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Spring is barely peeking its head out here in Utah. We've experienced an unusually damp spring, which is great for the water levels, but not for spring/summer activities. We're all trying to be patient (NOT an Anderson trait), but it's sometimes frustrating. A few weeks ago, the weekend forecast called for highs in the 70s, so we jumped at the chance to take our first boat out for the first time. It was amazing! This shot below was taken at Pineview Reservoir--a local spot that isn't too far from our house. Ellie giggled and giggled and kept asking her dad... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2010 at Capture Your Life
Now starts the insanely busy, ever-crazy time in our family schedule: baseball and soccer season. I'm trying to enjoy the little things and cherish every moment of this craziness . . . for in a few years, my four kids will all be off with friends and I'll be trying to figure out what to do with my spare time. But right now, 6 baseball games a week + 3 soccer games a week + 8 practices a week is enough to drive a woman mad! This is a series of photos I took of my son, Zack. First tournament... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2010 at Capture Your Life
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Yummy card, Kelly! Love it! You're just too creative, girl. You're definitely my hero :)
I have lots of friends who are amazing photographers. Some are dabblers, while others have massive lenses they cart to our kids baseball games (you know who you are!). It's lots of fun to see the people I care for enjoy the hobby I love so much--even if I do occasionally get lens envy. Some of my friends print to our local lab, others have the lab deliver prints to their home (must be nice!), and a few friends swear by Costco for their printing needs. Me? I print lots of my photos at home on my trusty Epson printer.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2010 at Capture Your Life
One of our family's favorite getaway spots is St. George, Utah. When I was a kid, my family would head south for a week filled with swimming, golfing and fun. Now that I have my own family, it's a special place for us, too. There's just something about the red rock, the green grass, the blue skies, and especially the low-key pace we all feel when we go there. Who wouldn't love this? My father-in-law, Andy, loved this place. A few weeks ago, Rhett, Zack and I went down to help my wonderful mother-in-law, Joyce, go through some of Andy's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2010 at Capture Your Life
(That's my cute son, Zack. Isn't he handsome?) I'm getting ready to head out of town for my first ever CKC event in Portland. I'm super excited to meet lots of people who share the same passions I do (photography, scrapbooking, socializing)! Before I head out the door, I just wanted to share a super-quick photo editing trick I use to brighten up my photos in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. First, the before and after: And now, the steps: Open your photo. Duplicate the photo layer two times. On the middle layer, change the blending mode to screen. On the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2010 at Capture Your Life
Take a deep breath. Here we go again. This happens on a weekly basis at our house . . . just as we get the house cleaned up on the weekend and I finish up the laundry, something ruins the calm. Because I don't have a monster-large laundry room, I 'm a fold-as-I-go type of person--folding and placing pieces in the closest basket. (Yay, me for folding right away!) Then comes the fun task of sorting all of those clothes into piles for each person in our family so they can put their respective "pile" away. 6 people+dirty clothes=lots of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2010 at Capture Your Life
Each year, people make New Year's resolutions, and by the end of January they've thrown those resolutions out the door. Are you one of them? I'm not the type of person who approaches each year with grand schemes in my mind to overhaul something, but I do try to look at the year as a fresh start. Last year, I wanted to take more pictures. And I did. But I could have taken more. So, I'll continue on that path and try my best to capture my everyday just a bit more. The other day, I ran across a link... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2010 at Capture Your Life
Have you ever found yourself in a bit of a funk, and you're determined to snap out of it? That's where I'm at right now. The weather here in Utah has been bleh to say it kindly . . . smog, polution, fog, you name the icky characteristic, and we've got it. That weather does bad things for my mood. Today the sun snapped out from behind the clouds, thanks to a bit of snow. And you know what? I realized that seeing the sunshine is a huge inspiration for me! I was smiling all day. I wanted to create... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2010 at Capture Your Life
Where to begin? This week has been a blur for our family, because on Sunday afternoon we received devastating news that Rhett's dad, Andy, had suddenly passed away. Never in a million years did we expect this call, and to say Andy's passing took us by surprise is an understatement. Andy is our patriarch, mentor, and a giant among men. He believed in being honest, hard-working and always doing your best. There aren't many people like Andy around, and it breaks my heart to realize that our kids will have to grow up without such a wonderful, wise grandfather. I've... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2010 at Capture Your Life
Happy New Year! So, what did you do on New Years' Eve? Us? We kicked off the night by making homemade pizzas (a first for us, and I must say that it was messy and fun, but I think that takeout is much easier and not as big of a pain to clean up). *the second pizza turned out much ROUNDER than our first attempt! (this is the second)* Two intense games of Scrabble followed. *lucky for you, I didn't take a photo where the word poop was played* The highlight of the night for the kids happened as we... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2010 at Capture Your Life
Holy cow! Where did 2009 go? Has someone been skimming days from the year and hiding them under their bed? (Everything else ends up under someone's bed, so I'm sure that's were all of the days I've missed have been shoved!) C'mon. Someone fess up. Where did they all go? I had so many things I wanted to get done this year. Lists were made. Dreams were dreamed. Projects were planned. Did I get them all done? Nope. A few, maybe, but not as many as I would have liked. One thing I did manage to get done was a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2009 at Capture Your Life
Can you believe Christmas was only three days ago? Some of my friends have already packed up the hoopla and decor and boxed it away until next year. Are you one of the "pack it in" types? I've cleaned up the celebration mess (you know what I mean . . . papers, wrappers, old toys to toss to make room for the new toys), but the holiday decor remains up at my house. We're trying to enjoy this last week of kickin' back and enjoying lounging around as a family before back to school and back to routines. The stockings... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2009 at Capture Your Life
This is Charlotte the elf. Charlotte is a cute little Christmas elf who came to visit us the week before Christmas. Ellie and Kailee immediately fell in love with this cute little friend. She came with instructions on how to take care of her and information about the steps the girls should take to help Charlotte come to life while they were asleep in their beds. To be sure she enjoyed a comfy visit at the Anderson house, the girls hooked Charlotte up with a barbie bed in the kitchen. To keep her fed, they faithfully put out crackers and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2009 at Capture Your Life
Being the family historian, photographer and scrapbooker, I'm often seen toting my camera around. You can usually find me at sporting events, school activities, family parties and at home with my trusty camera always at my side. (Although the at-home part has been lacking as of late, and I'm trying to do better with that one!) Today, I'm a lucky girl. For my birthday, my sweet husband surprised me with a new Nikon D90. I know! This was a huge surprise for me, after all, my D50 did its job well and we weren't really in the market for a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2009 at Capture Your Life
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