with his Great Grandpa. It is amazing how little boys just know instinctively who the guys are in the room and are 100% sure that they would want to play with matchbox cars as much as they do. So cute! I am definitely welcoming the fall weather, but not wanting these beautiful days to turn into cold ones just yet…although those first snowflakes are magical.
Credits: Paislee Press/One Little Bird Storyteller

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Columbus Zoo Page 3



Credits: Captivated Visions Happy Snapper

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Columbus Zoo Page 2



Credits: KStudio Backyard Adventures

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Chris, Grant, and I had a great time driving to Columbus this weekend to visit with my Cousin and his family. We took a little trip to the Columbus Zoo, where the favorite activities for the kids were the playground, petting the goats, and “driving” stationary tractors. I think it is hilarious that only one animal made that list, and it is an animal we could probably find right down the road from here. Although maybe not so docile and accommodating to let dozens of little kids groom the heck out of its fir. Grant was so sleepy by the time we made it to the goats and tractors, but his interest in both gave him the energy boost he needed. And I even was able to take a picture of his smile. More info and pictures to follow!
Credits: Karla Dudley Modern Marvel, Three Paper Peonies Family Vacation, Erin Ink (Template)

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Yep, that is right…he is getting older. And I am not aging at all…well that second statement obviously is not true and I am feeling it for sure since we keep having sicknesses every other week. Makes me not look forward to this fall/winter season. I am praying that we start staying a little healthier.
Chris and I keep having these conversations about how much Grant is turning into what we classify as a “kid” and no longer a “baby.” It happens faster than you think, I mean…he is not even two years old at this time. I can only imagine how I will feel on his birthday this year.
I recently sent my camera lens in because the auto-focus was malfunctioning. This is the second warranty service on the lens and I have not owned it for a year yet. I am nervous about what will happen when that warranty runs out. When the lens came back (fixed) I was anxious to take some pictures of Grant. He was having fun jumping off his pottery barn kids chair onto our oversized bedroom pillows. A favorite past time of his. So this was the perfect opportunity to get some “happy” Grant poses/faces. I love the happiness that comes out of these pictures. Makes it worth the thought put into snapping them and the brief edits that I performed in Lightroom. I want to hold on to these moments as long as I can…and am so grateful that I can stay home every day and experience them. They are worth so much more than anyone can understand or know, but I value them as much as my little mind will let me.

Credits: Emily Merritt Summer Walk, Karla Dudley Modern Marvel, Tracy Stroud Beauty in World, Erin Ink Ink Blot Number 10

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As a thank you to my mom for keeping track of our photos. We know where they are and they are well cared for, what more could you want? I scanned a bunch of photos (>6 years ago) for a slideshow that ran prior to my wedding. Now here I am today, wanting to scrapbook my son and realizing that I have a picture me in a similar situation. Actually, I am pretty sure I remembered that picture when I made the decision to let him eat the cake batter. Funny how a picture can influence the decisions that we make and how we feel about our actions. I guess maybe I felt like an “adventurous” mother that day, letting my child eat raw egg whites incorporated into cake batter. Sometimes I feel like I over-analyze situations and if I never let my child experience things then he will have fewer memories. Fewer instances of just enjoying life and not letting that enigma known as “what other people think” constantly barrage our thinking. So thanks to my mom for letting me live on the “edge” and taking a picture of it…and Grant thanks you too (although now he wants to sample my cooking every time I get that kitchenaid out and doesn’t always get his way).

Credits: Kitschy Digitals Calico Dream (Paper), CheekyMonkey A Happy Heart (staple), Hazel Olive Oh Baby (red button), Traci Stroud BeautynWorld (red ribbon), ErinInk (inkblotit-template)

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