It was time for a vacation around our house last week. We have been working machines for the last few months and it was time to pack up and check out for a bit. We took to Lower Lewis River Falls with our favorite camping companions for our annual camping trip to enjoy the fire glow, camp meals, beautiful scenery, and of course fun & laughter. The weather was kind, the water was crisp, and the views were unforgettable.
I’ve taken photos for this dear family several times in the past- it helps that we’ve known each other for a decade. When Krista advised me a photo session would be in order to help announce a new addition, I jumped at the idea! She’ll be a lucky mom to another beautiful baby boy and surrounded by her guys- Chris and Jake! We used the Sugar Beet Factory as our backdrop and had a lot of fun. Jake will be an amazing big brother, I just know it. Congratulations to you all!
As you may have noticed, I love living in the Pacific Northwest.
There is endless nature to be discovered, scenery as far as the eye can see, and gifts only the cool damp weather can bring.
With the holidays in full swing, I thought I would gather a few pieces of my favorite place and put a wreath together. I chose to hop over to my favorite green belt and pick up the left overs from a recent wind storm. It was a win-win.
Here is what you will need:
Wreath form (I used a maple branch)
Various Evergreen Boughs
Start by forming your wreath by bending the branch into a circle. Wire together tightly.
Grab about 4 boughs at a time, laying them on the wreath form, and tightly wrapping with wire to secure them. I used several pieces of wire instead of continuously wrapping. Continue around the entire wreath form adding different sets of boughs for different textures. Wrap a hanger to the main circle of the wreath. Tuck in a garnishments-holly, pine cones, or as I did, curly willow branches.
Give to your neighbors- hang on your door- share a bit of love.
I adore the Ritter Family. They have been a large part of my life since kindergarten after meeting their oldest daughter and my best friend The Natural Ginger. They have a breathtaking piece of land nestled in the Cascades and a thriving business at Ritter Farms specializing in weddings and events.
When they get a chance to be in the same place at the same time, we’ve managed to capture a few photos. We had the opportunity when the extended family had a photo session, so we had to take full advantage of the opportunity to get some new family portraits.
I spent the morning with this great guy in the downtown streets of Olympia. The bright colors we found throughout the alleys were a perfect match for his personal style. As the oldest of his family, his mom came along for the fun so we snapped a few of them together. It will be the start of a tradition according to Mackenzie’s Mom. Mackenzie is a senior at Timberline HS and has his sights on furthering his education after he graduates.
Wishing him the best in his bright future!