the colors of fall edition: seven on seven

I have been entranced by my surroundings this fall. From cute animal encounters at the bus stop to Halloween photos on our doorstep, there was no way I could choose only seven. I went out one day seeking only yellow and could have filled an entire post with just those. Or red. Or Halloween costumes and decor. As if the foliage colors weren’t enough, we happened upon one of the most striking rainbows I’ve ever seen. Well done, fall.

doors in fall
red door green leaves
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yellows leaves embrace
fallen yellow leaves
background in waiting
feathered costumes halloween
little green soldier halloween
military theme halloween
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Thank you for stopping by and do hop on over to see Kris McNeil’s latest.

the pumpkin patch edition: seven on seven

October is here with all the fall festivities!

lone pumpkin by wooden wall
corn maze with a view

This had to have been one of the most scenic corn mazes I’ve ever been too, with Smith Rock State Park in the background.

pumpkins seen through corn maze
colorful indian corn

Can you tell the difference between an alpaca and a llama? The key differences — I learned — are the ear shape and hair fluff on top of the head. (Top is llama, bottom is alpaca.)

my guys at the pumpkin patch

Just in time for school pictures, we happened to get some of the worst hair cuts the boys have ever had, oops. Oh well, they don’t seem to mind, and their hair grows plenty fast.

 Probably the pumpkin cannon was a highlight for my kiddos.

Probably the pumpkin cannon was a highlight for my kiddos.

 But I really loved the little hike we did at Smith Rock State Park. I definitely need to spend more time there.

But I really loved the little hike we did at Smith Rock State Park. I definitely need to spend more time there.

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Here’s hoping you’re having a lovely October in your corner of the world. Do stop by Kris McNeil Photography to see some Colorado fall beauty and another mention of llamas.

spring breakin: seven on seven

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We didn't go far this Spring Break. In fact, our mini-cation was something of a stay-cation, just two hours away from home. And yet for those few days, everything was different, we were different. We fell out of our daily routines and fell into the simple joys of time spent together. Other simple joys included: the scent of pine needles, a fireplace in our hotel room, naps on the deck, never ending bike trails. Our room had a tv, but it was never so much as powered on the entire time. Electronics were set aside for real live games of chess, spoons, Uno.

I wasn't sure my husband was going to make it back from a work trip in time to join us, but, he did and it made all the difference. It allowed us each to have some one-on-one time with the boys when they wanted to go in different directions. On the last day, the littlest one wanted to try indoor-boogie boarding on the wave rider while the eldest wanted to do more exploring on his bike. Julius took to the waves and I hit the trails. I let Jack choose our route and direct us on our ride. In turn, he was a little more willing to be in front of the camera. 

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one on one time is good
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in the photo.jpg

Did you take a spring break anywhere?

Sunriver Resort is the place we stayed. We'll definitely be back.

Next in our circle is the lovely Kris McNeil, do hop over and see her images for this month! 

adventuring at lake eklutna

We've been living in our snow pants lately. Whether or not there is snow on the ground, most everything is covered in frost and everybody seems happier when all their parts and bits are nice and toasty.

We drove up to Eklutna Lake just to get outside the other day. The boys resisted at first but guess who didn't want to leave? They quickly busied themselves ice cutting (thank you, Frozen) and stick gathering and log crossing and just generally enjoying themselves outside in a pretty dang pretty setting. The blues are so blue, but there was something about the textures in the muted browns were really catching my eye. Not my typical photo share, but then Alaska is not your typical place. 

beauty in the breakdown at lake eklutna a landscape image by tara romasanta
reflected mountain at lake eklutna alaska by lifestyle phtoographer tara romasanta
 why so glum, chum?

why so glum, chum?

 a hint of a smile.

a hint of a smile.

frozen grasses
monochromatic log and grasses
smiling boys at lake eklutna
mirror reflection at lake eklutna