Summer Up Close

Pool Weekend-84

This summer we’ve been enjoying the little things. Like meals on back porches, walks around the block, wearing extra sunscreen, attending pool parties, blowing bubbles, smelling fresh grass, and sitting on front porches during thunderstorms. Last year so much of these moments – weekends & nights – were wrapped up in the basement! It was a wonderful project but oh boy, did it take up so much of our time. If you couldn’t already tell from my Instagram lately, we’ve (and I’ve) been trying to get to the pool more this summer with family. Last year we only made it once the whole summer and we intend on blowing that record out of the water (no pun intended!!)

Another thing I’ve been doing this summer is bringing my camera literally everywhere. I not only want to be able to capture all the little moments but I want to get better at photography. I’m trying to use those fun, everyday summer activities to push me to grow at the same time. I guess that is the beauty of working on this blog full time. My work can find it’s way into life’s fun summer activities resulting in memories & simultaneously, helping craft my photography style!

There are so many reasons that I blog, but community will always be at the heart. I started blogging to document life and I intend to keep doing just that. All these kids a year older. The intentional time we spend as family to get together every month to share life together is so valuable to me. These are our days – our summer days. Filled with splashing, sand, Chipotle, & bubbles. Make sure to spend your days with the ones you love. Capturing on film or just in your heart these moments of life. It goes by so fast, make sure to slow down to play.

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xoxo, elizabeth

Author: Elizabeth Mayberry

  • So much fun. 🙂

    • Oak & Oats

      I agree!

  • so much fun – i love that your family gets together to do the simple summer things! i mean, i can’t believe that you don’t miss working on your basement everyday, haha.. but i guess the pool is the 2nd best thing you can do with your summer! 🙂

    • Oak & Oats

      hahahahah! Yes!!

  • Yes! It is so important to live the small moments. That’s something I haven’t taken advantage of this summer. I feel like I am either on the go or all I want to do is relax and watch Netflix. But every week that I don’t truly soak in the summer, I look back and regret it!
    Great pictures! Love the one of you standing above him with his cheesy grin!

    • Oak & Oats

      hahah! I know! I told Bruce that is one of my favorites because that is so him! I love photos like that!

  • Beth, these are such great photos!! Love that you’ve been taking your camera everywhere! I told myself I wanted to do the same thing this summer! I love capturing the big and little everyday moments! Looks like you’re going to have an amazing summer! 🙂

    • Oak & Oats

      Thank you so so so much Fallon!

  • Your photos look fantastic! 🙂 Good for you taking the time to enjoy summer…it is such a magical time of year, and even moreso when spending it with the people we love most! 🙂

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much!! I so agree!

  • Nice! Full of life, fun in the sun, enjoying summer photos.

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks! I know I love them too. Memories I want to keep forever!

  • Kim

    Great photos Beth.! I couldn’t stop smiling!

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks Mom! You are the best!

  • I love this collection of every day moments! They’re so joy-filled!

    • Oak & Oats

      Thank you Stacia!!!