grandpas trains

Putting this post together was a little harder than I anticipated. Maybe that’s why the images have been sitting on my camera for the past two months. I lost my dad in April, my boys – they lost their grandpa.  I think about him everyday, and we all miss him more than I thought even possible. The hurting, that down deep in the pit of your stomach has not lessened. Spending time with my folks over the summer was always a time to look forward to. My dad would take the boys to hobby shops, let them play with his model trains, drive go-carts all over the property. I know my dad treasured these times, I always joked he secretly wanted boys that’s why he raised two tough girls! My dad built this train table, and hand painted the mountain ranges and all the little trees. He built the tunnels, and all the tracks so he could enjoy watching and driving the trains all around. He loved this past time, and my boys loved that he let them play along. The tracks, trains, unfinished towns this is exactly how he left them.  We joked with him that he was turning into a crazy old train guy, maybe he was – but he just loved being busy. Ah dad, I hate that you are not here with us. We love you, Happy Father’s Day.

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Alisha wilt - June 20, 2015 - 2:31 am

This is a lovely piece, brave of you to share, because I know how much we have all been hurting. Dad was always so incredibly proud of you and your talents and I know he continues to be. Love you, xoxo

Ally - June 20, 2015 - 4:15 am

Hugs to you! I’m glad your boys will always have these wonderful memories of their grandpa. You are brave and strong… I’m sure he’s really proud of you. Lots of love to you.

Mandy Daudel - June 21, 2015 - 6:46 pm

What beautiful pictures of your boys enjoying your dad’s trains! Jeff was a little jealous of this amazing space when I showed him the pictures. I can’t believe the scale – it belongs in a museum! Thinking of you today and sending my love!

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twirling dresses and sparkly light

I might have done a happy dance as this gorgeous family got out of their car. I mean, sparkly twirly dresses and lots of pink. Mom was worried she may have over done it on the outfits, but really- is there such a thing? The girls were a little shy to begin with, but by the end we were all having a party. They are going to be the best big sisters to #3

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Melissa - May 30, 2015 - 2:51 am

This is so beautiful!! The joy of youth and love between sisters captured perfectly!

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engagement on the pier

I was just a tiny bit excited when this couple contacted me and told me about their location idea. My love for the beach and meeting on a pier? Perfection! It was a bit windy, but I loved the movement. Husband and wife to be? Didn’t even phase them.  The light was glorious, and when we were all finished the sky treated us to a show by turning everything pink.

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pieces of life | january

Before getting back into the routine of school and work, a visit to the beach was a must. I love to pack up the car, load the boys in and just head over the hills towards the ocean. We are lucky to live so close. A day spent in the sun surrounded by the ocean breeze, is my happy place. This is where I want my boys to have fond memories, remembering what the ocean sounds and smells like. Remembering that it is a place that is special to them, and me. My third essay, with the group Pieces of Life. One image is shared at Clickin’ Moms Daily Project. My life with two boys and a little french dog.

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kara - January 18, 2015 - 5:38 pm

oh my goodness, that light. how could your boys not have fond memories there? these images are all so beautiful, kristin.

Alice C. - April 20, 2015 - 7:59 pm

Kristin, these are so wonderful! Love the way you used the light and the sense of adventure you captured!

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