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September 6, 2013

…is Carmen San Diego?

Oh, how I loved Carmen as a child.  We had an old-school computer game that I remember specifically, where I took crazy clues that no 7 year old should really focus on (like spelunking might mean Carmen was in the Appalachians somewhere) and tried to track this lady down.  Carmen, we had some good times.  But I digress.  I was thinking about Carmen because I have been MIA this summer and I thought I should throw up one big blog to show you where in the world I have actually been.  I’ve taken a lot of photos of awesome families around Columbus, true, but I’ve also been in New York and in the state of Washington doing a little gallivanting of my own.  So here’s a brief tour of several of the highlights.

First, a gorgeous set of twins that arrived in Columbus in early summer, after a much-too-long bedrest for their champion mama:

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Love when I can get sweet little newborn smiles!

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They make so many cute twin outfits… but I love the Baby A & Baby B onesies that their funny uncle bought them.  🙂catch-up-blog-5 catch-up-blog-6

Such sweet little twinnies.  Mom is in such love with her new little son & daughter!  (Dad and big brother are, too, of course, but I love these next couple photos with Mom.)

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I also got to visit with these three ASP all-stars.  I have been photographing little Miss J since she was a mere newborn, & now she’s got a little brother who’s set to arrive any day.  I can’t wait to meet the little guy!


I loved watching Miss J run around the Park of Roses fountain:

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I have also gotten to see sweet Mister L as he’s growing so quickly this summer.  He’s getting huge!  But here he is way back when… three months old in June:

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So many adorable expressions!

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I just love the hot dog shirt.  Good outfit pick, Mom & Dad!


I also helped throw an awesome surprise party for my kid brother & sister-in-law, who both turned 25 earlier this year.  I tried my hand at icing piping, which went pretty well (although the cupcakes themselves weren’t my doing):

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Happy birthday you two!  Then, in June, we also ran the Color Palooza downtown.  We had such a fun time:

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In July, the hubby & I drove up to Lake Ontario to meet some family there to fish for a few days.  We have a freezer full of the tastiest salmon & steelhead & lake trout to boot:

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My hubby (above) had the time of his life! 🙂

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I got to visit Dawes this summer for the first time, too, with the gorgeous M family:

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I love love loved the sunflowers:

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I spent some time at Highbanks this summer with a few families, and here is one of the most good looking families… 🙂

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Mr. E celebrated his first birthday this summer… my was it fun seeing him grow up this last year!

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Mom used the “Thank You” photos for birthday thank you notes — such an adorable idea.  I also met the B fam at Highbanks in the last month or so.  Seriously, these two boys (well, all four family members, really) are the most fun you’ll ever have:

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Above, the line keeps running through my head: “if you’re stinky & you know it clap your hands!”

And below, big brother B insisted on taking “family hug” photos.  Seriously, what a sweet little boy:

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The little guy slept for us half way through the session…


But we woke him back up to play after his twenty minute power nap, and fortunately, he cooperated:

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During one of our trips out of town, we dropped off our gorgeous puppy dogs at Lou Ann’s house in Plain City, where she runs Pleasant Valley Doodles and always has the most adoooooooorable puppies.  Our little Indy came from one of Lou Ann’s litters (the best litter of all time, I might say, since our Coco was the mama!), so I am pretty biased in saying so.   But looooooook, how can you not love these little guys?

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And, one more fun highlight from the summer… I celebrated a birthday and had my first birthday cake in years, compliments of my awesome sis-in-law.  Seriously, we overlook birthday cakes as adults, but what a fun thing for a room full of grown ups to have a birthday cake and a cheesy birthday song.  And it was so so tasty!

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Ah, what a wonderful summer it has been.  Thank you to all those who have shared it with me & helped make it so freaking incredible!

(If only summer weren’t almost over!)

xoxoxo Amy


September 3, 2012

Indy turned one in August.  Remember all her puppy photos we chronicled on this blog?  Yes, well, those are a year behind us.  We were a couple weeks late in giving her a birthday cake, but we got around to it.  And she loved it.

We got these cute teal bandanas from one of our favorite neighbors down the street.  Their youngest son had a birthday party where bandanas were plentiful, and Mom brought over red & teal leftovers.  I don’t think she’s ever been in our red & teal basement, but she must have known that I have a thing for those colors.  🙂

And the cake is from the fantabulous Three Dog Bakery on High Street.  If you have a pet & you’ve never stopped in here, you need to.  They typically have a one-day turnaround with cakes, and they’re all natural and obviously dog friendly.  My pups can’t get enough of these.  So far, we’ve gotten one for every birthday (yes, we know that they’re ridiculously spoiled):

I love these next two.  We were so worried when we picked a little girl out of Coco’s litter that the two female personalities would clash long term.  But no — they cuddle together all the time, and will even sit like this for cheesy photos:

Thanks again, M, for the bandanas.  Clearly Coco & Indy are adorable in teal! 🙂

xoxoxo Amy

June 14, 2012

Last weekend I became a college graduate… for the second time.  While the ceremonies Ohio State conducted were meaningful for the rest of my family, I’m more about the smaller, homier atmosphere… so of course, my favorite part of the weekend was having friends & family over to the house to celebrate.  Shawn & I created the following goodness in my little basement photo studio… and what a ball everyone had. 

Check these mug shots out! 🙂


May 5, 2012

Last week I went to visit our breeder Lou Ann out at Pleasant Valley Doodles in Plain City, and she has a new litter of 11 chocolate labradoodles!  Our Coco (who stays with us but is bred by Lou Ann) has a sister named Lauren who is the proud Mama of these eleven, and here, at two weeks old, they are adorable.  They look just like Coco’s litter did last year!

Anyway, while visiting, there was the most beautiful sunset — and I was totally intrigued by the field of dandelions adjacent to where the dogs are fenced in.  So beautiful!  Anyway, a few photos from the evening there:

April 7, 2012

A few Saturdays ago I flew up to Vancouver with some soon-to-be colleagues for a pathology convention.  The forty minute flight from Seattle up to Vancouver, just as the sun was setting, produced the most gorgeous sunset I have ever seen.  The part I loved about it was the clouds — look at how gorgeous these things are!  This weekend is and will be hard for me (and for my dad’s whole family), as it’s the first holiday we’ve ever celebrated without my grandmother.  She passed away on the afternoon I returned home from this trip.  Grieving for her — and celebrating her life well lived — has not been easy during the last two weeks.  These photos bring me peace, though — this was sunset on the last day I ever talked to her, and I see her in their beauty. 

Happy Easter, or Passover, or just happy weekend, to you and yours. 

xoxoxo Amy