Autumn

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Happy first day of fall!!! Something about autumn is so nostalgic, right? The smells, the colors, tastes, the entire season is all so good. My favorite thing to do to every year is to take a trip to the apple orchard. We enjoy slightly cooler temps and a bit of countryside up in the mountains. We went a bit early this year, so most of the apple orchard wasn’t ready yet, but we were able to pick pears and a selection of apple trees. We got to baking right away and I will share what we made with our pears in another post soon! I hope you enjoy this season of memory making and apple pie eating!DSC_4552DSC_4566 copy…peeking in on the sheep and goats!DSC_4562.jpgDSC_4606 copyBig sister doing what she does best, such a good helper!DSC_4612DSC_4615DSC_4619DSC_4624Caleb was much more interested in exploring than apple picking, it’s very hilly at the orchard and he fell a couple times, hence his dirty bum! 😉DSC_4629DSC_4636DSC_4641DSC_4643DSC_4647DSC_4682 copyDSC_4685 copyAnd for being good sports with mommy’s picture-taking, daddy got them lollipops at the gift shop. 🙂 DSC_4712 copyDSC_4721 copyDSC_4725 copyDSC_4729 copy

 

flowers + milk

This weekend I treated the girls to a flower + milk bath. Have you ever had one? I made one for myself when I was pregnant and it was calming and so pretty. I knew they’d love the idea and of course they both were so excited to help sprinkle in the powdered milk and put the flowers into the water. They always think it’s a little bit special to get to bathe in our big tub, anyway, so it was something fun for them to do while Caleb was napping.DSC_0856If you’re interested in trying, go for it! Don’t be intimidated and don’t think it’s only for special occasions! It’s a perfect way to break up the monotony of daily bath time and it can be super relaxing. Why not make a nice afternoon bath a little extra special? Collage4DSC_0901Collage1DSC_0873DSC_0912The carnation flowers were a bit heavy and kept tipping over, so I gently opened them up and that helped. The chamomile flowers were perfect, they floated well and were simple and pretty. I tried this with dahlias once before and they started falling apart almost immediately, so this definitely isn’t for every flower! 😉 For the milk, I just used some inexpensive powdered milk from the grocery store. If you google “milk bath” I believe there are some other ways to achieve the milk bath look, but this worked just fine for us. Collage2DSC_0940Finally, add a few drops of lavender essential oil, light a candle or two, grab your favorite book and enjoy for yourself, or treat your kiddos to a day at the “spa”! DSC_0948DSC_0945DSC_0963Collage3DSC_1014Collage7DSC_1092DSC_1104DSC_0982DSC_1079

Splish, splash! Enjoy!

xo

Renee

Madelyn is wearing a favorite suit by Minnowswim

Kora is in a J. Crew suit that used to be Madelyn’s

my heart.

Thanksgiving is days away and I can’t think of a better time to share this. I’m behind the camera a lot and everyone who knows me, knows that photography is my passion, but I’ve been trying to make a real effort to get in front of the camera so that my children have photos to look back at with me in them as well and for me to look back at in twenty, thirty,  forty years. There is something about a photograph. It’s a moment in time. A story to share. Something that preserves us in that moment forever. Memories can be fuller when there’s a photograph to take us back. This year for my Christmas present, I asked my husband if we could go to San Diego and have Corey Villicana photograph us. It’s probably one of the best presents I’ve ever received.

I am thankful, so very thankful, down to my soul, for my family. My husband and our children are my everything. They are my light and my joy. I will cherish these photos forever. Be sure to scroll all the way to the end, because the video that Corey shot is just everything and more…

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This video is so special to me, I have watched it over and over and each time, it brings tears to my eyes. It is so beautiful. Thank you so much, Corey!

Photography by Corey Villicana Photography