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I have had the pleasure of working with this family a lot over the years.
From belly to 3, and I’ve adored them every step of the way!
Watching families grow is the BEST.
Little V is into superheroes,
and likes to shoot his Spidey Web at ya, which is so stinkin’ cute!
His way of displaying “3” is my new favorite!
I think it’s going to be my new way too! ūüėČ

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This summer will mark my 3rd summer garden. I say summer, because in AZ, you can have a winter garden too, or even an all year garden with some plants! We are pretty lucky like that. My 1st garden was a raised bed I made. It did pretty horrible, I didn’t put it in a good spot, and didn’t pick the right plants. I over watered it too. It died. We didn’t get anything from it. My first winter garden, wasn’t much better. It supplied 1 salad, as in, lettuce and one piece of broccoli. I kid you not. One. It was the saddest little thing. I didn’t even get to eat it, I let my daughter have it.

I realized I needed to move my garden after that. I found a location with better sun, and moved my raised bed. A¬†great summer garden was starting to grow. We had 9 ft sunflowers, that drooped over our pool, and dropped seeds into it. Hubby asked daily if we could cut them down. Heck no! I finally grew something, and it was BIG! We also had some tomatoes, eggplant, basil, 1 ear of corn and a green pepper. A handful of blueberries, and 1 strawberry! Things were looking up! I mean, it wasn’t enough for all of us, but stuff was growing! Until it died too. I took my babies back to Kansas to visit family. Hubby stayed behind for work, so he got garden duty. I came home to a mostly burnt up garden. It wasn’t completely his fault. Now there was too much sun. He didn’t kill my blueberries, and that was my main priority. The eggplant and basil made it too! (In fact, I still have them today! See what I mean by year round?!)

Tour time…


(The “Concrete Jungle”… once the vines on the back wall get going, this view will be much more bearable! The blueberries are in the light blue pots. They are taking their time waking up this year, which has me worried… We ditched the raised bed in the winter. Hubs dug this up for me. The raised garden used to sit on top.)


If you live in AZ, lots of the improvements on the garden came from this¬†book… It’s so helpful! I’ve read it a couple times, and reference it ALL¬†the time.

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Plant flowers throughout your garden. Flowers attract the pollinators, like bees. Don’t kill bees… If you leave them alone, they will leave you alone. Bees are good! So are spiders! If you see webs in your garden, leave them! They eat the bugs you don’t want to eat¬†your garden!



My son wanted pumpkins this year, we tried them the winter we got one salad. They died. We started these by seed. Fingers-crossed!

Roses are a must! My brother got me this guy for Christmas. I love being able to bring fresh flowers into the house, and we are going to have some soon! Aphids love roses, but aphids are no good. (They are the tiny green bugs that like to cover the buds.) My son takes care of our aphids. He loves  spraying them off with the hose. 142-garden

New to the garden this year… a Lemon Tree!! We are all pretty happy about this one! Lemon for our water, lemonade, lemon cupcakes, lemon frosting… and my favorite part, the smell of these blooms! THE BEST! We went into Costco for dog food, and left with a lemon tree!

A bird got this one, but tomatoes are on their way! For real, nothing beats a garden tomato, when they’re ripe and ready! 145-garden

Please grow!! We really want strawberries! But, in the past, they bit the dust too! (Pine needles under, for the soil, and so the strawberries don’t have to lay in the dirt.) 146-garden

And lastly, our green pepper, because they are one of my most favorite veggies when they first start growing. Look how cute it is!! 147-garden

I really like to talk about my garden. Most of my family finds this highly annoying. I can’t really blame them, it’s small, and doesn’t really feed us yet. BUT, here’s the deal, I feel like there is a huge learning curve when it comes to gardening, and I’m getting better! This year we’ve had 3 FAMILY salads!! That’s right, not one single salad, but 3 FAMILY salads!! I’m learning, and it’s so fun, and relaxing, and most of all, I love sharing it with my babies. ¬†A couple weeks ago, Courtney Rust of¬†The Rusty Lens¬†was starting a gardening blog circle, and I¬†jumped¬†in! I¬†am¬†pumped! A place to talk about my garden!!!!

One thing that does really well for me in the garden, my herbs! I’m going to show you what I do with those next time!

Now, head over to¬†Maegan’s garden!!

I’m such a sucker for newborn sessions.
I adore them.
There are few things more beautiful than a family welcoming a first born,
or a new brother or sister to the world,
to their world.
I get a little misty just thinking about it.

Big Brother, is a CHARMER. I mean just look at him…
AND THEN, he starts DOING really cute things too!!
Like in these first images,
Momma got him all prepped for photos,
and then he ran upstairs to where his brother was sleeping,
and was so excited to show him off to me.

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Without prompts, he ran and got his stool so he could watch, and hand out diapers… it was the best!

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Like always, I more than enjoyed my time with this family. I’ve been lucky enough to be taking their pictures¬†since Mr. R was born.
I can’t say enough nice things about them.
Every time, I drive home thinking about how great they are.
How lucky their boys are.
What a special relationship they have.
They are why I love what I do!

Welcome home, Baby H!

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This family is so natural in front of a camera.
I’m serious, they pretty much pose themselves,
and they smile the whole time because they are laughing at each other.
It’s so awesome!

When you are a Momma of little one’s, like me,
the thought of them growing up can be an emotional one.
Driving home from this session, that thought didn’t sting like it usually does.

Just watching this family, and hearing about their Christmas plans,
showed me, even though they grow, there are still so many things to look forward to!

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I have some news!

I am excited to announce, I am offering video!!!
This past year, I really got into shooting video of my own family.
I’m learning so much, and love it!
The videos I’ve made of “My People”, mean the world to me,
and that’s why I wanted to offer this in my sessions, to you as well.

Here is a little peek at video!


Ballesteros from Audrey Roundy on Vimeo.

What we lacked in temperature, we definitely gained in the sky!
It was so pretty, lots of clouds, and a beautiful setting sun!
I went a little crazy on the black and whites for this session,
but I just couldn’t help myself.
This family is sooooo adorable…
First of all, the DIMPLES… Mom and Baby!!
Then Sis… When I saw her, I said, “Oh so pretty!!”
I could barely finish my sentence, and she¬†blurted out, “Did you see my shoes?!!!!”
Smart girly, shoes are so important! ūüėČ
And, Dad’s smile!!! It’s so genuine.
I just love it when he is holding his “honey” in the photos at the end!
Truly my pleasure meeting this family!

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