Category Archive: family and kids
This winter was brutal. Oh my goodness. I’ll admit it, when the first snow fell, it was really beautiful and I was excited for the twins to experience their first snow storm. But when we lost electricity for three days, I was over it. So over it. On top of that, everyone was getting sick and spring just couldn’t come fast enough. Well, spring kind of got robbed a bit by this long winter but summer is right around the corner and I am so psyched for some warm beach weather. Despite the long, dark, cold days we endured, we still managed to get out and enjoy ourselves quite a bit. We went to the beach in star pants and moon boots, we fed the animals at the farm down the street, we played at the playground and visited the ducks at the park in town. One of us even got his first haircut! So long winter. See ya next year!
Heron’s Head Park is probably my favorite park in all of San Francisco. It doesn’t have a lot of trees or grass. In fact, it has quite an industrial open feel to it with gorgeous views of the bay. It’s one of the reasons why I love to shoot here. Not to mention, it is also home to the EcoCenter. Well, I recently had the pleasure of shooting another family with boy/girl twins and this was the perfect spot for us . The entire family was so incredibly lovely and the twins were just the sweetest, especially to each other. It’s a unique thing to watch twins interact. I am constantly observing the behavior between my own twins and they could certainly take a lesson or two in how to be nicer to each other from these two cuties! Such a fun shoot!
Where do you go when you want to find a house that can accommodate 11 adults and 6 children ages 3 and under? Why Guerneville of course! We recently took a weekend getaway with friends to this lovely area located in the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County. We had zero agenda and it was so nice to hang with everyone and not have any plans or try to be anywhere. We cooked up great dinners at night and hung out at the house during the days. And of course no weekend getaway in Northern California is complete without hitting up at least one winery. Our friends just happened to stumble across the Porter-Bass Winery on their way to the house so we made a reservation and brought the whole gang. Porter-Bass is a family run vineyard practicing organic and biodynamic practices in wine making. You definitely need to check them out if you are ever in the area.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I LOVE wine country. It is one of my absolute favorite places to visit and we are so lucky to have this in our backyard. Over memorial day weekend we decided to head to Anderson Valley and rent a house with some friends. What’s great about this area is that it’s not super touristy or overcrowded like Napa or Sonoma or even Healdsburg. It’s super laid back with no lines or hefty tasting fees. Just what we were looking for. One of my favorite wineries that we visited on this trip was Goldeneye. This place was ABSOLUTELY gorgeous! We sat out back by a picnic table and roamed through the vineyard sipping on the 2011 Goldeneye Vin Gris of Pinot Noir. So delicious! The whole entire weekend was pure bliss. I can’t wait to go back.
Ahhh vacation. It’s the best. It’s been years since I have been back to White Sands and the thing I love most about it is that it’s just as beautiful as I remember it and absolutely nothing has changed there. This past March was our first vacation with the twins that did not include family members and it could not have been more perfect. There were a total of 6 families all vacationing together and we all just had the best time. The weather was perfect, the food was delicious and the company was stellar. I feel so lucky to have such great friends in my life even though we live all over the country. We still manage to make time for each other. Thank you to each and every person, (big and small! ) for helping to make this such a wonderful trip for us!
I really wanted to hold out on getting a haircut for Frankie as she has such cute curly locks but it had started to get out of control and way too hard to manage. Barrettes and hair elastics work great but only last so long before she is reaching for them and pulling them out. Oh well! I was also certain that this experience was going to cause her to have a major meltdown but the folks at Kids Cuts have this routine down with tons of distractions for the little ones! I was super impressed with them and so proud of Frankie. Such a big girl now!