Saturday, June 5, 2010' the livin' is easy...

Well, it may not technically be "summertime" yet, but it sure feels like it! And it feels GOOD! :)

Here are a few photos from last few weeks... playing catch up here.

Let's start out with a Mother's Day tribute to three hard-working moms - My beautiful mother-in-law Carol, my tender-hearted, gorgeous sister-in-law Kelley, and little ol' me. We've known each other for around 12 years now, yet this is the first photo of the three of just the three of us together.

I've been very blessed to have great in-laws that I care so deeply about, so I'm thrilled to have this little token of our "togetherness".

I also managed to achieve a photo of me and my sweet Elizabeth together on Mother's Day. We don't often have photos taken with each other (since Mom's always behind the lens), so this is a real treat, too.

Mother's Day photos courtesy of Marc (good job, honey!).

In mid-May, I was a vendor at the 2nd annual Mom 2 Mom sale. If you haven't checked this sale out before, you're missing out on tons of great deals on beautiful new or gently-used clothing; not to mention meeting some fabulous moms like I did!

I made quite a haul this year, and since I had sold a few larger items that belonged to Liz, including her pink push car and Power Wheels quad that she'd outgrown, we decided to get her another ride-on. And we found the perfect car to fit her personality...a pink Mustang!

There goes the neighborhood, right?!? If you're ever on our court, be on the lookout for a speedy little Mustang driver wearing shades and a princess hat on...backward.

On an especially warm day in May, close to bathtime, my offspring snuck outdoors to see what mischief they could find.

I discovered them in the front lawn, (almost) fully clothed, running through the freshly cut grass and getting soaked in the sprinkler.

While the mom (and maid) in me wanted to yell to them to get inside, and that they were going to make a big, wet, grassy mess... I paused for a moment and just watched them.

I saw the exhuberant smiles across their little faces as the water sprayed their bodies.

I heard their giggles and cries of joy in the air as they tried to escape the water's path and bumped into one another.

I watched my three children, whom often fight like bear cubs, enjoy each other's company and have good, old-fashioned, sprinkler-runnin' fun.

I tried to remember what it was like to have no worries. To just run through the sprinkler. Not caring about the mess it would make on the floor later, or how clingy and uncomfortable regular clothes can be when they're wet.

I tried to remember the excitement of school coming to an end, when the sweet smell of bbq mixed with freshly cut grass was in the air, and the sounds of children playing drowned out the drone of a neighbor's lawn mower in the distance.

I tried to remember my effortless tan, and how my own hair would turn pool chlorine-bleached blonde, and how my feet were filthy because I was running around carefree and barefoot.

So I let them play. Sometimes, you just have to let them play.

This spring, we mail-ordered a few caterpillars so we could watch and learn about the life cycle of the butterfly. It was quite interesting, and though we really enjoyed caring for them, the day came to release our friends.

(On a side note, doesn't Liz look SO stinking adorable in those braids?!?!? She'd NEVER allow me to do that to her, but she'll do anything for her "second mama", Sue.)

After our "release party", we ventured next door to our awesome neighbors', Todd & Michelle's, house to visit in their beautiful back yard while the kids ran laps on their little woodsy path.

I'm SO thankful I still had my camera in hand, because had I not, I might have missed this beautiful moment between a big brother and little sister. Check it out:

Memorial Day weekend was Alexus' big day - her graduation party. Her family threw an awesome luau-themed party with pig roast and all, and I was able to capture a few quick shots of them together before Lexie heads off to MICHIGAN STATE, including this fun one:

And of course we had to get a shot of the kids with one of their all-time favorite babysitters.

The following day, we had a neighborhood cookout (fun, fun, FUN!) and let the kids go wild in the sprinklers.

So, there you have it, folks! Our entire lives for the past month, in one post! ha!

You'll be seeing more posts from me soon, as my 'busy season' draws near. Next week, we'll welcome Miss Hestyn into the world with a newborn shoot, and possibly celebrate Sammy's first birthday with a rip-roarin' cake smash! So stay tuned!

"A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken." ~James Dent


~ dswv ~ said...

Heyyy! Have missed your posts. Glad to see you all have been having a great time.

Momma Fargo said...

OH, Bethany!

Your pics are worth a thousand words. Amazing. Your kiddos are so adorable and what precious moments. The three ladies..all yous are gorgeous!

Very powerful post. Thanks for sharing.

Trisha @ 3 Four and Under said...

Your photograhps look awewsome! I'm just stopping by to let you know that we have moved to Please follow me there!
Thanks so much!

Together We Save said...

Wonderful pictures!! Looks like so much fun!! I miss my girls playing in the water hose.

Helena said...

I loved all those captures with your camera. It just goes to show that a camera should be with you at all times, because you never know what you will see. I'm glad that you were able to just sit back and enjoy your children as they played in the water together! (And even get it on your blog!)

Michelle said...

Great pictures!

Thanks for visiting my blog and entering the giveaway. Good Luck!

Buckeroomama said...

I was going to leave a comment about which photo I liked best, but I just couldn't decide. I loved them all! Your daughter is so adorable... :)

The Nanny said...

Hi Beth!

I linked to you after you entered the giveaway on my blog :) thanks so much for entering!

You're a great photographer, and you have a beautiful family!!!


Michelle said...

Great pictures!!
Looks like your family is having a blast this summer.