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Friday afternoon, our friends Scott & Antonella & their two daughters, Mia and Athena, stopped in on their way through town for a short visit. I definitely love visiting with old friends… but the visits really don’t ever seem long enough! Here are a couple of pictures I snapped of the girls while they were here:)

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Mia was not sure what to think of the camera….or maybe it as me she was unsure of. haha

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Poor little Athena had a fever but she was still all smiles…

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…until the ball pit. 

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The extra fabulous Quinn Peyser  of Quinnep Doodles has created yet another awesome canvas! My friend Jaime’s birthday was last month and this was her very late gift(sorry!) . I love it! Quinn did such a fanastic job of doodling and then keeping it secret…which she did by avoiding Jaime for most of the month of March. Ha! If you have never been to Quinn’s site before, make sure you head over and check her out. She is a fantastic doodler;) Thanks for all of your help on this Quinn!

From left to right : Me, Kim Seidl (Kim Seidl Photography), Jaime Windon (The Blonde Photographer), Quinn Peyser (Quinnep Doodles), Mk Mckenna ( Mary Kate McKenna Photography)

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While I was home I got to spend some time with my nephew…well kind of. He spent most of his time in the cabinet in the kitchen…probably hiding from crazy camera- face girl! Enjoy!

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Cade and Joce have been taking swimming lessons for the last month, so I decided it was time to bring my camera to class for a few action shots. Luckily, they are so used to seeing the camera glued to my face that candids are not an issue for us. Enjoy!

(The title of this post is a saying that my brother came up with when Cade was a baby. Whenever Cade used to take a bath and splash around, my brother Gabe would ask if he was swimming like a fish, fish. The saying has just kind of stuck with us and it just seemed so fitting for this post!)

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This post comes after a super sweet and unexpected surprise arrived on my doorstep this morning. Last week, I mentioned to my friend Jaime that I wanted to have our friend Quinn doodle a picture of my daughter Jocelyn. I really did not expect anything to come of this conversation but when you are friends with Jaime, you have to learn to expect the unexpected! After my discussion with her, she and Quinn teamed up to create an awesome graphic art canvas of Jocelyn in her Snow White dress. The original picture was taken by my neighbor Meggie Velasco and is absolutely one of my favorite pictures of Joce ever! Tears started to stream down my face when I opened the package. It was beautiful!!! Both of these women are so talented and so giving and for that I am so thankful to have them in my life. I haven’t even met Quinn in person yet!!! We are virtual friends!! I wanted to hop in the car and drive up to DC and give both of these girls a hug!!! In a million lifetimes I could never repay any of my friends for the things that they do for me each and every day. Each and every one of you is so special to me and I cannot imagine my life without you all in it. Thank you Jaime and Quinn for this very unexpected surprise- you have no idea how much it helped brighten my day! And even more importantly, I think a world record may have been broken today. Quinn and Jaime held a secret in for more than 2 days. Yay!!! I am so proud of you both!

Please make sure you head over to Jaime and Quinn’s sites to check out their work. As I said before, they are both extremely talented!! Quinn is also running a special – 15% off of her doodles. So make sure you get doodled before the special ends!!

The picture above shows the original image and the doodle. The canvas can be seen below.

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Here is Joce with her picture. After she saw it she wanted to put her Snow White dress on!

I told her about the surprise when I picked her up from school. She could hardly contain her excitement! Well, Cade was not quite so happy for her, since he didn’t get a surprise too. So, to make himself feel better he told her it was probably a boring surprise like a pile of dirty underwear.  After that comment, they spent the rest of the ride home coming up with silly things that it could be- a pile of grass, leaves, a car, and the list went on. I was hoping we would make it home before boogers were introduced! You’ve gotta love kids!

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The Best Day EVER!!!

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Yesterday  was coined by my 5 year old as The Best Day EVER!  His day started with a school cancellation due to the weather, followed by sledding, McDonalds, more sledding, and then bedtime. The kids absolutely LOVED sledding! Here are a few pictures of them on the snow ramp we built in the backyard. We have a hill in the back but it wasn’t quite steep enough, but this ramp helped fix that;) Enjoy!

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This past weekend, I hopped in my car again to continue what has now become, Jessi’s Great American Roadtrip! This time I was headed to Columbus, Ohio to visit Wombat, Tin and Ted (What fun are friends if you cannot create random and somewhat meaningless nicknames for them!). I absolutely love visiting college campuses, so I had to make a few stops before I got to their house – see pictures below! I had such a great time visiting my friends and the city of Columbus. They took me to all the weird and wacky landmarks around town and believe me Ohio has alot of them! If you are ever headed to Ohio, you need to pick up the book, Weird Ohio…it has some interesting information in it.

As exciting as all of the sights were the highlight of my trip was definitely meeting Ted! He is Wombat’s beautiful baby boy. He is sooooo cute! I wanted to take him home with me…he would have fit right in with my brood- blue eyes and blonde hair! Unfortunately, Wombat wouldn’t let me have him and our house is at maximum capacity:) 

Thank you Wombat, Tin and Ted for spending your weekend with me…I cannot wait to visit with you all again!

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I had to stop off at the University of KY, I have never been there before! I was in enemy territory though, so I didn’t stay long!

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Sunset on my drive up Friday night. 

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I love the placement of the bottle on his shirt!

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We headed over to The Ohio State University campus to find places to shoot in the afternoon on Saturday.  There were so many cool places to shoot but they will have to wait until I make another trip up in the spring or summer months because it was FREEZING outside! 22 degrees and 15 mile an hour winds didn’t feel good on these southern bones, so we headed inside to the State House.

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I will probably get in trouble for posting this one but it makes me laugh!

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Bath time so we can take some naked baby pictures!

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Random giant dancing bunnies on a hillside!

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Random field of concrete corn!

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