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Sunday, June 24, 2012


It's appropriately named Paradise Creek.
We come here every summer.
First we have to hike in a bit...
go over some barbed wire...

But once we're there, there's a lot of nothing that goes on,
like playing with sticks 
walking in the creek
tossing rocks in the water
Seriously this little one thought throwing rocks in the creek was the best thing in the whole wide world!  She could have done it all day long.
At one point it started to rain, so we went under the cover of some spruce trees for about 5 minutes.
The wild flowers aren't in full bloom yet.  They're patiently waiting for the monsoons to come so they can explode
Back when cropping was an afterthought, when I thought the more contrast the better, and when we only had 6 children, 3 years ago, I took a pic of my kiddos on this very same log.  
I think it's pretty ironic that back then it was our first summer with Tess and Jude, and they didn't have shirts on then. 
Now it's Mimi's first summer with us, and compliments of a very juicy cherry incident, she doesn't have a shirt this time. 
Even my teen girls (plus one extra that actually is like family and is such a joy to have with us) seem to have a good time.
Really, it was paradise.


  1. I can't think of a more appropriate name! And you captured your time there so beautifully. What a gorgeous place!

    I had to laugh at the photos of Mimi tossing rocks. My kiddos could've done that all day, too, when we were on vacation in the Smoky Mountains last summer. (Oh wait...those photos never made it on to the blog because there were too many to edit and not enough time! Lightroom to the rescue!)

    Just beautiful!

  2. Thank you for sharing, I enjoyed reading and watching the beautiful photos. <3

  3. Yes, it's very appropriately named :)
    LOVE the light in some of these... wow! And I took a look back at your older post from there and I can't believe how tiny your kiddos look! Time marches on, doesn't it?!
    Happy Sunday, Nancy :)

  4. These photos are beautiful!! I love the first and last one! Happy Sunday!

  5. What a gorgeous family you have and your images are wonderfully unique.

    Thank you so much for sharing with us at Your Sunday Best this week, Nancy. :)

  6. Morning Nancy - don't know what's better - the camera work or the models - heck it all kinda works together!!

    hugs - aus and co.

  7. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos and family!
    God bless.

  8. These are so fun...felt like I was right there with you all. Kind of wish I was!

  9. So beautiful!! Love the scenery and the pictures you shared. :)


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