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365 Project – Days 104-129

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Day 103.
Latest project.
Look! Ben and I made a headboard! It was such a fun project. We’re not 100% sold on the fabric (it’s a little regal, for our tastes), but we have a new duvet on the way that’s very simple and classic (wide grey and white stripe) that we hope will balance it out. But still! We made a headboard!

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Day 104.
Tulips from above.
Today was a busy, busy day of shooting. Three shoots (and one lasted a little over 2 hours!) left me feeling very tired by the end of the day. I’m grateful I snapped this shot before shoot #1 this morning. I loved the look of the dew on the bright fuschia flowers.

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Day 106.
Bubbles.
Ben had his first soccer game in awhile today, so Henry and I did the park thing by ourselves. He got some bubbles as a gift yesterday, so he was super eager to bust them out. Bubbles sure make for fun photos!

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Day 107.
Amos on the run.
Me: I need to take my picture of the day.
Ben: I have an idea. Go lay down on the deck, and I’ll let Amos out. He’ll run straight to you.
Me: Done.
Too bad I only got one shot at it, and Amos is out of focus. Oh well. Can’t win ’em all.

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Day 108.
Pretty pretty.
Plant loving friends, what is this?

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Day 109.
Another new veggie.
This time it was broccoli rabe. It looked pretty, but tasted like the devil. Two thumbs down for broccoli rabe.

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Day 110.
A clever attempt.
So Henry doesn’t like much that is actually nutritious. Okay, maybe that’s not fair, but he definitely does NOT like fruit or veggies. He’ll eat a few fruits, but gags on anything green (if he even gets it in his mouth). I suffer perpetual mom guilt over his finicky habits and decided that I would try something new: dehydrator banana chips. I glazed them with a touch of honey and a light sprinkle of cinnamon and they just started their 12-hour trip to the dehydrator. Fingers crossed these turn into a snack Henry will eat and enjoy!

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Day 111.
Sparkling Sangria.
I guess I’m on a food roll! So I’ve had this recipe for sparkling sangria in my pocket since December, and finally decided to make it last night. See all that fruit in there? That MUST make it nutritious, right? In any case, it was completely delicious. Here’s a link to the recipe:http://sweetpaul.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/12/holiday-countdown-2010dec-5th.html

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Day 112.
Found!
Today Henry and I attended the birthday party of one of his classmates. They had a dinosaur egg hunt, and Henry loved searching for the eggs! It helps that it was one of the most beautiful days with warm, mild weather which made egg hunting so enjoyable. This shot is of Henry finding his very first egg.

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Day 113.
Tearful chocolate.
You know it’s been a long day when you’re eating your Easter chocolate with tears on your face.

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Day 114.
Step 2 in the bedroom update: new duvet!
Originally when I decided to make an upholster a headboard, I wanted a thick grey and white striped fabric. I couldn’t find it, so this duvet from West Elm was the next best thing. A good friend with exceptional taste (I’m looking at you, Ms. Brady!) suggested a few mustard yellow accent pillows. That’ll be step 3! In the meantime, I’m loving the update of the headboard and duvet. It was much needed!

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Day 115.
Bathtime.
Henry loves the ritual of his nightly bath. He’s amassed quite the collection of bath toys that he plays with every night, and I just noticed tonight how bright and colorful they are!

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Day 116.
Self-shot fail.
So this is what happens when I try to take a self-shot of me and Henry. I can’t see him, so I can’t police the silly faces. Nor can I get him to actually look at the camera. But man, look at those eyes! When I was pregnant with Henry I hoped and hoped that he would get Ben’s eyes, and he did!

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Day 117.
Away I go.
Thursday night I was off to Arizona for another photography trip. I’ve always been perplexed by the crisp photos I see taken out of plane windows, as I seem to be behind very dirty windows that don’t allow for clear photos! While my window was, yet again, dirty, I couldn’t resist the sunset.

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Day 118.
Welcome, Gage.
I couldn’t help it. When I laid eyes on Gage Conner for the first time, my eyes filled with tears. There is something so amazing about seeing a newborn. Such a miracle! He’s seen here snuggling with his Gigi (my Aunt Jen). 3 weeks old!

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Day 119.
Gage’s photo shoot.
On Saturday I did a photo shoot (almost newborn, but not quite) of Mr. Gage and I couldn’t get over how teeny he was! He fit perfectly in that little dish and it made for, quite possibly, one of my favorite newborn photos yet.

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Day 120.
Sarah’s maternity session.
On Sunday, Sarah, Adam and I drove out to Sedona for their maternity session. I was absolutely delighted by the landscape, and wasn’t Sarah’s outfit choice perfect? Can’t wait to meet little Brady in just a few short weeks!

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Day 121.
First time for everything.
Today I scratched another task off my 30 before 30 list when I tried coffee. Yes, this Seattle-livin’ ex-Starbucks employee has never had a cup of drip coffee before. I set out to change that today. Too bad it was disgusting and I only got one sip down. Oh well. There’s always water!

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Day 122.
3 Years Old.
Right after I gave birth to Henry, my Aunt Jen brought me this gorgeous plant in the hospital. I had never been able to keep a plant alive for any length of time, but for some reason, I’ve kept this beauty alive as long as I’ve kept Henry alive. One of the things I love best about it is that once a year it blooms! Such a surprise when it first happened, and now I look forward to it.

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Day 123.
Dining al Fresco.
So today was a really nice day and I decided at about 1pm that we’d have a picnic dinner at Greenlake. Unfortunately, by the time dinner rolled around the temps had dipped into the 50’s and dinner was a bit chillier than we would have liked. The good news is that Mike and Julian met up with us! Always fun to have an impromptu get together!

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Day 124.
Kindness.
Want to know what’s inside this package? It’s my iPad. Want to know who sent it to me? A stranger who found it in the Phoenix airport, e-mailed me and then sent it back to me. I can’t get over this act of kindness and honesty from a stranger. I sent her a bouquet of flowers to thank her, and in the card I told her that I hope the kindness she’s shown me will find her when she’s in need. I hope it does.

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Day 125.
My new friend, Jamie.
I’ve known Jamie’s mom, Anne, since we were planning our weddings back in 2004/2005. Today I met this gorgeous 2-year old for the very first time, and I have to say, I’m quite smitten! We had a great time traipsing around Greenlake and noticing everything interesting going on around us.

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Day 126.
Mother’s Day, a day early.
As I was making dinner tonight (fish tacos! yum!) I mentioned to Ben that I was going to make cookies afterward. Then we sat down to eat dinner and Ben said that he thought I should open my present tonight, instead of tomorrow. I guess I was having a dense moment, because I had no idea that a whole new set of bakeware awaited me! I’m such a lucky girl, and the bakeware doesn’t have a thing to do with that.

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Day 127.
My mom, and the one who made me a mom.
To celebrate Mother’s Day today we got together with Mom and Dave and hopped on a ferry to go explore Bainbridge Island for the day. We had such a great time and it was so wonderful to spend time with my mom and the one who made me a mom!

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Day 129.
The beginning of Henry’s quilt.
Every time I make something with the sewing machine, Henry asks me when I’ll make a quilt for him. Yesterday on Bainbridge Island my mom and I found the sweetest fabric store and I decided it was time to give Henry what he’s been asking for! I cut quilt squares last night and assembled this much of the top this morning. I love simple quilt styles like this – they’re so much more accessible to me than the really intricate ones. I’ll update when it’s finished!

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Day 130.
Peonies.
It probably comes as no surprise that peonies are my favorite flower. It’s always a big deal when I see them in the market for the first time of the season. I usually tear up. I’m sappy like that. (They were our wedding flower) And every year I photograph them, because, why not?

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