Category Archives: Parenting

Crater Lake

Our family went down to Crater Lake a few weeks ago to do a photo shoot for Softstar shoes. To say I love Softstar shoes is an understatement. They are made in good ol’ downtown Corvallis by the loveliest people. The kids love picking out their own colors (which include sparkly leather). Our kids were […]

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sharon - March 5, 2015 - 7:18 pm

Oh I love those shots with the mountains in the background . . . and LOVE when we get to see you guys in person too :)


Chris is a huge fan of Disneyland. He grew up going often so he likes the idea of our family going often. I wouldn’t say that I am a Disney scrooge… but more like I just would rather spend vacation money on different trips. So Chris was very surprised when I suggested that we spontaneously […]

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Our Happy Little Dysfunctional Family

  I’ve been telling Chris for awhile that we need a good family picture. I’m getting my Christmas on, and part of getting my Christmas on means sending cards out with a family picture each year. Last Sunday I told Chris that after church we needed to get something set up in the studio so […]

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sharon - December 8, 2014 - 7:08 pm

Kara, thanks for keeping it real. I got teary too reading your post. (I guess that isn’t news coming from me:). One of the hard times I had in my life was the weekend Chris took that amazing picture of Carlos and I with 8 grandkids at that time. It was not an easy time for me then and I remember thinking the pictures would be horrible and my smile would look fake… . Chris saw the pictures first since he was editing them and he commented, “Mom, pictures don’t lie.” He was right. Somehow the love and joy of Carlos and I for each other and our family came threw despite the difficult circumstances I was in. I love that picture so much and so do so many others who have seen it. It makes me smile, gives me perspective, and helps me remember the sweetness of life despite trials. Thanks for helping me to remember again. Love ya!

Gabe is 7

Gabe celebrated his golden birthday on October 7th. Man oh man, I just love this kid so much. He is at such a great stage right now. Here is what is happening with this little cutie pie! Gabe played soccer in the fall and loved it. He is a quick little guy, and I was impressed […]

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sharon - November 3, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Love that Gabe and that cute school picture.

Kids’ Lunches!

When we started the September challenge, I worried that my kid’s school lunches would be more work than I wanted to do  (notice that I like to take shortcuts when posible). After a recommendation from a friend, I invested in these Bentgo boxes. My kids also have lunch bags and these Thermos. We have found […]

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sharon - September 10, 2014 - 9:07 pm

I just love this whole thing on so many levels (and I love that picture of sweet Gabe too).

sharon - September 10, 2014 - 9:08 pm

I just love this whole thing on so many levels (and I love that picture of sweet Gabe too)