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A Party on the Prairie

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to blog about one of my favorite days of 2013.

I had been busy for several months being everything to everybody, but a mother to my kids.

And it was starting to show.

Insecurities and attitude problems were taking over the home and the only thing I could think to do was


Something for us to do together.

Little C and I got busy researching, googling, reading and dreaming of a party to celebrate being a girl with

ALL of our girls.

NO birthday necessary!

Excuse the lack of wordy descriptions.  I feel that the photos tell the story of our

Little House on the Prairie Party


(Photo credits to Cat Mayer)

The General Store:

Filled with Farm Fresh Eggs, Salt Water Taffy, Homemade Strawberry Jam, Rock Candy, Plums, Root Beer Barrels, Tea Cup Candles and Lemon Drops.

Ready for purchase after “panning for gold.”

Upon arrival, each of the girls ran to the fence post where they would find a lunch pail lined with a vintage hanky and a one of a kind bonnet and apron made by

Ramona Danso of Soil Goods.

They were beautifully crafted and they really set the tone for a night on the prairie.

I was in love.

Handmade Goodness:

Delicately, personalized,  embroidered pillows for each girl.  Handmade by my insanely talented Aunt Tammy who worked tirelessly and shipped them

from South Dakota.

Initialed Cupcakes and Pouches for Gold:

Cupcakes from The Baker’s Boutique and drawstring pouches made by Grandma Venett and myself.

Quilts for a picnic on the grounds.

Indian Territory:

Where the girls were able to pow wow and hunt for authentic arrowheads.

Homemade Strawberry Jam picked in Palisade.

Handmade tea cup candles for each guest.

The amazing Allison Kitto and her father.

These two kept the mood lively through dinner with their folky bluegrass mix and it was my favorite part of the night.

I tend to get teary eyed when I witness people doing what they love.  Especially when they are AMAZING at it.

Let’s just say my eyes were glossed over for a good portion of their stay.

Panning for Gold.

The girls were able to pan for gold nuggets (spray painted rocks) and trade them at our General Store.

Running for their accessories.  So much joy!

The token photo of my boy and his baby toad found scampering the lawn.

A dinner of down home BBQ complete with Sarsaparilla and Root Beer.

“Pa” running the General Store.  He was such a sport.  😉

This was a day I will never forget.

(Mostly because of the beautiful photos taken by my dear friend Cat Mayer).

But the joy and the laughter that rang through those trees on this beautiful Summer night will live on forever.

Girls being girls.

Hand in hand.

FULL of heart.

Dusti - January 20, 2014 - 8:33 pm

Love this!! I just said to my sister I want to throw a Happy Un-Birthday Party just for fun!!!! You are so creative– beautiful!

Lori - January 20, 2014 - 9:20 pm

The pictures turned out amazing, but nothing will ever do justice to hearing the shrieks of excitement from little, and big girls alike. One fabulous party! Everything was picture perfect. The kind of party that you see in magazines and pinterest pictures and think “that can’t be real!”

Erin - January 20, 2014 - 10:22 pm

I have been waiting for these!!! Thanks for sharing. LOVE!

Mama Hope - January 20, 2014 - 10:46 pm

Good gracious! One of my favorite books! No words for this pictorial of what had to be the most fun day! And what a view of the mountains?!?!? You enjoy that every day? Thank you for sharing!!

Val - January 22, 2014 - 2:46 pm

This should be in a magazine – such inspiration!

Wow. Wow. WOW.

The Lankford’s Take Vail

What a day!!

This incredible family travelled all the way from small town Texas to visit friends in Colorado

and decided a winter wonderland session was definitely in order.  Let’s just say they spent many hours on the road,

and I’m so glad they did.

I love being inspired by those who are making a difference wherever they can,

and the Lankford family is doing just that.

Yes, things got a little crazy.  And cold.  Yes, there were some tears.

But all in all, it’s easy to see that this family has their priorities in

all the right places.

Not to mention, they are GORGEOUS!




Jenn - January 6, 2014 - 8:33 am

Awe, I love these! Thanks Jami for capturing our family.

Jenna Cummings - January 6, 2014 - 3:47 pm

Amazing…….so Beautiful



You have personality for miles.

Style for days.

And wit beyond measure.

I loved spending the evening with you.

Oh, and your sister too.  😉

Lacey - November 13, 2013 - 11:55 am

ARE YOU SERIOUS!!!! These are so incredible…I cant even begin to tell you how much I adore every single image I feel like I can see what this little ones soul is made of and the light is just gorgeous… I bet this little girls parents are in love…These need to be hung in their home LARGE no exceptions!!!!

Troxel Family

This family exudes kindness from every pore.

Constantly giving back to the community,

carpooling, teaching, studying, playing…

Lather.  Rinse.  Repeat.

Somehow they keep it all together and inspire the

rest of us to be a little bit better today than we were yesterday.

Thank you for a wonderful evening!

Lori - November 2, 2013 - 2:53 pm

I adore them! I’m so grateful, thank you!

Alana - November 2, 2013 - 5:00 pm

Beautiful family, and beautiful photography!

Brandon, Carrie, Cole and Luke

 Not all portrait sessions are created equal.

And not all loves are created equal.

I literally got weepy editing this session thinking about

family and love

and the things in life that really matter.

Carrie and Brandon live a life rich in purpose and are raising

two boys to be dynamic men.

Although I don’t see them as much as I would like, I will miss their presence in the valley

and wish them the very best on their next journey.

Come back soon!!

Peggy Nowak - October 27, 2013 - 2:57 pm

Lovely! My every good wish for your future!

Kristy - October 27, 2013 - 4:30 pm

Good to see you as a family. My best wishes for all of you!