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365 Project: April [Wenatchee Art + Design]

Had some hiccups starting in April. My husband has Chron's disease and when he is in a flare, all life revolves around his frequent trips to the doctor and hospital. In April, he was admitted 3 times for complications. His last stay going several weeks into May as well. I did have one day when I just couldn't find time for art, so I shared one of my favorite, best-selling pieces. Many of these are available in both the original art or as prints/canvas/home goods and more. If you can't find it (start in the upper right of my website on the PURCHASING tab) please email me! I'll do what I can to help, or try to make it happen if it's not currently available.

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Rest in peace, grandma.

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Born in 1917, she was a teacher and married to my grandpa, a probate judge, the country coroner, justice of the peace, school superintendent, insurance salesman and owner of the title company in town, among other things, in a small town where people often wore many hats in the community. She had a sweet tooth like no other. She passed it to my dad, who passed it to me and when we were together, there was always cake or ice cream or cookies, or all three at once. And, last night I had a bowl of chocolate ice cream and chuckled as I rationalized it was "in her memory."

In this photo from 2012, we were celebrating her 95th birthday and she was funny as she not-so-patiently insisted it was time to cut the cake. Conversation continued and she kept bringing it back to the cake and ice cream.

My grandma Elsie taught me to crochet. Grannie squares her lesson of choice and I remember the multi-colored afghans draped over the couch. She was funny and witty and smart and loved to play games. She made mudpies with me and we played dolls on the river's edge while my parents and brother fished.

She was loved, and she will be missed.

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First birthday [Wenatchee photography + design]

Just flew to Austin, TX (and boy, are my arms tired! Ba-da-bing!) to visit my friends and clients, the Zavalas, for a whole mess 'o photo takin'. Asher turned ONE. Alex turned FOUR. We toured a bit of the city (they just moved there, so are learning it themselves.) We ate GOOD BBQ, GREAT Banh Mi (OMG my new favorite food) and visited one cool animal sanctuary. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Wish we'd had more time, but I know I'll be there again. Already looking forward to it.

Below, Asher tasting frosting and cake for the very first time.

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Senior Ally sneak peek [Wenatchee senior portraits]

I've known Ally for probably 6 years. She is a close friend of my middle daughter, Carsey. Throughout the school years, she's been at our house so many times that we've given her an assortment of nicknames, just like we have our own kids. Her name is most definitely NOT Alexandria. But that's what we call her anyway. Her session went so well I ended up with the most ever portraits for a senior session. I usually like to give 20-30 for a mini session but after narrowing it down to just the best, I could easily go over 50. That's if I narrow it way down. Apparently, the girl can't help but take a good photo. Love ya, ALEXANDRIA.

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