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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

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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The weekend after our birthdays was absolutely gorgeous. We decided to spend the afternoon hiking at the Lowry Nature Center. Jeff had fun testing out his new video camera. I had fun taking photographs. And Ellie had fun exploring.

I’ve also made a few layouts already using some of the photographs from that day.

 

Last week parents were invited to sit in at dance class. Ellie’s was on Monday. They demonstrated how they stretch at the barre and on the floor. They showed all 5 ballet feet and arm positions and did a number of across the floor exercises. It was also the class where their recital costume is revealed and orders placed. Ellie’s class will be wearing a cute dress that has a white fitted bodice with embroidered flowers and a long, flowing, pink skirt.

I used these photos from dance class as part of a 30 minute challenge last Saturday to make this layout.

Anna’s jazz class was on Tuesday night. At her level they are leaping and turning all over the place. They do much of their work across the floor and it’s good to see that the instructor insists on working both left and right sides. Anna isn’t as thrilled with her costume, a black and red biketard, or maybe it’s the fishnet stockings that go with it. Anyway, I’m sure she’ll look amazing in it as always.

Here’s a layout I made of Anna and her MVC All Star teammates cheering on the participants at last month’s Diabetes Walk.

“Piles of Smiles”

“Peter’s Pumpkins”

 

“Pumpkin Carving”

“Pretty Panda”

“Halloween Looks”

 

The MVC All Star girls helped out at the annual “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk” held at Lake Nokomis a few weeks ago.

Tiny, Lexi (and pooch), Anna and Morgan.

“Madonna” from the St. Paul Saints was there.

Posing with “Madonna”.

Anna having fun.

The team getting instructions from Coach Krisan.

Anna’s group that headed out to meet the participants.

Some of the moms (Nadine, Lisa and me).

The MVC All Stars.

The Purple Team cheering on the walkers at the starting line.

These girls know what they are doing…look at that “toe pop”.

Even “Goldy” from the University of Minnesota braved hanging out with these girls. They almost loved him to death and he had to make a quick escape.

Highlights of the event captured in a layout for Anna’s scrapbook.

Two weeks ago my husband was recognized for his 20 years of service to his company. It was an opportunity for us to get a bit dressed up and enjoy a fancy dinner. Don’t we make a cute couple?