Stairway To Heaven

February 6, 2011

I’ve had such a fun and relaxing day!

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Well, relaxing mentally – not physically! We climbed up Carter’s Mountain!

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We met with Faith, Tate, Anna and Arlie and their dog to hike up the mountain from the Monticello Trail

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Through the woods and up steep, steep hills!

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And out onto Carter Mountain Orchard and Vineyards

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Stunning views!

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Smelly rotten apples

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Scary mean guard dogs that Tate had to fight off with a stick!

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But all in all, a wonderful 4 mile hike!

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Arlie agrees!

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Men and babies warm my heart [and my ovaries!]

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I snagged a few grapes before we left…

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…But I sure was ready for lunch when we returned!

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Matt and I put together a bunch of leftovers with some eggins

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Lotsa leftover kale

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Grapes, which in our house are called gnomphs (Homer Simpson inspired!)

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Toast + Great Harvest jam, which is the bomb!

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Time for some pizza and football!

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1 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) February 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm

It’s amazing what a difference the sun makes. Everyone seems happier and lighter when the sun is out.

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2 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) February 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Hiking sounds awesome! I will have to wait awhile to do it though because we have over 2 feet of snow outside!

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3 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm

What a fun morning. Was it really warm enough outside for Matt to wear short sleeves? I’m jealous! I love what you call grapes – my dad is a huge Simpsons fan!

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4 Katy (The Singing Runner) February 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Beautiful pictures to document a beautiful day. :)

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5 lynn @ the actor's diet February 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm

cutie pie dog and baby!

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6 Jodi February 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Any idea where Arlie got the cute little hat??

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7 KathEats February 6, 2011 at 5:44 pm

I don’t.

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8 Amy at TheSceneFromMe February 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Warm enough for short sleeves Matt?
It definitely isn’t here, but that sunshine looks so nice! And that lil girl is precious, so cute in that hat :)
I’m looking forward to the commercials during the game!

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9 j February 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Short sleeves!!! Looks like an awesome day. I’m still shoveling here, had to shovel a path to my grill to cook Superbowl eats! Enjoy the commercials, that’s why I’m watching….

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10 MonsteRawr February 6, 2011 at 5:34 pm

*sigh* I miss hiking. Spring can’t come fast enough!

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11 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn February 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Your photographs bring back so many wonderful memories of when I lived in New Hampshire! I miss a good hike, I hope spring comes soon so I can climb every mountain in the Adirondacks and not freeze:)

Slash scary guard dogs FREAK ME OUT. Actually any dog that is just roaming freaks me out..they might have rabies!

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12 Courtney @ the granola chronicles February 6, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Warm your ovaries!! LOL!

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13 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) February 6, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Your photos are stunning – do you have a camera setting to get that colour palette, or do you edit? Oh, and how do you always take such super self-portraits!?

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14 KathEats February 6, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Editing glory :)

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15 Michelle @ Chasing Ambulances February 6, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Your pics are looking great lately, Kath. I was curious about your photo secrets too but a girl’s got to keep some secrets right?? I love the pic of the truck. Someone should frame that.

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16 KathEats February 6, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Thanks! I’d like to keep my secrets secret, but I’ll do some thinking about it :)

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17 Emily February 6, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Ooooooh- I’m SO jealous of your nice weather. I ran 10 miles while it snowed this morning- I can’t WAIT for summer. Also, your photos are so cool! I loved the effect you put on them :)

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18 sarah February 6, 2011 at 5:45 pm

I’m sorry but I’m disliking all of you except for the baby for your warm weather activities with no snow boots and winter coats. Enjoy while we suffer. Southerners!

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19 KathEats February 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm

That’s why the south rules! You’ll get your awesome summers back :)

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20 Jennifer (She's a Fit Chick) February 6, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Beautiful pictures as always!! You should do another post about photoshop, like where you get your actions and which ones you use! :)

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21 Caitie February 6, 2011 at 5:47 pm

What a beautiful little baby girl!! And love the lighting in all of those pictures!!

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22 kristen February 6, 2011 at 5:50 pm

That lack of snow makes me so jealous. I need to move somewhere that isn’t snow-covered 4 months a year.

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23 Simply Life February 6, 2011 at 5:50 pm

I agree on the comment above and would love to learn from you about editing photos, ect! Great pictures!

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24 Lauren at KeepItSweet February 6, 2011 at 5:51 pm

So jealous of that hike right where you live!! Gorgeous.

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25 Christine February 6, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Warms your heart… and your ovaries! Hahaha! I love it… and can relate.

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26 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 6, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Arlie is so adorable!!! What a cutie! I love seeing men and babies too — they look so sweet!

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27 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan February 6, 2011 at 6:03 pm

It sounds like you had a wonderful day! I’m loving the sunshine here on the west coast too. It’s 73F right now.
What a cute little girl!

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28 Natalia - a side of simple February 6, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I may have just choked laughing at your comment about men and babies :) Only in the words of Rachel Zoe, “I die.”

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29 Melissa @ HerGreenLife February 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm

What an adorable baby! I observed some cute man + baby time at the potluck we attended on Friday night. Good thing my hubby’s practicing — 5 months until we have one of our own :)

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30 Sahira February 6, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Arlie is so precious!

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31 Camille February 6, 2011 at 6:18 pm

What a beautiful day!
Arlie is gorgeous!

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32 Lauren February 6, 2011 at 6:24 pm

“Babies and men warm my heart (and my ovaries!)”- haha!! LOVE IT! So honest, so true :)

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33 Elizabeth @ The Sweet Life February 6, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Oh my that baby is a cutie! Looks like a gorgous day.

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34 Jennifer February 6, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Looks like a wonderful day! So jealous of the weather you have. Love you sunglasses, too!

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35 Ellen@fatgirlwearingthin February 6, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Those photos soothed these tired eyes – thank you! All I’ve seen these past two months is pure white (although lately dirty) snow. Much appreciated :)

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36 jen @ taste life February 6, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Wow, that baby is absolutely gorgeous. I know what you mean about the warming ovaries!

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37 Gayle Davies February 6, 2011 at 6:58 pm

I recognize those “lotsa leftovers”! Thing is, when it’s done right, next day is just as good – and sometimes better! ;=) Thanks Kath!

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38 KathEats February 6, 2011 at 7:10 pm

:) Thanks for stopping in!

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39 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 6, 2011 at 7:00 pm

I love men and babies together!!

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40 stacey-healthylife February 6, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Great hike. Looks like you and Faith have become quit good friends. Looks like a lot of fun.

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41 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 6, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Babies make my ovaries ache too… and I’m only 21! I still have a few years to go yet. :P

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42 Aly February 6, 2011 at 7:27 pm

What a beautiful day! I am so jealous . . . in upstate NY it’s pretty darn cold and snowy!! I love the truck pic–very cool! But I have to ask what’s up with the lighting? IMO, it seems rather washed out. Please don’t be upset, they just don’t have the same life and vibrancy as they used to.

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43 AJ @ Flowing to Fifty February 6, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Envious!! Looks like a gorgeous day (minus the guard dogs, of course). I think my grandfather had a truck like that.

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44 Annette February 6, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Men and babies make me smile also! :)

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45 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 6, 2011 at 7:38 pm

We have been hiking the past couple of Saturdays, but this one I was sick, so no hike. Yours looks beautiful! Enjoy your pizza and football tonight!

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46 Katie February 6, 2011 at 7:38 pm

omg those pics of the little baby girl are AMAZING!!!!!!!! U need to print those for her mom! How sweet! Kath you need to photograph people more! U are amazing at photography! U are already too busy with another huge thing ‘ GH ‘ to do that I know but I just want to say your photos are just AMAZING!!!

Have a wonderful night Kath! xo

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47 KathEats February 6, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Ha, thanks! I sent them to her mother :)

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48 Meredith (Pursuing Balance) February 6, 2011 at 7:42 pm

“men and babies warm my heart and ovaries” <– love it!

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49 Emma February 6, 2011 at 8:18 pm

men with children steals my heart, too. so do leftovers for lunch! i love getting to relive a fabulous dinner :)

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50 Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 6, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Oh my goodness, Arlie is adorable!!!!

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51 Brenda Bayless February 6, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Loved the pictures from the hike. Hubby and I took our daughter and a friend of hers to Monticello this past summer. We stopped and picked apples and peaches at the orchard. The kids loved it eventhough we were there on a day with the temps around 105 degrees! We hope to go back this summer but on a cooler day!

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52 Emily February 6, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Amazing photos and looks like a gorgeous day :)

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53 Lisa February 6, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Lovely day! And cuuuuute baby. Oh babies.

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54 Sana February 6, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Those dogs sound scary! I am not an animal person!

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55 Lauren February 6, 2011 at 8:37 pm

I think that picture just made my overies flutter too!

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56 Allie February 6, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Glad you had a ‘relaxing’ day ;) with friends ! Babies always make me smile, they are too cute.. most of the time haha. All of your food pictures look great!!

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57 Christin@purplebirdblog February 6, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Arlie is such a darling little girl!!

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58 Kathleen February 6, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Yummilicious!!! Love your shades! :)

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59 faith @ gracefulfitness February 6, 2011 at 8:42 pm

lovely pics, a lovely day, and lovely company! :)

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60 Namaste Gurl February 6, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Your hike looks absolutely stunning! You just reminded me how much I miss hiking and should take up again soon. I’ll have to get on that! Lucky for me, it’s been a summer day in my town, so I’ve enjoyed lots of outdoor activities :)

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61 Justeen @ Blissful Baking February 6, 2011 at 8:46 pm

These pictures are really beautiful! That little girl is the sweetest! :)

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62 Erin (Shortcut to Bliss) February 6, 2011 at 8:49 pm

What a gorgeous little one! The photos are amazing.

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63 Kelsey February 6, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Really fantastic photos lately Kath. What kind of lenses do you use? I’m looking to upgrade from my kit lens. Maybe it’s just me or my computer but they look just a bit overexposed or “blown out.” Maybe less is more with the editing?

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64 KathEats February 6, 2011 at 9:08 pm

I have a Canon 35 mm f/2.0

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65 Tracey February 6, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Love the photos Kath! Been following you since 2008 and have to ask, do you and Matt have babies on the mind at all?? can we expect a baby KERF in the next few years???

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66 KathEats February 6, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Hopefully in the next few years! I think we need to get the bakery open and stabilized first, but we definitely want kids

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67 Allie @ Healthy Balance, Healthy Life February 6, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I love your plates! And I, too, am a little jealous of your non-snowy hike. Only a little, though, it’s gorgeous here in Vermont!

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68 Kasey February 6, 2011 at 9:14 pm

That first photo of you is gorgeous! Looks like an absolutely beautiful way to spend the day.

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69 Susan Mc February 6, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Oh lawdy… a baby girl in layered hoodie AND knitted tights? Sigh! I need another child NOW!
And forgive me, it may just be the photo angle, but how many muzzles/straps are over that poor doggie’s face?! He looks so cute but rather miserable!

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70 KathEats February 6, 2011 at 9:16 pm

the poor doggie is not very well behaved :(

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71 Paula February 7, 2011 at 9:14 am

It looks like the dog is wearing a Halti or Gentle Leader head collar. It helps with a dog who pulls really hard on the leash, makes it easer to walk and control them. Some dogs take a while to get used to them, and maybe he isn’t thrilled with it, but if it helps him get to go on hikes, he’d probably rather be there than home. :)

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72 Andy February 6, 2011 at 9:16 pm

I love reading your blog and looking at all your beautiful pictures – all very inspiring to me, but do you ever want time off from blogging? Are you ever just pooped from documenting so much of your life? Granted, in 50 years or so you’re going to have an incredible diary of your life, but do you ever just want to take a weekend off?

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73 KathEats February 6, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Nah – I really, really enjoy the creative process. Sometimes I want a night off when I’m traveling and it’s late and the internet is spotty, but not when I’m home and humming along

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74 Andy February 7, 2011 at 6:46 am

I’m really glad you enjoy it so much because I really enjoy following along, but if you ever feel the need to step away for a bit of a break – I’ll certainly understand!

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75 Baking 'n' Books February 6, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Would love to have a day hiking! Enjoy your sunday.

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76 Ellie @ The Mommyist February 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm

That looks like a wonderful way to spend a Sunday.

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77 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 6, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Great photos! What a fun way to get exercise in, makes the gym look very unappealing!!

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78 Hannah February 6, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Oh gosh, all the snow’s gone! How exciting!

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79 Mary @ Bites and Bliss February 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Gorgeous photos, Kath!! Glad you had such a wonderful, relaxing day!

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80 Kiran February 6, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Arlie is sooooo cute! Hug her for me please? :)

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81 Allison @ Happy Tales February 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Your hike looks like so much fun! I’m so glad that it’s starting to get warmer. I looove hiking in these cooler (read: not freezing) temperatures. And the Carolinas has some great hiking trails! Squeee!

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82 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen February 6, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Ohh – Arlie is just too adorable!

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83 Erica February 7, 2011 at 8:54 am

Beautiful views, friends, pictures, you, and day…not so beautiful MEAN DOGS! Eeeek, I have a phobia of big barking dogs, seriously! I was once bitten by a huge Great Dane while running and now I am petrified. I am ashamed to admit it, but I have also been chased by a pack – yes, a pack – of chihuahuas that really scared me to death! I laugh looking back at it now, but they sounded so vicious, and were fast! haha;-)

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84 Kayla February 7, 2011 at 9:13 am

Beautiful photos, Kath. The very first one is my favorite. You’re so beautiful!

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85 lindsay February 7, 2011 at 9:28 am

Those baby photos are REALLY good! So cute!!

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86 :: Rochelle February 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Gorgeous day and beautiful people! I looooove hiking! My sister and I joke about our “ovaries quivering” when we see cute daddies with their babies. :)

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87 Casey February 7, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Agree with you about the men and babies! Seeing Kevin with kids just shows me what a great dad he will be one day!

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88 Ffion February 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I love the photographs! What camera do you use?

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89 KathEats February 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm

canon DSLR XSI!

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