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    Tuesday, March 3 | Comments

    If you follow us on Instgram you know that we are selling our house.. well, we SOLD our house. After one day on the market a family snatched this gem right up. This has been a bittersweet thing for me. We will be moving to a dream we’ve had for a long time- land. We bought a home on 15.6 acres and we’re so so excited. But we will be leaving the home our children were born in, the woods we’ve spent countless hours exploring and having long talks about life in and the home where we became parents! We used to talk on and on about “when we live on land” and one day I told Grayson that we needed to stop talking about it. We wanted to be in this home for 10-15 years and I wanted to be able to feel settled, not dreaming about the next thing. So we did just that- stopped talking about it. About a year later (3 months ago) this itch was rising in my blood again, the thought of living on sprawling land with gardens and chickens and space! The freedom to do whatever we wanted to our house without worrying about a “future buyer” not liking our changes.

    Both Grayson and I grew up in the suburbs of southern California on a culd-u sac {in different towns}. We both played all night with neighbor, had tons of kids around, going inside only for dinner then right back out to play with all our friends until dark, huge block parties and giant games of hide and go seek. Part of me felt guilty that if we moved to land, our kids wouldn’t have that. But maybe they’d love this new life just as much, or more? We were torn 50/50 on what life we wanted our kids to have. After years of this itch being buried in our hearts, I realized that I think I might be ready for it. I was almost afraid to say it because I know how we work. Once we open a door to do something, we go through it, full force…

    We prayed about it and decided it would be our 1-5 year plan, that we’d casually look.. see what’s out there, we were open to the idea. Well God had different timing than we did and here we are, a short 3 months later, about to move into our dream. We’ve been asked questions like “do you even know what to do with 15 acres”.. No.. “Do you realize how much work that will be??” Yes.. You see, Grayson and I are “chronic project people” as we call ourselves. We have to continue working on things in our home, creating projects for ourselves. It’s imbedded deep inside of us to create. When we bought this house only 4 years ago {almost to the date} I was newly pregnant with Myles. Withing one week we were totally unpacked, had painted the worlds largest wall {4 coats of bright yellow and no, I had no idea you weren’t supposed to paint when you were pregnant lol, he turned out fine} and built the climbing walls in the garage. Within a year we’d painted every wall in this house and built garden boxes all over the backyard. After that we ripped out the ugly half raised island that once stood in our kitchen and replaced it with the beautiful, flat butcher block.. ripped out the counter tops and back splash and replaced all of those, built a huge bench for the kitchen, and we just re-did the entire master bathroom… only to find out we’d be finishing it up just in time to list our house, haha.

    We need projects, we love them and welcome them.. they aren’t always enjoyable but we just love it. 15 acres to do whatever we want?!?! We are SO excited for this new adventure. We plan on being in this house forever.. that is such a good feeling. To know we will never move again- unless life throws something terrible at us. Our kids will grow up in this home and come back to it with their families. That brings me a joy I can’t explain. Our kids will grow up with the responsibilities that come with taking care of your own land, growing your own food and caring for chickens. We plan on homeschooling and teaching our kids valuable life skills and want them to dive into building, sewing, creating and fixing. We are taking a huge jump into the unknown and so ready for it. Two people who’ve lived in the suburbs forever venturing out into the county. It’s going to be awesome and so hard, but well worth the sweat!!!

    A lot of you have mentioned wanting to see our whole house {the one we live in now} so I’m posting all the photos we took of it for the listing. Keep in mind, it’s not always this clean and the loft is usually a kids play room.. but here it is.

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    This wall is showing as yellow but it’s tangerine, my favorite color in the house!Ourhome003 Ourhome004 Ourhome005

    we bought these lockers for $25 at a garage sale, they were originally army green but we spent a summer painting them. They’re usually in the kids play room {the loft}Ourhome006 Ourhome007

    Finley’s amazing room. I’m posting more photos of this because I have yet to do that blog post. We spent so much time and energy in her room. My amazing friend Jessica Kasparian painted the wall length hot air balloon mural as a gift, took her 25 hours. Nesting gone wild is responsible for that triangle wall and the rest.  Grayson built that bench seat and I upholstered it and made all the pillows. I am so sad to leave this room behind, but thankfully a little girl will be moving in. I’m just praying they want to keep it as is so someone can appreciate this room!

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    Myles’ room. Grayson built his bed {I just told him what to build, haha}. The ladder is from a fallen tree we found in the woods. The dresser was $10 at a garage sale and I painted it two tones of orange.Ourhome013

    Here is the finished master bath that we literally just finished! Ourhome014 Ourhome015

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    Here is the before of the master bath! {below} After {above}bathroom

     

    I can’t tell you how much we will miss this amazing fire place. We’ll probably rebuild it almost exactly the same in the new home. Ourhome017 Ourhome018

    Grayson built that bench for me! Ourhome019

    Grayson and  a friend did the counter tops.. I was just the idea man. {Grayson is kind of awesome}Ourhome020 Ourhome021

    our mud room… our amazing, amazing mud room that was mostly used as a crap storage room. Sad I won’t get to use it once the kids get older but we have plans to build one in the new house!Ourhome022 Ourhome023

    Jamie + Chris – Olympic Sculpture Park {Seattle Wedding Photographer}

    Friday, February 6 | Comments

    Jamie and Chris had such a pretty wedding on a perfect day in Seattle! They were married at Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle.. Seriously, the weather could not have been more perfect. I’m pretty sure it was predicted to rain too. Weddings always seem to work out that way! Well.. every once in a blue moon it would pour, but rarely!}. We got to work along side the lovely coordinators from Field Day.

    It was so fun seeing past clients at this wedding too, a couple whose wedding we shot in Malibu was in the bridal party. We always love to see couple again! This wedding was clean and modern and so simple, we loved it!

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    best cake ever

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    The Birth of Declan- Bellingham Birth Photographer

    Saturday, January 24 | Comments

    A few months back I had such the great joy of photographing one of my close friends births. Seriously, I can’t even explain how much I love photographing and being present for the birth of a new baby. Most of you know that both of my children were born at home, I am a strong believer in home births and love every inch of it. Jennie had her first son in the hospital and it was a horrifying experience for her {obviously this is NOT always the case for a hospital birth, but for her it was}. After an c section she wanted to have her next baby at home. It was hard to even find a midwife that would agree to a VBAC at home but she found one.

    I got the call from Jennie mid morning that things were going, so I headed over and spent the entire day in their home while this story unfolded. Declan, like his older brother, came earlier than expected so no one was quite prepared. Her amazing Doula ended up having to be somewhere and had to leave for the bulk of the labor but was there for the good part during transition and the birth. So on top of photographing this day, I was also helping Jennie through it. It was actually really amazing and so special.

    Her labor was smooth, but it was hard.. I feel like a lot of women have one of two views of birth: It’s terrifying and you should just be medicated ASAP, or it will be glamorous and this amazing and beautiful experience. One group villanizes it and the other magnifies it’s beauty. Birth is hard, it’s messy, it’s sweaty and exhausting.. but it’s amazing and beautiful. There is nothing that compares to pushing a child out of your body, nothing.

    I think part of the reason I love this series of photos so much is because you can see that it’s so hard. I see a lot of birth photography that likes to skip over the photos of the struggle, but that’s where the beauty lies. Birth is literally the hardest thing most women {including myself} have ever done, but also by far the most rewarding.

    I was so SO proud of Jennie for doing this… more so even than a typical woman. This was a big leap for her and she powered though it, she was so tough and she didn’t give up or beg to be taken to the hospital.. she was a champ. In the end she finally got to have the natural childbirth she felt so robbed of the first time- she was amazing.

    Thank you to the amazing Birthroot Midwives who delivered little Declan!

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    Our little December

    Sunday, January 11 | Comments

    If you haven’t noticed, our blog has been temporarily taken over by my Create Love Project, which by the way is going so well! Nominations are coming in from all over and it’s so exciting! :] But I felt it was time for some new photos. Christmas time is one of the most joyous times of the year here in the Glasby household. The holidays and the Christmas lights just remind us of having babies in our lovely home!. Because we’re both wedding photographers we have to have our little loves in the winter, thus a November and December baby! We kind of go all our, cut down our tree, tons of lights, tons of decoration and as many Christmas activities as we can jam into one month. We celebrate two family birthdays {Finley turned 1 and Myles turned 3} and Jesus’ birthday! It’s kind of the best. I’ve complied some of my favorite photos from the past month or so into one big blog post and every photo just makes me so happy.

    I seriously can’t believe how old my kiddlings have gotten, I now understand what all the experienced parents with now adult children meant when they told us time and time again how fast it will all go. This girl is already ONE YEAR old!

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    Finley’s little 1st birthday party. The theme was “glitter” haha. We re-used the cupcake stand Grayson made for Myles’ first birthday and made a bunch of cute cake toppers out of glitter paper! Her cake was a chocolate quinoa cake, so good!!!!

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    I made her a special “birthday head band”…. which she pretty much only wore for a few photos…. :]Dec2014Blog-004 Dec2014Blog-005 Dec2014Blog-006

    I made her a little crown just like I made Myles for his first birthday

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    some little gremlins trying to sneak some cake back there..Dec2014Blog-009 Dec2014Blog-010 Dec2014Blog-011 Dec2014Blog-012 Dec2014Blog-013 Dec2014Blog-014

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    One of our favorite days of the year is the day we get our Christmas tree. Normally we get it much earlier but we were in California for a couple of weeks so we got it on Myles’ 3rd birthday! I documented this for my good friend Shannon Walker and asked if she would do the same for us! So she came along and photographed our whole day! So thankful! I love these photos of this sweet time!Dec2014Blog-021 Dec2014Blog-022 Dec2014Blog-023 Dec2014Blog-024 Dec2014Blog-025 Dec2014Blog-026 Dec2014Blog-027 Dec2014Blog-028 Dec2014Blog-030

    birthday boy!!!

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    so casually 3 now, eating his special sprinkle pancakes.Dec2014Blog-033 Dec2014Blog-034 Dec2014Blog-035 Dec2014Blog-036 Dec2014Blog-037

    Ginger bread smashing 2014!! This was our 6th annual “Gingerbread building then smashing it with your face” party.. It’s just us and our super close friends the Kasparians… best tradition ever!Dec2014Blog-038 Dec2014Blog-039 Dec2014Blog-040

    Christmas Eve!

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    Create Love Project- call for family nominations

    Saturday, December 27 | Comments

    It’s time! It’s time!! I am opening up nominations for deserving families! If you know of a struggling family in an area listed below whose just in the midst of a very hard season of life, please nominate them to receive a completely free shoot from one of the many amazing photographed who have signed up to be a part of something great! {You can see the previous blog post for more details on this project}

    Who is this for: This gift is for people/families who have been struggling deeply. Families who have suffered the loss of a child, have been given a terminal disease, have suffered the loss of a job that supported their family, have children with handicaps that have made it nearly impossible to be able to afford something like this, families mourning the loss of a parent.. the list goes on. They do not have to be married with kids! This can be a couple whose had a struggle, grandparents, empty nesters… anyone really.

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    So.. here’s how this all works. Anyone can nominate a family in the areas from the list above. Please submit a maximum of 200-300 word email {no longer please} just explaining why this family could really use some free family photos and a little extra love from a stranger.  During the next month I will do my best to have all of these read through and let you all know who I found a photographer for.

    I hope to have everyone set up by early February. If I can find your family a photographer you will receive an email around February letting you know you will be giving you this gift! Unfortunately, there are only so many photographers available. I wish every single family who submits would receive this gift but I can only chose as many families as I  have photographers. My hope is to do this at least twice a year, hopefully more. So if your family does not get set up with a photographer, it wouldn’t hurt to try again next time there is a call for nominations!

    You can visit Create Love on Instagram @CreateLoveProject and on Facebook.  Website will be coming soon!

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