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Right after Christmas I was so fortunate to be able to go home to Elli’s house to capture a few moments with her. A couple of years ago I also photographed Bryce. He is so grown up now. Amazing! Here are some of my favorite shots. Enjoy!

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Here with big brother Bryce. What a cutie! Bryce was a great poser. Elli was a typical one year old, always on the go.  : )

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Just love this antique look.

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Elli…and her nappie.

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Sweet kisses from big brother. 

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Looking for the dogs outside.

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Nothing like the feeling of a wet and cold window. Mom’s all love the sticky mess it makes!

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Playing around the coffee table. Elli walks around the table with to problem.

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Check out the bottom two teeth.

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Changing clothes.

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Story time. Both kids sat like angels listening to Mom read.

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Jumping around in her crib. Angie is a great decorator. Her room is so fun with spring like colors.

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A cozy quiet moment. The nice thing about the thumb is that it never gets lost.

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Snuggle time…

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Peeking through the sides of the bed. Love the toes! Have a good nap.

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Last winter I went to meet with a client. On my way there I stopped a few places to take some pictures and also on the way back. Some of you may remember my Raccoon shot. Here are some other things I saw that day. Enjoy!

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A bridge in rural Spring Grove.

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I love the lines…

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…the weathered look…

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…the simple shapes…

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…the rust…and everything about that bridge!

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The snow looks so pure and clean.

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How long will this shed weather nature and it’s forces?

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Silence…

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Contrast…

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Interesting shapes…

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Memories…

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Winter…

Yes! I know…sometimes it takes me a while to get through stuff. My family is usually the ones that have to wait. I’m trying to get ALL my photos processed. That means going through every file and doing something with them. Here are some shots from last year!!! Ezra turned 1 last February and I’m just getting to it now. There are a few cute shots of some of the boys running around in their underwear that I wish I could post, but have decided not to.  Here is a couple of shots of the birthday boy and his cousins playing pirates. Cute! First a few shots of baby Auryn.

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Sweet Auryn and Jessica.

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So kissable!!!

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Look! There’s Daddy.

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Grandma’s girl.

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Gotta love the cake in the refrigerator…right next to the bottle. 

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The birthday boy himself. Happy Birthday Ezra! HURRA!!!

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All partied out…

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Jakob…trying to show me his pirate face.

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Cousin Nick is also a great pirate!

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Isaac staring me down with his good eye.  : )

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Noah the pirate. The eye patch is cool, but a little tricky.

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A bunch of pirates…up to no good…with their treasure map. Watch out!!!

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Clue number one takes the pirates to the basement. They are just too cute!

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They found the hidden treasure chest. 

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Now lets see if they can share or if it will be every kid for himself.

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So far so good…

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Jakob with his share of the treasure.

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Noah has his part. Check out the ring on his finger. My kids were wearing the rings for days afterwards. Thanks for a great party guys!

Right before Christmas I had the pleasure of meeting Marie and her family. Marie is originally from Sweden and came over to live in the US at about the same age as me. What’s more amazing, we both live in the same town!

When I got to Marie’s house, her kids and their families were there. What a fun bunch of people! Nine, plus one auntie.

Here are some of the images from that day. I have to start with the funniest one of them all. Sam was THE poser of the day. He had endless styles and was a great help while I adjusted for lighting.  : )

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This one is just hilarious! 

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What a beautiful family!

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Sam with little sister Lilly.

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Claudia Mattias and baby Noah!

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Beaming Tilly!

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Mamma Marie. 

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A proud grandmother.

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Amanda, Bryan, Sam and Lilly. Lilly was both a sweet and a tough cookie! Actually, she was eating cookies. She was done posing, so we did the best we could.

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A, not so Christmasy, group shot.

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Amanda & Bryan. The kids got a break.

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After all the group shots I did individual portraits by the kitchen window, available lighting only. The light was really going fast, but I think I got some sweet shots of the whole family. Here’s Marie.

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 Mattias.

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Claudia

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A sweet smile from Baby Noah.

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Aunt Claudia

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Tilly

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Amanda

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Bryan

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Sam

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Lily

Finally! Before Christmas the kids got to bake some cookies and did they ever do a wonderful job! They had fun rolling and  stamping out the cookies. It was fun to see how focused they were on the whole cookie baking experience. We put lots of cookies in the oven that day. They got to sample some of the dough. Which, by the way, was delicious!!! Thanks Kristi for the wonderful recipe! I’ll add it after all the pictures. It is truly yummy!

A few days later we also decorated some cookies. That was just as fun. Icing, sprinkles…more sprinkles. I like to make colored icing and then sprinkle with the same color sprinkles. It makes them festive and fun. If you make the frosting fairly thick, you won’t even have to layer the cookies on waxed paper. 

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There’s nothing like great memories of baking cookies for Christmas. I used to go to my grandmother Nelly’s house to bake. She would get out her big wooden block to bake on. I have one too and besides the great memories it is awesome for baking cookies!

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Stine with her IKEA rolling pin from Mormor. My sister and I used to use small ones as well. Rolling out dough can be tricky…but what a fun feeling.

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Looking like a pro.

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She is a precision baker,  just like most things she does.

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It sure looks like she’s been doing this for years.  : )

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It took Jakob a little while to figure out how to make the most of your rolled out cookie dough. He kept wanting to put a couple of stamps right in the middle, so us girls had to teach him. He got better as we went along.

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Baking cookies is serious business I guess.

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It was fun to watch the kids enjoying the smells and let’s not forget the over-kneaded dough. There’s nothing like sticky dough when you’re five I guess.

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Careful transport of cookies to the stone for baking. Check out the backwards cap. I love it! 

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Mamma had to adjust some of the cookies. It just isn’t very economical to bake only ten cookies at a time.

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STOP! No squishing the cookies!!!  I guess some of them had to be re-shaped.

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Rollin’ away.

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Maria does her very best. Gotta love how cute they look with their aprons on.

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Of all of us, I think Maria ate the most dough. ; )

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Jakob getting sick of rolling out dough. More fun to do the stamping. Mamma was busy documenting, so Maria helped out. Sweet sister!

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They were too focused to smile.

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Three amazing Christmas cookie bakers!

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Let’s drizzle some flower. One more time, for the camera.

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Alright! I think we’ll have to bake some more cookies before next year.

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Yummy!

 

Kristi’s Frosted Butter Sugar Cookies   makes 5-6 dozen

Bake at 375ºF for 8-10 minutes.

1 C butter
1.5 C sugar
3 eggs
1tsp vanilla
3.5 C flour 
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time. Mix all the dry ingredients. Add. Chill, roll, cut out and enjoy!

Frosting
2+ C powdered sugar 
1tsp vanilla
.25-.5 C butter
1T milk

Mix 1 C powdered sugar, vanilla, butter and milk. Add powdered sugar until desired consistency.  Divide and add food coloring for fun. Don’t forget the sprinkles!

Have a wonderful 2009 everyone!

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