Monday, May 3, 2010

A Moving Bonus

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It's been mentioned that we moved. Yes. Our landlords found a great opportunity back here and, you know, wanted their house back. It was unexpected and quick. I think everything will work out (maybe even better) except two big things. I grew quite attached to my neighbors. We can always take a drive to visit but nothing like walking out my back door and having an unscheduled, great conversation with Jeannie over popcorn and limeade. Then the yard. The lovely bike path through the back, the great creek and greenery for the kids to explore. And...more selfishly, for me to run back and catch a photo of the kids when the thought struck. Was so looking forward to seeing it in spring.

So I got a little gift. I missed a turn on the way home the other day and ended up driving past this field. This gorgeous, gorgeous field. We took the girls back a few nights later and let them have a little picnic with their babies so I could get in a photo fix.

As we were loading them up to go, J asked if it was ok for them to take their butterfly nets since he had promised them they would go butterfly hunting earlier. Uh....yes! Too many times there are tears and protests and bargains and bribes to get a picture done. But this one was magical. I'm so happy with how they turned out and delighted that the night itself was just as lovely.

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I would love to find more things to love about the new stomping ground. A worthy goal for Pretty Mondays, I think.

19 comments:

melissa said...

Pretty freakin' awesome Monday! Holy cow! Those pictures are simply breathtaking! Sorry you had to move, but hope you find more to love in your new home.

Leslie said...

delicious.... seriously seriously delicious.

Leslie said...

praying for lots more smiley things.. moving can be hard hard.

Allison and Noah Riley said...

I need a thesaurus. Because gorgeous isn't cutting it. Ash! These pictures are so incredible!

I love the one with A standing and H sitting on the chairs. And I laughed at the one where A caught herself :). Adorable.

DeGooyer Family said...

WOW, these are gorgrous!! And you are extremely talented.

katie said...

these pictures are magical! that's the only word i can think of to describe them. i love them!
sorry about the unexpected move. what a drag. hope you guys are doing well.

Corie said...

Absolutely beautiful, Ashley! I envy your talent for photography. You have a way of making even ordinary moments look incredible. Your girls will L.O.V.E. looking at all the photos someday. These ones capture a special moment of childhood innocence and magic. Beautiful!

rebecca said...

Ashley! These pictures are magical!!! I wish you lived closer to me so I could pay you to take my kids pictures!!!!!

Carmen said...

I love, I love, I love. Especially the rays of light. Oh, and your kids. Can't get enough of them.

Ryan and Rikke said...

Gorgeous pictures! I'm in awe of your talent. And I'm slightly disappointed in myself because your children look way more presentable then I do. I can barely dress myself and straighten my hair, but you and your kids always manage to look amazing.

Ridiculous.

Mandi said...

LOVE these posts! You know you'd be rich if you sold your pictures, right?! Just a thought! :)

allyn said...

i love random daffodils growing wild in a field, but put two of the cutest girls ever in the middle of it with butterfly nets...genius.

please don't take this the wrong way~abbey totally looks so much like you in that picture where she has the net over her face. i don't know how else you could take that, but , anyway- she looks so much like you.

HappyHulets said...

Only WOW says it all.

Allison and Noah Riley said...

I had to laugh at Allyn's comment, because looking at the pictures again today (yep, again... I'll probably look once or twice more!) I thought the EXACT same thing! Abbey is looking more and more like you all the time, I think. Especially her smile.

Victoria Gilbert said...

Hi Ashley! I found your blog!
It's beautiful, and so are all of your pictures. We will definitely have to talk! We had an awful experience attempting family pictures this april when we were out west. I would love to get some nice ones of the family as the weather continues to get pretty and warm. You have quite the flare for photography and a natural design sense :)

swell.life said...

wow, wow, wow, could they BE any more beautiful? the butterfly nets, the dresses, the lighting. everything is perfect.

moving is so tough...i am with you!

Angie said...

Ashley,
I need your new address so that I can get a little something mailed out to those cute girls of yours. bradshawwil@yahoo.com

Rachel said...

You have a gift of pics. And the girls are just so very cute. How do you get Hayden to keep the piggies and ribbons in? Oh, so cute!

Melody said...

Wow, I tell you what. Wow.
You are like Merlin with a camera.