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  • The Days of Our Lives….

    September 2014
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Pumpkin Pie Italian Soda

Now, over the years, I’ve shared all kinda of recipes with pumpkin. A couple years ago I shared one for a pumpkin spice latte. But, not everyone lives in a place where it just taste wonderful to have a piping hot cup of coffee in September. (I am not one of those people, I live in a place where it snows in September.)

Italian sodas were my special drink of choice in my teenage years. We didn’t have Starbucks back then, but we had this great covered wagon place that sold Italian Sodas. And they were amazing. I would always have the kiwi/coconut kind. Well, my son recently discovered them, and  kind of likes them, so I decided that we could just make them at home. And make them a seasonal drink. A special thing. I found the pumpkin pie syrup at world market, but I’m sure there are a million different places to buy it. Ours was also sugar free. And I’m sure there are a million other flavors out there you can try. But I have to admit, this one was pretty awesome!

 

Those Eyes!

This was my first shoot with this beautiful family. This sweet little girl has the MOST beautiful big blue eyes. We had to hold off on shooting a couple days because of the weather, but when it did cooperate, it turned out magical. She held back her smiles a bit, but that just showcased those eyes. Those amazing blue eyes. I could not get enough of them!!!

 

One Of Those Days

It’s a good day to remember what is important to you.

The Ticklers and the Wrestlers

I could not believe my eyes when I saw how big these kiddos had gotten over the last year. The sweet little one with curls was so tiny the last time I saw her, and cried a lot and now she’s running around like a maniac smiling the biggest smiles ever!! They had so much energy and we have sooo much fun. And it was warm for once, we’ve never had warm weather before!!!

Morning Shine

This sweet little one…..her adorable red hair, her sweet little face and eyes. I just can’t get enough! It was a beautiful morning, full of sunshine at the beginning of the beautiful fall season. I can’t believe it’s that time of year already!

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