Our summer California trip.

California2016 from Kara Simmons on Vimeo.

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Disneyland in the spring.

In the end of February into the first week of March we took our girls on a trip to Disneyland! We had perfect weather and a absolute blast. Besides Hazel getting crazy sick on the way there and then miraculously recovering as soon as we were at Disneyland the first day, everything about this trip was awesome.  Greg was adamant about the girls meeting the characters and I was so happy he was.  The girls were star struck with every character we saw.  Pretty adorable.
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Easter 2015.

Just thought I would share a few memories from our Easter. It was a good one.  The girls found their Easter baskets by following their string of yarn around the yard once again.  Lydia got new church shoes with heels and Hazel received new color wonder markers so she can’t draw over our walls or doors in the house anymore.  We went to Grandma Nana’s for brunch between conference sessions and then on to Grandma Miller’s for dinner with the extended family.  The girls had plenty of Easter egg hunts for the day.  Hazel was especially cute trying to find her eggs.  She just loved the game of finding the eggs!  She didn’t even care to open her eggs.  Just the thrill of spotting those yellow eggs of hers was enough.  I love watching our girls discovering traditions and how happy it makes them.  Greg and I loved hearing the words from our Prophet and Apostles through general conference.  Very fitting to hear so much about Christ on Easter.  I am thankful and forever in debt to Him.  Because He lives I can live with this little family of mine forever.
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Christmas odds and ends.

I need to fill in the spaces of Christmas with some pictures the week of Christmas. We finally paid Santa an official visit a few days before Christmas. Lydia was pretty anxious on telling the big guy what she wanted, the reason being she was so nervous she didn’t have anything specific to ask for. She thought she needed a long list to rattle off to Santa. I explained that Santa knows what she would enjoy and he will bring her presents she will like. She felt much better about the situation once an explanation was given. 🙂
Hazel surprised me and didn’t cry, but didn’t smile either while visiting Santa. She kind of pointed towards her cousins off to the side, looked at the camera, and that was that.  But hey!  I will take it!

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I just love this random picture of the girls on Christmas Eve! The way Hazel is holding that Anna doll melts my heart. I was video recording mostly on Christmas Eve and Christmas, but I had to stop and snap the cute interaction between these two sisters on Christmas Eve.  Those dolls were the girls’ presents to each other.   photo Dec252014_KaraSimmons_5_zps9bf9d959.jpg
Every year on Christmas, all the family on my side gathers to my Mom’s house in the early afternoon and stay until we are stuffed on too many treats and tired. And of course we gather to each have a family picture on Mom’s front steps and then a group picture all together in front of the fireplace. Traditions! Got to have traditions! I kind of love picture traditions to see how each family changes and/or grows each year.  photo Dec252014_KaraSimmons_6_zps84d4f6bc.jpg photo Dec252014_KaraSimmons_8_zps40003776.jpg photo Dec252014_KaraSimmons_10_zps81f462e1.jpg photo Dec252014_KaraSimmons_13_zps24c5660d.jpg photo Dec252014_KaraSimmons_14_zpsfd0df330.jpg photo Dec252014_KaraSimmons_15_zps6ebf9e0b.jpg
Every year I am reminded how blessed we are. So much good around us. I especially love having that focus of celebrating the birth and life of Christ throughout the month. And knowing that everything good around us is because of Him. Christmas always goes much too fast, I already miss it.

Summing up 2014.

 photo StGeorge2_KaraSimmons_18_zpsdbd13cb3.jpgYears never go exactly how I plan them, and 2014 was no exception.  We had a lot of hopes, dreams, and goals for this year.  Some came true and some didn’t.  And that’s okay!  Because we are pretty happy with 2014.  We are lucky ducks for what we do have! I am always excited for our future and I have learned to be grateful for our past too.  Happy New Years everyone!

Our little diddy of Halloween.

Guys, I really should be posting all the beautiful images I have been taking this past summer and into fall, but then I feel like I fall behind on my own little family’s record that I try and keep up. But then I realize there isn’t enough time in the day, especially when you have an 18 month old running around you for most of the day. So hopefully this winter I might get caught up on the past few months of photography, but here is our little diddy of Halloween. Hope yours was great too!

Halloween 2014 from Kara Simmons on Vimeo.

Park City 2014.

Every Labor Day weekend, we head up to Park City with Greg’s extended family. We stay in condos and run around Park City all weekend. Our main priority is to get a apple pie carmel apple from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory while we are up there. This trip was most successful because we had two!  We go swimming, to the park, shopping, and visit with family while up there.  One evening I made my little family, and Greg’s little brother and his wife, hike up the hillside by the resort we were staying in where we had the most beautiful views of new fall leaves and the Alpine slide.  Yes, fall leaves already and it was barely September!  Pretty sad, but beautiful nonetheless.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the beautiful fall leaves, but it just happened so darn fast this year!
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Before we head out of town on Monday, we stop by Park City main street and get a new ornament from the Christmas store.  Lydia got a cupcake ornament this year.  It looks and feels like an actual cupcake!  It’s quite impressive.   photo Sept12014_KaraSimmons_8_zpsa159c86e.jpg photo Sept12014_KaraSimmons_10copy_zps5dad446f.jpg

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Lydia got to ride the Alpine Coaster with dad and take a ride on the carousel with Hazel too. Don’t let Hazel’s face fool you. She loved the ride. Just hated me taking pictures of the event!
And that wraps up Park City 2014.

The 4th o’ July.

You guys, I am at the point in the summer where there are one million things going on at once. So I can’t keep up on anything blog posting related. Because that’s last on my to do list! I sound like a broken record every year at this point in the summer, but it’s true. Having too much fun playing, shooting pictures, playing, and then photo processing etc.  But!  Here is evidence we actually had a 4th of July.  Breakfast at Grandma Millers followed by softball/kickball game.  We then made our way up to Park City again this year and just had to stop at that beautiful white barn for pictures.  It’s tradition! 😉  Even the Stouts and Smiths(siblings) made it this year with us.
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Our man.

Our man comes home every night to find us three girls fighting for his attention.  Four girls if you count Charlotte.  Greg loves his girls fiercely.  I see the joy in his face from being a father and doing his fatherly duties.  It makes my heart pretty happy to see.  Lydia cries out for Greg in the night if she needs anything which I find incredibly cute(and nice!).  Hazel’s first words have been “dada” and lately now, “hiiiiiidaaaaaa!”  Meaning “hi dad!”  The girls automatically light up each time they see their dad.  This man of ours is sure loved and cherished around here!
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Greg loves a good cinnamon roll and I don’t make them nearly often enough.  So on Father’s Day I made a mean batch of cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting.  Greg and the girls had no problem licking the beaters for me.  Isn’t that the best part of baking sometimes?   photo June152014_KaraSimmons_8_zps44afc9f3.jpg photo June152014_KaraSimmons_9_zps54a9bed7.jpg photo June152014_KaraSimmons_10_zpsdecf2da3.jpg photo June152014_KaraSimmons_11_zps2e7a71f1.jpg photo June152014_KaraSimmons_12_zpsb07ca64b.jpg
We love you Gregory!

Working on that yard.

It’s that time of year again! Yard work is in full force around the Simmons house. We don’t have a huge plot of land, but it’s not tiny either. A perfect size for our little family at the time actually! When we first moved in over three years ago, the front yard was okay, but the back was a disaster. Full of weeds, weeds, and more weeds. A couple of years ago we tore it all out and brought in new dirt and grass with a spot for a veggie garden of course. Last year was my first year in dealing with my own veggies. It was taken over by bugs come August. Real gross. I vow to stay on top of it this year! Stay away bugs! I planted flowers to help deter the bugs with their scent and need to purchase bug repellent.  My gracious Mother comes and helps me plant and even brings plants from her own garden to beautify our yard.  She’s too good to us.
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something went terribly wrong and she fell right into the dirt. She wasn’t too happy about it. photo PampD5272014_KaraSimmons_4_zpse262a273.jpg
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And a special thanks to this man who works hard on our lawn every single week in the summer. photo PampD5272014_KaraSimmons_14_zps4a5d2876.jpg
Grow plants grow! I have even remembered to water them every day since planting. Hopefully, the will know this to be a loving environment and choose to stick around. Please plants! Please!