SEVEN: A Super Volcano

This kid is seven years old this year.  Seven is our family’s favorite number (Harry and I’s first date was on a seven, we got married on a seven, my first daughter was born on a seven, and my second daughter came home on a seven).  So we decided a while back, that we’d plan a trip […]

My Wild Ones: The Best of 2015

I’m the kind of person that can easily get really overwhelmed with the sadness of the world at times.  This is one of those times.  And I know I’m not the only one.  When I get like that, I need to give my heart a break.  It’s not avoiding the situation.  Well, maybe it is. […]

how to pass down a hard drive through generations

columbus family session with albums

Let me tell you about my visits with my grandma. Actually, let me back up even before that and tell you about my grandpa (other side of the family).  He was an amazing man with whom I spent many of my childhood days.  He taught me how to make popcorn on the stove and to always […]

2014 rocked!

I’m not really a New Year’s kinda gal.  I love that I married a man who has Chinese roots, and adopted a daughter from China – an extra bonus of this means I get to celebrate Chinese New Year.  I can pretty much never get my shit together for the solar (Western) new year, but the lunar one, […]

lessons learned while traveling with the littles

Travel is our family’s greatest joy in life.  Being together and sharing new experiences is a favorite for each of the four of us.  My husband is a teacher, and it’s very possible that he is about to go on strike.  There is also a pretty good possibility that it could go on for a while. […]

our summer bucket list: a summer of adventure!

*climb a glacier *night kayak in glowing water  *walk along the great wall of china *take trapeze class Having a bucket list is awesome.  And crossing things off your bucket list is even awesomer.  (I’ve decided at this point in my life to embrace my over-use of the word ‘awesome’ – I’ll be using it […]

10 tips for great summer vacation photos

Summer is here!!! Some of our family’s best memories happen while on vacation.  My littlest just had a vacation-themed birthday party – THAT’s how important vacations are to us!  Here’s some ideas on how to get some great pictures while you’re on vacation. 1.  This is my absolute, number one rule: NO “SAY CHEESE!” If […]

Palm canyons, rattlesnakes, and jazz music: a quick trip to the palm desert

columbus ohio photographer, palm springs vacation

Thanks to my travel hacker husband, who scored us 4 free plane tickets and a free rental car (through the southwest rewards credit card – awesome!), we got to head someplace warm in March: The Palm Desert in California.  And it was glorious! It required traveling pretty late, and so the littles were pretty cranked out […]

can i go out in my bare feet?: a chronicle of the unending winter

Day one: the first snow I wish I had had a camera ready for my littlest’s face the morning she saw the first snow of the season.  It was awesome.  When the girls got home from preschool, we played non-stop in the snow.  Happy! Day 13: still exciting! Lots of snow eating and snowball fights. […]

the potato chip cheers

“Our little super hero.”  This is what his family calls him.  In the history of the whole world, there is not a more fitting nickname.  Sweet, sweet Gavin.  This beautiful baby boy went on to get his smile back on January 18th.  He fought the cancer in his body with everything.  Everything he had in […]