Once upon a time, my favorite thing on warm summery evenings was sitting around with a cold, sweating Pacifico (or five) and a good book. I wouldn’t move from my chair unless a bathroom break or a particularly dedicated mosquito drove me from it, and I’d sometimes lean back and just look up at the sky, filled with quiet movements and sounds.

Life is different in about a million ways now. Gone are the lazy, sodden days of buzzed inertia and meandering contemplation, replaced by frenzied noise and activity and DO and GO and TRY.

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I’ll take it, though. Abso-fuckin-lutely.

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Stephene
Stephene
13 years ago

After living in Australia for 5 years, I’ve forgotten what the colour green looks like. Love the pics… love the colours of Spring!

Denise
13 years ago

I LOVE the shot of Dylan. Also, you have crazily defined arms! :) (I mean that in a good way, of course – working out is obviously working!)

JennB
JennB
13 years ago

When do you attempt the fence jump? Were you jumping down from the gardens? (also – Pandora was playing an excellent tune to these photos – “All These Things That I’ve Done” by the Killers…. yay!)

samantha jo campen
13 years ago

Wheeeeeee!!!

beach
beach
13 years ago

you rock!

Amy M.
Amy M.
13 years ago

Wow – your family can jump! Are you guys doing handstands or cartwheels?

Jessica
Jessica
13 years ago

Looked like you were taking fence jumping lessons from JB until you said you were just jumping down from the garden!

Mimi All Me
13 years ago

Your yard looks fantastic. You all are a jumpy family, aren’t you? Love it!

Hillary
13 years ago

Your yard is gorgeous. Living in Florida, I miss real grass. I am desperate to walk barefoot through your lawn.

Also, the cartwheels are impressive.

Maria
13 years ago

The look on Dylan’s face is priceless…pure joy. So cute! And the cartwheels are impressive. It almost makes want to try one. Sort of.

Michele
Michele
13 years ago

Your dress is adorable!

Angella
13 years ago

I’m kind of loving that dress you are wearing.

Dylan expression is awesome. Complete and utter joy.

Corey
Corey
13 years ago

I thought for sure we’d get to see JB leaping over something crazy. Like a car.

shriek house
13 years ago

Ok, wait, I can’t tell if Dylan’s expression is pure joy or sheer terror. Either way, I think it says: WHOAHmygodI’mupintheAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIRRRRRRRR

Kate
13 years ago

Awesome fun! And in a dress, no less! I’m impressed.

And apparently rhyming this morning…

Katie
Katie
13 years ago

OMG! I envy your multi-level yard! What fun! And I absolutely LOVE your dress! Family fun with boys is the greatest!

Courtney
Courtney
13 years ago

Yay!!! Spring/ Summer in the Pacific Northwest!

Kristen
Kristen
13 years ago

How can everyone be talking about your yard, when all I can see is your shoulders. Holy shit, lady, those are fantastic!
I mean, your yard is nice… but damn!

Anais
13 years ago

What fun pictures! I wish my backyard had such lovely green grass. Then maybe I’d feel like cartwheeling, too.

And dude, I seriously thought you have jumped over the fence, too.

Let’s say you did, in spirit.

Dylan and Riley are adorable!

Casey
13 years ago

As a writer, you really should try NOT to censor yourself.

Prude.

:)

Cid
Cid
13 years ago

Awesome photos, I miss being able to throw my boys into the air, soon they might be able to toss me!

Korinna
13 years ago

Holy hell. You’re like the Flying Wolendas over there in Washington.

You get extra points for doing the tumbling in a dress. Nice move.

Anne
13 years ago

Dude, I want your arms. What exercise tape do I need to do 10,000 times to get those?

Anyway, the jumpy active pictures are great. Makes the pulled muscles worth it, yes?

Eric's Mommy
Eric's Mommy
13 years ago

That put a smile on my face!

Joy
Joy
13 years ago

All I can hear now is that song, “I believe I can fly!!”

Belle
Belle
13 years ago

Two back operations and 25 years ago, I was turning cartwheels in my yard, too. Sigh.
I miss that.

Nothing like a good jump/turn to make the day complete! You all look very happy!

Felicia
Felicia
13 years ago

I also think that dress is fabulous! As someone with big bewbies too, wherever did you find it???

Suzy
13 years ago

yeah, I saw that pic of you jumping and I thought you were just jumping straight up from the ground, like in the “Oh what a feeling” Toyota commercial. I was very impressed with how high you could jump. And jealous. But now I feel better knowing you were just jumping DOWN.

And I echo everyone’s sentiments on the dress and the arms!! Do tell where you got the dress, and how you got the arms.

The boys are gorgeous! What a beautiful family!

lisa-marie
13 years ago

Wow, your lawn is so beautiful! It’s so green and thick! It must feel wonderful on bare feet. I’m so jealous!

Sundry
Sundry
13 years ago

I found that dress at Goodwill (I LOVE GOODWILL), it’s Esprit. Which: whoah, Esprit still makes clothes? (Remember those giant bags everyone had in 7th grade?)

Arms courtesy of Jillian Bitchass Michaels. : ) Also, fat toddler.

Tony
13 years ago

Of course their lawn is beautiful. The whole Seattle metropolitan area has it’s own sprinkler system.

To install: Buy a house in the Seattle area. That’s it, you’re all done.

Jenn
Jenn
13 years ago

I love, love, love, this series of photos. Awesome and fun.

Cookie
13 years ago

Awesome pictures. You guys look like you’re having so much fun.

And your yard looks beautiful.

Jillian rocks, doesn’t she? I just started doing her No More Trouble Zones video. I did it on Tuesday, and my legs are still sore!

aimee
13 years ago

Awesome awesome pics!!

Leslie
13 years ago

Fuck your yard – I want your arms!

Suzanne
13 years ago

Amazing pictures!! What fun memories your children will have. You must share what you put your camera setting to in order to capture those mid air shots so perfectly!

Janssen
13 years ago

The color of that grass just BLOWS MY MIND. Unbelievable.

Pete
Pete
13 years ago

That is a really nice lawn.

no plot
13 years ago

I am envious of your garden, but not quite enough to go out in my own and actually try to improve it or anything. Maybe sometime when you’re not doing anything…

robin
13 years ago

Wow. I’m totally used to see photos of JB leaping over random things and doing all his neat little tricks. And now you? That’s so freaking great.

The last time I did a cartwheel I thought I’d broken my hoo-ha. But I did it, so there is that!

Great pics. You guys looks soooo fun!

Sarah0
Sarah0
13 years ago

Screw the grass, look at your arms! Holy crap! I am sooo jealous and want me a set of guns like those!

Sharla
Sharla
13 years ago

Haha, the censored picture makes me laugh, but even if it wasn’t censored, I’m pretty sure people would still be staring and talking about your freaking arms and shoulders! Holy hell, those are some bad-ass arms! No lie, sometimes I think about you for inspiration when I’m working out. You are just THAT awesome.

Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com

The flying kid photos are awesome, but I think it’s the little censorship bar that really makes the post.

trope
13 years ago

You are now officially on my list of Top Ten People I’d Like to Be. The arms, the yard, the photography, the GO and DO and TRY, the adorable family… why do we have to choose just one? You, madam, are becoming my Mommy Icon.

(And did we mention the book? Whoo, book!)

Amy
Amy
13 years ago

GO, FLY, WHOO HOO! I’m guessing you will never need a trampoline. (and yes, I am jealous of the beautiful green lawn….ours is more of an olive drab….but hey, we have a lawn…I’m good!

Melissa D.
Melissa D.
13 years ago

Love it. You guys rock.

Dimmka
13 years ago

Захватывающе. Зачет! и ниипет!

Merrily
13 years ago

Who is Dimmka? and what did she say?

Sierra
13 years ago

wow. I did my first cartwheel in a decade last week in an effort to prove to my five-year-old that she does not know everything about gymnastics (or about her mom).

your photos are, as I’m sure you know, amazing. I love the way the bodies *pop* from those brights landscapes.