Sunday, April 6, 2014

Lauryn's Baptism

For Lauryn's Baptism we wanted to do I little video highlighting her life thus far. We showed it just after she was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Lauryn made special Covenants with her Heavenly Father at her baptism. She takes upon the name of Jesus Christ, promises to keep the commandments, and to serve God unto the end. She then can repent if she needs to and renew these covenants every week by taking the sacrament.

In return God promises that the Holy Ghost will be her constant companion (she received the Holy Ghost after being baptized by her father and other men that hold the Priesthood), she also receives the remission of sins, and the privilege of being spiritually reborn, and if she endures to the end she is promised eternal life.

It is such a comfort to me that she has chosen this path for herself. We are all so proud of her. Here are a few photos from her baptism back in September as well as the video.










Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Renovation

Renovation #2 is almost done! The carpet is coming on Friday! 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Artist Hands


Kamryn always has what we call "Artist Hands". That's when your hands are cover by markers from excessive coloring. This girl colors for a couple hours everyday. She can use up a new pack of markers in a week.



She loves doing portraits. If you want yours done, come on over!


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Gratitude


On a Saturday a couple weeks ago, I got up early and started my baking day. Homemade bread with fresh ground wheat and muffins were on my list. Keeping our grocery budget is very important to me and one way I do that is by having a baking day. 

Here I was trying to save money and then I dropped a jar on my glass cook top. It pretty much shattered the glass all the way down and across the surface. There was one burner that was left intact which I've been using. (and that probably isn't a good idea but, I have to use it!) 

We ordered a new oven but it's taking weeks to get here. I cannot tell you how grateful I will be to have a full working range again! I don't think I will ever take it for granted again. 

Any tips for cooking mostly with an oven? I have to wait at least 4 more weeks for my new oven. 



Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Swannie

Since building and growing our side garden it has brought us closer to our community. Spending time weeding, watering, and transplanting in our garden has given us the opportunity to strike up conversations with hundreds of people. One of my favorite people we have met and come to know well is "Swannie". He and his wife live around the corner from us.

Swannie is a WWII vet. He served in the South Pacific and  was sent on the invasion of Okinawa. He grew up in Troy, Idaho and moved to Moscow when he married Ervie. They have four children, three boys and one girl. He ran a service station in town for many years. We take him strawberry Jam, his favorite and he finishes it off in just a few days.

One Saturday I spent the morning with Swannie looking over old family history photos. As a photographer, I loved seeing the photos of his childhood. He told me stories of his mother who passed away of complications from childbirth when Swannie was just 2. He told me of his ponies and how he cried for days when his father had to sell them. He told me of how the community of Troy was struggling during the war but, that only made the community stronger. It taught them to lean on each other.

These people are gems to me. I love learning their history. It teaches me so much. This afternoon Swannie showed up at my door step with a handful of seed catalogs. Ervie knew we would love these! We loved seeing our friend and visting with him in our home. He loves being around the girls. He especially loves holding Emma.

He would probably be mad at me for sharing this photo of him but, I don't care. We give him a hard time and he gives it back!

(you can tell he was happy about me taking his picture.....)






Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Our top 50 goto dinner recipes! with links!



BEEF
Spaghetti
Taco-Fried
Taco Salad
Super Nachos
Sheppard’s Pie
Grilled Beef Kebabs+Veggies

Meatless
Baked Potato Bar
Breakfast
Chefs Salad
Kale+ Mushroom Roll Ups ( we use low fat cream cheese in place of the ricotta)
Tomato Basil Soup
SkinnyFettuccini Alfredo (we use low fat cream cheese in place of the Neufchatel cheese)
Chicken
Simple Chicken + Pasta (Brown butter +Parm)
Chicken noodle soup
Grilled Chicken + Veggies
Ritz Chicken
Chicken tortilla soup
CrockpotCreamy chicken + pasta (we make homemade creamy condensed chicken soup with this, instead of canned)
Sides
Green Beans
Peas
Green Salad
Garlic Sautéed Green Beans
Fresh Fruit
Potato Wedges
Twice Baked Potatoes
Snacks
Popcorn
Apples + PB
Fresh Veggies with Ranch
Cookies
Yogurt + Graham crackers
Cheese + Crackers





Monday, February 10, 2014

A photo wall


1. Print
2. Stick (I use sticky tack on all four corners so they don't curl)
3. Enjoy!



When you're the 4th Child...

waiting for mom can take way too long.

I was going to feed Emma her cereal, I promise! Things just got away from me. I noticed she was being way to quite while I was doing some dishes. I looked over and she had gotten her bowl of cereal herself. I couldn't help myself and grabbed my camera. 







Thompson Family Reunion


In November we went to DISNEYLAND! Thanks to my Grandparents and Parents for making it all possible!! It was our family reunion for the Samuel O. Thompson Family. We didn't tell the girls until we were at the airport, which you will see in this video. It was a trip of a life time, one we will never forget! We spent a ton of time on this video. We hope you enjoy it!

Much love- The Foutch Family


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Emma Jane 7 month


Kamryn helped me do this mini morning session with Emma Jane. I think they turned out perfect. We just love our baby Jane so much! She's rolling everywhere, saying mama and dada, eating lots of new foods, and sitting up! 












Tuesday, January 21, 2014

One of our proudest moments!



Hero's Name: Heavenly Father

How I know About My Hero: In my church, family, Bible, and Book of Mormon.

Something my Hero Does: Watches over me, helps me and loves me.

Words that describe my hero: Brave, Grate, Helps Me.

Why this person is my hero: He made us.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Produce Sale complete with shopping cart

 
 
A couple weeks before school started I was losing my patience with the girls and I needed something to occupy them for a day. I wanted something that would be fun, teach them something, and keep them focused all day: Produce Sale it is! 
 
They spent the morning gathering flowers and produce from our garden. Luckily we had a shopping cart (awesome story for another post) to help us with our sale. We pushed the cart down the garden isles as we filled it up!
 
The girls made a little over $50! They sold:
tomatoes
beans
eggplant
peppers
cucumbers
sunflowers
zinnias
 
What a beautiful day it was! I sent pictures out to family after the sale. Here's what my brother wrote to us:
 
"So cute Kate! Love that you're making little free market entrepreneurs out of them!"
 
 





 
I can't ever seem to get Lauryn to look at the camera! She so wiggly! But every time I look at Brooklyn she's already posing! Ha!


 
 


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Mr. and Mrs.!

When I was down in Boise photographing a wedding for a client, my cousin got married! I literally had about 10 minutes to stop by and see my cousin Chelsey and her new husband walk out of the temple! I caught one shot! Here is it!
 
 
 
The next day I got to help set up for her reception and I took a few pictures! Enjoy! It was such a fun night!
 

 
The food prep!
The flower boys!

 
The amazing center pieces! So much work went into these! They turned out so beautiful!







 
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Working on the ice cream machine!


Took just a few minutes to take some shots of my cousins!

 
These truffles were divine!
 

 
Grandpa Thompson on the right getting ice cream!

 
The ice cream Parlour!

 
Grandma Thompson taking her turn getting ice cream!
 
 
Aunt Danene, Cousin Ashley and Mindy! These girls are gorgeous! Love you!


Met some new friends!