I love spending time at the lake and I love the view I have especially early in the morning as the sun is rising over the horizon. I captured this beauty with my iphone.

 

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Credits: Then & Now kit by Heather Taylor (Mscraps)

She is certainly a lucky girl for many reasons. One of them is being totally comfortable with her own style. Take a look at this collection of a few capture style moments.

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Credits: Expert kit by Karla Dudley (Pixels & Company); font: arial

Ellie started 4th grade early last week. It was a bittersweet day for me that was made easier through the photos that were sent by my husband and son. It was the first first day of school that I wasn’t there. I started working on a project out of town. My husband captured this enthusiastic  start to her first day of 4th grade.

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Credits: Raulito Font by Liv (jessica sprague); Brown Bagger, Photo Stories frame, Phot Stories washi tape, Photo Stories Journaling strip,  T  + mini 8 brush, T+ mini 5 overlay (all by Liv at jessica sprague); Note to Self elements by Echo Park (jessica sprague);  Tag by Michelle Coleman; font: impact

Just want to tell it like it is…my two girls really do love each other:

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Credits: The Story Rubons by Liv (jessica sprague); 2011 Template Bundle, itoons paper, my paintbox vol 2, point of view arrows and T+mini 4 overlay all by Liv (at jessica sprague); font: vt portable remington

Ellie and Jeff spent a night “camped” in the back yard. I was invited to roast marshmallows with them.

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We ate our way through the Taste of Dorset. Ellie loved playing all the games and even won a tadpole!

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More snow cone treats!

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Ellie walked on water at the county fair.

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Ellie learned to bake Grandma Penny’s banana bread, the best banana bread in the whole world!

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Ellie and I had an adventure on the train. She saw Minnehaha Falls for the first time and it was roaring! Then we continued to downtown Minneapolis where she was fascinated with revolving doors.

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4th of July always includes sparklers around here:

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I rode in the Tour of Saints bike ride with my Dad, brother and nephew.

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Made lots of snow cones for Ellie and her friends on hot days!

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Anna got her drivers permit! Look out!

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And I went tubing on the Mississippi River at Dana and Dan’s 40th birthday bash!

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Gee it’s been quite awhile, but I’m back and ready to share what’s going on and things I’ve been creating!

Here are some layouts from June this past summer:

 

 

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It was a cold morning the Sunday before Thanksgiving and it was the one day of the season that the All Stars were scheduled to appear on the plaza before the game. It was also the day after our first snowfall. After getting myself mostly ready (my A-team was also scheduled to perform on the plaza) and then finding out that due to the cold the old ladies were staying home. At least the rest of my team stayed home where it was warm. I still had to go out with Anna. I put on some warmer clothes and grabbed a blanket then headed downtown. And it was cold!

The MVC All Star Purple team on the plaza. (Anna’s in the middle.)

Kicks were kept down a bit so as not to get injured in the cold.

Poms in the slush on purpose…really.

Dancing up a storm.

I think the move after this the slush went flying from their shoes into the crowd. The little girls in front of me loved that.

Still smiling despite the cold.

Anna and a friend.

Another friend and old teammate was a pleasant surprise to see.

Do we look cold?

Here is the team performing:

At the end of our fall hike, there was time to play on the playground that Ellie just happened to know about…(she’d been there on a school trip).

There really was a sign next to this slide that encouraged you to “slide like otters” on your belly. So Jeff and Ellie made like an otter…

Ellie did slow down for awhile…long enough to take a few photos.

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