Monday, July 24, 2017

Cape Week 2017

Our annual family trip to Cape Cod was a smashing success yet again. We had a smaller crowd this year, but the magic remained. It's so fun each year to notice how much the kids have changed...most notably for the Stith clan this year was the independence we were able to let Zoe experience. She and her fellow older cousins spent much of the week going back and forth between the beach on bikes, creating their own memories, while the adults relaxed back at Regan Road. We soaked up our "sittin' circle" (lawn chairs surrounding our beloved Mom/Gram) with the constantly rotating collection of cousins, aunties, and uncles. I love the traditional destinations we always hit but cherish those quiet conversations with my nieces and nephews, watching them bond with each other and Gram.

I'm proud of the pictures I took this year, so wanted to share a handful of them. Next year I hope to capture more of the Regan Road vibe but we will see...something pretty great about putting all devices away and just soaking up the together time.

Let the countdown to Cape Week 2018 begin!

Kayaking at Flax Pond

Fisherman Owen



Edgar getting a good toss from Uncle Mike



Gram and Zoe
Jill and Ess soaking up the fun at Flax Pond




Owen getting launched by Uncle Ben


Regan Road! You can see Gram at her perch there...nothing better than stumbling out with a cup of coffee each morning to head down for a sit and chat with that lady

Zoe and Auntie Catherine escorting little Sammy down to one of the houses to find more cousins to play with

2 week old Toby

Gram and Toby

Otto and Ali sharing a float at Scargo



Handful of cousins!

Owen and Toby

Zoe and Toby

Lukas trying out the skim board

Alex showing us how it's done

Gymnasts and Target shoppers, Taylor and Zoe often discover they have the same items of clothing. Popsicle swimsuit twinsies this year.

Cheering on the skim boarders

Alex waiting for just the right moment


Nathan got totally knocked over by a wave at Big Wave Beach

3 of 4 Grabowski sisters...we missed Rachel this year, but she and her family pulled off the cross country trip of a lifetime, so we don't feel too bad for them :-)

Got some great QT with Catherine this year. Can't wait to organize a trip to see them in Georgia sometime sooner rather than later

Big Wave Beach (not it's official name)

Lots of seal sightings at Big Wave out for sharks!
So long Cape Week 2017. Thanks for the memories!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Senior Portraits

I got to dip my toes into new photographic waters (for me) this morning. A friend from work and her daughter were kind enough to let me try my luck at taking her senior portraits. I really enjoyed this experience..such a difference taking photos of someone who doesn't get tired of the camera after 5 or 10 minutes. They came prepared with props and ideas and I think together we came up with some nice shots. I hope to do more and more of these and at some point this year start a modest photography business. Feel free to let me know what you think!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Wildflower Peeping

Happy Spring!

Since visiting just before our move last year, we've been hearing a lot about the stunning Texas wildflowers.  In order to officially ring in the season, we thought we would celebrate by peeping at Spring in all it's glory up in the Hill Country. Most of the color and variety was found along the highway where we couldn't stop and snap photos, but we finished the day off by enjoying Wildseed Farm in Fredericksburg. The farm has beautiful poppy fields right now and although we didn't really get a closeup view of our state flower, the bluebonnet, we did see an endless amount along the highway. All in all a success although, as do so many places and moments, it made me wish my Mom could have joined us...I think she would have loved the vibrant colors and wide variety. Maybe someday, Mom--in the meantime I hope you enjoy these photos!

The one photo I was able to snap with my phone along the highway. I suppose we could have found more spots, but I was busy just soakin' it in.

Owen took this one with my phone. I edited it a bit in Instagram but the kid has a good eye, no?

These cactus flowers are proving to be Nathan's favorite. I see cacti in our future yard!

Managed to snap this one lonely bluebonnet. The farm had a big field of them, but it was fenced off for limited viewing from afar.

I can't remember the name of this one, but I dubbed it a personal favorite when I worked at Clear Brook Farm in Shaftsbury after college (sooooo long ago). Still a fav, whatever it's called!