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Our wedding day photos // Athens GA

John and I got married in the woods. My friend Casey took photos and signed the marriage license. When we finished in the woods, we met Logan downtown and he took some engagement-style images of us. The last 6 months have flown by and I haven’t had a chance to post those photos, so in honor of our 6 month anniversary, here they are!!

Photo credit: Logan Potterf

Camping at Tugaloo // Family Moments

I grew up camping.  I had no idea that it wasn't something everyone did.  I grew up in Ohio, far, far away from the beach or the mountains, so they were not options for our vacations.  But we loved being outside and near a fire so camping it was! It was the best and I'm so grateful that camping was our version of vacation.

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As the years have passed, I've backpacked camped, camped as a cheap way to travel, had big family camping trips, and girls-only hiking/camping weekends.  Jeremy and I took the kids camping a few times when they were small and before we got divorced.  Post-divorce, I haven't had the chance (or guts) to take the kids camping by myself.  I am a good camper.  I can make a fire, cook, set up a tent all by myself and I enjoy every bit of it, but I just wasn't sure if I could manage the bathrooms and all of the work that camping involves,while splitting my attention between three kids.  AND that doesn't even take into account the ever-changing weather in this lovely state.

Logan's oldest son, Micah, shares a birthday with me and we both really enjoy camping, so we decided to pick a weekend near our birthday and make a family camping trip happen. It takes a lot of stuff and food and effort to go camping with 11 kids and 8 adults!  We had a really, really good time!  The weather wasn't terribly hot and it was so fun to see how grown up and helpful my crew was :-)

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Here's a series we took to see if any of the kids had the same color eyes.  Turns out some do and some don't, but they sure do have gorgeous faces (and eyes).

Feeding 11 kids is a feat all it's own and takes most of us adults, but it sure was fun to squish them around the table and watch them eat.

I let Henry (and maybe Lucy, I can't remember) walk around and take photos with my camera and I'm so impressed with what they captured! 

Lake play! And a few portraits of the kids that thought it was fun :)

Lyndie + James // Couple Session // Cortona, Italy

It all started when Rhia said, we're living and teaching in Italy next summer, so you should plan to visit us.  I thought, no way can I afford to do that, but I'll try! Because how often do your best friends LIVE in Italy and invite you to stay with them?  The more we talked about it the more I thought I just had to make it work out. Over dinner one evening, I mentioned to Lyndie and James that I was going to Italy to visit Rhia and Jeff and James exclaimed that they should go, too.  10 minutes later, we had decided to take off work, pick some days in July and make arrangements to go together! 

I am so grateful for their companionship during our trip.  We experienced some really great things, walked many, many miles and learned a lot about Italy and each other.  One of things that I really wanted to do while we were there, was taking portraits of Lyndie and James and Rhia and Jeff and their kids.  Below are my favorites of Lyndie and James.  I'll make another post with the images of Rhia and Jeff's family.

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Rare sighting of Henry, Lucy & Wren // My Kiddos // Athens GA

As you can see below, being my kid is tough business.  I mean, every once in a while I make you brush your hair, put on clothes that *sort of* match and ask you stand in some pretty light.  It's rough, as well as tough.

In all seriousness, they were pretty cooperative and I'm so glad to have the photos.  I picked my favorite image of each kid, printed a 4x6 of it, put them all in one frame and put it on the shelf in the bathroom.  And now I get to see their adorable faces every time I walk in there.