Monday, September 26, 2016


in this moment:
right now, in this moment, I'm in love with your dream talks.  the other night we watched the fireworks in our backyard from the country club, and in the sweetest voice imaginable, you stated, "mommy, when I go to bed I'm going to make sure I dream of the fireworks in Disneyland tonight."  and I melted, in this moment. 

mom blogger note:  yes, we already started decorating for her birthday party, which is in exactly one month, because it is fun, and I work too many hours to wait until the last minute.  my house is going to be festive for days.  oh, and she's technically having a dia de los muertos party, so one half of my house is traditional halloween, and the other is super colorful!  this photo was a trial run for this photo wall, which is pretty much rocking my world right now, and it is not even done!

Monday, September 19, 2016

one last trip of summer [mini-film]

back in august, I was finally able to take a trip to see my sister and bianca before I went back to work. it is amazing how long summer feels when you talk about it, until you get super busy with little day trips, house projects, and a vacation or two sprinkled in there too, and before you know it, you are back in a staff development meeting.  but alas, there is always next summer.

ev and I loved our escape from the sacramento august heat, and gladly traded it in for some fog and wind.  typically, I am not a fan of san francisco weather, but by the end of summer, it sounds like the best idea ever.

besides the weather, san francisco can be a stressful destination, for me at least. between parking, and traffic, and having a public [clean] bathroom on hand, I've had many trips where I felt I was good on not going back to the city any time soon. yeah, I'm more of a suburb kind of girl. however, this trip was the complete opposite. it really was perfection. everything that day just worked out, and was SO freakin' easy.  parking right out front everywhere, most of the time is was completely free, didn't have a single bathroom emergency, and even found some super clean public ones I will keep on my travel list.  we also tried lots of new firsts for me in the city.

we picked up sandwiches at Lou's Cafe, and they were superb.  now I like a good sandwich, and I was very full after eating it, but it was the perfect full.  not the, okay, now I need to go lay down kind of full. and a word of advice, say yes to all the houses sauces, you won't be disappointed, and I'm not a real sauce kind of gal.

next we headed to Baker Beach - another first for me.  not sure how I've never been here, considering I've been to san francisco countless times.  the parking is free, and my only complaint was no 'regular' bathrooms.  but thankfully, we kept the kid just slightly dehydrated and we didn't have any issues while having a blast.

finally, we were ready for a rest and a sweet treat, of course.  after some serious conversations on the topic, we landed at Loving Cup.  okay, people, I'm a complete yogurt snob.  I try other yogurt, but it pretty much always ends with, well, it wasn't pinkberry.  however, this place was awesome, and just unique enough to make it a place I need to visit again.  it's frozen yogurt with toppings selected by you and mixed in to perfection.  kind of like if pinkberry met up with cold stone and had a mcflurry baby.  yeah, kind of like that.  and yes, my child's bite sizes are for real. there was no prompting like, "hey everly, why don't you try to take the tiniest bite of yogurt possible, just to make sure it isn't poison or something." yeah, I didn't say that.

so, pretty much I loved this day, and hope we can sneak away again soon.  and, have you heard that october in san francisco is the best month to visit weather wise?

well, now you have.  so let's go plan a trip.
end of summer in san francisco from Lyndsay Lewis on Vimeo.

thanks meg & bianca for being such great tour guides!

filmed on our sony a6000
music: the postal service - such great heights

Friday, September 16, 2016


in this moment:
right now, in this moment, I'm in love with your little smile as you swing open the front door, run across the yard to give me a hug and a kiss, every day after school.  and I melted, in this moment. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

family portraits [with sarah maren photography]

last month we were contacted by sarah of the amazing sarah maren photography to take our family portraits - on film!  of course the answer was a quick yes, and yes, and yes, and I couldn't believe I had missed the email for a few whole days.
last year we had talked about taking our family portraits in our home. but at the time, we were still in our rental, and I was itching to get out, and so we put it off for a year.  well, this time around, I was more than eager to have our home the backdrop for our photos.  see last year's portraits here
now, our child has been photographed since she was literally thirty minutes old, so she kind of gets how the process works.  however, film was very new.  for her at least.  she finally got that she needed to hold still for a few seconds and wait for the click, challenge accepted.  mostly.  I had a ton of questions for sarah too, but pretty much, you still get your final product just as before, all digitalized and ready to do whatever you would like with, but with gorgeous difference that film makes with your photos.  I've been asked if I could tell the difference between film and digital by friends, and the answer is YES!  and since digital is now the common form of photography, something that we all can even do with our phones, seeing actual film photos just makes me giddy.  there's something just uniquely special about them.  and uniquely special about a photographer who is working to give you such a remarkable product.
I'm so in love with these photos, such a perfect capsule of our family right now.  and our home.  our kitty sadie.  and our green door, yes, the green door.
and every time we see sarah I just think how lucky we were to find her almost a decade ago, and all the moments she has been there with us!  see some of our other photos by sarah here.
I cannot tell you how happy I am with the photos of just the two of us.  we rarely get to take photos just the two of us, and typically, they are only taken when our toddler is throwing a tantrum and refuses to be in the photo.  so really, these are pretty perfect to me.  no crying toddler in the background, and someone else holding the camera.
sorry, clearly I didn't really try to narrow these down
but really, I'm not sorry, just pretty smitten

find sarah here : Sarah Maren Photography
see her photography blog here.
and contact her directly here.