ice castles

hello blog world....

it has been a while...

It has been a while since I've even picked up my camera. I'm in that typical winter slump. In a way, the slump isn't such a bad thing.  Sometimes a welcome break.  I have had more time to read, volunteer, meet up with friends, take boys to swimming lessons, watch Owen play basketball etc.... We've been battling two weeks of non stop sickness...croup, ear infections, influenza like illness....ready for a break from that.  41 days until spring break.....not that I'm counting.... ;)

Amidst the sickness, we were able to squeeze in a little visit to the ice castles here in town....

I managed to snap a few before my fingers froze off. 

They are quite beautiful.  

A frozen wonder....

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december

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our days of december....

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first snow

just a few snapshots of the first snow....

the boys just loved the fresh flakes....

we are all longing for more as the weird Christmas rain has turned it all crunchy....

let it snow....

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our little family

it was our turn behind the camera this fall....

i must say...photographing my own family is far more stressful and difficult than capturing other people!

but, we had a nice little walk in the woods and got the job done....

and the boys survived.... :)

without further ado....

our little family....

they make me smile...

they have my heart....

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sedona

Way back in October, the hubby and I went to stunning Sedona for the 4th year in a row.  I can safely say, Sedona never gets old.  We stayed at the same little inn, which we love.  We ate at the same delicious restaurant a few times but also tried some new places.  We walked some of the same trails and toured some of the same spots. It is always beautiful, no matter how many times I see it.  There was a familiarity to it since we have gone a few times now.  There was more time to just sit back and enjoy it.  I actually did not take out my camera a whole lot--a somewhat freeing feeling.  We did go to a vineyard one evening for some wine tasting, which was a new outing for us.  It was beautiful to see the sun set on the vineyard.....to see the sunshine illuminate everything on the hill while we sipped our wine.  All in all, a lovely, relaxing little get away.  (And thank you dear mom for entertaining the boys--it is so appreciated!)  Until next time...

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