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Have a fun safe girls trip! Love all your family outting pictures always makes me want to go on vacation LOL.


Looks like you and your family had a great time at Willow lake! Thanks for sharing it with us. Enjoy your girls weekend!!!


Your family will have to take more holidays just so you can share the gorgeous photos with us :-)


Very precious! Have a great girls weekend!

Jennifer L

Your photos are just beautiful. I cannot wait to take your class! These are the kinds of photos I take when we go up north but do not turn out nearly as good as yours so I am really interested in your settings, especially the night time ones around the campfire.


Looks like a great time was had by all!

My favorite photo was of Coley diving into the water and all you see is LEGS


Oh my goodness... looks like your family had a great time! Fabulous pictures, as usual!!

Helen Walsh

Great shots Karen, i've missed you posting.

I can't wait to take your course too!


Oh, I've missed your posts! I so love the snaphot of your life and your beautiful photos.

One quick question: I'm sure most of your shots are SOOC, but do you put a vignette on any of them? It seems so subtle and lovely if you do and really makes them sing. Inquiring minds want to know!

Jennifer M.

What fun! It looks and sounds like you had a great time, with the pictures to prove it!


Love the pictures and recount of your vacation with the kiddos and Josh! I'm like the other posters and am SO HAPPY you're back to share with us more of your family life! :o) Enjoy the weekend with the girls!

Hugs, Trac~ :o)


What a treat to see your family fun. Looks like just what summer memories are all about. Enjoy your weekend with the girls, and savor these days!

Brenda W

Just thought I would stop by and say Hi. I read your blog all the time. I was in Medford last weekend doing some scrapbook store shopping and seeing how you love Bella Union so much I made sure to make it a stop for lunch. It was delicious just as you say it is. Thanks for all your great pictures and for making photography so much fun to learn.


Looks like a lot of fun. Also looks like you had the lake to yourselves. Awesome! I especially like the shot of Josh Downs' finger pointing at Annie and her lone tomato. It just looks like something from my house (just with a different kid).


Beautiful photos!


Love the photos as always! Glad the camera is okay. ;) Have a great time in Portland!

Melanie C.

Great shots Karen. I wanted to thank you for your last comment. We just got back from a vacation that wasn't a huge success, I'd say we spent 75% of it bickering with each other. It's nice to know that other families have the hits and misses too. Thanks for being so candid & sharing all your great pictures. I miss "talking" to you in class! Enjoy your girls weekend!


i think these are some of your best shots....have fun in portland...there is alot of photo eye candy on mississippi st.

Jennifer S

I cant believe you and your camera fell!!!! SO glad you wer both OK, especially the camera!
My favorite shot is Annie at the table nto eating her tomato!!! Have a fabulous weekend!

Erica Hettwer

Great pictures!!! I can't believe I never thought of using and OSU flag as a safety flag! Going to get one for my dad for his b-day now.

Have fun in P-town and honk my way when you drive past Silverton! :D

christina cole

so sorry about the duck pooh island! but i'm glad your camera is ok after the fall into the duck droppings....and gorgeous photos.....kind of reminds me of my family's cabin out on shuswap lake in british columbia that we've had since i was five...just love it out there in the pine trees and swimming all day...

Karen A

Wonderful Pics!! I really love the ones in the dark that turned out so well! Care to share any secrets on how to get good night photos?!?! Have fun on your girls weekend!!

Melissa Mann

beautiful photos!!!


Oh my gosh, these pictures are amazing! You have perfectly captured everything that represents "summer" in my mind. Wow!! I love the one of Cole in mid-air, your husband diving, and Cole again upside down splashing into the water. And your youngest's yellow polka dot bikini?? ADORABLE. Thanks for sharing all your family fun. (P.S. Are there no mosquitos in Oregon? Because if you tried that nighttime campfire scene here in MN- wearing pajamas- you'd get eaten alive!!)


The Duck Poop Island story had me laughing out glad both you and your camera were okay. Love your sense of humor and the photos!

elizabeth carney

What a great vacation, I love your photos they made me smile! We are about to go on our family vacation to Montana and I cannot wait!

Have fun on your girlie trip, they refresh the soul!

gina f.

Fun photos! Have missed you this past week. hope you have a fun girls weekend!!


We go up to Willow Lake almost 2 times a week in the summer and used to stay in the cabins once a year. Aren't they just the cutest cabins, although I think the beds are made of straw. Still a great vacation, I agree.


Karen, your photos never cease to amaze me. You've captured the quintessential all-American vacation at the lake. And your kids are all so beautiful. So sweet!


Karen your pictures are great!! I just love how you get such great shots at night ( the bedtime them!!) Have a fun girls weekend!!


That saying prayers photo is so awesome.


Karen, I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog! I've been reading it for years:-) You have a true gift with telling a story with your camera, what a treasure you are creating for your family. Thanks for sharing with the rest of the world!


Pictures as usual look great. Glad this was a successful trip. Have you a good weekend! Glad the camera survived the trip.


oh why do my photos never look as gorgoues as yours! LOL
love looking at your family pics, so natural and fun!


I've been checking in here often, just not posting a lot lately! But love your blog still! Glad this was a great trip! LOVE the photos! Have a great weekend!


I truly enjoy all your stories and photos. You forever have me cracking up to my tummy hurts. You and your family are super amazing. Always keep sharing the joy with us!!


Great holidays...and beautiful pictures!! wahooooooooo!


hey karen this is nikkis sister kristie and these pics you take are amazing i have allways wanted to be a photographer

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