Hair Brush

One recent evening, I found myself accompanied by Isaac in my bedroom. He loves to just talk and spend time with any adult, pick their brain, or endlessly jabber on about his current favorite video game. I must have been cleaning my room as he talked, and picked up a brush to put it away, because I mindlessly started to brush his hair.

If you haven't seen Isaac lately, you may not know that his hair is almost as long as mine, and is the MOST BEAUTIFUL hair that possibly has ever existed. It's thick, luxurious, healthy, shiny... everything a female would kill for and want for her own hair.

As I brushed his hair, he kinda reclined on my bed and relaxed as I did so, and we talked as I brushed. Soon enough, Isabelle wandered in and said, "Oh! Mom, will you brush my hair too? That looks relaxing."

YOU GUYS. Isabelle has never, EVER, ever ever ever wanted me to brush her hair. She has always HATED it passionately, says it hurts really bad, and will try anything to get out of doing her hair. Izzy is a beautiful thing inside and out, and as lovely and as charming as they come, but she did not get hair like Isaac's... except that it is shiny when brushed. Her hair is fine and thin. Makes for really cute buns and pony tails, but she will never let me do those styles. 

So, when she stated she wanted me to brush her hair, I went into shock. "You... want... me to brush... your hair?" I asked. "Yes please!" she replied, and relaxed on the bed and floofed her hair out to be more readily brushable. 

This, friends, is a perfect example of why kids are confusing and evil masterminds. They want what they want when they want it, and sometimes not even then. Confusing, but a tiny bit humorous, too.

So I brushed her hair enough to catch up with Isaac's level of brushed-ness, and then I took turns brushing hairs and scratching their backs, and it was such a lovely evening, and a memory I'll remember forever. Even if Isabelle is an evilchildmastermind.


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Video of our trip to San Rafael Swell

Last weekend I took the kids out camping to the San Rafael Swell and Goblin Valley area. It was so much fun! I am pretty sure it was the first time we've ever camped off random land instead of a campsite. No bathrooms, no services- only pure awesome. 

If you're ever looking for a family adventure, I'd highly recommend going to Goblin Valley State park for a visit. It's tiny, so won't take more than a half day most likely. But, it's pretty cool because you can wander anywhere you like among the "goblins".  The kids loved it!

You can also do the Little Wildhorse Slot Canyon hike. Now that was an adventure. We did the entire loop, which was around 8 miles, and it was tough. We were pushing the dog up rock cliffs and coaxing him down more rock cliffs. Part of the trail through the slot canyon was flooded with water, which made for even more fun adventuring. 

Ask us any questions you might have about visiting the area, I'd be happy to answer!


Weekday Workshop! July 6-7th, 2017

Hey friends! We are so excited to announce a (formerly known as goPro Workshop) Weekday Workshop for all interested in taking their photo hobby into a full blown business. Even if you already have a business and want to take it to the next level, this is for you!

Normally these are over a weekend and are $899. But since we can have them in the city we live in now, and we don't need to host people, the price can be much lower, $449!

This a TWO day, intense but really fun workshop for budding photographers and already-in-the-biz photogs who need a lift. Portfolio building, photoshop talk, lighting discussions, the secrets of the biz, etc.

We're arranging a hands-on photo shoot, question and answer periods, lots of helpful info- it will make your head explode. In a good way. Plus, throughout the years of teaching this we've realized that a definite perk of our goPro workshop is the community you join; we have a Facebook group of lots of wonderful past-workshoppers who are still in touch and helping each other out every day. Seriously, this alone would be worth the $449 spent on the 2 day workshop (you will not find a better price for an in person workshop).



Day 1:

Mastering your camera

Finding confidence to go pro

Interacting with clients and keeping them happy

Seeing the light and using it to your advantage

Finding inspiration and how to stay creative and fresh

Business matters- taking it up a notch and pricing structures

Practice shoot where you can see how we interact, plus try it yourself and ask questions

Day 2:

Workflow (Bridge, Camera Raw and Lightroom)

Equipment: what you need and what you don't

Editing: finding your own style and running with it

Blogging and Social Networking



To reserve your spot, email  This workshop is $449 for the two days (UNHEARD OF PRICE), and there will not be housing provided so you will need to find your own if you aren't a local.

We cannot express how much we love teaching these goPro workshops!  See you there! 

We always have a ton of fun at our workshops! Shenanigans will ensue.

We always have a ton of fun at our workshops! Shenanigans will ensue.

Me, being thoughtful and helpful during um-posing lessons at a Weekday Workshop in Phoenix.

Me, being thoughtful and helpful during um-posing lessons at a Weekday Workshop in Phoenix.


Happy Tuesday! As I write there is snow falling from the sky, which is one of my favorite things. But it's quite the change from the last two warm weekends I had. This last weekend I went on a trip to Moab! It was amazing. 

While there, I visited Arches National Park, Canyonlands, and Dead Horse Point State Park. All were amazing.  

We are excited to head back to that general area this weekend with the kids to do some more hiking and exploring in Goblin Valley.  

I love being outside, enjoying nature and I think I might be addicted!