dear bestfriend.

This past weekend hailey got to come back into town (to welcome home ryan the lion but this is beside the point) and of course we had our Sunday morning. I miss this girl so much. Not too long after she left I came across this blog post on puckermob.com (which is interesting, you should check it out) and it could not have come at a better time.
Dear bestfriend…
"You moved away, and I’m pretending to be cool about it. I mean… I don’t understand why you chose to live somewhere else instead of staying here and having brunch with me every weekend… but I love you anyway.
We try to stay in touch… and sometimes we fail. We make Skype dates that fall through. I forget about your weird time zone and text you in the middle of the night. Calls get dropped and plans change, and we both get busy with a thousand different little things—until we haven’t talked in months. But when we do talk, nothing has changed. We can fall back into our old selves without missing a beat. It doesn’t matter how much time has passed: our jokes are just as strange and pointless as ever, and we can still make each other laugh until it’s hard to breathe. We just keep catching each other up on every little thing in our lives—until we’ve been talking for hours.
We both have other lives. And I’ll try to remember that… even when you’re posting pictures on Facebook of brunch with your new friends. I won’t tell you I think they look kinda basic. I’ll try to understand that you still need to have brunch, even when I’m not there. And you should know that no matter how many other friends make it into my profile picture, I haven’t replaced you. I could never find anyone else with your specific brand of strange and awesome.
I know that we’ll both change. It’s just so WEIRD that we’re not in the same place, and yet somehow the space-time continuum hasn’t ruptured. And it’s weirder that we’re both going to keep changing without each other. I know we’ll stay friends, even as we keep growing.
I know that just because you’ve gone vegan and joined a ska band, it doesn’t mean you’re leaving me behind. I’ll try to remember the names of all the people in your office so you can whine about them, and you’ll try to give me advice on prospective romantic partners you’ve never met. Because I’m still here for you.
I love you, no matter what stupid place you live in. I love you, even if we only talk once a year. You can still call me in a crisis, or to tell me big news, or even just to talk about how you finally started binge-watching Friends (I’ve only been telling you to watch it for like, years, but whatever). And I know that no matter how many times you move, you’re there for me too.
I will always count the days until I can see you again. No matter how much we suck at communicating, nothing will stop me from squeezing the life out of you when you’re finally back in town. I will always be deliriously happy to see you. I will always ditch my local friends just to talk about nonsense with you.
So hurry up and come visit."

seriously. was that not spot on? change a few minor details maaayyybe. but this hit the nail on the head. thank you charlotte ahlin @ puckermob >> To the Friend Who Moved Away

Christmas can not come soon enough. 
quick shout out to bestfriend's blog >>haileyanela.com<<


gilcrease orchard

IT IS FINALLY FALL, Y'ALL! That means scarfs, Halloween, leaves, pumpkins and FAMILY PICTURES. This last Saturday we took a little trip out to Gilcrease Orchard with the Hafen family. This place is absolutely amazing! It is definitely a hidden gem in our little valley. They make the BEST homemade apple cider & apple donuts. promise. You can walk around and pick your own fruits and vegetables, or even take a tractor pulled hay ride around the property! Jasper picked some apples & his own pumpkin, Hannah got to dig up a few sweet potatoes, the rest of us found cucumbers, zucchini but there was so much more! Oh and need i mention it is a perfect location for cute family portraits?! It is so fun to experience these kinds of things with Jasper! Stay tuned for our trip to Disneyland, it is right around the corner! 


summer. summer.

I saw a picture on pinterest & we went from there
basically made it 12 times better
I wrangled together some of my favorite, kindhearted ladies
Hanna, Syd & Jamie are no strangers to my photographing style
but Katie had NO trouble picking it up.
I feel that the best description is 'casual'
I want my photos to best capture YOU
if I try too hard attempting to pose you, 
how uncomfortable, right?
I try my best as to give you an idea of what
I want you to do, but your body will fall into its pose.
oh & i am OBSESSED with fresh flower crowns
so i spent a few hours trying to get these together
but i was very pleased with my first try!

Eventually I want to do something similar with the sunrise
to capture more of a soft tone and much more detail
(plus with a sunrise, we would not run into the lack of light time, if syd just possibly was running a little late, it is ok bb, we could not have done it without yah)
but for now, you can relish in these