I know I may have mentioned it a time or two (or three, or four...), but our family loves to travel! We're not talking all-out, round-the-world excursions. We're too busy (and too poor!) for that. Road trips are our favorite. We pile in the car, put on a good audio book, jam out to music, or just have silly, family conversations for the hours that we're on the road. Then, we soak up the adventure that always awaits us at our destination! This year, our Spring Break ATV trip was FULL of adventure. And stories. And it's the stories I want to concentrate on today.

Ed and I love to travel. One of our yearly goals is to try and get to as many different places as we can. I prefer at least one trip a month, and this year, we're doing pretty good. I know. It's only March, but we have trips planned for every month through July, except May. And there's still plenty of time for that. 19th Anniversary trip, maybe?

Well, it's the Monday after Christmas, so that means back to work for me. But around here, that doesn't mean that the Christmas decorations come down and the Christmas spirit grinds to a halt. We keep it going for as long as possible! We had such a wonderful holiday, with a house full of love and family. We had lots of laughs, a billion hugs, and even a few happy tears. I wouldn't change a thing.

I love this time of year. Ed and I have so much to be thankful for, but sometimes we get so busy that we forget to stop and enjoy it. I love a day that makes you do just that. With the people we love. And wait, there's food involved? I'm all in.

I promised to show more of our own personal albums, so today I'm sharing the LA travel album I made of the trip Jessie and I took to California. This was a very special trip for me, since it was just her and me (and a lot of dancers!), and I wanted to be sure to document the week's worth of fun that we had! My hope is that one day, this album will be as special to her as it is to me. She loves looking through it now, of course (my kids love looking at themselves!), but later it will be even more important to her when she looks back at it and remembers the mother-daughter time we spent together.

Helen had her 17th birthday almost 2 weeks ago. We had a fun outdoor movie party for her the week before, but it was dark when everything was set up, so I didn't get any photos. Instead, I made sure to grab her for 5 minutes on the date of her actual birth to document her special day.

I said it yesterday, but I'll say it again: it's so important to print your photos and have physical books of your memories to look through! I'm so lucky that as a photographer, I have a workflow and applications that make downloading, organizing, and printing photos a breeze and designing albums quick and fun. One of my favorite things to do is to put together small albums of our travels. Weekend trips and longer vacations are sometimes the only way to get us all together at once, and I take TONS of photos to document these occasions. Our Spring Break travel album is one of my favorite albums!

We kind of really love photos around here. You might think that's a given, since we're photographers, but I don't think that's true. I know too many photographers who tend to neglect personal photos. I even used to be one of them. But over the last few years, I made taking, and even more importantly, PRINTING, personal photos a top priority.

Today (or yesterday, by the time anyone reads this) is the first day of Fall, and I'm celebrating by sitting outside on my patio with my laptop, writing this post. It's such a gorgeous day that I decided to move my office outside for the day! As much as I hate that summer really has come to an end, I do have to grudgingly admit that I love Fall! The weather in the South is beautiful, the hummingbirds are visiting this time of year, and the grasses are flowering. Yeah, okay. It's nice.