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Fri-yay! Weekly Recap #10!

Fri-yay! Weekly Recap #10!

Please don't sue us for false advertising! We know the title of this post says "weekly" recap, but as you likely already know, it's been a month (or two!) since our last Fri-yay post! We're sorry! We really are! We were so distraught and felt really bad that we couldn't get our weekly posts up for the last couple months as we relaxed on the beach and hung out with family and friends. Really. Truly. We were. Especially after a glass of wine (or two) on the beach in California, our remorse was uncontrollable. Honest. Cross our hearts. Hope to die.

Now that we are back from our excruciatingly miserable California trip (if you haven't picked up on the sarcasm yet, you may need a glass of wine or two on the beach to catch up), we are here to share with you what's been going on with us for the last month-ish! So take a bath in sunscreen and don't forget rinse the sand out of those "hard to reach places" when we're done, because the summer fun is about to get real people!

This week was the first week of school for our big kids. We blogged about it Wednesday.  It's now been three days of lunches, paperwork, stories and new schedules. The kids are adjusting really well, both love their teachers and making new friends. Megan is hanging in there, as someone who doesn't like change much, it's a lot to process and deal with in one week #truth #gracenotperfection. Also the line to pick up the kids after school is no joke and not for the faint of heart. Kids, parents, cars, cross walks, old dudes with shiny vests holding stop signs moving at a glacial pace...well let's just say it's not the most fun part of Megan's day. But she is slowly learning how to handle it: lot's of caffeine therapy and chocolate chip cookie treatment. Next week will be better as we all continue to grow and get used to this new normal! 

Finally, now that school has started it's time to start thinking and planning for the fall! We have already begun booking sessions for the fall! We LOVE all you planners out there who have already contacted us, you make our little type-A hearts happy! We will be sending reminders periodically on Facebook and Instagram (sorry we aren't cool enough yet for Snapchat kids) as well as an email newsletter with dates! If you're a past client, keep an eye on that inbox, and if you are new around here and would like to get on our email list, just let us know over on our contact page! We can't wait to see all of your beautiful smiling faces this fall!

Hopefully now that we are all back in the swing of things, we won't wait another two months to post another weekly recap! Besides, "Fri-yay! Every-Other-Month Recap!" doesn't really have the same ring to it.

Have a safe and blessed weekend everyone!

The Wouters Family - A fun in the sun family session in Dana Point

The Wouters Family - A fun in the sun family session in Dana Point

Dear Blog... We are sorry we have neglected you for a MONTH. It's not you, it was us. We were having too much fun playing at the beach, being lazy and eating too many cookies. We knew we needed some family time. Time to regroup. Time to refresh our minds and our souls. So we took it. And it was awesome. We are so thankful for time together to make memories, to think, to pray and to get ready for the fall! It's going to be a great rest of the year filled with new experiences, new joys, new trials and, thanks to our month off, we are pumped and ready!

 But enough about that, we want you to feast your eyes on this beautiful family! We might be biased about these guys because, well, we've known them for 10 YEARS, but we think the Wouters are pretty awesome. When we first met them we were all young married couples learning the ropes of marriage and adulting. Shortly after we met, both Sherri and I bonded over pregnancy, coffee and eventually babies. Then as the years went on, we had more kids, life got crazy, we didn't hang out as much but we always stayed close. Now that we live closer, our kids are growing up together, we drink wine together, we workout together and we cannot imagine it any other way! In fact thats how we planned their session! They wanted something different, something fun, so we packed up and went to the beach! Their whole family embraced us and allowed us to join in on their vacation and it was awesome. 

We had a blast finding new places, laughing and getting honked at! Yeah, jumping into the middle of a busy intersection to get the shot wasn't the brightest thing Megan has ever done but hey we got the shot! Although we learned that next year we should do the photo shoot at the BEGINNING of the week so we're not all sunburned and tired! 

Thank you guys for a fun week, for allowing us to capture you and your family, and for letting us be a part of your tribe! We couldn't imagine life without you! 


Summer Fun in San Diego!

Summer Fun in San Diego!

San Diego. When you hear those words, what do you think of? Most likely you think of sandy beaches, palm trees, beautiful people, and perfect weather. When we hear those words we think of one thing: Home. For those of you who don't know, we grew up in San Diego and as much as we LOVE Arizona, San Diego will always hold a special place in our hearts. There's something about the place you grew up that seems to infuse itself into your bones and become a part of your personality. San Diego is that place for us. Marine layers, California burritos, the smell of seaweed, ocean breezes, flip flops, and putting the word "the" in front of freeway numbers will always be a part of who we are.

Like we said before, we LOVE Arizona. We've been away from San Diego for almost 10 years now and for those 10 years we've lived in Phoenix. After 10 years of saguaros, haboobs, monsoons, and desert blooms, we can officially say Phoenix is our home. We've had three children, owned a home or two, made some great friends, and explored all over this beautiful state that we call home.

But something about San Diego will always just feel right to us. Like that old pair of jeans you throw on when you just want to wear something that feels right, San Diego is that place we go when we just want to be somewhere that just feels right. Truth be told, a lot has changed in 10 years. We've changed. The place has changed. We no longer call it home, and we are glad for that (finally)! It took us about 10 years to get over our San Diego hangover and really enjoy our new desert home. But just because San Diego is no longer that best friend we see every week to have coffee with and talk about our daily lives with, that's ok. Instead, it's more like that friend you see maybe once a year, and as soon as you see that friend, it's like you were back in high school (except now you have three kids running around), you pick up right where you left off and it's like you never left.

Thankfully, we are going to be able to head back to San Diego this summer to see that old friend again! And WE. CAN'T. WAIT. As you know, Phoenix, gets "a little toasty" during the summers. We know..."It's a dry heat!" But like a wise woman told me one time, "So is my oven, but I wouldn't want to live in it!" So we'll be packing up our mini-van (oh yeah!) and trekking out to sunny San Diego in July like true Zonies! We have plans for some beach camping, ocean swimming, surfing, carne asada fry eating, and sight seeing.

We also have plans to do some amazing beach shoots while we're there! We will be in San Diego July 9-17th and,  like we said before, we can't wait! So if you live in Arizona and want to cool off for a few days AND get some gorgeous photos on the beach, come on out! To all of our San Diego friends, let's share some memories and make some new ones! We'd love to make some new friends too and capture some radiant photos while we soak up some sun! If you're interested, shoot us an email through our contact page or send us a message over on our Facebook or Instagram. Let's make summer 2016 a summer to remember!