My girl Jen is the best kind of friend – gives killer advice, always up to flea market, ballsy but totally laid back, and hella funny…you may recognize her from this Dannon Oikos ad with the men of Full House. Like I said, FUNNY right?  A while back she needed new headshots and wanted a few pics with her completely adorable son Grover for her blog, Skinny by Monday.  I, of course, was happy to oblige. Being the musical-theater-mama that she is, she really knew how to turn on the pizzazz (yes, I said pizzazz dammit, get over it) and the whole shoot was effortless and a total blast. 





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FPF #5 / Maine me

SO parenthood is very time consuming – who knew?  Apparently, just when you figure out the rhythms of the day to day, the steps to the ‘do-everything-one-handed’ dance, babies love to change the record on you.  I’ve got so many things I want to get up on here and am hoping to have a more consistent flow going soon…a nice, easy waltz of posts.

We’re headed to Maine soon for a coastal family vacation.  It will be our first flight with Bo (six hours, cross your fingers) and I’m very excited for him to meet his aunt, uncle and cousins.  Looking forward to lazy beach days, hunting for sea glass, maybe a grandma-enabled date night, and eating our way through Portland (again).  They’ve got a great craft beer scene in town and a restaurant called Duck Fat(!)…enough said.  Lobster rolls!  OK, I’m done.  Also, thinking I’m going to leave the digital behind and take my old Pentax and the Holga instead.  I’m feeling film for this trip (and it’s been a while).

Speaking of film….an East Coast-inspired Found Photo Friday!

ladies beachWhy did the swimming cap ever fall out of style?  The back says “Garfield School friends at [something], NJ 1934″


sailSeriously, this kid has to be a Kennedy.


hippie beachNow that I’m looking at this one again…the dry grass, the hippie garb, it all seems very ‘California’. But, if so, they’re looking to the East, so let’s just focus on that.


Have a fantastic weekend!


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FPF #4 / Go Fourth…

What are y’all up to this weekend?  Yes, I like to toss out a y’all from time to time…it’s good for the soul.  Surely fireworks.  Possibly a picnic or some lounging poolside?  Maybe you’re simply getting the hell out of dodge – a little camping perhaps.

Now that our little monkey is a month old, we’re venturing out to brave our first travels as a family in the most classic of ways – a roadtrip.  Nothing too intense, just a jaunt up the coast to enjoy the festivities small-town style, refresh in the open spaces, and try our hand at travel with the bambino (and all his gear).  California’s central coast will always have a special corner of our hearts.  It was the destination of our first trip together and, later, where we were married.  So, naturally, it’s the perfect place to introduce Bodhi to the joy of the open road – we are very excited to start showing him the world!

With that in mind – a Found Photo Friday with Fourth of July flair:

state parkAmerica’s backyard – our state and national parks.  The back says “Grafton Zimmerman at entrance to Itaska State Park, Aug. 1960″.

cabin A cabin by the lake – the gold-standard Fourth of July venue.  Swimming, water skiing, dock sitting, watermelon and potato salad, coolers brimming with soda/beers, card games, and a DIY fireworks show.

mom beach 1Looking forward to showing our son the ocean for the first time.  There isn’t a more magical place to watch fireworks than from the beach.  It’s one of my favorite California traditions.

parade And no Fourth of July is complete without a parade of course.


Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!  Mind those sparklers – don’t set anything on fire!


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What a Wonderful World

Yes I’ve been M.I.A for a solid month, but for the best of all reasons.  After the hardest, most intense and awesomely amazing 24 hours of my life, our son, Bodhi Everett Liebetrau, was born at 11:17 pm on June 2nd.  At nearly 8 lbs. and 21 inches long, he came out with a hearty cry, a full head of dark hair, and the sweetest face known to mankind.  The heart-bursting tsunami of love and gratitude is unlike anything.  The world is forever changed and magically complete.  We are so lucky.




FPF #3 / The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Happy Friday all!

Sorry for the dearth of posts this week.  I had big plans, but was sidelined by a multi-day migraine – which is an even bigger bummer when you are (still) pregnant.  Yes, six days overdue and counting.   It’s very weird to be going about every day knowing life is about to totally and permanently change any minute.  Just standing around waiting for the call to duty so to speak.  These guys look like they can sympathize:


So with that in mind, some baby-inspired found photos.  Hopefully I’ll have some unfound, all-mine, brand new bebe pics to share very soon (fingers crossed)!

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Have an amazing weekend!


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FPF#2 / Memorial Day Weekend ’14

Everyone have big plans for the holiday weekend?  I’ve definitely got a huge event on my calendar – our baby boy is due tomorrow!  But I know that is the furthest from anything you can actually consider a solid ‘plan’.  My gut is telling me this lil’ guy will not be here in time to help his dad on the grill (small dose of reverse psychology perhaps?).

Whatever you’re up to this long weekend – traveling, beaching, barbecuing – have a fun, relaxing, and wonderful time!

And now the 2nd installment of Found Photo Friday to kick off the festivities:

Glamour BeachI love this family.  There’s something about this picture that conjures an effortless 50’s (best guess) glamour for me – maybe because the father looks like Gregory Peck?  I also love the darling little girl rocking the hooded towel off to the right.


BBQPriceless for the ‘stasche alone – it’s tough to see, but worth the hunt.  This is definitely a man who takes a lot of pride in his sauce.  Solid brush technique even decades later.

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