High Desert Holiday

We made it out to Sunriver a few days ago, and have been enjoying taking it easy ever since. We've come out here for many Christmases over the years, but this year is different due to a shocking lack of snow. I know what it looks like in that picture up there, but that is one of Oregon's locally-grown, organic volcanoes, and they show off like that all year. 

Our "snowball fight" included a slightly dangerous mash-up of dirt and ice, as well as a lot of giggling. I was happy to have stayed out of it by yelling, "Lady with a camera!" Lucky for me, my kids don't have great aim yet.

That turquoise sky! Such a treat for a Portlander who is dreading the rest of winter.

Lots of fun, lots of sun, tree strapped to the top of the car...mission accomplished! Hope you're enjoying the holidays in your own way. Please share! I'd love some comments for Christmas...they're free even!


I'm Back.

Yep, I took that! Sweet little lion cubs in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania this summer.
I've taken quite a break from this blog of mine, but now I'm feeling ready to start sharing again. I'm so happy about all the reasons I've been away - safari in Africa, roadtrip from California back to Oregon after the safari, Camp Shutter Sisters in October, and then the general business of growing a family throughout all of it. Along the way, I picked up a few souveniers - lots of really special new friends, an Instagram habit (I'm jenny_sugarsnap if you'd like to look for me), and a couple thousand pictures. Oh, and I'm taking a leap and trying out Lightroom to process my pictures, but things are going a little slowly in that department. It's a bit intimidating, but I'll get the hang of it one of these days. Probably.

In a few days we are headed to Sunriver for some much-needed rest (and hopefully some snow!) over Christmas weekend, and then it looks like we may just jump back in the car and run for the sun - Disneyland style (shhh...that part is a secret for the kiddos!).

I made this following little video for the safari reunion party we went to in October. Our group came together to see each other's pictures, and it was a great impetus for me to actually  do something with mine! All pictures were taken by me (except those of me, which were taken by my camera). The song is Paradise by Coldplay, and the first time I heard it, I knew it was perfect for this. Please enjoy! More from me soon...