Her Scripture Time

I walked down the hall and there she was, laying on the floor of her room reading her scriptures… I tiptoed backwards as best as I could so as not to disrupt her. I was going for my camera… This was a moment I wanted to remember forever! It was a moment when all the parenting and all the struggling and all the effort comes together and gives you a perfect and blissful peak into heaven where you see that it really is sinking in. This was a perfect mommy moment, I’m so grateful that I was able to capture it. 


“The scriptures are like loving messages from Heavenly Father. They can bring peace to your heart, and help you feel the Lord’s tender nearness.” – New Era

101 Ideas for Summer Fun in Vancouver, WA. & Portland, OR.

Are you ready for summer? Do you have big plans? Are you like me and sometimes those big plans find a way of not happening?
We’ve all done it… Great intention in June become wistful regrets in September. But not this year! Here’s a list I’ve created of 101 super fun activities, ranging anywhere from completely free to a couple of dollar signs.
This list has been especially created for Vancouver, WA. & Portland, OR but of course there is plenty of fun ideas for anyone else in the world! Go ahead, pick and choose what you’re going to try this summer or make it your bucket list and start crossing things off! But most importantly, get outside and make your own amazing summer memories!
…And then, make sure you schedule your portrait session with Leah Remillét Photography so that we can capture your family exactly as you are right now! Because today can never be lived again.
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  1. You-Pick Strawberries – Early June (try Philbrook Farms)
  2. Make Strawberry Jam
  3. Rodeo (Vancouver Rodeo: July 4th-7th)
  4. Sand in the City (July 15th-17th)
  5. Drive-In Theater at 99W Drive-In in Newberg (We went several times last summer, make sure to arrive about an hour early!)
  6. (free) Create a Back Yard “Water-Park” (Invite Friends to bring kiddy pools, water guns, slip’n'slides and more)
  7. You-Pick Raspberries: End of June to Early July (try Phillbrook Farms)
  8. (free) Wash the Car (Better yet, Surprise the Neighbor)
  9. Visit the Sea Lion Caves
  10. You-Pick Pear Farm : Opens Mid July (Try Greer Family Farms: 360-573-7600)
  11. (free) Free Summer Bowling from AMF
  12. Portland Food Carts
  13. Drive to the Ocean
  14. (free) Splash Park (Try Kiwanis Park)
  15. The Human Bubble (Supplies: kiddy pool, hula hoop and bubble solution)
  16. (free) Backyard Camp Out
  17. Portland Children’s Museum (Free Admission every 1st Friday from 4-8pm)
  18. You-Pick Blueberry Farm : Begins around mid-July (try Phillbrook Farms) (Photography by Leah Remillét)
  19. (free) Hike (For kid friendly easy hikes try Lucia Falls)
  20. $1 Movies by Regal
  21. Visit Fort Vancouver 
  22. (free) Weekend Farmers Market (my favorite is at Esther Short)
  23. Pearson Air Museum 
  24. Day at OMSI 
  25. (free) Fishing
  26. (free) Boat Ride
  27. The Clark County Fair (Aug 3-12)
  28. OMSI After Dark introduces Summer Concerts
  29. (free) Have an Outdoor Movie Night (we bring out our projector and a white sheet)
  30. (free) Fly a Kite
  31. (free) Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt
  32. (free) Lemonade Stand
  33. Outdoor Concerts at the Zoo (Schedule)
  34. (free) Visit Family
  35. Clark County Historical Museum 
  36. (free) Rock Dominos or other rock-paint projects
  37. (free) Columbia River Waterfront Trail (We love this area! Great restaurants, beautiful views)
  38. (free) Get to know your neighbors with a Block-Party-Potluck
  39. Portland Japanese Gardens
  40. (free) Esther Shore Park (Make a day of it with the huge playground, water play area and large grass for picnicking)
  41. Go Camping
  42. (free) Play Flashlight Tag
  43. (free) Day Trip to Lake Merwin (Free with Discovery Pass)
  44. Visit the Oregon Zoo
  45. (free) Pack Summer Sack Lunches for Needy Kids through Share House
  46. Movie in the Park at Esther Shore (Wall-E on July 20th)
  47. (free) Homemade Bird Feeder
  48. You-Pick Peach Farm : Mid July to Early August (Try Montes Farm)
  49. (free) Family Slumber Party
  50. (free) Walk around the Neighborhood and Pick-Up Rubbish
  51. Pittock Mansion
  52. Summer Concerts at Esther Short Park
  53. (free) Water-Balloon Toss Contest
  54. (free)  Read a Book as a Family and then Watch the Movie (Our last one was Gulliver’s Travels)
  55. Movie at The Park at LeRoy Hagen Memorial (Pirates of the Caribbean on July 27th)
  56. Portland Art Museum
  57. (free) Hike Mount St. Helens
  58. (free) Make Homemade Ice Cream
  59. Family Water-Gun Fight
  60. Bite of Oregon (Aug 10-12)
  61. Portland Pirate Festival (Sept 1st & 2nd)
  62. Go Swimming (try Klineline)
  63. (free) Have an Ice Cream Party
  64. (free) Play Badminton
  65. (free) Make Homemade Play-Dough
  66. (free) Create an Obstacle Course (See HERE)
  67. Can Homemade Applesauce (Photography by Leah Remillét)
  68. (free) Baking Soda Rocket (See HERE)
  69. Hot Air Balloon Ride
  70. (free) Summer Time Reading Journal (Free printable from Simple as That)
  71. (free) Sidewalk Chalk
  72. (free) Make Homemade Popsicles
  73. (free) Put on a Play
  74. Host a Backyard Dinner Party
  75. (free) Go to the Library
  76. (free) Build a Fort from Blankets
  77. (free) Pack a Surprise Picnic for Dinner (Photography by Leah Remillét)
  78. Plant a Hanging Herb Garden
  79. Ding Dong Ditch (Only with happy surprises of course)
  80. (free) Have a Tea Party
  81. (free) Lay out in the Backyard & Search for Constellations
  82. (free) Have a Garage Sale
  83. Host a Clam Bake (Recipe from Martha Stewart)
  84. (free) Play Board Games
  85. (free) Make a Milk Carton Boat
  86. (free) Eat Corn
  87. (free) Family Bike Ride
  88. Tour Tillamook Cheese Factory
  89. (free) Rock Painting
  90. (free) Write a Letter
  91. (free) Homemade Ice-cream Sandwiches
  92. Create a Fairy Garden
  93. (free) Roast Smores
  94. Try a New Recipe
  95. Visit A Retirement Home
  96. Can Pickles (The first thing I learned to can – very easy!)
  97. Surprise an Elderly Person and Pull Their Weeds
  98. Paint with Fruit and Vegetables
  99. Play with Your Camera, Practice Your Skills
  100. Find the Ice-Cream Man


What would yours be?

Sometimes as I’m going through the day, something will happen… And in my mind I make the click sound (the one from the shutter of my camera) and I ask the angels to file away this moment for me. I’m afraid I’ll forget it and I know that I just got to see a little bit of heaven here on Earth.

The moments are always really simple, I guess it’s no surprise since they always say it’s the simple things in life that make you happy.

It might be the kids playing together, the flicker of triumph in my oldest daughters eyes as she figures out a problem or the sweet little tears when they are looking to me to make it all better.

These moments are my reminders that motherhood is a divined calling and an incredible honor to have been given.

It’s easy to forget that during the normal crazy commotion we call life and I’ve also learned that it’s easy to loose these moments if we become to busy to make time for them.

Last night we were all watching a movie and our littlest one was letting me lay my head on him.

I was loving the moment! His little tiny hand around me, the sound of his little heart beating, his little desire to hold me… And so I did my little “click” thing when all of a sudden I remembered that my camera was right over on the counter and my hubs was right on the other side of the couch with a capable “clicking” finger. This is the result…

Leave a comment and let me know what everyday moment you’d like captured!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter from my family to yours… This is a shoot I did of my own little bunny foo foo… He was hoping down the forest and found himself a chocolate bunny! Now at first (as you’ll see) he wasn’t sure how he felt about a bunny eating a bunny but well…. You’ll have to just see what he decided.



A work of heART


A house is not a home until there are pictures on the wall!

There is nothing more important to me then my husband and children, there is nothing that I work harder for (or ‘at’ or ‘on’). There is no one that I give more to, do more for or care more about then them. There smiles brighten my days the fastest, their kisses calm my worries the quickest and their hugs erase all my imperfections if only for a moment. They are my work of heART!

My passion as a photographer is in creating beautiful wall art! But the kind that I create is not created by me alone! It’s created first and foremost by the people in each image who have created the love that I am so blessed to capture. I can’t imagine anything more valuable on any wall then the relationships of those who make it a home!

I am a photographer so that I can capture a moment… So that I can preserve a memory…  So that I can tell your story! One that says, ‘We are happy, we are filled with love, we are in this together.’


* This Canvas Cluster was created for the ‘C’ Family! See their full sneak peak here!