Surprise! Surprise lilies surprised me on my sunset walk...right next to a honeysuckle vine. Quintessential summer. Did I mention the cicadas and lightning bugs? Definitely stirred up some ancient memories of childhood...when summer WAS vacation, not just climate. #summer#summermemories#childhood
I'm so thankful I had a childhood before technology took over. .
I can remember playing outside everyday in the summer time, running around my yard, swimming (basically living) in my pool everyday, making up games, using my imagination... .
Some of my best memories were the from the road trips my family would take all over. One of my favorites was up in the Adirondacks we would stay in a cabin on a lake and my dad would rent a motor boat for the week. We would take it all over and one year we discovered a tiny island nicknamed "Skull Island" (I know, how original, haha). But Skull Island was a small mountain of an island with a ton of pine trees growing very close to each other and one of the tree limbs had a rope swing. Everyone on the lake would stop by to have a chance to swing on the rope trying to do impressive tricks and fall into the ice cold water only to climb up the mountain, stand in line, and do it again. What a simple concept yet we had the times of our lives! And I'll always remember that. .
Over the weekend while hiking around the old brick factory, I stumbled upon a few beaches and one had a rope swing. I didn't jump into the Hudson (to shallow and too cold) but to swing on the swing brought back so many wonderful memories! .
Sometimes it's just fun bringing out that inner-kid for a second going back in time and enjoying the simple things.
Sprockets are so cool. Take a photo on your camera and it prints a tiny photo (that has a sticky back). This is me and my bro. Photo taken minutes before it was printed. I'm going to talk about this on CTV tomorrow morning. #yxe#cooltech#sktech#summermemories
Spent the day jumping 1000 waves with these kids! They day wouldn’t be complete without a trip for ice cream. 🍦 .
So grateful for our amazing @empower_personalized_fitness team for holding down the fort so we can make these summer memories with our girls and our family of choice. ❤️❤️
Now it’s back to work tomorrow, but we wouldn’t trade these fun times for the world!
Summer is officially under way and there are beach days in my future! I hope there are beach days in your future too! And when you've put on the sunscreen and arranged your beach towel and go for that group photo of you and your friends seaside you'll want to do one thing to make sure you get a great photo with smiles and eyes wide open for the camera!
That one thing is to check your angles. You'll want to make sure the sun is behind your friends, but not directly behind them, instead you want it at a bit of angle. As you look at them, imagine they are in the middle of a giant clock. Twelve o'clock is directly behind them and you are standing facing them at 6 o'clock. You want the sun at their 2 o'clock or 10 o'clock. This will ensure their faces will be lit evenly and they'll be able to look at you without squinting into the sun. The same concept works for selfies, just make sure the sun is behind you at angle!
Here's an example from a wedding on the water. As the photographer looking at them, I made sure the sun was at their 2 o'clock so their faces were evenly lit and they could have their eyes wide open for their portrait.
HINT: You can tell the sun was behind them because their shadows fall in front of them and this is a good way for you to get great beach photos too. Make sure the shadows are falling at an angle in front of them.
Does this make sense?! Try it and let me know how it goes or ask me questions to make sure you can do it on your next trip to the beach. Because summer should mean fun and photos, amiright?! 😉
Day 2 of fishing..lots of fun again but no fish caught. First pic is what your son looks like after you tell him to step back from the water for the 100th time and he launched his line into the water and steps into the water with it 🙄. Also did some paddle boating today..took turns with the boys. They loved it and never seen them so quiet..lol #fishing#noluck#nofish#fullofmud#paddleboating#boys#silence#summermemories#fun
The world of summer turns on a dropplet of rain water.
All the fancy water lines and sprinklers galore can't touch the benefits of a simple rain storm.
If you don't believe me, stand outside during a summer rain and watch the garden come to life.
How I miss those summer rains we had a while ago....
Sharing a Unicorn Milkshake with your bestie and splash pad fun, is much needed on a hot Arizona day! This place is the spot! 🙌🏼 The lunch was delicious and I should have grabbed a sangria like @lorynb__ 😜
When a shower literally makes you feel like a whole new women.🚿I can't even remember the last time I did my make up either.🤣Not complaining because I'm so ready to embrace #thesimplelife 🌲
Life is crazy. Like crazy. But as I've shared and said many times, KNOWING there's a bigger, better plan a head keeps me sane. We have to trust and believe to live this life to the fullest right?🙏🏻
💗 Oh my gosh, what a mini roadtrip we had! Three days and four lovely summer destinations: Hanko, Turku, Rauma and Pori (Yyteri). Great food, amazing weather (🌡️35°C in Turku😅), beautiful scenery, sandy beaches and camping in a tent 🏕️ Now we are back home and can't wait to sleep in a real bed 😉