Friday Favs: Papa’s 80th Birthday

Happy Friday! Today has been a great and uneventful day — perfect for some summertime relaxation :) Graham & I went on a loooooong walk this morning with a friend, and now he has pretty much been snoozing every since!! Woohoo!! Yesterday I took him to a big field and practiced “Go Fetch”…but it sort of turned more into “Go Jump & Tumble & Miss!” haha!! If you didn’t check out the #instie video I posted, I highly recommend it for some laughs :)

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(some iPhone pics from our walk — and his #puppysnooze that came after!!)

Anyway, I wanted to go ahead and share some photos from my Papa’s 80th birthday last weekend! They aren’t all amazing or beautiful or awesome…but they are of my family & I sorta love them a lot :) 2014.7.13 Papa 80-1125_STOMP.jpgI had originally brought my camera to take senior pictures of my cousin Dave, but I decided to pull it out for a few photos of the actual party itself — and I am so glad I did! The first shot I got was obviously of the hubs flashing the peace sign..haha!

2014.7.13 Papa 80-1033_STOMP.jpgIt was great having all of the family together (well, most of us!!) in addition to seeing old friends too!2014.7.13 Papa 80-1197_STOMP.jpgAnd of course, Graham-a-lam stole the spotlight quite a few times as well..2014.7.13 Papa 80-1058_STOMP.jpgPapa with 2 of 3 Allely boys! (Missed you Joe & Grace!!!)2014.7.13 Papa 80-1062_STOMP.jpg2014.7.13 Papa 80-1063_STOMP.jpg2014.7.13 Papa 80-1064_STOMP.jpgUncle Neal workin’ hard at the grill…not quite sure what Uncle John is doing :P Haha!!!2014.7.13 Papa 80-1081_STOMP.jpgDad’s request…:P Love my parents!!2014.7.13 Papa 80-1086_STOMP.jpg

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2014.7.13 Papa 80-1097_STOMP.jpgAllie was QUITE the champion diver! (I mean, jumper..)
2014.7.13 Papa 80-1106_STOMP.jpgAnd then, after a long morning of swimming, tossing the football around, and playing cards — it was time for PIE!!!
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2014.7.13 Papa 80-1126_STOMP.jpgLove this one of Nana watching him blow out the candles :)
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2014.7.13 Papa 80-1139_STOMP.jpgThe fancy binoculars were a HIT!!
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2014.7.13 Papa 80-1169_STOMP.jpgHaha, Aunt Bekah threatened to steal Graham away…he’ll do that to ya :P #puppylove
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2014.7.13 Papa 80-1175_STOMP.jpgI took some quick photos of Nana & Papa before putting my camera away & enjoying the day…this one is one of my favorites :)
2014.7.13 Papa 80-1183-2_STOMP.jpgHaha wish I knew what Papa said to make her laugh here!!
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2014.7.13 Papa 80-1186_STOMP.jpgLove these two so much and am still so so thankful for the time we had together last weekend!! While it was crazy busy & involved lots of driving, it is always so great to see family.

This weekend is looking rather relaxing — and FUN!! Chris and I are going to the Tremont Ale Festival tomorrow afternoon, and I cannot WAIT to enjoy lots of different beers & ciders (especially my FAVORITE — Wyder’s Pear!!! Woohoo!!!). After a crazy busy week, nothing else sounds more fun that hanging out with my boo and sipping on some yummy drinks :)

Have a wonderful wonderful weekend!!!

Love love love,

Sami

Happy July!!! (Plus an impromptu Grahamdoodle session!)

So, I have one question for you blog-readers this evening: Where the heck did June go?!? Haha!!! I cannot BELIEVE that it is already July!!! Woohoo!!! I knew this past month would be busy, but I had no idea just how crazy it would be!! In the short three weeks I had post-school, I shot two weddings and four sessions and had a BLAST doing it!!! As I posted yesterday, I have 2 awesome sessions coming your way this week, but first I wanted to share some fun photos from my last night in Indy this weekend!! While the rest of the fam was facing some tough Qwirkle competition, Nate and I played with Graham and gave him his first photo shoot :P

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He’s such a sweetie :)2014.6.28 stilabower family Facebook-0901_STOMP.jpg
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Haha!!! Look at those ears!!!2014.6.28 stilabower family Facebook-0912-2_STOMP.jpg
:) :) :) :) :)
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2014.6.28 stilabower family Facebook-0920_STOMP.jpgLookin’ sneaky…
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2014.6.28 stilabower family Facebook-0931_STOMP.jpgBah!! Those little puppy eyes KILL me!!!
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2014.6.28 stilabower family Facebook-0960_STOMP.jpgHaha!!! I think Nate definitely has a lot of potential as a future dog photograph poser :P2014.6.28 stilabower family Facebook-0965_STOMP.jpg2014.6.28 stilabower family Facebook-0965-2_STOMP.jpg2014.6.28 stilabower family Facebook-0978_STOMP.jpg2014.6.28 stilabower family Facebook-0958_STOMP.jpg

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This big guy is Dasher — the fourth “brother” in my family & Allie’s BFF :)2014.6.28 stilabower family Facebook-0992_STOMP.jpg
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My brothers are goof-balls :P2014.6.28 stilabower family Facebook-1012_STOMP.jpg
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Happy July!!!

Friday Favorites

Hey Hey Hey!!! Happy Friday to you — we made it through the week!!! Today’s post is a quick one, because after some garage sale-ing, I will be on my way to Indy for the weekend for some sessions I am SUPER excited for:

Remember this little guy?!? I photographed his 6 month photos on a super hot & sweaty summer day 2 years ago…

Web 5 Star Edits-8897_STOMPAnd his adorable 1st Birthday cake smash last February…Web 5 Star Edit-2_STOMPSo I am SO PUMPED to get to hang out with him again on Saturday afternoon for his unofficial 2 year photos! :) I will also be doing my first SUNRISE session earlier that day with one of my fall wedding couples, so be on the lookout for some sneak peeks shortly after.

And, just because it’s Friday & flowers are my favorite….
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2014.6.26 Graham-Flowers Facebook Red-9925_STOMP.jpg2014.6.13 Mastin Family 5 Star Edits-7435-2_STOMP.jpgSpeaking of favorites, this little corner couch spot is Graham’s favorite napping spot…although he is super sneaky & likes to switch back & forth between the sides when we’re not looking :P I got this picture right when he was waking up :)2014.6.26 Graham-Flowers Facebook Red-9934_STOMP.jpgI tried taking some quick photos of him yesterday, but this was the look he gave me…

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“Uhhhh, Mommmm, I’m tryin’ to drink some water here!!!!”

Oops :) Haha!!! Then he took out his anger on his favorite dino :)

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Next week I will work on getting an ACTUAL Graham session out! I just wanted to share some of these silly ones because, well, he’s stinking CUTE :) Especially when he pounces…as caught by my hubs last night here:

Feeling froggy? Well then jump. #grahamdoodle #jumparound

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hehe :)

Happy Friday!!!!