On Saturday night we were hanging with the Kaiser's and randomly decided to take a last minute family vacation up to Morro Bay, less than 24 hours later we were having dinner in Santa Barbara on our way up the coast! I love spontaneous trips! We have been trying to plan a trip with our families for a while and noticed that both our calendars were open for the week. Morro Bay is beautiful, its such a rad location to vacation at!

Activities we've done so far include (other than going crazy with our fun kids), visited friends, watched the elephant seals (see the Kaiser's blog), dined on some amazing food, and best of all, we've flown kites!!!










My favorite shot of the day! Love my boys:)






Crazy hair...

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jackie wonders said:
OMgosh. i LOVE the shots of you and sloan!!! gorgeous. and your fave is my other fave too :) looked like fun...
(04.08.09 09:27 AM)
Brittany Sattel said:
Oh my gosh Amelia - the 2 of you and Sloan are stunning!! I hope you guys are having a blast (it looks like you are!). :)
(04.08.09 09:29 AM)
gretchen k. said:
Love fun spontaneous trips!!! The color pic of you and baby sloan melts my heart! =)
(04.08.09 09:31 AM)
Stevie said:
These are fantastic!! What a fun vacation. I love that first photo of Hudson. It's classic. And Amelia, you are a beauty!!!
(04.08.09 09:32 AM)
Andrea said:
Could you please adopt me? You have the cutest family. My favorite shot of the day is the colored one of you and your youngest. Beautiful
(04.08.09 09:33 AM)
Sarah Rhoads said:
oh me oh my.. that color one of you and your littlest just makes my heart melt... you are such rock star parents you guys!
(04.08.09 09:34 AM)
ashley Parsons said:
a few things: 1. we miss you guys too!!! 2. you and your family are so beautiful, it makes me sad I can't hug you all! 3. these pictures make me very very happy! :) lots of love, dear ones!
(04.08.09 09:36 AM)
angie + matt said:
The picture of you and Sloanie snuggling sweetly is the sweetest thing I've ever seen!
(04.08.09 09:50 AM)
Chad Morgan said:
Duuuude. I want a shark kite. That is rad.
(04.08.09 09:54 AM)
Whitney said:
I just had Jack sit down and I showed him these pictures. He loved seeing Hudson and "New Nuts". We'll be in Southern California in June!
(04.08.09 09:55 AM)
Emily Ruth said:
I am so jealous!!! I love the pictures of you with Sloan- you are beautiful- crazy hair and all....
(04.08.09 09:55 AM)
Lyndzee of EP said:
I haven't flown a kite since I was a kid. It looks so fun. I LOVE the shot of Amelia & Sloanie resting on her shoulder,,, definitley canvas worthy in my eyes. Hope you guys are having fun on your trip!!!
(04.08.09 09:57 AM)
heather said:
what a foxy mama. love the 3rd to last shot, such nice light on a pretty face. enjoy the vaca.
(04.08.09 09:59 AM)
Dana & Jeremy said:
I adore the one of you and Sloan!
(04.08.09 10:03 AM)
ohana photographers - david & kimi said:
you guys are just too beautiful for your own good! rain has that same dragon kite! yay kites! :)
(04.08.09 10:15 AM)
David Blakeman said:
These photos are phenomimal. They make me want to do three things; 1. Fly a kite. 2. Have kids. 3. Take photos at Morro Bay. Any of the three would be great. Keep rockin' you guys. You're doing an incredible job.
(04.08.09 10:47 AM)
Cameron Ingalls said:
Beautiful.... I had so much fun meeting the kids last night! Hudson and Grace were just soooo sweet!
(04.08.09 10:53 AM)
Cameron Ingalls said:
p.s. beautiful pictures as well. ;)
(04.08.09 10:54 AM)
Ashley said:
I love all the pictures of you and Sloan! So precious!
(04.08.09 11:19 AM)
connieMchung said:
:) the picture of 'your boys' makes me happy. so cute.
(04.08.09 01:16 PM)
thedub said:
That pic of you holding Sloan with your hair blowing is BEAUTIFUL!!
(04.08.09 01:17 PM)
Stephanie McBride said:
absolutely wonderful images. my favorites are of mom and son. precious. that is one talented family :)
(04.08.09 01:56 PM)
Yuka photo art said:
These pictures alive......i can feel them. Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(04.08.09 03:00 PM)
punam bean said:
Wow. These all just took my breathe away!
(04.08.09 03:10 PM)
Abra said:
Isn't it great being a photographer and having just the absolute best images of your family to remember their childhood in such a better way than school or studio pictures could ever do?
(04.08.09 03:55 PM)
Tiffany said:
This post totally makes me want to go fly kites!! Beautiful images! Sounds like you guys are having a fantastic vacation!
(04.08.09 04:27 PM)
Becky said:
I LOVE the shots of Grace with her kite and the one of Hudson with his kite...those are works of art!!
(04.08.09 04:37 PM)
Karla Reimer said:
incredible photos - ALL OF THEM. but i gotta ask, where did you get those amazing kites?!?
(04.08.09 06:34 PM)
Rog said:
You guys are larger than life! I've always been in..."ringring", uh hang on a sec..."ringring", Roger:"hello...yeah that was me...oh yeah, well I was thinking of doing something a little more not like the mumblw mumble munnsrghhrghrrgh howwwerddrmmgghaagh". :by this time roger forgot what he was doing and wasn't finishing his sentences like usual. I guess you'll have to deal with it like everyone else. scatterbrain.
(04.09.09 07:21 AM)
Julie Parker said:
Amelia, you look so pretty in these! It looks like you guys had a great time.
(04.09.09 07:21 AM)
Liz said:
you are such a sweet family. this is such a sweet set of fam photos..
(04.09.09 09:34 AM)
jodi said:
Those are amazing. Love them.
(04.09.09 10:20 AM)
Kayla said:
These are so amazing!!! Wow! Your kids are so blessed to have so many fabulous photos during their childhood. I LOVE the photos with you in them!
(04.09.09 08:45 PM)
Sarah @ said:
Your favorite shot of the day is an excellent family shot =) It looks like you guys are all having fun!
(04.10.09 10:45 AM)
jac said:
love it! such a good day!!!
(04.10.09 04:18 PM)
emily quinton said:
beautiful, fun and exciting family shots. need to go an buy a kite or two for my little ones! Inspired ;-)
(04.12.09 04:52 AM)
Heather Cole said:
Oh these are amazing!! LOVE LOVE LOVE these. :) Such a wonderful family!!!
(04.12.09 06:44 PM)
Robert Cristie Photography said:
I love flying kites in Morro Bay! No better place to fly a kite! I am from MB and I miss it so much, thanks for the reminder of my beautiful home town.... amazing pics... can't wait to fly kites with my daughter when she's older.
(04.13.09 10:16 AM)
Becka Knight (Studio222 Photography) said:
First of all, you are BEAUTIFUL. And second, it's fun seeing these shots through your camera and then again through the Kaisers' cameras on their blog. It's like I was there now. :)
(04.14.09 08:31 AM)
david said:
i love it love've captured the holiday mood. Makes me wanna take my boy to the beach ;)
(04.14.09 01:26 PM)
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(04.14.09 05:02 PM)
jenniferL said:
what a great family trip! love all the photos especially the 8th one down of you holding your baby boy... so adorable. i'm heading to morro bay this weekend for a girls trip with my mom. can't wait!
(04.15.09 01:44 PM)
Rachel Absher said:
I am convinced that the light is different in California. I must get out there and visit. Beautiful captures, beautiful family.
(04.15.09 05:03 PM)
Leah Simmers said:
So these totally make me want to figure out how to fly a kite. Yep I said it and it's true I've never flown a kite, sad.
(04.16.09 10:10 PM)
Brittany said:
wow i just love the color image of you holding your son and your hair captures the beautiful love a mother has for her child and a tender moment...
(04.20.09 12:51 PM)
Gretta said:
you're beautiful, you know that?
(05.22.09 02:13 PM)
Kacey Pearson said:
Amelia---these images are bananas! I am in love with this entire post. The ones of you and Sloan are sick! All of the shots of the kids on the beach. LOVE LOVE LOVE! You are always an inspiration!
(05.27.09 04:46 PM)
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Where did the time go?! We can't believe our little boy is already turning 4 years old! He has been such a joy and we feel so lucky and blessed that the Big Man upstairs has trusted us to take care of this amazing little person!

Some things you may not know about Hudson:

1. He still loves circle toast (for those new followers, this is Hudson's nickname for donuts).
2. His favorite movie is "Cars".
3. His favorite colors are red and green and he tells us that about 20 times a day!
4. He LOVES eating raw mushrooms.
5. His favorite candies are white Mentos and candy canes.
6. His nickname for his baby brother Sloan is "B" (we have no idea why).
7. He is super protective of his "B" and thinks he is sooooo cute.
8. He carries all six of his Lightning McQueen Cars and his stuffed baby lion around with him most of the day.
9. When he brushes his teeth he has to end it with counting to 10 while he runs his toothbrush under the water.
10. His favorite song to rock out to on his toy Muno guitar is "Momma's Boy" by Chromeo.
11. Currently his favorite song to sing to is "Nothing to Worry About" by Peter, Bjorn, & John.
12. When he talks on mommy and daddy's iPhones he has to walk in circles.
13. He loves to go on "nacations" (vacations).
14. His first favorite pass time is to steal daddy's iPhone to play games.
15. His second favorite pass time is to steal mommy's iPhone to twitter or send text messages out for her!
16. He is really good at saying his own prayers.
17. Whenever mommy and daddy leave the house he won't let us go with out loves and kisses.
18. His giggle is amazing and is one of the best noises to hear in the entire world! When he laughs, he laughs with his whole body.
19. Currently he likes to collect rocks and bring them home from the park.
20. He tells mommy everyday that I'm his favorite "mudder" and daddy that he is his favorite "Justin".

Hudson, we love you SO MUCH!!! Happy 4th Birthday!!





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Tonya said:
Happy Birthday to your little man...he is adorable...loved reading all the cute things you remember about him...
(04.04.09 06:11 AM)
Amber said:
The second picture down looks alot like your dad. I think its his smile!
(04.04.09 08:09 AM)
Chad Morgan said:
These make me smile. My little girls is going to be five soon. Gosh, it goes so fast, doesn't it? Sigh.
(04.04.09 08:44 AM)
Jennifer Gilmore said:
What a cutie! Sounds similar to our 4 year old...even down to favorite color and candy. Happy birthday to Hudson! :)
(04.04.09 08:57 AM)
Rebecca Hansen said:
He has the best taste in music of a four year old ever! haha
(04.04.09 09:26 AM)
Grandpa Brady said:
Hudson, WOW you are four years old. How cool is that. I sure enjoyed the top twenty list. Your smile and laugh makes me feel so good and happy. You also give grrrrreeeaaaaattttttt bear hugs. Love Grandpa Brady.
(04.04.09 09:45 AM)
Rog said:
You've got about as many laughing pics of Hudson as we have pouting pics of Jett. Happy Birthday Hudson! We'll see you all at the party. Hey Hudson, remember not to drink too many juice boxes at the've got to drive home.
(04.04.09 10:08 AM)
Erica Berger said:
What an amazing child - so cute. Congrats on having such a cool life with great kids and work!
(04.04.09 11:05 AM)
jackie wonders said:
hap- hap- happy birthday!!! feliz cumpleanos Hudson!
(04.04.09 11:10 AM)
Dustin & Jessie said:
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Dear Hudson, Haapppyyyy Biirrrttthhhhddddaaaayyyyy 2 U!!!!!!!! We love you lots and so excited you have turned 4
(04.04.09 11:27 AM)
Molly said:
You're making me into "that pregnant weepy lady" this was so cute. I'm so glad you've posted these things so you can remember them when Hudson is 15 or even 30! My parents always talk about how quickly your memories slip away and I just think this is awesome. I vow to do this for the little one growing with me as we speak. Happy Birthday Hudson!!
(04.04.09 12:03 PM)
Ashley said:
Awww happy birthday Hudson! I love your list Amelia! He has such a cute personality. Have fun celebrating today! Even I am in shock that he's four already. Time goes by soooo fast!
(04.04.09 12:20 PM)
Tyler said:
(04.04.09 12:49 PM)
Becka Knight (Studio222 Photography) said:
Aw! He's so handsome! Happy Birthday Hudson!!!!!!
(04.04.09 12:51 PM)
Rachel Lindley said:
Stinkin' adorable... Thanks for sharing!
(04.04.09 05:18 PM)
Heather Williams said:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LITTLE HUDSON! (he's still little to me:) thanks for letting us enjoy it with you at the park!
(04.04.09 06:12 PM)
sarah skow said:
oh my goodness! what a sweetheart. you guys are blessed!
(04.05.09 09:34 AM)
Heather Brown said:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HUDSON!!! I love these pictures. So his personality!! Seems like just yesterday he was born! What a fun age!!
(04.05.09 10:33 AM)
barbara ( soon to be dieppa) said:
too cute!! Happy birthday to mama and dada too! ;)What a special day!
(04.05.09 08:26 PM)
mindy @ STUDIO 6.23 said:
so sweet! parenting is a pretty amazing thing. sometimes i'm in awe of how God entrusted such precious little people to us! happy birthday to you, hudson! rock on!!!
(04.06.09 02:17 AM)
Doug Boutwell said:
Happy Birthday little man!
(04.06.09 07:39 AM)
angie + matt said:
Holy 4!!!! I remember the day you guys called to tell us the big news of being pregnant!!! i can't believe he is already 4! Hope you had an AWESOME birthday Hudson:) Maddux misses you and is sending you a high five!
(04.06.09 08:06 AM)
Shelley Freckleton said:
Yeah for Hudson! 4 is magical!
(04.06.09 09:13 AM)
jesi haack said:
oh my GOSH! how can you stand this cuteness every day!!!!!! he is adorable...
(04.06.09 03:01 PM)
Sarah @ said:
Happy birthday to your handsome little guy!! He's adorable!! =)
(04.06.09 04:47 PM)
Jean Tsai said:
What a great smile! Just like his mommy!!
(04.06.09 04:59 PM)
ashley bartoletti said:
wow that is one cute little boy! happy birthday to him!
(04.06.09 09:23 PM)
connieMchung said:
awwww. these are soooo priceless. he's soooooo cute!
(04.06.09 11:30 PM)
Shannon Renee said:
This is the CUTEST thing EVER!!! Oh man... I can't wait to be a mom and learn all the adorables that kids do! What a happy little boy!
(04.07.09 05:31 PM)
Veronica Abello said:
You seriously have the cutest little boy in the WORLD. He looks like so much fun and such a joy to have.
(04.07.09 09:23 PM)
todd pellowe said:
hbd hudson! you rock little dude!
(04.07.09 10:19 PM)
thedub said:
Man - what a ham!
(04.09.09 12:37 PM)
ondriana said:
such an awesome blog, and lovely lovely lovely photography. loooove it!
(04.09.09 02:49 PM)
Nas said:
He is so adorable!!!!
(05.19.09 06:14 AM)
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