A Little O' This and That

Once again life has been busy, busy. Despite our efforts to simplify and minimize things always get crazy. But that's ok, since most of what takes up our time is a lot of fun! For instance, check out our (third) post for the day, (yep, we had one of those chain-post things going on today)!

We were honored to attend Lia's preschool graduation. The most startling part of this evening was realizing Lia will be in kindergarten next year! So weird!

Elliot posed beautifully for a graduation card for Uncle Jared, who just finished his senior year of high school! Go him! (This is one of Melissa's favorite photos ever!)

Once again we invested in new camera equipment. Despite the fact that our wallets were hurting, we had a lot of fun practicing with our new gear...
 ...even to strange results sometimes...
 ...but hey...who ever tires of dramatic cat photos? (Heh, hem)

Elliot has been loving blocks lately. Used to be she just liked knocking them down, but she has since learned the satisfaction of stacking. She does pretty well keeping those towers up!

Yeah, this is our fault...our girl can be a total veg-head sometimes, (though the Curios George-induced-comas usually only last about 10min, then it's off to playing again!)

Matt has successfully lodged a love for pandas in Elli's heart. She was the one though to combine panda-time with scooter time. Way to pump as much fun as possible into one time-slot, Elli!

Our sister-in-law, Katie, created a monster when she told all her family where a really awesome, little nature trail is. We of course had to check it out, and we loved it! In the next few photos we are standing in the middle of some gorgeous sequoias...

 ...Elli would not let go of that California poppy.
 There is a little pond surrounded by reeds at one point.
 And Melissa really liked this. For a moment she almost thought she was in Oregon, (except that it was like 90degrees out in early June...then she remembered where she was). But still...very cool concept!
 Elliot found out what clover was on our little trek. She kept trying to make Momma eat it, until Mommy hid the plant in Elli's pocket, (very confusing for little Elliot). Still, we loved our afternoon stroll!

Other than that, we have been hanging out with fun friends and family, doing our photography thing, (check out our new blog/portfolio by the way...it's pretty rad thanks to Matt. Just click the link in our sidebar), trying to keep cool...
 ...and being cute as ever!