One of my VERY first photo shoots, like for “reals”, “paid” photo shoots was with the Kreider Family. Michelle was pregnant with Owen… Which TODAY is actually his birthday!! Happy Birthday Owen!!! 12!!!!!! AHHHH!!! How are you 12!!!! (a screen shot of baby Owen from 11.5 years ago….)

This family has become so so very dear & precious to my heart! Just absolutely LOVE them so much & so honored to be their friend!!! & photographer!!!!

You will enjoy this blog post! Michelle is also quite the author & Mikenna quite the cook, sharing a few incredible recipes with us!!!

Any fun family highlights while you all are in quarantine? Even though Cullen has been very busy with work we are enjoying family time during this very strange, scary & crazy time for everyone…. praying and praying for all to stay safe & healthy. We have been taking our dog Sammy on lots of walks.  We enjoy as a family seeing our neighbors as we are out taking advantage of the beautiful weather (of course observing the social distance rule 😉 We are keeping our tires pumped up for many family bike rides!
Recipes?? Any highlight recipes you all are enjoying right now??
Mikenna learned how to make beignets just like
the ones we enjoy at Disneyland!
Tonight she is making her famous chocolate chip cookies!

Kreider Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup KERRYGOLD butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
12 oz package GUITTARD milk chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
•Combine flower, baking soda & salt in a small bowl
•whip butter, sugar & vanilla with a hand mixer in a large bowl until creamy
• add eggs
• gradually add dry mixture
•stir in morsels
Bake until golden brown
Mikenna has the BEST hair…. Every photo shoot we do the “swoosh” shot…… They alway MELT me!! You are so BEAUTIFUL, Mikenna!! & Brittany, from Gild Beauty Bar, you are the most incredible make-up artist!!!
Having all of us home together, we get the opportunity to have more sit down family dinners vs. eating on the go around sporting events & practices.  I think my chicken parm has been the family favorite. (If you want this recipe, leave a comment & I will send it to you!!! Trust me! You want it!!!)
We are definitely missing Mikenna’s stunt season and the baseball season for Owen (and Cullen coaching).

LOVE THIS IDEA/TIP!! SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES!!!  We have been trying to support our favorite local restaurants with take out orders.

Cullen & I love CR Gibbs Fish tacos & the kids like their prime rib dip. We love ANYTHING from…From the Hearth all the soups, the yakuza bowl, Kenna loves grilled cheese!  & Burgers from Lucky Miller’s & Dutch Bros of course! 
Any family fun memories?? Moments you will cherish??
Having ongoing & everlasting fun family monopoly games – I’m convinced Cullen is cheating because he keeps beating everyone (usually I ALWAYS WIN)
We are catching up on our fav shows & listening to a lot of music…playing name that song & band… Owen is keeping in touch with his friends via FaceTime and video games of course!  After school work, the kids are watching all Marvel movies in chronological order….
A favorite memory has been that a beautiful rose just bloomed in our front yard – Cullen transplanted his moms rose bush to our house after she passed away. 
I LOVE you all so so much!! You mean the world to me!! Thank you for sharing with us!! Tears!! I love you!!
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