On the Road…

There is nothing quite like going places with sisters. They fight, they annoy each other, but oh, they have so much fun. They are together and they know how to have a good time…

“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars…”

-Jack Kerouac

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“Think of life as an adventure.”- Unknownphoto story 10 photo story 11 photo story 8 on the road 2

“Let the window down and feel the moonlight on your skin. “photo story 14

“I know there is a place for me somewhere out there…”

My hope for them is that they forge their own path and never stop being curious and adventurous.

-Sofija

Photography by Emily Mulder

Styling and Art Direction by Sofija Burton

Hair by Esther Burton

On the Road…

Our VW Bus Christmas Photo Shoot

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Last week I posted the pictures from our recent photo shoot with Emily. Here is the Christmas version.

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For the bus I used a banner I made a couple of years ago. The presents are just empty boxes I wrapped in the same paper as in this photo shoot. I bought a roll at Costco years ago and it just doesn’t seem to be running out. The wreath I made out of styrofoam, yarn, and I watched a pompon tutorial on Youtube. I had no idea the wreath would fit perfectly over the VW logo. Nice surprise! Our friend Jon met us at the location with his bus.

Merry Christmas!

Sofija

All pictures taken by Emily Mulder

Styling and Art Direction by me

 

Our VW Bus Christmas Photo Shoot

Family Photo Shoot

Friends,

How are you? Are you enjoying holiday preparations, or are you overwhelmed? It has been super busy for us, my oldest son had a few very important deadlines, but overall I am not overwhelmed. The predominant feeling I have is thankfulness. This time last year my husband slipped with his bicycle on some ice on his way to work. After I took him to the hospital he ended up having hip surgery that same night. It was the week when my oldest son had his finals and most of our kids were sick with a stomach flu. I’m not sure how, but Finn managed to take care of all of his siblings and finish his finals well, while I was driving to and from the hospital. The week was very dark and surreal, but the help of Finn and lots of friends got us through it. This year I am just so thankful we are all together in one piece. And since Finn will be graduating in May it seems like an era is coming to an end. I felt the huge need to document this moment in our lives and was so thrilled when Emily said she would take time out of her busy life and do the shoot.

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For the next pictures I asked our good friend Jon if he would let us use his VW bus.

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Playing in the bus was the most fun the kids have ever had at our photo shoots.

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I am so pleased how these pictures turned out. We did a lot during this shoot: Finn’s senior pictures, our Christmas pictures, and a few really fun ones of just the girls. Oh, and a short time-lapse movie, as well. I will be posting more soon.

Have a fun day,

Sofija

All pictures taken by Emily Mulder. VW bus on loan by Jon Shodean.

 

 

 

Family Photo Shoot

What my 5 Year Old is Wearing 2015

I have a new “What my Tashi is Wearing” post today. Little Tashi recently turned 5, which was a very sad day for me, and ended our family’s 17 years of living with children under the age of 5. It was a big deal. She had THREE separate parties to celebrate!!

Little Tashi is a delight to be with. The whole family realizes she got an extra dose of cuteness and we all adore her. She is also very empathetic and sweet. She is convinced her mama should never go alone anywhere; thus she accompanies me to the most boring places, the grocery store, the pool, the nail salon. All the while being patient and cute.

Currently her favorite things are Lalaloopsies and playing Subway Surfers on my ipad.

Here we go, outfit 1:

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Pants: H&M

Shoes: the Gap

Socks: Gymboree

Top: H&M

Poncho: hand me down

 

The next one has her and her friend in a serious light saber battle (so I was told).

Outfit 2:

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Dress: hand me down (originally from Crazy 8)

Socks: Gymboree

Shoes: Hello Kitty Crocs

I’m pretty sure her friend is wearing a Tea dress.

Outfit 3 (where her brother makes an appearance):

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Dress: thrifted (originally from Hanna Andersson)

Socks: hand me down

Shoes: Naartijie

Vest: Old Navy

 

Outfit 4:

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Dress: Tea Clothing

Leggins: Old Navy

Shoes: Naartijie

And outfit 5 (with big sister):

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Dress: Tea Clothing (hand me down from Lucy)

Pants: H&M

Socks: Gymboree

Shoes: the Gap

Scarf: H&M

Lalaloopsies: Target

That is all I have. Outfit number 4 is my favorite and we used it in our recent family photo shoot. Pictures coming soon.

Have a lovely day,

Sofija

What my 5 Year Old is Wearing 2015

A Photo Shoot With Tashi

I have been working on a new “What My 5 Year Old is Wearing” shoot and I got some pictures that I won’t be using, yet they are pretty cute. This is Tashi when she is busy concentrating…

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Whatever she was working on, it was very important!

Dress: Hanna Andersson (thrifted)

Vest: Old Navy

Shoes: Naartijie

Knee High Socks: Hand me downs

 

Have a lovely day,

Sofija

 

 

A Photo Shoot With Tashi

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!

We cooked for hours, then ate ourselves into a state of food coma and woke up just in time to eat pie. My daughter took some pictures for her photography class documenting the day. Not sure what the assignment was…” A Day with the Crazies”?

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I’m thinking she should take over my blog…

I’m loving Mr. B’s new apron.

Have a lovely day,

Sofija

All pictures taken by Esther Burton

Happy Thanksgiving

The High Road to Taos

In October my husband and I drove to Taos. You might remember that we have been to Taos quite a few times before in the summer. I was exited to see it in the fall with the leaves changing. Also, usually we drive up using the Low Road to Taos, which goes alongside the Rio Grande river. This time we decided to take the High Road. It is one of New Mexico’s scenic byways. It takes a lot longer and it is quite windy. Since in the past we have always come up with the kids who are prone to car sickness, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try it. It was our anniversary and we left the kids at home.

In Pojaque we took the 503 heading north (it is easy to miss this right turn, if you are heading towards Espanola you have missed it). Nambe was our first stop. My main goal was to take pictures of the Catholic Churches (which is kind of an obsession of mine, I love their architecture) and the views along the way.

Here are  pictures of the Sacred Heart Church in Nambe. This is not the prettiest of all the churches, keep going, it will get better…

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Sacred heart Church in Nambe, NM

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The church is not original, it had to be rebuilt after a botched renovation. There is a pueblo nearby, which we did not drive to. We saw the church and then went on our way to Chimayo.

Chimayo is the highlight of the Road to Taos. Nestled in a beautifully green valley it is a town you want to linger in. There is a well known restaurant Rancho de Chimayo. There are also quaint weaving shops, below is Ortegas. Ortegas Weaving shop Chimayo, NMOrtegas Weaving Shop in Chimayo, NM

Right next to the weaving shop was a little museum with a cute little orchard.IMG_1443

The church Santurio de Chimayo, built between 1811 and 1816, is a pilgrimage site for thousands of visitors each year, especially on Good Friday. They were installing Christmas lights while were there. So cute!Catholic Church Santurio de Chimayo in NM

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The church is tiny, really, but so quaint and cute. I can see why it is so popular. There are a lot of touristy shops around it, but this Trading Post caught my eye.

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Between Chimayo and Cordova the views become quite breathtaking.

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We kept driving and did not stop until Las Trampas, which also has a cute little church San Jose de Garcia, completed in 1776.

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My ever so patient husband rolled with it, stopping every couple of miles so I could take pictures. He is a keeper! We realized this trip that we both really like road trips. He likes driving and I like to take pictures. We promised ourselves we would do it more often.

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After Trampas we headed towards Chamisal, which was quite enchanting with its golden colors. With my telescopic lense I took these pictures, which turned out to be my favorite.

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We kept going to Sipapu, but there was only the ski resort there, nothing too spectacular.

The plan was to end this post with pictures from the famous church San Francisco de Asis in Taos. However we got to hungry, had lunch in Taos, and then forgot to go back to it. :( Hopefully next time.

However I did get some good pictures of the restaurant where we had dinner, which happens to be in an old church, of course!

The Love Apple: Seasonal, fresh harvested, delicious, and so romantic!

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I hope you enjoyed coming along on this trip. Another reason to make New Mexico your destination.

Have a lovely day,

Sofija

All pictures taken by Sofija Burton except for the one in Trampas. David Burton took the one that has me in it.

 

 

The High Road to Taos