Hello, Friday!

Let’s take a look at our week via instagram, shall we?

The boys made us their “special” lemonade…


We worked on our projects… okay, well mainly my husband worked on the chicken living situation.


BUT, I was busy turning this old family writing desk into a beautiful dresser in our foster care room! It’s perfectly imperfect and I love it!


Speaking of foster care, our life has been busy with our little foster baby. It’s so much fun to watch her learn and grow. It’s amazing all that she has picked up in the last few weeks.

She stands next to furniture!


The twins read her books…



And Averie and I have soooooo much fun clothes-shopping for her!


Christy and I found these “vintage” desks for giveaway while we were visiting my Dad. I grabbed two for the twins and she grabbed two to haul down to Texas. The boys are loving them!



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We have had some big, exciting weeks around here lately. I love summertime!


We have been playing with my chickens {I love them!}. They are amazing to watch. Really.


We bought 47 acres.


Oh, and we went to Florida. Rollercoasters and theme parks, followed by many days relaxing in the sand and chasing lizards.



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Baby Tesher

When my friend Amy asked me to take baby photos for her, I said yes immediately. Hello! BABY! I love babies! And then I thought, WAIT. I’ve never photographed a baby before. Crap. The day came, I cranked my heat to 80 and created backdrops by turning my furniture at weird angles in my living room in front of our big picture window. I envisioned a sleepy baby that would handle posing and fiddling and never wake up. Bahahaha! First off, let me say that Tesher is one of the cutest babies ever. He is totally squeezable and ohmygoodness that hair! Secondly, I clearly had no clue. The baby slept all of maybe ten minutes during our few hours together? Please note, that he fell asleep after the shoot and slept the entire time while we went out to eat. Nevertheless, he was perfect and beautiful and I was able to get some awesome shots! I hope you love them, Amy! Thanks for letting me play with your sweet little bebe!






instaFriday {march 9}

This week has been filled with sick.

It felt like a big school bus plowed me over and drug me a few hundred feet.

But, as any sick momma knows, life must go on.

Until the kids go to school, then you can crawl back in bed with and rest with your favorite furry pets.

Or email with one of your best friends and come up with a hilarious new website.

I had a photo shoot last weekend for a new clothing store opening soon… it was a blast! More “official” photos will be posted soon!

My order of beautiful fabric arrived… now I just need to figure out {and find the time} to create with it.

That’s all I’ve got for you this week! What’s new with you?

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I’m sorry…

I can’t work out today.

The dog ate my shoelaces.

Good thing he’s cute.

northern lights

I finally caught a glimpse of the beauty -from my front porch!


instaFriday {february 3}

It’s Friday! Hooray! I am so looking forward to having a low-key, relaxing weekend!

We started off last weekend by heading to Deadwood, South Dakota for a bit of birthday fun for my husband, and to pick up his birthday present -a puppy! {no, he didn’t get his blowgun *snort*}

Wally turned 25,000 miles on the way. Sniff. My baby is getting old.

The kids expended some of their never-ending energy in the pool, while mama relaxed in the lounger with a beer in hand.

Then, we ditched the kids and went downstairs for some adult fun- drinks and gambling. Only it’s no fun when you lose. Or when you wake up the next morning with a massive hangover.

At lunch, the breeders called and said they were running earlier than expected. We scarfed our food and rushed to pick up this guy.


The kids celebrated their 100th day of school this week! The 3rd graders were supposed to dress up as though they were 100 years old. Here is Bridger, Ashton is apparently “too cool”:

Also? *insert shameless plug* I launched a new website this week –Shrinking Kitchen! Go check it out!


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Meet Digger, a miniature Australian Shepherd.



He is 10-weeks old.


I pretty much die of cute every time I look at him.



Ozzie does not feel the same way. He changed immediately and was not a fan of this little baby pup whatsoever.

Until he discovered that, HEY! PUPPIES LIKE TO PLAY!



This puppy business might not be as bad as he first thought.


you capture: top 10 of 2011

Is it bad that I still have hundreds (or thousands) of photos from 2011 to go through and edit? I may get to it by 2018 at the rate I’m going. I loved going through my files looking for my favorites. Reminds me that there was much beauty in 2011, no matter how hard of a year it was! I couldn’t just pick ten, so bear with me.

My favorite photos of 2011:



Sending a message to Grandpa Barnhart.


Cyndee’s tribute:

Sending messages to Cyndee in heaven.


Deserted schoolhouse.


Drilling rig.



a girl's best friend.




i'll change the world someday







10,955 feet




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you capture {festive}

I simply cannot believe that it’s December 22nd already! Just this morning, we loaded up the truck {and trailer!} and sent Justin, Kane, the dog, and two cats to work. The kids still in school, the other cat, and I will follow tomorrow or the next day. How we are all going to fit in our tiny little home-at-work is beyond me.

This is the warmest Christmas in North Dakota that I ever remember. There are only a few remnants of snow from a brief flurry we received a few weeks ago. North Dakota. Not a white Christmas. Pure Crazy!


Our youngest little man is swearing off Christmas presents for the 2nd year in a row! Last year, he raised $5,622 for charity: water, and a clean water well is currently being built in Ethiopia! How awesome is that? This year, his goal is TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS. Bridger currently stands at $1,317 raised for people desperately in need of water. Did you know that a child will die every 15 SECONDS due to a lack of safe water? If you want to help Bridger change that statistic, you can donate on his secure web page, just click on the photo below!

Flipping Out

I saw this mitten garland on the Land of Nod website and fell in love. I swear, I turn instantly happy every time I see it!


Christmas balls:


Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

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